|This article is about a/an villain in Power Rangers Ninja Storm.|
Kiya Watanabe, also known as Lothor, was an exiled evil ninja master and the primary antagonist of Power Rangers Ninja Storm. He arrived on Earth with an army of evil space ninjas (space aliens trained in the dark ninja arts) that he had gathered in space, intending to conquer the planet and destroy all the protecting ninja academies with their ninja masters, allowing him to become the ultimate dark ninja master.
Prior to the series
Not much was known about Lothor until the second part of the three-part episode "The Samurai's Journey", when the son of Sensei Kanoi Watanabe, Cameron Watanabe, traveled back in time to obtain a magical amulet, he learned that Lothor was actually born on Earth as Kiya Watanabe, the identical twin brother of Kanoi Watanabe and Cam's previously unknown uncle. This plot twist explained why Lothor and Sensei Watanabe had both been played by the same actor.
- "From now on, I will take the name of the ancient warrior of evil! From this point forth I will be known as - Lothor!"
Kiya was once a student at the Wind Ninja Academy in the Earth Ninja category. When a young woman named Miko was inducted to the Academy with a mystical samurai pendant that was given to her by her father, he attempted to steal it, but was stopped by the young Sensei Watanabe and later Cam, who came to take the pendant back to the future. For his crimes, he was expelled from the ninja academy, stripped of his ninja rank, and banished from the Earth by his sensei. In his rage, he forswore his family and ninja heritage and declared himself to be Lothor and promised to come back one day to get revenge against his brother Kanoi. In space, he continued his mad search for power even after being exiled.
He later recruited his two nieces Marah and Kapri as apprentices at the urging of their parents. He found them to be very annoying, but kept them around because they were family - an odd sentiment for one that had so recently abandoned his family on Earth, possibly an attempt to fill the gap left in his life alone.
Before his attack on Earth, Lothor had returned to Earth previously in secret, a violation of his former sensei's orders. His purpose on this visit is unknown, but while there, he killed the Bradleys, the adoptive parents of Hunter Bradley and Blake Bradley. These two were taken in by Sensei Omino and trained at the Thunder Ninja Academy, which, unfortunately, was the first place attacked by Lothor's army. He captured the Thunder Ninja students and Sensei Omino, and even managed to convince Hunter and Blake that the Wind Ninja's current sensei, Kanoi, was responsible for their adoptive parents' deaths.
The Wind Ninja Academy, now under the leadership of Sensei Kanoi Watanabe, Lothor's brother, was the next target. Once again, Lothor kidnapped the students of the academy, and with his magic, he turned Sensei Watanabe into a guinea pig.
During the series
Lothor's victory was short-lived, and he soon realized that three students had escaped the purge of the Wind Ninja Academy (Shane, Dustin, and Tori). Being the only three remaining, they were presented with morphers, allowing them to become Ninja Power Rangers. These new Power Rangers foiled Lothor's plans on numerous occasions, and he has sent monstrous warriors after them, but they all fail. Nevertheless, he has always stuck by the evil code for destroying a Power Ranger, that "they must be in their true Ranger form."
At one point, he had a mouse monster named Mr. Ratwell put several teenage girls under a love spell. His plan was to create a television show that brainwashes people into adoring him as their ruler. However, his plan is thwarted by the Rangers.
Eventually, treason and betrayal among Lothor's generals led to them all dying off - at each other's hands or at the hands of the Power Rangers. It was soon revealed that these deaths had all been part of Lothor's greatest plan: when each died, their spirits would be sent to the "Abyss of Evil." With the help of Cam's stolen Samurai Amulet, Lothor was able to make the Abyss overflow and the dead generals and armies were all released once again, free to destroy the world. Shane was quickly able to destroy the resurrected generals with his Battlizer while the other Rangers tossed the other monsters back into the Abyss. Lothor then managed to use Cam's Samurai Amulet to drain the Rangers of their Ranger powers. Fortunately, Shane, Dustin and Tori were able to use their inner ninja powers to seal him and his deceased army in the Abyss of Evil, saving the planet.
Not long after Lothor's defeat, Mesogog emerged to menace the city of Reefside. Mesogog, who was aware of Lothor and held him in low regard, believed that the citizens would believe initially that the fallen villain had returned as he commenced his own campaign of world domination with an aerial assault on the city.
After escaping from the Abyss of Evil, around a full year after Ninja Storm ended, Lothor allied himself with Mesogog. Capturing his brother and impersonating him, he brainwashed the three Wind Rangers into serving as his minions, in addition to releasing Zurgane and other monsters from the Abyss as well. However, the alliance between villains was defeated when Marah and Kapri, having forsaken the side of evil, freed Sensei Watanabe, who helped Cam and the Thunder Rangers recover their powers from the Abyss. The three Rangers then freed their brainwashed friends, and they teamed up with the Dino Rangers to battle the villains. When his plans failed, Mesogog turned on Lothor, using his psionic brain-blast to shrink him down to the size of an action figure, and trapped him in a jar as a trophy for his victory.
The fate of the jar imprisoning him is never made clear but it is very likely that it, with Lothor still inside, was destroyed in the destruction of Mesogog's Island Fortress.
In an alternate universe, Tori Hanson met an alternate Lothor who is the Mayor of Blue Bay Harbor. His astrological sign is Libra. At first, Mayor Lothor didn't want to help Tori fight the Evil Ninja Rangers. When Tori was getting beaten by them, Mayor Lothor arrived with his group as well as some Kelzaks where they managed to defeat the Evil Ninja Rangers.
As Kiya Watanabe, he was a self-pitying, pessimistic, and insecure ninja student that thinks highly of himself. To compensate for his massive insecurities, he developed an overbearing ego, and became more and more narcissistic, megalomaniacal, and arrogant, thinking that he has a "personality" unlike his brother, and that Kanoi only got the good looks and briefly teased him about being defeated by a girl and also said that he could be beaten and liked to break rules as he was welcoming to the idea of having female students in the academy unlike his brother. Even at a young age, he craved power and secretly began practicing dark ninja magic, though he can be gregarious and friendly, as shown when he told Cam that they are twins and briefly socialized with him.
As Lothor, he is a sadistic, ruthless, sly, cruel, cunning, manipulative, narcissistic, and egomaniacal Dark Ninja Master that does what ever he can to take over the world, before the series, it is revealed in the second part of the three-part episode "Thunder Strangers" that Lothor even killed the Thunder Rangers' adoptive parents, he is once again arrogant, megalomaniacal, and egotistical, but he is now manipulative, being able to trick the Thunder Rangers that Sensei Watanabe was the cause of what happen to their parents; despite being a villain however, Lothor is infamously comical, bumbling, and more often than not, incompetent when it comes to levels of evil, and therefore has a campy sense of humor, which is often reflected from his frustrations with his monsters/nieces when they fail to best the Power Rangers, or in some predictable occasions (e.g. in the episode "Tongue and Cheek", after making Slob Goblin grow, he stares at the camera and asks the audience if they really expected him to make it smaller.). Such fourth wall breaking manifested itself in several other of Lothor's asides (in the final part of the two-part series finale episode "Storm Before the Calm", while piloting the Lothorzord the Rangers would fight, he comments on the battle was the most fun he'd had all season) as well.
Powers and Abilities
Being the leader of the Evil Space Ninjas, Lothor is the strongest and most powerful villain in Power Rangers Ninja Storm. In the final part of the two-part series finale episode "Storm Before the Calm", he is powerful enough to nearly defeat all six of the Rangers with ease.
- Expert Fighter: Being a Ninja Student, Kiya is a skilled fighter in martial arts, being able to nearly best Cam in battle.
- Hypnosis: Kiya was able to use his powers to persuade others to do what he wants, as he did to Miko to get her to show him her samurai amulet, though his spell was broken when they were distracted by Cam's arrival.
- Energy Force: Kiya can unleash powerful energy forces from his hands that can push his enemies afar.
- Force Field: Kiya can create a force field around himself, his allies, and/or enemies.
- Tractor Beam: Kiya can fire a clear blue colored tractor beam that he can grab his enemies with.
- Air Walking: Despite wearing the yellow uniform of an earth ninja as Kiya, he was more than once able to use an air-walking move similar to Shane's and attack from the sky, he presumably learned this from his brother Kanoi who was an air ninja.
- Expert Fighter: Despite his exile from the Wind Ninja Academy, Lothor had grown to be proficient with martial arts and is now a more expert fighter. He was more than a match for the Wind Rangers, Thunder Rangers, Cam, and Sensei and was able to easily stand against all of them in combat.
- Superhuman Strength: In addition to being a more expert fighter, Lothor also possessed superhuman strength. One example of this was during an altercation with his nephew Cam as the Green Samurai Ranger in Super Samurai mode. Lothor easily repelled his nephew's offensive strike with just one gesture of his hand. However, he was at a complete disadvantage against Mesogog who easily threw him across the room.
- Kelzak Summoning: Lothor can summon an army of foot soldiers called Kelzaks to aid him in battle.
- Levitation: In the third and final part of the three-part episode "The Samurai's Journey" Lothor has the ability to levitate in the air.
- Teleport Swipe: By swiping his hands at a target, he can send anyone to any place at will, as showed in the final part of the three-part episode "The Samurai's Journey".
- Self Awareness-Like most of his entourage, he makes fun of Power Ranger tropes such as growing monsters such as when he berated Marah and Kapri before they grew Footzilla. The most blatant example of his self-awareness happened in the episode "Tongue and Cheek" when he turned directly to the viewer and said, "What did you expect? He wasn't going to get smaller."
- Energy Lasers: Lothor's signature attack which is an upgraded form of the energy force ability he had when he was younger. He can fire powerful red energy lasers from his hands, which proved to be very effective against the Rangers. In his ninja aerial attack, he can either fire them in rapid succession or in a beam formation. In the final part of the two-part series finale episode "Storm Before the Calm", his lasers are powerful enough to destroy Shane's Battlizer armor in just one strike. Unfortunately for Lothor, during his final battle against Mesogog, Lothor used his lasers against Mesogog twice in the battle (with the second time striking his opponent with a direct hit to the chest), only for Mesogog to be unfazed by the attack.
- Animal Transmutation: Lothor is able to turn people into animals through his energy lasers as shown in the pilot episode "Prelude to a Storm", when one of them turned his brother into a guinea pig.
- Personal Alien Manager: Lothor carries a cell phone-like object called the P. A. M, which he can use to summon monsters or to make that monster grow with the Scroll of Empowerment.
- Lothorzord: Only used in the series finale, Lothor can pilot his very own Zord.
- The Green Ranger's Samurai Amulet: In the final part of the two-part series finale episode "Storm Before the Calm", Lothor has successfully managed to capture the Green Ranger and take his amulet, allowing him to steal the Ninja Storm Rangers' powers.
Behind the Scenes
- Lothor is portrayed by the late Grant McFarland who also played his brother and, as a teenager, he is portrayed by Daniel Sing.
- Lothor carries a few similarities with Rita Repulsa, the main antagonist from the very first season on Power Rangers, such as being considered a comical villain, although Lothor is less inclined to moments of goofiness like Rita (those were reserved for his two nieces). Both have bases around the earth's orbit and both suffer from some kind of symptom caused by stress (Rita has headaches and Lothor suffers from acid reflux).
- Lothor is also very similar to Master Org, the primary villain of the previous season, Power Rangers Wild Force:
- Both chose to become evil.
- Both villains have a backstory of why they become evil (Master Org: because he lost his chance to marry Eliabeth Evans and got his spotlight taken over by Richard Evans, Lothor: because he tried to steal the samurai pendant from Miko).
- Both are murderers.
- Both villains have two servants that serve as the comic relief (Master Org: Jindrax and Toxica, Lothor: Marah and Kapri).
- Both villains have a grudge over a Ranger (Master Org: the Red Ranger, Lothor: the Green Ranger).
- Both villains destroyed their own lairs near the end of that season.
- They are however, both opposite in many ways.
- Master Org is the ruler of monstrous creatures called Orgs, his lair (The Nexus) takes place underground, he has magic powers, has a staff for combat, has multiple forms and is serious with little to no humorous and/or comedic qualities added to him.
- Lothor on the other hand is purely human, the leader of alien-like monsters and space ninjas, his lair takes place on a ship (Lothor's Lairship) in outer space, he has ninja powers, fights with just his hands, does not have a second form and while he can be serious here and there, he is initially more laid back and acts as both the main villain and a comic relief.
- They are however, both opposite in many ways.
- Lothor was based on Boss Tau Zant, from Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger and his Megazord is actually Tao Zant's last form in Hurricanger.
- He claims to have taken his new name from an ancient warrior of evil.
- He also claims to be related to Marah and Kapri by marriage only.
- Lothor's theme seems to be that of a centipede. This is a tie-in to his Hurricanger counterpart, who really is an alien centipede.
- As a student at the Wind Ninja Academy, he wore a yellow and black uniform, implying that he studied under the Earth element. As centipedes live in soil, Lothor's motif may be inspired from this.
- Unlike most other Power Rangers villains in the canon of the show, Lothor actually had a sense of humor, if a bit on the sadistic side.
- This is an actual contrast to his Japanese counter part, Boss Tau Zant, who had no sense of humor whatsoever, therefore is far more evil then Lothor.
- He suffers from acid reflux, a sign of stress. In one episode, he is seen blending a drink to try to counter his case of acid reflux.
- Despite his evil ways, Lothor was actually well versed in pop culture. Though it could be rubbed off from his nieces.
- Despite being a comedic villain, Lothor was indeed powerful in his own right. When he could be bothered to get involved personally, he was able to send all six Rangers fleeing instead of even trying to fight on one occasion, and later on easily defeated a morphed Cam who had infiltrated the ship. After taking the Samurai Amulet near the end of the season, he held his own against the entire Ninja Storm team in the series finale, not taking many hits at all and capturing their Ranger powers. Also, it's revealed that his true plan for the Abyss of Evil meant that even if his minions were destroyed he could simply resurrect them later, meaning that he rarely came up with the plan of the week not due to laziness or incompetence, but because his own plan was different. This is also the reason why he ignored Vexacus' treachery - Vexacus' plans actually furthered his scheme for the Abyss of Evil, and he was never actually a threat to Lothor himself. Despite his joking and casual nature, he is, in fact, one of the franchise's most competent main villains.
- According to the episode "The Wild Wipeout", he is a Libra, this also makes Sensei Kanoi Watanabe one as well in the fact that they are twins.
- Lothor is the second villain in the series to be related to a Ranger, as he is Cam's uncle. The first was Astronema, Andros' sister. Unlike Astronema, Lothor chose to be evil while Astronema was kidnapped and raised to be evil.
- When he went to the academy, he was an Earth ninja.
- In the video game for the Game Boy Advance, Lothor's name is mispelled as Lother.
- Lothor was the second to choose to become evil after Master Org. This will be followed by Mesogog, Venjix Virus (And then later again as Evox.) and Lord Drakkon.
- Lothor is the only villain to be defeated in Dino Thunder but not destroyed by a Ranger or other villain, but by an ally of Power Rangers (Hayley Ziktor). That is obviously assuming he didn't survive Mesogog's Island Fortress being destroyed and was destroyed with it.
- Lothor was the last villain to be defeated in a season in which he did not originate, this would next happen with the Venjix Virus which originally appeared in Power Rangers RPM and later as Evox in Power Rangers Beast Morphers.
- Boss Tau Zant - Super Sentai counterpart in Hurricaneger. See comparison page.
- Evil Will - Super Sentai counterpart in Hurricaneger. See comparison page. (Final Boss)