Adaptation Dye-Job: Joe seems to get a new hair color with every new anime adaptation despite the manga clearly describing him as having "chestnut" hair (simplified to "brown" in Tokyopop's release), although Ishinomori later refers to him as a "blond" in the Aztec arc. In the early Toei films and '68 series, he has black hair. In the '79 series, his hair changed to a dirty mustard-like blond. He finally received brown hair in the Legend of the Super Galaxy film and 2001 series, only for it to be switched to a gingery orange shade in the 2012 movie.
His eye color can shift as well. Ishinomori's earliest colored artwork gave him blue eyes, only for his irises to then be depicted black, and then as brown in even later artwork. The animated adaptations vary between giving him brown eyes or red.
Art Evolution: Started out with large, innocent-looking eyes in the early manga artwork and was drawn looking a bit younger. Ishinomori's style gradually evolved to have him appear a little more mature.
But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, with the ethnicity of his father unknown. The manga goes as far as to state that Joe was bullied for his "half-breed" status by those around him, and wound up becoming a delinquent because of the discrimination that he faced.
The biracial aspect is unfortunately absent in both the '60s and 2001 incarnations, although the '79 series retained both this and Joe's delinquent history when it stated that Joe wound up at Kurihama for getting in a fight when protecting a fellow "half-breed" friend.
Cartwright Curse: Helen, Princess Tamara (from "Legend of the Super Galaxy"), and Helena/Artemis die, Princess Ixquic is stranded in time in the anime and dead/deactivated in the manga. Only Francoise (and Jet, if you like your Ho Yay) are immune.
Character Development: Is forced to throw away a part of his naīvete as time goes on, but does his best to remain gentle and compassionate without losing his backbone.
Conveniently an Orphan: His father is never acknowledged. In the 2001 series, his mother died when he was a baby, right after entrusting him to a priest. This plays out similarly in the manga, where Joe admits to having never known either of his parents, although he sees a vision of his mother during his final battle with Black Ghost.
Delinquent: Actually started up like this in the manga, before Black Ghost captured him. His delinquent past was kept in the 1979 anime series, but removed in the other animated adaptations.
Early Installment Weirdness: Aside from his more youthful-looking design in the early manga, Joe was prone to use "ore" in the earliest printings to denote his rough past and former delinquency. Ishinomori later had him using "boku" in later arcs and some reprints, which carries over to the anime adaptations.
The Hero: Maybe one of the best examples in anime (provided the episode isn't centered on the other cyborgs.)
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Starts the 2012 film with this, though he's aware that he's not entirely human. Due to his age and how cyborgs age, it's just easier to erase his memory and have him relive high school every three years.
Mundane Utility: Can be seen using his acceleration to get fresh ingredients to 006's restaurant, at one point.
Not Himself: Happens twice; first during the Ixquic incident, and later during The Yomi Arc. He also starts the 2012 movie this way.
Orphanage of Love: Lived in one of these in the 2001 series. Until the owner, a Catholic priest, is gunned down after he finds out that some of the orphans he used to shelter were notHappily Adopted, but used as guinea pigs by Black Ghost. Joe finds the corpse, is mistaken as the murderer and gets caught by Black Ghost while trying to escape from the police.
Time Stands Still: How he perceives the world while accelerated. The "Frozen Time" chapter in the manga and its adaptation in the '01 anime leaves him stuck like this for a while. It's nightmarish for him. Depending on the adaptation, he also can't hear or touch anything 'normal' for collateral damage reasons, in this state.
Ivan Whisky, aka Cyborg 001.
Voiced by: Kyoko Toriyama (early films- 1966, 1967), Fuyumi Shiraishi (1968 series and 1980 film) Sachiko Chijimatsu (1979 series), Mary Malone (1980 film- English dub), Kana Ueda (2001 series), R. Martin Klein (2001 series- English dub; credited as "Bob Marx"), Katsue Miwa (2009 CD dramas), Sakiko Tamagawa (2012 movie), Maru Guzman (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Adaptation Dye-Job: Started the manga with hair that varied between light brown or a bright blond, but it was quickly changed to silver. The silver hair carries over to the animated adaptations, except for the first three films(the '60s films by Yuko Serigawa and "Legend of the Super Galaxy") where his hair was reverted to the light brown that it appeared as in some of the early artwork.
Depending on the Artist: The style of his exposed eyes really vary throughout the manga, perhaps due to them being a sporadic occurrence and Ishinomori forgetting how they looked. They also vary throughout the "Conclusion: God's War" manga, due to two different artists having worked on it (Masato Hayase and Sugar Sato).
Hair Color Dissonance: His hair often appears more on the teal or blue side in the 2001 series, although it seems to be intended to be silver as in the manga artwork.
Spell My Name with an "S": His surname is spelled "Wisky" in the Archaia continuity. His given name is also sometimes seen as "Iwon" in merchandise, due to the difficulties of rendering "Ivan" in Japanese and then translating it back to English.
Voiced by: Ryo Ishihara (early films and 1968 series), Keiichi Noda (1979 series and 1980 film), Don Pomes (1980 film- English dub), Showtaro Morikubo (2001 series), Kirk Thornton (2001 series- English dub; credited as "Sparky Allen"), Hideyuki Hori (2009 CD dramas), Daisuke Ono (2012 movie), Ricardo Mendoza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).
A Fiery Redhead from New York City, he used to be part of a gang before getting into just a little too much trouble and winding up with Black Ghost. In addition to being able to fly via rocket engines in the soles of his feet, he possessed the prototype Accelerator, underscoring his relationship with Joe. Kind of looks like Brendon Small.
Accidental Murder: In the manga and the 1979 anime adaptation, a skirmish with a rival gang unexpectedly turned lethal when the switchblades came out. (This is where he gets picked up by Black Ghost.) Although this was initially to be kept in the 2001 anime, Bowdlerization hit in order to make it more kid-friendly and his origin was toned down to have him not stab anyone, but still be on the run from cops due to his delinquency.
The Archaia continuity has him stated to have been a homeless street punk who stabbed a man that had attempted to mug him.
Adaptational Attractiveness: Compare the Jet of the manga and the anime series to the one in the 2012 film and the Archaia graphic novel, and there's a drastic overhaul in his appearance, with him becoming a more conventionally-attractive blond man (see notes in "Gag Nose").
A pachinko game that predated RE: depicted him with long red hair and a toned-down nose, although it was still realistically prominent.
Adaptation Dye-Job: He pretty much is always a redhead in Ishinomori's color art, save for the color edition of the "Mythos" arc where his hair sometimes appeared as a dirty blond. He was changed to brunet in the first two Toei films. Otherwise, his red hair was retained- up until 009 RE: Cyborg and the American comic book adaptation, which changed it to blond.
His eyes are either brown or blue, depending on the given adaptation. The '79 series, "Legend of the Super Galaxy", RE:, and Archaia favored the blue-eyed look, while the 2001 series went with brown. Ishinomori usually gave him blue eyes in the colorspreads, although he also would paint the eyes brown at times as well.
The Ace: In the Gary Stu-style stories he tells to his young friend Jimmy in the 2001 series, at least.
In the actual story however, he almost borders on being a Renaissance Man. Combining all of his different incarnations he's been a football player, a bullfighter, a race car driver, a fighter pilot/NSA agent, a private detective, and a Broadway dancer.
An Arm and a Leg: His legs tend to blow up on him quite often, and he got his arm torn off in the '79 series. And in "Conclusion: God's War", he loses both his legs (along with a good deal of his lower half) not once, but TWICE within the arc. The novel version amps things up by also having him lose both of his arms by the end.
Art Evolution: Ishinomori initially drew him with slightly shorter hair, a protruding upper lip, and much wider eyes. His hair lengthened throughout the arcs, and his eyes quickly became more narrow in shape. His nose also increased in length, although the last few manga stories seemed to reduce his nose size, as well as tone down his hair a little.
Big Brother Mentor: To his little New York City friend Jimmy and a bunch of esper children.
Boisterous Bruiser: Especially in light of the fact that the other 3 1st generation Cyborgs all originally had major drawbacks in the '01 version. (001's abilities drained too much of his energy, and 003 and 004 originally rejected their implants.)
But Not Too Foreign: He's specified to be an Italian-American in later media, such as the 2001 anime and the CR Pachinko game that was released in 2011. Prior to this, he was merely stated to be an American with no exact ethnicity note Although with the "West Side Story" references in his original backstory, his ethnicity may also be up for debate as the Jets are either Polish-Americans or Italian-Americans depending on the adaptation. However, since Ishinomori did not detail a specific ethnicity, fans mostly had to guess what working-class background he had to be from.
Character Development: Compare the selfish, whiny Jerk Ass from the beginning of the 2001 version, who bitches everyone out because he just wants to bash Black Ghost... with the strong, loyal Jerk with a Heart of Gold of the second part who cries when he urges the esper children to defend themselves from their oppressorsand, in the Grand Finale, is willing to die rather than abandon Joe to his luck.
As far as the manga goes, Jet started out more laid-back and optimistic, but eventually became a bit more weary and temperamental by the time of the '80s in at least two stories, though he still generally remained one of the more mature and level-headed team members. His memorable blow-up in "Cyborg Soldier, For Whom Do You Fight?" might have been the seed for his hot-headed later portrayals.
Depending on the Writer: The manga played Jet off as a more laid-back, easygoing guy, although he began to show some strain during the late '70s and early '80s. In the 1979 anime, while he still kept some of his chill personality, he also had a little more edge and memorably flew off the handle at G.B. and Albert over his gang being insulted. The 2001 version of Jet, as mentioned above, started out as more of a cocky, hot-headed Jerk Ass and was played as a sort of rival type for both Joe and Albert, then mellowed out as time passed. In addition to this, the writers for the English dub of the '01 series tended to try to done down some of his Jerkass moments to make him sound a little less rude.
His age is also subject to variation; the earlier adaptations stated him to be 22, while the 2001 version has him as merely 18 when he's captured by Black Ghost. In the manga, Ishinomori never gave a concrete age for the most of the 00 cyborgs, so Jet could just as well fall around that range.
Gag Nose: And holy shit HOW. A gag is even made about it in the '01 series, when it gets bit.
Averted in the American reboot. His switch to being a blonde with a normally-sized aquiline nose angered some fans. It's also far less prominent in the 2012 movie, though it's still pointier than normal.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pretty much this in his incarnations from 2001 and on, although his 1979 and manga incarnations can have their abrasive moments too.
Lethal Chef: Witnessed to be this in the 2001 anime, due to refusing Chang's lessons. Whoops.
Action Girl: It's worth noting that, as thin as she looks, she did get a full-body rebuild, and while her specialty isn't suited for battle, she can more than handle her own.
Not to mention, she was a ballerina (aspirant in some version, a full-pro in others). Dancers of all kinds tend to be very fit and, even if not ripped, they're physically stronger than they look. BG likely rebuilt her following her basic body shape and the bulk she already had.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is usually blonde, but was depicted as a reddish-brown in the '60s Toei films and the '68 series, as light brown in the 1980 film and in some of Ishinomori's early colorspreads, and as ginger in 009 RE: Cyborg. She also has ginger hair in the American graphic novel.
Her eyes tend to vary between either being blue or green.
An Arm and a Leg: Has her right arm ripped from her body in the manga version of "Conclusion: God's War". It necessitates her having to get it replaced with a rather obvious robotic limb, one that bears a bullet-firing hand much like Albert's.
Art Evolution: Initially didn't wear her headband, had differently-styled eyes, and had much longer brown hair. Ishinomori decided on giving her a headband mid-"Birth" arc and tweaked her eyes. When he went back to write her origin for the revised version of the "Birth" arc, she appears already wearing her headband- which vanishes for a while after Joe first meets her (due to those scenes being the first to feature her).
Brought Down to Normal: In the 2001 anime, it's revealed that her powers can be disrupted by sandstorms and such things.
Electronic Eyes: They become even more detailed in the 2012 film. She also gets new, upgraded ones temporarily in the manga version of "God's War", but well... see Eye Scream.
Eye Scream: Gets her eyes ripped out in the "Conclusion: God's War" manga. She's outfitted with new ones, but comes to hate them and after she crosses the Despair Event Horizon, she tears those ones out after a while, and spends the rest of the arc completely blind.
Mission Control: She works best with Ivan and Gilmore, as her ability isn't suited for direct battle.
Plucky Girl: Despite her insecurities, she very rarely gives into despair.
The Chick: Though she's more outspoken than the standard.
Team Mom: Not only to Ivan and Jet (the youngest members of the cast, at least physically), but to everyone in the team. Lampshaded more than once, and specially in Compu-Utopia, "Sphynx"/Carl has hugeMommy Issues and is so attracted to Francoise's motherly beauty/behavior that he abducts her to make her his puppet girlfriend.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake (early films and early appearances in the '68 series) Kenji Utsumi ('68 series, episode 18 and on), Keaton Yamada (1979 series and 1980 film), Richard Nieskins (1980 film- English dub), Nobuo Tobita (2001 series), Peter Doyle (2001 series- English dub; credited as "Jim Taggert") Nobutoshi Canna (2009 CD dramas), Tōru Ōkawa (2012 movie), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).
Arm Cannon: He has gun barrels for fingers on one hand; he has to hide this by wearing gloves and long sleeves at all times. For bonus points, there's a knife on the side of his other hand, and he has Knee Cannons, too. And in some versions note (a throwaway reference in the Mythos arc, in "The Legend of the Super Galaxy", and in "God's War"), the guy even has a nuclear bomb in his stomach.
The 2012 movie adds to this by pointing out that most of his weapons are costly and difficult to resupply, as they're either custom-made for him or no longer used.
The two '60s Toei films gave him further firepower by giving him the ability to split his forearms off and fire missiles from his elbows, to go along with his knee missiles. That continuity also has it so that both of his hands can fire bullets and eventually, this carries over as a plot point in "God's War".
The Archaia graphic novel gives their version of Albert the elbow cannons from the Toei films, to further amp up his power set.
Adaptational Attractiveness: Compare his appearance in the early 1960s manga and anime (bowl haircut, pointed nose, narrow jaw) to his appearance in the 2012 film (in which he looks like a silver-haired Daniel Craig). See Art Evolution below.
An Arm and a Leg: His right leg is severed in "Conclusion: God's War", and he gets both arms ripped off. When he's upgraded by Gilmore, both his arms become more obviously metallic and bear bullet-firing hands. In the light novel version, he has both gun hands at the start but gets them replaced with upgraded ones.
Art Evolution: Started out with a shorter bowl cut hair style, as well as having a pointier nose that could nearly rival Jet's (this was carried over to the '60s films and '68 series and even taken Up to Eleven with its size at times). His hair style changed over the course of the manga, and his nose was altered to a more aquiline shape. His facial structure was also changed from elongated and pointy to him having a more rounded or squared off jaw.
In the 1985 "The People Drifting Between Space and Time" story arc, he briefly got an updated, longer hair style, but this went away by the time of the final one-shot for the series. Ishinomori's concept art for "God's War" also depicted a longer-haired Albert, although this didn't carry through to the eventual manga.
Artificial Limbs: Goes hand-in-hand with the above. His body is the most obviously reconstructed of the lot. In one episode, an underwater shoot-out with a horde of enemy jellyfish leaves everyone but him paralyzed: as only the brain and the spinal cord remain, his body isn't organic enough to suffer from the venom. He does get a fake skin covering later on in the manga, though, which is briefly witnessed in the "Aphrodite" arc when he's able to wear a short-sleeved shirt. His flesh gloves also get witnessed in both versions of "Compu-Utopia".
Back from the Dead: At the end of "Legend of the Super Galaxy", due to Joe subconsciously wishing him back to life after entering the Vortex.
Brought Down to Normal: Joe's wish caused Albert to be resurrected as a normal human man. But Albert opts to be turned back into a cyborg, giving up his humanity once again, with realizing that he had enjoyed being part of the team.
Body Horror: Unlike most of the other cyborgs, he lacks a human-looking body, being conspicuously cybernetic from the neck down (when not wearing his flesh camouflage). In the 2001 anime, they go as far as to state that the only organic things that could be saved of his original body would be his brain and spinal cord.
The 1979 series, the story "Invisible Strings", and a promotional trailer for the 2001 version (with the shot based off the one from "Invisible Strings") show that even his facial structure is mechanical, and the anatomy chart for the "Legend of the Super Galaxy" artbook also agrees upon him being the most modified.
Cartwright Curse: If you're attracted to him, well, good luck. His love interests, such as Hilda, Vena, the Mount Vesuvius woman, and Iere, almost invariably end up dead or doomed. The few ones who survive (like Leena from the '79 series and Fille Fatale Nana from the manga) will either be broken or come pre-broken.
Creepy Good: He had a dark personality in earlier incarnations, such as the manga and the 1980 Legend of the Super Galaxy movie. Averted in the 2001 series, which softened his personality considerably. See Depending on the Writer below.
Glasgow Grin: Not a literal example, but because of the art style, his smile stretches across his whole face. Thanks to this, his smiles are sometimes quitefrightening◊.
Half the Man He Used to Be: In the light novel version of "God's War", he becomes incapacitated by being stomped on and ripped in half (before the sequence with his sacrifice). The manga version toned this down to his legs being stomped on, rendering him crippled.
Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in "Legend of the Super Galaxy", when he stays behind to fight Zoa's troops and the bomb inside him detonates (due to gun shots breaching his body). He gets better at the end, due to Joe temporarily gaining the ability to alter reality from having entered the Vortex. However, some cuts of the film had his resurrection removed.
A similar circumstance happens in "Conclusion: God's War". After 007 astral-projects to possess an angel and flies a severely wounded and crippled 004 to a secluded place, 004 insists upon staying behind and detonating the bomb inside his body, in a last-ditch effort to wipe out the creatures they've spent the arc fighting against.
The Mentor: Occasionally. Supplemental materials establish that his day job in the 2012 movie is "GSG-9 Trainer of all things (apparently because his built-in weapons are all difficult to restock, meaning he can't fight on the front line like he used to).
Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are completely white in the manga and earlier versions of the anime. In the 2001 series, his eyes have light blue sclera and dark blue irises with no pupils. These eyes are not merely a side-effect of him being a cyborg, however, as he's depicted with blank eyes in his backstory and as a human at the end of "Legend of the Super Galaxy" and "God's War". It has more to do with Ishinomori's stylistic choice.
Mundane Utility: The blade embedded in his left hand is very useful in combat. It also comes in handy when preparing food.
Number Two: He's the second most effective Cyborg in combat on the team after 009. A good indication (in the 2001 Series) of whether or not 009 is fighting the Villain single-handily is to check whether or not 004 is still standing.
Shirtless Scene: Lots of them in the '01 version. Not so much in the manga, due to his entirely metal body. The only time he takes off his shirt in the manga is when he console Pyunma after his upgrade.
He also gets one in the 1979 series, although his body is depicted with flesh (or a camouflage layer), rather than being outwardly metal.
Progressively Prettier: In the early issues of the manga, he's decidedly odd-looking, with a bowl haircut, pointed nose, and narrow jaw. Over time, the manga's art evolution produced a more normal-looking 004.
Trauma Conga Line: He's in his late twenties to early thirties when the series begins in the early 1960s. Do the math, and this means that he would have been a child during the Nazi Germany days. Thus, during the formative years of his life, he would have witnessed the Third Reichnote and almost surely been made a member of the Hitler Jugend, World War II, and Germany's devastation by Allied forces. Then he would have endured all the indignities of Communist rule in East Germany. Then the creation of the Berlin Wall would have prevented him from easily leaving East Germany. Then he sustained life-threatening injuries and watched his beloved Hilda die after a botched escape attempt from East Germany. Then he was kidnapped by Black Ghost and transformed into a cybernetic war machine. Which, in the 2001 anime, also includes having said cybernetic war machine body fail on him (right after he sort-of found three friends that were able to understand his plea, too!) and then being frozen alongside said friends for at least 30 years.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Is the one with more modifications, since his body was horribly torn in the explosion that killed Hilda. In the 2001 series he sometimes worries about it very much, specially in "Compu Utopia" and "Man or Machine?". That version further shows that originally his brain and spinal cord rejected his "enhancements", making him collapse in the middle of testing while he was trying to help the also just-cyborgized Francoise and Jet; this caused Black Ghost to shut down the cyborg project for 40 years until technology caught up to solve the problem.
Geronimo Junior, aka Cyborg 005.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (early films and 1968 series), Banjō Ginga (1979 series and 1980 film), Frank Rogers (1980 film- English dub), Akio Ohtsuka (2001 series), Beau Billingslea (2001 series- English dub, credited as "John Daniels"), Ryuzaburo Otomo (2009 CD dramas), Teruyuki Tanizawa (2012 movie), Enrique Cervantes (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).
Adaptational Attractiveness / Art Evolution: In the manga and most of the anime adaptations, he has a mohawk haircut and facial markings. In the 2012 film, he has a full head of hair, a more youthful appearance, and an absence of facial markings.
He also debuted in the manga with a slightly less bulkier physique and his height difference wasn't as pronounced. As Ishinomori continued drawing him, he got taller and much more muscular. His pupils also tended to not be drawn in at some points.
An Arm and a Leg: Gets his right leg ripped off during the climactic battle in "Conclusion: God's War", courtesy of the giant Buddha.
Voiced by: Arihiro Fujimura (early films- 1966, 1967), Ichirō Nagai (1968 series), Sanji Hase (1979 series and 1980 film), Jeff Manning (1980 film- English dub), Chafurin (2001 series), Steve Kramer (2001 series- English dub), Kozo Shioya (2009 CD dramas), Taro Masuoka (2012 movie), Pedro D'Aguillon Jr (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).
Chef of Iron: Worth noting that he doesn't mix cooking with combat, though.
Cruel and Unusual Death: In "Conclusion: God's War", he has snakes forced through his nostrils and down his throat by Shiva- causing him to graphically explode from the inside out, scattering his organs and traumatizing his teammates.
Eyes Always Shut: They usually resemble a pair of "3"s. He does open them at points throughout the anime and manga, although sometimes Ishinomori depicted his very pupils as "3" symbols in the later chapters. In the '60s anime works, they vary between having sclerae or being Black Bead Eyes.
Gag Nose: Even carries over to his RE: self, to an extent.
Plucky Comic Relief: Though unlike 007, he does it completely straight without covering for any personal tragedy - he really is just that cheerful! Then again, considering what he had gone through right before being kidnapped, he likely sees being a Cyborg as a sort-of "improvement"
Stealth Pun: He can use his powers to tunnel through rock. That's right, he's a Chinese Fire Drill.
Once one of the best British actors, he was transformed into a ShapeshiftingMaster of Disguise who could transform into anything simply by touching his bellybutton. He frequently plays a Large Ham to entertain the others and distract them from navelgazing.
Adaptational Attractiveness: Gained a more youthful, less cartoony look in the more realistic style of the 2012 film and the Archaia graphic novel, although some fans may feel that he might look a little too much younger.
An Arm and a Leg: Loses his left arm via the giant Buddha in the climax in "Conclusion: God's War".
The Atoner: Tries to be this in "The Fog of London" episode of the 2001 series. He was supposed to act with his girlfriend Sophie in a small theater, but he ditched it for a greater acting chance. Twenty years later, he finds out that Sophie's daughter Rosa is acting in a revival of exactly the same play...
Backstory: In all continuities, he's a former actor, but the details behind his fall from the spotlight vary:
'79 series: Used to go hiking in the mountains with his best friend, a fellow actor named Henry Brown. During one of their trips, however, equipment failure led to Henry falling to his death. Since this happened shortly after Henry had gotten a lead role over the future 007, everyone assumed he'd killed himout of jealousy. Unable to Clear His Name and reeling from the loss, he descended into depression and became a drunkard.
2001 series: Started out in a small theater with his close friends and his girlfriend, Sophie. As they were preparing to perform "Mists of London", he received an offer to act at a prestigious theater; though he was reluctant at first, Sophie encouraged him to go. He became a great actor, but left his old friends and flame behind in the process. When his star fell, he was too ashamed of that abandonment to contact them, especially as he spiraled into drunken depression.
Bald of Awesome: Though the flashbacks in his 2001 Back Story show him with blond hair, and his redesigned self in the 2012 film can also be spotted with blond eyebrows (indicating his former hair color).
In the '79 series, he's seen with white hair instead, when younger.
An African ex-slave/guerrilla warrior (depends heavily on which media we're talking about) who was remodeled into an underwater warrior, able to swim at great speeds and breathe underwater. Was also one of the only cyborgs who had combat experience before crossing paths with Black Ghost.
Ace Pilot: Operated the Dolphin (and any other vehicles the 00-Numbers use).
Art Evolution: Had a rather... ''special'' design in the manga, and both the '60s anime adaptations and '79 series (although he was colored purple in the last example). And if an early pitch trailer is to be believed, he would've been drawn in the same way in the 2001 series. Thankfully he was given a more regular, less caricaturised design in Legend of the Super Galaxy, as well as in a 1992 one-shot by Ishinomori called "Emergency Simulation 1992". This evolution carried over to the actual 2001 series, as well as the 2012 movie and the newer media.
Berserk Button: In the older series, anything having to do with slavery.
Darkest Africa: Subverted in the 2001 anime; played straight in the original manga and earlier adaptations, where he was an ex-slave.
Dark-Skinned Blond: In the 2001 series and the Archaia graphic novel. This change, along with his overall redesign, was also implemented when Masato Hayase and Sugar Sato illustrated the "God's War" manga (though Hayase initially drew him in the blackface design as a mistake). He also appears this way in any modern Cyborg 009 one-shots not written or drawn by Ishinomori.
Manga!Pyunma's hair tends to appear on the lighter side itself (either as a gray or a light brown), due to his skin being inked in black. The '60s anime works went with giving him black hair.
Played straight and constantly Lampshaded in the '79 series: whenever a battle involved going underwater, he always explictedly pointed out he was the best man for the job before diving in. (Most of the other cyborgs, save 007, had to use breathing apparatuses whenever they headed underwater.)
The Atoner: In all adaptions, Dr. Gilmore was one of the scientists responsible for working on all nine of the 00 Cyborgs, only to do a Heel-Face Turn on Black Ghost out of guilt.
The 2001 anime takes it even further. During the production of Cyborg 005, he discovered that 005 was installed with a weaker heart model, and it caused him to have such a massive Heroic BSOD that he had a heart attack (which he survived). After that, he decided that enough's enough and freed the 00 Cyborgs.
Team Dad: Becomes a father figure for the Cyborgs. Good thing, since several of them were orphans or abandoned by their parents.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out twice in the 2001 series - once by his younger self calling him on his motives during a Heroic BSOD, then again after upgrading Pyunma. The '79 series also had him getting called out by the daughter of two of his colleagues, who were killed during the escape.
Fallen Hero: Not shown in the anime, but within the larger Ishinomori-verse, Black Ghost is revealed to be A resurrected Hayato Mikogami, also known as the second Skull Man, in the epilogue of the 2007 Skull Man anime. He's also revealed to be Joe Shimamura's father. It's questionable if this could be canon to any incarnation of 009 or is simply a reference exclusive to this source, however (as Joe was intended to be biracial, and it was a key point in how he had been bullied as a child).
Kill It with Fire: How he kills off any minion who has failed him. And OH GOD is it brutal. No matter how he does it, you have to watch those poor guys be killed onscreen; one episode fire multiple lasers at a couple of scientists responsible for 0013, and the result has you looking at their charred corpses.
Spell My Name with an "S": Is his name Scarl, or is his alias Skull? "Gilmore's Notes" also shows an instance of the name "Skarle", while the Archaia continuity renders his name as "Sekar". The Tokyopop manga also called him "Scar".
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Trust me, you absolutely do NOT want to fail this guy. If he finds you failed a mission (specifically kill/capture the rebel 00 Cyborgs), he WILL dispose of you, no matter how much you beg and plead.
Cyborg 0010, the next result of the 00-project and the first assassin sent after the heroes. Like 009, he benefited from being the latest model, has his own Accelerator, and got bonus lightning powers thrown into the mix. Unfortunately, he's also an overconfident Jerkass. Oh yeah, and there's twoof them.
Voiced by: Unknown/uncredited ("Monster Wars" film, 1967), Issei Futamata (2001 series), Richard Cansino (2001 series- English dub), Salvador Delgado (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Adaptation Dye-Job: The Kodansha color editions and the deluxe re-release of the manga depict him as an entirely red robotic figure with stark white hair. In contrast, his anime counterpart has silver hair and red eyes, along with a ghostly pale face. The Archaia graphic novel loosely follows the anime design but gives him blond hair, and has him appear more humanoid and with a toned-down pallor.
Adaptation Name Change: Becomes "Cyborg 0011" in the "Monster Wars" film and has an overhaul in his appearance (becoming an entirely blue, energy being-like creature with lightning bolt hair), but otherwise remains the same. In the Archaia graphic novel, the twins are "0010 Alpha" (red) and "0010 Omega" (blue).
Identical Twin ID Tag: 0010- (the one we first see) wears blue, while 0010+ wears red. In the Archaia version, 0010- is the one in red and renamed "Alpha", while 0010+ wears blue and is renamed "Omega". The 0011 twins in the "Monster Wars" film are blue and orange figures, with Minus being blue and Plus being orange. Meanwhile, in the colored pages of the manga, there's no ID tag and both appear as glowing red robotic-looking figures with white hair.
Tragic Monster: He was a normal man, kidnapped and made a cyborg by Black Ghost. He had a wife and a child and only wanted to see them again...
The original manga version has shades of this too, with him lacking a reference to a family but still wanting to do whatever he can to regain his human body. He opts to side with the Black Ghost due to them being larger in number.
Voiced by: Sayuri Yamauchi (2001 series), Melora Harte (2001 series- English dub), Magda Giner (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Adaptation Expansion: Her chapter in the manga never gave viewers a glimpse of her former appearance, instead depicting her as a disembodied brain communicating to the cyborgs via telepathy. Her anime incarnation confirms her to be a woman, and makes her a little more sympathetic (see below).
She's a Man in Japan: Referred to by male pronouns in Tokyopop's release of the manga. Averted with the anime, due to her actually having a face.
Tragic Monster: She originally was a Western noblewoman married to a Japanese man who died in a war at some point during the Taisho era (changed to "During the Civil War" in the English dub), and she died alone waiting for him after WWII. Black Ghost used her home and her brain to build 0012.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Had black hair and wore a blue sweater in the 1979 series, while his 2001 self had brown hair and wore a yellow sweater.
Anti-Villain: One of the most sympathetic enemies in the series.
Blinding Bangs: Though when his eyes are revealed, they can only be seen glowing.
Cute Mute: Subverted: He was a boy in his teens and sometimes spoke... but only through telepathy.
The Unintelligible: His manga self also amounted to being this, mostly making "ooh" and "unh" sounds and sometimes managing to stammer out a word or two.
His 1979 incarnation stuck close to this theme, although it was given a reason when he revealed his backstory to Joe (through telepathy): His parents were murdered when he was young, causing him to be traumatized and lose his ability to speak (at least in a coherent way).
Even Evil Has Standards: Stops another villain from attacking 009 because a young girl was at risk for getting hurt.
Tragic Monster: He was a normal young boy before being cyborg-ized. Even when fighting 009, he went out of his way to protect any Innocent Bystanders, punished the people who killed Joe's adoptive father and kidnapped the Cyborgs's ally Dr. Koizumi, and was finally Driven to Suicide because he knew he'd never recover his freedom.
Spell My Name with an "S": Tokyopop couldn't decide if he was "Ban Bogart" or "Van Bogart". Other translations differ between rendering his name as "Von Bogoot", "Van Bogoot" (which the English dub of the anime used), and "Van Vogute". His surname is based off of the science fiction author A.E. von Vogt, although the katakana Ishinomori used had differed.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Joe's old friends when they can't bring themselves to kill him first, then on Helen, when Gilmore's house is burned to the ground in the '01 anime adaptation (which triggers Vena's Heel-Face Turn) and ultimately on all five Pu'awak sisters.
Alas, Poor Villain: After avenging his beloved sister's death by killing Gaia, he plows through the Despair Event Horizonand loses his will to live, letting himself bring crushed by debris and whispering his sister's name. In the manga, he's abruptly dispatched of when his sister attempts to stop him from fighting Joe (burning herself to death in the process of throwing herself in the way), causing him to fall off a cliff.
Despair Event Horizon: After killing Dr. Gaia in revenge for Artemis' death, he loses the will to live as he realizes it didn't bring his beloved sister back.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the manga and the '60s films, blue hair in the 2001 anime (although the trailers for it depicted her as a blonde with Odango Hair). See below trope for why.
Adaptation Name Change: She was known as "Helena" in the manga and the '60s films. Perhaps due to the fact that her name and appearance were too similar to Helen, she received a name change along with an overhaul in her look. It's also worth it to note that as "Helena", she was modeled more after Helen of Troy, while "Artemis" goes along better with "Apollo".
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Alongside being changed from a blonde to having deep blue hair, she was very cold and rational. However...
Redemption Equals Death: In the '01 anime, she's killed by Dr. Gaia for her betrayal. Meanwhile in the manga, she throws herself in the way of Joe and Apollo's fight and gets burned to death when trying to restrain her brother.
Doctor Gamo Whisky (Dr. Gamo Asimov in the English dub)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake (1979 series, first appearance), Takeshi Watanabe (1979 series, later appearances), Seizo Kato (2001 series), Tony Pope (2001 series- English dub, as "Anthony Mozdy")
Another colleague and rival of Gilmore's, as well as Cyborg 001's Disappeared Dad. Already not very well in the head beforehand, Gamo went fully nuts searching for a cure for his child's lethal illness, and (in the 2001 anime) also used a group of Time Travelers for his own purposes, deleting their memories to make them his puppets. Counter-intuitively, he converted his son into a cyborg to save his life.
Adaptational Heroism: In the Archaia continuity, he's a well-meaning and much younger, less unhinged-looking man who only wanted the best for his son and was reluctant to be part of Black Ghost.
The 2001 and Archaia continuities also gave Gamo more of a motivation for his unethical experiments on his son, with him operating on Ivan in an attempt to cure his brain damage and illness. In the original manga and '79 continuity, Gamo experimented on his son in an attempt to unlock the mysteries of the human mind and to see if it could be enhanced.
Bowdlerize: In the manga, he beats up his wife/Ivan's mother Erika when she found out about the operation and, having been found by Black Ghost at the same time, leaves her there to die. This is toned down in the 2001 series, where he locks himself and Ivan inside his laboratory to operate on him, while the locked-out Erika desperately pleads with him not to do it.
Voiced by: Jeff Nimoy (2001 series- English dub), Eduardo Garza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
The original leader of the group and a survivor of the wars from the future, as well as Lina's lover. In the middle of an apocalyptic future, this young man discovered a lost journal that depicted more peaceful, love-filled times, thus he told his friends to attempt time travelling and search for the owner of said diary.
Tragic Keepsake: His pendant. Seeing it triggers the return of Lina's memories.
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki, Cindy Robinson (2001 series- English dub), Circe Luna (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
A member of the Psychic Assassins, she appears to be a cold bitch but is actually the most soft-hearted and gentle of the group. She seems to be the only one who retains a part of her memories, attempting to take care of Phil since he reminds her of her missing little brother and hesitating more than once in regards to her mission.
Living Emotional Crutch: To Phil, despite his protests. When she's thrown into the Bad Future, Phil is devastated to the point of a BSOD, and Mii lampshades the trope by saying that without her, the child simply will NOT survive.
Voiced by: Romi Paku, Melodee Spevack (English dub, as "Sonja S. Fox"), Rocio Garcel (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Snarky, cold and efficient, this young woman is the most levelheaded and mentally stable member of the group. She's the first one who expresses open doubts about the deal, and when Joe and Lina are thrown into the future, she contacts the Cyborgs to join forces and rescue them.
Expy: Of an "in name only" type. She takes her name and part of her appearance from a manga character that appeared in "The People Drifting Through Space and Time", but other than that, she was heavily revamped. Her manga self was a time-traveler from the Jomon period of Japan that was sent to kill Joe, but developed feelings for him instead.
Monochromatic Eyes: Has eyes identical to Albert's in the '01 anime. The character she was based off of in the manga had sparkly dark eyes, similar to the ones shown on Princess Ixquic and the Pu'Awak sisters.
The five princesses from the Pu'Awak subterranean kingdom, forced into slavery by their rivals the Zattan, which have them as their living food supplies. The Black Ghost group comes in and offers help, but soon they prove themselves to be just as bad as the Zattan, and force the five girls to be a part of their plans. However, the girls decide to rebel themselves... And yes, they're quintuplets. Look at the color of their tiara jewels to distinguish them.In the manga, there is little personality difference between Aphro, Dinah, and Daphne, with all three acting in unison. In the anime, they were given minor personality and motivational differences.Sadly, the five girls are coldly killed by Von Bogoot towards the end of the arc. Many tears were shed by fandom.Helen
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Michelle Ruff (English dub, as "Georgette Rose"), Carla Falcon (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
The eldest of the girls, red tiara. Innocent and insecure, but for rather dark reasons: She has been mindwiped by Von Bogoot, who uses her as The Mole to discover where the Cyborgs live and destroy their HQ. In the '01 anime adaptation, he commits the big mistake of abandoning Helen to her luck once this is accomplished; that causes an horrified Vena, who used their Twin Telepathy to see through Helen's mind and tell him info, to double-cross him instead.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Has blonde hair in the manga color pagesnote save for an apocryphal digitally-colored cover in Media Factory's manga release that gave her purple hair, but became a redhead in the anime. The same applies to Vena and her other sisters.
Identical Stranger: Bears an uncanny resemblance to Helena, of the Mythos cyborgs. This is emphasized in some adaptations, where Helen and Helena become a Composite Character. Tokyopop's translation even altered a line said by Joe when he discovers her, to have him say "Hey! I remember you!" (In the original, he was only telling Helen to "hang in there!").
Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the manga, she's not only mindwiped, but seems to have had her very memories altered. She's insistent that she's an only child and can't possibly have a twin, when the team expresses suspicion of seeing a "second Helen" (Vena).
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Twice, in the '01 anime adaptation. She's first abandoned and left to nearly die when Gilmore's headquarters is destroyed. The second time, she's shot to death. Bogoot is to blame for both of them. That PRICK.
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Lia Sargent (English dub), Laura Ayala (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
The second-eldest sister, has a blue tiara.She's also the first one to rebel in the '01 version, when Von Bogoot abandons Helen to her luck and bans Vena from rescuing her. Vena does so anyway and they join the Cyborgs. She and 004 fight a lot because he doesn't trust her intentions, but they ultimately bond over their wish to be free, change their destinies and give their people a better life.
Age Lift: Is the eldest sister in the English dub, while Helen's the youngest.
Big Sister Instinct: She was more or less loyal, until Von Bogoot wanted Helen to die, in the case of the anime. In the manga, she initially appears to remain loyal to Black Ghost even through the team's trip to Yomi and is responsible for a good deal of the team being captured- but then reveals to 004 that she was a triple agent, only pretending to be loyal to Black Ghost because she valued her sisters.
Heroic BSOD: Has a severe one when Helen and several of the Cyborgs are brainwashed by the Zattan and almost kill 004 and her. It gets worse when she and 004 are captured by Von Bogoot and about to be executed. She does recover, but just in time to be killed off with her sisters.
Ship Tease: Had quite a bit of chemistry with 004, once they came to trust each other more.
Birds of a Feather: This is because they could sympathize with each other's plights and desire for a better world.
Spell My Name with an "S": Veena, Beena, Vina, or Bina? Tokyopop's translation confused things more by opting to call her "Venus". What complicates the matter is that her other sisters appear to have a Greco-Roman naming theme going on, which indicates that her name could be inspired by "Venus" (which would be rendered "Binasu" in katakana), leading to other possible spellings given by fans like "Venu" and "Vena".
Tomboy: In the anime, she's the only sister who wears pants, opting to wear a blue bodysuit. In the manga, she wears a yellow coat and dress.
Twin Telepathy: Can use her and her sisters's psychic bond to see what the other girls can see and know what they think.
Second-youngest sister, pink tiara. Quiet and gentle, is a mediator between Daphne and Aphro. And... well, not much more is known. In the manga, she is the one initially shown as a mole to Von Bogoot, and Aphro and Daphne are soon discovered to be acting in unison with her.
Dub Name Change: Overlapping with Spell My Name with an "S". Tokyopop translated her name as Diana, and the English anime alternated between calling her Dinah and Deena (the latter which carried over to the Latin American Spanish dub). As with Vena, there's question if Ishinomori might have intended her name to be "Diana" and made a mistake, or if he'd altered it slightly.
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Mari Devon (English dub, as "Jane Alan"), Isabel Martiņon (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Youngest sister, purple tiara. Very insecure and heavily traumatised by the whole deal. In the anime, this causes her to betray the sister's plans and give info to Von Bogoot. Too bad Aphro catches her in the act. To be fair to the girl, she does try to repair the damage done and frees Gilmore and some of the other Cyborgs, captured by Von Bogoot...
Voiced by: Chiyoko Kawashima (1979 series) Akiko Koike (2001 series), Lia Sargent (2001 series- English dub), Ariadna Rivas (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Albert's fiancee, who tried to escape from war-torn East Germany with him. It didn't end well. To make matters worse, it's implied in most versions that they only got caught because Albert forgot to take his wallet back from the guard after showing him his pass. The guard called out, Albert panicked, and... Well, the results are obvious.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the '79 anime series, brown-haired in "Legend of the Super Galaxy", but given red hair in the 2001 anime (which appears as a light brown in dark settings).
Depending on the Writer: While the basic circumstances are all the same, the specific ones vary. In the original, she was seen disguised as a lioness in Albert's circus truck (but as the male lion in the 1979 series). In the 80's movie, she was Albert's co-pilot. In the 2001 series, she was hiding among the luggage of the truck. The Archaia version had Albert attempt to smuggle her into Germany via airplane, only for it to be shot down.
Depending on the Artist: Ishinomori depicted her with short hair in the first and second versions of the origin sequence, but then depicted her with long hair when Albert was forced to recall her death in the "Aztec" arc. The '79 and '01 anime adaptations retained her short hair, while "Legend of the Super Galaxy" (and its tie-in manga by Sugar Sato) depicted her with long hair tied back into a ponytail.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (1968 series), Kazuaki Ito (2001 series), Michael McConnohie (2001 series- English dub)
A British scientist who was kidnapped and forced to work for Black Ghost. He strived to develop an anti-war machine known as the "Mad Machine". Depending on the continuity, his wife was either shot to death or she'd committed suicide after being disfigured from the after-effects of a bombing.
Adaptation Name Change: Was known as "Doctor Dolphin" in the original manga, although named "Doctor Kozumi" in the 1968 anime adaptation.
High-Class Glass: In the 1968 series. This is to cover for the fact that in the manga, he's missing an eye and is depicted with a scarred eye socket.
Voiced by: Fuyumi Shiraishi (1968 series), Tomoko Kawakami (2001 series), Julie Maddalena (2001 series- English dub), Conny Madera (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
The daughter and only remaining relative of Doctor Findor. To keep her father in line, the Black Ghost organization also captures Cynthia some time later and tries to use her as a hostage, but she's rescued by the Cyborgs. She asks them to help her rescue her dad, but is deeply shaken when she discovers what Dr. Findor has been doing...
Missing Mom: Who was shot to death in front of young Cynthia, hence her staunch pacifism. In the manga, her mother committed suicide due to her grief over being disfigured.
Pink Means Feminine: In the 2001 series, aside of her headband she has a pink coat and an equally rose-colored pair of boots. In manga illustrations she's dressed in yellow instead, and an illustration in the artbook following the 1968 series style gives her a blue dress with red boots.
The guardian of a mysterious pyramid made of gold, along with a robot named Kabrakan. She's very kind and gentle, but also clingy and insecure; to make things worse, Kabrakan often goes in murderous rampages as soon as it sees/senses other people around, and she cannot control its instincts.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Had black hair in Ishinomori's original artwork, which the anime interpreted as a deep green (potentially falling under Hair Color Dissonance for stylization purposes). Prior to this, an artbook that depicted scenes from the manga in the '70s anime style had her hair colored blue.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Actually averted. She is clingy to Joe, but she's too passive to be the jealous type.
Fate Worse Than Death: In the case of the 2001 anime, she can't die since she's a Robot Girl with a huge Healing Factor. She can't interact with the outer world unless some conditions are met. And now that said conditions are broken and won't ever be met again, she's stranded in time and space... forever. OUCH.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (2001 series), Steve Cassling (2001 series- English dub), Luis Daniel Ramirez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
The son of an old friend of Gilmore. He develops a crush on Francoise when the Cyborg Team visit his father in the cyber city that father and son built, Compu-Utopia. The most remarkable thing, though? Carl died the year before. But somehow, his emotionally-needy and genius-level smart mindset was uploaded into Compu-Utopia's main control, the powerful computer "Sphynx"...
Berserk Button: Please don't bring up the "What Measure Is a Non-Human?" issue in front of him. After Albert makes a rather bitter comment about Compu-Utopia as a whole before Carl/Sphynx reveals himself, he develops a downright murderous grudge towards him that runs parallel to his crush on Francoise.
Lotus-Eater Machine: When he holds Francoise captive, he creates one of these (with the looks of a beautiful rose field) to place her mind into. (Not to mention, he appears there with the looks of the person he used to be). Then Joe breaks in...
Shinichi Ibaraki, Masaru Oyamada and Mary Onodera.
Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (Ibaraki), Nobuhiko Kobushi (Oyamada), Takako Honda (Mary); Derek Stephen Prince (Ibaraki, 2001 series- English dub), Tony Oliver (Oyamada, 2001 series- English dub), Wendee Lee (Mary, 2001 series- English dub); Luis Daniel Ramirez (Ibaraki, 2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Irwin Daayan (Oyamada, 2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Isabel Martiņon (Mary, 2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
One upon a time, Two Guys and a Girl were Joe's friends in his times in the orphanage (or as a teen delinquents, in the manga). They cared for him very much and he saw them as his first True Companions ever. Later, they'll meet again... but this will end in tears, as they were forcibly made into cyborgs by Von Bogoot and have been tasked with killing him.
Named by the Adaptation: Ibaraki and Oyamada never had their given names said in the manga, but were named "Shinichi" and "Masaru" in the anime. Meanwhile, Mary received the surname of "Onodera" (which was Ishinomori's actual surname, and is also used by his son).
Heel Face Door Slam: The manga version of the same story plays to this trope more. After Joe pleads with them to stop, the three charge at him- only to explode to smithereens, with Joe realizing that the bombs must have detonated due to their minds briefly straying from the thought of killing him.
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (2001 version), Richard Cansino (2001 series- English dub), Luis Daniel Ramirez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Captain Crash: He crashed every single vehicle he drove when trying to rescue Francoise in the manga.
Cain and Abel: Again, subverted. In the Paris episode Francoise believes her brother has somehow returned to attack her, but she's under the effects of heavy hallucinations back then.
Depending on the Artist: Had an uncanny resemblance to Joe when first drawn by Ishinomori, complete with the hair obscuring one eye. By the time of his second and final appearance two decades later, his hair and face were tweaked to lessen the similarities. The '01 anime uses a slightly aged-up version of his first manga design.
Promotion to Parent: He had to raise himself and Francoise, which is why he entered the Air Force.
Vague Age: Appears to be in his twenties in the flashback seen in the anime, but in the manga his age is a little more difficult to discern (not helped by the early art style, as well as him having a youthful face and resembling Joe). There is also the two decade-long time skip between Black Ghost and Neo Black Ghost to take into account.
Darker and Edgier: Nana's story deals with quite a bit of sex and violence, so it's no wonder it was never animated.
Orwellian Retcon: Nana was originally a sixth-grader in the first printing of the story. Her age was raised for the reprints, most likely due to the risque activities she was depicted engaging in (and the fact that she's seen in the nude).
Parent with New Paramour: Her mom's gone, and her dad's in cahoots with a prostitute. No wonder Nana has a very... odd view of life.
Please Don't Leave Me: Tells that to 004 almost at the end. He tells her to not depend on others instead, but sitll gives her a parting kiss and beats up the delinquents who are hounding her.
Poisonous Friend: She's this to another teen, who's knee deep into drugs and whom she provides of fixes in an attempt to keep them with her.
Odd Friendship: A blunt and misguided teenager and the very serious 004.
Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She's involved in the drug trade, smokes, and tries unsuccessfully to seduce a man twice her age. Her behavior drives home the fact that she's a very troubled girl.
Characters exclusive to the 1968 series
CatherineAn Incan princess in charge of protecting a mysterious golden palace, alongside her giant robot guard.
A close friend of Joe, who he knew through his teenage years. Both boys happened to be biracial, and Joe wound up imprisoned at Kurihama when he fought to defend Jiro from a gang that had attacked him for being a "half-breed".
Disappeared Dad: His father left when he was younger, and he treasures the knife that his father gave him.
A former love interest of Jet, who he'd left behind on the West Side. She's at first delighted to reunite with him, but the circumstances that go down upon his return to New York lead to their relationship never having a chance.
Childhood Friend Romance: She'd been in love with Jet since they were kids, and had insisted upon donating blood to save him after he'd been hit by a car.
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori
A former actor friend of 007, who is the catalyst for his backstory in this version of the series: After Brown was believed dead in a mountain climbing accident, G.B. was suspected of having killed him. In reality, Brown had survived but also believed that G.B. had tried to ruin his career, and swore vengeance.
Remake Cameo: His voice actor played Joe in the 1968 series.
Voiced by: Shigezō Sasaoka
Another friend of 007, who had a job as a mountain guide. He is soon targeted by the not-quite-dead Henry Brown and the Neo Black Ghost, and has his brain put into a giant spider mecha.
Spared by the Adaptation: He has a more fortunate fate than the original 0011. Joe manages to salvage his brain, while Jet finds Kramer's cryogenically-frozen body. He's back to normal shortly after.
Shiva, Brahma, and VishnuA set of triplet cyborg brothers who are in charge of the Neo Black Ghost organization. It later turns out that Gamo Whisky was responsible for their modifications, and has been working with them.
Expy: Of the three brains of Black Ghost at the end of the Yomi arc in the manga.
Voiced by: Ichiro Nagai
Characters exclusive to the 2001 series
Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima, Circe Luna (Latin American Spanish dub)
Forgotten Childhood Friend: Francoise's. Subverted: we're led to believe that she has somehow been linked with Black Ghost, but it turns out it's actually a cyborg and that Fran has hallucinated that she's there. Her only real presence is in Francoise's flashbacks.
Jimmy's recently-divorced mother, she works very hard to sustain herself and her son but has grown disillusioned of the world. Considers Jet as a mere slacker and jerk that fills Jimmy's head with stupid fantasies at first...
Dr. KagariyaA long-time acquaintance of Dr. Gilmore, as well as archaeology professor at a Japanese university.
Expy: Of the character "Dr. Komatsu" in the unfinished "Battle with the Gods" arc (itself a prototype to "God's War").
Hisui Kagariya aka Queen Himiko
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (2002 OVA adaptation) Laura Torres (2002 OVA - Latin American Spanish dub)
The 27-year old daughter of Dr. Kagariya. She soon undergoes an unusual change after excavating a Moai statue from Easter Island.
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Subverted, she looks like one but her aloofness is actually shyness. As Himiko, however, she plays this perfectly straight.
Expy: In the unfinished "Battle with the Gods" arc of the manga, a similar, less mysterious-looking character named "Reiko Komatsu" appears. Reiko is also the daughter of an archaeology professor, and seems to hold some interest in Joe.
Lonely Rich Kid: Only daughter of a famous and rich professor, but very lonely. Not helped by how her father completely neglect her emotional needs.
Platonic Life Partners: Unlike other girls linked with Joe, she doesn't seem to have romantic feelings for him. They do bond over their loneliness, however. In the manga, however, it's a different story.