back to list

Stay Gold, White Ranger

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 21, 2022

Photo: “Tiger Zord, Convert to Warrior Mode”. Season 2, Episode 18: White Light Part II. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (October 1994)

Tommy Oliver (played by the late Jason David Frank) first morphed on the screen as a new transfer student at Angel Grove High and even participated in a martial arts tournament with fighting skills that rivaled, then leader of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Jason (aka the Red Ranger).

Tommy’s Green Ranger was not always so nice. He started off as a villain to the rest of the rangers after having his mind controlled by Rita Repulsa. His uniform stood out from the rest of the team as having an upside down gold breastplate in both the green and white uniforms. Following season one, he was part of the original cast that continued into season two. The green ranger’s zord was a departure from the Cretaceous period design of a Tyrannosaurus rex taking on the design of a more famous radioactive lizard, Titanus gojira.

The group dynamic of the original five power rangers shifted when Tommy entered the scene. He basically overshadowed Jason’s influence when he became the designated leader of the group. Socially, he quickly established a relationship with Kimberly (aka the Pink Ranger) while attending Angel Grove High. He exhibited leadership in his ability to lead an entire martial arts class of students.

Green Ranger. White Ranger. Tommy Oliver.

Long live the mixed martial arts hero, Jason David Frank.


Personally, my reaction to this news was less than delicate. I was a member of the Official Power Rangers Fan Club (from 1993 to 1994) after sending away $19.99 cash and my home address along with the postcard that came with my Power Rangers computer game. There was definitely a time that I considered the Power Rangers to be legitimate heroes.

What's Quacking?
Do you have any original art to contribute to our stock image database, announcements, community projects, ideas, news, or milestones to report? Please leave general comments below or send a PQ to kawaiidaigakusei. Email me at kawaiidaigakusei(at)gmail(dot)com.



Ozoneocean at 7:12PM, Nov. 21, 2022

This show was quite young for me when it was on but I found it amusing as a sort of American live action version of the shows I grew up with the G-force and Voltron. Tommy was an unusual departure as the new boss because he was so rangy... with a soccer player figure and looks as opposed to the traditional football player looking Jason.

DylanTale Comics at 12:07PM, Nov. 21, 2022

I was absolutely shocked to hear that JDF passed. He not only played a legendary Ranger, but he was and still is one of my favorites from the entire franchise. RIP Jason David Frank and thank you for your performance as Tommy Oliver...

Jason Moon at 8:01AM, Nov. 21, 2022

You all need to go to "Super Power Beatdown" and watch "White Ranger vs. Scorpion!!! Not only does Jason David Frank show up to be the white ranger and fight but he also stands there and explains why he thinks the white ranger would win. Go watch it now!!!

HawkandFloAdventures at 3:44AM, Nov. 21, 2022

As someone who grew up as a very big fan of power rangers for a long time this hits hard. RIP JDF

Niccea at 3:20AM, Nov. 21, 2022

We haven't told our son yet. Tommy is his favorite ranger

davidxolukoga at 1:23AM, Nov. 21, 2022

RIP Green Ranger.

Forgot Password
©2011 WOWIO, Inc. All Rights Reserved Mastodon