|This article is about a/an monster in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
- "You've been sidelined Power Rangers. Hit the showers!"
- ―The Rhinoblaster before sending the Rangers to the Multidimensional Vortex.[src]
Rhinoblaster was an American football-playing rhinoceros monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "Football Season".
Rhinoblaster was created by Finster after Rita noticed that it was football tryouts time in Angel Grove and she planned to destroy the Power Rangers using his football skills. Rhinoblaster was to be Rita's quarterback in a football game to the destruction with the Rangers. Whilst he was being created, Goldar sent down Putties to prepare them for Rhinoblaster's attack. Once he had been completed, Rita sent him to Earth into the football fields outside of Angel Grove High. Rhinoblaster was first seen on the Viewing Globe after Zordon sent for the Rangers and informed them that the monster was cunning and fast before sending them to attack the monster. Upon their arrival, Rhinoblaster immediately summoned five members of the Putty Patrol in football jerseys to battle the Power Rangers. The Putties clotheslined and then cut down the five Power Rangers before he used his white mist to trap the Rangers in the vortex. However, Tommy had not been with them because he was training for the football tryouts with Ernie and thus remained at large. Zordon contacted him and he morphed at which point he took down the Football Putties, leaving just Rhinoblaster standing. However, he was unfazed by the loss of his defense line so took on Tommy, managing to duck a swing kick and avoid several punches before grabbing his arm only to get double kicked down with a blow to the chest although he was unaffected.
With a stalemate developing, Rita then made him grow to gain the upper hand so Tommy summoned the Dragonzord. However, Rhinoblaster was unafraid and the Dragonzord immediately smacked him in the face with its tail but he did not even stumble from it so he grappled with the Dragonzord only for it to break off. He then tried to ram it back only for it to be unfazed and knock him to one side. Rhinoblaster then ducked its tail and double punched it back. With the Dragonzord stunned, the monster prepared to suck Tommy into the Multidimensional Vortex and trap him forever but Zordon called Tommy and told him how to rescue his friends. He pretended to surrender to Rhinoblaster but was taken down by a sword blast just because the monster was feeling sadistic before he tried to suck up Tommy. However, as Rhinoblaster emitted his mist, Tommy threw the Dragon Dagger into the source of the mist and Jason caught it and set about getting free. In the meantime, Tommy was now unable to externally control the Dragonzord so entered the cockpit for only the second time although Rhinoblaster still managed to completely wipe the floor with the Dragonzord before completely knocking it out of the fight with a devastating energy blast. However, through unexplained methods, the Dragon Dagger allowed the other Rangers to escape the vortex in their Megazord which immediately jump punched him down. The Rangers then celebrated Tommy rescuing them but Rhinoblaster recovered and demanded they fight him so they combined into the Mega Dragonzord, and launched its Z-sphere blast. Immediately after being hit by it, Rhinoblaster yelled out as his legs fell from under him and he fell flat on his face before exploding.
Trumpet Top summoned an illusionary Rhinoblaster to wear out the Power Rangers enough that Lord Zedd would easily be able to destroy them. After Zack threw Grumble Bee off of a lifeguard tower, Rhinoblaster charged up the steps. However, Zack grabbed him by the horn to stop the charge before kicking him down and pushed him down the stairs. Due to not really being there though, Rhinoblaster alongside Saliguana, Fighting Flea, Soccadillo, Grumble Bee, the Mantis, the Stag Beetle and Slippery Shark managed to "beat them" until they were worn out completely. However, Zordon saw through the plan, making the illusionary monsters cease to exist.
Rhinoblaster was among the monsters recreated by Finster to ambush the Rangers at the Specter Theatre. Rhinoblaster and Peckster were later selected to guard the Rangers in the Specter Theater as Rita and Zedd got married. They failed, as he and Peckster were ensnared in a net by the Rangers, leading to the Rangers' eventual escape.
Rhinoblaster was last seen among the monsters seen in the Shadow World.
Rhinoblaster was a ruthless and cold monster that will do anything in his power to destroy the Rangers, though despite this, he is quick on his feet and very clever. During battle, Rhinoblaster was a brawler and liked to wrestle with his enemy and overwhelm them with his pure strength and only used his ranged attacks as a finishing attack. During his return in The Wedding, he became far more jokey and acted as comedy relief although he retained both his serious-when-it-needs-to-be attitude and intense loyalty to Rita and Zedd.
Powers and Abilities
- Dimensional Transportation: Rhinoblaster could emit a white mist from his mouth that would trap enemies in a pocket dimension known as the "Multidimensional Vortex."
- Forehead Horn Lightning Beam: Rhinoblaster could fire orange lightning beams from the horn located in the middle of his forehead. This was his most powerful attack since a single blast completely defeated the Dragonzord and ejected Tommy.
- Strength: Rhinoblaster knocked back the Dragonzord with single punches and slashes of his sword.
- Putty Summoning: Rhinoblaster could summon an army of Putties dressed in football player outfits to aid him in battle.
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- Curved Sword: Rhinoblaster could use a curved sword to aid him in combat
- Lightning Beams: Rhinoblaster could gesture his curved sword to his nose and point it forth to fire light pink lightning beams from the tip. This caused a massive explosion and sent Tommy flying.
Behind the Scenes
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- Rhinoblaster comes from what is commonly referred to as "Zyu2" footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
- Back in early 2003, shortly after the series changed hands from Saban Entertainment to Disney, some of the monster costumes, including Rhinoblaster, were auctioned off by ABC Auctions. It sold for $480.
- Rhinoblaster appears as a action figure in the movie Jingle All the Way in the bedroom of Jamie Langston during the beginning of the movie.