|This article is about a/an villain in Power Rangers in Space, the last installment in the Zordon Era.|
- ""Ecliptor! I'll get you for this! You can't destroy me so easily!.""
- ―Darkonda before mutating.[src]
Darkonda was a ruthless and violent bounty hunter who had been directly involved in roughly a hundred different wars, assassinations, and crimes throughout known space. Little was known about Darkonda's past before becoming the deceptive bounty hunter that he was today. Over the years Darkonda had acquired extensive knowledge about countless locales throughout the Milky Way galaxy along with connections in the criminal underworlds of various planets, even Earth.
Approximately 12 years before Power Rangers in Space, Darkonda was hired by Dark Specter to travel to the planet KO-35 in the Karova System to capture Karone, the sister of Andros the Red Space Ranger. In the years that followed Darkonda took an increasingly important role in KO-35 history. Although the specifics are still not known, Darkonda was a significant player in the events that led to the eventual evacuation of the planet including the Barillian Bug infestation that decimated much of the planet's population. After the complete evacuation of the planet, Darkonda used it as a base of his own. Unchallenged, he looted and pillaged all that the colonists left behind in their hurry to evacuate KO-35. At one point, Darkonda encountered Ecliptor. The two took an immense disliking for one another and became rivals.
Several years later Darkonda met up with Astronema, now the Princess of Evil, and won a place on her Dark Fortress as her second in command (co-ranking with Ecliptor) after he infected Carlos Vallerte, the Black Space Ranger, with the venom of a Barillian Bug. He also attempted to turn the Rebels of KO-35 against the Power Rangers by framing the Rangers for a mysterious ailment that was turning people into coral.
Secretly, Darkonda planned on killing both Astronema and Ecliptor and taking over her Dark Fortress. Although Ecliptor was aware of Darkonda's true intentions, Darkonda blackmailed Ecliptor into remaining silent by threatening to reveal the secrets behind Astronema's origin to her.
While in Astronema's service, Darkonda had many secret conversations with Dark Specter, in which he openly questioned Astronema's loyalties. After Astronema learned of her true past, Darkonda suggested that she be destroyed (along with Ecliptor). Dark Specter, however, was not (fully) persuaded despite Darkonda's insistence.
When Astronema briefly defected to the Power Rangers, Dark Specter gave Darkonda command over the Dark Fortress. Darkonda was also tasked with planting cybernetic implants on Ecliptor that would suppress any feelings he may have had for Astronema. After Astronema was captured, Darkonda altered her as well, turning her into a being of pure evil. To his surprise and anger, the newly reprogrammed Astronema promptly retook control of the Dark Fortress and threw him out despite his protests that she would have been destroyed without him. He teleported away, but not before reminding Astronema that he still had some lives left while she only had one.
Some time later, Darkonda was recruited again by Astronema, this time to lure the Rangers into a trap. It is unknown how or why she enlisted his aid, although Dark Specter may have ordered her to do so.
He later returned to aid the UAE in Dark Specter's Universal Conquest. He was with Astronema's army attacking the planet Earth. In a final act of betrayal, Darkonda commandeered a missile powerful enough to destroy the Earth and used it to destroy Dark Specter in an attempt to take power in controlling the universe for himself. However, he was destroyed in turn by the evil monarch before he fell. This was Darkonda's last life. Ironically, by hijacking the missiles and destroying Dark Specter, Darkonda unintentionally saved Earth from destruction.
Darkonda is a gleefully psychopathic, malicious, cruel, manipulative, arrogant, obstreperous, and sadistic being who takes pleasure in playing mind games with his opponents - namely Andros the Red Space Ranger. He often taunts Andros about kidnapping his sister, mocking him that she doesn't even know her brother is still alive. He also treats Ecliptor with disdain, viewing him as soft and weak because of the way Ecliptor cares about Astronema. Darkonda shows defiance to powerful beings such as Dark Specter, but his true loyalty is only to himself. Ultimately, his ambitions prove to be his undoing, as he loses his last life attempting to seize power from Dark Specter.
Darkonda was granted 9 lives by Dark Specter, although only seven of his deaths are confirmed:
- 1. He was killed in battle once by the Mega Voyager;
- 2. Once by Zhane the Silver Ranger;
- 3. Once by accidentally walking into one of his own traps;
- 4. & 5. Twice in combat by Ecliptor;
- 6. Once by the Galactic Rover driven by Zhane
- 7. & 8. Unknown
- 9. For the final time by Dark Specter himself.
Powers and abilities
- Strength: Darkonda was strong enough to carry young Karone over his shoulder and keep a decent pace as well as overwhelm all five Rangers with him his bare hands.
- Durability: In the episode "The Rangers' Leap of Faith", Darkonda took a full on blast from the now good Astronema's Wrath Staff straight to the chest and only fell over. Earlier on, in the episode "T.J.'s Identity Crisis", he survived the Flying Power Punch finisher which made him explode but didn't even cost him one of his lives.
- Hand to Hand Combat: Darkonda can easily outfight the Rangers with just his bare hands.
- Weapon Combat: Darkonda is an absolute master of hand to hand combat, overwhelming all five Rangers with just his sword despite them using their personal weapons as well as being a perfect match for Ecliptor's swordmanship.
- Super Speed: Darkonda can race around the battlefield as a blur to hit his enemies multiple times.
- Energy Blasts; Darkonda can fire red energy bolts from his left and his right hand.
- Growth Beam: Darkonda can fire an orange laser from his left hand that can make monsters grow into giants as shown with the Barillian Bug in the episode "The Barillian Sting."
- Shape Shifting: Darkonda can shapeshift into any being that he chooses at will with the most notable example being when he turned into a fake identity called Yatru in the episode "Zhane's Destiny" to aid in his scheme to poison the rebels on KO-35 with Coralizer's coral.
- Forced Fusion: Darkonda can force other beings to fuse with him into more powerful forms such as when the forcibly formed Darkliptor in the episodes "T.J,'s Identity Crisis" and "Astronema Thinks Twice." He is also the dominant mind in this form.
- Sword: Darkonda has a telescoping sword that he can withdraw from his side to use in combat.
- Growth Potion: In the episode "Flashes of Darkonda," Darkonda was given a potion that Ecliptor said would make him stronger but it mutated him into a giant mindless mutant.
- Strength: Darkonda is now much stronger than before, being able to easily overpower the Astro Delta Megazord and block its Flying Power Punch by crossing two spikes within his hands.
- Durability: Darkonda survived the energy tornado like attack that the Astro Delta Megazord used on him later in their fight without a scratch.
- Eye Lasers: Darkonda's mutant form can fire red-black lasers from his eyes which were strong enough to completely and devastatingly shake up the Astro Megazord.
- Monster Creation: Darkonda's mutant form can create monsters by dropping scales onto the ground after he is badly injured as seen with Mutantrus.
- Sword: Darkonda retains his telescoping sword for use in his mutant form.
- Spikes: Darkonda's mutant form has spikes all over it and he carries a pair to hack and slash his enemies with as well as being able to block the Flying Power Punch by crossing them.
- Chains: Darkonda has chains all over his mutant body that he can use to restrain his enemies.
- Aside from Guirail, aspects of Darkonda's character resemble that of Queen Ahames of Changeman as a warrior conscripted to work for evil but no loyalty. Working towards their own goals without regard for the greater empire.
- Although this is purely coincidence, Darkonda's sword heavily resembles the one used by Singe 19 years later.
- He had a cameo appearance in "Never Stop Searching" as the unnamed and mostly unseen kidnapper of Karone before debuting in the following episode.
- When he made a cameo in the Lost Galaxy episode "Facing the Past", his voice was different than how it was In Space.
- He was destroyed 9 times in the series, 2 times offscreen (possibly before In Space debuts), making him the villain with more deaths than any other villain in the series. His 9 lives is most likely a reference to a myth of how cats have nine lives.
- Back in early 2003, shortly after the series changed hands from Saban Entertainment to Disney, some of the monster costumes, including Darkonda's Super form, were auctioned off by ABC Auctions. It sold for $735.
Behind the scenes