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"I'm hungry! I'm hungry! Hungry!"
―The Fighting Flea's first words upon being created.[src]

"Ah, Red Ranger! I’m so happy to see you again!"
―The Fighting Flea when confronting Jason and Kimberly.[src]

"That's not fair! You cheated!"
―The Fishing Flea after she learned Jason was no longer affected by his rash thanks to Billy.[src]

"Oh...Oh no!"
―The Fighting Flea reacting to Jason coming at her with his Power Sword and her final words before her initial defeat.[src]

"Ha ha ha! What do you think Rangers?! You're just bitesize!"
―The Fighting Flea upon being enlarged.[src]

"Um! Er, can we still talk about this?!"
―Fighting Flea reacting to the Megazord charging up its Power Sword and her final words before her destruction.[src]

Fighting Flea was a flea monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "To Flea or Not to Flee".

Character History

The Fighting Flea is created by Finster after Rita decides to take Jason out of the fight by disabling him with an inch. Rita then shrinks her 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 herself 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 Patorl but they are defeated so she blasts the Rangers. However, it is completely ineffective and Jason cut down the monster with his Power Sword.

However, before the Rangers can finish her 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 her 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, she makes the foolish decision to charge straight at them which allowed Jason to summon the Power Sword and slay the Flea despite her asking if they could compromise. Screeching, she slips onto her side and explodes. Tvicon.png TV STORY-To Flea or Not to Flee

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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park

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. Her fate from them on is unknown but she was presumably either destroyed for outliving her usefulness or allowed to leave and live her own life. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ninja Quest

The Fighting Flea is later present for Master Vile's End of The World party where she chats with the Lizzinator. This supports the idea that she was let go after the end of the Thunderzords, mainly because recreating her seems like wasted effort on Finster's part. It is unknown what happened to her after the party ended as she is never seen again but she presumably went to live somewhere in the universe as she was not shown being destroyed. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Master Vile and the Metallic Armor

The Fighting Flea's fate after Zordon's Energy Wave is unclear as she does not participate in Dark Specter's invasion of the universe but she is presumably turned to dust unless she became good in the intervening years. If so, she may have been spared or even purified. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Countdown to Destruction

Personality

The Fighting Flea was a cunning, spiteful, nasty and annoying monster. She was cunning with her itchy spreading infection rash with her bite Jason but she was also arrogant. This arrogance led her to her demise since, instead of unleashing more energy blasts on the Megazord which had been working beforehand, she charged at it out of sheer and was defeated by the Power Rangers. She is also loyal to Rita and Zedd.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Putty Summoning: The Flea could summon Putty Patrollers to aid her in battle.
  • Flea Bite: The Fighting Flea's signature ability where she could spread an itchy rash infection with her 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 her mouth.
  • Energy Firing: The Flea's strongest attack where she fired fire orange energy beams from her 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 her size from her 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 her fists multiple times without it having time to react.

Abilities

  • Strength: The Flea sent Kimberly flying backwards through the air with one punch and blocked her Blade Blaster with her 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.

Weaknesses

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Arsenal

  • Fists: Although she lacked weapons, the Flea had enough strength that her fists could easily knock back her enemies.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • The first time she appeared, Fighting Flea was voiced by Rebecca Forstadt in her only Power Rangers role and, the third time she appeared, was voiced by Barbara Goodson.
    • The Flea was completely silent during the illusion battle.

Design

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Etymology

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Notes

  • The Fighting Flea came from what is commonly referred to as Zyu2 footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
  • There is still some debate over the monster's gender. The voice itself was feminine and they were always voiced by a woman but it could just be a very high pitched male voice and the Rangers refereed to him as such.
  • Fighting Flea is the first monster since the Cyclops to be created on-screen. All other monsters were only first seen sometime after being created.
  • 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.

Appearances

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References

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