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"Overload! Overload! Too many changes! System locked!"
―Cyclopsis' computer's only line when its systems failed due to the Rangers changing into the Ultrazord.[src]

Cyclopsis was a giant evil War Zord piloted by Goldar and arguably the strongest enemy the Power Rangers faced in the Season 1.

Cyclopsis is well known for being the very first Evil Zord to appear in the entire Power Rangers franchise.

Overview

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History

Pre-series

"Cyclopsis is one of Rita's most terrifying creations. She hasn’t brought it out in over 10,000 years. You will have to defeat him if you are to release the people of Angel Grove from the dimensional vortex in which Rita has them trapped."
Zordon describing Cyclopsis to the Rangers in Part II.[src]

Cyclopsis was originally used at least 10,000 years ago during an attack on Earth by Rita during her original war against Zordon. It was destroyed and is implied to have been her final attack before being sealed away in the dumpster.

In the series

Following shortly after the failure of the Twin Man and his Evil Rangers, Rita decides to summon Goldar's Zord to fight and hopefully destroy the Power Rangers. To accomplish this, Rita sends the entire population of Angel Grove into a side dimension and brings her Moon Palace to Earth in order to make her strongest and ease the creation of Cyclopsis.

The War Zord erupts from underground which Alpha and Zordon detect but Goldar enters it and goes on a rampage before they can act. The Rangers arrive in their Megazord but Cyclopsis is far too strong and easily bashes them around, so they call on the Dragonzord. Unfortunately, neither its missile attack nor its tail can faze the Zord and both take a thrashing. The Megazord tries to advance but is picked up with its telekinesis and thrown down, so they form Dragonzord Battle Mode. However, the Tyrannosaurus has its finishing breath attack pushed back at it and goes down before the Dragonzord Battle Mode fires forth its head fin only to have it thrown back. Cyclopsis then knocks the two down with a barrage of missiles and electrocutes them with the War Zord's extending arm cables. Luckily, Zordon summons Titanus who blasts the Zord back which releases its hands, and the Rangers form the Ultrazord. The Zord's strong armor is no match for its barrage and Goldar has to flee before it explodes but its head manages to remain intact.

Although the Rangers think that it is destroyed, Rita summons Lokar who reformes it into a stronger version that is now equipped with arm blades although lacking its other abilities. The Megazord and Dragonzord deploy again but Cyclopsis easily cleaved off the Megazord's right arm and the Dragonzord's tail. Rita then blasted them into apparent oblivion although it is soon revealed that they actually teleported back to their hiding places. Following a failed attack on the Power Rangers with the Putty Patrol, in which they escape using their Communicators which Rita was previously blocking, Goldar returns to Cyclopsis and goes on a rampage. After linking to Rita Repulsa's computer systems while her Palace is on Earth, Alpha discovers that the only weakness in Cyclopsis is that its systems need to adjust to compensate for battle with a new opponent. Too many changes in the enemy formations at once causes it to freeze up and be completely open to attack. With this new strategy, the Rangers once again deploy against the War Zord.

The Rangers first attack with their individual Dinozords, doing a little damage with the Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops Dinozord's tail blasts and the Pterodactyl's laser cannons but it soon overwhelms the Tyrannosaurus so they form the Megazord and summon the Dragonzord. The effects of rapid changes are already taking shape. The Power Sword is able to prove a match for the Zord's arm blades, pinning them down so that the Dragonzord can smash them with its tail. With the Zord now basically helpless and on the verge of freezing up, they form the Dragonzord in Battle Mode which thrashes the Zord, getting in a few really good hits, but is overwhelmed by Lokar's lightning. Crushing a building, Jason calls for Titanus and they form the Ultrazord which causes Cyclopsis' computers to overload, and then vanquishes Lokar and destroys Cyclopsis once and for all.

Legacy

Unfortunately, the War Zord's computer warn Goldar of its imminent demise and he is able to escape. In the process, the entire population of Angel Grove is returned and the Evil Space Aliens are forced to retreat back to the Moon for fear of the Ultrazord annihilating them. It has been speculated that because Alpha and Zordon hacked into Rita's database, and Rita found out, she was forced into alternative methods of monster making (such as planting seeds and transformation of objects) until Finster had fresh monster ideas.

Forms

Cyclopsis's original form

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Telekinesis: Cyclopsis possessed telekinesis, being able to lift the Megazord into the air with ease and knock back the Tyrannosaurus' breath attack,
  • Shoulder Missiles: Cyclopsis could flip up panels in its shoulders, revealing rocket launchers from which it could fire missiles. This was strong enough to take down the Megazord and Dragonzord Battle Mode with one hit each.
  • Lightning Bolts: Cyclopsis could charge it's shoulders up with blue energy to fire red lightning bolts from them.
  • Forehead Lightning Beam: Cyclopsis could fire a red colored lightning beam from his forehead.
  • Horn Laser Blast: Cyclopsis could unleash a very small but very powerful orange colored laser blast from the middle horn on its head.

Abilities

  • Strength: Cyclopsis knocked back both the Megazord and Dragonzord with single punches and kicks and it caught and threw back the Dragonzord Battle Mode's head fin with ease.
  • Armor: Cyclopsis also possessed super strong armor that can withstand the Dragonzord's missile barrage and not get a scratch.

Weaknesses

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Arsenal

  • Fist: While not having any weapons, Cyclopsis could still fight with just its bare fists.
    • Cable Arms: Cyclopsis could fire his arms with cables attached to them
      • Lightning Effect: Anyone grabbed by Cyclopsis' cable arms got electrocuted by blue lightning.

Appearances: MMPR S1 Episode 39


Cyclopsis's rebuilt form

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Enhanced Strength: Being powered up by both Rita and Lokar, Cyclopsis was now far stronger as it was able to cleave off the Dino Megazord's left arm and the Dragonzord's tail with single swings of its arm blades.
  • Chain Blast: Cyclopsis could fire chains from his hands to wrap up its enemies.
  • Lightning Ball: Cyclopsis could unleash a white lightning ball from the top of his head which dropped to the ground and unleashed a devastating lightning implosion.

Abilities

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Weaknesses

Cyclopsis could only adjust to whatever it fights and is unable to keep up with the fast changes of the Rangers' Zord battle modes.

Arsenal

  • Arm Blades: Cyclopsis possesses a pair of arm mounted blades on his arms which he uses in combat.

Appearances: MMPR S1 Episodes 39, 40


Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

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Design

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Etymology

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Notes

  • Cyclopsis is the first evil Zord in Power Rangers.
  • Cyclopsis appeared in several video game adaptations of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, typically as the game's final opponent. Both its first and second forms appear in the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis releases, while only its first form appears in the Game Gear release. It also appears in the Sega CD release through use of FMV footage of "Doomsday". The only MMPR game not to feature Cyclopsis in any fashion was the Game Boy release.
    • Cyclopsis is only explicitly identified as Goldar's Zord in the Game Gear release.

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