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"Calm down, Alpha. It's Rita. She's escaped and she's attacking the planet."
―Zordon's first words when addressing a panicking Alpha 5 during an earthquake.[src]

"Too much pink energy is dangerous!"
―Zordon’s most famous line to Kimberly when she suggested giving the Power Coins to new Rangers to combat Goldar and Needlenose.[src]

"Alpha, teleport the Rangers out of here now!"
―Zordon whilst the Command Center was exploding and his final words before his presumed death.[src]

"Welcome Power Rangers. I am glad that you are safe. How do you like our little surprise? Alpha has been working on it for months. I am sorry for keeping this from you as we did not want to worry you unnecessarily."
―Zordon revealing his survival and introducing the Rangers to the Power Chamber.[src]

"Rangers. The power of the Zeo Crystal now resides within you. But the Power Rangers, as you have known them, are gone forever! In their place has emerged a more powerful and advanced fighting. You have now become the Power Rangers Zeo! The next level in the fight against evil."
―Zordon after creating the Power Rangers Zeo.[src]

"Andros. Listen to me. It is your duty as a Power Ranger to save the universe. Now is the time."
―Zordon to Andros after he hesitated to kill his friend and mentor and his final words before his death.[src]

Zordon of Eltar was a wise galactic wizard who fought for the side of good against the forces of evil. He was the mentor to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Zeo Rangers, and the first set of Turbo Rangers.

History

This article contains content in reference to the main TV series, as well as supplemental material, such as the comics. A sliding/floating timeline applies. Story instances for TV and other media will be clearly marked.

Early life

Physical Form

Zordon as he appeared before being trapped in a time warp.

Over ten thousand years ago on Planet Iutus, Zordon witnessed the birth of Rita Repulsa, being by the side of Rita's mother Lady Fienna. Zordon gave her a gift; a baby rattle for Rita. Zordon was willing to protect Fienna and Rita from Master Vile, Fienna's husband and Rita's father, but in the meantime, Zordon wanted to celebrate the birth of Rita. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Go Go Power Rangers Issue 17

Zordon as the Bronze Guardian

Zordon visited King Lexian on Edenoi. After witnessing that the universe was dying by the hands of Master Vile in a war, Zordon blames himself for failing to protect the universe on his own. King Lexian doesn't blame Zordon as he and others didn't expect Zordon to win the war on his own and King Lexian believes there is still hope to win the war. The people of Edenoi built Alpha 1 to aid Zordon in fighting evil and was nearly destroyed during a battle in space. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Go Go Power Rangers Issue 18

War with Rita Repulsa

Sometime eight to ten thousand years ago, Rita Repulsa sought to conquer many worlds in the universe. Among the opposition was Zordon. War broke out between Zordon and the factions of Rita. This war stretched for 2,000 years and across countless planets. Many of Zordon's warriors perished in battle with Rita's minions, such as the Knasty Knight.

Sometime during the conflict, Rita entered into service to the great Lord Zedd, who assigned her to conquer Earth. She and her henchmen occupied a palace on Earth's Moon, located directly above the location of the powerful Zeo Crystal. It was also during this period that Zordon discovered five Power Coins and a map to the Desert of Despair. It was also known that Rita came into the possession of a sixth Power Coin, the Dragon Dagger, and the Dragonzord, through unknown means.

In the closing days of the war, Rita would enact one final act of defiance by using her powers to banish Zordon into a time warp in which he existed outside normal time. However, before Zordon was gone, he sealed Rita and her minions into a space dumpster where they were to reside for eternity. His only communication with the outside world would be through an energy tube.

Zordon knew that Rita may one day return and continue her war on Earth. In preparation, Zordon constructed a base of operations known as the Command Center in the California desert and used it to stage the creation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Around this time he befriended a young robot created by King Lexian named Alpha 5, and became a father figure of sorts to him after having to leave his home planet, Edenoi. Zordon also had a student named Gosei, and trained him in this methods. Once his training was completed he then sent him to another Command Center to be the guardian of the Earth in the event anything happened to Zordon. Zordon also prepared for the eventual arrival of evil by placing key weapons across the solar system such as the Mega Voyager which he left on a moon of Jupiter during his time in the tube.

1969

In the year 1969 A.D. on Earth, Psycho Green was sent by Dark Specter to attack Earth. Zordon assembled a team of five professionals from different nations across Earth to become Power Rangers and defend Earth against Psycho Green, fighting him on the Moon. However, the team he assembled lacked in teamwork and three of his five chosen Rangers were killed in their first and only mission. Zordon felt guilty for the decision he made. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) Issue 20

MMPR Era

"Alpha, Rita's escaped! Recruit a team of teenagers with attitude!"
―Zordon in the opening. Much like Rita, despite being his most famous line, he never actually says it in the show proper.[src]

Zordon guiding his Rangers

In 1993, Rita's dumpster was discovered and opened by astronauts, and she immediately resumed her plans to conquer Earth. Zordon, now only appearing as a large blue head in a blue tower of light, asked Alpha to find five "teenagers with attitude", thus creating the first generation of Power Rangers. Jason Lee Scott, Trini Kwan, Kimberly Hart, Zack Taylor, and Billy Cranston were chosen. Each Power Ranger received a Power Coin - one of the five coins used in the coin toss that decided the fate of the universe eons ago, and thus Zordon created his team of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

When Tommy Oliver became the evil Green Ranger with the sixth Power Coin received from Rita, he sabotaged the Command Center and disrupted the link to Zordon. After much turmoil, Alpha reestablished the link and Zordon helped the Rangers stop Tommy's evil rampage. Once the evil spell on Tommy was broken, Zordon accepted the new Ranger with open arms, even giving him an enormous amount of his own energy to make him the Green Ranger again so he could retrieve the stolen Power Coins. When those powers ran dry, he made him into the White Ranger. When Lord Zedd banished Rita and began his own conquest for Earth, Zordon transformed the Rangers' Dinozords into the Thunderzords.

In the episode The Wanna-Be Ranger, Zordon de-ionized - or powered down - due to the planets aligning. When he re-ionized, he became very worried over Alpha leaving the Command Center, and upon Alpha's return home he reproved him over leaving the Center without informing the Rangers that he would be leaving and asking permission to do so.

During the battle with the Black Dragon, the Command Center is destroyed along with Zordon's energy tube. Zordon survives. However, having lost his tether to time and space, he drifts outside of time and meets himself from another timeline. This version of Zordon dies after revealing the origins of Lord Drakkon. Before he too is lost in time, Saba uses his connection to the Morphing Grid to keep him tethered to their plane of existence. Zordon urges Saba to have faith in Tommy Oliver, leading to their eventual meeting in the alternate timeline. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- [[|]]

As time went on, Zordon would see off four of his original Rangers. Jason, Trini, and Zack were asked to attend a peace conference in Switzerland, and were replaced by three friends the Rangers had made (and had previously saved), Rocky DeSantos, Aisha Campbell, and Adam Park. When Kimberly decided to move to Florida to focus on her gymnastics, she chose Katherine Hillard, a girl who had been used by Rita and Zedd for evil purposes, as her replacement. Though Zordon was sad to see his former Rangers leave, he gladly accepted each of the new Rangers and wished the previous ones well on their futures.

Zordon acted as a mentor and adviser for all but a few moments between the original incarnation and the Turbo Rangers. It was somewhere during this point that it was revealed that because of the prolonged amount of time in the alternate dimension, bringing him back would be dangerous, if not lethal, as the Power Rangers would find out.

When Master Vile transforms the Rangers back into kids, Zordon sends the Rangers (except for Billy, who has regained his adulthood back), into different time portals to retrieve the sub crystals of the Zeo Crystal. Zordon continues as a mentor for the Alien Rangers who protect Earth while the Rangers were gone. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Water You Thinking?

After the Rangers come back, Zordon, with Billy's aid, reforms the Crystal and restores the Rangers back to adulthood. However, Rito Revolto and Goldar plant a bomb underneath the Command Center and destroy it with Alpha and Zordon seemingly dead. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Hogday Afternoon

Zeo Era

Zordon in his new plasma tube in the Power Chamber in Zeo.

However, Alpha and Zordon survive by going to the Power Chamber and bring the Rangers down to it where they are made into the Zeo Rangers. Zordon also welcomes Tanya Sloan as the new Yellow Ranger who has been sent back by Aisha in her place. Tvicon.png TV STORY-A Zeo Beginning

With Billy now as a technical aid, Zordon continues to mentor the Rangers, giving them new weapons, Zords, and any advice he could offer against the monsters of the Machine Empire that threaten Earth. Zordon is also reunited with one of his former Rangers, Jason, who takes temporary control of the Gold Zeo Ranger powers from Trey of Triforia. Tvicon.png TV STORY-A Golden Homecoming

Zordonicus

In a dream Adam has, Zordon played the role of Zordonicus, a dubious sage wizard akin to The Wizard of Oz.  As it turns out it is King Mondo all along. Tvicon.png TV STORY-It Came From Angel Grove

Turbo Era

Zordon in his new plasma tube, in the Power Chamber in Turbo.

A year after the defeat of the Machine Empire, the good wizard Lerigot comes to Earth to flee Divatox who wants his magical key, capable of passing through safely into another dimension and join forces with Maligore. He seeks the help of Zordon who summons the Rangers since he knows that, to defeat Divatox and Maligore, the Zeo powers will not be enough. He and Alpha began work on the Turbo powers (marking the first time a sentient being was the source of a Ranger's power, instead of an artifact created by one). He then sends Tommy, Tanya, Kat, Adam, and the newest Ranger, Justin Stewart (a replacement for Rocky who has been injured in a martial arts accident) to the ocean, where a phantom ship dubbed the Ghost Galleon is awaiting them to take them through the Nemesis Triangle (the border between two dimensions). Tvicon.png TV STORY-Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie


Early on, Zordon and Alpha 5 discover that a temporary wormhole has opened up that will take them back to Eltar. He has the wizard Lerigot use his magic to release Zordon from his time warp so that he and Alpha can return to the planet of Eltar and be reunited with his family, saying farewell to his Power Rangers and leaving them in the capable hands of a lifelong friend, Dimitria. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shift into Turbo

Zordon later return to witness the power transfer ceremony with Alpha before returning to Eltar. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Passing the Torch

Not much is known about what happens to Zordon next except that he is involved in the war on Eltar where the grand monarch of evil, Dark Specter and the United Alliance of Evil his forces invad the planet and Zordon is captured by the forces of evil. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Chase into Space

In Space Era

Zordon captive

After invading Eltar, the evil monarch Dark Specter imprisons Zordon in an energy tube and slowly drains his power. As this happens, lava begins to rise from the bottom of the tube which will destroy Zordon once the draining process is complete. Tvicon.png TV STORY-From Out of Nowhere

Zordon is later brought to another planet to be guarded by Divatox where the Space Rangers intervene. However, Zordon is withdrawn with Astronema sending the Crocovile to distract the Rangers. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Delta Discovery

Zordon being sacrificed

In the end, Andros, on the orders of his former mentor, is forced to kill Zordon by smashing the column that contains him in order to defeat evil once and for all by unleashing a power energy wave that washes across several galaxies. Zordon's Energy Wave destroys many of the monsters and villains that are attacking the universe and purifies Rita, Zedd, Divatox and Astronema. Although he's gone, his spirit forever lives on in all that is good. Tvicon.png TV STORY-From Out of Nowhere

Dino Thunder

Zordon was featured in a chronicle of Power Ranger history compiled by Tommy Oliver shortly after he formed the Dino Rangers, which was found by the nascent Ranger team in the Dino Lab. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Legacy of Power

After Zordon's demise, many other characters in later incarnations served in much of the same role as Zordon - in some cases, the role of Zordon is divided into two characters, one being the philosophical mentor and the other being the technical genius of the Power Rangers team.

Legacy

Zordon is heavily featured in a chronicle of Power Ranger history compiled by Tommy Oliver shortly after he forms the Dino Rangers which is found by the nascent Ranger team in the Dino Lab. Ironically, Tommy has assumed the same role Zordon fulfilled as team mentor. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Legacy of Power

Gosei would surface to fill the role of his late master Zordon.


Zordon's student Gosei tells the Mega Rangers and Keys of past Rangers (including Zordon's own teams) line his chamber. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Mega Mission



Zordon is mentioned in Grid Connection by Jason when he thinks that Zordon's Z-Wave reduced Goldar to sand. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Grid Connection

Behind the Scenes

Zoltar

  • The way that Zordon was created was unique. In the Command Center set, Saban would have a giant plastic tube placed at the back of the room and then have Fielding make faces akin to the movements on camera. They would then crop his face out of that footage and digitally superimpose the images over the tube to give the impression of being there.
    • This practice stopped once Fielding left after filming the episode "The Green Candle-part II" and production recycled the same faces over again.
  • In the original pilot episode, Zordon's name was Zoltar. His voice and appearance were provided by actor David Fielding. Fielding provided the voice and facial performance of Zordon in Season 1.
    • Fielding left the show due to other obligations, and Bob Manahan stepped in to voice the character.
      • Despite the change of actor, Fielding's likeness was used throughout the duration of the series.
  • Fielding mentioned that he was interested in doing a web series about what Zordon would do after Power Rangers. One idea was a comedy series of Zordon doing odd jobs trying to get by and a second was a serious idea of a possible return of Zordon.[1]
  • Zordon's staff in the comics was identical to the staff used by the Mysterious Sage Barza in Zyuranger. Barza was briefly used in in the the television series as Zordon's physical form.

Notes

  • While the phrase "It's Morphin Time!" is often credited as being the signature phrase of Jason Lee Scott, it was actually Zordon, in the second episode, that first coined the phrase.
  • Zordon is the only mentor in the Power Rangers series to be permanently killed and never seen or revived after his death, though he is mentioned several times in future series.
  • He is the only mentor character to appear in more than two different seasons.

Appearances

See Also

References

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Rangers
Jason Lee Scott - Zack Taylor - Billy Cranston - Trini Kwan - Kimberly Ann Hart - Tommy Oliver
The 1969 Rangers
Grace Sterling - Nikolai Chukarin - Terona Washington - Daniel O'Halloran - Jamie Gilmore
The All-New Power Rangers
Kimberly Ann Hart - Zack Taylor - Trini Kwan - Britt - Serge
Promethea Rangers/Solar Rangers
Kimberly Ann Hart - Mike Corbett - Tanya Sloan - Heckyl - Cameron Watanabe - Andros - Ellarien - Remi
Post-Shattered Grid Rangers
Tommy Oliver - Adam Park - Kimberly Ann Hart - Billy Cranston - Aisha Campbell - Rocky DeSantos - Matthew Cook
Omega Rangers
Jason Lee Scott - Zack Taylor - Trini Kwan - Kiya - Yale of Saard - Death Ranger
Squadron Rangers
Rhian - Telosi - Orisonth - Phiro - Aleia - Xev
Allies
Zordon - Alpha 5 - Ninjor - Dr. K - Amanda - XI - The Justice League - Godzilla
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Leonardo - Raphael - Michelangelo - Donatello - April O'Neil
Guardians of Eltar
Zophram - Zartus - Zordon - Zelya
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Bulk - Skull - Ms. Appleby - Ernie - Mr. Caplan - Mrs. Pruitt - Roger Hart - Helen Hart - Mrs. Kwan - Mrs. Oliver - Mr. Cranston - Mrs. Cranston - Violet Arias - Sam Scott - Olivia Cook - Mr. Cook - Kira Cook - Mrs. DeSantos - Riley DeSantos - Robin DeSantos - Raul DeSantos
Evil Space Aliens
Rita Repulsa - Lord Zedd - Dayne - Goldar - Squatt - Baboo - Scorpina - (Z) Putty Patrollers
Automaton Dominion: King Aradon - Count Karnakus
MMPR Monsters
Bullzer - Vitruvian Man Giant - Black Dragon - Sir Locks-A-Lot - Vixenya - Commandant - Unnamed Plant Monster - Unnamed Boar Monster - Pumpkin Rapper - Lokar - Serpentera - Goldar Clones - Unknown Golem Aliens - Zosma - Shapeshifting Putty Patrollers - Karmadillo - Boarlock - Goth Sloth - Crowverload - Psycho Green - Mr. Meowgi - Wizard of Deception - Sheeple - Pilgrimage - Private Maize - Black Hold - Manic Mantelope - Unnamed Robot Chicken Monster - Unnamed Girl Robot Monster - Unnamed Turtle Samurai Monster - Unnamed Boomerang Kangaroo Monster - Unnamed Hipprogriff Monster - Unnamed Chainsaw Crocodile Monster - Crystal Cryptid - Double Disastron - Monsieur Muster - Mutant Rangers - Nefurious - Simulation Dinosaur Monster - Snakenstein - Beastbus - Murdercycles - Psychoslug, The Terror Snail
The Anointed: Garrison Vox - Kiya - Cavotus - Raegyn
GGPR Monsters
Putty Infiltrator - "Flog" - Montaur - Rammerhead - Pudgy Pig - Megaputty - Stabasaurus Rex - Warbunny - Lady Grumptruck - Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel - AC - DC - Eye Guy - The Gunmetal Kettle - The Hodgepodge Hedgehog - Serpentera - Danger Dingo
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Pandamonium - Fleasco - Putty Prime
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Horrid King - The Horrid
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World of the Coinless
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Villains
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