|This article is about a/an foot soldier in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
The Z Putty Patrollers were a much stronger, nearly invulnerable form of Rita Repulsa's regular Putty Patrollers who served as the foot soldiers in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Unlike all other foot soldiers, the name was a fan creation to differentiate them from the original group of Putties (just being referred to as Putties in the actual series).
Upon arriving on the Moon and taking over the palace, one of Lord Zedd's first orders of business is to replace the woefully inadequate regular Putty Patrollers with a far enhanced breed. Created directly from Zedd's magic, these Putties are given life not by Finster's Monster-Matic but Zedd's own evil energies. These energies are infused directly into the Z emblem in their chest armor by Zedd's lightning.
They are first sent to Earth to draw out the Power Rangers and attack Bulk and Skull before they could steal the teen's quad-bikes. The Rangers arrive and take on the Putties but the scope of their power is such that the Rangers, even having morphed, are unable to do any damage to the Putties in their first attack. Zedd's new army would surely have beaten the Rangers, if not for Jason's accidental discovery that striking the Z emblem disrupts their power and causes them to explode into pieces. Their first failure leads to the creation of Pirantishead, the effective retirement of the Dinozords, and the creation of the Thunderzords.
Following this discovery, Zedd's Putties became, if anything, even less effective than Rita's own as it was very easy to defeat a Putty with a single blow, rather than gradually beating them into submission over a protracted fight. Even when Zedd turned the Rangers into children during the episode "Rangers Back in Time", they could easily utilize this weakness by aiming a ball at the Z emblem. Despite this, Zedd seemed unconcerned and made no attempt to overcome this weakness. However, despite the common depiction of a super vulnerable weak point, the Putty would often need to be struck multiple times with very hard blows in the Z in order to be defeated. When not deployed to fight the Rangers, two groups of Z-Putties (usually between six to eight of them) could usually be found standing mindlessly at the edges of Zedd's chamber of command.
On Halloween, Zedd is very happy to see a holiday that he can enjoy and decided that it would be a good time to take out Tommy (who had since become the White Ranger) and leave the Power Rangers so weak that a monster on the same power level as Nimrod could destroy them. To this end, he sends down Putties disguised as children in Power Ranger uniforms who lead Tommy away from the other Rangers. Once he was alone, Goldar ambushes him and the Putties reveal themselves and fight Tommy. They are all destroyed but allowed Goldar to teleport him to the Haunted Forest although that scheme failed anyway.
The Putties were kept in use without any changes until the introduction of the Tenga Warriors at which point they were retired in favor of the apparently legendary foot soldiers.
They appear for the last time as part of Zedd and Rita's army in the Vica Galaxy. One Z-Putty was shown holding a man-sized replica of the Red Dragon Thunderzord Warrior Mode’s staff despite it being giant and destroyed three years previously. They are destroyed by Zordon's Energy Wave while Zedd and Rita are both purified. With Zedd now on the side of good, the Z-Putty Patrollers were extinct.
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Powers and Abilities
- Form Changing: Similar to the original Putty Patrollers, Z Putty Patrollers possessed the ability to transform into human disguises, including copying another person. When disguised, a Z Putty is able to speak fluent language, and is otherwise indistinguishable from a human being. A disguised Z Putty has no trouble blending into human society, able to interact with unknowing people without giving itself away.
- Strength: The average Z Putty Patroller was physically stronger than a typical human being and were demonstrably stronger than the original Putty Patrollers created by Finster, even enough to wear down a morphed Ranger.
- Durability: The Z Putty Patroller was highly durable and at the same time incredibly fragile. They are able to take much more punishment than the original Putty model, typically getting right back up after being knocked down. They are completely immune to any punches and kicks and recover quickly from being thrown down. However, the Z emblem on their chests was a weak-point, as striking it caused a Z Putty to instantly explode.
- Z logo on chest: The Z Putties' weak spot is the Z logo on their chests. If it is struck, it causes the Putty to disintegrate.
- Fists: Unlike the original Putties, the Z-Putties did not have any weapons at all by default. However, they did have fists that (when coupled with their greater strength) could easily defeat the Rangers whether morphed or not.
Behind the Scenes
The Z Putty Patrollers were voiced by uncredited voice actors and portrayed by a team of suit actors which consisted of:
- Bridgett Riley
- David Wald
- Ed Neil
- Akihiro Noguchi
- Sophia Crawford
- Tetsuji Hashimoto
- Tadahiro Nakamura
- Tatsuro Koike
- Keiya Tabuchi
- Hien Nguyen
- Danny Stallcup
- Tomoo Oe
- Mer-Mer Chen
- The Z-Putties exploding effect was created using claymation, where animators create motion by photographing clay figures as they are moved around one frame at a time.
- The Claymation effect was done on a device known as the Manipulator 3000, which was a camera that the crew would aim at the frames filmed and link them together before ripping the segments apart, creating the effect of the Putty being torn apart by the symbol strike.
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- The Z-Putties were the first American made foot soldiers in Power Rangers history.
- Due to being created for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, most fight scenes against the Z Putties usually involved the Rangers fighting unmorphed, as prolonged battles in costume risked damaging the suits and, due to not adapting the Dairanger suits, production could not afford to destroy them.
- In the Japanese dub, they were known as the Z-Golems as a reference to their original Zyuranger equivalents being called Golems.
- The Z-Putties appeared in every episode of Season 2, but did not appear in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.