|This article is about a/an Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force.|
- "Blazing Lion!"
- ―roll call[src]
Cole was born on August 25, 1981 to scientists Richard and Elizabeth Evans. Together with their colleague, Dr. Viktor Adler, the Evans took their infant son Cole with them on an expedition to the Amazons to find evidence of the Animaria. Viktor Adler, who had feelings for Elizabeth, was hurt by her marriage to Richard and subsequent pregnancy, believing she and the group's success to be rightfully his. The trio of scientists found seeds which were the remnants of the original Master Org.
Viktor saw this as a way to gain power to get revenge on Richard and Elizabeth and ate the seeds, becoming the new Master Org. As he hunted down the couple, Elizabeth hid Cole in the wilderness, leaving him a picture of his family and the Red Lion crystal. Victor eventually caught them and killed them, however, he did not find Cole. Cole was found by a tribe of natives (made up of the descendants of the original inhabitants of the kingdom of Animaria) who raised him as their own. Cole, his parents and Dr. Adler are all presumed dead in a "tragic accident" by the civilized world.
Cole's life in the wilderness has greatly prepared him to be a Ranger. He has amazing agility, sharp senses and thinks on his feet. When the natives felt Cole was old enough, they gave him a few items they found on him as a baby: a torn picture of his parents and the Red Lion crystal. With only these two things to go on, Cole left the wilderness for the city of Turtle Cove to find his destiny (or "life path"). Shortly thereafter, he was found by Princess Shayla and the Wild Force Rangers and chosen by the Red Lion to be the Red Wild Force Ranger.
Originally a stranger in a strange world, Cole, with the help of the other Rangers, adapted to this new world and led the Power Rangers Wild Force as he was destined to do. He swears his life to protecting the Earth and his friends, he lets nothing stop him from keeping his promise.
When getting to know his fellow teammates, he formed easy friendships with everyone except Taylor. His sudden promotion to leader of the group caused friction between him and the Yellow Ranger who'd been leading the team prior to his arrival. The two eventually come to a mutual understanding, Taylor learning to respect Cole as a leader and Cole valuing her experience as the longest serving member of Wild Force. Upon learning the death of his parents, Taylor encouraged him to believe that his parents were still alive until they were all confronted by Master Org who kidnapped them. Though Cole learns that the former Dr. Adler was responsible for the death of his parents, he chooses not to take his revenge against the man, refusing to lower himself to his level.
When Master Org returned from the ashes of the Nexus and destroyed their animal crystals and Growl Phones, Cole refused to give up, opting to fight against the now gigantic Org without his powers. However, the Wild Zords were revived and with their help, the Rangers destroyed Master Org and the Org Heart once and for all. With the threat of the Orgs gone, Cole relinquished his powers to Princess Shayla, who returned to Animarium to sleep once more. After visiting his parents and even Dr. Adler's graves placing flowers on all their graves, Cole decided to use his talents to help animals in need wherever he roamed, wishing Dr. Adler found peace.
The Wild Force Rangers were featured in a chronicle of Power Ranger history that Tommy Oliver compiled shortly after he formed the Dino Rangers, which was found by the nascent Ranger team in the Dino Lab.
Cole and the other Wild Force Rangers returned as part of the army of Legendary Rangers that helped the Mega Rangers defeat the Armada once and for all, fighting in a huge battle against hundreds of X Borgs and dozens of Bruisers.
Zayto brings up how different Ranger teams had motorcycles for transportation, showing Aiyon and Solon the Mighty Morphin Rangers' Shark Cycles and the Wild Force Rangers' Savage Cycles. Solon does not see the need for a motorcycle as the Dino Fury Rangers can already teleport.
Video game Appearances
Power Rangers Key Scanner
Cole as Red Wild Force Ranger appears in the app videogame Power Rangers Key Scanner, amoung various other Rangers teams.
Power Rangers Dash
Cole along with the other Wild Force Rangers among all the Ranger teams which appear in the Korean-developed mobile game Power Rangers Dash.
Cole has a love for animals and the wilderness and, as such, he immediately fell in love with his new home on the Animarium. His empathetic connection with nature allows him to communicate with not only animals (which include the Wild Zords) but humans as well.
He once tried to appeal to the heart of Barbed Wire Org, only to find with his senses that the Org lacked one. However, he was able to tell that Ransik was telling the truth about wanting to help destroy the Mut-Orgs in Reinforcements from the Future, and that Jindrax and Toxica were telling the truth about wanting to help them stop Master Org and rescue Princess Shayla in Sealing the Nexus. He even forgave the late Viktor Adler for the murder of his parents, placing flowers on Adler's grave. Cole is a bit inexperienced in the ways of civilized man but approaches each new challenge with zeal such as learning to ride his Savage Cycle.
Red Lion Wild Force Ranger
- Red Lion Wildzord: Cole's primary Wildzord.
- Gorilla: Cole's secondary Wildzord. After the Red Lion Wildzord fell ill, the Gorilla appeared to help Cole.
- Falcon: The Falconzord is Cole's third Wildzord.
- Growl Phone
- Crystal Saber
- Red Lion Fang
- Falcon Summoner
- Savage Cycle
- Wild Force Rider
Appearances: WF Episodes 1-40, SM Episodes 20 & LBEV
Appearances: WF Episodes 23, 25, 26, 39
Morph and Roll Call
Legendary Ranger Devices
The Red Lion Wild Force Ranger Key is Cole's personal Ranger Key. This key along with the majority of the Core Ranger Keys are seen lining the Command Center's interior walls. This key is mainly used by Troy Burrows (Super Megaforce Red) who uses it to fight as the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger. It has also been used by Noah Carver on one occasion.
- Noah became the Red Wild Force Ranger as part of an all-Red Ranger Mode in the Super Mega Rangers' fight with Tentacus.
- When the Super Mega Rangers became the Wild Force Rangers while fighting General Peluso and his XBorgs on the Animarium.
- When the Super Mega Rangers became the Wild Force Rangers while fighting General Peluso.
- When the main Red-Blue-Yellow trio of Super Mega Rangers became the Wild Force Rangers while fighting Pacha Chamak.
The Red Lion Wild Force Ranger Key translucent is Cole's exclusive Ranger Key and also variant of the original Wild Force Red Lion Ranger Key. This Ranger Key was never seen in the series and is exclusive by a Legendary Ranger Keys toyline.
The Red Wild Force Ranger represents the Wild Force Rangers for the Wild Force Dino Charger that was originally planned to be part of Dino Charger Power Pack Series 3, but was ultimately never released. This Charger would've been paired with the Time Force Dino Charger.
Behind the Scenes
- Cole is played by Ricardo Medina, Jr..
- As the Red Lion Ranger, his suit actor in Super Sentai footage from Gaoranger was Hirofumi Fukuzawa (福沢 博文 Fukuzawa Hirofumi) & his suit actor in US footage was Hiroshi Maeda (前田 浩 Maeda Hiroshi) and his substitute was Takahiro Honma (本間 崇寛 Honma Takahiro), (who is also his stunt double).
- Originally the ending to The End of the Power Rangers was going to state that Cole become a veterinarian just like Kakeru Shishi (his Sentai Counterpart) but was aborted for unknown reasons. However, there is a picture of Cole that shows him as a veterinarian in the final scene.
- Ricardo Medina, Jr., Cole's actor, would return in Power Rangers Samurai as the villain Deker.
- Doing so led some fans to assume that Cole's turned evil. This was, however, not true, as Deker died from after battle with Jayden while Cole appeared as the Red Wild Force Ranger in Power Rangers Megaforce episode "Legendary Battle."
- Cole is the first Red Ranger whose main weapon is not a sword.
- Cole is the only Wild Force Ranger to appear morphed in every episode.
- At the end of the finale, Cole's gravestone is missing when he visits his parents with those of his parents moved closer together. It can be presumed that Cole revealed himself to the authorities following the final battle with Master Org.