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"You're not going anywhere!"
―Ripcon's first words when confronting Brody and Dane Romero ten years ago with Galvanax and Madame Odius.[src]
"Let's get this over with!"
―Ripcon after being gigantified[src]
"NO! You finally got me, rat bait!"
―Ripcon's final words before his death.[src]

Ripcon was the secondary antagonist of Power Rangers Ninja Steel as well as Galvanax's bodyguard and second in command.

Character History

Ripcon was the son of a pig-like Galaxy Warrior whom Galvanax considered a "real bruiser" but "too ugly". Presto Change-O

He has also learned to fight since kindergarten. Family Fusion

10 years ago, he accompanied Galvanax to Earth to claim the Ninja Nexus Prism. As Galvanax fought the transformed Dane Romero, he grabbed Dane's youngest son Brody, distracting Dane long enough for Galvanax to blast the Ninja Nexus Star away from him. He cheered as Galvanax began absorbing the Star's power, but was cut short when Dane broke the Star into six pieces. He then carried Brody to the ship, per Galvanax's orders. In the present he confronted Brody and his fellow prisoners, Redbot and Mick, causing Mick to shapeshift into a mop. After the latest contestant failed to remove a Ninja Power Star from the Prism, he warned Galvanax not to listen to Madame Odius's claim of making new power stars saying she can't be trusted. He then pursued Brody, Redbot, and Mick as they escaped the ship with the Ninja Nexus Prism, barely missing Brody as he climbed through the trash chute. Return of the Prism

He arrived on Earth right after Calvin and Sarah were able to save Mick from an army of Kudabots and then he reported to Galvanax about two human teenagers. Forged in Steel

Ripcon was seen on the Warrior Dome after one of the Skullgators was destroyed by the Rangers. Live and Learn

He encouraged Galvanax to go to Earth personally and fight the Rangers on his own. Ripcon accompanied his master along with Madame Odius but retreated when Galvanax was told to leave by Odius to save face at which point the champion summoned Slogre to fight the Rangers. Presto Change-O

Ripcon suggested using Tangleweb in the next mission to claim the Power Stars. Despite the monster was close, he failed eventually. Ripcon was blamed by Galvanax for another defeat and ordered to clean every toilet on the ship. Drive to Survive

Ripcon was trusted again to escort Badpipes on Earth, acting as the monster's muscle to defend him whilst he used his bagpipes to brainwash the Rangers into handing over their Power Stars. The masked swordsman was close to acquiring the Power Stars but ultimately he was stopped by the White Ranger. Then he challenged Brody in battle while Badpipes fought the rest the Rangers. Ripcon proved to be very powerful and for the most of time could overpower the Red Ranger. However, he was eventually forced to retreat when his Double Sword Doon Strike was countered by the Red Ninja Strike Steel Slash, exposing himself to Galvanax's disapproval. My Friend, Redbot

When the Gold Ranger was set free, Ripcon entered Odius' secret room and tried to catch him before he could escape. Hack Attack

Ripcon no Horn

Ripcon without his horn, that was cut off by Brody.

He was tasked by Galvanax to find the Gold Ranger and learn who the traitor was who held him on the Warrior Dome. Ripcon went to Earth with an army of Kudabots and attacked the city. His first target was a famous singer, Levi Weston. However the Rangers were near and Brody saved the star, managing to completely slice off one of Ripcon's horns with his Ninja Star Morph Final Attack, Ripcon demanded to know where the Gold Ranger is and started to fight against four Rangers. During the battle, he encountered Weston's manager and saw a Gold Power Star in his case making him believe that this man was the Gold Ranger. When Red Ranger appeared, he was able to cut one of Ripcon's horns to the surprise of alien general. At this point, Odius arrived and gave Ripcon orders from Galvanax to find the Gold Rangers immediately as they both vanished. The masked swordsman captured Levi Weston's manager and asked him who kept him on the ship as he was sure the man is the Gold Rangers, but he didn't know what Ripcon was talking about. As the Rangers appeared on the scene, Ripcon set his trap and was able to neutralize them. However, Brody managed to shoot Ripcon with his blaster making the villain lose the Gold Power Star giving the manager time to get free. To the surprise of all the rangers, the man escaped as he had no ability to transform. As Ripcon was about to finish the Rangers, Levi Weston came in himself and revealed he has been the Gold Ranger all along. After an intense duel, he forced Ripcon to retreat with the help of the other Rangers when they combined their Rockstorm Blast and Ninja Blaster Final Attack. Gold Rush

Ripcon sends Stonedozer to destroy the Rangers, but he is destroyed by the Rangers.Rocking and Rolling

Ripcon assigns a contestant named Trapsaw, Ripperat's brother, to kill the Rangers with his traps and nab the Power Stars. Trapsaw would always set traps for the rangers but they kept backfiring on him, making Trapsaw look useless. Meanwhile, Ripcon dueled the Red Ranger one-on-one again. This time, Ripcon withstood the Red Ranger's sword and bow attacks and used his Double Sword: Doom Strike to hurt him. The Red Ranger escapes joining the other rangers, much to Ripcon's anger. After Trapsaw is destroyed, he's chewed out by Galvanax for failing once again.The Ranger Ribbon

Ripcon suddenly meets the robot Aiden and he tells him he wants to destroy the rangers. Ripcon was surprised because he didn't know Aiden was Odius' robot. The robot imposter makes a secret deal with him to help him destroy the rangers and he can give Galvanax the power stars personally. However, it's part of Odius's plan to frame him so Galvanax won't know she was plotting against him. Later, Ripcon fights the rangers. The Red Ranger remembered how strong he was last time, but he uses the new Ninja Fusion Star to overpower Ripcon.

Ripcon vs Brody

Ripcon battles his archenemy, Brody, for the last time.

Hurt and tired, Ripcon retreats again. After the destruction of the robot Aiden, Odius already framed Ripcon. Ripcon tried to defend himself, knowing that Odius was the traitor, but Galvanax didn't believe him. He gives him one last chance to redeem himself and forces him to grow and fight the Megazord. He gets gigantified, with two Skullgators to help him. The Skullgators transform into a giant sword and Ripcon overpowers the rangers. The Rangers use the Ninja Fusion Star to combine the two Megazords into the Ninja Fusion Zord. With the new powerful Megazord, Ripcon was no match and was destroyed by the Ninja Fusion Zord Master Slash Final Attack. In his final moments, he admitted that Brody had finally done him in before collapsing down and exploding,destroying him forever.This ended his bitter rivalry with Brody and saved Madame Odius from being caught by Galvanax for her treachery. Family Fusion
Defeat of Ripcon

Ripcon's pernament death

Ripcon was posthumously mentioned by Odius when she announced that she always betrayed Galvanax.Galvanax Rises

Ripcon can be seen briefly during Sarah's time travels to save her friends from Cleocatra. Past, Presents, and Future

Personality

An arrogant swordsman and hothead, he shows respect and loyalty only to Galvanax, who he calls "champ". He doesn't seem to trust his fellow general Madame Odius, and given her enigmatic and traitorous personality, his mistrust toward her is justified. He is very antagonistic to Brody, who he calls "rat bait", and he strikes fear into Mick's heart. Despite his egocentric and rude personality, he has been shown to have a soft side for his mother and will defend her from anyone who comments about her looks, as shown in the episode "Presto-Change-O". He is fearful of Galvanax when his plans fail. Despite being his strongest warrior and devoted bodyguard, he actually gets no respect from his boss at all. His attitude makes him the most active of all enemies as he is the one who usually goes to Earth and fights the Rangers.

Powers and abilities

  • Strength: Ripcon is one of the most powerful enemies the Ninja Steel Rangers ever faced as well as the strongest soldier in Galvanax's crew. He very easily and single-handedly overpowered Dano Romero and a single kick from Ripcon was able to knock back Brody and slam him into a wall far behind. It took the power of the new Ninja Fusion Star and Ninja Fusion Zord to destroy him once and for all.
  • Durability: Unsurprisingly, Ripcon survived being blown back by his Double Sword Doom Strike meeting Brody's Steel Slash with explosive results. He also survived the Ninja Fusion Fury Final Attack, an attack that involved cleaving right through him, without a scratch.
  • Hand-To-Hand Combat: In addition to his strength, Ripcon is a skilled fighter. He can easily overpower Brody and the other Rangers but was outmatched by Levi as the Gold Ranger.
  • Incredible Swordsman: Ripcon was a master of his swords and almost always win a sword on sword duel. In the episode "The Ranger Ribbon," he was able to fight Brody off despite him wielding both his Ninja Star Blade and Ninja Battle Morpher Claw Mode.
  • Reflexes: When he first fought Brody in the episode "My Friend, Redbot," he was able to stop an aerial attack from Brody whilst the Ranger was in midair and deflecting multiple arrows from Brody's Ninja Battle Morpher Bow Mode in the episode "The Ranger Ribbon."
  • Teleportation: Ripcon can teleport himself to any location at will.

Arsenal

  • Twin Katanas: To aid him in combat, Ripcon carries two katanas, one longer than the other, and shown to be proficient with them. He typically only wields one at a time but occasionally wields two when performing his primary attack or when facing more than one opponent or an enemy with more than one Ninja Star Blade.
    • Energy Empowerment: Ripcon can charge up his sword with purple energy and slash full force which did this after throwing Brody's scarecrow at him and it was powerful enough to knock him down.
    • Double Sword Doom Strike:  Ripcon's signature attack and the equivalent of the Steel Slash. He can concentrate lightning into both katanas and utilize a double slash attack first vertical than horizontal in very quick succession, as well as unleash devastating purple-colored energy waves, causing major damage to his opponent. In the episode "The Ranger Ribbon", it was strong enough to match and repel Brody's Red Ninja Strike Steel Slash although this sent both flying in a massive explosion and, in the episode "Gold Rush", took down all five then-current Rangers with one hit. The only things capable of stopping it were Levi's Rockstorm Guitar and the energy shield from the Ninja Fusion Fury Final Attack.
    • Energy Waves: Ripcon can unleash light purple coloured energy waves from his Katanas.
  • Skullgator Sword: In his final battle against the Rangers in the episode "Family Fusion", when the Skullgators were aiding him in battle, they form a giant sword for which Ripcon can fight with, it is shown to be more powerful than his Katanas.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Ripcon was voiced by Campbell Cooley who also played Cosmo Royale. His portrayal of the character's voice is similar to Squiliam Fancyson's, a recurring character from the Nickelodeon cartoon, Spongebob Squarepants. It's coincidental that Ripcon is abused quite often much like Squidward Tentacles.

Notes

  • Ripcon's head design incorporates an incomplete horned Hannya mask from Noh theatre. This is because all of the main villains in Ninninger had faces based upon theater masks.
  • In Ninninger, Raizo Gabi was taken down by the Secret Shuriken Ninja Art: Blade Storm Fury Slashes (the counterpart to the Ninja Fusion Fury Final Attack) at which point Kyuemon (Odius' counterpart) arrived and he wanted another chance but was enlarged which made him completely feral. This is why attentive viewers may notice that, during his Zord fight, his movements were so frantic and violent as well as not as well compared to his usual composed fighting style.
  • Ripcon's role is very similar to Creepox, the antagonist of Power Rangers Megaforce. Both are hyper-violent rivals of the Red Ranger who are hostile to everyone except for the main antagonist.
    • However, unlike Creepox, he has an actual connection with Brody in regards to his backstory rather than being solely out of pettiness.
  • The image of Ripcon's mother is a reuse of Hamhock from Jungle Fury "Bad to the Bone". Revealing that Ripcon is part pig monster.
  • His theme seems to be a samurai and a demon.
  • He has the shortest appearance of Galvanax's generals, only appearing for 11 episodes, compared to Galvanax's 18 episodes appearances and Odius and Cosmo's 2 seasons appearances.
  • Like Koragg, Master Org and Deker, he considers the Red Ranger to be his archenemy.
  • Ripcon has one less form than his Ninninger counterpart Raizo Gabi, which had it been incorporated would've been his revived form, however, it’s in the Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel toyline.

Appearances

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References

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