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"I am Dark Specter, monarch of all that is evil! I have captured the mighty Zordon and am draining him of his powers! As his strength drains, the lava will rise extinguishing the Power forever!"
―Dark Specter's first words when gloating about his multiple victories to his allies.[src]

"Darkonda!! TRAITOR!"
―Dark Specter's final words his death (which also kills Darkonda).[src]

Dark Specter, from the world Infernus, known throughout the universe as the Grand Monarch of Evil, was the head of the United Alliance of Evil and the the over-arching main antagonist of Power Rangers in Space. He is a massive alien monster of uncertain but immense power.

History

This article contains content in reference to the main TV series, as well as supplemental material, such as the comics. A sliding/floating timeline applies. Story instances for TV and other media will be clearly marked.

Origin

Little is known about Dark Specter or how he came to become the Grand Monarch of Evil. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Chase into Space

Heir to Darkness

Dark Specter was behind the training of Astronema.

Around 1984 Dark Specter hired the bounty hunter known as Darkonda to travel to the planet KO-35 in the Karova System to capture a child named Karone and gave her to Ecliptor so he can turn her into Astronema. Dark Specter eventually had Darkonda and Ecliptor both train new students to become his heir. Most notable among them were the young D-32897, Mal and Astronema, Dark Specter also had Darkonda kill Astronema's parents for being too dangerous and he led her falsely believe that the Power Rangers were responsible. During a final death match, the young Astronema won against D-32897 and was named as the heir of Dark Specter. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir to Darkness

The Psycho Path

At an unknown point, Dark Specter made contact with Trek, the Supersonic Green Ranger, and started to fill his head with the idea that in the eyes of his team, he was worthless and they never considered him one of them, this idea eventually drew the Ranger to follow Dark Specter's commands. Dark Specter formulated a plan in which they could use Trek's Sonic Morpher in order to project false images to the Supersonic Red Ranger, leading the team to a trap where the building they were occupying exploded, killing all of the Rangers and leaving Trek to report his success to him.

Dark Specter in the shadows

With this victory and his new ally, the villain finally had access to the Morphin Grid, now making him an equal to his enemies on Eltar, he made Trek step forward and mixing his Dark Energy with his ally's Morpher, Dark Specter created his first very own Ranger, Psycho Green. He then commanded his lackey to find Rita Repulsa and bring her to him, as she stole a Power Coin and he couldn't let Zordon retrieve it.

As Psycho Green leaves his planet, Dark Specter reflects on his creation, believing that he will eventually find more Rangers that can be swayed by the dark, adding more soldiers that will crush his enemies, as the Psycho Rangers will make the universe scream. Unfortunately Trek never could complete his mission. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- The Psycho Path

Further attacks

Dark Specter eventually launched an attack on KO-35 with his army, his forces were stopped by the two Space Rangers Andros and Zhane. Tvicon.png TV STORY-From Out of Nowhere The two Rangers fought against the army but they were relentless and too many, this caused Zhane to be mortally wounded. Due to him being the one who ordered the attack, Dark Specter was also responsible for leaving the Silver Space Ranger out of commission as Andros kept him alive by freezing him in a cryogenic tube inside the Astro Megaship. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Survival of the Silver

Dark Specter also led the United Alliance of Evil which was composed by villains and armies of that later faced different Rangers. Dark Specter was (indirectly) mentioned when Zordon referenced the United Alliance of Evil after the Machine Empire had broken away from it, though they later rejoined after being defeated by the Zeo Rangers. Tvicon.png TV STORY-A Zeo Beginning

Capture of Zordon

Dark Specter posing as Zordon.

Dark Specter and most of the United Alliance of Evil forces then attacked Eltar, Zordon's home planet. They captured Zordon, and resigned Alpha 5 and Dimitria to an unknown fate.Later his messenger told Divatox to come to the Cimmerian Planet just after she had defeated the Turbo Rangers. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Chase into Space

Dark Specter eventually brought forth the union of villains from the United Alliance of Evil, including Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, the Machine Empire, Divatox, and Astronema. Selecting Astronema to battle the Space Rangers when Andros was revealed to be in their gathering, Dark Specter also schemed to ensure that the Rangers never rescue Zordon from his clutches. Tvicon.png TV STORY-From Out of Nowhere Dark Specter then remained mostly in the background, leaving it to his underlings - particularly Astronema - to crush the Rangers.

The only time where Dark Specter personally confronted the Rangers was during one of their later attempts to rescue Zordon. A reformed Astronema led her brother and his teammates to Zordon's alleged prison, only for it to be revealed that Dark Specter was posing as Zordon. After taunting Andros and reaffirming his faith in Astronema's evil, he teleported away, leaving Astronema and Darkonda to deal with the captive Rangers. However, Astronema freed the Rangers and they escaped, with the help of Ecliptor. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Rangers' Leap of Faith

Being betrayed

Dark Specter's decaying state.

Refusing to let Astronema leave the side of evil so easily, Dark Specter temporarily handed control of the Dark Fortress to Darkonda and commissioned him to reprogram Ecliptor. He then sent an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, which lured Karone into a trap. She was then tragically reprogrammed by Darkonda with cybernetic implants, suppressing her emotions and returning her to the side of evil. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Dark Specter's Revenge

Darkonda's technology worked a little too well, however, and the even more villainous Astronema decided to overthrow Dark Specter. To this end she created the Psycho Rangers, whose power was channelled directly from Dark Specter. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Rangers Gone Psycho Dark Specter's energy drained with each fight by the Psychos, and he called on Astronema to find the cause, a situation that she relished. Eventually, the Rangers would destroy the Psychos, and Dark Specter recovered, never discovering that his trusted lieutenant had betrayed him. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Enemy Within

Death

Dark Specter is destroyed.

Eventually, Dark Specter finally initiated his master plan and launched an all-out invasion of the entire universe, assaulting worlds including Earth, Gratha, the Vica Galaxy, KO-35, and the homeworld of the Phantom Ranger, in an attempt to destroy the forces of good. Though the attack was going well, Dark Specter was attacked by Darkonda, who turned a planet-destroying missile on the monarch. Though the attack succeeded in destroying Dark Specter, the Grand Monarch of Evil was able to hang on long enough to swallow Darkonda's fighter jet whole, taking the traitorous bounty hunter with him. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Countdown to Destruction

Personality

Destructive, brutal, cruel, arrogant, and sadistic, Dark Specter is a vicious tyrant and a power-mad monster all rolled into one. He desires control, and uses intimidation, violence, and domination on his own minions. He despises humanity and compassion, and routinely threatens and abuses Astronema/Karone whenever she strays from her path of evil. Despite this, he seems to value her over his other allies, treating her with an almost fatherly concern. He never considers that she might have betrayed him and expends both effort and good will among his minions in his attempts to guide her, despite his many powerful underlings. Indeed, his affection for Astronema seemingly emboldens Darkonda's grudge against both of them. Dark Specter also fails to perceive Darkonda's aspirations for his throne, demonstrating a continual blindness to the treacherous nature of his allies, though whether it stems from faith or arrogance is unclear.

Known Powers and Abilities

  • Power: Although he is never shown fighting and the full extent of his powers is completely unknown, Dark Specter was the most powerful villain of the entire Zordon Era and the most powerful villain up to that point. Rita, Zedd, King Mondo, and Divatox were all terrified by him, his mere name convincing Divatox to stop her search for the Turbo Rangers in the Command Center/Power Chamber ruins and immediately stop her row with Rita.
  • Durability: Dark Specter took multiple shots from Darkonda's star fighter without injury. It took a missile with the power to destroy the Earth to kill him.
  • Lightning Teleportation: He can appear from blue lightning bolts and vanish at will.
  • Mouth Fireballs: Dark Specter can shoot fireballs from his mouth.
  • Face Projection: In episodes such as "The Delta Discovery" and "Astronema Thinks Twice", Dark Specter was able to make his face appear in a sky.
  • Shape Shifting: In the episode "The Rangers' Leap of Faith", he posed as Zordon to trick the Rangers into a trap.
    • Size Changing: Whilst posing as Zordon, Dark Specter was human sized despite being the size of a planet otherwise. It is unclear if he can do this normally when he isn't assuming a specific planet.

Notes

Appearances

Main article: List of Dark Specter's appearances


See Also

References