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Blue Ranger (Billy) of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Early)

Blue Ranger

(Billy Cranston)


Power Level: ,
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • This profile covers The MMPR’s careers over Seasons 01 & 02.

Context

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was one of the big series for children of the early 1990s. Other Power Rangers series and movies followed it to the present day. It is one of the well-known examples of the sentai genre, featuring young people in colour-coded “knight of the future” armor and super-vehicles fighting to defend humanity.

It is one of those shows that spliced cheaply-bought Japanese live-action series with less-than-expensive original footage showing the heroes in their human lives – so as to be more relatable to young Western viewers. The action footage, and a variable percentage of the story, comes from the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger  series.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is a feature of many people’s genre culture, particularly for those born in North America circa 1980.


Background

  • Real Name: Billy Cranston
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed Parents
  • Group Affiliation: The Power Rangers
  • Base Of Operations: Angel Grove, USA
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 140lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers & Abilities

Strength Level

When not clad in his strength-augmenting uniform, Billy possesses the normal human strength one would expect to find in a youth of his age, height and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.

With his strength augmented by his uniform, Billy can lift (press) at least 500lbs directly over-head.

Known Superhuman Powers

Billy’s (presumably) mystic augmentation uniform heightens his strength and durability; effectively rendering him impervious to damage from firearms, large impacts, falls and even massive explosions.

It also enhances his stamina, agility and reflexes to levels comparable to those possessed by most Olympic athletes and gives him the ability to leap inhuman distances.

Abilities

Billy has become a good hand to hand combatant and acrobat thanks to his training with the other Rangers. But it is his intellect that truly allows him to shine amongst his peers; Billy is literally a genius. He is a skilled software developer, engineer, and inventor that is capable creating and/or repairing alien technology and weaponry.

Blue Ranger (Billy) of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Early) banner

Weapons

As the Blue Ranger, Billy wields the standard Ranger sidearm into battle; a Blade Blaster. The Blade Blaster is a small high-tech dagger like weapon that can be converted into a high-powered laser gun.

Additionally, Billy can summon his “Power Lance” at will. The double-bladed weapon is: nearly as tall as Billy, razor sharp and can generate intense electricity.

When necessary, the Power Lance can be combined with the other Rangers’ “Power Weapons” to form a large crossbow like weapon; the Power Blaster.

Billy utilizes a Wrist Communicator to keep in close contact with his fellow Rangers and Zordon in the command centre. The communicator appears to be watch-like device that Billy wears on his left wrist.

In addition to its standard cell-phone like features, the Wrist Communicator can access the Rangers’ Command Center’s Teleportation system remotely. This allows Billy to teleport wherever he needs to go at will.

Finally, when clad in his Blue Ranger Uniform Billy gains the ability to summon and pilot the Triceratops Dinozord.

Limitations

When not in use, Billy’s Blue Ranger uniform presumably exists invisibly and immaterially about his body. In order to cause the suit to manifest itself in the material world, Billy must hold aloft his Power-Morpher (which contains his “Power Coin”) and utter the command “Triceratops.”

Until he does so, Billy is a normal human teenager and is quite vulnerable to conventional injury.


History

[A general history of the Power Rangers can be found in the team’s own WORG entry.]


Description

Billy is a rather typical looking Caucasian teenager with light blue eyes and medium length dirty blond hair. Billy projects a rather bookish (almost awkward) demeanour, which is only enhanced by his slender build, conservative clothing and large circular glasses which he can constantly be found pushing up the bridge of his nose.

Blue Ranger (Billy) of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Early) power morpher

Like all of the Rangers, Billy always dresses in the colour of his Ranger designation. In Billy’s case, this results in him being dressed head to toe in blue. His outfits are almost exclusively made up of denim (either jeans or overalls) and blue T-shirts or button ups.

When his powers are active, Billy is clothed in his form-fitting Spandex body suit. Three white diamonds are featured prominently across the chest, upper shoulders and the middle of the back of the costume. His hands and forearms are covered by a pair of white gloves that have triangular diamonds at the upper end of the gloves.

His feet are covered by a similar pair of white boots. Situated around the middle of waist sits a pure white belt that holds Billy’s Power-Morpher in the place of a belt buckle. Outside of all of the white, the rest of the costume is a vibrant shade of blue.

Billy’s Blue Ranger uniform is topped off with a helmet; the top of which is fashioned into a Triceratops-like shape whose mouth surrounds the visored eyes of the helmet. Like all of the other Rangers, the mouth piece of the helmet was covered by a grey moulded material that was fashioned in the shape of a mouth.


Personality

Like many characters found in television shows designed for young children, Billy is good to a fault. He is excessively polite, motivated, cheerful, and civically minded. Initially, he wasn’t as brave as his peers but he soon grew to be as selfless and courageous as any of the other Rangers.

Blue Ranger (Billy) of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Early) in his cockpit

Billy’s standout personality trait is clearly his raw intelligence. From his first appearance, he is a prototypical nerd/genius who always used large, overly complex words when speaking. It became a running gag that quite often none of the other Rangers (save Trini) could understand what he was saying.

Over the course of the two seasons, this all changed, and Billy’s demeanour become much more like his friends.


Quotes

“Triceratops !”

“Her mastery of complex illustrated characters is most impressive.”

“A fully sentient, multifunctional automaton. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“Get off our planet !”

“It’s time for molecular transmutation !”

“You were right, Kimberly ! The performers assembled to create this harmonious tune transcend all predecessors to this genre of music !”


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Blue Ranger I

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 04 Occupation: High-School Student
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 019 HP: 025

Powers:
Enhanced Initiative: 02, Jumping: 04, Running: 05, Skin Armor: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Jumping: Catfall advantage (+1FC)

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 06 (Athletics, Dodging), Gadgetry*: 06, Martial Artist (+techniques)*: 06, Weaponry*: 06, Vehicles (Zords)*: 06

Advantages
Area Knowledge (Angel Grove), Genius, Headquarters (Expansive), Scholar (Computer Science)

Connections:
Tommy Oliver (High), Zack Taylor (High), Jason Lee Scott (High), Trini Kwan (High), Kimberly Anne Hart (High), Zordon (High)

Drawbacks:
Alter-Ego (Billy Cranston – Controllable, becomes Uncontrollable if BOD is reduced to 0 APs; +10HP), Secret Identity

Genre:
Action

Equipment:

  • BLADE BLASTER [BOD 08, EV: 03 (05 with Str, 06 with Martial Arts), Energy Blast: 06]
  • POWER LANCE [BOD 10, EV: 04 (05 with Str, 07 with Martial Artist), Electric Being: 06]
  • Wrist Communicator [BOD 02, Radio Communications: 15, R#03. Bonuses & Limitations: Radio Communications: Scrambled (+1FC), Miscellaneous (Allows remote control of Command Centre’s Teleporter)]

Billy Cranston

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 04 Occupation: High-School Student
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 014 HP: 025

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 03 (Athletics, Dodging), Gadgetry*: 06, Martial Artist (+techniques)*: 03, Weaponry*: 03

Advantages
Area Knowledge (Angel Grove), Genius, Headquarters (Expansive), Scholar (Computer Science)

Connections:
Tommy Oliver (High), Zack Taylor (High), Jason Lee Scott (High), Trini Kwan (High), Kimberly Anne Hart (High), Zordon (High)

Drawbacks:
Age (Young), Alter Ego (Blue Ranger, Controllable), Miscellaneous (if Billy assumes this form due to an Uncontrollable Alter-Ego change, he suffers an immediate 04 AP Bashing Physical attack), Secret Identity

Equipment:

  • Wrist Communicator [BOD 02, Radio Communications: 15, R#03. Bonuses & Limitations: Radio Communications: Scrambled (+1FC), Miscellaneous (Allows remote control of Command Centre’s Teleporter)]
  • POWER MORPHER [BOD 05, R#1. Bonuses & Limitations: Enables Alter-Ego (Blue Ranger); Requires Power Coin]

By Bryan Gittens

Source of Character: Television Series – Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, portrayed by David Yost.

Writeup completed on the 18th of April, 2015.

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