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In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Tommy Oliver is the Black Power Ranger. Each Power Ranger is associated with a dinogem and a biozord. His biozord is Brachiozord and his morpher looks like it. The morpher of black ranger is different from other Power Rangers.

Dino thunder Black ranger morpher

His morphing is also different.

Below YouTube video shows his morphing.

The others have to just press the morpher but Tommy Oliver should use a tool like a screw driver to morph.

Why is Tommy Oliver's way of morphing different from others? Why does he use a screw driver like tool to morph?

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This is to signify Tommy Oliver's legacy as a Power Ranger.

Tommy gets his morphing style from his previous ranger forms.Tommy Oliver gets the shape of the morpher and style of morphing [screw driver like thing] from Power Rangers Turbo. He gets his action from White Ranger form from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Tommy Oliver morphing as Red Turbo Ranger

Source Video for the Gif.

Tommy Oliver is the oldest living Power Ranger. He has been in other teams of Power Rangers in his life too.

From Power Rangers Wikia,

Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Oliver is a Power Ranger veteran and considered a legend among the Ranger community. He is often considered to be the greatest Power Ranger of all time, having been part of four Power Ranger teams over the years.

He has been following rangers.

  1. Green Ranger (Evil) - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This was a temporary power.

  2. White Ranger - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

  3. Zeo Ranger V - Red - Power Rangers Zeo.

  4. Red Turbo Ranger - Power Rangers Turbo.

And finally Black Dino Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

In the episode Legacy of Power of Power Rangers Dino Thunder, the other Power Rangers Connor, Ethan and Kira get to know the past life of Tommy Oliver and knows that he was a Power Ranger in multiple teams. They watch his video diary and know the history of Power Rangers too.

It is in the very next episode (Back in Black), Tommy becomes the Black Ranger. So, it is hinted in the episode 4 that there would be some connection with old power Rangers.

The action Tommy does after morphing is taken from his White Ranger action. They look the same.

Tommy's action after morhing as a White ranger

Tommy's action after morphing as a Black Ranger

So, the difference of transformation is inspired from his old power ranger forms.

On a side note, In episode 27, Fighting Spirit, the old power Ranger forms of Tommy Oliver appear in a single episode and had to fight with them to get back his dino gem.

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