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I will be back one day and rule the galaxy with every bit of evil I possess. Mark my words!
~ Lord Zedd
I am Lord Zedd, Emperor of all I see.
~ Lord Zedd

Lord Zedd (simply known as Zedd) is a recurring antagonist in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers franchise. He is the main antagonist in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, one of the two main antagonists in Season 3 (alongside Master Vile, his father-in-law), as well as a minor antagonist in Zeo and In Space, and a supporting antagonist in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie. He is the archenemy of Zordon, The Power Ranger's first mentor.

History

Taking the Reins

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Zedd's first appearance.

Zedd came to Earth after hearing of Rita Repulsa's failure to defeat the Power Rangers. Finding this to be a disgrace, he imprisoned her inside her space dumpster, hurled her into space, and took over the job of destroying the Rangers himself.

Zedd then used his powers to create the monster Pirantishead, who defeated the Dinozords and assumed control of the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and the Dragonzord. After the Rangers got their zords back under control, Zedd angrily opened a crevice in the Earth that swallowed all the Dinozords, with the exception of the Dragonzord. But the Rangers struck back with their new Thunderzords and defeated Pirantishead, though Zedd wasn't ready to give up so easily.

He once desired Kimberly to be his queen based on her good looks and tenacity, and sent Goldar to capture, brainwash and train her into being so, but his plan failed when it was discovered that the magic dust that was used to entrance her didn't work and that she was really doing a Rita impression to fool Goldar and buy the Rangers enough time to rescue her. Zedd has hated Kimberly ever since.

He continued to battle the Rangers, creating monsters from various objects on Earth. Later after it became clear that Tommy's Green Ranger powers were truly starting to fade, Zedd began creating monsters specifically designed for the task for draining them.

Eventually he used a green crystal and a monster called Turbanshell to take the last remnants of Tommy's powers so as to fuel his own team of Dark Rangers. However Tommy foiled Zedd's plans, though he still lost his powers. Another of the dark emperor's plans was creating candles, similar to the green candle Rita used to drain Tommy's powers in the first place, for Billy, Zack, Trini, and Kimberly so as to drain their powers as well. Jason, who was haunted by the fact that he had failed to save Tommy's powers in the same situation, overcame his doubt and managed to foil this plan as well. After the Rangers were rejoined by Tommy, now the White Tiger Ranger, Zedd realized that they were much formidable than he had wanted to admit.

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Zedd and Goldar in the cockpit of Serpentera.

When three of the Rangers, Jason, Zack, and Trini were leaving Angel Grove, he unleashed his own zord, the titanic Serpentera, which could have easily wiped out the Rangers' zords. However he could nott do so since the zord's power drained rather quickly. But the Rangers managed to transfer the powers to three other teenagers, Rocky, Adam, and Aisha before Zedd could attack with Serpentera.

Marriage to Rita

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Lord Zedd and his new wife, Rita Repulsa.

Soon the time came for Zedd to undergo his Centennial Recharge, a state of slumber when he would recharge his evil energies. However Rita Repulsa returned with a plan for revenge, she contacted Finster, who made her a love potion. She poured it into the recharging machine, which made Zedd fall in love with her upon his awakening, instantly marrying her. Now with both Zedd and Rita to deal with, the Rangers were barely able to win their battles. The schemes they came up with included the creation of an evil clone of Tommy, Tom Oliver, and sending the Rangers to the past. Zedd wasn't happy when Rito Revolto, Rita's brother, showed up, who constantly annoyed him and often called him "Ed", much to his chagrin. Later Goldar managed to get the love potion out of Zedd's system, but much to everyone's shock, he still had feelings for Rita. Zedd and Rita eventually managed to capture Kimberly so as to force the Rangers to act as the pilots for their newly discovered Shogunzords. When Tommy attempted to rescue her, the Emperor of Evil engaged the White Ranger himself and easily defeated him in combat. The only reason Tommy survived, was because he destroyed Zedd's Z Staff and he retreated. Later when Master Vile arrived on the Moon seeking the Zeo Crystal, Zedd was pushed off to the side, something he wasn't happy about. Needless to say, he was ecstatic when Vile left after his defeat at the hands of the Aquitan Rangers. Thanks to the Orb of Doom turning back time and transforming the Rangers into children, Zedd only had an aquatic group of aliens, who weakened on land, to deal with. Eventually he got his hands on a map of the Command Center and managed to find a weak point in its defenses. Zedd sent Rito and Goldar to plant a bomb and steal the Zeo Crystal, which they were successful at.

Zeo

However before they could celebrate their victory, Zedd and Rita's palace was attacked by the Machine Empire, forcing them to flee., although he didn't want to, as they planned to go live with Rita's father. Using Serpentera, they went to stay with Master Vile in the M51 Galaxy, but they weren't defeated yet. Zedd and Rita later returned in a camper so as to take down King Mondo and the Machine Empire. They used a series of plots to prevent the robots from emerging the victors and even helped the Rangers at one point, so as to foil a plot by Prince Gasket, where he brainwashed Tommy into thinking he was leader of the Machine Empire. Finally, Zedd used a bomb to blow up the Royal House of Gadgetry, leaving the empire to crumble.

Turbo

Zedd and Rita briefly appeared during Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the film used to set up the next Power Rangers series, Power Rangers Turbo. Divatox called Rita to get advice on how to fight the Power Rangers, but the sorceress instead complained about Zedd's snoring and told Divatox to run, instead of attempting to fight. It was believed that during the Turbo season, Zedd and Rita were raising their son, Thrax, which is why they didn't attack Earth.

In Space

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Zedd as a human.

Zedd and his wife later attended a meeting of the United Alliance of Evil on the Cimmerian Planet organized by Dark Specter, where he toasted the lord of evil's capture of Zordon. Later Zedd and Rita joined in the United Alliance of Evil's assault on the universe and assaulted the Vica Galaxy, taking control quickly and defeating the Gold Zeo Ranger in the process. Eventually, Dark Specter, Astronema, Darkonda, and Ecliptor were all defeated, leaving Zedd, Rita, Divatox's forces and the Machine Empire the only villains still fighting. However, the wave of energy from Zordon's sacrifice washed over them, while it destroyed most of the forces of the UAE, Zedd and Rita were spared and transformed into humans.

Super Legends

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Lord Zedd as he appears in Power Rangers: Super Legends.

However, Zedd returned as the main antagonist in the PlayStation 2 and PC versions of the Non-canonical video game Power Rangers Super Legends, where he was corrupted and transformed back by a past version of himself. He proceeded to wreak havoc throughout time and it took a combined team of Power Rangers from different times to defeat him. Zedd was defeated and fled to a void outside time, but he dropped a time crystal in the process, trapping himself there.

Personality

In his debut appearance and 40 episodes after, Zedd starts off as very menacing, formidable, dangerous, antipathetic, and destructive. He is extremely diabolical, opprobrious, vituperative, and blasphemous, so he abuses his lackeys, silencing Goldar and others frequently and blaming them for most failures rather than taking responsibility for those failures himself. However, during and after The Wedding, thanks to Rita's Love Potion, he becomes mostly loving, benevolent, compassionate, and appreciative towards Rita, but he still abuses her and others when he doesn't get his way; for example, during their first marital argument, he silenced Rita and demanded her respect from him when she blamed him for their recent failure, then refused to comply to her listening to him from then on. Zedd harbored a lot of disrespect for Master Vile, especially when he got pushed to the side, and was also extremely disdainful, rebarbative, and contumacious for him having stopped them from destroying Angel Grove.

When he was turned good by Zordon's Energy Wave, his negative personality traits were mostly purged; his love for Rita was enough for Zordon's energy to turn him into a human being. However, Zedd's hunger for power remained, as shown in Super Legends, he missed his former power and travelled back in time to witness his former self, which led to him becoming extremely evil and manipulative again. Whether this is canon can be debated, since the events of the game aren't shown during the TV series. Also, in Nintendo DS version of this game Zedd is absent and Emperor Gruumm serves as main antagonist.

Powers and Abilities

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Zedd using his telescopic vision.

Zedd has dangerous dark powers, mainly utilizing them to create monsters out of objects. He also possessed grenades that he would throw down to his monsters that would allow them to grow. After marrying Rita, she and Zedd would cross their staffs to grow the monsters. He is also a very capable hand to hand fighter, since he easily defeated Tommy in combat. Zedd can also use his powers to see things that are far away.  Among other things, he is able to teleport, create illusions - such as his first appearance in the second season in the form of giant projection in space above the palace Rita. Also, in some cases, it could create things out of thin air to turn them to any other object, and throw lightning bolts from his hands, which are often frightened his minions.

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Trivia

  • He was voiced by Robert Axelrod, who also voiced Finster.
  • Zedd has referrered to himself as "Galactic Overlord Zedd" during In Space and also as "Prince of Darkness" in Power Rangers Live.
  • His theme replaced the Lunar Palace theme after Rita got kicked out.
  • On Watchmojo.com's Top 10 Power Rangers Villains, Lord Zedd was voted #1.
  • Some parents complained about Zedd being too frightening to younger children. As a result, Zedd was toned down after marrying Rita (although this also disappointed some fans, as they preferred the darker and more serious villain).
  • If Zedd wasn't toned down, he would be likely the first Power Rangers character to be pure evil. It is also worth noting that change in his personality was caused by Love Potion, not by genuine change of heart within Zedd.
  • Lord Zedd is the first main antagonist of Power Rangers to be American creation that does not have a Super Sentai counterpart.
  • Lord Zedd's costume changes in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.
  • If one treats Power Rangers: Super Legends as canon, Lord Zedd is the only villain purified by Zordon's energy wave to return to being evil.
  • In the 2017 Power Rangers film, Rita states that while she may have been stopped from collecting the Zeo Crystal, others will come for it. This implies that Zedd will soon arrive and become the main antagonist of the sequel.
    • Promotional material for the film stated that Rita was to collect the Crystal for Zedd rather than herself, hinting that Zedd was the true mastermind. However, she does not mention him in the movie and instead wants it only for herself, implying that she has either betrayed him or was planning on doing so before her failure.
           Power Rangers Villains

Mighty Morphin
Blue Globbor | Finster | Ghost of Darkness | Goldar | Hydro Hog | Katherine Hillard | Lokar | Lord Zedd | Machine Empire | Master Vile | Pineoctopus | Pudgy Pig | Putty Patrollers | Rita Repulsa | Rito Revolto | Scorpina | Squatt and Baboo | Tenga Warriors | Tom Oliver | Wizard of Deception | Z Putty Patrollers

Zeo
Archerina | Cogs | King Mondo | Klank & Orbus | Louie Kaboom | Machine Empire | Prince Gasket | Prince Sprocket | Queen Machina

Turbo
Chromites | Divatox | Elgar | General Havoc | Maligore | Piranhatrons | Porto | Putra Pods | Rygog

In Space
Astronema | Dark Specter | Darkonda | Ecliptor | Psycho Rangers | Quantrons

Lost Galaxy
Captain Mutiny | Deviot | Furio | Kegler | Scorpius | Stingwingers | Trakeena | Treacheron

Lightspeed Rescue
Diabolico | Jinxer | Loki | Prince Olympius | Queen Bansheera | Batlings | Triskull | Vypra

Time Force
Cyclobots | Frax | Gluto | Nadira | Ransik

Wild Force
Ancient Master Org | General Venjix | Jindrax | Mandilok | Master Org | Mut-Orgs | Nayzor | Onikage | Putrids | Retinax | Toxica | Viktor Adler | Zen-Aku

Ninja Storm
Choobo | Kelzaks | Lothor | Marah & Kapri | Motodrone | Shimazu | Vexacus | Zurgane

Dino Thunder
Elsa | Mesogog | Tyrannodrones | Triptoids | White Dino Ranger Clone | Zeltrax

S.P.D.
A-Squad Power Rangers | Broodwing | Emperor Gruumm | Krybots | Wootox | Mirloc | Morgana | Omni | Troobian Empire

Mystic Force
Barbarian Beasts | Imperious | Koragg | Morticon | Necrolai | Hidiacs | Styxoids | Octomus the Master | The Ten Terrors (Black Lance | Gekkor | Hekatoid | Itassis | Magma | Matoombo | Megahorn | Oculous | Sculpin | Serpentina) | Vida Rocca

Operation Overdrive
Fearcats (Benglo | Cheetar | Mig) | Flurious | Chillers | Lava Lizards | Kamdor | Moltor | Thrax

Jungle Fury
Camille | Dai Shi | Rinshi | Five Fingers of Poison | Grizzaka | Jarrod | Jellica | Scorch | Snapper | Whiger

RPM
General Crunch | General Shifter | Kilobyte | Grinders | Tenaya 7 | Venjix Computer Network

Samurai
Arachnitor | Dayu | Deker | General Gut | Master Xandred | Moogers | Papyrox | Professor Cog | Robtish | Sergeant Tread | Serrator

Megaforce
Admiral Malkor | Bigs | Bluefur | Bruisers | Creepox | Damaras | Drill Horn | Emperor Mavro | Loogies | Metal Alice | Messenger | Prince Vekar | Princess Levira | Tresnag | Vrak | X-Borgs | Bruisers | Kingsmen | Zombats

Dino Charge
Curio | Fury | Heckyl/Snide | Lord Arcanon | Poisandra | Singe | Sledge | Spikeballs | Wrench | Vivix | Vivizords |

Ninja Steel
Aiden Romero Robot | Badonna | Basher Bots | Buzzcams | Cosmo Royale | Galvanax | Kudabots | Madame Odius | Ripcon | Skullgators

Movie
Ivan Ooze | Ecto-Morphicons | Mordant | Rita Repulsa

The Headlined Villains
2009

January
Shadow Queen

February
None

March
Lord Voldemort

April
Darth Vader

May
Dahlia Gillespie

June
Smithy

July
Manfred Von Karma

August
Light Yagami

September
Lee Woo-jin

October
Imhullu

November
Gaston LeGume

December
None

2010

January
Leatherface

February
GLaDOS

March
Edward Hyde

April
Dimentio

May
The Chairstealer

June
Walter Sullivan

July
Vlad the Impaler

August
None

September
Audrey II

October
Albert Wesker

November
None

December
Skynet

2011

January
Thanos (Marvel)

February
Big Brother (Nineteen Eighty-Four)

March
Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez

April
Lord Zedd

May
Magneto

June
Cthulhu (Lovecraft)

July
Shredder (1987 TMNT)

August
None

September
Cobra Commander

October
None

November
None

December
None

2012

January
Doctor Doom (Marvel)

February
Lucifer (Dante's Inferno)

March
Vilgax

April
Peter Stegman

May
Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal)

June
President Coriolanus Snow

2013

February
Dominic Greene

September
Chase Young

December
Benjamin Willis

2014

May
Kyuubey
Geese Howard
Horace Pinker

July
Kurumi Tokisaki

August
Grand High Witch

September
James Moriarty

October
Koba

November
B.P. Richfield

December
Judge Claude Frollo

2015

January
The Grinch

February
Darth Nihilus

March
Darkseid (DC)

April
Fallen Hana

May
Dick Dastardly

June
Francis Dolarhyde

July
Nyarlathotep (Lovecraft)

August
Pamela Voorhees

September
Frieza

October
Agatha Trunchbull

November
The Beldam

December
Santa Clause

2016

January
Randall Flagg

February
Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

March
Yog-Sothoth

April
The Giant Claw Esdeath

May
Count Dracula (Bram Stoker)

June
Jerome Valeska

July
Lord Shen

August
Bill Cipher

September
Tate Langdon

October
Oogie Boogie

November
Dr. Venom

December
Krampus (Krampus)

2017

January
Joker (Nolanverse)

February
Lust

March
Lubdan

April
Sauron (Middle-earth)

May
Aku

June
General Grievous

July
Norman Osborn (Marvel)

August
Jaws (007)

September
It (Stephen King)

October
Ridley (Metroid)

November
Venom (Marvel)

December
Stripe

2018

January
Frank the Rabbit

February
Queen of Hearts (Disney)

March
Bowser

April
Bebop and Rocksteady