|This article is about a/an villain in Power Rangers Dino Thunder.|
Zeltrax was once a regular human named Terrance "Smithy" Smith. Smitty was an orphan and a former partner of Tommy Oliver and Anton Mercer, the three once took a picture during their first dig. At some point, Tommy and Smitty were up for the same job at Anton Mercer Industries, but Mercer chose Tommy over Smitty. As a result, Smitty went to work on a more dangerous job for a different company, where, during an explosion at his lab, he was grievously injured. The actual mixture he was making which caused the explosion is unknown but it is likely some kind of specialist explosive given that dropping the vial caused the detonation. Mesogog found his ruined body and rebuilt him with cybernetic technology into a black armored cyborg that would be known as Zeltrax. To the outside world and Tommy, Terrance Smith died the day of the accident.
A few years later, Zeltrax and Mesogog reemerges along with their new lackey Elsa after Conner McKnight Ethan James and Kira Ford recover the Dino Gems. When Mesogog captures Kira Ford, Zeltrax tries to keep her from escaping but fails and recieves a severe torturing from Mesogog. Zeltrax later attacks the students and their teacher, who happened to be Tommy, with an army of Tyrannodrones, Zeltrax fights Tommy before leaving to Mesogog that his old partner now turned rival is back. Zeltrax later uses his Aerial Assault Craft to attack Reefside whilst the Biozords are let loose to level the city. When the three students and Tommy arrive, he teleports down in front of the four but they morph for the first time into the Dino Rangers. Despite beating them at first, Zeltrax is unable to defeat thier weapons and he is swiftly defeated by a blast from the Z-Rex Blaster. However, he survies and and pilots his Aerial Assault Craft in order to destroy the city only for his ship to be destroyed by the Thundersaurus Megazord when the Rangers tame the Biozords and turn them into Dinozords. Although Zeltrax barely escapes before the ship explodes, he is then punished by Mesogog for his failure.
Using the technique of divide and conquer, Zeltrax attacks the other Dino Rangers with an army of Tyrannodrones whilst Mesogog sends Demagnetron after Ethan James who is trapped inside his game although both Zeltrax and Demagnetron are defeated.
Zeltrax eventually decides to give himself a power boost by using the Geno-Randomizer on himself, but instead of upgrading Zeltrax, the machine creates a super-powered clone named Goldenrod that calls Zeltrax his father. Zeltrax fabricates a lie about a "family destiny" in order to send his "son" to destroy Tommy Oliver. Goldenrod eventually goes after Tommy, but when the Dino Rangers arrive Zeltrax appears to rescue Goldenrod as the odds were against them. After using the Geno-Randomizer to make his son stronger, Zeltrax and Goldenrod attack Tommy, Ethan and Trent the next day. When all four Dino Rangers morph, Goldenrod and some Tyrannodrones commanded by Zeltrax attack them while he takes on Tommy Oliver himself. His son eventually grows giant and attacks the city as the Thundersaurus Megazord is formed to fight him. Zeltrax is then beaten by Tommy Oliver while his son beats the Megazord, unfortunately, Tommy ends up destroying his son with the power of his Brachio Staff whilst Zeltrax watches this, devastated by the loss of his only family and vows vengeance on Tommy once again.
While Elsa makes a Dimetrozord hatch out of a Dino Egg, Zeltrax has another confrontation with Dr. Oliver in the forest but he's teleported back by Mesogog who thinks he should leave his "petty jealousness" out the next time he fights.
After a second near fatal experience, because of his master's plans, Zeltrax mutinied against Mesogog and goes out on his own. Zeltrax later gains a super powered form through the special underground spring that flow beneath the Tree of Life.
Zeltrax and his army of Tyrannodrones later encounter the Dino Rangers but he is teleported by a beam to a ship called the Terror Spacecraft and meets Emperor Gruumm who comes from the year 2025 to ensure his conquer over planet Earth won't be interrupted. Claiming that he'll feel his wrath, Zeltrax attacks Gruumm but his power is no match for the Emperor who has a proposal for him, Gruumm says that Zeltrax and his troops could help him beat the Power Rangers, with Zeltrax responding that him that it would be his pleasure. Back on Earth, Zeltrax finds Tommy and they fight once again and is he is about to beat him until the B-Squad Rangers (who have traveled from the future too to stop Gruumm) arrive and save him. With all twelve Rangers surrounded, Zeltrax and his allies attack them with him taking on both Tommy Oliver and Commander Cruger although he's easily beaten before fleeing.
Zeltrax kidnaps Elsa (who has been reverted back to a normal human being by Mesogog to power his trans-mutation cannon) and invades the Rangers' base. Then, with the aid of the Triptoids, Zeltrax builds his giant Zelzord where Elsa is held hostage in order to finally destroy Reefside. Zeltrax uses his Zelzord to demolish Reefside but Tommy battles Zeltrax along with Kira who rescues Elsa just in time before the Zelzord is finally obliterated by the self-destruction of the Rangers' Dinozords just as Tommy and Kira escape with Elsa. Although Zeltrax also escapes, in his weakened state, he is easily killed for good by a dual attack from Tommy's Brachio Staff and Kira's Ptera Grips. Zeltrax drops his weapons and falls over onto his back where he explodes in a massive shockwave.
At first Terrance "Smitty" Smith was a kind, harmless and polite man, who was good friend of Tommy and Anton Mercer but, after the accident, he became a brutal, cold and ruthless cyborg. He was obsessed with hatred toward Tommy, because Zeltrax thought that if it hadn’t been for Tommy getting the job Smitty wanted, then he most likely would not have had the accident. This led Zeltrax to never be able to forgive Tommy, and wanted to destroy the Dino Rangers or anyone on Tommy’s side at any cost. Zeltrax was an arrogant, stubborn and confident warrior with contempt to his enemies. However, despite his negative side, Zeltrax was a noble, honorable and honest soldier, not lacking honor and dignity and could show pity to his opponents, as well as respect and fair play. He also felt romantic affections towards Elsa. Zeltrax was faithful to Mesogog and loved him as a father, but then he betrayed him and lost his loyalty to him following a near fatal experience that almost killed him. When Tommy discovered that Zeltrax was Smitty, he felt pity for his old friend and thought he still could save him, but Zeltrax didn't believe in it. However, Zeltrax still possessed a soul. Also Zeltrax genuinely loved his son Goldenrod and was extremely furious when he perished.
Powers and Abilities
- Strength: When Zeltrax tied Ethan up with his tractor beam, he was strong enough to slam him hard against a wall with a swipe of his hand and when fighting the newly morphed Tommy, he was able to knock back the new Ranger with a single kick.
- Durability: Zeltrax was able to be blasted by the Z-Rex Blaster, as well as explode from the attack, and be unfazed. When the Thundersaurus Megazord destroyed his Aerial Assault Craft, his cockpit exploded many times in his face yet he was unfazed.
- Resilience: After being blasted by the Z-Rex Blaster, Zeltrax was able to get straight back up.
- Tyrannodrones Summoning: Zeltrax is able to summon Tyrannodrones to aid him in battle.
- Triptoids Summoning: Alternatively, Zeltrax is also able to summon Triptroids to aid him in battle.
- Tractor Beam: Zeltrax could flash his "eyes" and fire a purple tractor beam from his hand. This was powerful enough to let him lift up Ethan and slam him against a wall several times and also cause him visible pain on contact.
- Lightning Beams: Zeltrax was able to fire pink, blue, or cyan lightning beams from his hands.
- Lasers: Zeltrax was able to fire purple lasers from his hands.
- Helmet Blasts: Zeltrax could fire purple or red energy blasts from either side of his head which were powerful enough to take Conner, Ethan, and Kira down in one hit.
- Teleportation: Zeltrax could summon a green portal or a flash of red lightning above him and go into it to teleport himself and sometimes others next to him to any location at will.
- Transformation: After tapping into the underground spring beneath the Tree of Life, Zeltrax was able to change into his super form. He can even do this on his own.
- Master Hand to Hand Combatant: Zeltrax was able to easily overpower the three main Dino Rangers whilst being on par with Tommy although he was outmatched by Trent.
- Master Swordsman: Zeltrax was an absolute master of the sword. He can easily overpower the core Dino Rangers but was no match for Tommy or Trent or Conner in the Triassic Battilizer.
- Extraordinary Leaper: Zeltrax was able to leap at incredible distances.
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- Gladius: Zeltrax had a retractable turquoise-bladed gladius-like sword that is normally rested on a sheath located below his left knee.
- Lightning Blasts: Zeltrax could fire blue or turquoise lightning from his sword which were powerful enough to wipe out Tommy whilst he was fighting alongside Donkeyvac.
- Lightning Ground Wave: Zeltrax could charge up his gladius with turquoise lightning and slam it down to release lightning waves of the same color that can travel across the ground to be unleashed at his enemies.
- Shield: Zeltrax carried an indestructible shield to defend him whilst he is fighting his enemies.
- Aerial Assault Craft: Zeltrax used this ship to launch his first attack on Reefside. It was destroyed by the Thundersaurus Megazord.
- Axe: On one occasion, Zeltrax used a black-colored axe in his battle, but starting from Back in Black, he wielded the turquoise-bladed gladius instead.
- The Geno-Randomizer: Zeltrax could sometimes use Mesogog's Geno-Randomizer to create monsters of his own.
- Copyotter's Arm: Zeltrax used one of Copyotter's arms to create the evil White Ranger clone.
- Monster Creation Blaster: Zeltrax wielded a thorny blaster capable of firing a purple energy stream that turned the Tree of Life into Deadwood.
Powers and Abilities
- Strength: Zeltrax was more stronger than before, being able to hold Krista in one arm effortlessly while using the other to climb up a cliff.
- Durability: Zeltrax was more durable in this form, since when he was defeated by Connor in his Triassic Battlizer mode and exploded, he survived his attack and only reverted to his normal form.
- Lightning Cloud: Zeltrax could conjure up a green storm cloud that will send white lightning bolts raining down at his opponents.
- Lasers: Zeltrax could fire purple lasers from his hands like before but they were stronger.
- Teleportation: Zeltrax retained his ability to teleport himself and sometimes others next to him like before in his normal form.
- Lightning Vision: Zeltrax could fire light green-colored lightning blasts from his eyes.
- Mirage Creation: Zeltrax was able to create a mirage of himself to avoid getting destroyed by Connor's Battle Blast attack.
- Darkness Spreading: Whilst he was in the Zelzord, Zeltrax released a massive spread of darkness from himself that darkened the sky.
- Climbing: Zeltrax could climb up anything effortlessly as seen when he was climbing up a cliff with the captured Krista.
- Extraordinary Leaper: Zeltrax retained his ability to leap at incredible distances.
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- Double-Bladed Spear: As Super Zeltrax, he opted to use a double-bladed spear as his weapon.
- Ground Implosion: Super Zeltrax could energize his spear with light green energy and slam it down to create an implosion on the ground that was strong enough to send rocks falling down.
- Energy Cuts: Zeltrax could fire lime green energy cuts from his spear.
- Tree of Life's Branch: Zeltrax stole a branch from the Tree of Life which he plunged into the sap underneath to gain more power.
Behind the Scenes
- Zeltrax was voiced by James Gaylyn who later played Colonel Mason Truman.
- His suit actor via Super Sentai footage from Abaranger was Yoshinori Okamoto (岡本 美登 Okamoto Yoshinori).
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- In Abaranger, Zeltrax survived the Bracio Staff and Ptera Grip finisher only to be destroyed by their combined energies being thrown at him.
- This was presumably changed because the Dino Rangers would later do the same thing to Mesogog which completely wiped them of their powers.
- All footage of Zeltrax’s super form was American exclusive save for his final appearance since that form only appeared in the final episode of Abaranger (said episode being used for “Thunder Struck.”)
- Zeltrax's armor is the only villain suit from Abaranger to be used regularly.
- However, Creative Messenger Mikela and Visionary Messenger Voffa appeared in Thunder Storm as Izzy and Pupperazi.
- The Barmia Soldiers (the Triptoids) were later on used as secondary footsoldiers.
- Whilst the suit for Apostle of Destruction Jeanne wasn't used, her sword and scabbard was used as a part of Elsa's costume and footage of her wearing the Armor of Darkness was used for Zeltrax instead.
- Unlike his Super Sentai counterpart which was an enchanted armor that was passed down between people when another person defeated the one who wielded it, Zeltrax was a singular villain whose armor was created as a cybernetic replacement for his original body.
- It is revealed in "Golden Boy" that Zeltrax was an orphan and had no biological related family.
- Armor of Darkness - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (primary Sentai counterpart)
- Apostle of Darkness Geilton - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (with regard to the Armor of Darkness and the "Day of the Dino" two parter)
- Apostle of Destruction Jeanne - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (main wearer of the Armor of Darkness)
- Asuka (Abaranger) - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (with regard to Armor of Darkness and the fight footage from the "Isn't it Lava-ly" episode)
- Wicked Life God Dezumozorlya - Super Sentai counterpart in Abaranger. See comparison page. (with regard to his "Super Zeltrax" form)
- Ginjifuan Kazak - Super Sentai counterpart in Dekaranger. See comparison page. (Role in Wormhole)