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Heartbroken Badass: He may or may not count as one of these - he is understandably upset about his wife getting her soul stuck in a psycho-crypt after all.
Love Makes You Crazy: When it looked like Eliza would die in "Psychocrypt," he does some really irrational things like holding a technician at gunpoint and trying to resign his commission to make a suicidal attempt to get her crystal. The Queen's Mind Rape wasn't helping matters...
Perpetual Frowner: And no wonder—he has the unenviable task of keeping his crew alive, raising his kids alone, and adjusting to experimental cyberware.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Zachary could be seen as this. He'll follow the rules to a point so long as it actually makes sense within the situation at hand, but if a situation requires a little improvisation he's not going to waste time arguing over it.
The Lancer, a Clint Eastwood look- and soundalike (in stark contrast to Zachary Foxx, described by the show's creators as "The John Wayne Character"), and a Cowboy Cop in every sense of the term, Shane may be the most popular Ranger. Shane is an Artificial Human who was "born" as one of the X-Men-like Supertroopers, an experimental, genetically engineered army of SuperSoldiers. He is the youngest of the Supertroopers engineered and considered the runt. Unfortunately, Jerkasspolitician Senator Whiner exposed most of them to "X Factor", a flawed DNA accelerator that killed several Supertroopers and caused all the survivors except (arguably) Darkstar to become evil; Goose was out of the barracks at the time, and thus, not exposed. Shane often acts as a Bounty Hunter to capture his former comrades. His implant allows him to adapt to any attack or hostile environment through defensive Involuntary Shapeshifting, which can cause him to transform into strange (but always humanoid) creatures. Goose is also a Chick Magnet; several of the show's female characters are attracted to him, including his teammate Niko.Tropes associated with Shane:
Being Good Sucks: He was already questioning his purpose as a living weapon and unwilling to accept unnecessary casualties during training. Because he decided to stay loyal to his creators during the riot, he is considered a traitor by his brethren and was forced to accept a deal where he became a Hunter of His Own Kind.
Involuntary Shapeshifting: His Series Five power. Played With in that the shapeshifting itself is sometimes voluntary, sometimes automatically triggered whenever Goose is injured; in either case, he never knows what he's going to turn into, except that it'll be humanoid.
White Sheep: The rest of his Supertrooper "family" (with the sole exception of Darkstar) appear to be everything you'd expect a living weapon to be - amoral, cruel, and bloodthirsty.
Younger Than He Looks: He was established in the second to last episode as 19 years old, making him 17 or 18 when the series began.
Voiced by: Laura Dean
A redheaded(?) Action Girl whose implant enhances—and sometimes weaponizes—her inborn Psychic Powers. Born on an ill-fated colony planet, Niko was raised on the mystical world of Xanadu by a mysterious mentor named Ariel. Niko is also an Adventurer Archaeologist whose knowledge of alien cultures proves invaluable to the team.Tropes associated with Niko:
All There in the Manual: The series never mentions that she was from a destroyed colony. This detail is only present in supplementary material Mandell released later.
Fiery Redhead: Normally, a subversion as she is patient and slow to lose her cool. If she does get to the boiling point? Clear the sector.
It's actually not clear if she's a red head or a brunette - depending on the animators and artists. At least once Shane Gooseman actually described her as a brunette.
Loving a Shadow: A fairly mild and harmless example - it is implied that she may have had a crush on Zachary Foxx when they first started working together, but never acted on it since he was married with kids.
Psychic Powers: She was born with them, but her implant amplifies them.
Walter "Doc" Hartford
Voiced by: Hubert Kelly
A graduate of Mrs. Abercrombie's Charm and Finishing School, Doc is a combination of The Smart Guy (although all the Rangers are pretty intelligent) and Plucky Comic Relief. This Billy Dee Williams lookalike is a wisecracking Techno Wizard whose implant gives him control over any computer by using the "Tweakers", a group of talking, sprite-like "programs" he created. Doc's sense of humor has made him a fan favorite.Tropes associated with Doc:
Badass Bookworm: The dude is a Ph.D., a skilled hacker even without the implant, attended charm school...and can still brawl his way through a pile of mooks with the best of them.
Badass Mustache: It's not as epic as Commander Walsh's or Lazarus Slade's, but it's there.
Let's Get Dangerous: He's normally the Plucky Comic Relief and grossly underpowered compared to his teammates. However, he proved in "Heartbeat" to be capable of taking down the Scarecrow single-handedly if pushed.
Minored In Ass Kicking: "Miss Abercrombie's Charm School" apparently taught acrobatics, diplomacy, and how to sword-fight.
Mysterious Past: Mandell and company explored the Backstory of the other three Rangers with "Phoenix," "Ariel," and the Supertrooper duology. By comparison, Doc's background went unexplored.
Token Minority: Doc seems to be the only non-white human in the galaxy (except for Jackhammer of the Supertroopers and one shot villain Dr. Ograbgo).
Trading Bars for Stripes: Possibly. Word of God says he enlisted "reluctantly," he makes several comments indicating he really looking forward to leaving military service, and seeing as he is a first rate con artist on top of being a hacker.
Commander Joseph Walsh
Voiced by: Earl Hammond
Head of BETA and the Rangers' commanding officer. Serves as Da Chief. Before the Galaxy Rangers were started, he headed up the Supertrooper project that created Goose with Commander Negata. He appears to have a personal rivalry with Senator Whiner dating back to the project.Tropes associated with Commander Walsh:
Badass Mustache: Doc and Commander Walsh both have them, but since Walsh's mustache is a handlebar, he wins.
Benevolent Boss: Walsh does his best to protect the Rangers from political pressure, even if it means bending the rules once in a while.
The Chains of Commanding: He has to field the massive amount of political heat that's put on the Series 5 project, and was in charge of the ill-fated Supertrooper project.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Played with in "Supertroopers." Whiner attempts to blackmail Walsh by revealing he knows Shane's parentage. Turns out Walsh is Shane's genetic father. Shane never finds this out.
McCloud Speech: Given to the other three Rangers in "Psychocrypt" after they sneak Zachary out of BETA.
Parental Substitute: Walsh considers Shane the son he never had...of course, there are reasons for it.
A bumbling android who helps the Rangers and their friends in a few episodes. He was created by Q-Ball as a helper around Longshot but wanted to become a Galaxy Ranger in full. At the end of "Tune Up," he earned the title (at least an honorary one).Tropes associated with Buzzwang:
Heroic Sacrifice: At the climax of "Tune Up", Buzzwang self-destructs so that Lazarus Slade can't use him to steal BETA's secrets. It works out better than usual, though: Not only is Buzzwang totally rebuilt, but his heroism earns him a place among the Galaxy Rangers.
Kid-Appeal Character: The reasn he exists. And a substantial portion of the fanbase will never forgive him for it.
Co-creator of the Supertroopers. Fatally injured when the Supertroopers revolted, his brain was able to be preserved and placed in a robotic shell. He serves as BETA's tactical commander and chief strategist.Tropes associated with Dr. Negata:
Brain in a Jar: All that's left of Dr. Negata when Gravestone attacks him after the Batch 22 incident.
Zachary's beloved wife, and mother to Zach Jr. and Jessica Foxx. In the pilot episode, the family was headed to Kirwin when they were ambushed by Kidd and his space pirates. She was able to get her children onto an escape pod, but sacrificed herself to let them get away. Things only became worse after Kidd sold her to the Queen of the Crown. The Queen was able to place her in the Psychocrypt, proving that humans were ideal specimens for the nightmarish device. Zachary was able to get her body away from the Queen, but the crystal containing her mind and spirit is being held by the Queen.Tropes associated with Eliza:
And I Must Scream: "Psychocrypt" demonstrates that she is aware of what is going on around her under the imprisonment of the Queen, including the Queen's delight in using her against her husband...but cannot stop any of it.
Fate Worse Than Death: Being forced to serve your husband's Archenemy against your entire species? Being said archenemy's eyes and ears with everything you know about your spouse turned into a weapon, including nightlyMind Rape of both of you? All the while completely aware and helpless to stop any of it?
Gadgeteer Genius: Her science project in "Invasion" was so effective, it summoned a Q-like alien child to send his toys over and try to get the dish for himself.
I Miss Mom: In "Invasion," she is the only child there whose parents are unable to come to the science fair, and visibly cringes when a classmate asks about her mom.
The Rangers' Alien Friends
Voiced by: Henry Mandell
One of the "two peaceful aliens" who warn Earth about the Crown Empire and go on to befriend the Rangers. He is an Andorian, a species whose hat is scientific development, logic, and math. He designed Kirwin's defense shield and the super-fast hyperdrive traded to Earth in exchange for an alliance.Tropes associated with Waldo:
Ambadassador: While Waldo considered fighting to be "uncivilized," it did not prevent him from self-defense in the slightest.
The other "peaceful alien." His species, the Kiwi, are shorter than most humans, good-natured, and have the hat of growing Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables. However, Kiwi are much tougher than they look, and Zozo is the finest example of it. Despite being an Ambassador, Zozo frequently accompanies the Rangers on missions and is always up for a party, a good joke...or a fight.Tropes associated with Zozo:
Ambadassador: Even more so than his counterpart, Waldo, Zozo does not shy away from fighting. In several episodes, he is also addressed as Ranger Zozo, indicating he is at least an honorary, if not full, Galaxy Ranger in his own right.
Sixth Ranger: Fifth Ranger, technically. Zozo is in a fair amount of episodes, even more so than Waldo is. He's a bit over a meter high, and completely non-powered, but he's a tough and clever little guy.
The Rangers' primary informant on the outlaw planet of Tortuna. Most of the time, he is very content to stay away from wherever the shooting is. Unfortunately, the Rangers show up and he's usually caught in the crossfire.
Princess Maya hails from Tarkon, a planet of Human Aliens. An aggressive Action Girl, she was captured from her homeworld and forced into a sadistic Blood Sport. This showed her the wonders and dangers of the wider galaxy, and she became determined to protect her people by importing and learning to use technology, despite their ancient ban on such things. This has caused her to revolt against her father and be snubbed by most members of the nobility... until she helps the Rangers prevent Scarecrow from destroying the Heart of Tarkon.Tropes associated with Princess Maya:
Badass Princess: We first see her (in "Games") as a captive in a sadistic tournament one of the villains forced captives to play to the death. After she and the Rangers fought their way free, she was determined to use the technology she saw to save her people from interstellar threats - even if it meant open rebellion against her father.
Women Are Wiser: When McCross claimed Shane's horse was actually his, Annie's response: "Oh really? Ride him! Horses don't lie!"
Voiced by: Maia Danziger
Tribal shaman on the Death World of Bistee-Fenokee.Tropes associated with Mistwalker:
Hulkspeak: Justified somewhat, as she hasn't been exposed to much of the language.
Never Mess with Granny: Audra thinks of her as a "little old grandmother" and village shaman...until she uses her knowledge of the Death World she lives on to really make the Black Hole Gang sorry.
You Never Asked: When she reveals that she's learned to speak Audra's language.
Voiced by: Maia Danziger
A BETA scientist who studies sentient life on remote worlds. Unfortunately, her work with the natives sometimes causes her to face dangers from the "civilized" parts of the galaxy.Tropes associated with Audra:
Action Girl: "Mistwalker" had her in the thick of the fighting against the Black Hole Gang. Granted, Mistwalker and the Death World did the bulk of the heavy lifting. However, when the sentient wolf-like Lycans were threatened during "In Sheep's Clothing," she breaks into a heavily-guarded corporate facility looking for answers.
Amy Ladd's dragon-like pet.Tropes associated with Pinkwing:
A harmless Cloud Cuckoolander with a talent for inventing fantastic machines. He comes across as a Bungling Inventor because they sometimes need a bit more adjustment...but he's a Gadgeteer Genius on the second try. Unfortunately, his soft spot for Evil Twin Jackie gets him in trouble.Tropes associated with Aidan Subtract:
Medicine Show: How he demonstrates his inventions, including his rainmaker.
Mobile Kiosk: Aiden works out of one of these, hawking his inventions in "Rainmaker".
Niko's mentor and mother figure. Because she was such a standout character, she's a common guest-star in Fan Fic.Tropes associated with Ariel:
A prospector aided by his faithful robot burro, he wanders planets looking for Green Rocks, and sometimes winds up with more than he bargained for.Tropes Associated with Roy:
Coincidence Magnet: He stumbles on a cache of starstones, only to have been followed by the Black Hole Gang. Another attempt uncovered an ancient citadel. A third attempt uncovered a planet loaded with starstones, and he ended up mayor of a boomtown.
Noodle Incident: He seemed to be awfully familiar with Zachary and had obviously been keeping tabs on him. We never learn the specifics of why. We also do not know why he happened to have a frilly dance-hall girl outfit in the back of his ship, either.
The Queen of the Crown and Her Forces
The Queen of the Crown
Voiced by: Corinne Orr
Ruler of a vast and crumbling Empire, the sorceress-Queen fuses magic and technology in a nightmarish combination in order to stabilize and keep hold of her territory. The culmination of this is the Psychocrypt, which mashes sentient beings down for Life Energy and uses the resulting Soul Jar to power Slaverlord constructs through which she can see, hear, and speak. She carpet-bombed the planet Tortuna, rendering it uninhabitable aside from a few domed cities. After bringing the Girkin race to near-extinction in her thirst for Slaverlords, she has turned her eyes to humans, who have the unfortunate distinction of being the best known candidate for Slaverlord manufacture.Tropes associated with The Queen of the Crown:
Slaver Lords are psychic projections controlled by the Queen, powered by the life force trapped in a psycho crystal. A psycho crystal is a crystal full of life force stolen from a living being. The Slaver Lords act as the eyes, ears, and mouth for the Queen.Tropes associated with Slaver Lords:
And I Must Scream: Maybe it's unique to Eliza, but "Psychocrypt" made it clear that she was conscious and able to know what was going on.
Fate Worse Than Death: They are either political enemies, or just the "right" species. They process involves getting their souls forcibly extracted. The process is hideously painful, and then while conscious and aware of what's been done, they are forced to be the eyes, ears, and enforcers of the tyrant that inflicted the fate.
A brutal, bloodthirsty product of the Supertrooper program, he and Goose were bitter rivals even before the riot. When Corrupt Bureaucrat Whiner pumped Psycho Serum into the barracks, Killbane accused Whiner, Walsh, and Negata of trying to kill them and started the revolt. After escaping, he became a notorious mercenary willing to take the nastiest jobs for a good price.Tropes associated with Ryker Kilbane:
Cain and Abel: Goose and Ryker were opposites in style and approach at Wolf Den, but they were nominally on the same side then. When the riot happened, Killbane led the Supertrooper revolt against their creators, while Shane was the only one to stay loyal.
A quiet and supportive type, despite her brutal origin as a Supertrooper, Darkstar has the ability to temporarily blind people. Goose had fallen for Darkstar back at the academy and tried to convince her to stay, but his inability to admit those feelings led her to leaving with Stingray.Tropes associated with Darkstar:
White Sheep: To the rest of the Supertroopers, along with Shane.
Not as aggressive as Killbane or actively looking for revenge against BETA, Stingray took his girlfriend, Darkstar, and headed off for parts unknown. He has the ability to shoot Eye Beams when he lifts his sunglasses.Tropes associated with Stingray:
One of the renegade Supertroopers who joined with Killbane. His abilities are unknown.Tropes associated with Jackhammer:
Token Minority: Along with Doc, he's one of the few non-white humans in the series.
A vicious sociopath, Chimera is Killbane's right hand woman when the renegades capture Senator Whiner and the Batch 22 Superweapon. Has the ability to Mind Trick others into doing her bidding.Tropes associated with Chimera:
I Lied: In response to handing over a biological weapon: "Only weaklings keep bargains! And Supertroopers are the strongest of all!"
Mind Rape: Against Senator Whiner, to get him to steal the biological weapon.
Other Assorted Villains
Voiced by: Earl Hammond
A Plitsky space pirate. Looks like an oversized chicken, and is really a coward when he isn't sitting on the bridge of his flagship, the Iron Falcon. He was the one who attacked Zachary and his family in the pilot episode, but cut a deal with BETA in "New Frontier" (the second episode) after being double-crossed. This begins both his Heel-Face Revolving Door and his Villain Decay.Tropes associated with Captain Kidd:
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In "Phoenix," the Queen deprives him of his "booty," (the captured ship) and stiffs him on payment. The ticked-off captain decides he's had enough and starts firing on the Crown Destroyer.
Too Dumb to Live: He's great at his mad science, but proposing marriage to the Queen would certainly hint at a broad lack of common sense.
Villain Team-Up: He's marginally competent on his own, but has a tendency to ally himself with other rogues. Cue the Rangers' Mass "Oh, Crap!" reaction when they trail him in "Aces and Apes", only to find he's teamed up with the Scarecrow.
Tropes associated with Scarecrow:
Eldritch Abomination: A remnant of a war fought millions of years in the past, he is more alien than most people can comprehend.
Evil Laugh: Often. Particularly memorable example: he does one directly into the camera at the end of his first episode. Also see Man on Fire below.
Man on Fire: Scarecrow briefly becomes one in his debut episode. It barely even slows him down; he runs from the scene doing one of his trademark evil laughs, then shows up (in disguise) as the episode ends.
Sealed Evil in a Can: His origin. He was sealed under the planet Tarkon until the Kiwi accidentally woke him up.
Mogul, a four-armed alien, is the last survivor of a race of evil sorcerers who once controlled the Sorcerer system. He's first seen enslaving the Ewok-like Basooti because the starstones, which grow only on Basoot, enhance his powers.Tropes associated with Mogul:
An flamboyant, felinoid alien who has the appearance and demeanor of a demented game show host. He's a powerful (if eccentric) villain in his first episode, "The Power Within", then becomes a more comic figure in later appearances.Tropes associated with Nimrod:
Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The plot of "The Power Witihin". Nimod pursues and captures the crews of various ships, then keeps them suspended animation as trophies. However, the Rangers put a stop to that.
Obstructive Bureaucrat at best, Corrupt Bureaucrat arguably, judging from his conduct in "Supertroopers," which included blackmailing Walsh by threatening to reveal that Walsh is Shane's genetic father.