- empire of evil robots; led by King Mondo
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Royal House of Gadgetry (shown at right), Machine Empire forces
King Mondo, Queen Machina, Prince Sprocket, Cogs, Klank and Orbus, Prince Gasket, Archerina, Teleportation, Video Vulture
Quadrafighters, Machine Skybase, Machine Empire generals (PRWF)
One evening after Machine Empire craft had
first entered the Earth's atmosphere, a fleet
of gear ships was shown in
Earth's orbit, with one gear ship hovering over an
army of Cogs, perhaps on the moon, and releasing a number of Quadrafighters.
Zedd soon gazed at
Earth and saw a Quadrafighter flying down through the
atmosphere; a custodian at the Angel Grove
University observatory also saw an incoming Quadrafighter, perhaps the same one.
The next day, Bulk
and Skull were asleep in a field as a gear ship hovered overhead; on
the balcony of the Machine Skybase
(whether in orbit or already on the moon), Mondo and Machina
observed the two on their viewing globe, and they were pleased with
the uselessness the humans demonstrated.
Mondo said if this
were any indication of the kind of lifeforms on this planet, they should have no problem conquering
them; then, Machina said, they would strip
the planet of their resources and complete
their Machine Empire.
As the gear ship descended toward the
mountains below, Bulk woke up and got Skull's attention, and then as they ran away, the
gear ship quickly rose back
up from the mountain.
Soon, hiding behind rocks, Bulk and Skull watched silver Cogs marching in different directions through the
field; when Lt. Stone arrived and saw the Cogs as well, a Cog opened
its face and shot three sets of energy pulses in their direction as
When the governor of California later went on TV to inform the public of the approaching threat
and to issue a plea to the Power Rangers,
wherever they were, Mondo said the Earthlings' leader was scared and they hadn't
even begun yet, and Machina said the governor's reign over Earth was almost at an end.
familiar with the "Mighty Morphin' Power
Rangers," but the fact that he knew their full title indicated
that he'd heard more than just the governor's broadcast.
Mondo planned for
all of the Earthlings to bow down before him
and obey him.
As a group of Quadrafighters flew over a city on a
scouting mission and then returned to the Machine Empire's headquarters, a group of
gear ships was shown in
orbit, with the moon in the background.
Machina said their
eons of planning had led to this moment, when they could finally say
the universe was theirs; Mondo told her to have patience; the Quadrafighters had just returned from
their scout, and it wouldn't be long until they were ready.
believe it, but he suddenly saw Rita and Zedd in the viewing globe; he pointed out to
Machina that they had a bit of a problem,
telling her to look at who was already here.
Machina was startled,
saying she'd thought Rita and Zedd had retired eons ago; she said they
should have no mercy on them, and Mondo
agreed, for they were the only obstacle between them and the complete
obliteration of the Earth and all the beings
that inhabited it.
While looking at
Earth in her telescope, Rita had happened to see Machine Empire craft entering the planet's atmosphere, and the next day, Mondo and Machina
had discovered Rita and Zedd's presence and vowed to show them no
mercy, but in 401-AZB1, Finster would fearfully interrupt Rita and Zedd's
celebration just before the palace was
attacked by Quadrafighters.
Quite soon after the Zeo
Crystal had restored the Earth's time and the Command Center had been destroyed (both in 343-HdA2), the
Machine Empire's gear
ships approached the moon, and three Quadrafighters began blasting Rita and Zedd's palace.
After Finster had tried
to warn the villains of the approaching
menace and Rita had spotted the Machine Empire's
ships in her telescope after the palace had been fired upon, Rita was terrified.
Rita blamed Zedd for the arrival of the Machine Empire.
Soon after the Machine Empire's assault on Rita and Zedd's moon palace, at least six gear ships were shown
hovering near the Earth, with the moon a considerable distance away.
The three Quadrafighters blasted at Rita, Zedd, and crew as they fled from the moon palace on foot.
The Machine Empire's symbol was a symbol which
also appeared on King Mondo; it consisted of
two diagonally-oriented thin ovals arranged into an X, with a circular
nucleus; around the outside of the ovals were square bumps like one
would find on the outside of a gear.
An enormous mob of seemingly all-silver Cogs was on what looked like the moon, with its darkened tint effect and gray sky,
chanting in non-robotic voices, "Mondo";
above them, quite a few Quadrafighters
were hovering, and in the background was an enormous gear ship.
Zordon told the six teens that a dark and evil force had descended
upon the galaxy; he said the Machine Empire was more treacherous than Rita and Lord Zedd could
ever have hoped to be, and that it was the one force that could prove to
Zordon told the teens that the next few days might be the most
perilous they had faced since becoming Power
Mondo had ordered for
Rita and Zedd to be
destroyed; when they escaped, however, he wondered how they would ever
complete their Machine Empire and conquer the universe if his Cogs
couldn't stop the likes of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd.
Zordon referred to the
Machine Empire as the latest threat to "our galaxy."
Mondo and Machina had broken away from the United Alliance
of Evil and had set out to invade this galaxy.
heir apparent (meaning, under existing circumstances, future king after
Mondo) to the throne of the Machine Empire.
Zordon said that
together, Mondo, Machina, Sprocket, Klank, and Orbus made up the leadership of the Machine
Zordon said that the Earth's solar system was the final link in a chain
of galaxies already conquered by the Machine Empire; once Earth was conquered, no one would exist that could
defeat them; according to Zordon, the fate of
the universe literally rested in the teens' hands.
had reported that the Earth was defenseless and
Rita and Zedd were
gone, Mondo told Klank to prepare to launch a full-scale
To begin the ground assault, which he said would
surprise the people of Earth, Mondo targeted
Angel Grove, saying they would begin right
where Rita and Zedd
had left off.
After the Zeo
Rangers had defeated a group of Cogs, Mondo decided it could be an interesting
diversion to have a formidable enemy; Machina
agreed, saying that their journey toward galactic domination had been
Whether the Machine Empire was previously
familiar with the concept of Power Rangers is
uncertain; the Cogs didn't initially recognize
the Zeo Rangers, and Mondo and Machina
only mentioned the name "Power Rangers" after
the Power Rangers Zeo had used their own
title as a battle cry.
Zordon told Billy that King Mondo
could manufacture Cogs at the rate of one an
Air Force jets had a near miss with Quadrafighters, and their pilots were
bewildered; the Quadrafighters were
scanning for the hidden location of the Zeozords.
After describing to the Rangers their Zeozords, Zordon
reminded them that the new Zords were only
machines; he said that the most important resources the Rangers had to fight the Machine Empire were
their hearts and minds, which were greater tools than anything that
could be manufactured; he added that the Machine Empire could never
build anything that could compare to them.
Machina knew that the
unmorphed Rangers were near Puppetman in the Youth Center; Sprocket verified this, saying the reports
After the Rangers had
destroyed evil Puppetman, Mondo said the Zeo
Rangers had once again defied and shamed the "Royal House of
Gadgetry," which presumably referred to Mondo, Machina, Sprocket, Klank, and Orbus.
Looking in his Viewing Screen at Cestro's spacecraft on Earth, Mondo asked
whose alien spacecraft it was; Machina said that it appeared to belong to "one
of those dreadful creatures from Aquitar" and
that he had some nerve landing on Earth without
Mondo's royal authorization.
None of the members of the Royal House of
Gadgetry were familiar with the Hydro
Contaminator, but Mondo sent Cogs to help him fight the Rangers.
Skybase's Viewing Screen showed a shot of the Power Chamber's exterior.
Watching Cogs being
cranked out of an assembly area, Mondo
wondered why he kept making useless Cogs if the
Rangers kept destroying them; he was sick of
wasting valuable masterials on robots that always ended up as junk.
wanted a new toy, Mondo complained that Sprocket had already broken half of the Cogs in the army.
For an unknown reason, there was a Cog in the background in one shot of Tanya's music video "Stick Together"; its mission
The Machine Empire was constructing a fleet of
battleships in Angel Grove Forest,
and it had been Klank's idea to use invisibility medallions to hide their
There were seven ships hidden within the
Billy and Alpha used the Power
Chamber's disrupter ray to destroy the Machine Skybase's power source, destroying
all of the active invisibility
medallions and the Machine Empire's new fleet of ships in the
The Royal House of Gadgetry confronted the Treys on the beach for Mondo to tell them to surrender the Golden Power Staff; they surrendered
after the Treys had been teleported away and the Cogs had been beaten by the Rangers.
Machina, Sprocket, and Klank were in another room of the Machine Skybase, with vertical collections
of rods, when Louie Kaboom flew in.
The Royal House of Gadgetry wasn't familiar with
Louie Kaboom took
over the Machine Empire but allowed Machina
and the rest to stay.
When Gasket told
Klank it was time to finish the Rangers off, Klank thought to have Mechaterpillar make the Zords dance their way to oblivion, and after
some frantic dancing, the Zords sparked and
fell over, ejecting the Rangers.
As a gear ship lifted the prone
Super Zeo Megazord with a
bluish-white energy ray, Klank, in the
ship's control room with Orbus, realized
the incredible opportunity for them to download into their computers all
the information stored in the Megazord's memory so they would know the
weaknesses of the other Zords.
The gear ships presumably left
after Pyramidas had destroyed giant Mechaterpillar; soon after Mechaterpillar's destruction,
Klank and Orbus joined Sprocket and Machina in the Machine Skybase as they discovered that Mondo was back.
The monster which Mondo called his greatest monster was Cog Changer, a monster which could
launch gears capable of controlling the Rangers' technology.
Upon growing to giant size, Gasket claimed the Earth in the name of the Royal House of Gadgetry.
that he was the most powerful and most supreme leader the Machine Empire
had ever known.
Mondo, Machina, and Sprocket teleported into the forest when Rita
and Zedd had summoned Tengas to beat the Cogs to
the Golden powers.
Klank was able to
detect a transmission bound for Triforia, and Mondo, having known the teens would try to call Trey, had Klank
activate the laser alarm scanners to warm them of Trey's arrival.
When the alarm detected the Rangers' presence in the desert, Mondo
ordered Klank to stop them, telling him
to send the entire army if necessary.
After Mondo had been defeated by the giant Rangers and had returned to the moon, Rita and Zedd "stopped by" in their RV to have a meeting with the Royal House of Gadgetry,
but their meeting place appeared to be in the middle of nowhere on the
Zedd told Mondo that they'd realized they were way out of
his league, and after Rita had handed Sprocket a wrapped box with bows on it as
a peace offering, Rita, Zedd, and crew quickly fled the scene in the RV; when Sprocket
opened the box, a massive fireball engulfed the Royal House of Gadgetry,
blowing bits and pieces of the robots all over the area.
After Divatox was
summoned to the Cimmerian
planet by Dark Specter after the
capture of Zordon, Carlos said they had to go to the Cimmerian planet, and when Cassie replied that they'd promised Dimitria to stay and protect the Earth, Carlos pointed out
that Divatox was gone now, leaving the Earth safe; if the teens
knew about Rita and Zedd and the Machine Empire at the time, they
didn't consider the villains a threat to the planet.
Mondo and Machina attended Dark
Specter's assembly of villains on the Cimmerian Planet following Zordon's capture; they had brought along brown and
Among the various monsters, mutants,
and aliens on Onyx was
an eclectic mix of monsters and henchmen which had been used or would be used by
many of the main villains, including the Machine
After Dark Specter
had told Astronema to summon all of his evil forces to finally take over the universe, Klank
entered the Machine Skybase balcony
with Orbus, telling King Mondo that the order had come in (probably
from Elgar for Astronema).
Mondo told Klank to prepare for the biggest battle the
universe had ever seen, but Klank replied, "Already done!"
The whole Royal House of Gadgetry was present,
and an Earth-like planet was beyond the balcony.
In the Machine
Skybase factory complex, the massive Cog army
stood up at once; meanwhile, gear
ships and Quadrafighters flew
ship beamed down an army of silver Cogs into
a desert with a blue sky.
Soon, Mondo and Machina were leading an army of monsters against Phantom Ranger and Blue Senturion on the Phantom's home planet.
Along with Cogs, Quadrafighters, and Mace Face were monsters formerly used by other villains, including the owl monster, Goo Fish, Inciserator, Fearog, Slippery Shark, Psycho-monster Red, Turbanshell, Shrinkasect, Coralizer, the two-headed parrot, Destructipede, Mamamite, Eye Guy, a red Crocotox, and a furry brown monster.
The next Earth morning
when Zordon's energy wave approached, Mondo, Machina, and
General Havoc were standing on a cliff
over the army of monsters on Phantom's home planet.
The three villains were
turned to sand along with their army; the fate of Klank, Orbus, and Sprocket is unknown, as they weren't with
the army when the wave hit.
Machine Empire teleportation
Empire's traditional teleportation effect, frequently used by the Cogs, consisted of a gear-edged circular portal
which would fly in to deposit or pick up those being transported, then
leave; inside the portal was a dark blue and purple starfield; the gear
border on these portals was most commonly gray, but other possible
border colors included clear, brown, black, and white, in that order of
frequency of use (with white and black used only once).
To teleport from the resource center to the junkyard, a Cog warped into the computer monitor in front of it
and then emerged from a purple and blue starry fissure in the junkyard.
Soon afterward, the Cog
backflipped into another fissure to teleport away from the junkyard.
Teleporting with Boohoo as he kidnapped baby Joey, several Cogs turned into several flying gears and flew away.
To confront the Rangers
elsewhere, Cogs teleported in with blurry
effects, their faces following after their bodies.
More Cogs teleported in
with differently-colored shimmers.
A group of silver Cogs
appeared on the Captain Pete set
in the Youth Center in a clear tornado
effect from a fissure warp.
Cogs appeared on the set
of Invasion of Blueface from a warp
fissure in the ground.
To help the Hydro Contaminator fight the Rangers, Cogs appeared from swirls, accompanied
by white and blue streaks of light, in the air.
To teleport away after stealing Rocky's plants, a Cog vanished into a portal of some sort obscured
between two trees; the other Cogs then walked
through an invisible portal (shown from the side), with blue energy
around their places of entry.
To teleport away, the Cogs' heads flew into a warp fissure, and their
The next day, Cogs
appeared in the hallway with a white fade-in.
When five Cogs later appeared, the Cog heads
bounced out of a warp fissure and then down the stairs, then their
The teens were about to
teleport somewhere when the ground shook
and several Cogs walked through a warp fissure.
With its glowing white finger, a Cog sliced open a warp fissure in space, then the Cogs walked through and vanished.
David escaped from the cave in which he was trapped by
holding onto the Autochthon
monster as it was teleported to the surface by the Machine Empire.
On Earth, Sprocket held up his hand, and blue energy
bolts emerged from his finger, then Cogs flipped
out of an invisible portal with blue streaks.
A chain of pink energy gears sliced through space
above the Cogs, opening a fissure into which all
but one of the Cogs flew up; the lone Cog asked, "Hey, hey, where did they all go?" before
being bombarded with more pies from all of the Rangers.
On a different occasion, Cogs appeared from purple starry silhouettes.
During their fight, the Cogs vanished quite suddenly with a grainy particle
Cogs appeared with
vertical stretch effects which began as purple vertical lines.
Cogs appeared from bulges
in space on the ground.
Cogs vanished with purple
After they were sent flying back away from Gold Ranger, a group of Cogs disintegrated with particle effects after short-circuiting.
Cogs appeared from a warp
fissure which passed upward.
To summon the Cogs, Gasket raised his arm into the air and shot
a blue energy bolt upward, then a blue energy bolt came down from the
sky near the lake, and silver Cogs appeared from the energy.
After Rita's giant Impursonator monster,
invulnerable to most of the Zords' attacks,
had sent the Rangers retreating, King Mondo teleported the monster to a planet eight light-years away, using a gray-edged
Cogs dropped from the sky,
initially looking like their yellow inner skeletons, but they then
materialized into their normal forms.
When the Cogs warped away,
a large pipe nearby was also sucked into the warp.
All of the Cogs fighting
morphed Jason short-circuited as they flew back
away from him, and they then vanished in multicolored energy.
- robot vulture with a video camera for a head
Video Vulture could speak.
Video Vulture, flying over the Rangers, shone a bright beam down on the Rangers, lifting them up and planting them in Prince Sprocket's movie dimension.
Video Vulture was perched near Gasket and Archerina's balcony overlooking the Machine Arena.
As he introduced the fight between Altor and Gold
Ranger, Gasket seemed to be speaking
into Video Vulture, the camera for the image the Power Chamber's Viewing Screen was receiving.
Edited by Joe Rovang. Content owned by Disney, used without permission.