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Ashley Hammond is a character in Power Rangers Turbo and In Space. She is the second Yellow Turbo Ranger of the Turbo Rangers and the Yellow Space Ranger of Space Rangers. She is the deuteragonist of Power Rangers in Space. She is also Andros' love interest.
Ashley was a recurring character during the beginning of the Turbo Era. She was an Angel Grove High School Cheerleader and was seen helping the terrified citizens of Angel Grove get to safety during one of Divatox's major attack on the city. Ashley was chosen by Tanya Sloan to take her place as the Yellow Ranger, taking over control of the Dune Star TurboZord and later gaining access to the Star Racer RescueZord.
When the Power Chamber was destroyed by Divatox and the defeated Power Rangers received word that the planet Eltar, home to their original mentor Zordon, had fallen to evil forces, Ashley and the other three new Turbo Rangers - T.J., Carlos, and Cassie - left Earth and Justin (who decides to stay with his dad) for outer space in a NASADA space shuttle, powerless but ready to fight to save Zordon.
Ashley and the other Rangers then met Andros, the Red Space Ranger, on the Astro Megaship, and she was given new powers as the Yellow Space Ranger, who later commanded the Mega V-4 (Saucer) Zord. When the Space Rangers returned to Earth, she enjoyed showing Andros her hometown. She discovered that he was telekinetic. Ashley offered to teach Andros billiards if he taught her how to use telekinesis. She would get distracted during the lessons, and thus never did get the hang of it.
She shared a love interest with Andros, who returned to Earth with her after the final battle.
Later on, Ashley and the other Space Rangers received a distress signal from Alpha 6 about the Psycho Rangers return and the Galaxy Rangers were in trouble. The Space and Galaxy Rangers fought and destroyed the Psycho Rangers.
Ashley is the sweet, kind-hearted and caring member of the team, compared to Cassie who is a tomboy. She is a optimistic and slightly clumsy person who always sees the positive side of a situation. Ashley is popular with other kids, and her enthusiasm allowed her to join to other clubs at Angel Grove High. Her dream is to become a fashion designer. She is also happy and easy-going.
Ashley immediately developed an interest in Andros. Their relationship developed throughout the year, and she grew to care for him deeply. However, when Zhane was awakened, he spends time with Ashley, which made Andros jealous, but Zhane convinced him that they were just friends, so Andros was able to ask her out on a date.
- She is the second Ranger to be a cheerleader after Kimberly Ann Hart.
- She and Cassie were the only Turbo Rangers to keep their colors when they became Space Rangers.
- She was originally suggested to share a love interest with Carlos, but that idea finally was rejected, and they only remained as friends.
- She is the last Yellow to match her Sentai counterpart in gender until Dustin Brooks and the last female Yellow to match her counterpart until Kira Ford.
- She is also the first Caucasian Yellow Ranger. The first Yellow Ranger, Trini Kwan is Asian-American, her replacement, Aisha Campbell is African-American, Tideus is an alien and her predecessor, Tanya Sloan is African.
- Her attraction with Andros is very similar to her Sentai counterpart's attraction with Carlos' Sentai counterpart.
- Although In Space is regarded as the best season of the Power Rangers franchise, Ashley is often seen by fans as one of the weakest Yellow Rangers in the franchise and the weakest member of her team, particularly during In Space. It doesn't help that her actress Tracy Lynn Cruz previously dated other PR actor Johnny Yong Bosch and he revealed in an interview that after getting a part in Turbo, she dumped him and stole his money and car. Although this occurred over 2 decades ago, there are some fans who are still bitter towards Tracy and are taking their anger out on her character.