I unexpectedly found myself dog-sitting this weekend, so this actually isn't exactly as planned.
But here, have a reference to the thing that makes me think of Zordon as such a schemer (as referenced in the title of my Power Rangers blog, The Zordon Conspiracy).
(The link is to a YouTube video from which I... um, borrowed the reference image that my sister and I used to make it.)
And all these years later, that's probably why I still love Power Rangers: Because Zordon was a sneaky, lying manipulator.
(And yes, that really is how I actually think of him. Well-known Power Rangers fan Joe Rovang once remarked that one of his favorite things about the series is how much it leaves to interpretation; in my opinion, good ol' Zordon is one of them. That's not to say he's evil; he's actually very heroic and selfless. He'd just rather keep his valorous teens out of the dirty, seedy side of this stuff.)