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


"Ooh, you Rangers make me mad. Waking me up with a rap that bad!"
―The Pumpkin Rapper's first words as he awakens after a terrible rap from the Power Rangers.[src]
"Better run fast or you'll feel the blast!"
―The Pumpkin Rapper when firing on a charging Tommy and his final words before his destruction which are audible when hit by the Power Blaster.[src]

The Pumpkin Rapper was (as his name implies) a rapping pumpkin monster who made his first appearance as the main antagonist of the episode "Trick or Treat."

History

The Pumpkin Rapper was planted off-screen by Squatt and Baboo in a pumpkin patch, hidden amongst many other pumpkins. This was done thanks to some foresight from Goldar when he realized Halloween was approaching and approved by Rita once she realized that Kimberly had gone on a game show called "Trick or Treat." It took a full week for the monster to grow into a gigantic pumpkin, at which time Kimberly was on the game show, but this also caused all of the pumpkins to start visibly moving and allowed Zordon to detect him. The Power Rangers, Tommy (who had gone to a karate tournament and his powers being limited made him a last resort), deployed to the pumpkin patch only to have their heads trapped in pumpkins that were completely airtight. However, Kimberly (having not been trapped by the pumpkins because she hadn't handled them which was the only way to be trapped by them) ran over and destroyed the pumpkins with her Blade Blaster. The remaining pumpkins in the field then started flying before forming into Putties although these ones had pumpkins where their heads would be.

After defeating the horde, Billy then spied the gigantic pumpkin that was the Pumpkin Rapper and the Rangers woke him up with an utterly abysmal rap. Enraged, the Pumpkin Rapper called out their raps as terrible before summoning and sending out another horde of pumpkin-headed Putties to attack the Rangers. The Pumpkin Rapper spoke almost exclusively in rhyme and in beat like a rapper would. Once they were defeated, the Pumpkin Rapper attacked the Rangers by whipping their Blade Blasters from their hands with a vine and wrapping them up in a flowery vine, electrocuting them straight off their feet. However, Tommy was summoned and cut the vine with his Dragon Dagger before charging. The Pumpkin Rapper blasted him but Tommy was unaffected and grabbed the monster, restraining him long enough for the other Rangers to form the Power Blaster. Noticing this, Tommy referenced Terminator and jump kicked him away, causing him to throw a rage induced fit and allowed the Rangers to finish him off with a single devastating blast. Trick or Treat

Because the Pumpkin Rapper happened to be one of Lord Zedd's favorite monsters, he was resurrected by Zedd as part of a Halloween monster assault in Zedd's Haunted Forest. While the army (consisting of Robogoat, Primator, Rhinoblaster, Invenusable Flytrap, and Snizzard with Doomstone as the leader) was largely unsuccessful, Zedd threw a growing bomb which Pumpkin Rapper used to grow himself only after leaving the dimension. It battled the White Tigerzord after taking down the Thunder Megazord with his pumpkin bombs but was overpowered by one of the White Tigerzord's punches. Immediately after, he was taken down for good by the Thunder Saber. Zedd's Monster Mash

Four years later, the Pumpkin Rapper appeared again helping Zedd and Rita conquer the Vica Galaxy. He was probably created by Finster since growing him from scratch would probably take too long only to be destroyed by Zordon's Energy Wave. Countdown to Destruction

Personality

True to his name, the Pumpkin Rapper was a rapper that always sings in a rap-like tone and speaks almost exclusively in rhyme. Overall, his personality is similar to that of a DJ, always hip and ready for action.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • The Pumpkin Rapper was voiced by Michael Sorich who also voiced the Hate Master.
    • Coincidentally, both monsters were the only rhyming monsters in the series and had the exact same voice.

Powers and abilities

  • Strength: The Pumpkin Rapper was able to knock all of the Rangers' Blade Blasters from their hands with a single swing of a vine.
  • Pumpkin Headed Putties Summoning: The Pumpkin Rapper can summon an army of Putties with pumpkins on their heads to aid him.
  • Eye Energy Rings: The Pumpkin Rapper can fire light pink colored energy rings from his eye.
  • Pumpkin Bombs: The Pumpkin Rapper can summon mini-pumpkin bombs from orange energy into his hands which he would then throw forth. Two of them took down the Thunder Megazord.

Arsenal

  • Vines: Pumpkin Rapper possessed a long dark green vine that can whip away the enemies' weapons.
  • Flower Vine: Pumpkin Rapper can conjure a long flower vine that can ensnare opponents.
    • Pumpkin Shock: Pumpkin Rapper can also power up the Flower Vines with blue and yellow electricity to harm his targets.

Notes

  • The Pumpkin Rapper is the very first monster in the franchise to return as an actual threat to the Rangers.
    • Although the Pudgy Pig is technically the very first monster monster to make a return appearance, the 2nd version was merely hungry and not evil who posed a minimal threat to the Rangers, being overshadowed by Goldar.
  • Pumpkin Rapper is the first of two MMPR monsters to only speak in raps and rhymes, the second being Hate Master.
  • The Pumpkin Rapper comes from what is commonly referred to as "Zyu2" footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger. He is also the most infamous of the added monsters.
    • Additionally, he is the weakest since he had very little screen-time and barely stood a chance against the Rangers as well as showing no special powers.
  • The Pumpkin Rapper originally had a Zord fight but it was likely omitted for time although it was later used in "Zedd's Monster Mash" (albeit with the shots of the Dinozords cut out).
    • In the original Zord footage, he was destroyed by the Dino Megazord's Power Sword downward slash. The remnants of this can still be seen in his Zord fight as he is clearly struck down by a small red energy slash.
  • A lesser known aspect of this monster is that his first words were technically “All that droppin’ is all about the hoppin’" when the Rangers looked at him on the Viewing Globe.
    • However, how accurate this statement is could be debated since said footage appears before the monster awakened and is likely stock footage from an apparent past encounter.
      • It's also debatable whether this is what he even actually said because the delivery was that garbled.
  • The Pumpkin Rapper only says a single line out of rhyme, said line being "attack now, get 'em" when he commands the Putties to attack the Rangers.
  • Pumpkin Rapper is a playable character in Power Rangers Legacy Wars

Reception

  • The Pumpkin Rapper remains one of the most infamous Power Ranger monsters of all time, specifically because his rapping nature feels like the writers' trying to be hip with the kids (especially due to the popularity of rappers like Snoop Doggy Dogg and 2Pac around the time his debut episode first aired in May 1994).
    • Despite this, and unknown to most people who are aware of his infamy, it turns out that the Pumpkin Rapper only actually speaks six times in "Trick or Treat" which makes up a total of sixteen sentences, ninety three words, and four hundred and fifty four characters.

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