|This article is about a/an villain in Power Rangers in Space, the last installment in the Zordon Era.|
|This villain is also known as the pink Lost Galaxy Power Ranger, Karone|
- "Fire the Satellasers!"
- ―Astronema's monster growing method.[src]
Astronema is the primary antagonist in Power Rangers In Space. She is known throughout the universe as the Princess of Evil, Dark Princess of Space, and the Princess of Darkness. Her name may be a pun of "astronomy" and the Space Constellation, Andromeda. She is the figurehead of the United Alliance of Evil, second only to Dark Specter.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Appearance
- 5 Yellow Space Ranger
- 6 Hairstyles
- 7 Notes
- 8 Appearances
- 9 See Also
- 10 References
Power Rangers In Space
Prior to the events of the series
Once known as Karone, sister of Andros, the Red Space Ranger, she lived on the planet KO-35, a human space colony. While playing with her brother, in the park, they were developing telekinesis as they played with a toy sphere. When the sphere floated away, Andros went after it, and Karone was captured by the vile Darkonda. Screaming for help, she was transported to another planet, and met Ecliptor and Dark Specter, the Grand Monarch of Evil.
She was left in the care of Ecliptor who became a fatherly figure to her and trained her to be an evil warrior. The memories of being Karone faded away. Ecliptor had told her lies of the Power Rangers destroying her parents and her brother. After years of training and competing against other evil warriors, Astronema was later trained in the dark arts of magic. She was awarded the Wrath Staff, which she uses to manipulate others and battle her opponents. With Dark Specter's help, she gained the space station, Dark Fortress, and an army of robotic soldiers called Quantrons. Astronema is known to change her hairstyle and color at will. Also, Astronema is the first and only villain to attempt attacking a Megazord while it transformed, even though this did not work. She wore her locket that had the same pictures of her and Andros as children, however, she refused to acknowledge that she and Andros were siblings until later. As Astronema roamed the universe, conquering and destroying all those who would not serve her or Dark Specter, she would destroy them or turn them into his slaves. She met a warrior that carried the Armor Keys, magical talismans that would grant him great armor. To prevent the warrior from using the keys, she turned him into a stone figure.
In the series
We first saw Astronema on the Cimmerian Planet conference when Rita tried to shoot Divatox but missed and shot the future main antagonist in the hand. When she sat down at the main villain table, she was suspicious of a cloaked figure (Andros in disguise) and was the one to reveal who he was after Divatox became suspicious of him and this was completely revealed once Goldar tore the cloak off of him. Once he escaped, having destroyed two of her Quantrons in Velocifighters, Dark Spectre announced her the Princess of Evil and sent her to kill her brother.
When she found out who she truly was, she had sided with her brother, Andros, and helped him find Zordon. She was later captured by Ecliptor, who was brainwashed, and was condemned to the same fate as he. Her emotions were removed and was inflicted with cybernetic implants that controlled her (many fans call this version of her "Circuit Astronema" or "Locutus Astronema"). During this time, Astronema created the Psycho Rangers, extremely powerful, homicidal counterparts to the Power Rangers whose job it was to destroy the Rangers and also drain energy from Dark Specter.
After Dark Specter's demise at the hands of Darkonda, Astronema usurped his throne and became the Queen of Evil. She was transformed back into Karone during "Countdown to Destruction". She and her brother battled when a deflected energy bolt struck her, knocking her out or possibly killing her. Once the battle was over Andros carried her body down the ramp of the Dark Fortress, he laid her on the ground and began crying. A few tears hit her cheek and she was restored to her true self. Only the love Andros felt for his sister was strong enough to bring her back.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
A year or so later, when the Pink Galaxy Ranger's Quasar Saber fell into the hands of evil on the planet Onyx, Karone once again donned the disguise of Astronema. She threatened to destroy everyone if she didn't get the Saber. The auctioneer quickly handed the saber to her and she was almost home free until Trakeena showed up and revealed her. Later, when Karone and Leo went to search out a power strong enough to defeat Trakeena's latest monster, Karone has to face her inner conflicts in the form of Astronema. After proving she was strong, Astronema disappeared, leaving only Karone.
Legacy of Power
Five years later, Astronema's gauntlet is one of the many villain relics in Ryjack's collection that are acquired by Evox and his minions. Evox plans to revive and gather the most notorious villains in the universe with Ryjack's reanimizer after reviving Sledge's Crew and Snide. She had been mentioned among the villains: Koragg, Lord Zedd, and Psycho Red, who could be resurrected by Evox, before Goldar is decided as the last resurrected villain. Astronema was Robo-Roxy's choice, but Robo-Blaze learn from that Astronema, turned good (as Karone), already been purified by Zordon's sacrificial energy wave, and fully reformed as the second Galaxy Pink Ranger long ago, much to Robo-Roxy's disgust.
Astronema's persona had varied throughout the entire series. In the beginning, she was very vain and narcissistic (much like Rita Repulsa and Divatox before her) in her own character and towards others, her minions and enemies alike, with somewhat of a childish persona. When she was tasked by Dark Specter to defeat the Rangers, her very demeanor became more serious and stern due to perhaps constant failure to destroy the Rangers and added pressure by Dark Specter himself, who threatened to destroy Astronema along with the Dark Fortress should her failures reach it's peak, namely if the Rangers should rescue Zordon from Dark Specter himself. Though maybe due to the echoes of her past of her long-forgotten childhood as Karone, Astronema has displayed emotions of caring and compassion, when she briefly fell in love with Zhane, after the latter had rescued her from one of her own rebellious monsters. These same emotions also allowed her to instinctively attack one of her own Quantron warriors, which attacked a mother with her two children while defended by Andros. This may be as a result of guilt towards her own actions, and due to her secret longing for her brother whom she suspected that may be alive. After discovering that Andros is her long lost brother, Astronema didn't believe him at first. However, Astronema went to her home planet for answers about her past as she realized that Andros was telling her the truth. Also, after discovering her past, Astronema went through an identity crisis as she became conflicted between good and evil. Despite Dark Specter's plan to test her loyalty and orders to destroy her brother, Astronema's curiosity about her past got her to go to Andros for answers about herself as Karone and their family. However, seeing Andros and the rest of the Rangers in trouble because of her part in Dark Specter's plan, Astronema embraced her real self as Karone and rescued them.
After Karone was reprogrammed by the sadistic alien Darkonda, Dark Specter, and even Ecliptor, who was also reprogrammed by Darkonda, her emotions that made her good were overwritten by a seemingly impenetrable computer programming that allowed her to know only evil. In this manner, she became much darker and evil than her first incarnation as Astronema. Her demeanor was altered significantly, displaying no emotions of compassion, caring, and guilt, and even her feelings of anger and frustration were almost limited. She was, however, more power-hungry as not only was she capable of destroying the Rangers, but even with full knowledge that Andros was her brother, Astronema would still destroy him at any given moment. She was even capable of destroying Dark Specter, paving the way for Universal conquest, something she would perhaps never consider doing on her somewhat own will, and had nearly succeeded with the use of the Psycho Rangers who used and severely drained Dark Specter of his energies in the process of defeating the Rangers. Her tactics against the Rangers were more brutal yet effective when she unleashed the Psycho Rangers against the Power Rangers as well as strategically taking out the Rangers Zords, namely the Delta Megazord by an empowered Ecliptor and the Mega Voyager, which was destroyed by her most powerful monster Tankenstein. Although she could not overall resist her programming, Zordon attempted to convince Astronema that she was Karone and that she was not truly evil. For a brief moment, this caused a glitch in her programming, however, it was not enough to bring Karone back to her true self at that moment, and Astronema would declare herself as the Queen of all Evil.
Powers and Abilities
- Strength: Astronema can easily overpower all five Rangers like there was nothing.
- Hand to Hand Combat: Astronema is a capable fighter who easily managed to overpower Andros with her bare hands.
- Weapons Mistress: Being raised and trained by Ecliptor, who is a formidable fighter in his own right, Astronema is independent and capable of defending herself. She has shown that she has the skill and ability to fight the Rangers herself and put up a good fight.
- Teleportation: Astronema can teleport like all over villains by slamming her right arm into her chest to disappear in swirls of purple energy.
- Energy Rope Generation: Astronema can fire yellow energy rope from her left hand to tie up and harm those that she wishes to interrogate. She did this to a patron of the Onyx Tavern in the episode "The Rangers' Mega Voyage" when trying to find out about Darkonda's data cards.
- Energy Blasts: Astronema can fire purple energy blasts from her fingers strong enough to take down all five Space Rangers with one hit.
- Monster Summoning: Astronema can summon monsters to her side from the United Alliance of Evil's pool of monsters, such as the Lionizer and Spikey.
- Hypnosis: Astronema can hypnotize others using her magical abilities.
- The Wrath Staff: Astronema's personal weapon of choice is a massive purple colored staff that she is almost never seen without.
- Energy Bolts: Astronema can fire purple energy bolts from the tip of her Wrath Staff.
Astronema is almost always seen wearing a skin-tight leather suit that covers her whole body, a pair of high heel boots and a pair of metallic rectangular forearm guard with blades on each one of them. She wears a necklace that has a picture of her and her brother Andros almost all the time. The only changes in appearance that Astronema has is her hair. Astronema changes her wig every 2 or 3 days depending on her mood. When she enters battle, she dons a grey-colored piece of armor that covers her chest and grey shoulder plates as well. After she was brainwashed by Dark Specter, we see that Astronema now keeps her hair red and short. She wears a metallic breastplate and also has cybernetics attached to the right side of her face that ensure she remains evil.
Yellow Space Ranger
- Karone/Astronema remains the only character in Power Rangers to be a villain the first season and a Ranger the next season.
- Astronema is the first villain to have a named weapon without it being retroactively referred to something like Rita's wand or the Z-Staff. This refers to her Wrath Staff.
- The Astronema disguise was used twice in one episode of two different seasons. Ashley Hammond in Power Rangers In Space and Karone in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy during the critical episode "Protect the Quasar Saber".
- Ashley was also transferred into Astronema's body during the episode "Invasion of The Body Switchers" but that wasn't exactly a disguise.
- Astronema is the very first villain to fall in love with a Power Ranger. The second was Nadira from Time Force who fell in love with Lucas Kendall and the third was Levira, who has fallen under a love spell, fell in love with Jake Holling.
- Astronema's ability to change her armor and hairstyle may be a reference to an ability of her Sentai counterpart, Shibolena - the ability to alter her appearance.
- Astronema is the first main villain to include herself in battles against the Rangers more than once or twice, appearing in battle against the rangers 5 different times throughout her season as a villain. Rita never battled directly, Zedd fought Tommy once, King Mondo fought the Zeo Rangers twice, and Divatox only attacked the Turbo Rangers when they were shrunken.
- Astronema would be later featured as Karone's second Legend Shift in Power Rangers Super Megaforce's extended finale.
- Astronema is voiced by Ai Orikasa in the Japanese dub.
- Dr. Hinelar - Super Sentai counterpart in Denji Sentai Megaranger. See comparison page. (as the main antagonist)
- Shibolena - Super Sentai counterpart in Denji Sentai Megaranger. See comparison page. (main female villain)
- Adjutant Shiima, an earlier Super Sentai villain whose story parallels Astronema.