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"Jason, we've gotta back down."
―One of Zack's most famous lines when the Megazord was being blasted by the Grumble Bee's sonic attacks.[src]

Zachary "Zack" Taylor is the first Black Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the 'modern' era.

Retroactively, he is also referred to as the Mighty Morphin Black Ranger or Black Mighty Morphin Ranger, though these are in reference to the show, as opposed to proper labels. He is also the second-in-command to Jason Lee Scott until Tommy Oliver returned as the White Ranger.

Zack Taylor was also adapted for the Papercutz comics in 2014, which function as lost episodes of the original TV show[1][2], in which he took on two new helmet formats, and the alternative canon BOOM! Studios comics, taking on the (temporary) Pink Ranger and Green Ranger forms, (regular) Omega Black Ranger and All-New Black Ranger.

History

This article contains content in reference to the main TV series, as well as supplemental material, such as the comics. A sliding/floating timeline applies. Story instances for TV and other media will be clearly marked.

Early Life

Zack is a popular and easy going guy with a troubled home life he's hesitant to share with his friends. He meets Jason for the first time in Angel Grove Youth Center. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Go Go Power Rangers Issue 20

Becoming a Ranger

"Mastodon!"

Zack Taylor was a student who attended Angel Grove High School. A very enthusiastic, upbeat person, he was very close with his friends Jason Lee Scott, Billy Cranston, Trini Kwan, and Kimberly Ann Hart. Zack is a prankster and particularly enjoys holidays such as Halloween, to scare his friends; in contrast he was greatly afraid of bugs and snakes, a fear he partially conquered when he fought the monster Spidertron. He enjoys dancing at every chance he gets, and even developed his own fighting style, Hip Hop Kido, which he occasionally taught. As a close friend to both Jason and Tommy, all three liked to work out together and practice their martial arts.

Zack served as Jason's second-in-command prior the arrival of Tommy and his becoming the White Ranger and eventual leader of the team.

Zordon chose Zack to be the Black Ranger.

When Rita Repulsa had been released and her intention was to take over Earth, Zack and his friends were chosen by Zordon to defend Earth as the Power Rangers. Although initially dismissive of being chosen, Zack soon discovers that he is right for the job. Zack became the Black Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, and controlled the Mastodon Power Coin and the Mastodon Dinozord.

When they are not saving the world, teenagers with attitudes chosen by Zordon gather at the Angel Grove Youth Center. Trini updates Alpha 5 with the language of the year 1993. Far away, Dr. Carver and Dr. Kenyon discover a new civilization and the largest statue ever built in ancient America. Unintentionally, Dr. Carver activates the terrible cross between monster and robot that attacks the excavation site. Back at the Youth Center, Billy creates a device with internet access when everyone sees the attack on TV. In the territory of the attack, summoning the Dinozords, the Power Rangers fight against a terrible monster. Struck by the lightning of the stone giant, the Rangers lose communication with Zordon and have their pieces exchanged makes it difficult in battle. With the help of Alpha 5, the exchange effect was reversed and the Rangers, winning the battle and returning the giant to its location.Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Rita Repulsa's Attitude Adjustment

Throughout the remainder of the first season, Zack attempts to gain the affections of fellow school student, named Angela, though she would turn him down several times before conceding to go on a date with him. When their date was ruined by a monster attack, Zack's chances with Angela seemed slim. However, he refused to give up and succeeded in making amends with her after several ruined attempts, earning a kiss on a lips for his efforts.

During an early mission, in Italy, Zack successfully piloted the Megazord and defeated Rita's monster while Jason helped out on the ground. When the Red Ranger's heroics were celebrated over his own, Rita selected him as her first choice to become the Green Ranger, sensing jealousy in him and the desire to become the leader. Zack was tempted by the offer but, instead, unsuccessfully tried to steal the Green Ranger's power coin before she could create such a ranger. He confessed the confrontation to Zordon, but kept it secret from his friends. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) Issue 5

Zack and his friends in the form of Power Rangers defeat Korruptor using Dino Megazord.Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Going Green

After Tommy joined the team, Zack became wary of his involvement. He openly questioned how much control Rita still had over him, with his distrust causing him to become confrontational with Tommy on more than one occasion though the two were eventually able to settle their differences. Zack, along with the other original Rangers, were de-powered by the Black Dragon - who had taken Billy's Power Coin to sever their connection the Morphing Grid and their Zords. He was temporarily re-powered by Tommy's Power Coin as a Green Ranger and reacquired his Mastadon.Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- [[|]]

When Lord Zedd came to Earth for his own ambitions, Zordon gave the Rangers new Zords to battle Zedd's more powerful monsters. Zack gained control of the Lion Thunderzord. The Rangers are driving out to the desert in Billy's RADBUG so they can send Rita back into space without any civilians seeing. During the drive, Zack reveals that he has gotten a gift for his girlfriend Angela: a pair of walkie-talkies designed after characters from an old children's show she likes. Trini explains to Kimberly that people often like to collect things that remind them of what made them happy, though Kimberly can't quite understand it. As the Rangers get out of the Radbug for a breather, Zack puts the walkie-talkies in the car's trunk next to Rita's Dumpster. Up in the Moon Palace, Lord Zedd is still in disbelief that his Scarlet Sentinel has fallen. Seeing the Rangers in the desert, he gets an idea and uses his power on the Radbug. Suddenly, the car comes to life and begins attempting to ram into the Rangers while claiming that it will no longer stand for being treated like a slave. The Rangers morph and use their Power Weapons to create a ramp that flips the Radbug on its roof and immobilizes it. Zedd throws a grenade down and the Radbug grows in size, plus gains a face made from Zack's walkie-talkies (which also gives Rita a means to complain about all the hassle she's getting put through). Tommy summons the White Tigerzord to deal with the Radbug while the other Rangers form the Thunder Megazord, and he tries to stop it by climbing into the runaway vehicle and driving it with his Tigerzord at the wheel. This only serves to anger the Radbug as it turns into a bipedal monster and ejects its Zord-driving driver. The Thunder Megazord rides the White Tigerzord to catch up to the Radbug as it nears Angel Grove's city limits. Once it gets close, the Megazord jumps onto the Radbug's hood and tears its fuel line out to end the joyride.With the Radbug back to normal, Billy tends to repairs while the other Rangers prepare to send Rita on her trip. Zack also recovers his walkie-talkies, which are perfectly intact, and Kimberly admits that she'll never doubt the value of collectibles again. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- By Bug... Betrayed

Shattered Grid

Participating in a final push against Drakkon's Tower on the Moon in the World of the Coinless, Zack manned his station in the Dragonzord Battle Mode led by Kimberly, who Jason entrusted with Tommy's Dragon Armor. Within one of the several Megazords present, the Rangers led the fight against a massive army of Ranger Sentries. Eventually, however, the Megazords were overwhelmed by the arrival of Lord Drakkon's immense Zord, Serpentera, whose assault forced the Rangers out from their cockpits onto the ground. Comicicon.png COMIC STORY- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) Issue 30

The Power Transfer

Zack and Jason moments before the Power Transfer.

Later on, a peace conference was soon held to be attended in Switzerland, and only three teenagers were selected to go. Zack, along with Jason and Trini were selected. With his zest for living, upbeat attitude, and charm, Zack was a natural choice at the peace conference. Three of their friends, Adam Park, Rocky DeSantos, and Aisha Campbell would replace them as Rangers. Zack's last Ranger mission was to find the Sword of Light, which he would use to transfer the Rangers' powers. Adam became Zack's successor as the new Black Ranger. His current whereabouts following his return from the Peace Conference is currently unknown. As he has never returned to being a Ranger before The Legendary Battle it is assumed he returned to a normal life.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink

Zack and Trini sharing a kiss after the battle in Issue 5.

When Kimberly needs to recruit Power Rangers for help in saving her mom, she goes to South America to find them. As she arrives, Zack teaching a karate classComicicon.png COMIC STORY- Pink issue 2.

When Kim asked for help, Zack and Trini willingly go with her and become power rangers again. At some point after leaving Angel Grove, Trini and Zack began a relationshipComicicon.png COMIC STORY- Pink issue 5.

Dino Thunder

Legacy of Power

Tommy and Team Original Photo.jpg

Zack was 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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Legacy of Power

Bully for Ethan

Zack appeared in the picture of the old MMPR team that Dr. Tommy Oliver had with him as a memento of the past during the time when he returned as the Green Ranger again. Kira found the image in this episode while helping Tommy.

Super Megaforce

The five Mighty Morphin Power Rangers join the battle.

Zack and the other Mighty Morphin Power Rangers returned, with his powers somehow fully restored, as part of the army of Legendary Rangers led by Tommy 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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Legendary Battle

Beast Morphers

The other four Mighty Morphin Power Rangers come to help.

Even though it's not officially revealed if Zack was the Black Ranger at the time and not Adam (as both of them share the Mastodon Power Coin), a Black Ranger responded to his old teammate's signal and returned alongside his fellow Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as part of the Legendary Dino Rangers army. When Evox summoned his massive Chimera Zord, his team joined in summoning the Megazord and aiding in its defeat. With Evox on the run again, the teams departed.Tvicon.png TV STORY-Grid Connection

Video Game Appearances

Power Rangers Key Scanner

Mighty Morphin Black Ranger in Power Rangers Key Scanner

Zack as Mighty Morphin Black Ranger appears in the app videogame Power Rangers Key Scanner,amoung various other Rangers teams.

Power Rangers Dash

Mighty Morphin Black Ranger in Power Rangers Dash

Zack along with the other Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are among all the Ranger teams which appear in the Korean-developed mobile game Power Rangers Dash.


Power Rangers Legacy Wars

In the game Power Rangers Legacy Wars, Zack Taylor is playable as the Mighty Morphin Black Ranger, Armored Black Ranger and Black Omega Ranger,he as Mighty Morphin Black Ranger is a Rare (Leader), common (Assist) character and as Mighty Morphin Black Ranger Dragon Shield is a Epic (Leader), Epic (Assist) character,represents Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ,alongside Jason ,Billy ,Trini ,Kimberly and Tommy.

Family

Ranger Powers

Ranger Costume

Zords

Arsenal

Appearances: MMPR S1 Episodes 1-60, MMPR S2 Episodes 1-21, 23-28, SM Episodes 20 & LBEV, BM S2 Episode 13


Black Ranger with Green Ranger powers

With the Black Ranger powers taken by the Black Dragon, Tommy Oliver sacrificed his powers to activate the powers of the other Rangers.

Zords

Arsenal


Black Ranger with Dragon Shield (An Oyster Stew)

Zords

Arsenal

Appearances: MMPR S1 Episode 60



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As a result of being teleported to Breel, Zack's powers gained Kimberly's Ranger powers, while Billy gained his powers. This swap allowed for Zack to become the Pink Ranger.[3]

Arsenal


Black Ninja Ranger

When his ability to use his Ranger powers were disrupted by the Shredder, Zack gave his Morpher to Donatello to use and donned ninja streetwear to help fight the Foot Clan. Despite being titled as a "Ranger", Zack's abilities are nowhere near as strong as his morphed form and are on par with how he is unmorphed.

Arsenal

  • to be added

Mastodon Sentries

Zack and his Coinless counterpart temporarily disguised as the Mastodon Sentries, alongside Coinless Skull (who disguise as a Tyrannosaurus Sentry) to rescue Ninjor from Drakkon's mind control device. Arsenal

  • Unnamed gun weapon: Mastodon Sentries are armed with a military-style rifle weapon with a muzzle that resembles the one from the original Power Axe of the Black Ranger. The gun can fire powerful red laser beams to injure or kill their intended target.

Omega Black Ranger

"Omega Air Power!"
―Morph call

Arsenal

Zords


All-New Black Ranger

Zack, no longer a Ranger, became one again through the Sword of Light.

Arsenal


Morph and Roll Call

Legendary Ranger Devices

The Mighty Morphin Black Ranger Key.

The Black Mighty Morphin Ranger Key is Zack'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 Jake Holling (Super Megaforce Green) who uses it to fight as the Black Mighty Morphin Ranger.


MMPR Black Dino Charger

As part of SDCC 2015, Bandai released an exclusive Dino Charge Mighty Morphin' Charger set with each Dino Charger depicting four pictures. In Mighty Morphin' Black's case, it featured his Ranger form, the MMPR title, the Mastodon Dinozord, and the Power Axe.


MMPR interactive CD-ROM

  • Zack's birthday was given as May 3, making him a Taurus.
  • Zack's birthplace was given as Washington, D.C.

MMPR fan club video

  • Asked how he hadd come up with hip hop kido, Zack said he had combined dancing with martial arts, believing it to be the best way to have fun and defend oneself at the same time.

Appearances in other media

Multiverse

Alter ego Designation Dimension
Zack Taylor (Miguel Nunez) Bio-Rhythm Green Bio-Man (1986)
Zach (Walter E. Jones) Black Ranger Lost Episode (1992)
Zachary "Zack" Taylor (Walter E. Jones) Black Ranger (I) TV series
Zach Davis Black Ranger (I) Hamilton Comics
Zzzzack Black Meower Ranger Mighty Morphin Meower Rangers (2017)
Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin) Black Ranger (II) Power Rangers Movie (2017)
Zack Taylor Black Ninja Ranger Black Mighty Morphin Ranger Army
Zack Taylor Armored Black Ranger Black Mighty Morphin Ranger Army
Zach Taylor "Mecha" Black Ranger Black Mighty Morphin Ranger Army
Ms. Taylor Black Ranger ♀ Black Mighty Morphin Ranger Army
Sir Zachary Black Knight Ranger Black Mighty Morphin Ranger Army

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Concept Art

Zack Taylor/Mighty Morphin Black Ranger Go Go Power Rangers Concept art

  • Zack/Mighty Morphin Black Ranger's concept was designed by Eleonora Carlini


Notes

  • Zack was the first person to speak in the original pilot for the show and the first non-villain character to speak outside of grunting in the actual pilot episode. He is thus the first person to speak in the entire franchise.
  • Controversy over Thuy Trang and Walter Jones being cast the Yellow and Black Rangers led to accusations of racism against Saban. According to Tony Oliver at Power Morphicon 2007, the producers were unaware of this being racially insensitive until the 10th episode.
    • However according to IMDb, Walter Jones was originally cast as Billy the Blue Ranger. However, it was Jones' idea he be cast as Zack, believing he would be more recognizable as the Black Ranger.
  • Walter Jones, the actor portraying Zack, is missing the middle finger on his left hand which he lost in a childhood accident, but the camera almost always managed to avoid portraying this.
    • However near the end of "Island of Illusions, Pt. 1", the missing finger can be seen. His missing finger can also be seen in his morphing sequence, where the other Rangers show five fingers on the top of their Morphers. In "The Wanna-Be Ranger", Primator tricks Trini and Kimberly that the others are having trouble in the park as Zack. Zack actually stays behind and drinks Trini's banana shake, and his missing finger is seen. And in the end of Switching Places, as he is talking to Zordon on his communicator, his missing finger can be seen.
  • He is the only original Mighty Morphin Ranger who is not featured in Power Rangers: Super Legends.
  • Due to the morphing order of the five original Rangers, this makes Zack technically the very first character in the series to morph into a Power Ranger.
  • Zack is also the very first Ranger in the series to be officially introduced. However, he is not the first Ranger to appear onscreen; this title belongs to Kimberly.
  • Zack is one of three original Rangers to leave the series and make no further appearances in character. Trini and Billy were the other two; however Thuy Trang was killed in a car accident in 2001, and David Yost left the show as a result of homophobic remarks made by the crew.
  • The spelling of Zack's name is often disputed, with several sources including official merchandise spelling his name as "Zach." However, as confirmed by opening credits, it is officially spelled "Zack".
  • The name Zack Taylor was originally used in a pitch by Saban for an adaption of Choudenshi Bioman called Bio-Man. The character was to be Green2, and he was a detective, and an Aries instead of a Taurus.
  • Zack is the first Ranger to serve as second-in-command.
  • Zack was the first Ranger to have a solo morph.
  • Zack is a playable character in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.

Appearances

See Also

References

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Rangers
Jason Lee Scott - Zack Taylor - Billy Cranston - Trini Kwan - Kimberly Ann Hart - Tommy Oliver
The 1969 Rangers
Grace Sterling - Nikolai Chukarin - Terona Washington - Daniel O'Halloran - Jamie Gilmore
The All-New Power Rangers
Kimberly Ann Hart - Zack Taylor - Trini Kwan - Britt - Serge
Promethea Rangers/Solar Rangers
Kimberly Ann Hart - Mike Corbett - Tanya Sloan - Heckyl - Cameron Watanabe - Andros - Ellarien - Remi
Post-Shattered Grid Rangers
Tommy Oliver - Adam Park - Kimberly Ann Hart - Billy Cranston - Aisha Campbell - Rocky DeSantos - Matthew Cook
Omega Rangers
Jason Lee Scott - Zack Taylor - Trini Kwan - Kiya - Yale of Saard
Allies
Zordon - Alpha 5 - Ninjor - Dr. K - Amanda - XI - The Justice League
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Leonardo - Raphael - Michelangelo - Donatello - April O'Neil
Guardians of Eltar
Zophram - Zartus - Zordon - Zelya
Misc.
Bulk - Skull - Ms. Appleby - Ernie - Mrs. Pruitt - Roger Hart - Helen Hart - Mrs. Kwan - Mrs. Oliver - Mr. Cranston - Mrs. Cranston - Violet Arias - Sam Scott - Olivia Cook - Mr. Cook - Kira Cook
Evil Space Aliens
Rita Repulsa - Lord Zedd - Dayne - Goldar - Squatt - Baboo - Scorpina - Putty Patrollers - Horrid King - The Horrid
MMPR Monsters
Sir Locks-A-Lot - Vixenya - Commandant - Vitruvian Man Giant - Black Dragon - Unnamed Plant Monster - Double Disastron - Karmadillo - Boarlock - Goth Sloth - Crowverload - Mr. Meowgi - Wizard of Deception - Psycho Green - Sheeple - Crystal Cryptid - Monsieur Muster - Mutant Rangers
Go Go Power Rangers Monsters
Flog - Putty Infiltrator - Montaur - Rammerhead - Pudgy Pig - Megaputty - Stabasaurus Rex - Warbunny - Lady Grumptruck - Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel - AC - DC - Danger Dingo
Mighty Morphin Monsters
Pandamonium - Fleasco
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Power Rangers
Lauren Shiba - Jen Scotts - Orion - Riley Griffin - Mia Watanabe - T.J. Johnson - Brody Romero - Preston Tien - Calvin Maxwell - Hayley Foster - Sarah Thompson - Levi Weston - Dustin Brooks - Tori Hanson - Nick Russell - Xander Bly - Chip Thorn - Madison Rocca - Vida Rocca - Udonna - Carter Grayson - Kira Ford- Robert James - Gia Moran - Noah Carver - Koda - Kendall Morgan - Marvin Shih - Eddie Banks - Jack Thomas - Vesper Vasquez - Chloe Ashford - Joe Shih - Mike Corbett - Devon Daniels - Ravi Shaw - Zoey Reeves - Ari - Remi
World of the Coinless
Zack - Trini - Saba - Ranger Slayer - Skull - Billy - Jason - Bulk - Aisha Campbell - Matt - Scorpina - Adam Park
Villains
Shattered Grid: Lord Drakkon - Finster 5 - Ranger Sentries - Rita Repulsa - Koragg, The Knight Wolf - S.P.D. A-Squad Red Ranger - A-Squad Yellow Ranger - A-Squad Green Ranger - Psycho Pink - Psycho Blue - Cogs - Grinders
Beyond the Grid: Praetor
Storylines
Main: Shattered Grid - Beyond the Grid - Necessary Evil - Unlimited Power - The Eltarian War
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink
Issue 1 - Issue 2 - Issue 3 - Issue 4 - Issue 5 - Issue 6
Justice League/Power Rangers
Issue 1 - Issue 2 - Issue 3 - Issue 4 - Issue 5 - Issue 6
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Issue 1 - Issue 2 - Issue 3 - Issue 4 - Issue 5
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn
Ranger Slayer - Issue 1 - Issue 2 - Issue 3
Power Rangers Unlimited
Heir to Darkness - Edge of Darkness
Power Rangers Universe
Issue 1
Graphic Novels
Aftershock - Soul of the Dragon - The Psycho Path - Sins of the Future
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