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Billy Cranston
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Blue Ranger (II)
Gender: Male
Movie: Power Rangers (2017)
Color(s): Blue
Homeworld: Earth (Power Rangers 2017 Continuity)
First Appearance: Power Rangers (2017)
Last Appearance: Power Rangers (2017)
Number of Episode
Appearances:
1 (Movie)
Full list of appearances
Actor: RJ Cyler
Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese dub)
Blue Ranger (II)
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For the original TV version of this character, see Billy Cranston.
For the 1995 movie version of this character, see Billy Cranston (1995 movie).
For the 2016 comic book version. see Billy Cranston (2016 comic)
"Yippee ki yay, motherf...! "Mother" is good. Mother's good."
―Billy after entering his Zord for the first time[src]

William "Billy" Cranston is the Blue Ranger of the Power Rangers.

Character History

Billy Cranston was a student at Angel Grove High School with Autism and a tendency to get bullied for it. His history with his father and learning about mining explosives presumably led him to the incident of blowing up his lunchbox that would land him in Saturday detention with Jason and Kim, leading to his initial friendship with the former.

Personality

"Billy has always been challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, he is the most pure-hearted of the group. Billy has never had any friends, so finding teenagers that he's comfortable with is a big deal, and soon he begins connecting with people in a way he's never been able to do before."[1]

Billy is courageous and intelligent. He is on the autism spectrum and can't understand jokes or sarcasm very well, but can remember things to the letter. He's a brilliant inventor, creating and perfecting alien technology with Alpha-5; and a quick learner, mastering alien martial arts with relative ease and eagerness. He's very considerate, humble, sweet and loyal to his friends and even goes so far as to censor himself in front of them even when they curse frequently. He quite literally gave his life for his friends, sacrificing the location of the Zeo Crystal to save them, and being drowned to death by Rita in the process.

Billy's personality before becoming a Ranger was largely shaped by his father, who would often listen to country music with his son and take him into the mine where he worked. Billy clearly misses his father, as when he was setting up the explosives that would lead to the discovery of the Power Coins he was thinking out loud as if he was talking to his deceased father in the present. Given how he'd never had friends in the past, Billy was quite attached to his father, learning everything he could from him.

Billy lacked self-confidence in social interactions due to his autism as well as his history of being bullied for it, which is a common occurrence for people on the spectrum. However, when given a moment to concentrate, Billy could enter an almost trance-like state and show off his skills. This hyper-focusing state was unnerving for anyone unused to witnessing, however, it was also this trait that made Billy endearing to his friends, quickly gaining their respect once they began to understand him.

Typical of someone on the spectrum, Billy is prone to nervousness when confronted with scenarios both new and overwhelming. This is best seen in his hesitation in testing out his superhuman strength to leap across a ravine with Jason and Kimberly. This is largely due to his brain lacking the built-in connections for stress management that the average non-autistic person has. Despite this, Billy is determined and brave enough to overcome this difficulty of his. Keeping in line with this, Billy has a tendency to be hyper-verbal when panicking as a way to calm himself down.

Billy's confidence also took a turn for the better after his bully knocked himself out by headbutting Billy after failing to snap his wrist in the hallway at school. When he came out unscathed from the altercation, his peers surrounded him with praise and affection for putting their presumed common tormentor in his place.

Video game appearances

Power Rangers Legacy Wars

Legacy Wars Blue Ranger 2017 Movie

The Blue Ranger as seen in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.

The reboot Power Rangers fight with Rangers from the mainstream universe in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.

Blue Ranger

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Blue Ranger

Arsenal

  • Blue Power Coin: Billy's supernatural crystal, which is the source of his powers, and his ability to morph.

Zords

  • Blue Triceratops Battle Zord: Billy's alien battle vehicle, very powerful, yet hard to control, with Billy only being able to control his Zord after gaining full access to his morphing capability.

Powers and Abilities

  • Power Ranger Physiology: After receiving his Blue Ranger power coin, Billy gained the following superpowers:
    • Super Strength: Billy has a considerable level of superhuman strength, to the point that he can easily break a washstand with his bare hand.
      • Super Leaps: Billy is able to use his superhuman strength to perform super jumps, shown when he leaped over a large abyss.
    • Super Durability: Billy's body is superhumanly durable, to the point that he cannot be physically harmed by ordinary humans, with a bully only hurting himself after attempting to headbutt Billy.
    • Super Climbing: Billy is superhumanly skilled at climbing, notably scaling a steep cliff in mere seconds.
    • Morphing: Billy, upon finally gaining access to this power, is capable of morphing his body into a suit of powerful blue armor.
  • Gifted Intelligence: Billy is exceptionally intelligent, being a brilliant inventor, able to tinker with alien technology with Alpha 5, and mastering alien martial arts with relative ease.
    • Expert Hacker: Billy is a highly skilled hacker, managing to hack the government tracking device on Jason's leg, and to subsequently fake its signal.
    • Eidetic Memory: Billy appears to have a photographic memory and perfect recall, as can remember most useful things to the letter.
    • Accelerated Learning Curve: Billy was able to develop skills at an extraordinary rate prior to becoming a Ranger, being able to learn how to drive in the middle of a car chase while fleeing the mine with his soon-to-be teammates while being pursued by several police cars despite little experience as a driver.
    • Hyper-Focusing State: Due to being autistic, Billy's focus and concentration is a bit different than a neuro-typical person's. When engaging in any single task, Billy can block out almost all external stimuli and process linearly at an intensity that frequently dumbfounds his friends and peers. This state is common among people with high-functioning forms of autism.
  • Skilled Combatant: Billy, following team training sessions with Zordon and Alpha 5 eventually became fairly skilled in alien martial arts, and thus managed to defeat many of Rita Repulsa's Putty troops.


Notes

  • This version of Billy is the first known autistic Power Ranger of the franchise
  • He is the first member of his team to unlock his morphing ability
  • He is the first Ranger to be shown being killed on screen.
  • He loves country music, mostly because it helps not miss his dad as much.

Portrayal

  • Billy is portrayed by RJ Cyler.

Behind the Scenes

  • to be added

See Also

References