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This article is about a/an ranger in Power Rangers Turbo, the third season in the Zordon Era .

This article is about the character from Turbo and In Space. For the toy-exclusive ranger from Dino Thunder, see Phantom Ranger (Dino Thunder).

"I'll go after Zordon. You are needed on Earth. This disk controls the Delta Megaship. It's a mighty weapon. You'll need it. You must retrieve it immediately. It is completely unprotected."
―Phantom Ranger[src]

The Phantom Ranger is a mysterious ranger, whose powers derived from Eltar, that helped the Rangers battle Divatox during Power Rangers Turbo.

Biography

This article contains content in reference to the main TV series, as well as supplemental material, such as the comics. A sliding/floating timeline applies. Story instances for TV and other media will be clearly marked.

Early Life

Years ago, the Phantom Ranger tried to save Rita.

Ten thousand years ago on the planet Da'Quar, The Phantom Ranger went on a mission ordered by Zordon to rescue both Lady Fienna and her daughter Rita from a bunch of Tenga Warriors sent by the evil Master Vile, as they captured the mother and child, the Phantom Rangers showed up and started to beat the Tenga Warriors while invisible. The Ranger was willing to die for the mission but Fienna wouldn't let him and rescued him before all three of them escaped on the Phantom Ranger's ship. Fienna took all three of them into the Masterforge so that the Phantom Ranger could heal himself, there they decided to infuse Rita with Morphin Grid energy so that Dark Specter couldn't use her as a vessel.

Just as the process was getting started a bunch of Tenga Warriors entered the Masterforge and fought the Phantom Ranger. As the process continued and Master Vile himself entered the Masterforge, the Phantom stood by Rita's side to comfort her during the painful process while telling her a story. Master Vile then killed Fienna and defeated the Phantom Ranger before taking Rita so he could at least train her (as she couldn't be used as a vessel anymore), due to the energy transference process the Forge also overload and was destroyed, leaving the Phantom alone in the empty space after his failed mission. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Power Rangers Unlimited: Edge of Darkness

Arrival on Earth

Seen in Turbo.

Phantom Ranger first arrived on Earth in his spaceship, landing in the woods of Angel Grove. He prevented Elgar and his group from stealing from a bank and a gold mine. As he spent most of his time invisible, no one, with the exception of Cassie Chan, could spot the Phantom properly. After rescuing the Turbo Rangers from trouble, the Pink Ranger asked who he was and Phantom Ranger replied, "a friend", before disappearing. From that point on, the Phantom Ranger appeared to be fond of Cassie, though perhaps not in the same way she was fond of him. He was able to prevent his ship from being destroyed by Divatox's torpedoes and saved Justin's friend, Nico, in the process. When the danger had passed, the Phantom Ranger departed in his space ship, giving the Rangers the impression he had left for good. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Phantom Phenomenon

Although Phantom Ranger had taken off in his space ship, he did not necessarily leave Angel Grove. He continued to help when he was needed, such as fighting Translucitor. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Vanishing Act He even gave the Rangers their new Rescuezords, after losing the Turbozords to Divatox and General Havoc. Tvicon.png TV STORY-One Last Hope

Fall of the Phantom

Divatox and her brother General Havoc used their knowledge of the Ranger to set a trap for him, hoping to obtain the Phantom's power ruby. After kidnapping Cassie and turning her to stone, the Phantom tried to use his Ruby to revive her, but was tricked by Havoc, who posed as Cassie and stole the Ruby from him. Up on the Space Base, Divatox would've destroyed both him and Cassie had she not rebelled, allowing them both the chance to escape. However, without his ruby, his life force was draining away and Phantom Ranger feared that he would soon perish.

Sometime after his escape, Phantom Ranger retreated to the tunnels where his ship was located and collapsed just mere inches away from it, exhausted of all strength. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Fall of the Phantom Cassie and T.J. ventured down into the tunnel system and found him and brought him to the Power Chamber. The power of the chamber kept him stable, but Dimitria had told them without his ruby the Phantom would die. The Rangers, after some difficulty, got the Phantom's ruby back. Cassie placed it on Phantom Ranger and after several moments he came to, rejuvenated. He thanked the Rangers and prepared to leave, but Cassie wanted to know where he was going. Phantom Ranger told her that he would go where he was needed and remain until his presence was unnecessary. In that sense, the Phantom Ranger believed the Earth was in good hands with the Rangers and departed. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Clash of the Megazords

It is unknown why the Rangers didn't just ask him who he was.

During the Invasion

After the news that Zordon had been captured, Phantom Ranger began searching for Zordon. He was on the planet Hercuron and watched as Divatox and Astronema took the Eltarian sage away to a large ship. Phantom sent a message of Zordon's location to the Space Rangers, and was later intercepted by Divatox, Piranhatrons, Astronema and Quantrons. After Divatox took off with Zordon, Astronema sent Ecliptor to finish off Phantom Ranger. Luckily, the Space Rangers saved him and Ecliptor retreated. Phantom Ranger gave Andros a disc and told him it was for the Delta Megaship, a powerful weapon currently without protection. Phantom Ranger told the Rangers that he would go after Zordon and assured Cassie that he would be alright, despite the serious injury he sustained in the fight from earlier. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Delta Discovery

Phantom Ranger & Blue Senturion in danger.

Later on in the season, Phantom Ranger fought alongside the Blue Senturion to try and stop the Machine Empire from taking over his planet during Dark Specter's universal conquest. Eventually Phantom Ranger and Blue Senturion were captured, however, Zordon's energy wave rid the entire planet of its villains, saving them both from an untimely death. However, they were never seen or heard from again. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Countdown to Destruction

The Phantom Ranger did not participate in the Legendary Battle for unknown reasons, however it could be he felt the army of rangers present was enough to handle the situation, as he only went where he was needed. He also could have been handling other matters on different planets.

Street Fighter Showdown

Phantom Ranger and the other evil Rangers seeing how are teletransported Ryu and Chun-Li

The Phantom Ranger and the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger appear to help the evil Time Force Pink Ranger and the Black Dino Thunder Ranger, against Ryu and Chun Li. However, they are teletransported, the Phantom Ranger and the other evil Rangers witnessing this unexpected moment.

Phantom Ranger summoned by M.Bison

Later the Phantom Ranger is summoned along with several other evil Rangers to M.Bison's side, He and the other rangers prepare to fight the Green Ranger, Super Megaforce Yellow Ranger, Ryu Ranger and Chun-Li. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Legacy Wars - Street Fighter Showdown

Split History

Shattered Grid

Receiving Zordon's call through the Morphin Grid, the Phantom Ranger was among those who rallied to his pocket dimension for the final stand against Lord Drakkon. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) Issue 29 After having his Morpher reinforced by Doctor K, the Phantom Ranger participated in an advance towards Drakkon's Tower on the Moon in the World of the Coinless, engaging a large army of Ranger Sentries. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) Issue 30

Video game appearances

Power Rangers Key Scanner

Phantom Ranger in Power Rangers Key Scanner

Phantom Ranger, appears in the app videogame Power Rangers Key Scanner, amoung various other Rangers teams.

Power Rangers Legacy Wars

Phantom Ranger as seen in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.

Phantom Ranger is among the Rangers who feature in Power Rangers Legacy Wars. He also appeared on the Street Fighter Showdown short film related to Legacy Wars, he is a Legendary (Leader), Legendary (Assist) character,and represent the Turbo Rangers with Cassie Chan.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Invisible: The Phantom had the ability to become invisible, however, the space he occupied was often seen contorted or misshapen, an effect akin to that of the Predator character from the Predator franchise. He was powered by his Power Ruby on his chest, which gave him his powers and sustained both his life force and the systems in his suit. The Phantom is also able to exist outside of "temporal control".

The Phantom Ranger's Identity

Originally, the Phantom Ranger's identity was to be revealed at the end of Countdown to Destruction. The scene was filmed, but removed when the finale was confined to two parts instead of three by the request of Fox. With his identity still left in question, rumors among the fanbase, stating the Phantom Ranger and Zordon were father and son, from the Phantom being Justin's father, began to circulate as possible ideas.

Shuki Levy's original pitch for the character was that he was to represent an embodiment of the spirits of fallen Power Rangers of the past as a "Ghost Robot" (a concept affirmed by Jackie Marchand and Tony Oliver).[1] (The concept was not unlike the later Sentai character AkaRed, a representation of past Red Rangers of the Super Sentai franchise.) Judd Lynn has admitted "we ran out time before we were able to fully develop a story for the Phantom Ranger with everything going on". When asked what he'd do for the Phantom Ranger's identity if he had the chance, Lynn said he'd make him Billy Cranston and explain that his "man made" Phantom powers were limited (as a way of explaining his limited appearances); Billy would have created Ecliptor as a failed Robot Ranger experiment "and in order to correct that mistake he created the Phantom Ranger powers". [2]

In Power Rangers Unlimited: Edge of Darkness the Phantom Ranger is revealed to be made of energy from the Morphin Grid as when he's hurt he bleeds out this energy. The Phantom also seems to have a past with the Masterforges made by the Morphin Masters, The Phantom later tells the young Rita Repulsa a story about a lost knight with the implication that this knight was the Phantom Ranger and he indeed had a real identity before bonding with the Grid Energy.

Phantom Ranger

Ranger Costume

Arsenal

Zords


Appearance: Turbo Episodes 23-29 , In Space Episodes 11,42-43, Street Fighter Showdown, Boom! Studios Issue 29-30, Shattered Grid Finale Issue 1 , Edge of Darkness

Legendary Ranger Devices

The Phantom Ranger Key.

The Phantom Ranger Key is the Phantom Ranger’s personal Ranger Key. This key is exclusive to the Toyline and has been seen at the SDCC 2014 convention. Of course as with all Ranger Keys, should it exist, it would be able to transform one, i.e. one of the Super Mega Rangers, into the Phantom Ranger.


"Legendary Black Star! Activate!"
―announcement in the DX Ninja Battle Morpher

Phantom Ranger Ninja Power Star

The Phantom Ranger Ninja Power Star is a special Ninja Power Star that bears the likeness of the Phantom Ranger and is marked with the kanji for "black". This will be a part of the upcoming Super Ninja Steel toyline and it's currently unknown if it will have a in-show appearance.


Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Concept Art

Phantom Ranger comics Boom concept art

  • Phantom Ranger's concept art was designed by Simone Ragazzoni and colored by Igor Monti


Notes

  • The Phantom Ranger's homeworld was originally meant to be a purple planet named "Phantus" in a draft script for Turbo[3].
  • In Turbo's Super Sentai counterpart, Gekisou Sentai Carranger, Phantom Ranger's Sentai counterpart, VRV Master was actually more of an Extra Hero and not an official Ranger. This marks the first time in which a non-Ranger Sentai character has been designated as a Ranger in the series.
  • A toy-exclusive action figure called the Phantom Ranger was made in the Dino Thunder toy line. Other than the name, no relation is implied.
  • Phantom Ranger is the only Ranger whose identity wasn't revealed.
    • As a joke on April 1st, 2015, the official Power Rangers Twitter page made a post claiming that the Phantom Ranger's true identity was none other than Chip Lynn![4]
    • Plans for the identity were debated on throughout the production of the Zordon era, with ideas ranging from him being Billy to him not having a single identity, but rather being a collective of all fallen Power Rangers.
    • Had the finale to In Space been a three-part finale instead of a two-part finale, the Phantom Ranger's identity and/or origins would have been shown; however, due to Fox Kids cutting the finale down to two parts, this was one of many scenes that were ultimately scrapped.

Appearances

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