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"Ready, down, set! Hut hut hut! Go!"
―Centiback's first words upon being accidentally created by Finster's clumsiness.[src]

"Your team’s pathetic! I’m gonna destroy you. Hut, hut. (...) You're going down! Ha ha ha ha ha! (...) Alright, second string’s arrived. Ready to be sidelined? (...) I’m one problem you won’t be able to tackle. Twenty one, fourteen, seventy five. Hike!"
―Centiback when confronted by all six Power Rangers.[src]

"Aaaaaaaand, at halftime, the score is nine to nothing in favor of the visiting team. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Red Ranger, it looks like your season is over!"
―Centiback after turning everyone except for Rocky into footballs.[src]

"Wooooorargh! Hey, Rangers, let’s play some touch football. What say we have a scrimmage so I can finish you off?"
―Centiback after being enlarged by Rita and Zedd.[src]

"No fair, man! That's double-teaming! Wrong size!"
―Centiback reacting to Ninjor Battle Mode and his final words before his demise.[src]

Centiback was an American football player-themed Omukade monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "Fourth Down and Long".

History

Finster presents a mold for a magical centipede during a football game between Goldar, Lord Zedd, and Rito but it is outright rejected by Rita because she doesn’t want more bug monsters. However, Zedd's football gets accidentally mixed in with the mold which results in Centiback's creation. Delighted to have a quarterback, Rito challenges him to a game but he becomes a football when he catches the ball, which causes Zedd to develop a plan. Centiback is subsequently sent to Earth to turn the Power Rangers into footballs and eliminate them as threats. Upon arriving at the football field, he immediately turns Rocky's friend Alan, his uncle Joe, as well as Bulk and Skull into American footballs. Angry at the interruptions and transformations, Rocky morphs and fights Centiback but the monster is able to defeat Rocky. The other Rangers soon arrive but Zedd sends down the Tenga Warriors as Centiback's football team which leads to a show-down. Despite being heavily outnumbered, Centiback easily manhandles all of the Rangers and is able to turn everyone except for Rocky into footballs. They try to turn him as well but Rocky escapes with the footballs back to the Command Center so Centiback and the Tenga Warriors retreat.

Rocky has the idea to manipulate the football energy waves to restore his friends, but an approaching snowstorm will prevent the Command Center from emitting the waves. After summoning Ninjor for help, Alpha presents two special buckets that will reverse the spell before the Ranger and ninja leave to confront Centiback in the mountains. Together, they are able to catch the footballs and reverse their energies before throwing them back at the victims to turn them back to normal. With their monster helpless, Rita and Zedd use their magic to enlarge Centiback who tries to snatch the Power Rangers but they evade it and form the Ninja Megazord whilst Ninjor grows giant. Ninjor fights Centiback but is unsuccessful. However, Ninjor then turns into Ninjor Battle Mode and charges at the monster before energy slashing him and leaving him open for the Ninja Megazord to finish off with its Power Punch. Centiback falls down and recovers but erupts in sparks so he face-plants and explodes. In spite of this, Centiback is later shown to have survived during the end credits where he is excited to fight the Rangers again, but he never did. Tvicon TV STORY-Fourth Down and Long

Centiback is amongst the monsters that attend Master Vile's End of the World Party to celebrate his capture of the Ninjazords, Shogunzords, and White Ninja Falconzord. The party is held at the Angel Grove Youth Center where Centiback is seen drinking and talking during Master Vile's party. After the Rangers reclaim their Zords and the Zeo Crystal, Master Vile disbands the party to launch an attack by the Blue Globbor and Centiback leaves. Tvicon TV STORY-Master Vile and the Metallic Armor

Centiback is later seen as an audience member in Prince Gasket's Machine Arena when Tommy forces Jason to fight Altor. Tvicon TV STORY-King for a Day

Personality

Cenhtiback spoke almost exclusively in sports-related language. When his football was neutralized, Centiback became extremely vengeful and angry with the Power Rangers but remained loyal to Rita and Zedd.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Strength: Centiback was strong enough to catch a punch from Rocky in his palm and send Rocky flying through the air with a single kick.
  • Durability: Centiback had thick padded football gear that allowed him to shrug off multiple punches and kicks to his body from Rocky and even survived Ninjor's devastating energy slash without a scratch.
    • Resilience: Due to his padded outfit, a double kick to the chest from Rocky had no effect and Rocky bounced off after running right into him.
  • Teleportation: Centiback could teleport to any location at will by kneeling on the ground and covering himself in light-green energy.
  • Football Immunity: Centiback was completely immune to his football's transformative powers.
  • Energy Absorption: Centiback was able to absorb the energy from Rita and Zedd's lightning to make himself grow.

Abilities

  • American Football: Centiback was an excellent player of American football even if he was extremely underhanded in how he won.
  • Agility: Centiback was agile enough to jump over Aisha when she sprung for his legs.
  • Hand to Hand Combat: Centiback was easily able to overwhelm and defeat both Rocky and Ninjor with his bare hands.

Weaknesses

  • Energy Waves: Centiback's footballs emitted energy waves which allowed Rocky and Ninjor to manipulate his transformation spell. In doing so, they were able to break the spell and return everyone to normal.

Arsenal

  • Fists: Even after losing his footballs, Centiback was still easily able to decimate Ninjor and Rocky with his bare hands and fists.
  • Centipede Ball: Centiback's personal weapon which resembled a cross between a centipede and a football. It ceased to exist after restoring his transformed victims.
    • Football Transformation: Once an opponent touched one of Centiback's regular centipede balls, they turned into American footballs.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Design

  • Centiback is based on an Omukade (a centipede-like Yokai).

Etymology

  • His name is a portmanteau of "centipede" and "quarterback".

Notes

  • Centiback was the only monster to be defeated by the default Ninja Megazord formation without it forming the Ninja MegaFalconzord despite Tommy summoning the Falconzord.

Appearances

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Footnotes


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