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


The Frankenstein Monster was a humanoid monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "Life's a Masquerade".

History

Finster created this monster in infiltrate the Halloween party at the Youth Center. Rita found a new special clay for Finster to create more powerful monsters and Putties. He blends in with the crowd at the costume party in Angel Grove Youth Center in an attempt to seek out the Rangers. They even confused him with Tommy, who wanted to dress like a Frankenstein on a costume party. After the Rangers confronted the Frankenstein Monster, they were promptly overpowered.

After the Frankenstein Monster grows to giant size, the Rangers in their Megazord struggle with him until Tommy joins the battle with his Dragonzord. Early on in the battle, the Rangers call for the Power Sword but it bounces harmlessly off of Frankie's chest. For a while, things appear grim as the Frankenstein Monster is able to handle both the Dragonzord and Megazord simultaneously. The Megazord then disassembles and they form the Dragonzord Battle Mode. Initially, the Frankenstein Monster still has the upper hand, as he continues to clobber the Dragonzord Battle Mode like he did the Megazord and Dragonzord, even blocking and then returning its crest blast. While laughing mockingly at the Rangers, they use the opportunity to obliterate the monster with the Power Staff. The Frankenstein Monster explodes in a strange way with cracks appearing all over his body before being torn apart. Tommy later showed up to the party dressed as the monster.

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 wasn't 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 Dino Megazord and the Dragonzord. However he is still very loyal to Rita.

Powers and abilities

  • Strength:The Frankenstein Monster could knock Rangers down with single punches and wield the Dragonzord like a club by holding it's take, 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.
  • 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.
  • Mist Spray-The Frankenstein Monster can fire a large cloud of red mist out of his throat which could cripplingly choke the Rangers.
  • Super Jumps-The Frankenstein Monster was able to jump several meters in the air to launch his initial attack on the Dragonzord Battle Mode.

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: Frankenstein's Monster can withdraw the bolts from his neck, which are connected by a chain, which he can twirl and throw at his enemies hard enough to knock the Megazord and Dragonzord back with one throw.

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 Frankie 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.

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's 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 came from Part I of that story whereas the Zord fight occured in Part II since Bandora sent him down to avenge the Dokiita Golems.
        • They also used the Thunder Slingers to weaken the monster which is why his ball and chain vanishes with no explanation near the end of the battle. They had to cut the footage of this happening because PR had yet to introduce the weapons.
  • The Frankenstein's 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 by the Dragonzord Battle Mode and the Lizzinator by the Ultrazord).
    • The main differences were both were the original bases (the Frankenstein's Monster being based upon Mary Shelley's creation of the same name whereas the Lizzinator came from a rat), the Lizzinator's Super Stink Breath being green instead of the Frankenstein's red, and the Frankenstein Monster having a weapon in his bolts and chain whereas the Lizzinator had just his claws and some cars. Minor differences included the fact that the Frankenstein's 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 whereas the Frankenstein's Monster appeared in only one.

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