|Real Name:||Russell Taylor|
|Title:||Private Military Contractor|
|Affiliations:||The Phoenix Foundation|
SAS Soldier (Formerly)
|First appearance:||Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix|
|Portrayed by:||Henry Ian Cusick|
Described as a master manipulator and salesman, Russ is skilled in propaganda and lie detection, and boasts an extremely high emotional intelligence. He is also very wealthy, and thus is used to both getting his way and enjoying the spoils of war (including expensive suits, fast cars, private jets and a house in Monte Carlo).
Taylor has Pareidolia, a disorder that allows him to see patterns in seemingly random data. He is able to absorb data and see connections and patterns which allows him to formulate plans and strategies.
Taylor is not the type to think about his team if they seemingly turned into an enemy. As seen in Loyalty + Family + Rogue + Hellfire, he vowed that the next time he saw MacGyver and Riley Davis, he would pull the trigger without hesitance.
Russ also seems to have experience with Codex that the rest of the team are unaware of. He has alluded multiple times to "knowing the evils that Codex is capable of".
- He was the second main character to be introduced in the first episode of a season other than Season 1. The first was Samantha Cage.
- He is a helicopter pilot