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This article is about a/an series of Zords and Megazords in the Power Rangers franchise.
Several times during the Power Rangers series, certain villains have piloted Zords or similar vehicles of their own or somehow hijacked, overridden and/or taken control of the Zords belonging to the Rangers themselves. In truth, there is little to differentiate these machines from any other giant robot, however, the word Zord itself summons a feeling that the Rangers are now facing beings in some ways like themselves. This motif has been used in many mediums to introduce increased tension and drama.

The first instance of this occurring was during the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, in the Green With Evil arc, in which the Rangers first fought against Tommy Oliver, the evil Green Ranger and his Dragonzord. In this first instance, the Zord and the Ranger were soon turned to the side of good - although the Dragonzord would later be used for evil again by Goldar, Pirantishead who also controlled the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and by the clone of the Green Ranger. The same idea was reused at the 'culmination' of the first season of Mighty Morphin, when Goldar piloted the Warzord Cyclopsis against the Rangers. Lord Zedd also piloted another Warzord called Serpentera, which was hugely powerful but never truly able to defeat the Rangers due to the fact that it was continually running out of fuel. Serpentera reappeared in the Power Rangers Wild Force team-up episode Forever Red, but was destroyed.

The idea of evil Zords was reused several times in later seasons, for example in Power Rangers Turbo, during which Divatox and her minions piloted machines called Divazords and an episode of Power Rangers In Space in which the Yellow Psycho Ranger took control of the Mega Voyager while the Rangers were in it. Power Rangers Lost Galaxy also introduced the Stratoforce and Centaurus Megazords and the Zenith Carrierzord as Zords under the control of Deviot, but whose inner nature as the lost Galactabeasts allowed them to break free and join the Rangers. The Magna Defender's Torozord was also used to fight against the Galaxy Rangers on at least one occasion.

In Power Rangers: Time Force there are several giant robots that are used by Frax and are not addressed as Zords, although in Mirai Sentai Timeranger, (the Super Sentai show that Time Force came from) one of the giant robots was named the G-Zord. This was the first time that the term "Zord" was ever used on a Sentai program (prior to the release of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters which premiered nearly 12 years later). The G-Zord was adapted into the Dragontron robot when the footage was used on Time Force. In Power Rangers SPD and Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, a large assortment of giant robots are similarly used by the villains and monsters of the series. While mostly not referred to as Zords, these robots are Zord-like in operation.

There is one villainous Zord in the US version which wasn't really a giant robot in the original Sentai version. That Zord was the Lothorzord, the Zord Lothor piloted at the end of Power Rangers Ninja Storm. This was done in order to use the final battle footage from Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger, the Sentai series that Ninja Storm is based on and adapted from, especially since Lothor is an American-made Power Rangers-exclusive villain. This is repeated again in the case of the Zelzord, the Zord Zeltrax piloted from the end of Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

List of Evil Zords:

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Power Rangers Zeo

Power Rangers Turbo

Power Rangers In Space

Power Rangers Lost Galaxy

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue

Power Rangers Time Force

Power Rangers Wild Force

Power Rangers Ninja Storm

Power Rangers Dino Thunder

  • Biozords - The components of the Thundersaurus Megazord that were under Mesogog's control before being tamed by the Rangers, and they were later destroyed along with the Zelzord and Mezodon Megazord by self-destructing.
  • Zeltrax's ship - An unnamed aerial attack craft piloted by Zeltrax in Mesogog's first assault on Reefside and rebuilt by him later to draw out the Rangers. Equipped with lightning bolt launchers, electrified tentacles, and after its reconstruction, a detachable centipede-like ground vehicle capable of splitting its segments into flying laser-shooting drones that, individually, were strong enough alone to disable the Thundersaurus Megazord and Brachiozord. Destroyed the first time by the Thundersaurus Megazord and the second time during the fight between its pilot and Tommy Oliver, the Black Dino Thunder Ranger.
  • Terra Assault Craft - An independent vehicle that was part of Zeltrax's ship after its recreation. Destroyed by the Mezodon Rover.
  • Dimetrozord - Turned evil by Elsa but tamed by Tommy.
  • Dino Stegazord - Converted to evil by Trent Fernandez-Mercer and later his evil clone.
  • Replicantzord/Blizzard Force Megazord - An evil clone of the Thundersaurus Megazord created by Mesogog. Destroyed by the Thundersaurus & Mezodon Megazords.
  • Zelzord - A Zord built and piloted by Zeltrax and the Triptoids. Destroyed by the Thundersaurus & Mezodon Megazords using their self-destruct sequences.
  • Arctic Pterazord - A green version of Kira Ford, the Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger's Zord that was only seen in the toyline with a recolored Blizzard Force Megazord.

Power Rangers SPD

Power Rangers Mystic Force

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

Power Rangers Jungle Fury

Power Rangers RPM

Power Rangers Samurai/Super Samurai

Power Rangers Super Megaforce

Power Rangers Dino Charge/Dino Super Charge

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