||This article consists almost entirely of a plot summary and it should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. (October 2010)|
|Series||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
Power Rangers Zeo,
Power Rangers Turbo
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
|Title(s)||Green Power Ranger
White Power Ranger
White Ninja Ranger
Red Zeo Ranger
Red Turbo Ranger
Black Dino Ranger
Green (MMPR S1-2)|
White (MMPR S2-3)
Black (Dino Thunder)
|First appearance||Green with Evil, Part 1 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)|
|Last appearance||Wormhole (Power Rangers S.P.D.) (full)
Stranger Ranger (Power Rangers Megaforce) (dream)
High School Science Teacher
Currently Retired as a Ranger
Super Zeozord V
Red Lightning Turbozord
|Portrayed by||Jason David Frank
Michael R. Gotto (Young Tommy)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Voice of Tommy in Wormhole, uncredited)
Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Oliver is a fictional character from the universe of the American science fantasy television franchise Power Rangers. He is a main character in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, as well as four of its successive incarnations Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers Dino Thunder (where he returns as a legendary Power Ranger veteran). He also appeared in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red" and the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode "Wormhole." He has been portrayed by actor Jason David Frank in virtually all of his appearances, but in the episode "Wormhole", he appeared only in Ranger form and was voiced by actor Jeffrey Parazzo. He was also infrequently portrayed by actor Michael R. Gotto in instances where the story required depicting the character during childhood, such as Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.
Fictional character history 
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 
As the Green Ranger 
Tommy is first introduced in the MMPR mini-saga, "Green with Evil", as a new student at Angel Grove High School. Tommy also faces off Jason Lee Scott, the Red Ranger and leader of the Power Rangers, in a martial arts tournament, which catches the attention of both Kimberly Hart, the Pink Ranger, and the evil witch Rita Repulsa. With Tommy's fighting talent equaled that of Jason, it prompts evil Rita to turn Tommy into the Green Power Ranger (giving him the Dragon Power Coin), while casting an evil spell to make him completely loyal to her. Following a short battle with the Putties into testing his skills, Rita gives Tommy his sole purpose for the mission to destroy Zordon, the Command Center, and the other Power Rangers, so in leaving the whole world completely defenseless against Rita's upcoming conquest.
Tommy succeeds with the majority of his mission. He's able to discard Zordon, demolish the Command Center, and even infect Alpha with a virus, while ejecting the Power Rangers from the Megazord. His Green Ranger powers give him an added tool not possessed by the other Power Rangers, the Dragon Shield. Controlled by the Dragon Dagger, the Dragon Shield promotes advanced healing and can deflect energy attacks. Added to this is the ability to generate powerful energy projectiles. Tommy, as the Green Ranger, is able to contend with all of the other Power Rangers at once, to be warded off only by their combined Dinozords, the Megazord.
After the nefarious Scorpina is released from her isolated internment, she and her newly reunited mate Goldar begin wreaking havoc together. In a then never-before-seen act of malice, Rita makes the Green Ranger (Tommy) grow huge alongside her henchmen. Together, the trio easily dispatch the Megazord and send its powerless body plummeting into the Earth's lava-filled core.
Tommy's Dragon Dagger is capable of summoning and controlling his own Zord, the Dragonzord. Once the Power Rangers' Zords are gone, Tommy summons his own to raze the defenseless city of Angel Grove. Eventually, a newly resurrected Zordon returns the Power Rangers to their Dinozords, after explaining that the Earth's lava naturally healed their Zords. As the Megazord overcomes the Dragonzord, Jason fights Tommy alone in a final battle that witnesses Jason narrowly outmatch Tommy, destroying his Sword of Darkness, a weapon given to him by Rita that maintains the evil spell over Tommy. In order to atone for his evil deeds, Tommy agrees to Zordon's rules as in being a true Power Ranger, and so accepts a communicator from Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, and dedicates himself and his powers to battling down the wicked Rita, becoming more or less the second-in-command of the team - behind Jason.
Tommy's fierce fighting abilities are contrasted by his nervousness around Kimberly, whom he had alienated when he was evil. Kimberly eventually forgives Tommy for his transgressions, but it is not until he loses his powers to Rita, after she uses the Green Candle (an evil candle made of special green wax that was once touched by him) to sever Tommy's link to the Morphing Grid, does Kimberly return his affections.
In the adventure that involved the Green Candle, Goldar keeps the lit item in the Dark Dimension and holds Tommy captive there, knowing that his proximity would cause the candle's melting process to accelerate. Jason, the Red Ranger, makes the attempt to get through Goldar to retrieve the Green Candle, but Rita's succession of attacks, perpetrated by a monster capable of mimicking every Zord and Zord combination, prevents him from getting to it in time. As Tommy's powers fade, he has to use the Dragonzord cockpit to keep fighting the monster. After the battle, he is left with one last opportunity to keep the Green Ranger's powers from Rita's grasp: he has to give the Green Ranger's powers over to another individual who possesses a stable link to the Morphing Grid, just like all Power Rangers do. Doing so, the Green Ranger's powers can function on and be kept for the use of good by the team. But without time in finding a new individual, he chooses Jason, the Red Ranger, who will now gain the Green Ranger's powers (the Dragon Power Coin and the Dragon Dagger), along with his own.
When Rita kidnaps the parents of all the students at Angel Grove High School, the Power Rangers are forced to acquiesce to Goldar's ransom of their parents for their five Power Coins (their source of transforming into Power Rangers). After making the personal decision to make the trade, Goldar's deception is revealed when he refuses to return the parents. Not to mention that Rita had brainwashed Billy into stealing the Dragon Dagger for her. Now with the Dragon Dagger in the possession of Goldar, he commands the Dragonzord into demolishing the defenseless Angel Grove. However, Jason reveals his own deception: his gambit of defecting his Power Coin to Goldar, leads to the oversight that he still possessed the Dragon Power Coin.
The Power Rangers recruit Tommy to reclaim his Green Ranger powers, and is assisted by an energy boost from Zordon that temporarily energizes him in replacement of his missing direct link to the Morphing Grid. However, his powers are very unstable now, and have to be recharged several times by Zordon. In using the depleting Green Ranger powers to retrieve the team's missing items, Tommy reaches into a force-field and appears to have been lethally affected. Eventually, it is learned that the electrocution he underwent by the force-field, while wearing the Dragon Power Coin of the Green Ranger, revitalizes its power source substantially. Tommy could once again reclaim his powers, provided that he periodically seek regeneration by a donation of Zordon's own energy. Even with this knowledge, Tommy still chooses to be a Power Ranger.
In Season 2, Lord Zedd arrives and banishes Rita for her continuing failures to exterminate the Power Rangers. In order for the Power Rangers to compete with Zedd's powerful monsters, the Dinozords are upgraded into the Thunderzords. However, Tommy's powers are too weak to support a new Zord, although he is still able to continue morphing and call upon the Dragonzord. Lord Zedd eventually begins to create monsters for the sole purpose of depleting Tommy of his Green Ranger powers. After unleashing energy stealing monsters such as the Octophantom and the Stag Beetle, Tommy's powers drain further and further, which Zordon himself could not energize them any longer. The next battle becomes the last for the Green Ranger.
Upon learning this, Zedd sends down Turbanshell to attack the city to lure Tommy out, as part of his master plan to siphon off the remaining Green Ranger's energy into an evil crystal, into powering his evil "Dark Rangers". Zedd is successful, and with the Green Ranger in such a weak state, Turbanshell is able to send all of the Power Rangers to the "Otherworld", a dark dimension ruled by Zedd. In this dimension, Tommy becomes separated from the others and his remaining powers are drained. Zedd sends Goldar to crush Tommy's spirits by telling Tommy that now he is nothing. Tommy disagrees, stating that his confidence and fighting spirit are what made him a Power Ranger, and he uses his last remaining bit of power to destroy the Dark Rangers' crystal and help the other Power Rangers to destroy Turbanshell.
As the White Ranger 
For a short time, Tommy is absent from helping the other Power Rangers defeat Zedd's henchmen. Distraught by the loss of the powers he did not originally seek out, Tommy retreats into isolation at a distant lake, residing in a cabin his uncle owns. However, when Lord Zedd unleashes his maniacal Nimrod monster, which in turn spawns other monsters AC and DC, Alpha and Zordon decide it is time to take matters into their own hands.
Luckily for the Power Rangers, Zordon and Alpha are able to create new powers for Tommy, making him the White Power Ranger - a Power Ranger with powers that have been created from the Light of Goodness and cannot be taken away by the forces of evil. Upon becoming the White Ranger, Tommy also becomes the new leader of the Power Rangers. His new powers come with the enchanted talking saber Saba, with which he summons the Tigerzord. He is at first overconfident with his new powers so much so that he loses control of the Tigerzord the first time he summons it. After that, he is much more careful.
After Jason, Zack and Trini are chosen to attend a peace conference in Switzerland, replacement Power Rangers had to be found. These Rangers are Rocky DeSantos, Adam Park, and Aisha Campbell. The Sword of Light is the power source used to transfer the powers. Tommy is the one who activated the power transfer using the sword.
A clone of Tommy is created by the Wizard of Deception, using a lock of Tommy's hair. The clone is given the power of the Green Ranger, which had previously been believed to be destroyed forever. In truth, Zedd managed to regain the powers and used them to recharge the Dragon Power Coin to its full and complete power. Tommy destroys the Wizard of Deception, breaking the spell on the Green Ranger. The White Ranger helps his clone realize that even though he is a clone, he is still human and has the power to choose between right and wrong. The clone Tommy (referred to as "Tom") decides to remain in the colonial times of Angel Grove, after the two of them had traveled back in time to save the other Power Rangers. He keeps the Dragon Power Coin with him, as well as the powers it holds.
In Season 3, after the Thunderzords and Tigerzord are destroyed by Rito Revolto, Tommy and the other Power Rangers go on a quest to find the legendary Ninjor and receive their Ninja Power Coins. He gains new powers as the White Ninja Ranger with the power of the Falcon Power Coin and the Falconzord. Tommy meets Katherine Hillard (Kat for short) at a time when she is also under Rita's spell. Kat uses Kimberly's Crane Ninja Power Coin to steal the Falconzord, and does not retrieve it until the other Power Rangers gain the power of Metallic Armor.
After Kat steals the Falconzord and Ninjor, she and Goldar kidnap Kimberly. Zedd revives the Shogunzords and orders the Power Rangers to either use them to destroy Earth or have Kimberly's life-force drained away. Billy manages to reprogram the Zords to the Power Rangers' control. Tommy himself goes to retrieve Kimberly from Zedd's Dark Dimension. He fights with Zedd, but Zedd proves to be too powerful for him. However, Tommy manages to destroy Zedd's Z-Staff, forcing him to retreat, and Tommy escapes with Kimberly. And then he gains control of the White Shogunzord. Afterwards, Kimberly retires from active Power Ranger service so that she can compete in gymnastics, passing her powers onto Kat who was now free from Rita's evil spell. Kimberly and Tommy maintain a long-distance relationship.
When Tommy is sent to retrieve the Zeo Crystal, which is hidden under Rita and Zedd's Palace, Zordon tells him that only a being who was pure of heart can enter the force-field around the crystal and survive. Tommy has to go through the Caves of Deception to get to the crystal, and when he gets to it, he is not sure if he could survive. He thinks that there might still be some evil in him from when he was the Evil Green Ranger. He bravely passes through the force-field and retrieves the crystal. Soon after though, Master Vile steals it from him. The Power Rangers manage to get it back, but want to make sure that Master Vile could not get it again, so the Power Rangers split it into five sub-crystals and send them to different points in history.
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers 
Master Vile turns back time using the Orb of Doom, turning the Rangers back into children. Billy devises a plan to restore the Rangers' true ages using a machine that runs on the Power Coins. Billy restores himself, but Goldar steals the machine and Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa destroy all six Ninja Power Coins. With his Falcon Ninja Coin destroyed and his Tiger Power Coin damaged beyond use, a young Tommy journeys to reclaim the Red Zeo Sub-Crystal in a Native American land. For his test, he is given three crystals (two were fakes) and he has to decide which one is the real one. He retrieves the true Red Sub-Crystal from Sam Trueheart, who also gives him half of an arrowhead.
Power Rangers Zeo 
Tommy gains the powers of the Red Zeo Crystal, becoming Zeo Ranger V in Power Rangers Zeo. It is during this time that he and Kimberly separate after she breaks up with him in a Dear John Letter. Kat tries to set him up with another girl, but it fails due to Tommy's intervening Ranger duties. Kat and Tommy eventually begin dating, with their first date taking place at a luau that a returning Ernie throws, which is then ruined by attacking Cogs. They later go on a "boring" (Tommy sarcastically remarked) movie date.
After the Zeo Megazord is severely damaged, Tommy alone is left with the Red Battlezord, a Zord that is telepathically controlled. He has difficulty learning to operate the mind link and loses control when becoming emotional. A spirit quest eventually provides Tommy with the peace of mind needed to control the lone Zord; however, during this journey, Tommy meets his brother David Trueheart (portrayed by Jason David Frank's real life brother, the late Eric Frank). King Mondo captures David in order to trap Tommy. After freeing him, Tommy reveals his identity as a Ranger to David, who refuses to let a helpless Tommy remain behind. To convince David to flee to safety, Tommy reveals his identity to him. It is then revealed that David has the other half of the arrowhead. Should the two arrowheads be joined, the holder of the arrowhead could control both the spirits trapped within them and a darkness powerful enough to destroy the world.
Tommy reunites with his best friend and former-teammate Jason, when the Gold Zeo Ranger Trey of Triforia becomes injured. Tommy chooses Jason, who has returned from the Peace Conference, to temporarily hold the Gold Ranger powers.
Tommy is later captured by Prince Gasket of the evil Machine Empire and brainwashed into fighting his friends, believing them to be the threat to the world. The other Rangers, especially Jason and Kat, are able to save him by de-morphing and surrendering to prove they were not against him.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie 
When the evil Space Pirate Divatox threatens to raise a powerful monster named Maligore to marry her, Tommy, along with the other Rangers, accept new Turbo powers and becomes the Red Turbo Ranger, gaining the Red Lightning Turbozord.
When Tommy finds out that Divatox is holding Jason and Kimberly captive, it shows that he still has feelings for Kimberly and causes him to make poor choices and irrational decisions. When Jason and Kimberly are possessed by Maligore, Tommy vainly attempts to snap Kimberly out of the spell by removing his Ranger helmet. He calms down later when Kimberly is safe and sound.
Power Rangers Turbo 
Tommy becomes interested in stock car racing following graduation, a hobby he sometimes shares with the Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart. His tenure as the Red Turbo Ranger is a short one, with Dimitria declaring his duties as a defender of Earth fulfilled. In the episode "Passing the Torch", Divatox captures Tommy after her mother convinces her that removing the leader is the key to the Power Rangers' defeat. However, T. J. Johnson and Cassie Chan manage to find and rescue him after Kat fails to fend off a group of Pirahnatrons. Before Tommy leaves, he asks T.J. to become the new Red Ranger, stating, "I wouldn't be standing here today, T.J., if it weren't for your courage and strength. I choose you to lead the team, as the new Red Ranger."
Power Rangers Wild Force 
Tommy makes his next appearance in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red". By this time, he is shown to have gotten rid of his signature long hair which he displayed in his previous appearances. He is first seen in the episode at a bar and/or hotel called Bulkmier's managed by Bulk and Skull while resting and reading a newspaper before accepting a phone given to him by Bulk. Andros, the Red Space Ranger, recruits Tommy after learning of the resurgent Machine Empire and their plan to unearth Lord Zedd's defunct Zord Serpentera and use it to invade Earth. Tommy recruits nine previous Red Rangers (which to his delight included Jason) to intervene. To achieve victory, Tommy morphs into Zeo Ranger V in this episode and fights Gerrok alongside Wes Collins, the Red Time Force Ranger. Tommy destroys Gerrok with the "Zeo Flying Power Kick."
Before Dino Thunder 
Sometime between the events of Turbo and Dino Thunder, Tommy attends college and graduate school, earning a PhD in paleontology. He also meets Hayley (who would help him in the creation of the Dino Ranger equipment). He also becomes a business partner with Terrence "Smitty" Smith and Dr. Anton Mercer on a dinosaur-related project that leads to the creation of the Tyrannodrones, Raptor Riders and the new Dinozords. A horrible lab accident leads to the transformation of Dr. Mercer into the evil Mesogog, and also leaves Smitty for dead until Mesogog revives him as the evil cyborg Zeltrax. These events also include Tommy finding the Dino Gems and hiding them in the lab under his basement while learning the location of the Shield of Triumph. The original purpose for the Tyrannodrones was unrevealed, and they were adopted by Mesogog as his primary attack force shortly after his creation. Tommy retained control of three of the Dinozords, which would come to be useful to the future Rangers he would soon meet as students in his high school class.
Power Rangers Dino Thunder 
After the events of "Forever Red", Tommy becomes a science teacher at a school in the (fictional) city of Reefside, California at the onset of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. A trio of students in detention — Conner McKnight, Ethan James, and Kira Ford — unravel Tommy's past as a Power Ranger after uncovering three artifacts from his lab that turn them into the Dino Thunder Power Rangers. Tommy recruits these students to become the Dino Rangers, doing so while seeming mysterious and somewhat obnoxious, as noted by Conner. When he discovers that Mesogog is still active, he joins the other Dino Rangers and becomes the Black Dino Ranger, aided by the power of invisibility from the Black Dino Gem. His Dinozord is the Brachiozord carrier, he wields the Brachio Staff, and he drives the Black Thunder ATV (originally devised as a trap by the then-evil Trent Mercer, but it was soon reprogrammed).
When the White Dino Ranger appears, Tommy's dedication to saving the lives of innocents seems to give Tommy cause to show no mercy to him, even after he discovers that the White Dino Ranger is Trent Mercer. For a while, he is encased in amber by the White Dino Ranger, and once freed, finds himself unable to de-morph, due to his Dino Gem and his morpher re-molecularizing. He remains in his morphed form for a while. Despite this resolve, he could not help but feel sympathy for Trent when his students did not, reminding the others of his tenure as the evil Green Power Ranger.
After seeing the power of the White Ranger Clone and the Terrorsaurus, Tommy decides that the Rangers need an upgrade. He takes Trent to the location of the Shield of Triumph, as the shield can only be freed from its resting place by the power of Trent's Dino Gem. He also has a hunch that Conner is the one destined to control the shield. His assumptions are proven right, as Conner shows up just in time to save the shield from being lost forever. Tommy informs the other Rangers they have to contribute their energies to the shield, and Conner becomes the Triassic Ranger.
He is later de-morphed by a special substance, but is rendered invisible as a result. An experiment sees the return of Tommy to his natural state, but the process shatters his Dino Gem and leaves Tommy in a coma. During this time, Tommy endures several internal battles, facing off against several of his past Ranger alter-egos: Zeo Ranger V, the White Power Ranger, and then the Green Power Ranger. After proving that he would not give up the fight for his life, his opponents each offer him a shattered piece of his Dino Gem. Tommy regains consciousness holding the newly repaired Gem in his hand. As a result, he also gains access to his Super Dino Mode.
While he mentors the four Dino Thunder Rangers, he shows a particular interest in the current Red Ranger and leader Conner McKnight. Tommy often brings up the striking similarities between Conner and himself when he was a Ranger. Because of this, he puts a lot of faith and trust in Conner and is more than willing to offer him advice. He especially brings this up when Conner is doubting himself and talking to him about passion and the endless limitations of that passion. With that help, Conner is able to unleash his Battlizer mode through his own willpower.
When he learns that Trent has been hiding his father's secret identity, Tommy considers asking Trent to surrender his Morpher. Though Tommy comes to understand Trent's loyalty, he leaves the decision of letting Trent stay with the team to the other Rangers. They decide to let Trent stay after he saves Conner's life. In a final battle against Zeltrax, Tommy advises the Rangers that the only means to succeed is to sacrifice their Zords. At the end of the series, Tommy, alongside Kira, destroys Zeltrax. The Dino Rangers sacrifice their Dino Gems in order to destroy Mesogog's ultimate form(s). By that point, Mesogog has already managed to separate himself from Dr. Anton Mercer. In the end, Tommy answers Anton's question of what he would do now by insisting he would pursue the simple life of a high school science teacher, finally retiring his life as a Power Ranger for good.
Power Rangers S.P.D. 
Emperor Gruumm travels back in time through a temporal wormhole in an attempt to change his present time by forcing Zeltrax to join forces with him. Tommy and the other Dino Rangers then team up with the S.P.D. Power Rangers, in which he pairs up with Doggie Cruger, to battle the united force. Tommy's Ranger service is apparently well known in the future, as Jack Landors says that he has read all about him. In a subsequent team up with the S.P.D. Rangers, Tommy is very briefly mentioned at the end of the episode upon the Dino Rangers being returned from the year 2025. Conner, Ethan, and Kira are seen attending their High School reunion in 2005, about a year after the events of Dino Thunder's season finale, curious to see if Tommy would also be there.
Jason David Frank does not appear in these episodes as Tommy. In his place, Jeffrey Parazzo voices Tommy who never appears outside of his transformation.
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive 
Tommy Oliver is mentioned, though not seen, in the Operation Overdrive episode "Once a Ranger, Part 1" When talking about the Ranger's Command Center, character Kira Ford mentions "Dr. O would've loved to see this!" Adam Park then makes the comment, "Yeah, you know, I still can't believe he's a doctor..."
The future in "A Season to Remember" 
In the Power Rangers Zeo Christmas special "A Season to Remember", an elderly Tommy is shown telling his grandson of a Christmas adventure he and the other Zeo Rangers shared many years ago. In this framing device, Tommy shown to have married Katherine, and it is hinted that their other grandson, the first grandson's older brother, has also become a Power Ranger, as he is soon contacted via the Communicator.
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Further reading 
- "He's Got The Power". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-30.