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The Grumble Bee's venom attack

"Now, now, that's not very neighborly of you"
―The Grumble Bee's first words when confronted by Billy and Trini after the latter told him to buzz off.[src]

"You've tasted my stingers, now taste my poison venom!"
―The Grumble Bee before spitting his venom at Billy[src]

"Aaagh! Stop it! Stop it!"
―The Grumble Bee when the Anti-Sonic Foam Gun disabled his wings.[src]

"Huh huh huh huh huh!"
―The Grumble Bee upon being grown.[src]

"Your sword won't save you! Ha ha! I bet that thing isn't even real!"
―The Grumble Bee reacting to the Megazord with it's Power Sword and his final words before his destruction.[src]

The Grumble Bee was a bee monster, created by Finster, who served as the main antagonist of the episode of the same name.

History

The Grumble Bee was created from the same clay used for creating the Super Putty Patrollers. Rita had Finster create the monster after Billy got his first "B" and freaked out. Whilst the monster was being made, Goldar and the Putty Patrollers restrained Jason, Kimberly, and Zack in an energy rope. Shortly after he left, Rita sent Grumble Bee to Earth to battle and destroy the Power Rangers.

The monster attacked Angel Grove Park and, with their allies beyond rescue for the time being, Billy and Trini were forced to fight the monster alone. They exchanged some bad smack talk and prepared to fight but the monster forced them apart with his stingers and then took down Billy. Trini then struck back by bouncing off of a tree and jump kicking him down before trying to take him down by boosting up Billy for a jump kick but he failed miserably. The Grumble Bee then hit them with his sonic blasts, torturing them and forcing the two to retreat. He soon attacked the Park again and they once again had to face him alone, this time managing to hit him in a combined double punch attack. However, the Grumble Bee still proved to be too much for them and fired his venom onto Billy, causing him horrible pain until the others rescued him.

Luckily, Alpha freed the other Rangers with an energy beam and sent them into battle with the others, Jason and Zack managing to punch back the monster who promptly summoned Putties. Even once they were disposed of, he blasted four Rangers (bar Billy whose venom forced him to stay back for a time) with his sonic blasts which crippled them. Luckily, Billy remained unfazed by the hits and Alpha had created a special device that blocked to sabotage the Grumble Bee. They then confronted the Grumble Bee again and he overwhelmed them despite superior numbers only for Billy used the Anti-Sonic Foam Gun and stopped the monster's vibrations by sticking his wings together with foam. With the monster now defenceless and distracted, Jason took him down with his Power Sword.

However, the Grumble Bee managed to survive it so Rita enlarged him, forcing the Rangers to summon the Megazord. They initially tried out Tank Mode but the Grumble Bee blasted it to great effect with his stingers, forcing them to activate Battle Mode. Even though they initially had the upper hand in a fist fight, the monster used his stingers to overwhelm it before jump kicking it back and, since the growth allowed the use of his wings crippled the Megazord. Zack advised backing down due to the assault but Billy was resolute and told them they couldn't afford to and Jason agreed. They then summoned the Power Sword to even the odds which failed to impress the monster even as it advanced on him and he called their bluff. However, they proved him wrong when they slashed him multiple times before cutting him down with a swing from over its head and and destroying him with an energy slash. The monster's destruction also indirectly restored Billy's self-confidence and allowed him to pass the upcoming test the following day. Grumble Bee

Around a year later, Trumpet Top summoned up an illusory image of Grumble Bee along with other monsters to wear out the Rangers until Zordon saw through the plan, making the illusionary monsters cease to exist. Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park

Several months later, Grumble Bee later resurfaced when he was recreated by Finster to attack the Rangers at the Spectre Theater. Grumble Bee as a guest at Rita and Lord Zedd's wedding. During the celebration, he and the (now male) Invenusable Flytrap broke their glass drinks when they toasted. Soon after, he was also one of the 6 monsters in the showdown against the team of the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord. He was defeated by the White Tigerzord's White Tiger Thunderbolts. The Wedding

Personality

The Grumble Bee was a noisy, nasty and pompous monster that considered himself the best and thought he could take down the Power Rangers but he was also faithful to Rita and Zedd. He speaks almost exclusively in bee based puns.

Powers and Abilities

  • Strength: The Grumble Bee took down Billy and Trini with single smacks and knocked back the Megazord with a single jump kick.
  • Durability: The Grumble Bee shrugged off a kick to the face from Billy and jump kicks to his shoulders from Zack and Jason without getting a scratch.
  • Agility:The Grumble Bee can roll to his feet after being both punched down by Billy and Trini, jump kicked down by Jason and Zack, and after being cut down by both Jason and the Megazord's Power Swords.
  • Stinger Projectiles: Instead of fingers, the Grumble Bee can fire has needle like stingers which he can fire forth as razor sharp projectiles. These forced Billy and Trini apart with one hit as well as knocking back the Megazord back with two volleys.
  • Super Jumps: The Grumble Bee can jump taller than the Megazord to perform a powerful jump kick strong enough to knock it back.
  • Venom Spray: The Grumble Bee could shoot greenish-yellow silly string like venom from his mouth which could eat through even Billy's Ranger suit.
  • Putty Summoning: The Grumble Bee was able to summon Putty Patrollers to aid him in battle.
  • Sonic Wing Blasts: The Grumble Bee's signature attack where he vibrates his wings send out yellow pulses of energy through the air that would hurt the ears of anyone who heard the ultra-sonic sound.

Arsenal

  • Fists: The Grumble Bee has no weapons but his strength makes his fists very dangerous.

Behind The Scenes

Portrayal

Notes

  • The Grumble Bee comes from what is commonly referred to as "Zyu2" footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
    • Given the absence of Tommy from the Zyu2 footage, it is clear it was filmed before the footage used for "Return of an Old Friend".
      • Despite appearing after Tommy's return, he does not battle Tommy in his debut episode. The reason given was Tommy being at a karate tournament but the real reason is him not being in the Zyu2 footage.
  • Despite his name implying he is based on a bumble bee, the Grumble Bee more heavily resembles a hornet what with his gaping mouth (seen when he sprayed Billy with venom) and his overall color scheme.
  • Despite being a bee monster, the Grumble Bee never actually flies.
    • Although he does a jump kick on the Megazord, that was more of a super jump followed by a drop kick than actual fight.
  • It is believed by most fans that the original plot on Toei's part was for Billy to be all allergic to bees and thus the Grumble Bee was made to manipulate him. It would explain why every move that Billy attempts on the Grumble Bee fails tremendously and also why he can be seen fitting and appearing to hold back a sneeze at time.
    • It is also believed that this was changed due to the horrific effects an allergy can have on one's body and thus being considered too adult for a kid's show.
  • A recoloring of the Grumble Bee costume was reused for Waspicable in Power Rangers in Space, which is why he didn't appear in "Countdown to Destruction".
  • Back in early 2003, shortly after the series changed hands from Saban Entertainment to Disney, some of the monster costumes, including Grumble Bee/Waspicable were auctioned off by ABC Auctions. It sold for $440.

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