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


"So Yellow Ranger, you dare to challenge me to single combat? You have no chance against me, weakling!"
―The Mantis' first words when confronting Trini after she morphed.[src]

"What is this?!"
―The Mantis when reacting to the other four newly arrived Power Rangers.[src]

"So, you have decided to face me after all, Yellow Ranger. Perhaps. But that will not save you from destruction!"
―The Mantis before her duel with Trini after she commented she had honor after all.[src]

"I'll make bug juice out of you!"
―The Mantis upon being enlarged.[src]

"Megazord eh? That just means more for me to mangle!"
―The Mantis reacting to the Megazord and his final words before his destruction.[src]

The Mantis was an praying mantis monster who was extremely skilled in Praying Mantis Kung Fu an expert warrior. He was the titular main antagonist of the episode "Plague of the Mantis".

History

Rita ordered Finster to create the Mantis to do destroy Trini since he had been created to match her mantis fighting style. The Mantis was first detected by Alpha who sent Trini (who was practicing her martial arts in the woods) to investigate only for her to have to morph as the monster arrived. They then battled, with the Mantis calling Trini a weakling and easily overpowered her. Luckily, before she morphed, Trini had called the other Rangers for help. They swiftly made an appearance, forcing the Mantis to retreat as he was now outnumbered but not before directly insulting Trini's honor.

Trini was at the Youth Center when she got a letter thanks to Ernie which had been secretly sent by Rita. It was supposedly from Master Li and told her to meet him in the quarry for some "special training" only for it to turn out to be a trap as the Mantis was lying in wait. Rather than call her friends, Trini decided to fight Mantis alone to restore her supposedly lost honor. The monster wanted to defeat Trini in a battle one on one, using her nobility and bravery against her. When Trini fought him, Mantis realized that his opponent is not only brave, but is highly skilled in battle.

The Mantis played fair until Trini jumped onto his pincer claws and scratched at his eyes which made him realize that, at best, they were evenly matched and at worst, he was no match. To turn the tables, he cheated and summoned Putties who held her down. Even though the other Rangers knew she was in danger due to the suspicious letter, an ambush by other Putties held them up. However, with the gloves fully off as the Mantis was a hypocrite, Trini used one of her Power Daggers to take down the monster. Her friends soon arrived but the Mantis was still able to quickly cut down all five Rangers with ease, even rendering Kimberly's Power Bow useless against his pincers.

With her monster emerging victorious, Rita made him grow so the Rangers summoned the Megazord. The Mantis had a temporary stand-off with the Megazord, "channeling his energies for a quick single blow", before jumping up and attacking the Megazord. But was no match for the monster's pincers so Jason summoned the Power Sword. With its aid they matched the monster's blades and quickly turned the tables by having the Mantis lock his pincers onto the Power Sword before they flipped him to the ground. With Mantis down, they hit him with two slashes to the stomach and, with the Mantis now severely weakened, they destroyed him with an energized slash. Plague of the Mantis

Trumpet Top later summoned an illusionary Mantis among other monsters as part of a plot to wear down the Rangers until Zordon saw through the plot which made the monsters vanish.. Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park

Personality

The Mantis is a cunning, intelligent and skilled fighter in battle. But despite his skills he lacks such traits, as honor and prefers to cheat in battle. He  was surprisingly arrogant as he challenged Trini for a duel. He promised her a fair fight, but after the battle he told her that he really has no honor. He also doesn't care that this makes him a hypocrite, apparently revelling in it.

Powers and abilities

  • Strength: The Mantis was capable of battling Trini and knocking the Megazord back with one swing of his pincers.
  • Durability-Trini gauged at his eyes when she jumped on his pincers but he was unfazed and, when giant, he took multiple hits from the Power Sword without injury.
  • Resilience-The Mantis recovered from both being back flipped to the ground by Trini and flung down by the Megazord, no worse for wear.
  • Skilled Fighter: The Mantis is also a skilled fighter, skilled in Praying Mantis Kung Fu. He easily overwhelmed Trini and even the Megazord barely kept up.
  • Teleportation: The Mantis can teleport to any location at will.
  • Putty Summoning: The Mantis can summon Putties to aid him in battle.

Arsenal

  • Mantis Claws: Instead of hands, Mantis has razor sharp pincers which he can use to slash his enemies. A single swing of his claws cut down a tree and three stopped an equal number of Power Bow arrows.
  • Trees-The Mantis was able to cut down trees to try and cut down Trini during the forest battle but she dodged them.

Behind The Scenes

Portrayal

Notes

  • The Mantis comes from what is commonly referred to as "Zyu2" footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
  • The Mantis is one of only three monsters in Season 1 to lack any projectile or energy attacks, the others being the Giant and Frankenstein's Monster.
    • However, one could argue the Mantis is actually the fourth since Mutitus' original form lacked one as well. Others would argue that Mutitus is invalid since his second form had an energy attack and they were the same entity.
      • The fact that Mutitus and Frankenstein were the same entity in Zyuranger means that this is not a coincidence.
  • The Mantis, much like the Fighting Flea before, has a gender discrepancy. They are referred to as male by the Rangers but also have a very obvious female voice.
    • The Mantis has arguably the simplest monster design for a Zyu2 monster since she is just an anthropomorphic mantis with no monstrous additions besides his size.
  • The Mantis is the first praying mantis-themed monster in Power Rangers. The next would be Praying Mantis in In Space 5 years later, followed by the Motor Mantis in Lost Galaxy 6 years later, and Creepox in Megaforce 19 years later.

References

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