- grand monarch of evil (until 642-CTD1)
According to Blue
Senturion's estimated future from the year 2000, the universe's greatest evils
would join forces to destroy the Earth and the
entire universe, then divide its wealth; only
one force stood in their way, a force which only Divatox, Elgar, and Porto saw, and a force which angered Divatox. (See "Millennium message" for more
General Havoc said
the force he represented was far too powerful for the Rangers to even hope to defeat; he may have
been referring to a force above him, such as Dark Specter.
On the moon, Porto presented Goldgoyle, who claimed to be the
most destructive monster in the universe; Goldgoyle may have been sent by
In an urgent message from Eltar, Zordon told the teens that Eltar was under
attack; a visual showed massive explosions on a gray moon-like planet.
Zordon said that so far
they had been able to resist their attackers' advances, and that though
the teens might be tempted to come to their
aid, they had to stay and protect the Earth.
Zordon began to warn the
teens of something (perhaps Goldgoyle or Dark Specter), but his
signal shorted out.
Probably no more than an hour later, Dimitria gave the Rangers grave news, that planet Eltar had fallen to evil
forces; the teens were all quite concerned
about Zordon and wanted to go help him, but Dimitria said they had to stay to defend the Earth from Divatox, so
she and Blue Senturion were leaving to
try to help Zordon.
Probably only minutes after Divatox had destroyed the Power Chamber, a flaming face streaked in
from the sky while her forces were
scouring the rubble for the Rangers.
Divatox wasn't familiar
with the flaming face, who said he was a messenger from the Cimmerian planet; he told Divatox that Zordon had
been captured and that she (calling her "Queen of Evil") would leave at once for the Cimmerian planet.
When Divatox replied
that she'd just captured the Earth and wasn't
going anywhere, the flaming head told her Dark Specter would not be
happy; at the mention of Dark Specter's name, Divatox eeked and, with fake cheeriness, agreed
to come immediately.
Present at Dark Specter's assembly of villains on the Cimmerian Planet following Zordon's capture were Rita
and Lord Zedd (having brought Goldar, Finster, Zedd's Putties, and
Tengas), King Mondo
and Queen Machina (having brought brown and
silver Cogs), Master
Vile (having brought Globbor, who bore the Aquitian Ranger helmets), Divatox (having brought Elgar, Rygog, Porto, Piranhatrons,
and a Putrapod), General Havoc (having brought no
assistants), the new villainess Astronema
(having brought Quantrons), and Red Space Ranger Andros disguised in a brown cloak.
Later, the villains sat at a long banquet table
decoratively adorned with human skulls; seated
at the table were Mondo, Machina, Finster, Goldar, Rita, Zedd, Master Vile,
Divatox, Elgar, a Putrapod (oddly enough), Astronema, General
Havoc, and the cloaked Andros.
Once the villains were
seated, Dark Specter soon appeared before them from blue lightning
Dark Specter, gigantic in size, looked identical
Dark Specter addressed himself as "Dark Specter,
monarch of all evil"; he announced that he had
captured the mighty Zordon and was draining him
of his powers, and that as Zordon's strength
drained, the lava in his containment tube would rise, extinguishing the
Zordon, still merely a
blue head, was in some sort of tube in an aparatus later revealed to be
the same size as his previous plasma tubes; lava was flowing into the
tube from hoses leading to the base of the setup.
At the rate at which
the lava was rising, it would only have taken mere minutes, at most, for
the lava to reach the top of the tube, but it would actually take at
least many months for the lava to ultimately come near Zordon's chin.
Zedd called for a lava
juice toast and toasted, "To the universe, a
universe that belongs to the Dark Specter!"
As cloaked Red Ranger wielded the Spiral Saber and bore his red legs
with white boots while fending off villains after
Astronema had announced he was a spy, Dark
Specter asked who this intruder was.
When Goldar ripped off
the stranger's cloak and revealed him as the Red Space Ranger, all of the villains were shocked, despite his use of the Spiral Saber while cloaked; Dark
Specter then ordered for him to be destroyed.
On his Galaxy
Glider, Red Ranger flew
right by Dark Specter, who reached for him and then blew a fireball
after him, but Red Ranger
managed to ourun it.
Dark Specter growled that the spy knew his plans
and had to be stopped, and after Divatox and
Rita had bickered over which of them should go
after him, Dark Specter silenced them and told Astronema that she would take the Dark Fortress to destroy the meddler; his
emphasis of his selection of her implied that whoever he had chosen
would have taken the Dark Fortress.
Later, T.J. planned for the
teens to set a new course for the Cimmerian Planet if the shuttle couldn't make it to Eltar, but, having just been there, Andros knew the Cimmerian Planet was already
abandoned by now.
When Ashley asked about
Zordon, Andros told
the teens that Dark Specter had him and was
draining all his powers; T.J. and Cassie said that if Zordon lost all his powers, they were all history,
but Andros replied that Zordon was strong and that it would take some time
for Dark Specter to take away all the power, which gave Andros some time.
Just after Astronema
had watched the Rangers take the Megashuttle to Earth, with the Dark
Fortress recently having arrived near Earth,
Elgar suddenly walked in, and when Astronema demanded to know what was doing
there, he replied, anything she wished, calling her his queen.
Astronema told the Quantrons to throw him off her Dark Fortress, but when Elgar said Dark Specter had said she needed him,
she stopped them and growled in consternation with a smile on her face.
Upon boarding the Megaship and taking over, Astronema set a course for the Tianta galaxy,
where she planned to bring Dark Specter the Megaship.
Soon, with the five Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles and Elgar operating the
Megaship's bridge, Dark Specter spoke from the bridge's viewscreen asking Astronema what she had to report; when she told
him she'd captured all the Rangers and
was bringing him their ship, which would transform into the mighty Astro Megazord for him to destroy the Rangers with, Dark Specter was pleased with
how poetic he found the idea.
Leonardo pointed out they
only had four Rangers before Astronema could silence him, and Dark Specter
told her to bring the Rangers to her
Zordon and his lava
setup, still only about ten percent full with lava, were on the planet
Hercuron, guarded by Piranhatrons until Divatox walked up with Rygog and had them take Zordon to her new spacecraft.
especially surprised after Astronema had
arrived and had the Quantrons attack the Phantom Ranger, a spy on Hercuron who had called the Rangers to Hercuron.
Divatox was in the
middle of chewing out Astronema, who was
irritated and deep in thought, when Dark Specter's head appeared in the
sky and silenced her; he then told Astronema
to attack the Earth, knowing the Rangers would go to protect it.
Once Astronema had
left, Dark Specter told Divatox to leave with
Zordon as soon as possible; put out, she sighed
for him to cool his jets, as she was working on it, and when he demanded
to know what she'd said, she toadied to him, asking if she'd ever told
him how handsome he looked in that lava (referring to his exterior).
Later, after Andros's
retrieval of the Delta Megazord and the
destruction of the Crocovile
monsters, Astronema, in her battle gear, was
on a red-skied desert planet as giant Dark
Specter stood in the distance, speaking with her.
Dark Specter told Astronema that that had been too close a call
and that it was fortunate for her that Zordon
was safely hidden away.
told Dark Specter that she had a new plan to destroy the Power Rangers once and for all, and he
replied that she had best not fail him again, or he would crush the Dark Fortress as she slept; this shocked and
hurt Astronema, making her think desperately
After the teens had set
up a new interstellar scanner
(which would be immediately destroyed by the villains), Andros
they'd find Zordon long before Dark Specter
could steal his powers.
For a moment before being destroyed, the interstellar scanner showed an
image of Dark Specter's spacecraft
somewhere in space, presumably still piloted by
When Skygantor took out five black keycards to bet with at a card game
in the Onyx Tavern, the dealer yelled that they
were worthless, but Darkonda carefully
examined them with intrigue, asking where he'd gotten them.
Skygantor defensively told the
dealer, "I stole them when we battled on Eltar!"; the dealer was unimpressed.
Skygantor added, "They were Zordon's! They must be worth something!" and Darkonda agreed, saying the keycards were priceless.
From the viewscreen on the Dark Fortress, Dark Specter told Astronema the Rangers' scan for Zordon was getting them much too close and they
must not discover his location before he'd drained his powers.
Astronema vowed to
stop them, and Dark Specter replied, "Do not fail, or else."
Andros began to explain
his and Zhane's story from two years ago to the
teens, recalling, "We were a team. Invincible.
Until the day Dark Specter attacked our home planet, KO-35."
The villains had been
everywhere, relentless, Andros described; in
the streets of a city under siege, with rubble and burning cars strewn
about, white-striped Piranhatrons had
fought KO-35 troopers, as well as Andros and Zhane, morphed
as the Red and Silver Rangers; meanwhile, flying ships flew by and
blasted at buildings.
One of Dark Specter's monsters, the only monster shown in the flashback of the attack,
was an orange monster with fish fins on his head, wielding a sword.
This invasion was presumably what caused KO-35 to be abandoned.
After capturing the Rangers in a net in his lab on Dekata 5, Darkonda said now that he'd captured the Power Rangers, his army of Crocotoxes would soon conquer the
Earth; looking into the vat of eggs, he said
they were maturing as they spoke, and soon he would be the next ruler of
the universe; with that kind of power, he
said, the possibilities were endless.
After capturing four of the teens while in the guise of a Rebel general named Yatru, Darkonda secretly spoke with a hologram of Dark
Specter, saying four of the Rangers had
been captured but that two remained.
Dark Specter told Darkonda to destroy the four and that "Astronema, the princess of darkness," would
tend to the remaining two.
Dark Specter then spoke with Astronema from the Dark Fortress viewscreen, telling her the Red and Silver Rangers remained on the planet's surface and
that she must destroy them.
Soon, Yatru spoke with
Dark Specter again after failing to convince Kinwon to destroy the teens; Dark Specter told Yatru not to fail him, and Yatru insisted it was only a matter of time.
Some time after the destruction of Coralizer and Darkonda, Kinwon told
the teens that the Rebels had to leave Centaur B soon, since Dark Specter knew
their location and would be back; why Dark Specter was chasing the Rebels is unknown.
On the Dark
Fortress viewscreen, Dark Specter told Astronema that Coralizer had been destroyed, and
when he spoke of the Silver
Ranger, Astronema was worried, but then
learned that Zhane had destroyed Darkonda.
doubted the news of Darkonda's destruction.
Dark Specter told Astronema she must destroy the Rangers so he could complete the transfer of
powers from Zordon; she evilly told Ecliptor to set a course for Earth.
After Andros had found
Astronema's locket and learned that she was
talked to a Dark Specter hologram in a cavern, telling him that Red Ranger knew the truth and that
it was only a matter of time before Astronema knew as well, meaning she might
Dark Specter argued that she would never stray,
as his power over her was too strong; Darkonda bowed and agreed that his power was
without parallel, but feared Ecliptor had
tarnished Astronema's evil spirit.
"You see, he has shown her caring. Caring and evil do not mix. It could be an explosive
combination!"; Dark Specter hoped that Darkonda was wrong.
In his cavern after being destroyed by Ecliptor following Astronema's journey to KO-35 and recent flood of childhood memories, Darkonda was crossing off his fourth life from
his scroll of nine lives when Dark Specter's hologram faded in and
remarked that he'd known Astronema would
learn of her past.
Darkonda insisted Astronema couldn't be trusted and had to be
destroyed before she betrayed him, but Dark Specter told him to hold his
tongue, as Astronema had always been loyal;
to be safe, however, he planned to test her.
Darkonda agreed that
testing Astronema was an excellent idea, for
then Dark Specter would see that he was right; Dark Specter told him
he'd better be.
In parting, Darkonda
asked if it would be too much for Dark Specter to destroy Ecliptor for him; Dark Specter replied,
"Begone!" and Darkonda chuckled that it was
just an idea.
Somewhere atop a rocky peak after the needle monster's destruction,
Astronema stood as a giant Dark Specter
image spoke with her from billowing white and gray clouds in a blue sky.
Dark Specter told Astronema that her knowing about her past must
not change her future, as she was the princess of darkness; she evilly
told him she would not stray from evil.
Saying it was time for her to prove her loyalty,
Dark Specter ordered Astronema to destroy
her brother, the Red Ranger;
she thought for a moment, then said evilly that she would destroy her
brother as he wished.
Having defected from evil,
Astronema told the teens that Dark Specter was holding Zordon in the Kirak Galaxy, on the jungle planet
of Yotoba, which was surrounded by a forcefield.
Talking with the teens,
Astronema denied having helped kidnap Zordon.
On the Megaship
bridge holding her staff with the five shackled teens behind her, Astronema contacted Dark Specter as the Megaship approached Yotoba.
On the viewscreen, Dark Specter, in a space background, told Astronema he'd been trying to find her; she
replied that she'd been busy, as she was coming in with all five Rangers.
Dark Specter greatly approved and told her to
bring them to him at once, then lowered the planet's forcefield for her.
As the Megaship
flew down through the clouds, DECA announced
approaching Velocifighters, and Astronema said they were escorts which they had
The Megaship flew
after the group of Velocifighters
through a fierce thunderstorm until T.J.,
unrestful, suddenly veered away and lost the Velocifighters, but the ship was soon hit
by lightning which caused the ship to crash-land in the jungle.
Exploring the jungle, the teens were attacked by Darkonda and a large number of Piranhatrons.
In a clearing in the jungle on Yotoba, Astronema and Andros
came to Zordon's energy-draining setup, where
Zordon weakly said Andros's name.
The lava was still only halfway up to Zordon's chin.
After Andros had said
they'd been losing hope of finding him, Zordon's image told him that after all this time,
he couldn't believe that Andros was still such
a fool; the image then shimmered into Dark Specter's laughing image in
the blackened tube.
Darkonda and Piranhatrons surrounded the area, having
captured the other four Rangers, and Darkonda had them sieze Andros.
Andros was horrified,
asking Karone how she could have tricked them,
and Dark Specter was curious as well; after some contemplation, she
evilly said it had been her pleasure.
Darkonda accused Astronema of trying to help the Rangers save Zordon, but she slammed him to the ground with the
end of her staff and nearly
pinned him to the ground, telling him it seemed she had him fooled as
easily as the Rangers.
Astronema said her
trap had worked perfectly, and Dark Specter, rising from the tube into a
giant face in the sky, agreed but said she now had to destroy them and
be done with them forever; he vanished laughing.
Moments after Ecliptor
had taken Darkonda's fifth life and helped Astronema and the Rangers escape to the Megaship after Astronema had freed the Rangers, Darkonda
was in the Dark Fortress when Dark
Specter told him from the viewscreen that he would command the Dark Fortress, but only until Astronema returned, alarming Darkonda greatly.
brought in Ecliptor on a stretcher, Darkonda grumbled about Ecliptor having taken his fifth life; he told
Dark Specter that Astronema and Ecliptor had to be destroyed, but Dark Specter
adamantly replied that he had plans for them and that their loyalties
would never stray again.
Darkonda agreed, and
once Dark Specter had vanished, he added, "For now," and had Ecliptor taken away, having plans of his own.
On the Dark
Fortress perhaps the next day, Ecliptor
was attacked by Quantrons and restrained to
a table where Darkonda used a menacing tool
to give him an "attitude adjustment."
Later, when asked, Darkonda told Dark Specter that the mission was
accomplished, and Ecliptor would never again
forget that his loyalty was only to him, Dark Specter.
Dark Specter said they then must destroy the Rangers and their precious Earth, as no one kidnapped Astronema without paying the price.
Dark Specter's insistence that Astronema was loyal no matter what, and that
the Rangers had kidnapped her, suggest
that Dark Specter was a bit delusional, as he refused to believe Astronema could ever turn on him.
As the Megaship
was flying through space back toward Earth, an enormous asteroid dwarfing the ship
overtook it in a near miss, at which point Dark Specter came in over the viewscreen and
told the teens that Astronema belonged to him; if they returned
her, he would spare them.
Ashley pointed out that
his asteroid had missed them, and he replied, "Of course. It's headed
Neither the Megaship's Megalasers at optimum range nor
numerous explosive devices could cause the asteroid noticeable damage.
considered using the Astro and Delta Megazords,
but DECA said impact with Earth was imminent.
As the Rangers
struggled to think of something they could do, Karone said Dark Specter had sent the asteroid,
which meant it had been programmed to hit Earth,
in which case she could get on the Dark
Fortress and reprogram it.
While infiltrating the Dark Fortress, Astronema was captured by Ecliptor.
65 million years ago, an asteroid of the same
size and velocity as Dark Specter's asteroid had hit Earth with devastating effect: the cloud of dust
and water from the impact had covered the planet, shutting out nearly
all of the sunlight necessary to sustain life.
During this time, many plant species had died,
and scientists believed that this might have caused the extinction of
Confronted by Andros and
Zhane, Astronema now
had circuitry along the right side of her face, and her suit had been
modified for a more mechanical look; she still wore her locket.
After mysteriously preventing her Psycho Rangers from destroying the Rangers, Astronema explained to Ecliptor with evil pleasure that the Psychos' magnificent power was coming from
Dark Specter himself; they would destroy the Rangers, but slowly, so she could drain Dark
Specter away to nothing.
astonished that Astronema wanted to destroy
both the Rangers and Dark Specter, but
she evilly said that there was only room for one evil monarch, and that would be her.
After discovering that the Psycho Rangers had left on their own to
cause trouble for the Rangers, Astronema ordered Ecliptor to get the Psychos back there now, perhaps worried
about Dark Specter's recent orders to find and stop whoever was draining
his powers; such orders had been shown in the preview for 632-COnC, with Dark Specter looking normal in
his transmission, but were omitted from the episode.
From the Dark
Fortress viewscreen, a reddish-tinted Dark Specter observed that Astronema was his most capable servant, yet she
was unable to find who was draining his powers.
Dark Specter that her armies were searching tirelessly for the traitor
that drained his powers; Dark Specter said they must be stopped soon,
and when Astronema said she only needed time
to find the menace, he replied that time was the one thing he didn't
Astronema stood on a
rocky peak, with stars above, as Dark Specter spoke with her; he was
glowing red, but at times, the glow would briefly fade, and the cracks
in his body would be blue rather than red.
Dark Specter told Astronema he suspected his powers were being
drained by a force on Earth and that she should
go there and be prepared to destroy them the next time they attempt to
feed off his energy; Astronema evilly
replied that she'd suspected Earth and that her
armies were ready to spring into action at any time.
As Astronema was
watching the fight between the Rangers
and the four Psychos, the screen
suddenly changed to Dark Specter, startling Astronema.
Dark Specter said his powers were being drained
right now and told her to find the perpetrators; heading to her room, Astronema quietly but urgently told Ecliptor to stop the Psychos now, and the Psychos would moments later be pulled out
Astronema said Dark
Specter grew weaker every time the Psycho
On the starry mountain after the three giant Psycho Monsters had fought and captured the
Mega Voyager, Dark Specter was still
alternating between blue and glowing red, with blue now more frequent.
Dark Specter told Astronema that a great deal more of his power
had been drained and that if she didn't find the cause soon, he would be
gone forever; she assured him that her spies had crisscrossed the universe and were hot on the trail of those who
stole his energy.
Some time later that day, Dark Specter again
talked with Astronema at the starry
mountain; he spoke with a weak voice and was consistently blue.
Dark Specter weakly asked why she hadn't found
them yet, and she replied that she had captured several informants in a
distant galaxy, but they didn't divulge anything; he told her she must
find them quickly, for there wasn't much time left for him.
Dark Specter had
been weakened quite a bit more since his last conversation with Astronema hours prior, but the Psycho Rangers didn't appear to do anything
in that time.
After Dark Specter had vanished with a weak
growl, Ecliptor walked up behind Astronema, and they discussed the plan to drain
Dark Specter's powers, of which Dark Specter remained completely
Later, after the three Psycho Monsters had been destroyed in
battle, Dark Specter was back to his normal appearance on the
viewscreen; he told Astronema that those Psycho Rangers had nearly caused his
destruction, but she replied that she had orchestrated the defeat of the
Psycho Rangers before that had happened,
saying she would never let any harm come to him.
Vanishing, Dark Specter told Astronema she was a loyal servant indeed.
The ghosts of the Psycho Rangers used Astronema's Data Laser in Secret City to resurrect themselves for a
while before the Rangers turned them into
Probably months later, at the rocky peak with
billowing storm clouds in the sky, Dark
Specter told Astronema, "The time has
come to complete my master plan, Astronema.
Summon all of my evil forces. They must all
unite to finally take over the universe."
The expanse of Dark Specter's "evil forces" is unknown; it may have included only
Astronema, Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and the
Machine Empire; it may have included all
of the villains that had attended his banquet in
601-FON1; or it may have included far more villains never mentioned.
In the expansive hangar of the Dark Fortress, Astronema addressed a huge army of Quantrons: "When we're finished, there will be
no 'good' left in the universe. No 'love',
no 'happiness!' Only chaos, anger, greed! Fight strong, and destroy
all the forces of goodness, especially the Power Rangers! Go now, and spread the wrath
of Dark Specter!!"
to organize the attacks of the Machine
Empire, Rita and Zedd, and Divatox; if
more villains were involved, they were not
Upon receiving "the order" (probably from Elgar), the Machine
Empire had already prepared their forces for what Mondo said would be the biggest battle the universe had ever seen.
After being called up by Elgar, Rita and Zedd told Astronema
that they didn't need her plan, as they had their own, but Astronema told them to be silenced and that
they would follow her orders.
When asked who had put her in charge, Astronema replied, "Dark Specter himself.";
initially shocked, Rita and Zedd said they loved her plan.
At the same time, Quantrons brought in and set up Zordon's tube, which was covered by a cloth.
Astronema pulled the
cloth off Zordon's tube; the lava was
practically up to his chin, and there were no cables connected to the
four ports on his containment tube.
Andros told Zhane about villains
invading all over, listing Dark Specter,
Astronema, Divatox, and Rita and Zedd.
Zhane was surprised to
realize the villains were trying to conquer the
whole universe, and Andros agreed.
Later appearing in giant form outside the Dark Fortress, Dark Specter called for Astronema, and she and Ecliptor were curious; she then went to the
viewscreen and told him the attack on Earth was
Pleased, Dark Specter told her to finish the job,
and she replied they had just the weapon to do so, referring to the super-torpedo which could
destroy the Earth in one shot.
Learning of the super-torpedo earlier, Darkonda had pulled out his scroll, which had
only one life not crossed off; he'd remarked that with only one life
left, the time to strike was finally at hand, as he'd been under the
thumb of Dark Specter and Astronema for too
As Dark Specter continued speaking, he was about
to reveal his plan for after the destruction of Earth when Darkonda,
flying in a Velocifighter behind him,
shot a super-torpedo into his
Dark Specter suddenly roared in pain and surprise
from the large explosion in his back; he turned, glowing with orange
light rays from his body, with explosions coming from all over his body,
as he asked who dared fire upon him; flying by, Darkonda replied.
Roaring in agony, Dark Specter was rocked by
explosions all over his body.
Alarmed by the sight of Dark Specter being
destroyed, Astronema looked distraught, not
believing this could be happening.
With orange light streaming from his body, Dark
Specter sank down groaning.
As Darkonda flew
toward the Dark Fortress and fired a
second super-torpedo to
destroy Astronema and Ecliptor, the glowing and exploding Dark Specter
suddenly rose up and took the missile in the forehead with a minor
Dark Specter swallowed Darkonda's Velocifighter and bit down in an
explosion, and his entire body then blew apart into pieces in a
world-shaking fireball beside the Dark
Dozens, if not hundreds, of flaming chucks of
rock streaked down from the sky and rained down on Angel Grove; soon, there were many flaming
hunks of rock strewn about the city, and presumably all over the planet.
Zordon's tube was now
clear of lava.
Zordon told Karone that she was no longer under Dark Specter's
command, but as she was intrigued, purple electricity crackled along her
head circuitry, making her clutch her head in pain and regain her evil
To destroy Mariner
Bay, Olympius showed Queen Bansheera a giant spiked asteroid glowing red from within, accompanied
by other smaller chunks; Olympius said it was
so powerful it would completely obliterate Mariner Bay in just seconds; the plan was
reminiscent of Dark Specter's asteroid plot,
and the asteroid's rocky surface itself
vaguely resembled Dark Specter's hide.
Edited by Joe Rovang. Content owned by Disney, used without permission.