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The Golden Pipe Trophy

"Yeah!"
―Pipebrain's first word upon being created.[src]

"Ha ha! Gotcha. You disappoint me Red Ranger. I thought you’d be tougher. Finish him Putties."
―Pipebrain when confronted by Jason.[src]

"So, think you're a big shot huh?! Well, you'll learn I'm the top trophy around here! And now, I'm gonna show you why!"
―Pipebrain when confronted by the Red Dragon Thunderzord.[src]

"Hey! Stop it! I'm getting dizzy!"
―Pipebrain's final words before his destruction.[src]

Pipebrain was a pipe themed trophy monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "Missing Green".

History

Following his success in the preceding two-part episode Green No More, Lord Zedd decided to drain the remaining Power Rangers' powers like he did to Tommy Oliver. Goldar easily captured them and was awarded them to play with though Zedd decided that Jason was his to toy with. With the Ranger Candles lit, Zedd began his end of the scheme by creating Pipebrain from the Golden Pipe Trophy (which was being used for a tournament Jason was preparing for). He decided that Pipebrain should either destroy Jason entirely or at least keep him so busy that he would be unable to help his friends. With his friends captive but Pipebrain endangering Angel Grove, Jason had a tough choice between saving his friends or potentially lose the city. After Alpha and Zordon reassured him that the decision he made over helping to destroy the Cyclops instead of defeating Goldar and extinguishing the Green Candle was the right one, he decided to morph and deal with the monster first. He confronted Pipebrain who fired some pipes at him but he avoided them so the monster summoned some Putties. Pipebrain mocked his apparent weakness (despite Jason having dodged his only attack) and, during the Putty fight, threw some more tentacles but Jason dodged them again and beat the Putties so Zedd threw a Growth Bomb and made Pipebrain grow at which point he growled.

Jason summoned the Red Dragon Thunderzord and blasted Pipebrain to little effect before hitting him with its claws. However, that didn't faze him either so he blasted it, was unafraid of it, claiming that he was the superior fighter and intended to show it why before they charged at each other. However, he was ultimately no match since he was karate chopped multiple times and booted through the air which forced him to play dead. Luckily for him, Jason bought the act for some reason which allowed him to recover and tie it up with a tentacle before electrocuting it with enough force to make it fall to its knees. Despite then declaring victory, the Red Dragon pulled out its staff and sliced the tentacle which was enough to send Pipebrain flying to the ground. It then bashed him several times with its staff before doing multiple roundhouse attacks, balancing on his staff with the third sending Pipebrain to the ground again. The Red Dragon then repeatedly spun the staff, emitting a series of red blasts that blinded the monster before it slid forward and destroyed Pipebrain with a massive horizontal slash. It stopped spinning its staff as Pipebrain fell on his side and exploded. With his destruction, Pipebrain returned to the form of the trophy and Jason was able to stop the candles burning and save the other Rangers.

Personality

Pipebrain was a cunning, cold and intelligent monster that would stop at nothing to destroy Jason and prevent him from entering the Dark Dimension. He was also tricky, playing dead to get the drop on the Red Dragon Thunderzord but he was most of all deeply loyal to Zedd.

Powers and Abilities

  • Strength: Pipebrain was able to restrain the Red Dragon Thunderzord and hold it in place with just one tentacle.
  • Durability: Pipebrain was barely fazed by the Red Dragon Thunderzord's fire breath and shrugged off multiple karate chops from the Zord and multiple strikes from it's staff.
  • Pipe Strike: Pipebrain could fire forth a wave of pipes from behind his head and lash them like ropes. What they could do and how powerful they were are unclear since Jason dodged them both times that he used this attack.
  • Z-Putty Summoning: Pipebrain was able to summon Lord Zedd's signature Putties to aid him in combat.
  • Resilience: When the Red Dragon Thunderzord started to spin around on its staff and kick him, it took three of these swing around kicks to knock him down.
  • Lightning Blast: Pipebrain could fire a stream of blue lightning from his single eye.

Arsenal

  • Tentacles: Pipebrain had a large brown tentacle instead of a right hand that he can use against his enemies.
    • Restraints: Pipebrain could extend his tentacle and wrap his enemies up in it like a rope.
      • Electrocution: Pipebrain could then hit his arm with enough force to cause it to electrify and shock his enemies with enough force to bring the Red Dragon Thunderzord to it's knees.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Pipebrain was voiced by the late Brad Orchard in his first Power Rangers role. He is most well known in the franchise as the voice of Main Drain, the first monster fought by the Red Battlezord.

Notes

  • Pipebrain was the first monster from Gosei Sentai Dairanger to be used in the series since all previous episodes of Season 2 were Zyu2.
    • Ironically, Pipebrain's counterpart was the first monster in Dairanger period.
  • Pipebrain's name solved a minor problem with his counterpart since his counterpart's name was Baron String but he much more resembled pipework.
  • Pipebrain was the first monster since the Mantis not to be fought by Tommy due to him losing his powers in the preceding two episodes.
  • Despite appearing in two episodes of Dairanger (the first and second to be pedantic), pretty much all usable footage of Pipebrain's counterpart was spliced together here. He spent most of episode one as a little Japanese kid and was destroyed three minutes into episode 2.
  • In Dairanger, Baron String was obsessed with yoyos because he is string themed which was omitted from Power Rangers since he ever used a yoyo.
    • However, as eagle eyed viewers may notice, Pipebrain is doing the motion to twirl a yoyo on the Viewing Globe for no apparent reason.
  • The Tube Monster used in A Reel Fish Story was a blue and white repaint of Pipebrain, minus his cape and even shared the same voice actor.
    • This is because that monster's counterpart (the New Gorma Monster) was a reincarnation of Pipebrain's counterpart.

See Also

References

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