Power Rangers just wouldn't be Power Rangers without the Megazord! Whenever the Power Rangers are facing a monster of gargantuan proportions they call upon their Zords (giant battle mechs themed to their appropriate incarnations of the show) to join together and make the Megazord. Normally by season's end the Rangers will have about three or four different Megazords in their arsenal that they can switch back and forth between. Reminiscent of a WWE wrestler, Megazords all have their own "finishing move" that they do at the end of the battle to destroy their opponent once and for all.
There have been twenty-four seasons of the Power Rangers franchise, each with at least two different Megazords each (sometimes more). We're going to try and figure out which one is truly the best one in the show's history, going all the way back to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and going all the way up to Power Rangers Ninja Steel. For the sake of brevity (and our sanity) we're going to do one Megazord per season; sometimes this is the "main" Megazord and others times we'll use one of the "special" robots. Without further ado, here is Every Show's Megazord, Ranked Worst To Best.
23 Galaxy Megazord (Lost Galaxy)
After the finale of the Zordon Era, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy was the show that kickstarted the trend of new characters and a new story every single season of the show. Lost Galaxy saw a team from the space colony Terra Venture discover the Quasar Sabers; powerful weapons that gave them the ability to morph and call upon the mighty Galactibeasts as Zords.
The Galactibeasts are unique in the franchise, as they are one of the few sets of Zords to actually have sentient feelings beneath their giant metallic bodies. This makes it all the more disappointing that they make up one of the less memorable Megazords in the whole series.
Let's be honest with ourselves here: the Galaxy Megazord looks like a shameless rip-off of the Megazord used in the original show. It has a similar build, a chest plate with a similar pattern, and a head with the exact same profile as the original. We don't want to pick on this one too much, but even its finisher bears a striking resemblance to the made iconic in Mighty Morphin'Power Rangers!
22 High Octane Megazord (RPM)
RPM was the last of the Disney-era Power Rangers series. At this point in time, the company didn't know what to do with the franchise and there were reports that the media titan was actually embarrassed to be making it. They intended to cancel the show after the previous season, but they were begged by producers to create one last season to give Power Rangers a proper sendoff. The result was Power Rangers RPM, a show that took place in a dystopian future where a computer virus had run amok and killed/enslaved most of humanity. It was a somewhat dark topic for a seemingly light-hearted kids show.
The biggest issue with the Megazord from RPM (and the Zords, for that matter) is that it didn't match the tone of the show very well. This was supposed to be set in a dystopian future where cybernetics reigned supreme. So the Megazord looks like it was made out of a bunch of Zords that remind us of LEGO's younger brother, Duplos? It seems like the designers were trying to go with sort of a totem pole look with the three faces, but it just looks super awkward to have three cartoon animals staring at you on the face of an otherwise serious-looking robot.
21 Ninja Steel Megazord (Ninja Steel)
The Neo-Saban era of Power Rangers has been a surprising return to form. Currently the franchise is airing Power Rangers Ninja Steel, a story about an intergalactic game show champion who uses the warriors from his show to try and steal the Ninja Nexus Prism (which is stored safely on earth).
A lot about the new series is great (such as the new villains and the suits), but the major misstep is the Megazord. The individual Zords of the season are well designed but extremely disjointed. Why is there a giant ninja fighting alongside a wolf and a dump truck?
This becomes an issue when the come together to form the Ninja Steel Megazord, which looks like a complete cluster of ideas thrown together. Why is the Red Ranger's Zord sitting exposed at the front? Is it supposed to be like one of those Mech Suits from The Matrix sequels? And is that an upside-down Ninja Star on top of its head? We understand what they're trying to do, but it just doesn't work at all.
20 Legendary Megazord (Super Megaforce)
Remember how we said most of the Neo-Saban Power Rangers stuff was good? Well, here is one of the exceptions. To celebrate the show's twentieth anniversary we were given Power Rangers Super Megaforce, a continuation of Power Rangers Megaforce that upgraded all the character's costumes, weaponry, and Zords. This season introduced the Legendary Ranger Keys; a tool that allowed the Rangers to morph into and use the abilities of any past member of the Power Rangers. The theme of this anniversary season was... pirates? Yeah, that was just one of the missteps this season gave us.
Naturally, pirate Power Rangers would have pirate Zords. The problem is that we are never given any reason as to why the Super Megaforce costumes and Zords had this theme. It was about as random as could be. The Megazord is appropriately-themed as well, with the appearance of a swashbuckling sailor hat and all.
Our main beef with this one is just that it doesn't really fit at all. Why is the "Legendary Megazord" that's supposed to represent the last twenty seasons a pirate? And why is it so much bulkier than all the other Megazords in the Power Rangers lore? At least its finisher, where it fired a bunch of cannonballs in unison, was pretty cool.
19 Dino Charge Megazord (Dino Charge/Super Dinocharge)
What can we say? Dinosaurs are awesome. Power Rangers Dino Charge and its sequel series Power Rangers Dino Supercharge were the third incarnation of the show to be based on the prehistoric reptiles. This one saw the Power Rangers as the defenders of the ancient Energems; powerful crystals that if used together could completely destroy the universe. However, individually these gems were used to power the morphers of the Dino Charge Rangers.
As much as we love dinosaurs, there's something off about the Dino Charge Megazord. Maybe it's just the overuse of red and yellow, but it almost looks like a Happy Meal toy. While the other Megazords in the series looked fake, for sure, they never looked like they were made out of cheap plastic like the Dino Charge Megazord. Oh, let's also not forget the Tyrannosaurus sticking out of the Megazord's neck! Is this Power Rangers or a Cronenberg film?
18 Delta Squad Megazord (SPD)
Power Rangers SPD was awesome. Though it wasn't an original idea at the time, this season reinterpreted the Power Rangers as an intergalactic police force, aka Space Patrol Delta. The costumes were cool, the characters were actually developed, and it had just the right balance of seriousness and cheese to satisfy fans. Some even go so far as to claim that SPD had the best cast of actors in the show's history.
Unfortunately, as with most "job" themed Ranger teams, the SPD Rangers had Zords that were based on rescue vehicles in order to keep with the show's more practical continuity. This meant that when they formed together to make the Delta Squad Megazord, it looked like the festival of lights was getting busted by Robocop. What purpose do these police lights serve? Do the Rangers normally use the Megazord to pull over speeders? Also, we know this is a police vehicle, but why does it feel so branded? The words "SPD" and the badge are plastered all over the dang thing.
17 Claw Armor Megazord (Super Samurai)
What happens when you're forced to change a Megazord design just so that you can sell more toys? Well, you get the Claw Armor Megazord from Power Rangers Super Samurai. The design of the Power Rangers Samurai Megazord was amazing. But, when they created the sequel series they figured that they would need something new and completely changed the mech the Power Rangers use. We could have picked just about any of the different Megazords from Super Samurai simply because they all had the same issues.
Let's get started with the pure bulk of the Megazord. Are we really supposed to believe that this thing is able to agilely move around in battle? We understand that the armor makes the trade-off of protection for speed, but why are there so many useless sharp points on the Megazord? They aren't for attack or defense, they are there simply to look cool - and they even fail at that.
Let's not even talk about all of this season's Megazord add-ons; it gets so ridiculous that the robot eventually just looks like a dogpile of Zords with little reason or rhyme.
16 Jungle Pride Megazord (Jungle Fury)
We kind of understand why Disney thought about ending Power Rangers after the Jungle Fury season. While it was far from the worst season of the show, it had some of the worst designs of the entire franchise. The Zords were fine and dandy, but what the heck was up with the one-piece costumes that looked like NASCAR suits? This season of the show was in production when the infamous writer's strike happened back in 2007, meaning that the first half of the season was written by a completely different team than the second half. And it showed.
We'll give the Jungle Pride Megazord some points for style. We never thought we'd live to see the day that Power Rangers had a completely tiger-themed Megazord! The head has a unique design, too. The Megazord appears to have a Wolverine-style haircut thanks to the the tiger's mane. However, it's not a very colorful design. We're used to seeing Megazords that take on the multicolored aspects of their individual Zords, and the Jungle Pride Megazord is mostly one color. Also, what's up with the two feet sticking out from the crotch?
15 Gosei Great Megazord (Megaforce)
Believe it or not, the original Megaforce Rangers had Zords based on animals! How that turned into pirates is unclear. Anyway the first season of Power Rangers Megaforce was one that honored the original show; it had Gosei, a floating head on the wall, and his robot assistant summon (and we quote) "Teenagers with attitude" to become the Power Rangers. Sound familiar? This series coincided with Power Ranger's 20th anniversary, so it only seemed appropriate.
There's nothing objectively bad about the Gosei Great Megazord (well, other than its name maybe). There's also nothing that "great" about it, either. It looks like something we've seen time and time again in the Power Rangers series.
The Gosei Great Megazord is made up of five animal Zords, each one forming the hands, feet, and chestplate. This "meh" design places it firmly at the center of our list. Honestly, there's not much to say about this one. The sword is undeniably awesome, though.
14 Drivemax Megazord (Operation Overdrive)
As far as the plot goes, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive had a pretty great premise. The show asks "What if the Power Rangers were Indiana Jones?" The Rangers of this season were a team of special agents/explorers who tried to track down a different powerful artifact every episode before the evil brothers Flurious and Moltar could get their hands on it. As the title suggests, the Rangers had costumes and Zords that were based on road vehicles.
Similarly to the Gosei Great Megazord, the Drivemax Megazord is pretty standard. Its arms and legs are formed out of the body of vehicles, and there are tires galore. There isn't much to make this one stand out from the crowd of other vehicular Megazords except for its weaponry.
The Drivemax Megazord uses a freaking pickaxe and shovel as weapons. These two items merge together to form a sword that then spins in the pattern of the Overdrive Rangers' logo before finishing off an enemy. Okay, that's pretty cool!
13 Astro Megazord (Power Rangers In Space)
We've come to the part of our list now where we go from "meh" Megazords to ones that are 100% pure awesome! Power Rangers in Space was the last season of the Zordon Era and acted as the culmination of six years worth of story.
Unlike previous seasons of the show, Power Rangers in Space didn't have "Zords" per say. Instead, the spaceship they travel in combines with the original shuttle they used to get to space in order to become the Astro Megazord. Let us repeat that: There's a Megazord made out of spaceships!
There are very few things that we can find flaw with in this Megazord. The design is reminiscent of the original MMPR robots but still has a futuristic flair all its own. A little more color might have been nice, but then again, there's a space shuttle on this Megazord's head. This automatically makes any criticism invalid.
12 Ninja Megazord (MMPR Season 3)
Thank God we're sticking with just the Megazords from the show, or else we would have to put this one much, much lower. The Ninja Megazord featured in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie was a CGI abomination that makes even the most die-hard of fans cringe. Luckily, the version that we got in the third season of MMPR was a thousand times better, proving once again that computer effects are no match for an actor in a bulky plastic costume.
The Ninja Megazord from the third season of Mighty Morphin' gets style points simply because it actually looks like what its trying to emulate; a ninja mask on its face. It's also much slimmer than the previous two incarnations so that it can be more agile and speedy.
However, there's one glaring flaw of the Ninja Megazord that we've touched on before: its crotch is a giant frog. The Frog Ninja Zord is one of the least appealing in the series, and the dead-eyed look it makes when it becomes the codpiece for the Megazord says everything we could possibly want to say about it.
11 Titan Megazord (Mystic Force)
The Zords themselves in Power Rangers Mystic Force were cool enough as it was; they all were representations of fantasy races that appeared in a humanoid form. The Pixie Zord, the Minotaur Zord, and the Mermaid Zord all looked like they could have been Megazords themselves. Whenever the Mystic Ranger were tasked with fighting a monster beyond their individual Zord's power, they joined together to form the Titan Megazord.
Just for the record, the name of this one is pretty clever. A bunch of mythology-themed Zords join up to form a "Titan?" These Greek mythological figures were known for being colossal in size and some of the most powerful beings in existence. So props on the Power Rangers writers for that.
The Titan Megazord has a pretty neat design, to boot; take a gander at that wingspan! Also, the way the Phoenix Zord's patter of fire feathers appears on the chest and shoulder pads gives this Megazord a unique flair.
10 Turbo Megazord (Turbo)
Power Rangers Turbo is the red-headed stepchild of the Zordon Era. While the other seasons were campy as well, Turbo shifted things up a notch to situations that were downright ridiculous. For example, the showrunners decided that it was time to include a kid Power Ranger that would become a full-grown adult whenever he morphed, yet would keep his child-like voice. It also involved things like the Rangers getting baked into a giant (obviously fabric) pizza. Did we mention that this is the same season that was based on a Super Sentai parody series?
Perhaps we are too hard on Turbo. The costumes looked pretty neat, and the Megazord was awesome despite being made up of some awful-looking Zords. The chestpiece is made to look like a giant car grill, complete with headlights and everything. Then there's the shield it uses, which is the symbol of a giant car tire. Not to mention the fact that the Turbo Megazord had the ability to use its "Turbo Jets" to propel itself at its enemies at lightning-fast speeds.
9 Time Force Megazord Mode Blue (Time Force)
The Time Force season of Power Rangers is often ranked up there with the franchise's best. Time Force was one of the few seasons since the end of the Zordon Era to give us a human-like villain and is still the only season to date with the Pink Ranger as the team leader. But, to be blunt, the Zords of Time Force sucked. They were called the "Time Flyers," a group of futuristic spaceships that all looked exactly the same save for their colors. Even when they joined together to form the Megazord they looked about as bland as you could get.
Thankfully, this series of the show also gave the Megazord the ability to change its appearance. The one we're going with for this list is the "mode blue" version, in which the robot takes on the appearance of a giant spaceship complete with a gun to match. There's just something so simplistically satisfying about the Time Force Megazord Mode Blue. Besides, it's a giant spaceship that uses another spaceship to shoot monsters. What's not to love?
8 Thundersaurus Megazord (Dino Thunder)
The Dino Thunder season of the show is arguably the best one in the franchise. It brought back fan-favorite Tommy Oliver to act as the the new team's mentor (and eventually the new Black Ranger), it had a fun cast of main rangers, awesome costumes, unique weapons, and (of course) dinosaurs!
The Megazord of this season was just pure awesomeness. It gave us some serious Dragon Zord-esque vibes with its left arm, which was made out of the Tyrannosaurus Zord's tail and acted as a drill. We also love the primal look of the Megazord's helmet; it looks like something a time-traveling human would wear in the Jurassic period!
This is one of those Megazords that screams practical. There's not a single piece of the original Zords that isn't accounted for in this design. Yeah, we're still a little confused where the legs come from, but the appearance of the Thundersaurus Megazord as a whole makes us not even care.
7 Supertrain Megazord (Lightspeed Rescue)
Much like many of the other Megazords on this list, the main battle robot of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue was made up of a bunch of rescue vehicles. And it looked about as plain as you can get. It kind of makes sense, though; the Zords used in Lightspeed Rescue had the primary function of serving as emergency vehicles whenever a disaster occurred. This meant that they weren't really equipped for battle and had to be modified to crate the Megazord.
The Supertrain Megazord, on the other hand, is about as cool of a design as you can get. For starters, it's made up of a bunch of trains! That's something every young fan can love. It also towers over most of the other Megazords in this list, shown to be larger than the standard Lightspeed Rescue Megazord and some of the show's monsters.
The Supertrain Megazord has the odd benefit of being an actor in a costume, meaning that it is able to appear bulky but still have the same speed and range of motion as the actor inside the suit. This makes it one of the most powerful behemoths in all of Power Rangers.
6 Zeo Megazord (Zeo)
The Megazord from Power Rangers Zeo is much like the Supertrain Megazord in that it is made up of a bunch of lame Zords that somehow turn into something amazing when joined together. The theme of Zeo was "Egyptian," giving the Rangers Zords like the Sphinx and Pyramidas, as well as costumes that had a very pharaoh-like appearance. This season was a direct continuation of season 3 of MMPR and included many of the staples of the previous show (Bulk and Skull, Goldar, Ernie's Juice Bar, etc).
We love how simplistic the Zeo Megazord is. There's not a lot of color or style to the design; instead, we get a blue and red robot that is adorned with gold throughout. And it had a sphinx on its chest! The simplistic design is topped off by a really cool Egyptian/steampunk aesthetic, as well; the sword has a golden gear at its hilt and the helmet of the Megazord is engraved with cybernetic-looking patterns.
5 Thunder Megazord (MMPR Season 2)
Now we're getting into the real heavy hitters! In season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Lord Zedd arrived on the scene and promptly made himself known. He completely destroyed the Power Ranger's Dino Zords and eventually stripped Tommy of his Green Ranger powers. Zordon's reaction to this was to use an ancient power (that he somehow had forgotten about all this time) to resurrect the Zords as the new Thunder Zords, creating an entirely new Megazord in the process.
The Thunder Megazord took everything that was great about the original and made it even better. This version of the Megazord had more of a Samurai look to it with its "skirt" and a helmet that looked like something out of a shogun movie. The chest of the Thunder Megazord featured a giant green orb that was used as the window for the Power Rangers to see out of. There's an air of might that stems from this Megazord design.
4 Wild Force Megazord (Wild Force)
Power Rangers Wild Force has the distinction of being created by Saban but distributed by Disney, making it simultaneously the last Saban season and the first of the Disney Era. Either way, it had some great Zords! The theme of this season was all about the animals; a group of Power Rangers fought against Master Org, a villain hellbent on revenge against the Red Ranger and destroying the planet in the process. The best part about this series was that the Rangers found new Zords as the series went along. Each Wild Zord was a sentient being that could be summoned by any Ranger that held their orbs.
The Megazord from Wild Force was so great because it was constantly changing. Each new Zord that the Rangers found had its own unique function when joined with the Megazord; the Bear Brothers acted as gauntlets, the Deer Zord became a giant claw using its antlers, and the Rhino and Armadillo Zords acted as a foot cannon and projectile, respectively. The Zords of this series are some of the better designed in the franchise, and it shows in the Megazord! The Lion Zord on the chest? Awesome. The Shark Zord and the Tiger Zord look great as the arms. Even the head with its helmet made to look like a maned lion is pure badassery!
3 Storm Megazord (Ninja Storm)
As much as we like to rag on the "bulky" Megazords on our list, they aren't all that bad. In fact, two of our top five could be considered "oversized." The Storm Megazord is one of these exceptions to our criticisms. In Power Rangers Ninja Storm we got to see the exploits of three young students of the Wind Ninja Academy who are left as the only survivors after the rogue ninja Lothor kidnaps the rest of the students. Tori, Shane, and Dustin are given the ability to become Power Rangers and set off to rescue their friends.
Surprisingly, the Zords of Ninja Storm have absolutely nothing to do with their season's theme. But that doesn't make the Storm Megazord any less amazing!
Much like the Thunder Megazord, this mechanized fighting robot has the advantage of looking powerful thanks to its sheer size; you don't wanna get into a punching match with this guy. We're also intrigued by the circularity of Storm Megazord's design. Outside of the headpiece, every element of the body is smooth, symmetrical, and curved. When the Rangers needed to fight with a little more agility they would transform the Megazord into Lightning Mode where it became more quick and humanoid.
2 Samurai Megazord (Samurai)
See! We don't completely hate CGI Megazords! How appropriate that number two on our list comes from the series that revived the Power Rangers and kicked off the Neo-Saban Era of the show? Power Rangers Samurai was a fairly straightforward adaptation of its Super Sentai counterpart; a new generation of Samurai Rangers were recruited to fight in a centuries-old war when an ancient evil is reawakened. Samurai is also noted for being the season that brought the "fun" back to Power Rangers after the somewhat grim and serious seasons of Jungle Fury and RPM.
Now, let's talk about this Megazord. This is by far the most thematically appropriate Megazord in the entire series. The Samurai Megazord looks exactly like you'd expect a giant Samurai warrior would; it has the angular helmet with horns and the oversized shoulderpads that are typical of the early-modern Japanese military nobles.
What's even better about this one is the origami look of the armor! All of the Zords used to form the Megazord are "folded" out of giant metal disks. And then there's the huge sword that it wields and attacks with in true Samurai fashion. We can't get enough of the Samurai Megazord!
1 Original Megazord (MMPR Season 1)
Let's be real here: You knew there could be no other choice for number one. The granddaddy of all Megazords, the one and only robot from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers tops our list as the greatest Megazord ever! It debuted in the pilot episode of the show and lasted all the way til the beginning of season two. The loss of the original Megazord felt like watching the death of one of our favorite characters; despite being just a giant metal mech, this was the only one we had ever known at the time.
What makes the original Megazord so endearing? Maybe it's the first (and sometimes only) design that pops up in your head when somebody mentions the term. Maybe it was so memorable because of the ways the early footage was edited; whenever the Megazord started stomping towards a monster, you could feel its power through your television screen. It just looked awesome, to boot; the horns, the chest plate, the Triceratops and Saber Toothed Tiger Zords acting as the feet, and the giant "M"s on the shoulderpads are all iconic to the Power Rangers series.
Say what you will about the quality of the original Power Rangers, but don't you dare trash the incredible Megazord that came along with it!
We realize that this is a lot of information to process, but what did you think? Do you agree with our rankings? What was your favorite Megazord (aside from the original, of course!)? Let us know in the comments!