There have been so many seasons of Power Rangers over the years that it has become hard to keep track of them all. Most '90s kids probably stopped watching a while back, but there have been countless Rangers over the years that are remembered fondly. Of course, between the fan favorites and the Rangers fans don't remember at all are the worst of the bunch — some of the weakest and most useless Rangers in the show's history.
It's hard for the Rangers to share the spotlight — you often have to be the Red Ranger (or Tommy Oliver) to get any character development on the show.Some Rangers just didn't get enough recognition on their respective shows, but maybe it's time that they did. For the sake of nostalgia, let's look back on the cheesiest kids' show in history to see just how many real heroes there were in the spandex-clad bunch.
For this list, we're going to look at previous seasons of Power Rangers to pick out the strongest of them all, as well as a few exceptionally lame dishonorable mentions. They may have been many kids' childhood heroes over the years, but not every Ranger was a winner. Any Ranger in Power Rangers canon is up for grabs, including those in the movies, comics, and video games. Keep in mind that this is a ranked list, so the entries will run from worst to best in their own respective categories.
Cue that theme song — here are the 20 Strongest Power Rangers, Ranked (And 10 So Weak They're Useless).
30 Strongest — Kendrix Morgan (Lost Galaxy)
While many of the later Rangers aren't very memorable, Kendrix Morgan stands out for being one of the only to give their life in a fight. As the Pink Lost Galaxy Ranger, Kendrix sacrifices herself in the episode "The Power of Pink" during a fight with the evil Pink Psycho Ranger.
She's a competent Ranger to say the least, the smartest on her team, and probably one of the bravest in the entire series.
She might not be the star of her season, but she makes the list for one of the most meaningful and memorable farewells in the show's history.
29 Strongest — Tori Hanson (Ninja Storm)
Original fans of the show probably stopped watching long before Ninja Storm, but the season featured a small cast of Rangers and only one that seemed truly heroic: Tori Hanson. Tori is easily the strongest Ranger on her team. Not only is she the first female Blue Ranger, but easily the most level-headed among her initial teammates, Shane and Dustin.
Just because she's the voice of reason doesn't mean she isn't a tough Ranger. Tori manages to defeat two of the season's main villains without backup, and even wins a battle by piloting the Megazord by herself! Her shining moments come when her teammates aren't around — probably because they only hold her back.
28 Weakest — Zack Taylor (MMPR)
Somebody had to say it eventually — Zack is a beloved member of the original cast, but he's easily one of the worst members on the team.
His character is little more than a stereotype, and he has no distinctive character traits other than being the "cool" Ranger.
To make things worse, he is immediately overshadowed by his successor Adam. Not only does Adam get actual character development, but he proves to be the more capable fighter and even rises to second-in-command. Zack is hardly the weakest on the list, but he's definitely the weak link on the original team.
27 Strongest — RJ (Jungle Fury)
Part goofball and part mentor, RJ is Jungle Fury's most valuable Ranger. Not only is he the Rangers' landlord — owner of their secret HQ at Jungle Karma Pizzeria — he's also secretly a martial arts master.
While he starts out as an eccentric Mr. Miyagi type who trains the younger Rangers, he eventually surprises everyone by breaking out a morpher and becoming the show's very first Purple Ranger. He's a fine leader, a great teacher, and the "Wolf Ranger" abilities only enhance his fighting skills. He may seem a little odd, but when duty calls, RJ always makes for a reliable Ranger.
26 Strongest — Taylor Earnhardt (Wild Force)
She's not a Red Ranger, but she's the best of her team and might as well be the main character in Wild Force. Taylor is ex-military — a Lieutenant and former Air Force pilot before being the first Ranger of her kind. Not only did she recruit the other Wild Force Rangers, but she wrote the team's guide book and acts as their leader.
She's a little by-the-book, but she is headstrong and often the first to jump into action.
Taylor eventually yields leadership to Cole, the Red Ranger, but she's clearly the powerhouse of the team.
25 Weakest — Sky Tate (S.P.D.)
Power Rangers S.P.D. is an underrated season, featuring decent acting, a surprisingly serious tone, and well-developed characters. Case and point: Sky Tate, one of the best worst (or worst best) Rangers in history.
Sky makes for a competent Ranger, but he has ego issues. He resents being the Blue Ranger, believing he's above it and more deserving of the Red Ranger powers, which is the higher rank. This causes some in-fighting between Sky and the team before he gets over his grudge. At the end of the season, he gets promoted to Red Ranger and learns humility, but not before being a pain to work with.
24 Strongest — Carter Grayson (Lightspeed Rescue)
Carter easily ranks as one of the best and strongest Red Rangers. A selfless firefighter-turned-superhero, Carter is brave, tactical, and ready to lay down his life to protect others. He's the leader of his team and is dedicated to his Ranger career, appearing in several reunion episodes since Lightspeed Rescue.
Carter is a bit of a workaholic because he feels his job is so important — a flaw, but an accurate summation of his moral character.
If Captain America were a Power Ranger, he'd probably be a lot like Carter Grayson.
His last appearance came in 2014 during the Super Megaforce "Legendary Battle" episode, proving that his Ranger days are far from over.
23 Strongest — Orion (Megaforce, Super Megaforce)
Fans aren't kind to Power Rangers Super Megaforce, but it does have one advantage that all of the other seasons don't — these Rangers can turn into any previous Ranger from the show's history.
Orion is the group's Silver Ranger, who has the powers of all the "sixth" and "extra" Rangers. His outfit might look ridiculous, but he has the strongest Ranger abilities ever at his disposal. Green Ranger? He's got that. White Ranger? Check. Gold Ranger? You bet. He's young and inexperienced, hence his low placement on the list, but this objectively makes him a force to be reckoned with.
22 Weakest — Troy Burrows (Megaforce, Super Megaforce)
While Orion can get away with being a lame character with cool powers, Troy cannot. Troy is the leader in both incarnations of the Megaforce Rangers, despite being a cold and dry charisma vacuum.
He receives no character development and only seems to lead the team because he was "chosen" to do so.
He's not bad in combat and he has several Red Ranger powers to back him up, but he's not one of the weakest for his fighting prowess. He's one of the weakest for being a uninspiring leader. There are comic relief characters who display better leadership qualities than Troy.
21 Strongest — Jen Scotts (Time Force)
It's not often that a Pink Ranger gets to lead the team, but Jen ran Time Force like a well-oiled machine. Tough, capable, and prepared for anything, Jen leads her Rangers back in time to the far-flung era of 2001 with the efficiency of a soldier.
She had to make some tough decisions during her time as leader — namely letting some random dude named Wes borrow the Red Ranger powers for a whole season — but all-in-all, Jen Scotts is one of the strongest Rangers to date for her strong leadership and well-rounded skill set. Her suit might look sweet, but this Ranger is as tough as they come.
20 Strongest — Sydney Drew (S.P.D.)
Syd doesn't seem like a strong member of her team initially. She's spoiled, self-centered, and not as well-rounded as her teammates. However, she has an ability that puts her above the rest. All the S.P.D. Rangers have some superhuman power unrelated to their Ranger abilities.
Syd can alter her molecular composition by absorbing things she touches, much like Marvel's Absorbing Man.
She carries a chunk of iron around with her for this purpose – giving herself literal fists of iron. This easily makes her one of the most dangerous Rangers on the list.
19 Weakest — Zhane (In Space)
Zhane's a fine Ranger, aside from the fact that struggles to be one. We're not talking about cooperating with the team or acclimating to the job — Zhane literally struggles to maintain his Silver Ranger form.
When he's morphed, he's tough as nails and the strongest on his team. Unfortunately, his character was the victim of a subplot involving "leaking" Ranger energy. How does that even happen? To make matters worse, Zhane isn't around much because of the way his original Super Sentai footage was edited into the show. As a result, he'll go missing every other episode — as if he wasn't unreliable already.
18 Strongest — Anubis "Doggie" Cruger (S.P.D.)
The strongest on his team, Doggie Cruger commands the S.P.D. Rangers until he gets his own powers. He's also a giant dog-man. Don't ask.
Cruger's dark back story drives him to be the best at his job.
When he finally becomes the Shadow Ranger in the two-parter episode "Shadows", he makes a show of it by defeating a hundred enemies without taking a hit. The episode even provides a KO counter to keep track of the action. Doggie is easily one of the most impressive Rangers ever — almost as impressive as fitting his snout inside a helmet.
17 Strongest — Wesley Collins (Time Force)
Wes goes from spoiled brat to noble hero over the course of Time Force. While the rest of the Time Rangers are from the year 3000, Wes is an ancestor of a future (and deceased) Red Ranger, living in 2001. The team needs a Red Ranger and the morpher can only be unlocked through a DNA scan, so Wes is drafted out of necessity.
While the team is reluctant to give this random dude superpowers, Wes commits to the job and answers the call of duty. He ends up becoming the de-facto leader and has returned for several reunion episodes. He's one of the strongest Rangers, all thanks to hard work and dedication.
16 Weakest — Andros (In Space)
Andros is cold, quiet, and not a very inspiring leader. He has superpowers that he often forgets to use, and sometimes he lies to his team for no apparent reason other to seem mysterious.
Andros' only real claim to fame is destroying Zordon, the Rangers' original mentor.
He did it out of necessity, sure, but that's not exactly something a Ranger would want to be known for. Plenty of older fans remember Andros as the strong-silent rogue in what is easily one of the show's best seasons — but he's just not that great of a Ranger.
15 Strongest — Psycho Pink (In Space, Lost Galaxy)
The Psycho Rangers are a fan-favorite. Each one is pretty dangerous, but if any of them deserve a spot on the list, it's Psycho Pink. She survives several encounters with the two different teams of Rangers and even outlives the rest of her teammates.
She's also the only villain to actually defeat a Ranger — specifically Kendrix Morgan, the Pink Galaxy Ranger. Psycho Pink is only around for a handful of episodes, but she's violent, resilient, and strong enough to make the list. Yes, she still counts, even though she's just some weird pink plant monster in disguise.
14 Strongest — Leo Corbett (Lost Galaxy)
He's not an iconic Ranger among fans, but he totally should be. Leo starts Lost Galaxy out as a good-hearted nobody who sneaks onboard a spaceship, but he learns to be a soldier and becomes one of the fiercest Red Rangers ever.
By the end of the season, Leo is unstoppable even in the face of certain defeat.
His shining moment comes in his final battle facing the season's villain, Trakeena. To defeat her, he fires his strongest weapon at point-blank range. The explosion should have been lethal for him, but after the dust clears Leo is the only one left standing.
13 Weakest —Ryan Mitchell (Lightspeed Rescue)
Ryan Mitchell, the Titanium Ranger, is the first Power Ranger not taken from the Super Sentai footage the show is made from. As America's first original Ranger, he's really cool-looking, but that's all he has going for him.
Ryan spends most of the season brainwashed by villains into hunting the Rangers. Even after he manages to break free and join them, he has a habit of not morphing or being completely absent from Lightspeed Rescue. Because he is an original Ranger, very little footage exists of him participating action scenes. As a result, the supposedly powerful Titanium Ranger isn't much use it all.
12 Strongest — Dillon (RPM)
It's hard to imagine what a "gritty" season of Power Rangers looks like, but make no mistake, RPM was extremely dark for the series. Sure, it keeps the bright colors and cutesy toys, but it came with a post-apocalyptic setting and surprisingly serious characters. Enter Dillon: a send-up to Mad Max's protagonist, Max Rockatansky.
He's a leather jacket-wearing, muscle car-driving rogue who wanders the wasteland in search of answers.
He has amnesia as well as cybernetic enhancements that give him superhuman powers even without a morpher. Between his survivalist skills and that definitive advantage over his teammates, he's easily one of the strongest Rangers.
11 Strongest — T.J. Johnson (Turbo, In Space)
First the Red Turbo Ranger and eventually second-in-command of the Space Rangers, T.J. is a strong leader and a capable combatant. Not only is he the successor to Tommy Oliver, but he's experienced dozens of the Rangers' craziest adventures. He survived trips to space, he's been cloned, he's fought the Psycho Rangers — he was even around when the Turbo Rangers were baked into a giant pizza.
He's also made appearances in reunion episodes since, including "Legendary Battle" in 2014, and this year's "Dimensions in Danger" episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel. All these years, and T.J. still hasn't lost his touch.
10 Weakest — Sam (S.P.D.)
This season's extra Ranger, Sam, is one of the most useless Rangers of them all. He might have a cool outfit, but he's a victim of unnecessarily convoluted writing. Sam first appears as a superpowered child who the S.P.D. Rangers protect from bullies. He eventually becomes the Omega Ranger decades later, after travelling back in time to fight alongside the regular team on rare occasions. Because of arbitrary time travel rules though, he can only appear morphed.
Without his powers, he's reduced to a floating ball of light.
In short, Sam is never around, and even when he is, he's not an actual character.
9 Strongest — Kimberly Ann Hart, The Ranger Slayer (BOOM! Studios)
As the original Pink Ranger, she's a fan-favorite and likely a frequent first crush. While Kimberly's television counterpart is a hero in her own right, her comic counterpart is better suited for this list.
The Ranger Slayer is a version of Kimberly from an alternate reality. Brainwashed by the villainous Lord Drakkon, Kim acted as his personal assassin. In her universe, she was used as a weapon against all kinds of Power Rangers until she eventually broke free and began a resistance against her tormentor. She's the Kim you know and love, but battle-hardened beyond belief. For that and her amazing redesign, she earns this spot on the list.
8 Strongest — Jason Lee Scott (MMPR, Zeo)
The original Red Ranger and eventually the Gold Zeo Ranger, Jason is the O.G. in Power Rangers history. He's friendly, brave, a born-leader, and we would remiss not to have him on the list.
Jason is often considered to be one of Tommy Oliver's few equals in combat, and easily one of the strongest on his two teams.
Jason even returned to the show years later in Wild Force's reunion episode "Forever Red", where he proves that he's still one of the best.
The only reason he isn't higher on the list is because of experience — he's only a recurring member of the show's first two teams.
7 Weakest — Justin Stewart (Turbo)
How would a cheesy, campy, child-friendly show attempt to pander to an even younger audience? Well, Power Rangers did it by adding a younger Ranger-- a much, much younger Ranger.
Justin Stewart is a child prodigy who skipped most of junior high and moved straight into high school, befriending the then-Zeo Rangers and eventually replacing Rocky to become the Blue Turbo Ranger. Justin is often whiny, gullible, and a little too immature for audiences who had already grown older than the character himself. As you'd expect, he's also an inexperienced fighter. He gets the advantage of turning into a fully-grown adult when he morphs, but it doesn't help much.
6 Strongest — Billy Cranston (MMPR, Zeo)
Billy started out as one of the Power Rangers' weakest links. He was shy, timid, and the worst fighter of the bunch.
Billy came into his own through experience and became one of the best Rangers in history.
Not only did he serve on the original team, but he stayed to help the Alien Rangers and Zeo Rangers in a background role. As the Rangers' quartermaster and strategist, Billy planned out missions, investigated villain activity, and even invented some of the team's weapons and Megazords. The first few Ranger teams would have never survived their adventures without Billy, making him one of the strongest and most resourceful Rangers ever.
5 Strongest — Adam Park (MMPR, Zeo, Turbo)
Adam is one of the longest serving Power Rangers in the show's history. He replaces Zack after one season and stays on long enough to be part of three consecutive Ranger teams. Not only is Adam a great fighter with a well-rounded skill set, but he rises to second-in-command under Tommy Oliver, even when surrounded by series veterans.
Adam is probably the most underrated character in the show, and definitely one of the most powerful Rangers. He's easily the best Black Ranger too, even though he has probably earned himself a red suit several times over.
4 Weakest — Rocky DeSantos (MMPR, Zeo)
Sadly, Rocky's most unique quality is not being Tommy Oliver or Jason Scott. Rocky joined the team as a replacement for Jason, who had already yielded his leadership of the team to Tommy, so he became a glorified Red Ranger extra.
In Zeo, Tommy was given the Red Ranger powers and Rocky was demoted to Blue Ranger.
Then, at the beginning of Turbo: A Powers Rangers Movie, Rocky is forced to retire from Rangerhood after falling out of a boxing ring and breaking his back. To be fair, he did return for Ninja Steel's recent reunion episode "Dimensions in Danger", but that doesn't reinvent his lame reputation.
3 Strongest — Tommy Oliver (MMPR, Zeo, Turbo, Dino Thunder)
You probably expected him at the top of the list. He isn't. Good guess — but that doesn't mean Tommy isn't one of the strongest Rangers in history. Even fans who stopped watching in the '90s know that Tommy was one of the best. He was the strongest fighter, had some of the coolest abilities, and stayed around long enough to have the most experience of any Ranger in the show's lifespan.
He's been a villain, a leader, a mentor, and he's defeated monsters single-handedly. Green Ranger, White Ranger, Red Zeo Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger, Black Dino Ranger — Tommy Oliver might as well be a one-man army.
2 Weakest — Dax Lo (Operation Overdrive)
He's the weakest Ranger from what is often considered the worst season of Power Rangers. Operation Overdrive is littered with bland characters but Dax is downright annoying.
He's not particularly valuable in combat, nor is he an asset to the team on a personal level.
A stunt actor who dreams of being a Hollywood star, Dax is a narcissist who seems to care more about making lame jokes than saving lives. He's not incompetent or anything — he survives, after all — but he never really seems like a hero.
By the time the season ends, Dax doesn't even have a character arc — unless you count his newfound desire to direct.
1 Strongest — Lord Drakkon (BOOM! Studios)
What if Tommy Oliver never joined the Rangers and decided to become a villain? In an alternate reality, Tommy uses his Ranger abilities to conquer his universe and every other universe along the way in the hopes of becoming a god. Meet Lord Drakkon.
Armed with a hybrid of Tommy's Green and White Ranger powers, Drakkon scours the multiverse to hunt down other Rangers and recruit them into his empire. Every time he defeats one, he absorbs their power and takes on a new Ranger form, constantly evolving and growing in strength.
As much as we hate to admit it, this is the strongest version of Tommy, and likely the strongest Power Ranger in the history of the franchise. It's too bad that he's evil.
Are there any Power Rangers we missed? Make sure to leave a comment and give us your strongest picks!