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Frankenstein Monster served as the main antagonist of the episode "Life's a Masquerade".

Character History

Finster creates this monster to infiltrate the Halloween party at the Youth Center after Rita finds a new special clay for Finster to create more powerful monsters and Putties. He blends in with the crowd at the costume party in the Youth Center in an attempt to seek out the Rangers but soon goes berserk and ends up throwing Frankie into Bulk and Skull once she tries to flirt with him. As the patrons are surprised by the monster's outburst, the Frankenstein Monster retreats back to the caves where Rita and her flunkies are digging for the Super Putty. However, Billy becomes suspicious of the monster and follows him back to the cave only for the monster to ambush him in the caves and force a battle. The Frankenstein Monster pulls out the bolts from his neck which are connected by a chain and blocks a Blade Blaster attack from Billy before tossing him down before smacking him down with the bolt when he recovers and then throwing them at him to wipe him out after recovering for a third time. Once Rita flies out of the cavern on the giant ball of Super Putty, Billy withdraws to get help whilst the Frankenstein Monster leaves the caves and goes on a rampage. A while later, the Rangers *(sans Tommy who is fighting the Putty Patrol outside the Youth Center) morph and confront the Frankenstein Monster with their Power Weapons. The Frankenstein Monster leaps straight at them and knocks aside Jason's Power Sword and Billy's Power Lance. Kimberly tries to take him down with Power Bow arrows but he deflects them and takes her, Billy and Trini down.

Impressed with her monster, Rita throws her wand and makes the Frankenstein Monster grow which also equips him with a prisoner ball and chain. The Rangers summon the Megazord but it gets smashed in the chest by the Frankenstein Monster and then ducked before a smack to the crotch knocks it back further. Jason summons the Power Sword but even that bounces straight off of the monster's chest and he blocks the follow-up swing and kicks it away before smacking the Megazord back again. Getting his ball and chain around the Megazord's neck, he comically begins slamming it up and down against the ground before picking it up above his head and twirling it around in a big circle right before tossing it straight through a building. Meanwhile. Tommy mops up the last of the Putties and joins the battle with his Dragonzord which allows the Rangers to temporarily get the upper hand on the outnumbered the Frankenstein Monster but his strength quickly turns the tables again. Tommy attempts the Dragonzord's tail whip but the Frankenstein Monster grabs the Zord's tail mid-swing and picks it up before smacking the Megazord with it and tossing the Dragonzord down with it. The Frankenstein Monster then chokes them with some mist before using his chained bolts to slap them back only for the Rangers to regroup and form the Dragonzord Battle Mode. The monster jumps at them and double punches it back and shrugs off two punches to the chest before slamming it back. The Dragonzord Battle Mode then fires its head fin at him but he throws it back with devastating effort. However, his fatal mistake comes when he charges straight at the Dragonzord Battle Mode immediately after which allows them to finish him off by using the Power Staff to impale him straight through the stomach. The Frankenstein Monster can only stand there aghast with cracks appearing all over his body before being torn apart.

Legacy

Tommy later showed up to the party dressed as the monster but Rita's plan was ultimately successful in getting the Super Putty and creating her Super Putty Patrollers which led to the Power Rangers' introduction to Titanus who would prove instrumental in forming the Dino Ultrazord.

Personality

The Frankenstein Monster was a brutal, barbaric and unintelligent monster. He was shown to carry out the mission which Rita gave him but he was not very bright. He was shown in a comedic way in the episode. However despite this he seemed to be a good strategist when it came to fighting the Rangers and the Megazord and the Dragonzord and was intensely loyal to Rita.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Mist Spray: The Frankenstein Monster could fire a large cloud of red mist out of his mouth to choke the Rangers.

Abilities

  • Strength: The Frankenstein Monster could knock Rangers down with single punches and wield the Dragonzord like a club by holding its tail, It reached the extent that he could pick up the Megazord by pulling on his chain around its neck and even twirl it around and toss it down with his bare hands, pick up and swing around the Dragonzord and throw back the Dragonzord Battle Mode's head thin with minimal effort.
    • Super Throw: The Frankenstein Monster's strength allowed him to throw his neck bolts at his enemies with impressive force, taking down Billy with one hit and striking back the Megazord and Dragonzord back with one throw.
  • Durability: The Frankenstein Monster was able to survive nearly every attack the Rangers threw at him to the point that the Power Sword bounced right off of his chest.
  • Expert Fighter: The Frankenstein Monster was able to take on and fight off five Rangers at once even with their Power Weapons as well as the Megazord and its Power Sword.
  • Super Jump: The Frankenstein Monster was able to jump several meters in the air to launch his initial attack on the Dragonzord Battle Mode.

Weaknesses

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Arsenal

  • Chain and Ball: The Frankenstein Monster's main weapon was a chain and a meteor hammer-like weapon and a spiked ball chain.
  • Bolts: The Frankenstein Monster could withdraw the bolts from his neck, which were connected by a chain, which he could twirl and throw at his enemies.
  • Dragonzord: At one point, the Frankenstein Monster picked the Dragonzord up by its tail and slammed it into the Megazord.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • The Frankenstein Monster was voiced by Tom Wyner although the "performance" mostly consists of just growls and laughter. His actual form is played by Maroshi Tamura via Sentai stock footage and Jason David Frank via original footage.
    • This infamously led from the Frankenstein Monster going from having long hair to short hair in between scenes for no apparent reason.
      • Additionally, despite being a non-speaking monster, he actually had three lines, "I can" when Rita asked him if he could destroy the Rangers, “Yeah!” When the Putties were getting the Super Putty and "C'mere" when attacking Billy in the caves.

Design

  • He is based on the monster from Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein". More specifically, his design is based on the famous Boris Karloff iteration from the acclaimed and influential 1931 film adapation.

Etymology

  • His name is a direct reference to the monster from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".

Notes

  • In the original Japanese episode, he transforms into Mutitus after getting struck by the Dragonzord Battle Mode's staff instead of blowing up and then teleporting away. Footage of his transformation was replaced with footage of an explosion to make it look like he was destroyed.
    • That was changed because his mutation was horribly disturbing.
  • The Frankenstein Monster made an unintended appearance in the following episode during a meeting of Rita's gang despite having been destroyed previously.
    • This error exists that episode borrowed from Part I of the four part Zyuranger story (which involved the episodes that would later go on to become Island of Illusion) which became this episode despite Gung Ho! borrowing from Part II of the storyline.
      • The cave footage and brawl in the city against the individual Rangers came from Part I of that story whereas the Zord fight occurred in Part II since Bandora sent him down to avenge the Dokiita Golems when he was enlarged for the Zord fight.
  • In Zyuranger, the Zyurangers also used the Thunder Slingers to weaken the monster but Saban had to cut the footage of this happening because Power Rangers had yet to introduce the weapons.
    • However, this is why his ball and chain vanishes between smacking back the Dragonzord Battle Mode and charging to his destruction.
  • The Frankenstein Monster had many similarities to the Lizzinator from later in the season. Both were humanoid, both had strength exceeding most other monsters, both were sent with the mission of just destroying the Power Rangers, both could project large harmful clouds of gas from their mouths, both lifted the Dragonzord into the air with ease, and both were destroyed by the strongest Zord formations available at the time (Frankenstein Monster by the Dragonzord Battle Mode and the Lizzinator by the Ultrazord).
    • The main differences were both were the original bases (the Frankenstein Monster being based upon Mary Shelley's creation of the same name whereas the Lizzinator came from a rat), the Lizzinator spoke multiple times whereas the Frankenstein Monster only spoke twice, the Lizzinator's Super Stink Breath being green instead of the Frankenstein Monster's red, the Lizzinator's breath attack being named whereas the Frankenstein Monster's was not, and the Frankenstein Monster having a weapon whereas the Lizzinator had just his claws and some cars.
      • Minor differences included the fact that the Frankenstein Monster used the Dragonzord as a club against the Megazord whereas the Lizzinator just picked it up and threw it and that the Lizzinator appeared in four episodes total whereas the Frankenstein Monster appeared in only one.

Appearances

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See Also

References

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