The Power Rangers franchise is inducting its second-ever LGBT hero.
Ellarien, the Solar Ranger from BOOM! Studios’ Power Rangers comic book series, has officially been revealed as the brand’s newest LGBT character. The announcement comes on the heels of the character’s addition to the Power Rangers: Legacy Wars mobile fighting game designed by nWay.
While the character was never stated to be LGBT during her run in the comic book series, her character bio from the video confirms that her girlfriend was a character named Remi.
When Ellarien was given stewardship of the Solarix, she was unable to fully control its power. She eventually became able to tame it only by sharing the power and burden amongst herself, her girlfriend Remi, and others who became the Solar Rangers.
The Solar Ranger has never appeared in the Power Rangers TV show or toy line, but has been a popular addition to the franchise since first appearing in the Power Rangers: Beyond The Grid comic book storyline written by Marguerrite Bennett.
The first LGBT hero in the Power Rangers franchise was the 2017 theatrical version of Trini Kwan, portrayed by actress Becky G., in Lionsgate’s Saban’s Power Rangers feature film.
Ellarien’s coming out comes after recent superhero franchises including Marvel have also announced LGBT additions of their own, including Tessa Thompson’s Valkeryie.
Fans will have to stay tuned to see if Hasbro has any plans to incorporate the Solar Ranger into any future forms of media.
The post-SHATTERED GRID storyline, titled “Beyond The Grid”, followed a new team of Rangers – Andros (Red Ranger, Power Rangers In Space), Mike (Magna Defender, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy), Tanya (Yellow Ranger, Power Rangers Zeo), Cam (Green Ranger, Power Rangers Ninja Storm), Ranger Slayer, and the mysterious Talon Ranger (now named the Dark Ranger) from Power Rangers Dino Charge.
The story was written by writer Margurite Bennett, and designed by artist Simone De Meo.