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"Good."
―Goldar's first word when saying Rita's first takeover plot was a good idea.[src]
"And now for an end TO THOSE POWER RANGERS!"
―Goldar when he was grown for the third time.[src]
"I have returned! Who is it that is given me new life?"
―Goldar, upon being revived by Scrozzle.[src]
"You are the joke!"
―Goldar when he was about to destroy Sledge.[src]
"I NEVER SURRENDER TO RANGERS!"
―Goldar Yelling to 14 Rangers from three dino teams and his final words before the ultimate death.[src]

Goldar (or Flydar in the pilot episode), was a powerful yet very overconfident warrior that served under the command of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. He usually fought alongside Scorpina or Rito Revolto. Goldar was a humanoid manticore with red eyes and a husky voice, who sported a golden suit of armor with a matching helmet. Goldar is often referenced, as a monkey, or flying monkey, however, possibly to draw parallel between Rita Repulsa and The Wicked Witch of the West.

Goldar serves as one of the main villains in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He would return in Power Rangers Beast Morphers as Goldar Maximus.

History

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

According to the first conversations between Goldar and Lord Zedd, Goldar served Zedd with unquestioning loyalty before he was assigned to Rita's team. Where and for how long he served Zedd is unknown.

Goldar and Putties

Goldar and the Putty Patrollers invade Angel Grove.

Goldar led his Empress' very first invasion against the Earth. However, he soon faced the Power Rangers and was beaten by their Megazord after an intense fight (which is in contrast to his Zyuranger version). He also became notable for telling Rita what to do frequently (which Rita told him never to do again in "Doomsday" part 2), and always promised that they will get revenge for their schemes' failures, even though they really didn't in the end. He also has been called a "bumbling fool" by Rita in "A Star is Born", and was scolded by Rita vehemently in "Happy Birthday, Zack", being called a "worthless misfit" and a "dweeb". This pattern also happened when Lord Zedd was introduced as well; in addition to insulting the now apparently-incompetent golden warrior, he often blamed Goldar for his own failures, and had a habit of silencing him (and Squatt and Baboo) frequently, which is the reason why Goldar doesn't have as many lines in the other two seasons than he does in the first season.

Ever since then, Goldar fought the Rangers and their Zords, growing a strong hatred for Jason and Tommy, the Red and Green Rangers, for their continual victories in single combat. Goldar also had a Zord of his own known as Cyclopsis, an ancient war machine, but this Zord was defeated by the Rangers' Ultrazord after a prolonged battle. He was also involved in one of Bulk and Skull's more memorable encounters with a monster, in which Goldar (giant sized) picked up a bus with the two bullies inside.

Goldar and Zedd

Goldar serves Lord Zedd with loyalty.

When Lord Zedd arrived on the moon, Goldar eagerly abandoned Rita for his old master, regaining his wings in the process. As Zedd's right hand man, Goldar led many missions for him, encountering Tommy (now the White Ranger) again and again. Each time they fought, the White Ranger would best him, sending Goldar back to Zedd in disgrace. When Rita returned to the moon and married Zedd, Goldar was aghast. When he finally discovered it was a sham, he immediately set out to make things right and had Finster create an antidote for the love spell Rita used. Unfortunately for Goldar, it was revealed that Zedd had come to love Rita on his own, potion or not. Even after Rita dropped her secret plans of usurping Zedd, Goldar still had a massive dislike for her. Often paired with Rito Revolto, Goldar was disgusted by the skeleton's stupidity (and stench), although they eventually became friends of sorts. This is shown to be true as Rito gave him a Christmas present and he accepted it without argument.

Goldar was also essential in Lord Zedd's powering of the Shogun Zords, as he soundly defeated Ninjor, allowing Zedd to capture and use him as a power source for the Shogunzords.

Goldar and Rito

Goldar and Rito Revolto.

After destroying the Ninja Power Coins in the episode "Climb Every Fountain," Rita and Zedd assigned Goldar and Rito the mission of planting a bomb under and inside of the Command Center. but it was defused by Alpha 5. The two were then given a map of the Command Center's basement (that Zedd found) and entered the Center through an underground labyrinth of tunnels that the rule of Power Coins only did not apply to. The duo succeeded in stealing the Zeo Crystal (although he didn't escape with it) The bomb went off, and the Command Center exploded.

In Zeo

However, Goldar and Rito somehow lost the Crystal, and their memories (and in Goldar's case, his wings), and ended up wandering around Angel Grove. They eventually found Bulk and Skull, and ended up becoming their butlers in exchange for food and shelter. Zedd and Rita eventually found them and restored their memories (and Goldar's wings). They returned to their employers and helped them in their quest to destroy the Machine Empire.

In Space

Goldar In Space

Goldar attacks the Gold Ranger.

Goldar made his reappearance in the premiere episode of In Space during Dark Specter's conference, where he was responsible for revealing Andros's identity. His final appearance was in the Power Rangers in Space finale, Countdown to Destruction appearing alongside Rita, Zedd, Squatt, and Finster when he fired an energy blast strong enough to send Trey of Triforia flying away. His absence after Zordon's Energy Wave suggests that he was turned to dust alongside the majority of other villains in the United Alliance of Evil, something that is confirmed twenty-two years later.

Beast Morphers

Goldar Army

Goldar Maximus and his army.

Goldar's sword is one of the many villain relics in Ryjack's collection that are acquired by Evox and his minions (what exactly killed Goldar is not made clear but he was most likely a victim of Zordon's energy wave). On Evox's orders, Scrozzle uses Ryjack's reanimizer powered up by diamonds on Goldar's sword, reviving Goldar as an even more powerful version of the original known as Goldar Maximus. Upon learning that Evox is the one who resurrected him, Goldar Maximus pledges his loyalty to Evox. The recently-revived Sledge mocks him, saying that he had more power in his toe than Goldar, causing Goldar Maximus to attack him. Evox then orders Goldar Maximus to destroy Sledge, which he proceeds to do, despite Sledge pleading with them. Making Bad Goldar accompanies Snide to the Dino Charge dimension and fights the Dino Charge Rangers, quickly overwhelming them and the newly arrived Beast Morphers Rangers. He easily took Koda down and stole his Energem before fighting off Ravi, Nate, Steel and Zoey. He easily overwhelmed and demorphed them and destroyed their Morphers
Goldar Death

The Rangers destroy Goldar Maximus.

off-screen. They then went to find Scrozzle whom was assembling a secret weapon to use against the Rangers and Goldar cut open a geode for him. Goldar and Snide later appeared alongside some Putties, Triptoids and Vivix to attack Jason, Zoey and Ravi when they tried to ambush Evox and Scrozzle from behind. He, Roxy, Snide and the army attacked but Ivan's Lightning Final Strike took out Roxy and the Z-Rex Blaster destroyed Snide with Tyler taking down Goldar. He refused to surrender but the Rangers combined the Dino Spike, Power Blaster, and Z-Rex Blaster into the Dino Power Ultra Blaster which took Goldar out once and for all. Grid Connection

Video game appearances

Power Rangers: Super Legends

Goldar is the main villain in the Mighty Morphin' section of the game. He is first seen complaining about Rita making him do her dirty work once again. Suddenly, Lord Zedd appears in a time hole and tells him to contaminate Angel Grove's water supply, zombifying everyone there to form an army of Z-Putties. Goldar follows Zedd's demands, however the Power Rangers are hot on his tail. The "chase" ends at Angel Grove, where Goldar is ready to contaminate the water supply, however the Power Rangers stop him and he is forced to grow. He is defeated in the Megazord battle. In the game, he is voiced by Nolan North this time.

Power Rangers Legacy Wars/Battle for the Grid

Goldar is among the villains who feature in Power Rangers Legacy Wars and Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid. Additionally, the exclusive Mega Goldar form is introduced.

Forms

Goldar

Zords

Arsenal

  • Sword: Goldar wields a massive golden sword to aid him in combat.
    • Flame Blasts: Goldar can engulf his sword in flames and fling a large horrizontal wave of fire  at his enemies strong enough to seriously shake up the Dino Megazord in Tank Mode and knock around the Mastodon, Triceratops, and Sabertooth Tiger Dinozords with one hit.
    • Fireballs: Goldar can fire blue energy from his sword that can turn into orange fireballs that cause massive explosions and knock down all five Rangers with one hit (such as when they were tied up by Spidertron's webbing in the episode "Itsy Bitsy Spider")


Appearances: MMPR S1 Episodes 1-60, S2 Episodes 1-52, S3 Episodes 1-43, Zeo Episodes ???, IS Episodes 1, 42-43

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  • Broadsword: In his Goldar Maximus form, Goldar wields a golden-colored broadsword despite being revived from his original sword.
    • Lightning Blasts: Goldar can engulf his sword in lightning for similar attacks or simply firing a lightning bolt. This was enough to destroy Sledge.
    • Energy Empowerment: Goldar can charge up his broadsword with blue energy to strike at full force which was strong enough to slice open a geode for Scrozzle.
    • Energy Slash: Goldar Maximus can fire a blue energy slash from his broadsword strong enough to demorph Zoey, Nate, Steel and Ravi with one hit.

Appearances: BM Episodes 36-37

Personality

Unlike many other henchmen, Goldar was one of the few who was capable of holding his own against the entire Power Ranger team. As time went by in the series, Goldar's character became less threatening and more comical, especially in the first feature film. He was a dangerous fighter initially, being able to defeat the original team in battle single-handedly. Later, however, he began to lose his edge, with Jason handing him his first major defeat in the episode Missing Green. After this point he was apparently less powerful, losing to the Rangers more and more in combat.

Goldar has a bit of friendship with Rito, though he is often annoyed with Rito's bumbling. Overall the two share a good relationship.

Goldar is close comrades with Scorpina, on a few occasions, the two appeared to be flirting. In the script for the cancelled episode, Honey, I Shrunk the Rangers, Goldar had planned a date with Scorpina, but Rita made him cancel it in favor of going on another mission against the Rangers, much to his dismay.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Goldar never spoke in the original original pilot, only communicating in grunts and growls although this was changed in the series proper. It was rumored that early on in the series Goldar was voiced both by Robert Axelrod and Kerrigan Mahan and after the episode Rita's Seed of Evil, only Mahan provided his voice. However, Mahan confirmed that this was false (see Notes for more information). The suit actors who played Goldar in the Sentai footage were Takashi Sakamoto for non-action scenes and Kazutoshi Yokoyama for battle sequences. In original footage, the actor was Danny Wayne Stallcup for the first two seasons, while during season three, he was portrayed by David Wald and several other actors.
    • The tone of Goldar's voice varies considerably throughout the first season of the series. This initially fueled speculation that Kerrigan Mahan had not been the original voice of the character. In truth, Mahan had voiced the character with a gravelly, higher-pitched tone in the earliest episodes, however the resulting vocal strain forced him to experiment with other versions of the voice until he eventually settled on Goldar's iconic, low guttural inflection. Sound bites of Mahan's earlier performance were still used in later episodes, particularly in scenes where Goldar would fight or grow to giant size which usually consisted of growls.
  • In his revival in Beast Morphers, Goldar was voiced by Paul Harrop in Making Bad, who portrayed him with a voice similar to that of Fury. Adrian Smith took the role in Grid Connection, and portrayed him with a voice not too dissimilar to Redker, a role from several years before.

Change in appearance

From the first episode, Day of the Dumpster, to Lions & Blizzards, the Goldar costume looked like Grifforzer, his Zyuranger counterpart. This caused his snout to rise whenever he was talking. Starting with Crystal of Nightmares, the head was modified so that the jaw (or just the bottom teeth) would move down. This new costume was used for all footage filmed in the U.S. onward, but the rising snout Goldar would appear in recycled footage in the second season.

In addition to the changes in his facial appearance, the revised costume notably has a pair of extended wings. Although Goldar is shown with the ability to fly in early episodes, the wings on the original costume are folded behind him and later disappear for reasons not explained within the season. In The Mutiny, Part I when Goldar immediately defects from Rita upon Lord Zedd's arrival, the evil emperor states, "Your spineless, sniveling attitude leads me to believe you will serve me well. For that, I shall restore to you what was once taken away." Zedd then uses his staff to re-grant Goldar his wings. Although he was seen with his wings when in Rita's palace, they disappeared whenever he grew and would continue to appear and disappear throughout the season with no explanation.

Powers and Abilities

Goldar

  • Strength: As one of the main villains of Seasons, 1, 2 and 3, Goldar is extremely strong. He is far stronger than Finster, Squatt or Baboo but is outmatched by Rita and Zedd. A single swing of his sword was enough to seriously shake up the Megazord's cockpit and extremely powerful double kick was enough to knock back the Dino Megazord. Later on, in episodes such as "Exlipsing Megazord" and "Crystal of Nightmares", it was strong enough to take down the Megazord with Scorpina's help. In his Maximus form he was able to demorph Koda using brute strength alone.
  • Durability: Goldar is far more durable than any monster or other villain, except for Rita and Zedd, taking some of the strongest attacks in the first few seasons such as how the first volley of rounds from the Dino Megazord in Tank Mode did nothing and blasts from all five of the Zord's eyes just knocked him down and a massive punch from the Megazord in Battle Mode just made him stumble a little.
  • Master Swordsman: Goldar is better than any other villain at combat with a weapon, perhaps even more than Rita but excluding Zedd. Goldar constantly failed to beat Tommy in his Green Ranger form whilst Zedd could overpower him in his more powerful White Ranger form without breaking a sweat.
  • Master Hand to Hand Combatant: Goldar is not as good at hand to hand combat as he is at swordsmanship, but is still easily able to take down all five Rangers (although Tommy was almost always able to overpower him).
  • Teleportation: Goldar can make himself vanish into thin air so that he can avoid attacks.
  • Putty Summoning: Goldar can summon the Putty Patrol to aid him in fighting the Rangers.
  • Agility: Goldar is extremely quick and agile. Whilst fighting the Dino Megazord for the first time, he was able to quickly dodge around the Megazord and land some blows without being hit.
  • Eye Blasts: Goldar can fire fireballs made of orange energy from his eyes. These were powerful enough to cause massive explosions around Jason whilst fleeing from him and King Sphinx.

Goldar Maximus

  • Strength: Goldar is much stronger as Goldar Maximus, sending Koda flying with a single slash, demorphing him and knocking him out.
  • Expert Hand to Hand Combatant: Goldar Maximus was able to take on Ravi, Nate, Steel and Zoey at the same time without breaking a sweat.

Arsenal

Goldar

  • Sword: Goldar wields a massive golden sword to aid him in combat.
    • Flame Blasts: Goldar can engulf his sword in flames and fling a large horrizontal wave of fire  at his enemies strong enough to seriously shake up the Dino Megazord in Tank Mode and knock around the Mastodon, Triceratops, and Sabertooth Tiger Dinozords with one hit.
    • Fireballs: Goldar can fire blue energy from his sword that can turn into orange fireballs that cause massive explosions and knock down all five Rangers with one hit (such as when they were tied up by Spidertron's webbing in the episode "Itsy Bitsy Spider")
  • Cyclopsis:

Goldar Maximus

  • Broadsword: In his Goldar Maximus form, Goldar wields a golden-colored broadsword despite being revived from his original sword.
    • Lightning Blasts: Goldar can engulf his sword in lightning for similar attacks or simply firing a lightning bolt. This was enough to destroy Sledge.
    • Energy Empowerment: Goldar can charge up his broadsword with blue energy to strike at full force which was strong enough to slice open a geode for Scrozzle.
    • Energy Slash: Goldar Maximus can fire a blue energy slash from his broadsword strong enough to demorph Zoey, Nate, Steel and Ravi with one hit.

Gallery

Notes

Goldar Live

Goldar as seen in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Live.

  • Goldar is the only villain to not say anything during the initial dumpster scene. Even Squatt and Baboo managed to say something.
  • Goldar serves as the main antagonist of the episodes Return of an Old Friend and A Pressing Engagement as well as the secondary antagonist of the five part episode Green With Evil (with Tommy being the main villain), Calamity Kimberly (with the Samurai Fan Man being the main villain).
  • Goldar shares his name with the Western localization name of Magma, the protagonist of tokusatsu show Ambassador Magma, adapted from Osamu Tezuka's eponymous manga and known as The Space Giants in the USA.
  • Goldar appears in a Ford Overdubs commercial called "Bow to My Engine", with Kerrigan Mahan returning as Goldar's voice.
  • While he and Scorpina aren't married like their Sentai counterparts, the script for for the cancelled episode Season 2 episode whose concept became Honey, I Shrunk the Rangers had the two planning to go on a date on their day off.
  • It's unknown how Goldar lost his wings in "Day of the Dumpster". He had them from his introduction until he was first enlarged; when fully grown the wings were gone. They were not seen again (except for one brief shot in For Whom The Bell Trolls, an episode that was mostly a dream) until Lord Zedd restored them soon after his arrival as a reward for his defection frorm Rita's side to his. Despite this, all of his depictions in merchandise featured him as winged.
  • Goldar's birthplace was given as Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
  • Goldar had occasionally shown the ability to grow to giant size at will and he is actually the first villain shown to grow by himself in the episode A Star is Born (the shot of him growing occurring before Babe Ruthless or Scorpina).
  • Goldar has individually fought Jason, Trini, Zack and Tommy. Trini was the first Ranger to fight him alone, while Jason was the first to combat him unmorphed.
  • Goldar was usually used throughout the first season to deliver exposition (due to his costume being immediately available for original footage), in contrast to his Zyuranger counterpart Grifforzer who was unable to speak for the first twenty-one episodes of the series.
  • Goldar received a minor appearance change from Crystal of Nightmares onwards as his mouth, which previously was simply a snout that moved up and down (like his counterpart) became much more responsive with his teeth far more visible than before.
  • In the comic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual, it is revealed that Goldar had a brother named Silverback who also worked for Lord Zedd.
  • Goldar is a playable character in Power Rangers: Legacy Wars.
  • Goldar is a major antagonist and playable character in Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid.

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