|This article is about a/an villain in Power Rangers Dino Thunder.|
|This character is also known as the adoptive father of Trent, Anton Mercer|
- "Find him. Whatever it takes."
- ―Mesogog's first words when addressing the Tyrannodrones (whilst in shadows) and ordering them to find Tommy.[src]
- "You destroyed my plans of creating a perfect world. However, I have absorbed enough Dino Gem energy to complete my transfiguration. Witness the face of your final battle."
- ―Messogog's final speech before turning into the Meso-Monster.[src]
Mesogog was a humanoid dinosaur-like being and the main antagonist of Power Rangers: Dino Thunder. He was the monster-form of Anton Mercer. Mesogog was both the sworn enemy of the Dino Rangers and a psychopathic and sinister terrorist that wanted to conquer the world and return it to the era of dinosaurs.
Anton Mercer was on the verge of a scientific breakthrough during an experiment involving dinosaur DNA, when he was accidentally transformed into Mesogog, an evil mastermind with plans to revert the earth to the age of dinosaurs and turn the human race into reptilian creatures like himself.
Mesogog and Dr. Mercer have distinct personalities, but share the same body in a Jekyll-Hyde relationship. Each is aware of the other's existence, but also dislikes the situation. In his Mesogog form, he is equipped with cybernetic technology and psionic powers that he uses to torture his enemies, or his allies when he is angry at their failures.
Dr. Anton Mercer has an adopted son, Trent Fernandez, who became the White Dino Ranger when he accidentally discovered Mesogog's lab while investigating his father's mysterious comings and goings.
Mesogog's Grand Plan
In his world domination attempts, Mesogog is assisted by two servants, Elsa, and Zeltrax, a cyborg whom Mesogog created à la Dr. Frankenstein from the ruined body of Tommy Oliver's former associate, Terrence "Smitty" Smith. Mesogog also controls an army of cybernetic dinosaurs called Tyrannodrones which were originally created by Tommy and Anton.
Mesogog, like Vexacus and Shimazu, originally hated Lothor and believed him to be an incompetent idiot. Elsa agreed and was quick to refer to Lothor as a buffoon. For some reason, Mesogog believed his first assault on Reefside would be credited to Lothor. It was never revealed if somebody actually suspected Lothor was involved with that. Mesogog eventually overcame his prejudices and teamed-up with Lothor when he discovered that he had "Evil Power Rangers". Mesogog was not fully allied with Lothor, because he did not trust him completely. When Lothor and Mesogog's team-up idea failed, Mesogog betrayed Lothor and shrunk him inside of a jar to add to his collection of experiments. (Lothor and his jar were presumably destroyed with Mesogog's lab at the end of the series.) However, Mesogog had previously told Elsa he already intended to get rid of Lothor even if the team-up resulted in a success.
Eventually Mesogog freed himself of his humanity by using a potion to separate out Dr. Anton Mercer. As a result, his insanity and determination increased. He also rid himself of Elsa when needing an energy supply to power his cannon. It took a bit of deception from the Rangers (using the Dino Gems as bait) to destroy the cannon and Mesogog's base. He would later reappear after the Zords were destroyed as well as after Zeltrax's death and Zelzord's destruction, absorbing enough energy from the Dino Gems to survive the explosion and 'evolve' into a self-replicating dinosaur-like monster, known as the Mesomonster. The Mesomonster was far stronger then any other opponent the Dino Thunder Rangers had faced, even surviving the Triasic Batalizer's Battle Blast before replicating. With no options left, the Rangers combined all of thier Dino Gem energy to form a T-Rex of pure golden energy. With the Rangers holding the Messo-Monsters in place with beams of golden energy, the Rex charged forth and munched down on the monsters. The Rangers spun around and posed as the Rex exploded behind them, taking Messogog out once and for all.
Despite this ordeal, Dr. Mercer fortunately survived the whole ordeal, and was thankful to the Rangers (especially Tommy) at the series' end.
- "It's demented. I love it."
- ―Mesogog after hearing Elsa's plan.
Mesogog is a very intelligent, manipulative, deceptive, and knowledgeable mastermind, and can create very advanced technology and use them for his own benefits. He is also shown to quite deceptive and devious and is an excellent master manipulator that can easily manipulate people all too well if he knows their weaknesses. He is also very confident, but his confidence later heightened to arrogance, egomania, and narcissism, all of which were ironically his main weaknesses which led to his defeat with Dino Rangers.
As the Mesomonster, he's far more destructive, obstreperous, monstrous, insane, and violent, and doesn't even talk, only speaking in growling noises and roars.
Powers and Abilities
- Ultra Strength: As the absolute antagonist in Dino Thunder, Messogog is stronger than any monster or viillain in the entire season. In the final part of the two-part team up episode "Thunder Storm", during his Battle with Lothor, Mesogog demonstrated immense physical strength, since he was able to easily lift Lothor over his head and toss him a very far distance. When fighting an unmorphed Tommy on the Island Fortress, since he had yet to get his powers, a single kick sent him flying through the air and into a large metal pole. Another kick, when Tommy blocked him punch, also sent him flying extremely far. He could then pick Tommy up by his arm and throw him with no trouble.
- Durability: Mesogog has thick skin that is quite durable, as shown the final part of the two-part team up episode "Thunder Storm", during his battle with Lothor were Lothor's Energy Laser Attack had no effect on him. When fighting Tommy on the Island Fortress, he slashed a metal pole with his claws and was undamaged. However, his most impressive display of power was when he survived the destruction of his own Island Fortress despite being right in the middle of it.
- Excellent Swimmer-Messogog can clearly swim very well since his Island Fortress is far out to sea and he had to get to Reefside somehow.
- Laser Vision: Messogog's main abilitiy. From his eyes he can fire a clear yellow energy laser that can inflect massive pain on the opponents head. This was powerful enough to pull Zeltrax, Elsa, and Pollinator into the Island Fortress despite them being on the beach outside of Reefside.
- Psionic Brain-Blast: By focusing energy, Mesogog can fire a beam from his forehead.
- Energy Absorption: Mesogog can absorb energy in order to transform into his second form.
- Mutation-Upon absorbing all of the Dino Gem energy, Messogog can mutate into his ultimate form at will.
- Claws-Whilst being the only main villain to lack a weapon, Mesogog has razor sharp claws to use in order to fight his enemies.
- The Hydro Regenerator- Mesogog operates a rain cloud system known as the Hydro Regenerator which can grow monsters with it's rain.
- Super Strength: Having all of the Dino Gems energy, he is one of the strongest opponents the Dino Thunder Rangers have faced in terms of strength, since he was powerful enough to best all five Dino Thunder Rangers in the final battle.
- Super Durability: Mesogog was nearly invincible, as shown by the fact that he could take multiple hits from the Rangers, get blasted by Conner's Triassic Battlizer and not even get a scratch.
- Mouth Lighting Bolts: Mesogog could fire powerful blue lighting bolts from his mouth.
- Self-Replicate: Mesogog has the ability to make multiple copies of himself.
- Tongue Lash: Mesogog could stretch his tongue to great lengths to grab the other Rangers.
- Thick Tail: Mesogog can use his newly equipped thick tail to whip and bash his foes quite effectively.
- Claws: Mesogog retains his claws for combat.
Video game appearances
Power Rangers Legacy Wars
Mesogog is among the villains who feature in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.
Behind the Scenes
- After separating from Anton Mercer, Mesogog's voice loses its lower pitch, becoming more of a hissing sound.
- Mesogog has no Super Sentai counterpart. The main villain of Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger is Creative Messenger Mikela and Visionary Messenger Voffa though they were later used as the two characters "Izzy & Pupperazi" in the episode "Thunder Storm".
- Messogog might be one of the most powerful villains in the season, being able to overwhelm all the Dino Rangers on every encounter and was able to defeat another very powerful main villain (Lothor) without breaking a sweat.
- Mesogog is similar to Mr. Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Anton Mercer, like Dr. Jekyll, invented a potion which turned him into a monster. Mercer is also similar to Dr. Curt Connors from Spider-Man, who becomes the Lizard after inventing a potion with lizard DNA to regenerate his lost right arm.
- As Anton Mercer, his relationship with his son is similar to Norman Osborn (from Marvel's Spider-Man), aka the Green Goblin's relationship with Harry Osborn, only the difference is that Osborn becomes more monstrous and unsympathetic as time goes by, whether with his double personality or as himself. His relationship with his son did not go well either. With Mercer, he ends up cured, and remained a good man outside his double personality.
- Perhaps another more appropriate comparison in Spider-Man would be with Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, as they are both ambitious yet well-intentioned scientists who have made a scientific breakthrough, but was mutated and corrupted as a result of said science. They also have good human selves yet have bad monster sides, as well as are related to some form of reptile. They also have tragic pasts and care deeply about their family and tries their hardest not to lose their humanity, though there are many instances where he starts to lose his humanity.
- Alongside Venjix Virus, Queen Bansheera, Master Org, and Lothor, Mesogog is one of the strongest and most powerful villains in the entire Power Rangers Franchises.
- His Mesomonster form looks similar to SpaceGodzilla, one of Godzilla's most powerful enemies, as both have large crystal spikes sticking out of their shoulders.
- Creative Messenger Mikela - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (In terms of making monsters of the week)
- Visionary Messenger Voffa - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (Role and Personality)
- Wicked Life God Dezumozorlya - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (final villain)