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This article is about a/an series entry (the 12th) in the Power Rangers franchise.

Power Rangers Dino Thunder is the twelfth season of Power Rangers, based on the Super Sentai series Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger. The show aired simultaneously on ABC Kids and Toon Disney's Jetix block.

The series takes place several years after the events of Power Rangers Turbo, as it features the return of Tommy Oliver, reprised by Jason David Frank.


A soccer player, computer expert, a musician, and their science teacher join forces to become Power Rangers and help save the Earth from mutant dinosauric beings that wish to eradicate all human life and return Earth to the age of the dinosaurs. Their enemies are Mesogog and his minions Zeltrax and Elsa.

In this season, Tommy Oliver, of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Turbo fame, returns as a paleontology professor in Reefside, California. When he is assigned three detention students, Conner McKnight, Ethan James, and Kira Ford, they end up finding the Dino Gems, paving the way for them to become the Dino Thunder Power Rangers. Conner gains the power of the Tyrannozord, as well as superspeed; Ethan gains the power of the Tricerazord, as well as the ability to make his skin super-strong; Kira gains the power of the Pterazord, as well as a sonic scream. Tommy (known often as Dr. O) himself joins the team as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger, and they are also later joined by Trent Fernandez as the White Dino Thunder Ranger. During the course of the series, the team adds to its arsenal Zords based on the Pachycephalosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Dimetrodon, and Stegosaurus, the last of which combines with Trent's Zord, a Tupuxuara, to form the Dino Stegazord. Tommy pilots the Brachiozord, the carrier for all the other Zords. At the end of the series, Conner, Kira, Ethan, Tommy, and Trent finish off Mesogog but burned out their Dino Gems in the process. Elsa also redeemed herself. After saving the world the rangers starts their simple life again and became heroes for the town. 


Dino Rangers

Dino Rangers in Super Dino Mode


Main article: Dino Rangers
Color Role Actor
Red Dino Ranger Conner McKnight James Napier
Blue Dino Ranger Ethan James Kevin Duhaney
Yellow Dino Ranger Kira Ford Emma Lahana
Black Dino Ranger Tommy Oliver Jason David Frank
White Dino Ranger Trent Fernandez-Mercer Jeffrey Parazzo


Mesogog's Army

Color Role Actor
White Dino Ranger White Dino Ranger (clone) Adam Gardiner

Lothor's Army

Other Characters/Allies


Main article: Arsenal (Dino Thunder)




Suit Upgrades

When the Triassic morpher is given enough Dino energy, it unlocks the Battlizer Armor.

  • Triceramax Command Center was shown on screen but not named. The name "Triceramax Command Center" comes from the toy line released by Bandai in the US.


Main article: Zords (Dino Thunder)
Legend: ◆ piloted zord, ❖ aux zord, ➲ carrier zord

Biozord System

Alternate Combinations

Evil Megazords

The Comic Strip

A monthly comic strip based on the series appeared on several issues of "Jetix Magazine" in the UK. Jetix Magazine was the official magazine of JETIX, the channel that aired Dino Thunder in the UK.

The Video Games

There were two games produced for the Dino Thunder series. On the Game Boy Advance, there was a sidescrolling version which was a simple platformer involving fighting several foes from the series. The other game was produced for the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo Gamecube. This was the first Power Rangers game produced on a "next generation" console. Unexpectedly all the action takes place inside the zords. This game also had a few inconsistencies with the series to allow the action to take place in the zords while battling the regular bad guys who were human size. (The series always displayed a monster needing to be destroyed before it could be a giant, a side affect of the Hydro Re-Generator)

Episode List

  1. Day of the Dino Part 1
  2. Day of the Dino Part 2
  3. Wave Goodbye
  4. Legacy of Power
  5. Back in Black
  6. Diva in Distress
  7. Game On
  8. Golden Boy
  9. Beneath the Surface
  10. Ocean Alert
  11. White Thunder Part 1
  12. White Thunder Part 2
  13. White Thunder Part 3
  14. Truth and Consequences
  15. Leader of the Whack
  16. Burning at Both Ends
  17. The Missing Bone
  18. Bully for Ethan
  19. Lost & Found in Translation
  20. It's a Mad Mad Mackerel
  21. Copy That
  22. Triassic Triumph
  23. A Star is Torn
  24. A Ranger Exclusive
  25. Tutenhawken's Curse
  26. Disappearing Act
  27. Fighting Spirit
  28. The Passion of Conner
  29. Isn't it Lava-ly
  30. Strange Relations
  31. Thunder Storm Part 1
  32. Thunder Storm Part 2
  33. In Your Dreams
  34. Drawn into Danger
  35. House of Cards
  36. A Test of Trust
  37. Thunder Struck Part 1
  38. Thunder Struck Part 2



The following stories were printed in the UK Jetix Magazine.

VHS/DVD Releases


  • Volume 1 (Episode 1-3)
  • Volume 2 (Episodes 4-8)
  • Volume 3 (Episodes 9, 11-14)
  • Volume 4 (Episodes 15-19)
  • Volume 5 (Episodes 20-24)
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder Vol. 5 Triassic Triumph
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder (Complete Season) [RC2]
  • Power Rangers Seasons 8-12 (Lightspeed Rescue to Dino Thunder)
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)


  • This is the first Power Rangers series to air on Toon Disney & Jetix.
  • This series is the second to have a prehistoric theme.
  • The finale of Dino Super Charge, End of Extinction, retconned continuity so that the meteor strike that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs never happened. Because the Dino Gems were contained in these meteors, this would mean that the Dino Thunder Rangers never got their powers, therefore writing the entire series out of continuity. But in the Super Ninja Steel episode Echoes of Evil It is revealed that Dino Charge is in a different universe.
  • This series also marks the return of Tommy Oliver from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Zeo & Turbo as a main cast member, as well as the new Ranger, making it the second series to have a veteran Ranger return to its full-time duties as a ranger. The first being Power Rangers Zeo with Jason Lee Scott.
  • This is the only series to have four members on the core team as opposed to five.
  • Despite having an overall dinosaur theme, the Pterazord, Dimetrozord and Dragozord are not technically dinosaurs, with both the Pterazord and Dragozords being pterosaurs and the Dimetrozord being a pelycosaur, a mammal-like reptile. Also, Dimetrodon lived at least 40 million years before any dinosaur.
  • Styracosaurus has recently been recognized as a species of Centrosaurus, another horned dinosaur.  
  • It would have made more sense for the Mezodon Rover to be based on the plant-eating prosauropod Plateosaurus, one of the largest and best-known dinosaurs from the Triassic. This way, Conner's "Triassic Ranger" title would fit better when he operated it.  Centrosaurus and other horned dinosaurs, or ceratopsians, were exclusively from the late Cretaceous.
  • This is the second series to feature core three Rangers as opposed to five, a trend first started by Power Rangers Ninja Storm. This wouldn't happen again until Power Rangers Jungle Fury.
  • Although the team lost their powers at the end of the series, the core three regained their abilities as of the events of HistoryIt is not explained, however, the way Trent and Dr. Oliver managed to re-obtain their powers by the time of Dimensions in Danger.
  • Somehow, Power Rangers Dino Thunder name was used in the Korean dubbing version from their respective Japanese Adaptation, even though the series was dubbed from Abaranger.
  • This is the only season in the Disney Era where the Rangers don't wear any sort of uniform to accompany their statuses as Power Rangers.
  • At this point this is the only dinosaur series to not have a Pink Ranger.


  • Some of the episodes shows that Tommy didn't put the key into the Brachio Morpher properly.

    Tommy's Morpher Error

External links


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