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"If a horse faces right, what direction is his tail? (.....) Well, what's the answer?"
―Dora Sphinx's first words

DoraSphinx's transformation

Dora Sphinx (ドーラスフィンクス Dōra Sufinkusu, 5,6 & 40 (Flashback)) was a Dora Monster created by Bandora and Pleprechaun and based on the Great Sphinx of Giza and the mythological sphinx of Thebes. Obsessed with riddles, Dora Sphinx preyed on children before coming into conflict with the Zyurangers.

Character History

DoraSphinx's human form

Created by Pleprechaun, Dora Sphinx posed as a game show host in a tuxedo and pharaoh's head-dress offering children a chance to win a trip around the world if they could answer all five riddles in his "Ultra Riddle Contest". However the cost of failure was high. Those who could not answer his riddles in time were blown away by a gust from the monster's wings and imprisoned within trees that were scheduled to be cut down to make way for a golf course.

Mistaking Boi for a child, Dora Sphinx encounterd Dime Tribe Knight Boi and Etoffe Tribe Knight Dan. Bandora ordered her creature to capture the Zyurangers and Dora Sphinx successfully imprisoned Boi. Later a repentant Dan allowed himself to be captured in order to find and free Boi.

The remaining Zyurangers gathered in the forest to face Dora Sphinx but the monster subjects them to his game one by one. After capturing Risha Tribe Princess Mei and Sharma Tribe Knight Goushi, Dora Sphinx found a worthy opponent in Yamato Tribe Prince Geki. But following an argument over the answer to his hardest question ("Is there anything that is eternal in life?" Geki believed the answer was justice, and Dora Sphinx believed the answer was evil), Dora Sphinx battled the Tyranno Ranger until Bandora enlarged him and Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus sends Geki away in order to gather his team so they can form Daizyuzin.Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ep. 5: Scary Riddles

When Geki returned to face him, Dora Sphinx resumed his attack, with Grifforzar assisting him even before Bandora enlarged the two monsters to crush Geki. However Tyranno Ranger managed to find the five Dino Crystals and he used them to free his comrades, who summoned their Guardian Beasts and combined them into Dino-Tanker and then Daizyujin.

Seeing that the logging crews were arriving, Dora Sphinx reverted to his human guise and challenged the Sentai and Daizyujin to an Ultra Riddle Contest, to keep them from saving the children. Dora Sphinx didn't set a number of riddles forr the contest, however, and used this to play for time. However, Geki convinced Dora Sphinx to ask a question that no one knew the answer to: "what is Dora Sphinx's weak spot?" When Dora Sphinx revealed the answer to correct Geki and resumed his monstrous form, Daizyuzin used that knowledge to deliver the fatal blow with the Godhorn. Following Dora Sphinx's destruction, his victims were freed from the trees in which they were imprisoned.Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ep. 6: Arise! Daizyuzin

Personality

Dora Sphinx is obsessed with riddles. He takes a perverse joy in punishing those who don't answer his riddles correctly. Moreover, he has little patience who doesn't take his riddles seriously or those who try to cheat or argue over the correct answer. Occasionally, however, he can get so caught up in arguing over an answer that he fails to take advantage of a situation.

In human form he was two-faced, acting harmless in order to lull his victims into participating in his riddle contests, suddenly revealing his disgust the moment someone answered a question incorrectly.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Shapeshifter: Dora Sphinx could assume human form taking on the appearance of a harmless looking adult male.

Abilities

  • Wings: Dora Sphinx's wings not only allowed him to fly, but he could also flap them with such force that he could blow an opponent away.
  • Tree Prison: Apparently a component to his wing flapping ability, Dora Sphinx typically sent his victims to a nearby forest where they would be trapped inside one of the trees. Dora Sphinx claimed that if the trees were cut down while someone was trapped within, they would die. Those trapped within trees were freed upon Dora Sphinx's destruction.

Weaknesses

  • The snake on his Sphinx Headdess was the source of his power.

Arsenal

  • Hand-Held Signs: While in human form, Dora Sphinx could produce hand-held signs that displayed the answers to his riddles.
  • Clock Throne: In addition to the signs, Dora Sphinx could summon a throne with a clock built into it. The clock would countdown how much time an intended victim had to answer his riddles.
  • Sphinx Headdress: Dora Sphinx's headdress was the source of his power and his weakness.
  • Egyptian Staff: When in monster form, Dora Sphinx used this staff as an offensive weapon. He could also fire bolts of energy from it.

Behind the Scenes

concept art

Portrayal

  • Dora Sphinx is voiced by Isamu Ichikawa, who also played Dora Sphinx's human form.

Design

Dora Sphinx is based on the Egyptian depiction of a sphinx, particularly the Great Sphinx of Giza. Like his mythological counterpart, Dora Sphinx is based on a lion, though he is highly anthropomorphized, and has wings like a falcon. On his head he wears a blue and yellow Nemes headdress adorned with a cobra as well as a traditional ceremonial false beard. All of these features are likely inspired by the funerary mask of Tutankhamen, the archetypal image of a pharaoh in popular culture. More than visually communicating the chimeric appearance or particular attributes of the mythological sphinx, Dora Sphinx's design embraces this Egyptian pharaoh motif, holding a crook and bedecked in Kemetic hieroglyphs, a shendyt, and eye imagery once again likely based on Tutankhamen's mask and the kohl worn by Egyptian peoples.

Etymology

Dora Sphinx follows the naming convention of all his Dora Monster brethren, named after his master, Bandora, and adding the final syllable of her name to a monster of classical mythology, in his case a sphinx. Sphinxes are a chimeric beast of Kemetic mythology. The name is Greek and is believed to possibly derive from the Greek word σφίγγω (sphíngō), meaning to squeeze, or perhaps from a greek corruption of the Egyptian shesepankh or 'living image', referring to the statues of the creatures.

Notes

  • Dora Sphinx is the first Dora Monster to be destroyed by Daizyuzin.

Appearances

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See Also

References

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Rangers
Geki - Goushi - Dan - Boi - Mei - Burai
Gear:
Dino Buckler - Dinocrystals - Dino Medals - Zaurer Machines - Ryugeki Sword - Mothbreaker - Trice-Lance - Saber Daggers - Ptera Arrow - Howling Cannon - Zyusouken - Ranger Stick - Thunder Slinger - Ranger Slinger
Allies:
Barza - Clotho - Kakurangers - Abarangers - Gokaiger - Kyoryugers
Ancient Tribes: Yamato (King - Queen - Black Knight) - Sharma (Otome) - Etoffe - Dime - Lithia - Apelo (Euro) - Dahl
Fairy Tribe: Gnome - Ryota
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Shinka Gattai Daizyuzin - Gouryuuzin - Zyutei Gattai Zyutei Daizyuzin - Kyukyoku Gattai Ultimate Daizyuzin
Bandora Gang
Great Satan - Witch Bandora - Grifforzer - Totpat - Bookback - Pleprechaun - Lami - Kai
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Dokita Dora Monsters: Dora Franke - Dora Narcissus - Dora Raiger - Dora Ninja - Dora Gunrock - Dora Kinkaku - Dora Silkys - Dora Gansaku - Dora Antaeus - Dora Chimaera - Dora Unicorn - Dora Mirage
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