Kimberly Ann Hart is a character from the American live action series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and a member of the Power Rangers, serving as the Pink Ranger.
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Season 1, Episode 12 Edit
In "Power Ranger Punks", episode 12 of the series, while their comrades Jason, Trini, and Zack do battle with the monster Terror Toad, Kimberly and Billy are kept in the command centre, having been afflicted with a curse that turns them into "punks". Kept in a transparent force field by Zordon while Alpha is sent off to retrieve an antidote, Billy and Kimberly are self-absorbed other than taunting their captors, and as such aren't keeping track of the battle. The Terror Toad repels a combined attack from the trio of battle-ready rangers in a show of strength, and then demonstrates speed and skill to evade a series of individual ranger attacks and land some blows of his own. Zack is almost immediately put down by a particularly heavy blow, and is evidently unable to get up for several seconds, during which time Jason suffers the same fate. The isolated Trini is struck down, and a devastating attack from the toad's horn reduces and distils her into a sphere of pure energy, which is promptly eaten by the toad. Jason and Zack fire their Blade Blasters in response to losing their teammate, which is deflected back at them by a circular energy barrier that forms on the front surface of the toad's stomach. Another attempt by the pair to co-ordinate an attack is thwarted by the monster, whose taunts drive the rangers to attack individually again. Once again, the toad handles the rangers with ease, and eats Zack. After their curse is lifted, Kimberly and Billy are briefed by Zordon about the need to remove the toad's horn before trying to locate the weak spot. They arrive to help fight the monster with Jason, who summarily briefs them on the fate of Trini and Zack, without mentioning that the toad's horn was what unleashed the energy tongue that was used to eat the rangers. After dodging some explosive projectiles fired from the horn, Kimberly and Billy leap simultaneously at the Terror Toad, with Billy cutting off the monster's horn. The toad responds furiously, ranting and swinging his arms about. He opens his maw and launches a stretchy red physical tongue that catches Jason unaware. The tongue binds the lead ranger's torso and the toad tugs on the tongue, sending him flying into his gaping maw. Jason is unable to stop himself being pulled in, and despite kicking and thrashing his legs back and forth, the monster swallows him whole. Kimberly notices the toad's weak spot appear as he chews on Jason, and Billy starts to formulate a plan. Kimberly expresses some uncertainty before the pair are dive-punched by the surprisingly agile toad. Against Kimberly's protests, Billy then attempts to attack the Terror Toad on his own, but the monster launches his tongue, snagging him in mid-air. Without needing to tug on his tongue thanks to the ranger's trajectory, the toad easily pulls him into his mouth. Billy barely has time to kick and wail as the toad gulps and sucks him further in and swallows him whole. He proves to be more easily and quickly consumed than Jason. Alone against the monster, Kimberly attempts to fire her Ptera Bow against the monster, but is pushed over by Baboo, one of Rita's servants who was responsible for Kimberly and Billy's curse. Baboo is rarely seen on the battlefield and isn't warrior material, and can do little more to stop Kimberly getting up and again aiming her weapon at the Terror Toad, this time successfully unleashing a barrage of arrows directly into the toad's weak spot, causing him to fall back and regurgitate four ranger-coloured energy spheres that reform into her teammates. The rangers lay down a series of successful blows before Kimberly destroys the Terror Toad with her bow, while Baboo flees.
Kimberly is seen the next day doing some gymnastics practice with Trini, and displays no immediate symptoms of any kind of trauma from the experience of the battle, or concern about her friends having been transformed and eaten, although she later reflects upon the Terror Toad with particular disgust during the second of the flashback-ridden pair of "Island Of Illusion" episodes later in the series.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Season 2, Episode 10 Edit
In "Welcome to Venus Island", episode 10 of the show's second series, Kimberly, along with the rest of the Power Rangers, battle the Invenusable Flytrap. During the battle, Kim, along with Jason, Zack, and Billy are struck by a beam fired from the Invenusable Flytraps chest, and they are sucked into the monster's stomach. While inside its stomach, she and the other consumed Rangers learn from fellow Power Rangers Trini and Tommy that the monster is weak to heat. Kim and the others then use their Power Coins to generate heat to weaken the monster and then fight their way out.
- Kimberly's Zyuranger counterpart is Mei.
- Kimberly is the only ranger not to be eaten by the Terror Toad (no sixth ranger had been introduced at this stage in the American series).
- Unlike Mei, Kimberly is not attacked directly by the Terror Toad and demorphed. This is due to Terror Toad footage being entirely used from Zyuranger, so it is unlikely that the monster costume was transported to the USA or recreated for any extra scenes. As such, scenes featuring an unmorphed Kimberly and the Terror Toad would have been very difficult to produce convincingly.
- There doesn't appear to be any obvious room on the Terror Toad's stomach for Kimberly's helmet once Billy's helmet materalises there.
- Had Kimberly been the victim of the Terror Toad's physical tongue attack while it was still a surprise weapon, it's very hard to envisage Billy and Jason defeating the Terror Toad, as their major weapons lacked the range of the Pink Ranger's Ptera Bow or the toad's tongue, and Blade Blasters are notoriously ineffective against most monsters that the Power Rangers must face.