|This article is about a/an Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force.|
Lt. Taylor Earhardt is the Yellow Eagle Wild Force Ranger, the Yellow Ranger of the Wild Force Power Rangers. Before Cole's arrival, she was the team leader, making her the first Yellow Ranger to do so. She is also the second-in-command to Cole Evans. She has a long-standing rivalry with Duke Org Jindrax throughout the series.
As a young child, Taylor looked out of an airplane window and saw the Animarium. Little did she know that one day she would be one of its champions. Taylor always had a fascination with planes and flying in general. This interest led her to become a skilled fighter pilot for the Air Force, earning the rank of Lieutenant. While flying around with her squad one day, Taylor witnessed a magnificent sight - the Yellow Eagle Wildzord, soaring in the sky beside her. She followed the Eagle to the Animarium, where she crash landed. She eventually found Princess Shayla and the temple and was asked to become the Yellow Ranger.
Her military training and past had made Taylor rather a bit cold, unfeeling regimental, tomboyish and insensitive, but a rigid leader at times. She takes command of situations and focuses on the task at hand. In battle, she often takes charge and engages the Orgs first, capable of even fighting the Orgs alone in battle when the others are not available.
Taylor has an intense rivalry with Duke Org Jindrax and they often engage in battle, exchanging quips whenever they meet (even in the presence of other Orgs). Like Taylor, Jindrax uses a sword (and darts) in battle and their battles are often fierce, with both exchanging heavy blows to one another (for Taylor, she takes so much damage to the point that her ranger suit is in shreds after her battles with Jindrax). It is implied that they have had a long history of battling, stemming back to over a year when Taylor was the first and only ranger on the team. Early on in the series, Taylor had trouble dealing with Jindrax's swordmanship and quick reflexes, losing a few battles to Jindrax. Over time, she manages to improve her durability and agility and overcomes her early, being able to deal more damage with Jindrax with ease and no longer struggling with his lethal blades winning most of the battles by the end of the series. She did not have an opportunity to battle with Super Jindrax, due to being gravely injured by Super Nayzor and being trapped in limbo.
As the leader of Wild Force before Cole Evans for well over a year, Taylor wrote a Ranger rule·book that the entire team was required to abide by which Cole immediately dismissed upon joining the team shortly after, simply stating that the only "rule" that the team needed was teamwork. Taylor resented Cole as she was now relegated as the second-in-command, losing authority within the team, and stormed out of Animarium in a fit of rage due to Cole's lack of respect for her morals. She is later turned invisible by Camera Org after choosing to engage in battle alone without contacting the team, getting ambushed and quickly defeated by Duke Org Jindrax in Click Click Zoom, unable to land even a single hit on either Jindrax or Camera Org ending up in a life-threatening situation. Feeling guilty for putting her in the predicament to begin with and realizing the significance of Taylor's rule·book, Cole vowed to saves her life and gets her body back, as well as saving the other victims of Camera Org's deeds. Cole manages to free Taylor and the other victims after destroying Camera Org's Film Catridges (in which Taylor realized at that moment why Shayla felt confident in Cole leading the team) where she later joins the battle and makes peace with Cole even snidely noting that Cole had to deal with Camera Org alone and therefore breaking his own rule of embracing 'teamwork'.
The episode The Bear Necessities shows her past life as a pilot and she gets two new Wild Zords.
When she teamed up with the Time Force Rangers to defeat the Mut-Orgs, Taylor quickly developed a love/hate relationship with the equally dominant and commanding Eric Myers, the Quantum Ranger, because they had a little accident with traffic. The two abrasive Rangers started out consistently clashing with one another, though they eventually gained something of a mutual respect. Eric even lent her the Quantum Defender in battle, something he'd only let Wes Collins wield before.
After the final battle with Master Org, Taylor gave up her Ranger powers and returned to the Air Force, where she was looked up to as a legend by the younger members. She frequently meets her friend the Yellow Eagle in the sky.
The Wild Force Rangers were featured in a chronicle of Power Ranger history compiled by Tommy Oliver shortly after he formed the Dino Rangers, which was found by the nascent Ranger team in the Dino Lab.
Taylor 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
Taylor as Yellow Wild Force Ranger appears in the app videogame Power Rangers Key Scanner, amoung various other Rangers teams.
Power Rangers Dash
Taylor along with the other Wild Force Rangers among all the Ranger teams which appear in the Korean-developed mobile game Power Rangers Dash.
Power Rangers Legacy Wars
Taylor appears as the Yellow Wild Force Ranger in Power Rangers Legacy Wars, she is an Epic (Leader), Epic (Assist) character, and represents the Wild Force Rangers with Merrick, Alyssa, and Danny.
- Mrs. Earhardt - Mother
Yellow Eagle Wild Force Ranger
Appearances: WF Episodes 1-25, 27-33, 35-40, SM Episodes 20 & LBEV
Morph and Roll Call
The Yellow Eagle Wild Force Ranger Key is Taylor'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 Gia Moran (Super Megaforce Yellow) who uses it to fight as the Yellow Eagle Wild Force Ranger.
- When the Super Mega Rangers became the Wild Force Rangers while fighting General Peluso and his X Borgs 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.
Behind the Scenes
- Taylor is portrayed by Alyson Kiperman.
- As the Yellow Eagle Ranger, her suit actors were Tomohiko Akiyama (秋山 智彦 Akiyama Tomohiko) and Motoko Nagino (梛野 素子 Nagino Motoko). (And Yasuhiro Takeuchi (竹内 康博 Takeuchi Yasuhiro) in Super Sentai footage from Gaoranger).
- Taylor is the last female Power Ranger whose Japanese counterpart (Gaku Washio) was a male Ranger for 19 years until Izzy Garcia.
- Taylor could possibly be a reference to Amelia Earhart, a famous pilot with a similar last name.
- She is the first and (currently) only female second-in-command Ranger.
- Taylor is the first female Ranger to have a sword as her personal specialized weapon; In the same manner, she is also the only female Yellow Ranger (as of Dino Fury) to have her own dedicated rival (Jindrax) that also wields a sword as their personal weapon.
- Gaku Washio - Super Sentai counterpart in Gaoranger. See comparison page.
- Sakura Nishihori - The first female Sentai second-in-command.
- Jou Ohara - The first Yellow Sentai second-in-command.
- Raptor 283 - The first official female Sentai eagle motif Ranger.
- Raita Ooishi - The first Yellow Sentai Ranger that had wings embedded on the suits.