Ryū Tendō/Red Hawk | Actor: Kotaro Tanaka
Member of the Skyforce who was given the Birdonic Waves to become the first Jetman. Too bad right after that, the Vyrams attack and he lost his girlfriend Rie Aoi. Ryū goes to lead the Jetmen, but is pretty hung up with Rie's death.
- Arranged Marriage: By his grandma, no less.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Gai's Veronica for Kaori's Archie. He wins.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is one briefly after learning that Rie is Maria, where he loses his mind and starts believing that Rie is with him. He gets better.
- Driven to Suicide: His efforts in avenging Rie's death leads to him committing a suicide attack, using the Jet Striker on him and Radiguet. He gets better.
- Fatal Flaw: His hatred towards Radiguet for killing Rie would have doomed the Jetmen had they not rescued him in time.
- Fingerless Gloves: From Gold's Gym nonetheless!
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: He's pretty hung up about Rie's death. Later, he finds out that the villain Maria is his dead girlfriend.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He has a major one when he realizes that Maria is Rie all along to the point that he's nearly Driven to Suicide when he tries to avenge her death. He gets better.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He attempts to kill himself and Radiguet to avenge Rie. It doesn't work.
- It's Personal: Has this against Radiguet after he kills Rie, and tries to kill him in a suicide attack with the Fire Bazooka. Ironically survives because Radiguet destroys it and allows the other Jetmen to come to his rescue.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: He gets his own vehicle, the Jet Striker, which is the team's BFG, too. His Jet Hawk is also the biggest among the Jet Machines, and he's the only Jetman to have had formal training beforehand.
- The Leader: He serves as the team's leader.
- Official Couple: He initially gets engaged with Rie, until she was Killed Off for Real. He and Kaori get together in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
- Revenge Before Reason: When Radiguet kills Rie, he decides to exact revenge on Radiguet to the point that he abandons the Jetman's mission to help others. It would have gotten himself killed had Radiguet not destroyed the Jet Striker and the remaining Jetman not rescue him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He attempts to avenge Mie's death at the hands of Radiguet. Fortunately, he snaps out of it thanks to Kaori.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the penultimate episode, he attempts to leave his comrades behind to avenge Rie's death. However, it doesn't work.
- Taking You with Me: Towards the end of the series, Ryū decides to use the Jet Striker to kill both himself and Radiguet in order for the former to avenge Rie's death. Unfortunately for him, it backfires because Radiguet ends up destroying the Jet Striker and the Jetmen pull a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He says this to Radiguet before he transforms into Red Hawn and to avenge Rie.
Gai Yūki/Black Condor | Actor: Toshihide Wakamatsu
A rebellious lone wolf who's just out to enjoy his life before his death. While accidentally struck with Birdonic Wave and being called to become a Jetman, Gai refused being ordered around, especially from someone like Ryū, but his sense of justice got over him and he ends up joining and developing that sense. He makes advances on Kaori, and while at first refused, his persistence paid off... only for him to break it up due to different lifestyles. In the end, he decided to let Kaori marry Ryū, now his best friend. Sadly, while on the way to visit their marriage, Gai tried to stop a mugger and while he succeeded, the mugger stabs him, and he died due to the wounds shortly after he gave Ryū his blessings. The manga epilogue had him replaced by musician Jeffrey Kensaki AKA Green Eagle.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Ryū's Betty for Kaori's Archie. He loses.
- Breakout Character: Gai is one of the most loved Black Rangers amongst the fandom. So much that he's the guy to represent Jetman in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, coming Back from the Dead
- Dead Guy Junior: The "Toei TV Hero Encyclopedia" retrospective reveals that Ryu and Kaori named their child after him. The questionably-canonical sequel manga has Raita and Satsuki do the same.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: On the basis of being Condor Joe's Expy.
- Expy: In addition to being based on Gatchaman's Joe Asakura, Gai also has many similarities to the One-Shot Character Ryo Asuka, the Sixth Ranger prototype from Hikari Sentai Maskman. The X1 Mask episode of Maskman is notable for being one of the earliest Sentai episodes written by Toshiki Inoue.
- Fingerless Gloves: Fingerless?
- Groin Attack: Mostly down against Mooks.
- Go Out with a Smile: By the end of the series, [[spoiler:he dies on the bench while smiling.
- Heroic Willpower: In the Grand Finale, he got stabbed and yet forces himself to make it to Ryu and Kaori's wedding.
- Image Song: Honoo no Condor, by Gai's actor Toshihide Wakamatsu, which plays during his Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He scoffs at Ryu's heroism, but deep down, Gai is just as heroic and caring as his rival.
- The Lancer: He gets into fights with Ryū especially often early on, but the two eventually become friends.
- Musical Assassin: He's a sax player and he kicks so much ass.
- Not So Invincible After All: Yeah, he survived a year fighting against the Vyrams. A mugger's stab killed him.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Raita's Sensitive Guy.
- Signature Move: Condor Finish
- Token Evil Teammate: At first.
Raita Ōishi/Yellow Owl | Actor: Tomihisa Naruse
A fat farmer who at first really doesn't like fighting, even after he's struck with Birdonic Waves. He just wants to be a farmer... until the Vyrams trample his farm and he ends up fighting anyway. Has a childhood friend named Satsuki whom he eventually married in the end of the series. Despite so, he used to have a crush to Kaori, but decided that she's too good for him and settles with 'being able to protect her'.
- Acrofatic: Even though he's overweight, Raita's still capable of going toe-to-toe with Radiguet's books.
- The Ageless/Older Than They Look: Not with the character, but with Tomihisa Naruse, his actor. It's been 2 decades since the show aired and the man hasn't aged a day. The other actors, not so much.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: With a girl named Satsuki. He does marry her in the end.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Raita has the hots for Kaori, just like Gai, but he never even gets the privilege to go out on a date with her.
- Expy: of Daita Ōiwa, the original yellow ranger himself. Even the names are similar (Ōishi and Ōiwa both mean "large stone").
- Improvised Weapon User: One of his signature moves is hurling rocks at monsters.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Ako's Masculine Girl.
- Meaningful Name: Ōishi means "big rock". Guess what one of his signature moves is. Oishii, a homophone, sounds like "delicious", referring to his love of food.
- Rock Beats Laser: Despite fighting alien invaders, throwing giant rocks at monsters is still an effective tactic.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Gai's Manly Man.
- Signature Move: Rock Drop...which consists of hurling giant rocks at the enemy.
- Stout Strength: He is one of the more visibly fat Sentai heroes, and one of the strongest physically.
Kaori Rokumeikan/White Swan | Actress: Rika Kishida
Heiress to the Rokumeikan family, at first an extremely Spoiled Brat, but eventually evolved into Spoiled Sweet, thanks to Ryū's scoldings. While at first repulsed at Gai, she ends up with him after discovering his heart of gold, but he broke up with her after introducing him to her high-class family which... pissed him off. Kaori eventually ends up marrying Ryū after much hardships that follows.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. While she does give Gai a chance, it is Ryu whom she is attracted to.
- Also subverted when she finds a fiance in the form of an Upper-Class Twit, after putting up with his Jerkass behavior for most of the episode (even stopping Gai from hitting him), she has enough when he makes a comment about the non-rich people's lives not being important.
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Ryū's Betty and Gai's Veronica. She chooses Ryū.
- The Chick: She's the weakest fighter (at first), and that's saying something.
- Dude Magnet: Sort of. Gai and Raita both want a piece of her, in their own way! (Though Ryū, who wasn't originally interested in her, is the one who ultimately gets her)
- Official Couple: With Ryū in the epilogue.
- The Ojou
- Runaway Bride: From an Upper-Class Twit; this lead to a Crowning Moment of Awesome where she jumps the Monster of the Week on a motorbike. Wearing her Fairytale Wedding Dress.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Ako's Tomboy. Changes over the course of the series, where she becomes less shallow and materialistic.
- Uptown Girl: She is rich while both Ryū and Gai belong to the middle-class. This is one of the reasons her relationship with Gai doesn't work out.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She is a wife and a mother when she marries Ryu.
Ako Hayasaka/Blue Swallow |Actress: Sayuri Uchida
An Ordinary High-School Student that accidentally got hit with Birdonic Waves and ends up becoming a star athlete in instant. A bit of materialistic, demanding money here and there, but she instantly got over it, realizing her own sense of justice after the first encounter with the Vyrams, joining the Jetman. She's the tomboy of the team, though she eventually grew over it and in the epilogue, became an Idol Singer... despite being bad at singing while in school.
- High School Hustler: Pre Character Development
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: She's... not very good at singing.
- Idol Singer: At the end of the series, she becomes a well-known pop singer.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Raita's Feminine Boy.
- Only in It for the Money: At first. Want to hire her for the athletic team? Give her a good salary first. Want her to join the Jetman? Pay her 1500 yen per hour!
- Ordinary High-School Student: Until she got hit by the Birdonic Waves...
- Out of Focus: Definitely gets the least amount of focus episodes of all the Jetmen.
- Shipper on Deck: She apparently ships Ryū/Kaori
- Signature Move: "Swallow Dash"
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Kaori's Girly Girl, until she becomes an Idol Singer in the epilogue.
- You Go, Girl!: She's an athlete in school.
Chief Aya Odagiri
- Badass in Charge: Despite not being a Jetman herself, she's still pretty badass. She's even piloted a Humongous Mecha on a few occasions, one of which was a Curbstomp Battle.
- Badass Normal: She's not a Super Soldier like the Jetman team, but she's still manages to be this trope.
- The Captain
- Da Chief
- Team Mom
- The Mentor
RadiguetOne of the Vyram elites spearheading the attack of Earth. He thinks of nothing but himself, not even his queen, and would do every dirty tricks available to make him the supreme ruler of the universe, including betrayal. And he's not above betraying his fellow Vyrams.
- A God Am I: First day of his invasion, he claims to be a God for the Earthling. He probably said that to ANY dimensions he tried to invade. He also claimed his "holy body was invincible" during the final battle, after his merger with the Vylock.
- Big Bad
- Bishōnen: While he's not as pretty in the actual series, his appearance in the canonically-questionable manga hits this trope.◊
- Blood from the Mouth: He coughs up blood before he curses the Jetmen and dies.
- Dragon-in-Chief: At first. Empress Juuza was the Bigger Bad.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with the Jetmen at least twice. First to take down Empress Juuza and later against Tranza.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: His interactions with Maria border on this quite often, as he's almost always touching her face and reminding her she belongs to him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Gai kills him with the Birdonic Saber.
- It's All About Me: Screw the rest of the Vyram. Radiguet wants to take everything for himself, even from his fellow elites.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's a horrible monster, and never assume that there's a nice guy underneath that. It won't end well.
- Manipulative Bastard: If he fell off the villain threat level (due to Juza or Tranza), he usually resorts to this to get back to the top of the food chain, usually using the Jetmen as his pawns.
- Meaningful Name: "Radiguet" was also the last name of a French author who wrote a book called "Devil in the Flesh," which describes this Radiguet well.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: During their first fight, Ryu manages to leave a cut on his face, causing him to go berserk.
- Morality Pet: Subverted. When he got amnesiac, he received one. Then he got his memory back... then killed her. The bastard! You just leveled up in Complete Monster department!
- Nigh Invulnerable: His Raguem form is immune to Great Icarus' Bird Maser, but gains a weak point due to a stab wound Rie inflicts on him before dying. He attempts to cover it with the armor formed from the Vylock, but Jet Garuda punches it off him, and grapples him long enough for Jet Icarus to impale him in the wound with the Birdonic Saber.
- One-Winged Angel: He has a more powerful, yet uglier form named Radigan that he transforms into when he gets really pissed. He also gains a giant form later called Raguem and fuses with the Vyram base, the Vylock, in the finale.
- The Starscream: To Empress Juza and later Tranza.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: While not exclusive to him, among the Vyram, he makes the biggest habit of saving the Jetmen so he can kill them himself.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he was never harmless, he still tended to fall victim to The Worf Effect to show off a new threat like Juuza or Tranza (though he will come back to one-up them), but after draining the power from Tranza's robot, aside from the One-Winged Angel above, he also manages to No-Sell the Fire Bazooka.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Does owe the Jetmen for not being stuck as somebody's minion, but never changes his opinion of them, and the feeling is mutual.
- Villainous Crush: On Rie, hence turning her into Maria, and a truly sick one at that, as his actions are less about having any feelings for her (he only cares about himself) as much as desiring to possess and control her, even it means reducing her to a mindless slave.
- Bad Boss: While all the other Vyram commanders dislike her, the only one to actually stand up to her is Radiguet. While she doesn't kill him, she wipes his memory and turns him human.
- Big Bad: Is the empress of the Vyram. Except that she's in actuality a Big Bad Wannabe when the Jetman teams up with the other Vyram villains to fight her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies the episode after she is introduced.
Tran / Tranza
- Big Bad Wannabe: Came VERY close to becoming a true Big Bad, but Radiguet managed to usurp the spot from him.
- Enemy Civil War: With Radiguet. Ultimately lost.
- Fate Worse than Death: He ends up in a mental institution after being humiliated by Radiguet.
- Kid-Appeal Character: As Tran.
- Knight of Cerebus: As Tranza, his appearance marks an end to series comic relief.
- Tagalong Kid, Enfante Terrible, Creepy Child: At first.
- Took a Level in Badass: Before while he was never harmless as Tran, he was never as much of a threat as the rest of the Vyram. As Tranza, the first things he does are solo the Jetmen and then the rest of the Vyram and establish himself at the Big Bad. He's only defeated in the end because Radiguet helped Ryū defeat him.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. A contrast from his rival Gai.
- Affably Evil: Has no intentions to mock any of his friends whatsoever. He is even on good terms with his rival Gai.
- Birds of a Feather: Him and Maria have a shared love of music, arts and combat, which is why they get along so well.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is in love with Maria and unlike Radiguet, he actually cares about her. Even when she reverted back to human and good, he still loved her and stayed with her in her final moments.
- Foil: To Gai. They're quite similar, in that they smoke, drink, gamble and love women who they didn't get in the end. However, Gai is undoubtedly a good guy, if an Anti-Hero, while Grey is a bad guy, although more of an Anti-Villain.
- Heel–Face Turn: He dies peacefully on episode 50.
- Irony: Despite being a robot, he's the most human out of all the Vyram.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: He loves cigarettes, wine, music, and Maria!
- Smoking Is Cool: So much that he requested Gai to lit his cig before he (Grey) dies.
- Tears from a Stone: Grey actually sheds tears when Maria/Rie dies.
- Wicked Cultured: Drinks red wine, smokes fancy cigarettes listens to (and learns to play) classical music on a phonograph, always makes sure his equipment is polished, and plays roulette.
- Dark Action Girl: Maria is very strong, to the point of being able to go toe-to-toe with the Jetmen.
- Dude Magnet: Grey is in love with Maria, and Radiguet desires her for himself, so much that he forcibly brainwashed her into evil. And then there's Ryu...
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her cold demeanor, she did seem to genuinely care for Grey and it was implied she might have returned his feelings.
- Redemption Equals Death: She dies in her efforts to kill Radiguet.
- Walking Spoiler: If you couldn't already tell.