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"Play ball!"
―Babe Ruthless's first words when the Dinozords arrived.[src]

"Whoa! W-hey!"
―Babe Ruthless after the Dragonzord Battle Mode impaled him and his final words before his death.[src]

Babe Ruthless was a baseball playing pixie/ogre monster who served as the secondary main antagonist of the episode "A Star Is Born".

Character History

Babe Ruthless is created by Finster as part of a plan by Goldar to attack and eliminate the Power Rangers whilst Rita recovers from an illness. Babe cones to Earth with Goldar and Scorpina after the Rangers free themselves from Weaveworm's cocoon. Babe Ruthless enlarges along with Goldar and Scorpina and starts the battle with the Rangers and their Dinozords. Tommy however is not present since he is having an audition for a karate commercial. Whilst Scorpina and Goldar take on the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord, Babe fights the other three Zords (with the Pterodactyl Dinozord mysteriously gone). The Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord blasts him with its tail cannon but he is completely unfazed and blasts them with energy baseballs. However, he is forced to retreat and defend Scorpina and Goldar after they are blasted down by the Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord. Shortly thereafter, Tommy manages to leave the audition and summons the Dragonzord. The Rangers then form the Dragonzord Battle Mode which Babe Ruthless fights personally whilst Scorpina and Goldar fight the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord but all three are overwhelmed. He then tries to attack with red mist but the Power Staff shields the Zords. He tries to use a massive ball on the Dragonzord Battle Mode and Tyrannosaurus Dinozord but the latter's tail knocks it right back at him. In desperation, Babe Ruthless then charges to try and fight it hand to hand but is killed by the Power Staff, being impaled and then falling flat on his back before exploding.

Personality

Babe Ruthless was highly arrogant, confident and boastful and had the mannerisms of a baseball player and enjoyed fighting the Rangers. However his arrogance was also his weakness as he was finally defeated by the Dragonzord Battle Mode after charging full tilt into its staff.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Enlarging: Babe Ruthless could enlarge himself at will without the aid of Rita's magic in a puff of smoke.
  • Mist Projection: Babe Ruthless could fire a cloud of red mist from his antenna but what it could do is unknown since the Power Staff blocked it.

Abilities

  • Strength: Babe Ruthless was able to easily wrestle with the Dragonzord Battle Mode and pick up a massive red ball bigger than his head.

Weaknesses

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Arsenal

  • Gauntlets: Babe Ruthless had large yellow baseball gloves which he could use to wrestle with his opponents.
    • Lightning Blasts: Babe Ruthless could shoot yellow lightning in the shape of yellow baseballs from his gauntlets.
  • Giant Ball: Babe Ruthless could summon a giant red ball to throw at the enemy with great force.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Babe Ruthless was voiced by Richard Epcar using the same voice as the earlier Shellshock and the later Autochthon.
    • This was especially evident when he says anything with the words "batter" or "ball" in it (such as "batter up" and "try my curve ball") where he suddenly gained the same vocal inflections as Shellshock.

Design

  • Babe Ruthless was designed to be a baseball player and pixie.

Entomology

  • His name was a play on legendary baseball player George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. He earned the nickname through people seeing him with his guardian, Jack Dunn, and calling him "Jack's new Babe" (as in baby child with "babe" being slang for it) and the nickname stuck.

Notes

  • Babe Ruthless was the first monster since Shellshock to speak full coherent sentences since Spidertron through Mutitus spoke exclusively in grunts and growls/snarls.
    • Ironically, both Shellshock and Babe Ruthless were voiced by Epcar and Samurai Fan Man and the Frankenstein Monster were voiced by Tom Wyner.
  • Dora Pixie was the first monster slain by Gouryuuzin. This is why his battle against the Dragonzord Battle Mode was more fleshed out than it was against Spidertron (its first actual battle in Power Rangers).
    • Dora Tarantula was originally the second monster killed by the formation.
  • The reason that there was no used of Babe Ruthless whilst small was because his small form was a little Japanese boy based around a baseball pitcher. He only became the monster form used for Babe Ruthless after they cleaved off his horn and grew automatically.
  • Since the Zord battle against Babe Ruthless occurred before Weaveworm, Babe Ruthless was technically the first monster to enlarge himself without external assistance in the entire franchise with this becoming the default way to grow giant in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.
    • In Zyuranger, Dora Pixie was the only monster to grow at will which occurred when the Zyurangers cleaved off his human form's horn which made him grow into this giant monster.
      • Weaveworm's counterpart, Dora Silkys, was enlarged by Bandora's wand but that was cut from this episode since the plot of the episode required her to be out of commission.

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