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


The Dramole was a mole monster, created by Finster. He could spray the special hypnotic gas that can put everyone under his control. He serves as the main antagonist of the two-part episode "Return of an Old Friend."

History

Dramole was created by Finster. Dramole could spray special hypnotic gas that could control people's minds. He also could digg under the ground. He couldn't talk. Rita had Finster create the Dramole and sent him to kidnap everyone in the Angel Grove Youth Center. Dramole did it. He kidnapped the parents and sent them to the Dark Dimension, where people were in zombie state and obeyed Rita's orders . The plot was to hold them hostage and get the Powers Rangers to hand over their Power Coins. She would then draw out a Ranger to brainwash them and bring Goldar the Dragon Dagger who could then summon the Dragonzord to wipe out the city. The Rangers would be unable to respond since Rita had their Power Coins and thus they would be helpless. After kidnapping the parents, Dramole found Billy in the Youth Center and brainwashed him to get the Dragon Dagger before he retreated back underground. Then Dramole encountered other Rangers and took control over them too. Then monster started to spray his gas in the city. Tommy, who watched it, asked Zordon to restore at least part of Green Ranger power to help them. Green Ranger interrupted and eventually stopped Dramole, by destroying his spraying machine and freeing his friends.

Once the Rangers handed over their Coins, Finster planned to have the Dramole finish off the Rangers for good once Angel Grove surrendered. However, these plans were pushed ahead significantly after Tommy returned as the Green Ranger and stole back both the Dragon Dagger and Power Coins as well as managed to defeat both Goldar and Scorpina. After this happened, Rita sent the Dramole to Angel Grove Quarry to destroy or brainwash the Power Rangers. The Rangers (minus Tommy who had used enough energy to become comatose) arrived but the Dramole turned day to night, spraying them with his gas but they held their breaths. However, he was soon able to take control over four of them (minus Kimberly) before he prepared to brainwash her as well after Zack and Billy grabbed her. Luckily, Tommy woke up and knocked down Dramole with a massive energy blast which released the others from his control.

However, before they could team-up against the Dramole, Rita enlarged him and the Rangers had to dodge his giant foot as he tried to trample them. They then summoned the Megazord and Dragonzord but Dramole turned day to night to do them in. He proved too strong for them and took both down, forcing the Megazord to reboot so the Dragonzord had to fight the monster. The Megazpord quickly recovered so they summoned Titanus and Dramole was finally destroyed by the Ultrazord. Return of an Old Friend

Several months later, the Dramole was later recreated by Lord Zedd to guard the Rock of Time, but was defeated by Billy and his Power Lance. Rangers Back in Time

Not long later, Dramole was among the monsters recreated by Finster where he attacked the Rangers at the Specter Theater and attended Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa's wedding. He was one of the six monsters who was grown to giant size after the Rangers escaped the Specter Theater. He attacked straight after Eye Guy and unleashed a bombardment of his mind altering smoke which blasted the Thunder Megazord but it recovered and took him down with its smoke attack with Robogoat going next. He was out of commission for the remainder of the fight and was eventually destroyed again by the Thunder Saber. The Wedding

Three years later, the Dramole was seen amongst the monsters in the Machine Empire and General Havoc's army. He was presumably recreated by Finster only to be destroyed by Zordon's Energy Wave. Countdown to Destruction

Personality

Dramole was a cunning, sneaky and unpredictable monster. As he managed to take control over the Rangers and nearly won. But he was also arrogant and stubborn and clever heroes defeated him. He also didn't talk, only spoke in roars and growls. During his third appearance Dramole was much more intelligent and could talk but remained loyal to Rita and Zedd.

Powers and Abilities

  • Strength: The Dramole knocked back the Megazord and Dragonzord with single slashes of his claws.
  • Underground Digging: Being a mole themed monster, Dramole can quickly move under the ground.
    • Speed: The Dramole can race around underground at amazing speed.
  • Mind Control Gas Spray: Dramole's main ability where he sprays white gas from his armpits that can control the minds of other people.
    • Sky Darkening: The Dramole's mind control gas could also make the sky turn pitch black.
    • Damage: When fighting the Thunderzords, the Dramole unleashed some of his mind control smoke which caused damage to the Thunder Megazord.
  • Energy Swirl Projection: The Dramole can exhale white energy swirls from his nose that could brainwash even the Power Rangers. This seems to be a secondary ability he only uses if his usual mind control gas fails.
  • Lightning Vision: The Dramole can fire red and yellow lightning from his eyes that are strong enough to take down both the Megazord and Dragonzord with one hit as well as forcing the former to reboot.

Arsenal

  • Claws: Dramole had massive hands with razor sharp claws on them that he can use to slash his enemies with.

Behind The Scenes

Portrayal

  • In his second appearance, Dramole was voiced by Kirk Thornton. The original two-part episode to feature the Dramole only had stock mole grunts used for his "speech."

Gallery

Notes

  • The Dramole is the first monster since Cyclops to face Tommy and the first since the Hatchasaurus to face the Dragonzord.
  • Dramole comes from what is commonly referred to as "Zyu2" footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
  • Dramole was originally intended to have been destroyed by the Megazord which appears to have been switched out with Soccadillo.
    • The reason for this is unclear but it may have been because they felt they should use the newly reintroduced Green Ranger as part of the formation instead of re-using the Megazord finisher for the literal 9th time in a row.
      • However, remnants of this change can still clearly be seen as orange energy like that from the Power Sword finisher can briefly be seen hitting the Dramole before his destruction.
  • The Dramole is the only monster in Season 1 to not speak anything resembling English or any other language.
    • Even monsters like Cyclops and the Giant grunted and laughed instead of the weird mole sounds the Dramole made.
  • The second half of the Zord battle features artificially darkened footage done in the same way as in the American version of the Cyclopsis battle.
    • Bits of the the daytime footage can be seen in the stock footage battle used in "The Wedding".

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