|This article is about a/an monster in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
- "Alright, where is he? I'm hungry! I'm hungry!"
- ―The Fighting Flea's first words upon being created.[src]
Fighting Flea was a flea monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "To Flea or Not to Flee".
The Fighting Flea is created by Finster after Rita decides to take Jason out of the fight by disabling him with an itch. Rita then shrinks him and places on a dog found by Jason at the Youth Center. Due to their proximity, the Flea is able to jump onto Jason and spread an itchy rash on him, by biting him. The Putties appear and the Rangers discover that the rash is contagious and for them is spreading by biting. With the help of Kimberly, Jason neutralizes the squad of Putties in this way, making them itch and they run away. Later on, the entire Power Ranger team us out looking for the dog but are unaware Bulk and Skull were been the ones to steal the dog. The Fighting Flea then appears out of the animal and scares the duo away before heading away to confront Jason and Kimberly. A short time later, Jason and Kimberly encounter the Flea himself in the junkyard and are forced to morph in self-defense. The cure, which Alpha has given Jason, stops acting when they are hit by a blast from the Flea and he starts itching even more than before. However, the other Rangers appear and blasts the monster back. Zack and Trini then keep the Flea occupied whilst Billy give Jason the final antidote. The monster then summons the Putty Patrol but they are defeated so he blasts the Rangers. However, it is completely ineffective and Jason cut down the monster with his Power Sword.
However, before the Rangers can finish him with the Power Blaster, Rita enlarges the Flea her so they summon the Dinozords. They form Tank Mode and withstand energy blasts from the Flea before blasting him down and forming Battle Mode. They are initially evenly matched and manage to knock down the Flea but the monster gains the upper hand by blasting them again and by jumping around and smacking the Megazord. However, he makes the foolish decision to charge straight at them which allowed Jason to summon the Power Sword and slay the Flea despite him asking if they could compromise. Screeching, he slips onto his side and explodes.
Trumpet Top summons an illusionary Fighting Flea to wear out the Power Rangers enough that Lord Zedd will easily be able to destroy them. He is joined by Saliguana, Soccadillo, Rhinoblaster, the Mantis, the Stag Beetle and Slippery Shark. They nearly achieve their goal in wearing them out but Zordon sees through the plan at which point he cease to exist.
After the arrival of Rito Revolto and the Tenga Warriors, the former reveals that he has a plan to destroy the Rangers but requires help. To this end, Rita has Finster recreate the Fighting Flea, the Lizzinator, Octophantom, and the Stag Beetle into helping Rito ambush the Power Rangers when they bring out their respectful Megazords. When preparing for the trap, Rito told the four monsters that they were taking the best hiding places where Fighting Flea reminds Rito that he is the bait in Lord Zedd's plan. Eventually, after Rito took a pounding, Rita and Zedd enlarged the four monsters and the army of monsters gained the upper hand, enabling Rito to successfully destroy the White Tigerzord and Thunder Megazord. His fate from then on is unknown but he was presumably either destroyed for outliving his usefulness or allowed to leave and live his own life.
The Fighting Flea is later present for Master Vile's End of The World party where he chats with the Lizzinator. This supports the idea that he was let go after the end of the Thunderzords, mainly because recreating him seems like wasted effort on Finster's part. It is unknown what happened to him after the party ended as he is never seen again but he presumably went to live somewhere in the universe as he was not shown being destroyed.
The Fighting Flea was a cunning, spiteful, nasty and annoying monster. He was cunning with his itchy spreading infection rash with his bite Jason but he was also arrogant. This arrogance led him to his demise since, instead of unleashing more energy blasts on the Megazord which had been working beforehand, he charged at it out of sheer and was defeated by the Power Rangers. He is also loyal to Rita and Zedd.
Powers and Abilities
- Putty Summoning: The Flea could summon Putty Patrollers to aid him in battle.
- Flea Bite: The Fighting Flea's signature ability where he could spread an itchy rash infection with his bite. This was represented by glowing red energy around the affected area.
- Contagious: Contact with the rash caused anyone to also become infected. Whether the victim is organic like a human or not (like a Putty) has no effect on whether or not it infects them.
- Needles Shooting: The Flea was also able to fire needles from his mouth.
- Energy Firing: The Flea's strongest attack where he fired fire orange energy beams from his antenna. These took down Jason and Kimberly with one hit and reactivated his itch. When giant, they caused massive explosions around the Megazord in Tank Mode and later blasted it back.
- Size Changing: Fighting Flea could change his size from his human size to the size of a flea and vice versa at will in a red swirl of energy.
- Multi Attack: The Flea could jump around and smack the Megazord with his fists multiple times without it having time to react.
- Strength: The Flea sent Kimberly flying backwards through the air with one punch and blocked her Blade Blaster with his bare left hand.
- Durability: The Flea was blasted by Billy, Zack, and Trini's Blade Blasters all at once but did not get a scratch on him.
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- Fists: Although he lacked weapons, the Flea had enough strength that his fists could easily knock back his enemies.
Behind the Scenes
- The first and second time he appeared, Fighting Flea was voiced by Rebecca Forstadt in her only Power Rangers role, and was voiced by Barbara Goodson in his third appearance
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- The Fighting Flea came from what is commonly referred to as Zyu2 footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
- In Fire In Your Tank, a re-colored version of Fighting Flea is among the monsters that appear in Divatox's boot camp. It was nicknamed Fleeing Flea by the fans.