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This article is about a/an villain in the Power Rangers comic sub-franchise by Boom! Studios.

For the original TV version of this character, see Rita Repulsa.
"My name is Rita Repulsa... and you have all made a terrible mistake."
―Rita introduces herself to the Power Rangers after meeting them face to face for the first time.[src]

Rita Repulsa is an evil witch from space who threatens the Earth, leading her old enemy Zordon to assemble the Power Rangers to stop her. Dark Red Ranger reference base

Character History

Past

Several ten of thousands of years ago, Rita's father Master Vile met with an ally of Zordon called Lady Fienna and they fell in love before eventually getting married. However, he kept his true nature a secret from her although she eventually discovered his true nature and fled when she was pregnant from Rita. She went to Zordon for safety and gave birth to Rita in his accompaniment before trying to raise the baby. However, Master Vile never stopped searching for his lost wife and daughter and, when he found them, sent the Tenga Warriors who re-captured the six year old Rita and mortally wounded Fienna. Vile then raised her in his psychopathic and cruel ways.

Sometime between this and leaving Vile, she went to an unnamed planet and recruited a dog like creature named Finster who had just accidentally killed his wife Plepra and was worried over how the other natives would treat him when they found out. Rita played on his desire to create "beautiful art" (AKA hideous abominations) and convinced him to join her as she could make them real and he happily accepted. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 Annual


Although Squatt and Baboo's origins are unknown, it is known that she didn't recruit Goldar. Goldar and his brother Silverback were already working for Lord Zedd as were their warrior race but he eventually turned against his brother when he planned to kill Zedd as he felt the arch-villain was wasting their time in simple invasions. He killed Silverback under orders from Zedd and was then assigned to Rita and her fledgling Evil Space Aliens. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual


Some years after this, she left Vile and joined up with the forces of Lord Zedd, acting as his commander whenever he was unable to oversee an invasion himself. A little over ten thousand years ago, she was invading the Breel homeworld with another emissary of Zedd's named Montaur with Montaur as the field commander and Rita as the puppet mistress. They were victorious due to Montaur's tactics and sheer numbers of Putty Patrollers but the twisted Montaur desired to commit genocide to make more people afraid of her and Zedd. Disgusted, she vaporized him when he turned to head to the Breel castle and presumably start such an atrocity. Go Go Power Rangers Issue 5

Some 10,000 years ago, Rita and the other Evil Space Aliens were sealed in a dumpster by Zordon after she tried to attack Earth.

Present

In an unspecified modern year, the dumpster crashed on the Moon and a pair of curious astronauts stumbled upon the strange container and broke the seal that kept Rita's evil at bay. Released from her prison, she destroyed the dumpster and quickly set her sights on Earth. Reoccupying her Moon Palace base, which had lay vacant for eons, Rita sent her chief warrior, Goldar, to Earth to lay siege to the world. However, Rita was met by her opponent Zordon, who had managed to re-establish contact with Earth and gather new warriors. Beginning her second invasion of the planet, Rita's monsters were constantly defeated by Zordon's new Power Rangers, teenage humans who wielded the mighty Power Coins. These events (which happened in the franchise's first episode "Day of the Dumpster") became known as "Arrival Day" in the comic continuity.

After the Black Dragon arc, Rita is oddly absent from the story as she goes to search for the Wizard of Deception to craft her the Green Candle.

Personality

Although this iteration of Rita is nowhere near as jokey and over the top as her television counterpart, she will not tolerate war crimes unless someone forces her hand as can be derided from the incident with Montaur. Rita is undeniably evil but she is a world conqueror, not a destroyer and seems to be aware that war crimes tend to unite people against a common enemy and she would be heavily outnumbered should the Breel decide to rise up. It's even implied that the only reason she actually won in the invasion was because she only killed those resisting her (the warriors) and left the civilians who just wanted to exist peacefully alone besides occupation. She only actually attempts to destroy the Power Rangers as they are in direct opposition to her, even giving them a chance to join her in Go Go Power Rangers Issue 1.

Notes

  • In Issue #7, Rita clearly makes reference to some kind of history with Alpha when she speaks to him briefly, stating that he could have been better off serving her than Zordon.
  • One issue reveals Rita was forced to live through the lives of her numerous victims while in the dumpster which caused her endless trauma as she would live a love-filled life only for her own self to attack the planet she was on.
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