Japanese name: 魔女バンドーラ Romanized name: Majo Bandoora
Alignment: Bandora Gang Type: Humanoid Inspiration: Witch Status: Defeated.
From: Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger
Bandora’s actor, Machiko Soga, passed away in 2006. Beforehand, she starred as non-villain Magiel in Magiranger. Her other tokusatsu roles include: Queen Hedrian (Denziman, Sun Vulcan), Laraba (Maskman), the voice of Ball Boy (Machineman) and a minor character in Battle Fever J.
Bandora’s name could be inspired by the Greek deity Pandora. The release of the Bandora Gang from the seal might be a reference to the opening of Pandora’s jar (often mistakenly called “Pandora’s box”). In Greek, the word “pithos” means “jar.” The vase-like imprisonment that Bandora and her minions were placed inside of in the finale resembles a typical pithos.
Unlike many of the archenemies in tokusatsu, Bandora survived. She was depowered after crying over her son’s death, and she was sealed away along with her henchmen.
Bandora wielded the Dora Scepter (ドーラセプター).
For the Japanese broadcast of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Machiko Soga returned to dub Rita Repulsa’s lines.
Bandora was the cause of the dinosaurs’ extinction.
She was originally the queen of an ancient tribe of humans known as the Dal.