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"Where are they? Let me at ‘em. Let me at ‘em!"
―The Slippery Shark's first words upon being created.[src]

"Missed me!"
―The Slippery Shark after being grown as the Power Blaster managed to somehow completely miss him.[src]

"My fin! My fin! You're gonna pay for that! Hurgh! Or maybe not? Huh?!"
―The Slippery Shark after the Megazord destroyed his Boomerang Fin and then when it brought it's Power Sword to bear as well as his final words before his destruction.[src]

"There’s water this way. I can feel it. Must wreak destruction."
―The Slippery Shark upon being resurrected by Lord Zedd.[src]

" Aha, Power Rangers. I knew you’d take the bait.The Slippery Shark when confronted by Rocky, Billy and Aisha."
―A Reel Fish Story

"HA HA! Down to one Ranger. NOW we’ve got him!"
―The Slippery Shark when Tommy was the last remaining Ranger and his final words before his permanent destruction.[src]

The Slippery Shark was a hammerhead-shark monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "On Fins and Needles” and the central antagonist of the Season 2 episode “A Reel Fish Story.”

History

The Slippery Shark is created by Finster in a plan to cause a divide between Jason and Tommy and thus divide the Power Rangers which will make them easier to destroy. The Slippery Shark's weapon is a fin on a chain that he wields it like a sword where his friendship destroying powers are concentrated. Somehow, before he is created, Rita sends the Putty Patrol and equips them with the monster's boomerang and turns the duo against each other. Rita then has Finster create the Slippery Shark and sends him to Earth where he goes berserk although his speed means that neither Alpha nor Zordon can get a lock on him. They tear Jason and Tommy away from a martial arts brawl and Zordon sends them together alone to hunt down the Slippery Shark in order to overpower the rivalry spell.

Jason appears first but the monster uses his speed to cut him down before going underground, Jason trying and failing to take him out using his Blade Blaster. He then ploughs through Jason and exits the ground before teleporting away, forcing Jason to play catch-up. He then confronts Tommy nearby, overwhelming him by staying underground and ramming out his feet before jumping up and slashing him down. He then dives back underground and takes him down once more before zipping away. They pursue but he fully goes underground, making them meet up so he can punch them both down. They eventually mend fences and trick him into jumping out of the ground, restraining him with a net they get from nowhere which restrains him enough to force him to beg. They refuse but only have time to shake hands before the monster produces his boomerang and immediately cuts himself free. Although he initially has the upper hand against Jason and Tommy, the spell is broken so the other Rangers arrive and join their comrades. Even though he is now heavily outnumbered, the Slippery Shark holds his own and cuts down the other four only to be jump punched down by Jason and Tommy. Now angry, the monster tries his underground tactic again but Zack uses his Power Axe in Cannon Mode on the ground, ejecting the Slippery Shark.

With the monster stunned, the Rangers form the Power Blaster which horrifies the monster but Rita enlarges him and the finishing beam somehow misses him entirely. The Rangers then summon the Megazord and the Dragonzord but the monster easily dodges and outmanoeuvres the Zords, ducking even the Dragonzord's tail and a punch from the Megazord before kicking the latter back. Annoyed, Jason summons the Power Sword but even this equalizer can not turn the tide since the monster just rolls right under it and slashes the Megazord anyway. However, Billy reminds Jason about teamwork and a smack to the head from the Dragonzord's tail takes down the Slippery Shark and allows the Megazord to gain the upper hand. The monster swears to turn the Megazord "into fish bait" but gets slashed down the shoulder by the Power Sword although not before the Megazord does the same. The Megazord then knocks his fin up and then brings down the Power Sword so he has to block with his boomerang but it os cut straight through the middle and effectively renders him helpless. Enraged, he swears revenge but is forced to reconsider when the Megazord charges up it's weapon only to be slain by an energised slash. The Slippery Shark dances around for a moment whilst flailing his arms before falling flat on his back and exploding. Tvicon.png TV STORY-On Fins and Needles

Some months later, Trumpet Top summons an illusionary Slippery Shark to wear out the Power Rangers enough that Lord Zedd would easily be able to destroy them. The Saliguana joins the Soccadillo and the Stag Beetle in fighting Kimberly and Trini only for the former to kick him in the side so he goes down. Due to not really being there however, the Grumble Bee alongside the Saliguana, the Fighting Flea, the Soccadillo, the Rhinoblaster, the Mantis, and the Stag Beetle manage to "beat them" until they are worn out completely. However, Zordon sees through the plan and teleports the Power Rangers back to the Command Center, making the illusionary monsters cease to exist. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park

A short while later, after half of the Power Rangers were replaced, new Red Ranger Rocky DeSantos is acting as a volunteer lifeguard at Angel Grove Lake and is trying to motivate a paranoid child named Dougie by claiming that he has never seen a monster in the lake. Inspired, Lord Zedd decides to bring forth an army of fish monsters to destroy the Power Rangers through sheer numbers and prove Rocky wrong. Lord Zedd first resurrects the Slippery Shark (now just called the "Shark Monster" right in Angel Grove Park where he starts instantly teleporting towards the beach. This time, the Command Center’s scanners do manage to pick him up and Zordon alerts Rocky, Billy and new Yellow Ranger Aisha as they stand guard over the Lake.

All three quickly morph and move to stop the Slippery Shark from entering Angel Grove Lake since he would be unstoppable in the open water as well as the risk he will pose to the children swimming in it. The three morph but help is unavailable because the other three Rangers are scuba diving. They manage to cut the Slippery Shark off right before he enters the lake by landing atop a lifeguard tower but he is happy to see them since he has been sent to slay them all. After some back and forth of insults, they jump off the tower and do battle with the monster. The Slippery Shark ducks a swing kick from Billy only to be chest kicked back but he shrugs off another and helmet punches down Rocky. Aisha then tries to attack but is throat slapped down before Billy jump kicks the Slippery Shark in the shoulder but he spins around to avoid most of it and gut slapped down. Aisha tries kicking him in the face but the Slippery Shark ducks under it, grabs her arm, and slaps her away before blocking a kick from Rocky and smacking him away into the air. Intending to press his advantage, Zedd next resurrects Pirantishead and the Goo Fish to press the advantage. The Rangers combat the monsters but are evenly matched so Zedd has Goldar send in Commander Crayfish to bring them down. Whilst Billy and Aisha lament their overwhelming, Rocky rolls forth and kicks down the Goo Fish before getting up and spinning away from a Slippery Shark swing but they double team and throw him away.  Fortunately, Alpha finally gets through to Tommy as he and the remaining two Rangers emerge from the ocean and has them morph to help. The monsters are all amazed at the new arrivals (the Goo Fish calling them ugly with no sense of self-awareness) but they and the Rangers then pile in for one big brawl with the Slippery Shark leading the charge. Tommy jumps in and kicks over the Slippery Shark who ducks and swings but Tommy punches him in the gut and twirls him down. With his scheme falling apart, Lord Zedd creates the Tube Monster who he then grows to destroy the city whilst the Power Rangers are preoccupied. Whilst the Thunder Megazord slays the Tube Monster, Tommy remains behind and, though the Slippery Shark is confident in their victory due to uneven odds, he then lightning slashes his way through the fish monsters with Saba which causes them to cease to exist  Tvicon.png TV STORY-A Reel Fish Story

The Slippery Shark is later among the monsters that attend Master Vile's End of the World Party around a year later. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Master Vile and the Metallic Armor

Four years later, the Slippery Shark and the Goo Fish were among the monsters seen in the Machine Empire's army during Dark Specter's invasion of the universe. They were presumably recreated by Finster and given to King Mondo as an act of good will only to both be destroyed by Zordon's Energy Wave. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Countdown to Destruction

6 years later, Tommy alludes to the Slippery Shark by declaring "Oh man! I hate shark monsters!" when he comes up against Megalador. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ocean Alert

Personality

Just like Rita's other monsters, the Slippery Shark was cunning, intelligent, resourceful and manipulative. He made a good plan on defeating the Rangers, by using a spell on Jason and Tommy, to make them rivals. However, the Shark was somewhat cowardly as he tried to trick the Rangers, ran from them and didn't even try to put up a fight when the Megazord cut apart his fin.

After being resurrected by Lord Zedd, the Slippery Shark was initially almost mindless in how bent on destruction and carnage he became. However, once the Fish Army was fully assembled, he took on more of a commanding role and essentially became the group’s unofficial leader to the point of leading them into battle when all six Power Rangers arrive. Above all else, he was intensely loyal to Rita and Zedd.

Powers and Abilities

  • Strength:Single strikes from the Slippery Shark's fin (or even claws) could send Jason and Tommy flying and he jumped up through the solid ground with a single bound. After being resurrected by Lord Zedd, a single punch to Rocky’s helmet sent him to the floor.
  • Durability-The Slippery Shark was immune to hits from Jason's Blade Blaster and, when giant, a smack to the face from the Dragonzord's tail and a slash down the shoulder from the Power Sword had little effect.
  • Speed: Being a shark monster, the Slippery Shark was able to outrun the scanners in the Command Center and jumped around fast enough to stun Jason.
  • Agility: The Slippery Shark was extremely fast and agile to the point of being able to duck and dodge the Megazord's Power Sword, even rolling right under it.
  • Underground Swimming: The Slippery Shark could slip underground to perform either a surprise attack or a strike which could knock down any of the Rangers in one hit.

Arsenal

  • Boomerang Fin: The Slippery Shark had a big blue razor-sharp fin similar to Scorpina's to aid him in combat.
    • Friendship Destruction: The Slippery Shark's fin was able to make Tommy and Jason intense rivals simply by having each one of them hold it.
  • Claws-The Slippery Shark also possessed razor sharp claws that took down Jason with a single glancing hit.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • The Slippery Shark was voiced by Steve Kramer who gave him a similar voice to the Gnarly Gnome although with an added watery effect added over his voice.

Notes

  • The Slippery Shark came from what is commonly referred to as Zyu2 footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
    • The Slippery Shark holds the record for most appearances out of any Zyu2 or even Season 1 monster as a whole with five.
      • The Slippery Shark also remains the only Zyu2 monster to return as the main antagonist of his return episode.
        • Though the Pumpkin Rapper appeared as the final antagonist in the episode “Zedd’s Monster Mash,” Doomstone was the main antagonist and “The Wedding” (which saw the return of many Zyu2 monsters) had no single main monster antagonist.
  • According to stunt director Jeff Pruitt, the Slippery Shark had footage of him flying but this was cut out because the wires were very visible. However, said footage is not available online.
    • However, the Slippery Shark flying is alluded to in the episode itself though the only part actually shown was him jumping out of the ground or jumping around.
  • The Slippery Shark was the only monster faced by the Power Blaster who was never actually hit by it (since it somehow managed to miss him).
  • The Slippery Shark's weapon was the only Evil Space Alien weapon actually named in Season 1 (including even the main villains). Said naming occurred in the line "who wants to take on me and my Boomerang Fin?" after breaking out of a net.
  • The 5-inch figure of this monster in the first season’s toyline did not come with the boomerang he used in the show. Instead, the toy came with a wrist-mounted gun.

References

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