Kimberly Hart

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Kimberly Hart
KimberlyHart.jpg
Series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Title(s) Pink Power Ranger
Pink Ninja Ranger
Color(s)      Pink
First appearance Day of the Dumpster (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Last appearance Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
Status unknown
Homeworld Earth
Zords Pterodactyl Dinozord
Firebird Thunderzord
Crane Ninjazord
Portrayed by Amy Jo Johnson (teenager and adult)
Maxxe Sternbaum (child)

Kimberly Ann Hart is a fictional character in the Power Rangers universe. She was played by actress Amy Jo Johnson during the first three seasons of the show, plus on the two feature films of the franchise. Kimberly is best remembered as the first Pink Ranger and first Pink Ninja Ranger from the first entry of the franchise Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[1] Kimberly was the Pink Ranger for nearly three years before she was written off the show as having giving up her powers for good to Zordon's new alumna Katherine Hillard.[2]

Character history[edit]

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers[edit]

Kimberly was one of the original five Power Rangers chosen by Zordon when Rita Repulsa attacked Earth following her release from containment. Kimberly received the Pterodactyl Power Coin and the Pterodactyl Dinozord, thus becoming the Pink Power Ranger.[3] Kimberly starts the series as a stereotypical valley girl, but with a heightened awareness for her friends. Throughout the series, she is the member of the team most likely to fire off a sarcastic or witty retort. However, as the series progresses, she becomes a deeper and kind-hearted person, due to experiences such as switching bodies with the nerdy Billy Cranston[4] and being turned into a punk after Baboo administers a potion to one of Kimberly's drinks.[5] She also displays a cunning, clever and intuitive side, also inherited from her time in switching bodies with Billy.

Kimberly was a capable gymnast and was often shown training and using her abilities in fights against Rita's forces, as she fought with a blend of gymnastic maneuvers, elbows and kicks. She often used the environment around her as a springboard for her attacks and was often needed to defeat monsters with visible weaknesses, such as the archery-based Snizzard and the Terror Toad.[5][6] She also taught dance classes at Angel Grove's Youth Center, while using American Sign Language to interpret for a student with a disability.[7] Kimberly was revealed to be proficient in many hobbies throughout the series, including designing and arranging the floral pattern for a parade float,[8] being regarded as a great cheerleader throughout Junior High School[9] and being able to sing and play guitar.[10]

Kimberly's best friend is Trini Kwan, with whom she starts a petition for environmental awareness[11] and volunteered to become "Big Sisters" to Maria, a young girl who needed guidance.[12] When Kimberly starts a botany club that is less popular than Trini's volleyball club, Lord Zedd uses a spell to turn Kim's jealousy into hatred; however, she overcomes the spell and the two girls defeat Zedd's monster, the Bloom of Doom, before reaffirming that they are lifelong friends.[13] Later, Mr. Caplan apologized to both Kimberly and Trini for accidentally switching the forms. When Trini leaves for a Peace Conference in Switzerland, Kim becomes close with Trini's replacement, Aisha Campbell, with whom she shops with everyday.[14]

When Tommy Oliver transfers to Angel Grove, Kimberly becomes attracted to the young man on the spot[15] and becomes visibly upset when Tommy's demeanor toward her becomes hostile.[16] After Tommy breaks Rita Repulsa's spell, a relationship develops between the two after a series of tender moments,[17] including the couple's first kiss when Kimberly supports Tommy after losing his Green Ranger powers and accepts his invitation to a dance.[18] Skull, one of the local bullies, had a crush on Kimberly, but she rejected him until beginning her relationship with Tommy.[5][19][20] Years later, Skull was shown to still harbor feeling toward Kimberly, who was put under a love spell and became attracted to him. After the spell was broken, Kimberly apologized for her behavior, noting the two were friends and offering to dance with him.[21]

In show's second season, Kimberly controlled the Firebird Thunderzord.[22] After Tommy lost his Green Ranger powers once again, this time permanently, and left Angel Grove, Kimberly frequently wished Tommy were still around.[23][24] She was also kidnapped by Lord Zedd's forces to serve as his new Queen as Zedd was attracted to her beauty and tenacity. However, Kimberly shows a clever and intuitive side to her and was able to stall Goldar with convincing Rita imitations. Irritated with reminders of Rita abusing him, Goldar was forced to retreat and her friends saved her.[25] When Tommy returned as the White Ranger, Kimberly fainted upon seeing him[26] and two resumed their relationship, going on dates together.[27]

Tommy and Kimberly's relationship,[21][28] as well as Kimberly and Aisha's friendship,[29] were tested many times by Lord Zedd, but the relationships always maintained intact. When Tommy and Kim ran against each other to become class president, they bickered until Tommy conceded the race.[30] Kimberly was often isolated from the rest of the team and put into danger, but she overcame adversity each time, including landing her uncle's airplane,[6] escaping from Samurai Fan Man,[19] Lord Zedd's failed attempt to make her his newest consort, and recruiting the ancestors of her present-day friends to become the Wild West Rangers when she falls into a time hole that brings her to 1880's Angel Grove.[31]

In the show's third season, Kimberly remains on Earth with the flu while her friends travel to the planet Edenoi to help Dex, the Masked Rider; as a result, Kimberly battles a monster, Repellator, despite her illness.[32] When Rito Revolto destroys the Thunderzords, Kimberly and the other Rangers travel to the Desert of Despair and gain new powers from the creator of the Power Coins, Ninjor. Kimberly becomes the Pink Ninja Ranger, harnessing the spirit of the crane and controlling the Pink Crane Ninjazord.[33] Kimberly later moves in with Aisha's family when her mother becomes engaged to a painter and moves to France; Zedd creates a monster, Artistmole, from Kimberly's nightmares about her mother's fiancee, but Kimberly defeats it.[34] Kimberly was sad when her mother was not present for the 1995 holiday season, but she returned from France to surprise her daughter.[35]

Midway through third season, Amy Jo Johnson requested that Kimberly be written off the show because she wanted to pursue other opportunities in acting. The character was accommodated with a 10-episode story arc focused on Kimberly, leading up to her departure. Kimberly and Aisha adopt a stray white cat, "P.C.," who is the secret form of Rita's new spy Katherine Hillard.[36] Katherine, jealous of Kimberly's relationship with Tommy, steals Kimberly's Power Coin; with the Coin in evil hands, Kimberly's very life force is in danger. Lord Zedd kidnaps Kimberly and uses her as ransom for the other Rangers, but they rescue her. Zordon disconnects Kimberly's connection to the Morphing Grid, forcing her to receive power from the other Rangers, much like Tommy had when he was losing his Green Ranger powers; Tommy consoled Kimberly through this time, as she had done previously for him.[37]

Meanwhile, Kimberly caught the interest of a gymnastics coach, Gunthar Schmidt, and began training for the preliminaries of the Pan Global Games.[38] As she trained, Rita and Zedd plotted to exploit this and overexhaust Kimberly in battles; they succeed when she falls off a balance beam while training and injures herself. However, this event breaks Rita's spell over Katherine, who calls an ambulance and convinces Kimberly not to give up on gymnastics. Katherine also returns Kimberly's Power Coin back to her. When Zordon allows Kimberly to give up her Ranger duties to participate in the Pan Global Games, which occurred in Florida, Kimberly chose Katherine to replace her as the Pink Ranger, ending her appearances on the show as her character relocated.[39]

Power Rangers Zeo[edit]

Kimberly is mentioned in Power Ranger Zeo, when she sends Tommy a dear John letter while at the Juice Bar, in which she states that Tommy was her best friend and like a brother to her, but that she had met somebody else in Florida, effectively ending their long-distance relationship. Due to this, Katherine and Billy take Tommy on a ski vacation and try, unsuccessfully, to fix Tommy up with another girl. Amy Jo Johnson is credited in one episode for archive footage that represents Tommy's memories of Kimberly.[40] Tommy eventually moved on from their break up and enters a relationship with Kimberly's successor, Katherine Hillard.

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie[edit]

Kimberly makes a special appearance in the franchise in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, when she and Jason Lee Scott, returning to Angel Grove to surprise the Rangers, are captured by the evil pirate queen Divatox, who plans to sacrifice the two to her fiancee Maligore.[41] Toward the end of the film, Jason and Kimberly are lowered into the volcano and possessed by the evil being Maligore. The Power Rangers must fight both Jason and Kimberly and eventually they defeat the being Maligore. Jason and Kimberly are left unharmed and apologetic. Shortly after Maligore's defeat, Kimberly was last seen cheering on Jason, Tommy, and Adam in their martial arts tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amy Jo Johnson in the Flashpoint". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ "HostForWeb.COM - Ultrafast Hosting Solutions - Reliable Service". Awwman.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  3. ^ Dale, Steve (1995-03-10). "From Power Bow to Hip-Hop-Kido". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  4. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Switching Places"
  5. ^ a b c Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Power Ranger Punks"
  6. ^ a b Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Foul Play in the Sky"
  7. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "A Different Drum"
  8. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Spit Flower"
  9. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Enter... the Lizzinator"
  10. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Song of Guitardo"
  11. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Teamwork"
  12. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Big Sister"
  13. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Bloom of Doom"
  14. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "When is a Ranger Not a Ranger?"
  15. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Green with Evil, Part 1"
  16. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Green with Evil, Part 2"
  17. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Spit Fire"
  18. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Green Candle, Parts 1-2"
  19. ^ a b Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Calamity Kimberly"
  20. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Plague of the Mantis"
  21. ^ a b Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Potion Notion"
  22. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "The Mutiny, Part 3"
  23. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Missing Green"
  24. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park"
  25. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Beauty and the Beast"
  26. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "White Light, Part 2"
  27. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Two for One"
  28. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Stop the Hate Master, Parts1-2"
  29. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Forever Friends"
  30. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Best Man for the Job"
  31. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Wild West Rangers, Parts 1-2"
  32. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "A Friend in Need, Parts 1-3"
  33. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Ninja Quest, Parts 1-4"
  34. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "A Brush with Destiny"
  35. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger"
  36. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "A Ranger Catastrophe, Parts 1-2"
  37. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Changing of the Zords, Parts 1-3"
  38. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "Follow That Cab!"
  39. ^ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; "A Different Shade of Pink, Parts 1-3"
  40. ^ Power Rangers Zeo; "There's No Business Like Snow Business, Parts 1-3"
  41. ^ Leydon, Joe (1997-03-27). "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

The Official Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Guidebook ISBN 1-57082-235-2, ISBN 978-1-57082-235-3