|This article is about a/an Villain in Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.|
The Hydro Hog was the archenemy of the Aquitian Rangers and was known as the Emperor of the Dark Waters on Aquitar for his evil ways. He served as the main atagonist of the episode "Hogday Afternoon" and was the final antagonist of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers saga.
The Hydro Hog is first mentioned when Billy asks Cestro, the Blue Alien Ranger, if there are beings like Lord Zedd on Aquitar, to which Cestro tells him about the Emperor of Dark Waters who has the power to evaporate water, making him the Alien Rangers' most dangerous foe as water is the primary source of their power. Overhearing this, Rita and Zedd decide to bring the Hydro Hog to Earth so he can finish off the Alien Rangers. Unfortunately, their initial attempt to call the Hydro Hog is thwarted when Alpha 5 blocks the transmission. Still, Zedd refuses to give up and vows to bring Hydro Hog to Earth.
Sending out another transmission as a decoy, Zedd waits until the Command Center is blocking it before sending out another which reaches the Hydro Hog. Feeling there isn't much fun on Aquitar without the Alien Rangers to beat around, Hydro Hog agrees to Zedd's offer to come to Earth and evaporate all its water to render the Rangers helpless and Earth easy to conquer. Upon arriving on earth, he drains the entirety of Angel Grove Park Lake using a water spout and is confronted by his mortal enemies. Unfortunately, he is too powerful for the Aquitian Rangers and manages to cripple the Alien Rangers and nearly kill them by draining the little moisture they already have out of them.
Even though Billy is able to restore them by creating artificial rain clouds, the Hydro Hog is easily able to defeat them during a rooftop battle before Rita and Zedd made him grow. The Alien Rangers summon the Shogun Megazord but he easily overwhelms it with his sword and is even capable of blocking the Fire Saber's finisher and delivering a counter-attack with ease. He easily takes it out completely with a devastating puff of fire from his mouth which takes it straight out of the battle. Unfortunately for the Hydro Hog, Billy and the others are watching and use the Falconzord Remote to summon the White Ninja Falconzord which disarms him with a single barrage of lasers. The Hydro Hog tries to take it out with his fire breath but it easily avoids the explosions before combining into the Shogun Megafalconzord which kills the overly cocky tyrant once and for all. With his death, all of the water that he stole is restored and Aquitar is finally free of its greatest threat.
Even with the Hydro Hog dead, Aquitar still ends up coming under threat by the Hydro Contaminators who poison the water of Aquitar instead of just draining it.
As with most other villains, the Hydro Hog showed complete disdain for anyone attempting to do good and his hatred for the Alien Rangers was evident when Lord Zedd called upon him to drain all of Angel Grove's water so the Rangers could not re hydrate to which he immediately agreed to take this (presumably large) undertaking. He was also quite a cruel sadist, shown to take such glee as he put others in danger and mocking the Rangers as they tried to stop him. Amusingly enough he seems rather jovial around Lord Zedd, in contrast to the two's usual reaction to other evil overlords. His downfall however was his immense cockiness which was best summed up in his final words where, despite being faced by a considerably powerful looking formation, he scoffed at it instead of fleeing which lead to his death.
Powers and Abilities
- Power-The Hydro Hog was one of the strongest and most powerful villains in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, being the most powerful villain either the Mighty Morphin or Aquitar Rangers actually fought in combat.
- Teleportation: Hydro Hog can teleport to any location at will using an animation resembling a large splash of water.
- Instantaneous Teleportation-The Hydro Hog could instantly teleport around the battlefield which he did to avoid a slash from both Delphine and Tideus before knocking them down.
- Water Drain: The Hydro Hog could absorb huge gallons of water from other places by summoning water spouts to suck away the moisture..
- Dehydrate Touch-The Hydro Hog's signature ability where, by placing ether his left or right hand on a victim, he could dehydrate foes of water. This could even work through his feet.
- Fire Breath: The Hydro Hog could spew out flames from his mouth which proved to be hos most powerful attack since it was powerful enough to take down all five Rangers and render the Shogun Megazord immobile and cause large explosions around the Falconzord on it's approach.
- Strength: The Hydro Hog was powerful enough to best all five Alien Rangers in battle and knocking down Crocus and Cestro down with one throw of his anchor. When giant, he was even able to block the Shogun Megazord's Fire Sabre slash with one hand.
- Durability: The Hydro Hog was immune to almost all attacks such as shrugging off the Aquitar Sabres, multiple punches and kicks from Aurico, a series of jump kicks right to his chest from Aurico, and even the Falconzord's missiles without a scratch.
- Super Speed: Despite his appearance, the Hydro Hog could run in a surprisingly fast speed and dodge slashes from the Rangers when they leapt at him.
- Hydro Sword: The Hydro Hog carried a long sword to aid him in combat.
- Water Bombs-The Hydro Hog could extract bombs resembling sea mines from the plates on his shoulder and fling them forth to cause large explosions.
- Aquitian Saber-During the battle at the lake, the Hydro Hog was able to steal Cestro and Tideus' Aquitian Sabers from the sheathes on thier backs and used it against them and the others.
- Anchor-During his second and final battle, Hydro Hog wielded a giant metal anchor which he could both throw hard enough to take down Crocus and Cestro with one hit and swing to knock down Delphine and Tideus.
Behind the Scenes
- The Hydro Hog was voiced by the late Brad Orchard.
- The Hydro Hog was based on the Japanese Legendary creature, the Umibōzu.
- His name was a combination of water (or hydra) and hog as in to hog all of the water.
- The Hydro Hog was the first arch-villain to be destroyed in battle, with the second, and more well-known one, being King Mondo.
- In Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, Hydro Hog's counterpart was a monster of the day character as opposed to being a main villain. This made him the first minor monster in Super Sentai to appear as a main villain in Power Rangers.