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"Ah, Power Rangers, at last we meet! But you'll soon find your puny weapons are no match for my armor."
―The Soccadillo's first words when confronting the Power Rangers in the quarry.[src]

"Oh! You Power Rangers are really getting under my armor now!"
―The Soccadillo after being taken down by Jason and Tommy's Power Punch as well as his final words before his initial defeat.[src]

"Whoooooooa! Ha ha ha ha ha! Now I am INVINCIBLE!"
―The Soccadillo when enlarged.[src]

"Not so close!"
―The Soccadillo when blasting back the Megazord and Dragonzord and his final words before his original destruction.[src]

"I just love tearful reunions!"
―The Soccadillo’s first words upon being recreated when confronting the Power Rangers in the Specter Theater.[src]

"Come on ya chickens! Whatcha waiting for? Christmas?!"
―The Soccadillo reacting to the Thunder Megazord readying the Thunder Saber.[src]

"Whooooooooooooooooa!"
―The Soccadillo’s final word before his permeant death.[src]

Soccadillo was an armadillo monster who served as the main antagonist of the episode "Second Chance and the central monster antagonist of the three-part episode “The Wedding.”

Character History

Soccadillo was created by Finster after Goldar saw Jason and Zack trained a kid called Roger to get him into Ernie's soccer team and suggested to Rita that they should provide "the equipment." However, he started out in a small ball like form which Finster planned to feed more energy. This would make him more powerful until he was unbeatable and could utterly destroy the Power Rangers but, when she saw Zack and Jason training Roger the following day, she refused to let it finish and sent him down with the Putty Patrol. The platoon ambushed the Ranger duo and kicked Soccadillo to try and destroy the two but they kept on ducking and diving to avoid it, even when the monster rolled straight at them. The other three Rangers were then summoned by Alpha and, whilst Trini stayed with Roger for some reason, the others charged at the platoon. The Putties then started to throw around the Soccadillo ball, at one point trying to behead Jason which he ducked. The entire group was soon defeated but the Soccadillo ball teleported away.

Soccadillo soon reappeared in the quarry and changed into his monster form where he then encountered the Rangers again. They drew their Blade Blasters and tried to fight him but Soccadillo easily defeated them with his claws before blasting them all down. Whilst Tommy got back his communicator, the Rangers joined up for their Blade Blaster Tower Formation but it had utterly no effect and he rolled through them like a bowling ball before summoning Putties. He then had them summon footballs and kick them at the Rangers, knocking them flat before turning into his ball form and having them kick him at the Rangers, knocking them all flat. Luckily, Zordon summoned Tommy who had been unable to hear his calls because Ms. Appleby confiscated his communicator which had been malfunctioning and going off constantly. Tommy morphed and took down the monster by kicking him into the cliff-side and they regrouped. Soccadillo then retransformed into his ball form and came at them but Jason and Tommy knocked him out of it with their Power Punch. Soccadillo was enraged but a flurry of Power Weapons hits took him down, Jason and Tommy landing the final hit with the Power Sword and Dragon Dagger.

The monster was disabled but, before the Rangers could summon the Power Blaster, Rita enlarged him and the monster believed himself to be undefeatable so the Rangers summoned the Megazord and the Dragonzord to prove him wrong. However, the monster defeated them easily by smacking them back and curled into a ball to defend against the Dragonzord's missiles. Zack had the idea to destroy him with the Power Sword once he uncurled but he floated and bashed into the Zords before uncurling. They advanced on him but he blasted them back so they summoned the Power Sword and finished off Soccadillo with an energized slash. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Second Chance

Trumpet Top summoned an illusionary Soccadillo to wear out the Power Rangers enough that Lord Zedd would easily be able to destroy them. All that he did was handstand backwards several times to show off. Due to not really being there, Soccadillo alongside Saliguana, Fighting Flea, Rhinoblaster, 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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park

After Rita returns from her exile and brainwashes Lord Zedd with a love potion during his annual centenary sleep, Finster brainwashes Alpha 5 who tricks the Power Rangers into entering the Specter Theater. After Rita makes Zedd fall for her, she decides to use the Power Rangers as a wedding gift to Zedd. Following that, Finster recreates an army of monsters including the Soccadillo who confronts the Power Rangers and corners them with the Saliguana after the Invenusable Flytrap scares them to the ground floor. Soon surrounded, our heroes realize that the Theater (which is a nexus of some sort) prevents them from summoning their Power Weapons. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Wedding-part I

The Soccadillo stands around taunting the Power Rangers in a mocking chant with his fellow monsters before they decide to go on the unarmed offensive. Tommy ducks under a Soccadillo swing but the monster blocks a kick. Breaking away, they kick each other to no effect though Tommy then grabs the Soccadillo’s arm and gut punches him to equally no effect. After the Saliguana sends Adam flying with a slap, Tommy punches the Soccadillo in the gut and throws him away though he then has to warn them about the Grumble Bee. The monsters regroup and the Soccadillo suggests attacking them absolutely and annihilating them but the Grumble Bee reminds them that Rita wants the Rangers as Rita wedding presents to Lord Zedd. With the monsters distracted by their argument, the hopelessly outnumbered and underpowered Rangers go into hiding within the Specter Theater so the monsters follow to relocate them. Despite the monster army’s best efforts, the Power Rangers manage to escape the Specter Theater but the Peckster and the Rhinoblaster are soon able to defeat them and return the six to the Theater. The Soccadillo then attends Rita and Zedd’s wedding whilst the Peckster and the Rhinoblaster stand guard over the Rangers, Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Wedding-part II

During the afterparty, the Soccadillo decides to dance and comments on how cute Rita and Zedd are as a couple. He is also is the one to catch Rita’s wedding bouquet in his mouth and sees her and Zedd leave on their honeymoon in Serpentera to destroy the Earth. Shortly thereafter however, Goldar discovers that the Power Rangers have outsmarted the immensely dense Peckster and the Rhinoblaster and have escaped. Goldar reports this to his master who orders him to send the entire monster army to Earth to cut them off. Goldar sends the entire monster army along with Putties to Earth with the Saliguana grabbing Tommy by the foot after the Flytrap and Saliguana force them away. However, Tommy gets free and they are soon able to run to the Command Center whilst the monsters fumble around. As such, Lord Zedd throws his Growth Bombs to enlarge the monster army in order to force the Rangers into a Zord fight where the monster army can annihilate them. After the Rangers free Alpha from his brainwashing and reestablish contact with Zordon, they go and summon the Thunderzords to form the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord. The Soccadillo is the last monster to attack, mindlessly charging forward but immediately getting punched down by the White Tigerzord. The Soccadillo claims that it didn’t hurt but the Rangers prepare the Thunder Saber so he asks what they are waiting for (“Christmas”) only to be slain by an energy slash. As before, the Soccadillo throws out his arms before going limp and faceplanting at which point he explodes which makes him the first of the army to be defeated. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Wedding-part III

During Prince Gasket's attempt to destroy the Zeo Rangers with help from Tommy (who has been brainwashed) and the monster Altor the following year, the Soccadillo can be seen very briefly in the stands of Gasket's battle arena. Since the last time that the audience saw the Soccadillo was him getting destroyed, it is likely that he was at one point recreated by Finster but defected for whatever reason. Tvicon.png TV STORY-King For A Day

Two years later, the Soccadillo is seen amongst the Machine Empire's forces who invade the Phantom Ranger's home planet in the United Alliance of Evil's invasion of the universe. He was presumably recreated by Finster and given to King Mondo as a gesture of good will. He is not seen when Zordon's Energy Wave hit but a future reappearance by him after this suggests that he was spared for unknown reasons. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Countdown to Destruction

The Soccadillo is later seen as a patron of the Onyx Tavern. This seems to suggest that Zordon judged him worthy of survival for reasons unknown since Finster is no longer evil and thus would not want to recreate him. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Heir to the Throne

The Soccadillo is later seen on Onyx during the auction to sell off the Pink Quasar Saber before Karone appears to acquire it. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Protect The Quasar Saber

Personality

Just like the rest of Rita and Zedd's monsters, the Soccadillo was a cunning, sneaky and unpredictable monster, that did not stop in his mission to destroy the Power Rangers but was incredibly faithful to his masters. However, he was also shown to love weddings and get “teary eyed” during such events and it is likely that he reformed himself after his appearance in Zeo as he stopped his battles with the Power Rangers. Also, he was later seen in the Post Zordon Era. but would have been turned to dust by Zordon’s Energy Wave if he was evil (with the version seen in the Machine Empire army being just a clone).

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Ball Mode: Soccadillo could roll up into a ball form and attack by rolling (or getting kicked) into his enemies.
    • Flight: Whilst in his ball form, Soccadillo could fly through the air to ram into his enemies at head level.
      • Abrupt Stop: Soccadillo can stop himself in mid-air and thus defy physics as seen during his Putty fight when he stopped himself from crushing a Putty.
  • Electric Needles: According to Finster, Soccadillo would gain these at full power although what these are or what they do is unclear since his power absorption was interrupted by Rita before he could develop them.
  • Energy Bolts: Soccadillo could project blue energy bolts from the spikes on his elbows. These took down all five Rangers with a single hit.
  • Energy Projection: Soccadillo could project blue energy from his eyes strong enough to knock back the Megazord and Dragonzord with two hits.

Abilities

Strength: Soccadillo was strong enough to knock down the Rangers with single hits and knock back the Zords with single swings as well.

  • Durability: Whilst in his ball form, the Dragonzord's missiles bounced right off of his armor and the Tower Formation attack had no effect either. Even in his true monster form, he took multiple hits from all six Power Weapons with little harm.
  • Fast Reactions-The Soccadillo was fast enough to catch Rita’s wedding bouquet mid-landing.
  • Hand to Hand Combat-The Socadillo matched and defeated Tommy in hand-to-hand combat.

Weaknesses

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Arsenal

  • Fists: Soccadillo never used any weapons and instead had large hands to slap his enemies with.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Soccadillo was voiced by Brianne Siddall which is why his voice is so so high pitched. He does not initially make a noise in his monster form until he confronted the Rangers.
    • Soccadillo was her fourth role in the franchise the first being Willy, the second Jeremy, and the third role being Octoplant (her first monster role overall).
      • Soccadillo was also the very first monster she voiced in more than one episode since the earlier characters and monster were one-offs.

Design

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Etymology

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Notes

  • Soccadillo comes from what is commonly referred to as "Zyu2" footage, and was not seen in the original Zyuranger.
    • It is likely that Toei originally intended for Soccadillo to be female but Saban either did not get the memo or decided to make it male for some reason.
      • The biggest evidence for this is the chest area which resemble flat breasts similar to those on Fang (whose counterpart was female and changed to male due to the dark aspects of the original Zyuranger plot).
  • Despite his heavy armor, Soccadillo was clearly very light since the Putties could kick it around with ease.
  • Soccadillo was originally intended to be destroyed by the Ultrazord with an artifact of this change being a massive explosion that erupts over him instead of the typical energy slash.
    • The reason for this is unclear but it may have been a footage switch with Dramole. It is believed the reason for that was because they felt they should use the newly reintroduced Green Ranger as part of the formation instead of re-using the Megazord finisher what would have been the literal ninth time in a row.
      • Others have speculated that it was just for time since, by the Zord fight's end, less than three minutes remain of the episode.
  • The actual spelling of Soccadillo's name is unclear and has been spelled more accurately to soccer (from which his name is derived) and others more accurate to armadillo.
    • It does not help that there is no official confirmation of its spelling given the voice actors never actually got credited for their roles in the series. Their roles in the franchise are only known because of cast interviews.
  • Soccadillo is very similar to Armadeevil eighteen years later.
    • Both were horribly arrogant, both were armadillo based, both had nearly indestructible shells, both were fought by he primary Megazord of their respective foes, both could fire energy from their eyes, and both could retract into their shells for a wheel like attack.
      • It should be noted however that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers never actually destroyed his armor whereas the Samurai Rangers managed to crack Armadeevil's.
  • Back in early 2003, shortly after the series changed hands from Saban Entertainment to Disney, some of the monster costumes, including Soccadillo, were auctioned off by ABC Auctions. It sold for $510.00.

Appearances

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References

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