An alien sorceress bent on galactic domination, Rita Repulsa was the first villainess the Power Rangers had to face. Most discernable by her two pointed hair cones, one may also recognize this witch by her screeching voice, Madonna-style bra cones, and nearly signature headaches. In the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Japanese actress Machiko Soga played the role of Rita via stock footage from the original Japanese Super Sentai show, Zyuranger, and also reportedly filmed a few original scenes as Rita. However, when the Zyuranger footage of Rita ran out, Carla Perez took over as Rita from Season 2 through 6. Julia Cortez, an actress from Sydney, Australia, portrayed Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers: The Movie. Barbara Goodson provided her voice in all of Rita's appearances up to 1998, including the movie. In 2006, the character returned as the Mystic Mother for the end of Mystic Force, played by Soga once more, and dubbed over in English by New Zealander Susan Brady. The footage this time was taken from Magiranger, where Soga's character was unrelated to her Zyuranger character. The writers allegedly decided to connect the two characters as a tribute to Soga, who passed away while Mystic Force was in production. Soga also dubbed in Rita's voice when Power Rangers came to be aired in Japan.
Rita was an intergalactic sorceress and an empress of evil known for her use of minions and dark magic to cause mischief and viciousness throughout the universe. Under the employ of Lord Zedd, Rita attempted to conquer the Milky Way galaxy, but she was intercepted by the powerful wizard Zordon of Eltar numerous times causing many battles and even competitions between them and their various servants and champions. Rita, under the guise of a peace offering after calling a peaceful meeting with Zordon, trapped him in a time warp but not before the wizard trapped Rita and her minions in a space dumpster on the moon.
After being locked away for 10,000 years on the moon, Rita Repulsa was released when a pair of curious astronauts opened the dumpster and undid the its magical seal. The sorceress, re-establishing command over her ancient palace, proceeded to wreak havoc on Earth, only to be thwarted by a set of five super powerful humans – the Power Rangers. Even with the aid of her own evil Power Ranger (Tommy Oliver, later turned to good), warzord, and an endless militia of monster warriors, Rita proved incapable of defeating these freedom fighters.
Hearing about her defeat, Lord Zedd, disgusted with her performance, takes over her palace and banishes her into yet another dumpster, this time shrunken and helpless. Down but not out, after regaining her freedom, Rita sought assistance from Finster, her still loyal henchmonster, who used his magic to make her look younger and beautiful and also concoct for her a love potion. Finster proceeded, and Rita abruptly wed her Lord, having used the concoction to poison him, plotting to usurp his throne and obtain full control over the empire.Added by LongLiveZordon
After the wedding, Rita's brother, Rito Revolto, arrived to join his sister and brother-in-law on their quest to conquer the Earth. Later still, her father, Master Vile made his entrance, aiding the villains greatly by leaving the Rangers as children. Nevertheless, they continued to fail, even with help from Rita's spy, Katherine "Kat" Hillard, who, after breaking free from Rita's control, joined the forces of good as the Pink Ranger. Eventually, Rita and Zedd finally had a victory when the evil duo succeeded in destroying the Power Coins and eventually the Command Center itelf.
Rita and Zedd's celebration was short lived when they and their servants fled to live in refuge with Master Vile during the invasion of the Machine Empire, who appeared as a threatening force at the time, though after being defeated by the Rangers themselves, the machines were destroyed by the vengeful couple.
While Rita and Zedd were not seen in the series itself, they did appear in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, where it seems that they had regained control of the Moon. She made her appearance when Divatox phoned her and asked her on how to defeat the Power Rangers. Rita replied to Divatox with a laugh, saying that if she knew that she wouldn't have to be listening to Lord Zedd's snoring, and that she must run from them.
In their final feat, Rita and her spouse joined the league of Dark Specter, known as the United Alliance of Evil, and assisted the monarch with his masterful scheme to vanquish all forces of good. During the Countdown to Destruction where the entire UAE nearly conquered the universe, Rita and Zedd attacked a planet in the Vica Galaxy and captured Trey the Gold Zeo Ranger. However, during the final confrontation, when Zordon himself sacrificed his life, hislifeforce swept across the universe in a wave of energy and it washed over Rita who was left as a good woman to live blissfully with Zedd, who was now also human. Her evil side, which was washed away by Zordon's lifeforce was revealed to have been apparently banished to the Shadow World along with several of her monsters and other monsters other rangers defeated.
Years later, in Power Rangers: Mystic Force, Rita is revealed to have regained her magic, but this time it is good magic. It seems that Rita returned to Earth at some point following Zordon's death and went back to her magical roots. At some point prior to the events of the series, Rita became the Empress of Good Magic and leader of the Mystic Ones. As the Mystic Mother, it was she who apparently gave the Mystic Force Rangers their link to the Morphing Grid. In the episode Mystic Fate Part I, she faces the Master (who she alleges gave her a headache) and seemed to be destroyed. However, in Mystic Fate Part II, it is revealed that she had survived. She gives Clare the powers of a full sorceress and helps the Mystic Rangers to defeat the Master of Darkness.
Role in the series
Rita Repulsa will join the Villain League alongside Lord Zedd in Spyro's Adventures of MMPR the movie, where she will reprise her role from the movie. aside from that, it's not known if she'll continue to work for the villain leage or not after the film.