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This article is about a/an monster in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.


"You have trained well. With your Badges of Darkness, and with me as your leader, we shall destroy the Power Rangers! Eh heh ha ha ha ha ha!"
―Commander Crayfish's first words when taking command of the Mutant Rangers.[src]

"So you've come to play?"
―Commander Crayfish when the Power Rangers arrived.[src]

"It's Mutant Time! Ha ha ha ha ha! Now we'll show you who the REAL Rangers are!"
―Commander Crayfish's roll call.[src]

"Ha ha ha ha ha! Whadya think of me now?!"
―Commander Crayfish upon being enlarged.[src]

"Huh?! Hold it! Pull back! Pull back!"
―Commander Crayfish reacting to the Ultrazord and his final words before his death[src]

The Commander Crayfish was a crayfish monster who led the Mutant Rangers and served as the leading main antagonist of the episode "Mighty Morphin' Mutants".

History

Rita planned to create the Mutant Rangers to destroy the real Power Rangers so five Putties were chosen for this role and they used the Badges of Darkness to transform into evil clones of the Rangers. The Commander Crayfish was subsequently created by Finster on the orders of Rita to lead the team since Goldar had crushed the Red Badge of Darkness. The Commander was finished just after the Pink and Green had made their presence known to Kimberly and Tommy, assuming command when he met with them at the beach, Sometime later, the Power Rangers were sent to the shoreline by Zordon to prevent them from invading Angel Grove but the team was unfazed and Crayfish led the morph. He flipped into action with his Mutant Power Sword, a similar corrupted version of Jason's Power Sword. However, Tommy (who had been doing his homework and not not kept his Communicator on him) arrived and jump kicked Crayfish down so he summoned the Green Mutant Ranger who had been kept in reserve. Even with all six Rangers now in combat, the Mutant Rangers were forced to regroup when Tommy overwhelmed and combined their weapons into the Mutant Power Blaster. Once fired, it took all six down but they were still able to bid a hasty retreat to the Mutant Rangers' delight. Unfortunately for the Evil Rangers, the Power Rangers had upgraded versions of their regular Power Weapons and were able to deliver a complete thrashing to their counterparts. In desperation, the Mutant Rangers formed the Mutant Blaster whilst the Power Rangers formed their Power Blaster. In a Blaster vs. Blaster fight, the new weapons proved too much for Crayfish and the Mutant Rangers, outright destroying the Yellow Mutant Ranger & Pink Mutant Ranger immediately and knocking out the other four.

Rita then made Commander Crayfish and the male Mutant Rangers grow so the Rangers formed the Megazord and called upon the Dragonzord. Commander Crayfish fought the Megazord whilst the Black, Blue, and Green Mutant Rangers all took on the Dragonzord. Crayfish grappled with the Megazord and, despite being thrown off by it, easily slashed it. Despite this, a second slash was blocked and a smack to the face knocked him back and, although the Dragonzord was heavily outnumbered, it managed to throw down Green and overwhelm the other two. With them once again finding no success, the Mutant Rangers decided to mix things up by forming a pyramid with Crayfish on top. This put him above the range of the Dragonzord's missiles and so, because the Rangers were not being very bright, the Zords advanced to try and knock them over with brute strength. However, Blue and Black kicked back the Zords before Crayfish had Green blast them with his Pyro Blast. Unfortunately for the Mutant Rangers, the real Power Rangers formed the Ultrazord which scared the Commander Crayfish and he told his teammates to back him off. However, they were far two slow so the Ultrazord opened fire and mowed down all four which made all four fall into a large pile and explode. Mighty Morphin' Mutants

Commander Crayfish was later resurrected by Lord Zedd as one of his best aquatic monsters, the others being the Goo Fish, Pirantishead, and the Slippery Shark, with help from the Tube Monster to form his fish army. In this appearance, he was referred to as "Cruel Crayfish" this time and had a female voice. He, like the other three monsters, was defeated by Tommy. They fought the Rangers at the beach, stalemating until the Rangers had to use their Thunder Megazord to destroy the Tube Monster and left Tommy to fight the sea monsters alone. However, in spite of being heavily outnumbered, he easily took them down with Saba, making all of the monsters disappear in flashes of white lightning. A Reel Fish Story

Personality

The Commander Crayfish was a fierce and determined monster, that won't stop at nothing to destroy the Power Rangers but was also shown to be talented and authoritative leader, as he led the Mutant Rangers. However, above all else, he was also loyal to Rita and Zedd.

Powers and abilities

  • Strength: Commander Crayfish possessed a big deal of strength, matching and overwhelming Jason with incredible ease.
  • Durability-Commander Crayfish shrugged off multiple slashes from Jason's Power Sword and even the enhanced Power Blaster did little more than knock him and his fellow male Rangers to the ground.
  • Skilled Fighter: In addition to his strength, Commander Crayfish was also a skilled fighter since he managed to completely overwhelm Jason and match the Megazord all by himself.

Arsenal

  • Mutant Power Sword: Commander Crayfish wielded a crooked version of Jason's Power Sword.

Behind The Scenes

Portrayal

  • In his first appearance, the Commander Crayfish was voiced by Tom Wyner who gave him a similar voice to Bones and by extension the Dark Warrior (who also had Bones' voice). During his second appearance, he was voiced by Wendee Lee.

Notes

  • The Commander Crayfish comes from what is commonly referred to as Zyu2 footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
    • Strangely, Commander Crayfish's Mutant Sword resembled the Dragon Dagger albeit longer and more like an actual sword .
      • Coincidentally, the Green Mutant Ranger did not wield a Dragon Dagger clone and instead the Sword of Darkness.
  • The Commander Crayfish along with the Blue, Black & Green Mutant Rangers, were the last monsters to be destroyed by the original Ultrazord.
    • They were also the last ones to be grown by Rita's original method of growing monsters since the last monster of Season 1 was the Oysterizer but he made himself grow at will.

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