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Rocky DeSantos is one of the main protagonists of Power Rangers series. He was the second Red Mighty Morphin' Ranger, Red Ninja Ranger, and Zeo Ranger III Blue. He became the second Red Ranger, replacing Jason Lee Scott. He is the fifth longest-serving Ranger overall behind Tommy Oliver, Billy Cranston, Adam Park, and Kimberly Hart. He is second-in-command to Tommy Oliver of the Mighty Morphin Rangers and the Zeo Rangers until Jason Lee Scott returned in Power Rangers Zeo. He stayed until the end of Power Rangers: Zeo where he injured his back and was replaced by Justin Stewart in Power Rangers: Turbo.

Rocky was portrayed by Steve Cardenas.

History

As the second Red Ranger

Rocky Red Ranger

Rocky first met the Ranger teens while saving a baby along with his friends Adam Park and Aisha Campbell. The three of them lived in Stone Canyon (a fictional city in California) and were visiting Angel Grove to represent Stone Canyon in the Team Ninja Competition. Because of his skill as a martial artist, Rocky became an immediate target of Lord Zedd, and along with Adam and Aisha, ended up kidnapped and thrown in the Dimension of Despair, along with their favorite Stone Canyon teacher, Mr. Anderson.

Luckily, the Power Rangers came to rescue them just in time, but not before Rocky, Adam, and Aisha discovered the Rangers' identities when Tommy Oliver and Kimberly Hart had to take off Billy Cranston's helmet after Billy fought with the Serpent of Darkness, and when Billy's identity was revealed, Kimberly and Tommy took off their own helmets, seeing no further harm in doing so. Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were later taken to the Command Center to meet Zordon and were sworn to secrecy. Rocky (along with Adam and Aisha) eventually moved to Angel Grove permanently.

Rocky was chosen to replace Jason Lee Scott as the Red Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger after Jason , and his fellow Rangers Trini Kwan, and Zack Taylor were selected to attend the peace conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Rocky was entrusted with the powers of the Tyrannosaurus Power Coin and the Red Dragon Thunderzord. In addition, he became second-in-command of the team.

In Season 3 of MMPR, Rocky went through one of the most disastrous events for a Red Ranger (despite him not being the leader) when the Thunderzords were destroyed by Rito Revolto and his band of monsters, thus also destroying the original Dinozords and damaging the Power Coins beyond use. Rocky later gained new Ninja powers of the Ape, becoming the Red Ninja Ranger. As a Ninja Ranger, he could perform slide-teleportation, the decoy suit trick, and other Ninja powers. Also, like the other Ninja Rangers, he gained powers unique to his animal: In Rocky's case, enhanced strength and the ability to quickly climb up surfaces. Rocky also gained the ability to pilot the Ape Ninjazord, as well as the Red Shogunzord. He was also later granted the power of the Metallic Armor.

The Rangers managed to get the Zeo Crystal, but wanted to make sure that Master Vile couldn't get it again, so the Rangers split it into five sub-crystals and sent them to different points in history.

Vile then turned back time using the Orb of Doom, turning the Rangers back into children. The Rangers soon recruited the Alien Rangers to fight in their stead. Billy had then created a device which would restore their them to their old selves. He used the Ninja Coins as a power source, testing it on himself. This worked, but it allowed Rito & Goldar to capture the coins and Rita & Zedd destroyed them.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Rocky Movie

When the Command Center was destroyed, the Rangers were forced to teleport to Phaedos in order to retrieve the Great Power with the last remaining power of the Command Center, to the dying Zordon's protests.

Once there, Rocky and the other Rangers meet Dulcea, who once learning of their mentor Zordon's plight, helps them tap into the power of the Ninjetti, where Rocky learned that in him is an animal spirit waiting to be released - his being the Ape. As Ninjetti, he and the Rangers travel to the Monolith in order to retrieve the Great Power. Though waylaid by the Gatekeepers, Rocky and the others manage to access the Monolith, which also bore the Ape symbol among its many creature emblems. It's here where Rocky gained the power of the Ape Ninjazord. The zords return the Rangers' powers and Rocky finds himself clad in his ranger armor with the Ape's symbol emblazoned on his chest.

He returned to Angel Grove with the other Rangers to battle Ivan Ooze and emerged victorious. With his Ninjetti power, he, along with the other Rangers managed to revive the dying Zordon, reconstruct his plasma tube and return the Command Center to a fully-functioning state.

Zeo Era

Search for the Zeo Crystal

Rocky's quest for his sub-crystal took him back to Mexico, where he met a young boy who was actually a younger version of his grandfather. The sub-crystal turned out to be the maw of a near active volcano. With some climbing equipment, Rocky retrieved the crystal before the volcano erupted. Bidding farewell to his grandfather and the village, Rocky was the first to return to the present with his crystal.

As Zeo Ranger III

Zeo Ranger III

All the Rangers returned with their sub-crystals, save Aisha, who chose to stay in Africa and help save the animals there; she sent a young girl named Tanya Sloan in her place. When he returned back to his adulthood the second time, Rocky and the others had to escape the doomed Command Center from a planted bomb by Rito and Goldar. From the wreckage, the Rangers found the Zeo Crystal and the entrance to the Power Chamber, where Zordon and Alpha were still alive. However, a new threat to Earth came in the form of King Mondo and his Machine Empire.

With their old powers destroyed, the Rangers had to harness the Zeo Crystal for new powers to battle the empire. The Triangle sub-crystal allowed Rocky to become Zeo Ranger III. During this time, Rocky faced a new set of villains and adventures. He also became fast friends with Tanya, along with helping her adjust as an adult (as she was a child when she first arrived). Rocky took up an interest in baseball, which Mondo once used to get rid of him. When Mondo and the Empire started getting stronger, Rocky and the Zeo Rangers were assisted by the mysterious Gold Ranger. At first, Rocky and the others assumed Billy was the Ranger (as Billy retired), but it was later revealed he was an alien named Trey, from the planet Triforia. When Trey's powers were threatened, as Billy couldn't take on the powers, Rocky's predecessor, Jason Lee Scott, came back to assume the powers.

With Jason as the Gold Ranger, he also took over his second-in-command title; Rocky soon began to feel left out and also felt he was being replaced by the Ranger he replaced, as everyone seemed to want to do something with Jason instead of Rocky. Trying to prove his worth, he attempted to take on King Mondo by himself. It was only afterwards he realized he was an important part of the team, as well as a friend to Jason.

Rocky loved to have fun and enjoyed going to dances, carnivals, mystery parties, luaus, and hanging out at Ernie's. He was more than willing to join in a scavenger hunt, helping in clean-up projects, and even become a stuntman in a sci-fi movie. Rocky liked to challenge his brain as well. He attempted to teach a chemistry class, enjoyed computer science, and botany classes and going to museums and learning about other cultures.

Rocky is a guy with a big appetite for life (and food) and keeps his energy going by staying active physically. He enjoys working on his karate, running with the guys, playing volleyball, football, snowboarding, even doing splits. Rocky also channelled his energy by becoming a lifeguard.

Turbo Era

Departure

It's with this enthusiasm towards everything, that during a practice match, Rocky threw himself into a kick and wounded up landing and causing his spine to go further into his back, hurting him. While he recouped in the hospital, his friends were facing a new danger and Zordon had to recruit a new Ranger of a young boy named Justin Stewart who Rocky chose to take his place. Rocky never begrudged the fact that he was unable to become the Blue Turbo Ranger. Instead, he was relieved that his era of being a Ranger was over as he declares that his powers are in good hands of Justin. After seeing his friends off at graduation, Rocky opened up his own Karate School. After many years in service as a Ranger, Rocky is enjoying his post-ranger life teaching karate.

Zeo Rangers in Super Megaforce

Zeo Rangers in Legendary Battle

Super Megaforce

Legendary Battle

Rocky returned as a Zeo Ranger with Tanya, Adam, and Kat, as part of the army of Legendary Rangers, led by Tommy as the Green Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. After retiring as a Ranger it appears in the years that followed he has physically healed from the injuries he suffered. He then helped the Mega Rangers defeat the Armada once and for all, fighting in a huge battle against hundreds of X Borgs and dozens of Bruisers.

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Trivia

  • Rocky is the only Ranger to retire due to an injury.
  • Rocky was the only Red Ranger not to appear in Forever Red. His actor, Steve Cardenas, was contacted and he apparently agreed to be in the episode, but he was moving houses at the time and contact was lost. Word from Forever Red writer Amit Bhaumik has it that had Rocky been in the episode, it would have only been in a civilian cameo as Tommy's butler, though he would have been implied to have still been the Blue Zeo Ranger. Rocky would have only participated in the battle as MMPR Red Ranger if Austin St. John proved unable to make filming.
  • Rocky was written off because Steve Cardenas wanted to leave the show to start his own karate school. This is reflected back onto his character's post-Ranger life.
  • Rocky was one of the first Rangers to change designation, going from Red to Blue.
    • This would be followed with T.J. Johnson, who started as the second Red Turbo Ranger and then became the Blue Space Ranger.
    • This is to be reversed with Sky Tate going from SPD Blue to SPD Red and the same for Bridge Carson.
    • Like Rocky, his Ohranger counterpart Yuuji Mita also played a Red Ranger, through his actor being cast for Retsudo Shiba (Shinken Red I) in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger The Movie: The Fateful War.
  • Rocky is the first Red Ranger to not be a leader, followed by Aurico (MMAR) and Wes (Time Force).
    • Rocky is the only one of these three whose leader wasn't a female.
  • Rocky, along with Tommy, Billy, Adam, Kimberly, and Jason are the only Rangers to appear in more than 100 episodes.
  • Of the first three replacement Rangers, Rocky was the only one who fought with his predecessor.
  • Rocky is one of the two Rangers from when Jason, Zack and Trini are replaced to leave the show. The other being Aisha.
  • If Rocky didn't injure his back, he would've stayed as the Blue Turbo Ranger.
  • Rocky is also the first Blue Ranger to serve as the team's second-in-command, followed by T. J. Johnson, Kai Chen, Chad Lee, Sky Tate, Flynn McAllister, Kevin, Preston Tien and Ravi Shaw.

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Mighty Morphin
Adam Park | Aisha Campbell | Alpha 5 | Aurico | Billy Cranston | Bulk & Skull | Cestro | Corcus | Delphine | Jason Lee Scott | Katherine Hillard | Kimberly Ann Hart | Ninjor | Rocky DeSantos | Tideus | Tom Oliver | Tommy Oliver | Trini Kwan | Zack Taylor | Zordon

Zeo
Auric the Conqueror | Tanya Sloan | Trey of Triforia

Turbo
Alpha 6 | Ashley Hammond | Blue Senturion | Cassie Chan | Carlos Vallerte | Dimitria | Justin Stewart | Phantom Ranger | T.J. Johnson

In Space
Andros | Karone | Zhane | Waspicable

Lost Galaxy
Damon Henderson | Kai Chen | Kendrix Morgan | Leo Corbett | Magna Defender | Maya | Mike Corbett

Lightspeed Rescue
Angela Fairweather | Captain Mitchell | Carter Grayson | Chad Lee | Dana Mitchell | Diabolico | Joel Rawlings | Kelsey Winslow | Ryan Mitchell

Time Force
Alex Drake | Circuit | Eric Myers | Jen Scotts | Katie Walker | Lucas Kendall | Mr. Collins | Nadira | Ransik | Trip | Wesley Collins

Wild Force
Alyssa Enrilé | Animus | Cole Evans | Danny Delgado | Jindrax | Max Cooper | Merrick Baliton | Princess Shayla | Taylor Earhardt | Toxica

Ninja Storm
Blake Bradley | Cam Watanabe | Dustin Brooks | Hunter Bradley | Marah & Kapri | Shane Clarke | Sensei Kanoi Watanabe | Tori Hanson

Dino Thunder
Conner McKnight | Elsa | Ethan James | Hayley Ziktor | Kira Ford | Trent Fernandez

S.P.D.
Anubis Cruger | Boom | Bridge Carson | Elizabeth Delgado | Jack Landors | Kat Manx | Nova Ranger | Sam | Schuyler Tate | Sydney Drew

Mystic Force
Charlie Thorn | Clare | Daggeron | Fire Heart | Jenji | Koragg | Leanbow | Leelee Pimvare | Madison Rocca | Mystic Mother | Necrolai | Nick Russell | Phineas | Snow Prince | Udonna | Vida Rocca | Xander Bly

Operation Overdrive
Andrew Hartford | Dax Lo | Mack Hartford | Ronny Robinson | Rose Ortiz | Sentinel Knight | Tyzonn | Will Aston

Jungle Fury
Bat Spirit Ranger | Camille | Casey Rhodes | Dominic Hargan | Elephant Spirit Ranger | Flit | Jarrod | Lily Chilman | Master Finn | Master Guin | Master Lope | Master Mao | Master Phant | Master Rilla | Master Swoop | Robert James | Shark Spirit Ranger | Theo Martin

RPM
Colonel Mason Truman | Dillon | Dr. K | Flynn McAllister | Gem | Gemma | Scott Truman | Summer Landsdown | Ziggy Grover

Samurai
Ancient Samurai Rangers | Antonio Garcia | Emily | Jayden Shiba | Kevin | Lauren Shiba | Mentor Ji | Mia Watanabe | Mike | The Grand Shogun

Megaforce
Emma Goodall | Gia Moran | Gosei | Jake Holling | Noah Carver | Orion | Robo Knight | Tensou | Troy Burrows

Dino Charge
Albert Smith | Chase Randall | James Navarro | Keeper | Kendall Morgan | Koda | Prince Phillip III | Riley Griffin | Shelby Watkins | Sir Ivan of Zandar | Tyler Navarro | Zenowing

Ninja Steel
Brody Romero | Calvin Maxwell | Dane Romero | Hayley Foster | Aiden Romero/Levi Weston | Mick Kanic | Preston Tien | Redbot | Sarah Thompson

Beast Morphers
Ben Burke | Betty Burke | Blaze | Commander Shaw | Cruise | Devon Daniels | General Burke | Jax | Nate Silva | Ravi Shaw | Roxy | Smash | Steel | Zoey Reeves

Movie
Alpha 5 | Billy Cranston | Jason Scott | Kimberly Hart | Trini Kwan | Zack Taylor | Zordon

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