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The 00-Cyborg Team
- Bash Brothers: It's mostly 002/004 or 002/009. But all of the 00-Cyborgs really work well when put in a battle that requires team effort, and it often shows.
- Blue Is Heroic: The 00-Cyborgs' outfits were changed to dark blue in the God's War manga and its OVA adaptation.
- Cyborg: All nine individuals were normal humans turned into cyborg weapons by Black Ghost at some point in their lives.
- Dark and Troubled Past: All of the 00-Cyborgs have horrible, tear-jerking pasts.
- 001 was subjected to horrible brain-enhancing experiments by his own father, Dr. Gamo Whisky, who either attempted to unlock the secrets of the human mind through his son (manga), or drove himself to insanity trying to find a cure for 001's terminal illness (2001 anime, Archaia novel).
- 002 was a teenage delinquent who lived on the streets to survive, and became a fugitive of the law either due to committing Accidental Murder (Manga, '79 anime, Archaia novel) or getting into violent street fights (2001 anime). The 2001 anime also reveals that 002 saw other street children being bullied by criminals yet he did nothing to help them, and the guilt from his inaction stayed with him for many years. In addition, earlier adaptations depicted him as becoming a gang leader while still a teenager, which brings up more implications about his home life.
- 003 was either kidnapped in broad daylight in front of her older brother Jean-Paul (manga, Archaia novel), or tricked into accepting a position in a fake professional dancing business thought up by Black Ghost (2001 anime). The 2001 anime also revealed that Black Ghost's cybernetic modifications to her eyes and ears caused her to suffer from extreme Sensory Overload, and she was thrown into a battlefield without warning where she panicked even at the slightest sounds.
- 004 was trying to escape East Germany during the Cold War with his fiancee Hilda so they can have a future together, but 004 botched it up, alerting authorities, and during their attempt to flee both were heavily injured, with Hilda dying. The 2001 anime cranked that part Up to Eleven by having 004 lie to Hilda about successfully escaping so her heart wouldn't be broken over the fact they failed. The Archaia novel, however, switched it up by having 004 being unable to legally Hilda due to her being a foreigner, so he tried to smuggle her into country by plane. It goes as well as you'd expect. The 2001 anime also revealed that Black Ghost's extensive cybernetic modifications were extremely painful, to the point where he was immediately put out of commission after using them for the first time. It's a wonder he didn't commit suicide after all that crap.
- 005 was subjected to anti-Native American racism, and was left unemployed for a long time due to his race, forcing him to live the life as a nomad trying to find a stable job. The only job he found turned his people into humorous stereotypes, which 005 found incredibly offensive to his heritage.
- 006 was a farmer who lost everything (the manga depicted him as a pig farmer whose livestock ran way and was taxed to oblivion, while the '79 anime had him suffer from years of bad crops), making him cross the Despair Event Horizon and try hang himself. Later adaptations depicted him as a restaurant owner who either burned down his own restaurant with a botched fire-breathing trick (2001 anime) or was forced to close it down (Archaia novel). In addition, the Archaia novel depicted 006 as a formerly married man whose wife left him after his business failed.
- 007 was once a famous actor who fell on hard times and became a homeless drunk. The 2001 anime expands on this by depicting him as a small-time actor who abandoned his girlfriend Sophie and his friends once he let his own fame get to his head, and when he was disgraced, he was too ashamed to make amends and turned to the bottle. The '79 anime reveals how 007 became a homeless drunk - he was friends with a fellow actor Henry, whom he also competed with for a lead role in a major production. Henry was eventually chosen, but they never lost their friendship. One day, 007 and Henry went on a hiking trip when equipment failure caused Henry to fall to his death. Because of the timing of the accident, people believed 007 killed his friend, and his inability to clear his name caused him to lose his job and everything else.
- 008 was originally an innocent villager taken to be sold into slavery, and the people who saved him from that fate turned out to be Black Ghost agents looking for a subject to add to their 00-Cyborg line (manga). The 2001 anime and Archaia novel depicted 008 as a guerrilla fighter, with the former expanding on his backstory and giving him a comrade-in-arms who was turned into an evil cyborg by Black Ghost and had to be killed by 008 to save himself and his friends.
- 009 was subjected to racism for being half-Japanese, which resulted in him becoming a delinquent and being sent to juvie hall that he and a fellow inmate tried to escape from. The 2001 anime depicted him as an orphan who was Happily Adopted by a Catholic priest who was indirectly involved in a child trafficking ring created by Black Ghost, and was killed to prevent exposure of their secrets, only to find the priest murdered and his church on fire. The police thought 009 was the culprit due to being the only one there at the crime scene, so they arrested 009 only for the truck transporting him to get into an accident, allowing 009 to escape.
- Dr. Isaac Gilmore was one of the scientists involved in the creation of the original 00-Cyborgs, but he slowly started having a moral dilemma regarding the unethical conversion of humans into living weapons. His feelings came to a head when Black Ghost decided to ignore his suggestions and install a weaker heart model in 005, causing him to have a near-fatal heart attack. It was after this which he decided, "Fuck this," and jumped ship, helping the 00-Cyborgs rebel and escape from captivity. The 2001 episode "The Final Battle" also implies that Dr. Gilmore was a Holocaust survivor due to Skull's comments of "melting [the 00-Cyborgs] in my furnace!"
- Fire-Forged Friends: The entire 00-Cyborg team became True Companions the longer they fought against Black Ghost and other villains. Eventually they start seeing each other like family.
- Multinational Team: The 00-Cyborg team consists of an African cyborg (008), a Chinese cyborg (006), a British cyborg (007), a Russian cyborg (001), a Native American cyborg (005), a French cyborg (003), a German cyborg (004), a half-Japanese cyborg (009), and an American cyborg with no specific ethnicity (002)note .
- Psychic Powers: Besides 005 having nature-based empathy in the 2001 anime and onward, the 00-Cyborgs get psychic upgrades thanks to 001 in the 2012 "God's War" manga and its OVA adaptation.
- Red Is Heroic: Their red outfits are the most iconic things in the series, with some exceptions.
- Scarf of Asskicking: All of the 00-Cyborgs wear their iconic long, yellow scarves, and while they do fine individually, they all do even better when fighting as a team. Even when their scarves defy physics and somehow manage to avoid getting snagged/caught, they still kick ass.
- Secret Project Refugee Family: All of the 00-Cyborgs are runaways from Black Ghost's 00-Cyborg program. Dr. Gilmore is their Parental Substitute trying to atone for being involved in their creation. They all start seeing each other as a true family after battling Black Ghost's cyborg assassins.
- True Companions: They have their squabbles and arguments every now and then, but when one is endangered, the others will move mountains to save them. Eventually they start seeing each other like family.
- You Are Number 6: Black Ghost named them after numbers based on the order they were taken and converted into cyborgs. Joe Shimamura, the last 00-Cyborg to be named, is renamed "009". Eventually their numbers are what the main characters respond to as their former lives are gone. The 2001 anime reveals that Jet Link was originally going to be "001", but after Ivan Whisky showed more promise, he was given the callsign "002" instead.
Joe Shimamura, aka Cyborg 009
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Oota (early films- 1966, 1967), Katsuji Mori (1968 series, credited as "Setsuya Tanaka"), Kazuhiko Inoue (1979 series and 1980 film), Walter Carroll (1980 film - English dub), Takahiro Sakurai (2001 series), Joshua Seth (2001 series- English dub, except episodes 5 and 9), Derek Stephen Prince (2001 series- English dub, episodes 5 and 9), Takeshi Kusao (2009 CD dramas), Akira Kamiya (Radio dramas), Mamoru Miyano (2012), Jason Griffith (2012 movie - English dub), Jun Fukuyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Johnny Yong Bosch (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Manuel de Llata (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Irwin Daayán (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Uraz Huerta (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Keisuke Koumoto (Call of Justice film trilogy)The Hero and most advanced of the nine cyborgs, with a more powerful body and his semi-unique Acceleration Mode, which enabled him to move at incredible speeds via a switch hidden in one of his teeth. Very sensitive and compassionate, he sometimes wound up juggling the Hero Ball while trying to avoid difficult decisions.
- Ace Pilot
- 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.
- All of the Other Reindeer: In early installments, he was ridiculed by both children and adults for his half-Japanese heritage. In the manga and '79 series, it's stated and shown that because of this treatment, he was driven to delinquency, which led to him being imprisoned in juvenile hall, which led to the attempted escape, which led to being found by Black Ghost...
- Badass Driver: In the '79 anime and manga continuities he is a proficient Formula-1 racer.
- Bash Brothers: Frequently with Jet, especially in the manga and '79 anime. Though he sometimes goes with Albert on occasion.
- 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/003 (and Jet/002, if you like your Ho Yay) are immune.
- Character Development: Is forced to throw away a part of his naivety as time goes on, but does his best to remain gentle and compassionate without losing his backbone.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It's more apparent in the 2001 series, but no matter which side someone's one, he will do his very damn best to help them. If they're allied with Black Ghost, he'll try to convince them to perform a Heel–Face Turn. Most of the time, his efforts blow up in his face, thanks to Black Ghost pulling a Sadistic Choice on him.
- 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.
- In the continuity of the 2007 Skull Man anime, its heavily implied that Joe's father is Hayato Mikogami, the second man to become the titular Skull Man. Who, as it happens, gets resurrected as Black Ghost in the series finale.
- Delinquents: 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.
- Formula One: He and Jet/002 become F-1 race drivers in the first episode of the '79 series after the fall of Black Ghost, though the appearance of a Stone Giant put an end to that.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The '79 anime was the only depiction of 009 where he had blonde hair, though that didn't change his heroic character much at all.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: In the Psychic Assassins arc of the 2001 series, he gets catapulted into a Bad Future where Black Ghost had successfully killed off the 00-Cyborgs and turned Earth into a Crapsack World, and promptly breaks down upon seeing it,
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Has the highest base specs as a cyborg amongst the 00-Numbers, but the others all beat him out in specific areas.
- Japanese Delinquents: Was one in the original manga and some adaptations (such as the 1979 one).
- Lightning Bruiser: Very powerful and very fast.
- 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 Accelerator to get fresh ingredients to 006's restaurant, at one point.
- Nice Guy: The 2001 anime strongly emphasized this trope, depicting 009 as very empathetic and kind. Despite being dedicated to protect Earth and humanity from Black Ghost, he is willing to talk to the bad guy and try convince them to pull a Heel–Face Turn. Unfortunately, thanks to Black Ghost's hobby of creating Sadistic Choices, 009's efforts end up in vain, often in the worst ways possible. He also reacts strongly to situations whenever he is forced to seriously harm or kill someone, like his beloved dog Kubikuro who became so obsessed with revenge that he had to be put down.
- 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 not Happily 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.
- Peek-a-Bangs: A trademark.
- The Protagonist: Maybe one of the best examples in anime (provided the episode isn't centered on the other cyborgs.)
- Save the Villain: Attempts this more than once. Always fails.
- Shoot the Dog: He winds up having to do this to Kubikuro in the manga, '68 anime, and '79 anime.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The Archaia novel had 009 falling in Love at First Sight with a beautiful girl he met at a juvenile delinquent facility and they planned to elope. The girl's brother hired thugs to beat 009 to death so he can keep them apart. 009 spends most of the first part of the novel angsting over his lost love and trying to get his former life back.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's actually more of a Jerkass towards everyone in earlier adaptations (specifically the 60's anime). In the 2001 version, he's a really Nice Guy right from the start.
- 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.
- You Are Number 6: His callsign is "009", as he is the last 00-Cyborg to be made (at least until the 00-Cyborg assassins came along)
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), Stephanie Sheh (2012 movie - English dub), Haruka Shiraishi (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Christine Marie Cabanos (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Salvador Nájar (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Maru Guzman (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Azucena Martínez (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Misato Fukuen (Call of Justice film trilogy)A small Russian baby with incredible Psychic Powers - in fact, he was likely the most powerful of the lot, but using them left him exhausted, and he could only use them to their fullest after sleeping for two weeks. Played the Chess Master at times, co-ordinating attacks and providing the enemy's weaknesses.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: Calling him "just an infant".
- Blessed with Suck: Cyborgs don't age, at least not like humans do. 001 knows that. It may take him years, even decades, before he becomes a more or less self-sufficient kid.
- Blinding Bangs: Though his eyes are occasionally exposed in the manga and in the '79 series. He lacks the bangs in RE:, the Archaia graphic novel, and the Call of Justice films.
- Brainy Baby: 001 may be an infant cyborg, but thanks to his father's brain experiments, he is more intelligent than the average adult.
- Cast from Hit Points: In the 2012 manga, it's revealed that every time he uses his Psychic Powers, a bit of his life energy disappears.
- The Chess Master
- Creepy Child: One or twice skirts the line, but thankfully it's not very common.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Joe/009 in the 1st episode of the 2001 series.
- 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).
- Goo Goo God Like: The one 00-Cyborg who possesses incredibly strong Psychic Powers.
- 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.
- Harmful to Minors: Was subjected to horrible, horrible brain-enhancing experiments at the hands of his own father Dr. Gamo Whisky, then turned into a 00-Cyborg by Black Ghost. While still a baby.
- Heavy Sleeper: Justified, due to his weak body. He spends fifteen days asleep each month, and then stays awake for just as long.
- Ill Boy: Was born with a fatal illness in the 2001 continuity and the Archaia continuity, which is why he was made into a cyborg.
- Next Tier Power-Up: The 2012 God's War manga and its OVA adaptation has 001 give his fellow 00-Cyborgs Psychic Powers so they can be sufficiently prepared in fighting the various gods and monsters. While the ending of the OVA was left ambiguous, the manga made it clear that powering up didn't work as the various enemies the 00-Cyborgs were way above their league.
- Older Than They Look: Becomes this as the manga progresses, and especially in the 2001 anime continuity where he was frozen for 40 years.
- Psychic Powers:
- Barrier Warrior: When in a pinch, he can erect psychokinetic barriers that are impervious to all attacks. This saved his fellow 00-Cyborgs on multiple occasions. Like in the 2001 anime where he saved them from being killed by Black Ghost's prototype EMP generator.
- Enemy Scan
- Mind Control (only used in the manga)
- Mind over Matter: Possesses strong psychokinesis.
- Telepathy: What he uses to communicate with the 00-Cyborgs as, being permanently stuck in baby form, his vocal cords aren't fully developed.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Has the ability to transport anything and anyone to a chosen place. The only catch is that it only works on inanimate objects; he can transport people, but they have to be unconscious first.
- Psychic Link
- Astral Projection: Gains this power in the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA and both the 2012 manga and its OVA adaption.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: In the 2012 manga he had visions of the horrific final battle with the angels and gods who wanted to "restart" humanity.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: He's Russian, yet out of all the 00 Cyborgs his Dark and Troubled Past started at a very early age.
- Sleepy Head: Due to his psychic powers putting a strain on his infant body, he must sleep for a certain amount of days to regain his strength.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His surname is spelled "Wisky" in the Archaia continuity, possibly to avoid alcoholic references. 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.
- Stock Foreign Name: "Ivan Whisky" sounds like a stereotypical Russian name.
- Troll: In the 2001 series episode "The Birth", he constantly led Joe straight into enemy territory on purpose, just to get a sense of the newly-made 00 Cyborg's full capabilities. Joe is understandably upset when he finds out.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He's not even a year old, and yet he displays skills and knowledge that would be normally found in an adult.
Jet Link, aka Cyborg 002
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), Marc Diraison (2012 movie - English dub), Tomoaki Maeno (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Spike Spencer (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Jaime Vega (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Ricardo Mendoza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Manuel Campuzano (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Takuya Satou (Call of Justice film trilogy)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.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Thanks to his Gag Nose, long hair, and dark narrow eyes, he tends to resemble a bird. Quite fitting for the flying cyborg!
- Awesome McCool Name: Jet Link. Doubles as a Meaningful/Ironic Name.
- Bash Brothers: With Albert in the 2001 series, and Joe in the manga and '79 anime.
- Big Brother Mentor: To his little New York City friend Jimmy and a bunch of esper children in the 2001 anime. Also had shades of this in the '79 anime.
- Boisterous Bruiser: If there's a fight, odds are he's the first one to jump in. Especially in light of the fact that the other three first-generation Cyborgs all originally had major drawbacks in the 2001 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
- 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 alien children to defend themselves from their oppressors and, 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.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: He can lift eight fully grown people (and 001) and still fly.◊
- Dark and Troubled Past: In all continuities, he grew up in a bad area of New York where he had to turn to delinquency to survive. In the manga and early installments he was a gang leader, though later he was altered to become a street punk. The 2001 episode "The Awakening" reveals that he carried a heavy amount of guilt over not preventing other children from becoming delinquents like he did and helping them protect themselves from people who picked on them. From the same series, the episode "Black Ghost Lives" shows Jet during his days as a prototype 00 Cyborg, and it's implied that out of the the nine people who became 00 Cyborgs, Jet stayed with Black Ghost the longest. No wonder the poor guy's so messed up.
- Delinquent: Was a Street Urchin before Black Ghost got to him.
- 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.
- Fiery Red Head: Sports long red hair and is the most likely to attack out of the 00 Cyborgs. It should be noted, though, that this infamous aspect of his personality didn't come until the 2001 series.
- Gag Nose: His nose is absurdly long and pointy, shaped like a bird's beak.
- 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.
- Guns Akimbo: In the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA, he was given the ability to wield two blaster guns. This was possibly planned to be in the Archaia continuity, where promotional concept art released by Marcus To showed Jet wearing two gun holsters in his uniform.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His incarnations from the 2012 CGI film, the Archaia novel, and the upcoming Call of Justice film trilogy all depict him with blonde hair. He's still one of the main 9 00-Cyborgs.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In "Conclusion: God's War", twice.
- Hidden Depths: In 2001 episode "Search For the Professor", he shows some artistic talent when he painted the 00 Cyborgs' ship, the Dolphin.
- Hot-Blooded: VERY much. This wasn't introduced until the 2001 anime, though.
- Jerkass: While he's a loyal and valued member of the 00-Cyborg team, he does have his moments...
- 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: Becomes this in the 2001 anime, due to refusing Chang's lessons. Whoops.
- The Lancer: To 009, in that 002 is a Hot Headed Boisterous Bruiser eager to fight while 009 is a Nice Guy who tries to talk his enemies down before engaging them. It's downplayed in early adaptations where 002 was relaxed and easygoing, but the differences were still there.
- Private Detective: Became one in the 2012 manga after the disbandment of the 00-Cyborgs.
- Psychic Powers: In the 2012 God's War manga and its OVA adaptation, he was given two psychic upgrades by 001 - the first one was the ability to accelerate his flight speed to the speed of light. The second one was the ability to teleport.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's usually the Red to either Joe or Albert's Blue. And to Francoise's Blue, to a degree.
- Super Speed: He was installed with an early prototype version of Joe's Accelerator, one that achieves the same affects for a shorter amount of time. In the 2012God's War manga, after his body was ripped in half (first time), Jet was reconstructed by Dr. Gilmore so he can fly faster. He was later given by 001 the ability to psychically accelerate his flight speed to the speed of light, which was also shown in its OVA adaption.
- Teleporters and Transporters: In the 2012 God's War manga, Ivan gave him a psychic upgrade in the form of teleportation, though this was left out in the OVA adaption and given Super Speed instead.
Francoise Arnoul, aka Cyborg 003
Voiced by: Judy Ongg (early films- 1966, 1967) Hiroko Suzuki (1968 series), Kazuko Sugiyama (1979 series and 1980 film), Michelle Hart (1980 film- English dub), Satsuki Yukino (2001 series), Dorothy Elias Fahn (2001 series- English dub; credited as "Midge Mayes"), Machiko Toyoshima (2009 CD dramas), Chiwa Saito (2012 movie), Erin Fitzgerald (2012 movie - English dub), Mao Ichimichi aka MAO (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Stephanie Sheh (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Azucena Rodríguez (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Ilia Gil (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Adriana Rodríguez (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Risa Taneda (Call of Justice film trilogy).A French ballerina who was given vastly enhanced hearing and sight, making her great at surveillance... if not so good at the whole direct combat thing (and she painfully knows it). Depending on the adaptation, she ranges from The Chick to Action Girl; however, she always serves as The Heart of the team and Joe's Love Interest (the only one immune to the whole Cartwright Curse thing...)
- 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).
- Battle Couple: With 009.
- Brought Down to Normal: In the 2001 anime, it's revealed that her powers can be disrupted by sandstorms and such things.
- The Chick: Though she's more outspoken than the standard.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted in regards to Ixquic, but zigzagged in regards to the different incarnations of Helen or Helena. i.e., the SF Roman novel of 1978 had her very jealous of Helena but she turns out to be Brainwashed and Crazy, the manga version of the Mythos arc had her captured by Gaia so ay thoughts on Helen weren't shown, the manga rendition of the Yomi arc had her not taking her jealousy on Helen but being passive-aggressive to 009 instead, and in the 2001 anime she's jealous but quickly denies it when 002 brings it up and mourns Helen the most when she and her sisters are murdered.
- Dance Battler: Well shown in the 68 series, where she kicks ass in an ornate ballerina outfit while hearing ballet shoes with hidden blades.
- 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.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: When she is a blonde, anyway.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Goes through this early on; later transitions to I Just Want To Have More Pro-Active Powers. Mainly appears in the episode detailing Gilmore's Backstory in the 2001 anime, where she's suddenly thrown into battle without advice and, naturally, the poor woman has a Freak Out.
- In the 2012 manga, her original, Black Ghost-installed eyes were ripped out and replaced with new ones. After that she crosses the Despair Event Horizon and rips out her eye replacements, hating how they make her more of a machine, and spends the rest of the story completely blind.
- Mission Control: She works best with Ivan/001 and Dr. Gilmore, as her abilities (enhanced sight and hearing) isn't suited for direct battle.
- Plucky Girl: Despite her insecurities, she very rarely gives into despair.
- Psychic Powers: Gains these thanks to 001's Next Tier Power-Up in the 2012 "God's War" manga and its OVA adaptation, after she loses her eyes twice (the second time she ripped them out herself). She gains Telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female main 00-Cyborg. Her teammates (and mentor) are all guys, including the baby.
- 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 huge Mommy Issues and is so attracted to Francoise's motherly beauty/behavior that he abducts her to make her his puppet girlfriend.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Portrayed very realistically, since having to watch the guys fight - and nearly get themselves killed at times - left Francoise feeling helpless at times and nearly sent her into a Heroic B.S.O.D. once or twice. It didn't prevent her Crowning Moment of Awesome, though... The original Downer Ending turned this into outright Blessed with Suck that only made the Tear Jerking worse, since the anime version added a scene with her sensing Joe burning up and bursting into tears.
- Wrench Wench: In the 2001 series, apparently thanks to her enhancements. Which let her dismantle a biological bomb on her own. The episode "Gilmore's Notes" also describes her as having been an electronic engineering student, although this reference was removed in the English dub.
Albert Heinrich, aka Cyborg 004
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), Toru Okawa (2012 movie), Dave B. Mitchell (2012 movie - English dub), Hiroki Tochi (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Michael Sinterniklaas (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Miguel Ángel Sanromán (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Víctor Covarrubias (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Satoshi Hino (Call of Justice film trilogy).A quiet, thoughtful, sensitive, German man in his 30's with a talent for Deadpan Snarking and plans who had most of his body replaced with various weaponry. His terribly tragic past doesn't help much, either.
- 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 , 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Received reddish-brown hair in the early anime films, as opposed to his iconic silver haired look. Although, Ishinomori himself didn't consistently depict Albert with silver hair at first either, with him appearing with light brown or blond hair in the occasional colorspread (which leads to some wondering if the silver may be a stylization choice). Even some of the color pages included in Kodansha's full-color edition and the deluxe re-releases of the manga depict him with noticeably strawberry blond hair, as did the original color printing of "Emergency Simulation 1992" (the final one-shot for the series that was drawn by Ishinomori).
- 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, realizing that he had enjoyed being part of the 00 cyborg team.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards 003, 002 and 009. He also pulls 008 out of a Heroic B.S.O.D. after his last upgrade.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His aforementioned knife hand.
- 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.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Majorly Subverted, though he has difficulty remembering this at times. Highlighted when he faces off against a Robotic Evil Twin in the 2001 series.
- Death Seeker: He displays this attitude in the first half of the 1980's film, due to his angst over not being able to die with Hilda.
- Depending on the Writer: In the manga and the earlier anime adaptations, Albert's angst over his and the others's situations was channeled differently. Instead of being quiet and thoughtful like in the 2001 series, he went for the snark and a very ruthless and bitter Knight in Sour Armor attitude, sometimes coupled with a Death Seeker streak.
- Just how much organic parts and functions he has left can vary upon the incarnation, and even Ishinomori seemed to vary on that matter.
- Four Is Death: In the manga he is labeled "God of Death" (shinigami note ).
- Germanic Depressives: Comes from his past as an East Germany runaway.
- 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 quite frightening◊.
- 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.
- Heartbroken Badass: He's a walking death machine, yet he's got a very Dark and Troubled Past that mostly involves a woman.
- Heroic Build: In the 2001 anime, his cybernetic body has an exaggerated and stylized masculine appearance, as seen in the upgrade scene in the "Man Or Machine" episode◊.
- 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.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Hilda's death deeply traumatized him.
- 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.
- More Dakka: What he specializes in. If an enemy pops up, just load him with lead (or missiles).
- 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/008 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.
- Psychic Powers: Gains these thanks to 001's Next Tier Power-Up in the 2012's God's War manga and its OVA adaptation. He can shoot bullets that never miss their target(s), and he can teleport said bullets to said target(s) no matter how far they are. The OVA adaptation depicted his bullets after 001's upgrades as energy.
- Say My Name: "HIIIIIILDAAAAAA!!!!"
- Silver Fox: A little on the young side for this - he's anywhere from his late 20s (specifically 28) to 30, depending on the adaptation. Other than that, however...
- The Smart Guy: Of the Genius Bruiser variety.
- Stepford Snarker: In several adaptations, he's snarky and sarcastic to hide his survivor's guilt over Hilda's death.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: His 2001 incarnation has this trait.
- Survivor Guilt: He has incredible guilt over his role in Hilda's death, and angsts over it. Depending on the adaptation, his guilt turns him into a Death Seeker.
- Tragic Keepsake: His dead girlfriend Hilda's ring. Turns out it comes in handy while fending off 0011 with a half-paralyzed body.
- 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 , 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.
- Unstoppable Rage: Normally a level-headed guy, his anger is terrifying◊.
- 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 003 and 002; this caused Black Ghost to shut down the cyborg project for 40 years until technology caught up to solve the problem.
Geronimo, Jr., aka Cyborg 005
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (early films and 1968 series), Banjo 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), Patrick Seitz (2012 movie - English dub), Tsuyoshi Koyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Keith Silverstein (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Santiago Gil (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Enrique Cervantes (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Rafael Quijano (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Kenji Nomura (Call of Justice film trilogy).A mature, wise, very gentle Native American who was basically transformed into a walking tank, with superhuman strength and endurance unmatched by any of his teammates. In the 2001 series, he also possesses a bond with nature that isn't one of his Black Ghost-given powers.
- 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.
- Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Even though he carries a laser gun like the rest of his team, he mostly gets his way through by throwing rocks at everything.
- Badass Native: When he gets to fight, his cyborg powers let him plow through quite a bit of mooks.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Francoise/003 and Joe/009, to a degree.
- Facial Markings: Standard in all adaptations except for the 2012 movie, where they only appear when he's cutting loose and using his strength to the fullest.
- Friend to All Living Things: He sees all life as sacred.
- Genius Bruiser: While he mainly acts as the physical powerhouse of the 00-Cyborg team, he still manages to come across as very thoughtful and calm.
- Gentle Giant: Physically the largest of the 00-Cyborgs. He's very kind to everyone as long as they're not directly fighting him or his friends.
- Little Guy, Big Buddy: 005 is the big buddy, 001 is the little guy.
- Made of Iron: One of his powers is listed as having armored skin, which allows him to shrug off most attacks like wet paper.
- Magical Native American: In the 2001 series, he shows a considerable empathy with nature that wasn't part of his upgrades. This ability was retained in the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA, where he senses the coming of a "devil".
- Psychic Powers: Has nature-based empathy that both his 2001 and 009 vs. Devilman incarnation has.
- The Quiet One: If he does talk, it's usually something profound. That being said, it's strongly advised not to piss him off.
- The Stoic: Is usually capable of making one expression. When that expression changes, though, get the hell out.
- Super Strength: In the 2001 series, Ivan estimates him to be "as strong as a thousand men."
- Talking the Monster to Death: Normally The Quiet One, he pulls this off against The Spirit of the Earth.
- Unstoppable Rage: The 2012 manga and its OVA adaptation has 005 influenced by the gods into succumbing to unquenchable anger, causing him to destroy the wildlife he deeply cherished. It's suggested that his stoic front hides a lot of deeply-suppressed rage, possibly at the unfairness and suffering in his life.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Throwing rocks (or an alternative) at everything always works. He does carry a laser gun like the rest of his team, but why use it when you have Super Strength?
Chang Changku, aka Cyborg 006
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), Michael Sorich (2012 movie - English dub), Yu Mizushima (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Joey Lotsko (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Arturo Mercado Sr. (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Pedro D'Aguillon Jr (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Bernardo Rodríguez (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Mitsuaki Madono (Call of Justice film trilogy).A cheerful Chinese chef who was given the ability to shoot fire out of his mouth. He uses his considerable cooking skills to keep the team together and well-fed, as well as providing a fair amount of the comic relief alongside 007.
- Asian Buck Teeth: Seen with these in the earlier anime adaptations.
- Chef of Iron: A Supreme Chef who can also fight. It's 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.
- Driven to Suicide: His original backstory in the manga had him attempting to hang himself after reaching the Despair Event Horizon, but Black Ghost agents saved him before he could successfully do so. Subsequent adaptations removed this for being too dark, but the Archaia novel kept it.
- 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.
- Mundane Utility: Uses his firebreathing to cook.
- Playing with Fire: He can breathe torrents of fire that are hot as 3,000 degrees. In Conclusion: GOD'S WAR, Ivan gives him a psychic upgrade in the form of pyrokinesis.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Though unlike G.B., 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 00 Cyborg as a sort-of "improvement".
- Psychic Powers: Gains these thanks to 001's Next Tier Power Upgrade in the 2012 God's War manga and its OVA adaptation. He gains pyrokinetic abilities that allow him to change the shape and direction of his fire breath, and breathe freakin' flame dragons!
- Stealth Pun: He can use his powers to tunnel through rock and catch his enemies by surprise. That's right, he's a Chinese Fire Drill.
- Team Chef: And Team Dad. And Team Mom.
- It's a constant throughout all adaptations that he's a Supreme Chef (with Chinese cuisine, anyway). He even runs a worldwide chain of restaurants in the 2012 movie and during the beginning of the '79 series.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With 007. Much of their comedic banter involve lots of squabbling, but they actually care deeply for each other.
Great Britan (or 'G.B.' in the 2001 english dub), aka Cyborg 007
Voiced by: Machiko Soga (early films and 1968 series), Kaneta Kimotsuki (1979 series and 1980 film), James Keating (1980 film- English dub), Yuichi Nagashima (2001 series), Michael Sorich (2001 series- English dub), Keiichi Nanba (2009 CD dramas), Hiroyuki Yoshino (2012 movie), JB Blanc (2012 movie - English dub), Hozumi Goda (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Tony Azzolino (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Jorge Sánchez Fogarty (Kaijuu sensou movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Roberto Mendiola (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Héctor Rocha (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Setsuji Satou (Call of Justice film trilogy).Once one of the best British actors, he was transformed into a Shapeshifting Master 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.
- The Alcoholic: What he became in his backstory after his fall from stardom. It's incredibly downplayed after that, with him only drinking once or twice in a few adaptations.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses his left arm via the giant Buddha in the climax in "Conclusion: God's War".
- Astral Projection: Gains the ability to project his spirit and straight-up possess living creatures instead of just shapeshifting himself to look like them, thanks to 001's Next Tier Upgrade in Conclusion: God's War.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Uses this against a stampede of mutated animals in "Monster Island". Doubles as Full-Frontal Assault as he's either naked (manga) or in a Loin Cloth (2001 series).
- 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:
- '60s series: A Former Child Star who's still Just a Kid when Black Ghost decides to use him in their experiments.
- '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 him out of jealousy. Unable to clear his own 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.
- Beady-Eyed Loser
- Drowning My Sorrows: Pretty much starts this way in almost all adaptations, and that's where Black Ghost picks him up.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In "Conclusion: God's War", he gets a giant foot dropped on him.
- Dual Age Modes: Had this in the manga while the '66 film was popular. The child form was mainly used as Sleep-Mode Size after its introduction.
- Evil Former Friend: 007's fellow actor and friend Henry Brown in the '79 anime, who actually survived the hiking accident and was turned into a cyborg by Black Ghost, and now resents 007 a great deal believing he was responsible for what he became.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Flashbacks of 007's past in the 2001 anime depicted him with blonde hair, while the '79 anime gave him white hair. It's all gone now.
- Horrible Judge of Character: In the 2001 anime, he fell in love with a rich lady who was revealed to be Cyborg 0012 and a member of Black Ghost. Even after The Reveal, he kept defending her actions and is still willing to act as her Knight in Shining Armor in the end.
- Grand Theft Me: In the 2012 manga and its OVA adaption, Ivan gives G.B. a psychic upgrade in the form of possession, in where he astrally projects himself into the body of a living being and takes control of them.
- James Bondage: Mainly in the original manga and '79 series, where his attempts to spy on the enemy often went awry. He was more savvy in the 2001 one.
- Magic Pants: Zig-Zagged in the original manga, where he had to strip out of his clothes before transforming, but usually got to keep his underwear. All later adaptions let him stay dressed.
- Master of Disguise: Uses his abilities like this. His acting skills are very helpful, too.
- The 2012 version upgrades this to full-on Chameleon Camouflage. (And yes, his eyes are still the first thing to reappear.)
- Morphic Resonance: Tends to keep his distinctive eyes while transformed, except when playing Body Double.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Seems to use it to cover for his painful backstory, as he's easily the most cynical 00-Number.
- Rubber Man: What his shapeshifting powers sometimes function as. He was able to transform his own body into a weapon and kill a man by squeezing him to death in the 2012 movie. In the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA, he used his own body to crush multiple monsters to death at once, and making himself impervious to electricity by converting to a rubbery state. And boy oh boy was it awesome to see!
- Sad Clown: He usually serves as Plucky Comic Relief, but his backstories tend to be very, very complex and sad.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's usually wearing a suit of some kind to contrast his more casually-dressed teammates.
- Stepford Smiler: Behind his clownish and dramatic front is a guilt-ridden and emotionally broken man.
- Stage Name: Depending on the adaptation.
- Smart People Speak The Queen's English
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Subverted. He's so good a stage actor that it seems like he's become the person he's shapeshifted into, but on the inside it's still 007.
- Took a Level in Badass: The 2001 anime depicts him as more stealthy and cunning, compared to his bumbling character of the original manga and especially the '79 anime. The 2012 CGI film also has him getting the jump on a suspicious-looking man and actually crushing him to death. The Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA made him even more awesome, being able to turn himself into perfect duplicates of a person (complete with voice), using his own body to crush multiple monsters to death at once, and making himself impervious to electricity by converting to a rubbery state.
- Verbal Tic: In the '79 series, he'd interject the proper animal sounds while in a matching form, such as meowing as a cat or crying as a bird.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His main power. He can transform into anything he wants, including live animals and inanimate objects, by just touching his belly button.
Pyunma, aka Cyborg 008
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (early films- 1966, 1967), Keiichi Noda (1968 series), Koji Totani (1979 series), Kazuyuki Sogabe (1980 film), Clay Lowrey (1980 film- English dub), Mitsuo Iwata (2001 series), Mario L. Patrenella (2001 series- English dub), Toshio Furukawa (2009 CD dramas), Noriaki Sugiyama (2012 movie), Marcus Griffin (2012 movie - English dub), Ayumu Okamura (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Steve Staley (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Carlos Hernández (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Arturo Sian Vidal (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub), Haruki Ishiya (Call of Justice film trilogy).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.
- Black Face: What he was initially designed with. Thankfully he had been redesigned come Super Galaxy due to the controversy surrounding his appearance.
- 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.
- Evil Former Friend: In the 2001 series, his childhood friend Mamado, Brainwashed and Crazy thanks to Black Ghost. 008 had to Shoot the Dog in the end
- Face–Heel Turn: Seemingly betrays the team in "Conclusion: God's War", opting to side with the Gods. However, he then appears to change his mind just in time and reveals that he was actually faking his betrayal. He then sacrifices himself in an attempt to save the others.
- Gadgeteer Genius: In the manga and '79 series; if Gilmore wasn't avaliable for a technical issue, like figuring out how to rewire a Black Ghost console in time to stop a strike, it fell to him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In order to buy the others some time in "God's War". It still isn't enough to save the others from their predicaments.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Underwater, he's probably the single most advanced fighting anything on the planet, but outside of it he's merely a powerful cyborg with combat training.
- Kill It with Water: Both the 2012 "God's War" manga and its OVA adaptation give him the ability to manipulate water pressure. The manga gives him a second upgrade in the form of hydrokinesis.
- Making a Splash: In the 2012 "God's War" manga, 001 gives him two psychic upgrades in the form of manipulating water pressure, then full-on hydrokinesis
- The Smart Guy: Skilled tactician, very level-headed, and apparently the only 00-Number with a University degree.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
- Played straight and constantly lampshaded in the '79 series: whenever a battle involved going underwater, he always explictly pointed out he was the best man for the job before diving in note .
- Partially averted in the 2001 series: he was one of the more experienced fighters and good at tactical combat due to his guerrilla past, but he didn't get many chances to show off his powers before Gilmore upgrades him following his Near-Death Experience. Then in the God's War OVA adaptation, he gets to Kill Things With Water Pressure.
Doctor Isaac Gilmore
Voiced by: Jouji Yanami (early films, 1968 series, and 1980 film), Kousei Tomita (1979 series), Cliff Harrington (1980 film- English dub), Makoto "Mugihito" Terada (2001 series), Simon Prescott (2001 series- English dub, credited as "Sy Prescott"), Takeshi Aono (2009 CD dramas), Nobuyuki Katsube (2012 movie), Paul St Peter (2012 movie - English dub), Shigeru Ushiyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Dave Mallow (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub); Juan Domingo Méndez (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Humberto Vélez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Raúl Carbonel (2012 movie - Latin American Spanish dub)An Ambiguously Jewish scientist who worked on the cyborg project before deciding to defect from Black Ghost and helping them escape. He comes to view the cyborgs as his adoptive children, and serves as The Professor and Team Dad.
- The Atoner: In all adaptations, 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 B.S.O.D. that he had a heart attack, which he barely survived to. After that, he decided that enough's enough and freed the 00 Cyborgs.
- Gag Nose: An Ishinomori trademark.
- Love Triangle: In the '79 series, with his old friends Dr. Gerhardt and Astacia when he was younger. Both Gilmore and Gerhardt competed for Astacia's affections, and she eventually chose and Happily Married Gerhardt. But after a horrific car accident left her severely burned, blind, and dying, Astacia mistakenly confessed, to her husband's face, that she actually loved Gilmore. The revelation turned Gerhardt into a bitter old man obsessed with getting revenge on Gilmore for ruining his life.
- Parental Substitute: To the 00-Cyborgs, who all look up to him as their mentor/father figure, especially the ones who were orphaned (such as 009). In the 2001 anime, he tries to deny it at first, but he embraces his role after Dr. Kozumi basically tells him he's starting to the 00-Cyborgs like his own family.
- The Professor
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He claimed that he and his co-workers were tricked into working for Black Ghost and participating in the 00-Cyborg project. Subverted in the 2001 episode "Black Ghost Lives"; he knew damn good and well what he was getting into, and his subconscious doesn't let him forget it when he starts contemplating his Heel–Face Turn.
- 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 B.S.O.D., then again by the 00-Cyborgs themselves after using a very poor excuse to justify upgrading a seriously injured 008. The '79 series also had him getting called out by the daughter of two of his colleagues, who were killed during the escape.
The Black Ghost organization
- As Long as There Is Evil: The Grand Finale reveals that as long as there's evil and violence in the hearts of humans, Black Ghost will always exist.
- Dark is Evil: Black Ghost. Their leader Skull is prominent example of this trope.
- Greater Scope Villain: The three brains inside the Statue are the true leaders of the Black Ghost organization, with Scarl as their puppet.
- Kick the Dog: On a frequent basis. And most times, they get away with it, too.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Despite their horrible, horrible actions and being responsible for the creation of the 00-Cyborgs, Black Ghost indirectly saved the main protagonists from even worse fates.
- 001 would have succumbed to his terminal disease before his first birthday (in the 2001 anime and Archaia novel, at least).
- 002 would have been jailed for his Accidental Murder (or participating in violent street fights in the 2001 anime), and if not that then he would have been on the run for the rest of his life.
- 004 would also have died of his injuries sustained from his accident that killed Hilda.
- 005 would have continued wandering alone.
- 006 would be dead, either from suicide or starvation.
- 007 would probably have continued living in the gutter as an old drunk.
- 008 would have become a slave or escaped successfully, living in the wilderness, or died in battle.
- 009 would probably would have been put back into juvie hall, or like 002, gone on the run for the rest of his life.
- Playing Both Sides: As part of their War for Fun and Profit motivation, they'll sell weapons to either side and derive amusement from manipulating them.
- War for Fun and Profit: Their main shtick. They make weapons (including human cyborgs) and sell them off to the highest bidders, and sit back and watch as their buyers destroy the world with their new toys.
Voiced by: Masato Yamanouchi (early films- 1966, 1967), Norio Wakamoto (2001 series), Richard Epcar (2001 series- English dub), Hidekatsu Shibata (2009 CD dramas); Rubens Medel (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Humberto Solórzano (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub),The commander of the Black Ghost Organization, he plans to create a Crapsack World torn apart by constant, profitable wars. His other hobbies include setting up Sadistic Choices and no-win situations that leave the rebel 00-Cyborgs questioning their victories.
- Bad Boss: He sees all of his workers as expendable tools for him to use and/or throw away. Even the ones that manage to succeed in fulfilling their missions are rewarded with death.
- Big Bad: Wherever Black Ghost lurks, he's bound to be there leading the charge. Though towards the end of the 2001 series he's revealed to be in service to a much greater power..
- Evil Is Hammy: All thanks to Norio Wakamoto.
- Evil Laugh: A very sinister laugh.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He speaks with a deep voice in both the Japanese and English dubs (though the former is also thanks to Norio Wakamoto).
- The Faceless: We never know what he looks like behind that Skull mask. However, in the 2007 anime he's a resurrected Hayato Mikogami, who is also the second Skull Man and the father of Joe Shimamura/009, though as mentioned below it's up to debate whether it's canon to any incarnation of 009 or not.
- 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 fired multiple lasers at a couple of scientists responsible for 0013, and the result has you looking at their charred corpses.
- Losing Your Head: In his final fight with 009, 009 punches his head off and is revealed to be a robot, with his brain in his stomach.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Revealed to be the father of 009 in the 2007 Skull Man anime, though again, how canon is it is disputed.
- Mask Power
- Sadistic Choice: His modus operandi. If he sees you trying to save the day, he'll make it so that you'll end up questioning your choices and maybe suffering from a good amount of emotional angst.
- Smug Snake: And OH WOW does Norio Wakamoto play this side of him up.
- 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".
- Straw Nihilist: In the 2001 episode "The Escape", he believes that both the world and everything in it are only tools for him to use and discard at anytime.
- Villain Ball: In the 2001 series, if he hadn't decided to capture the 00 Cyborgs to study how they got their abilities instead of killing them, he wouldn't have gotten his ass kicked. Honestly, considering the 00 Cyborgs' track record, killing them would've been a far better choice.
- Villain Decay: In the 2001 series. Towards the end, his Dragon Klaus Von Bogoot is the one who looks more badass.
- The '60s anime continuity also did this to him, where they had his equivalent "Skull Mask" as only one minor villain of Black Ghost, and the character "Ghost" who is the leader of the "Ghost Alliance". He wasn't even the Big Bad in the earlier '60s films, either.
- War for Fun and Profit: Also his modus operandi. When he's not kicking the dog For the Evulz, he's selling weapons of all kinds to different countries so he can profit from them.
- 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.
Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kawakubo and Sanji Hase ("Monster Wars" film, 1967), Issei Futamata (2001 series), Richard Cansino (2001 series- English dub); Quintín Bulnes and José María Iglesias (1967's "Monster Wars" - Latin American Spanish dub), Salvador Delgado (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)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 two of them.
- 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).
- Adapted Out: Aside from "Monster Wars", the 2001 anime, and the Archaia novel, he doesn't show up very frequently in other media incarnations of the franchise.
- Alas, Poor Villain: 0010 and his twin brother manage to run into each other while fighting 009 and their polarizing nature causes them to short-circuit and fry each other to death. But during their last moments, they touch each other in what was possibly the first time in years. The 2001 anime cranks the sadness Up to Eleven by having them outright cling to each other as they die from electrical burns; 009 notes the sad irony of 0010 being twin brothers who work together so well, yet can't even touch each other without risking death.
- Bash Brothers: A villainous example with 0010 and his twin brother; although each of them does fine on their own, they are devastating when working together.
- Creepy Twins: One of the few adult cases.
- Divergent Character Evolution: The twins are both entirely red in the original manga, according to the color edition of their debut, but the adaptations give them blue and red (sometimes orange) color motifs on their outfits to make it easier to tell them apart.
- Electric Torture: The first, but far from the last to employ this.
- Evil Albino: Appears this way in the 2001 anime. So does the Archaia novel.
- Evil Counterpart: He's basically what happens when you give Joe electricity powers, take away his heroic nature and empathy, and replace that with a mile-long sadistic streak.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Of a sort. Black Ghost exploited their connection as twin brothers by giving them electricity powers, but also making it so that they are literally polar opposites. So while they still have each other's company, they can't make physical contact with each other ever again or else they'll end up frying each other to death. It's implied that this is the reason why both of them are so crazy.
- 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.
- Karmic Death: Via the Villain Ball and the efforts of 009, with some help from 001 (or 003 in the Archaia novel). And it's a very Bittersweet Victory, to boot.
- Lightning Bruiser: Literally. He has Super Speed, his powers are devastating, and he hits just as hard. When paired with his twin brother, they become an incredible force to reckon with.
- Psycho Electro: He and his twin brother wields electricity powers, yet he is insane, and his sadistic streak is a mile long.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes, and he's a Black Ghost cyborg.
- Starter Villain: 0010 is the first cyborg enemy the heroes fight, and helps them realize their strengths are better when working together. At least until his twin shows up, in which case Joe is forced to fight them alone, needing to outmaneuver and outsmart both of them.
- Super Speed: He has an Accelerator, just like Joe.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Joe expresses this when he dies, musing on the circumstances that led to 0010 and his twin brother being made into cyborgs by Black Ghost.
- Together in Death: In all continuities, he and his twin brother always end up dying together after being tricked into short-circuiting each other, holding hands for the first time since becoming cyborgs. The 2001 anime takes this even further by having them cling to each other during their last moments as they both fry to death from electrical polarization.
Voiced by: Toru Okawa (2001 series), Jamieson Price (2001 series- English dub, as "James Lyon")
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- Evil Counterpart: To 004 this time around, at least in the 2001 anime adaptation. In the manga, he was more of 009 and 002's problem.
- Villain Override: In the 2001 series, after failing to kill the 00 cyborgs the first time, he realizes that Black Ghost had no intention of keeping their promise of letting him see his family again and tries to pull a Heel–Face Turn. Unforutnately, Skull possesses his circuitry and tries eliminating the 00 cyborgs himself, which ends in 0011's death.
- 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).
- Big Fancy House: In fact, her whole mansion is basically her cyborg body, with her brains and control placed in what seems to be a look-alike mannequin laying in the center of it. Meanwhile in the manga, she's literally just a Brain in a Jar telepathically controlling her mansion.
- Came Back Wrong: A rich widow in mourning turned into a cyborg death trap that is disguised as a mansion by Black Ghost.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: [[spoiler:Her power is to use anything within her own mansion that is her body to kill the 00-Cyborgs, including trapdoors, corrosive acid, and the furniture and walls
- Expy: In the anime, her design is based off of a character named Romy, who appeared in the "Song of Lorelei" arc of the manga.
- Genius Loci
- Monochromatic Eyes: Her 2001 design has the sparkly black eyes Ishinomori often uses to identify his mysterious female characters.
- 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 noblewoman married to a Japanese man who died in World War II (changed to "During the Civil War" in the English dub), and she died alone waiting for him. Black Ghost used her home and her brain to build 0012.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark green hair.
Cyborg 0013 aka Tsutomu
Voiced by: Toru Furuya (1979 series), Kentaro Ito (2001 series), Steve Blum (2001 series- English dub, credited as "David Lucas"), Eduardo Garza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
- 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 of getting hurt.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever his eyes are revealed, they're always seen glowing.
- His Name Is...: He dies before telling Joe his real name.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the '79 anime, he is called Tsutomu.
- I Wanted to Be Your Friend: His last words.
- Kid with the Leash: Of a huge and invisible robot.
- Meanwhile, in the Archaia version, he has the ability to transform into the giant robot- thanks to Black Ghost altering his body with nanites.
- Shapeshifting: In the Archaia graphic novel, he can transform into a giant robot through manipulation of nanites residing in his body.
- Smarter Than You Look: His fellow Black Ghost agents think he's dumb as rocks due to his inability to speak.
- 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 00-Cyborgs' ally Dr. Koizumi, and was finally Driven to Suicide because he knew he'd never recover his freedom.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He is completely against directly harming a child, as his fellow Black Ghost agents discovered the hard way. However, he has no qualms with fighting someone in front of a child.
Dr. Klaus Von Bogoot
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka, Steve Blum (English dub), José Luis Orozco (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
- Adaptation Name Change: Became Count King in the '68 series, and was downgraded to being a minor villain.
- Cool Shades: Also doubles as Sinister Shades.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He posed around as a genius businessman to cover his experiments.
- The Dragon and Evil Genius: To Scarl.
- Karmic Death: At the hands of a vengeful and very angry 004.
- Mad Scientist: One willing to transform teenagers into walking bombs and turn himself into a cyborg to reach his goals.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Related to the above.
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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.
The Greek Gods
- A God Am I: All of them see themselves as actual gods, but especially Apollo. They're actually cyborgs created by Black Ghost and fed delusions of godhood by Dr. Gaia.
- Awful Truth: The Greek Gods are actually former humans turned into powerful Greek-themed cyborgs by Dr. Gaia and fed delusions of godhood. In the 2001 anime, Hera knew it all along but didn't care, while Apollo didn't take learning the revelation well. At all.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All of them are named after Greek gods and other legendary figures of Greek myth.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the 2001 anime, all of them believed that they're doing Earth a huge favor by killing off humanity and shaping the planet into a utopian paradise. The truth is that they are actually fulfilling Black Ghost's goal of creating a Crapsack World.
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (both the 2001 series and Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Richard Cansino (2001 series - English dub), Doug Erholtz (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub, credited as Fred McDougal), Luis Daniel Ramirez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)The leader of the Greek Gods who have 'returned to punish humanity for their sins!' He's really pumped about this, too.
- A God Am I: He truly believes he's a god even though he's actually a former human turned into a cyborg by Black Ghost and fed delusions of godhood by Dr. Gaia.
- Alas, Poor Villain: After avenging his beloved sister's death by killing Dr. Gaia, he plows through the Despair Event Horizon and loses his will to live, letting himself bring crushed by debris and whispering his sister's name. In the manga and Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA, he's abruptly dispatched when his sister attempts to stop him from fighting 009 (burning herself to death in the process of throwing herself in the way), causing both of them to fall off a cliff.
- Death by Despair: In the 2001 anime, he is overcome with grief and lets himself be crushed by falling debris during Magma Island's destruction after killing Dr. Gaia, realizing that killing his sister's murderer didn't bring her back.
- Despair Event Horizon: In the 2001 anime, 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: One of Apollo's redeeming traits is his love and protectiveness towards his older sister Artemis. When she dies, he goes through a massive Villainous B.S.O.D..
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair in the shape of a flame, and is a bit of a Blood Knight. The Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA gives him Expressive Hair, making his hair ripple like an actual flame.
- Hot-Blooded: Very, very much.
- Jerkass: Oh so very much.
- Kill It with Fire: He has the ability to shoot fire from his hands and lasers from his fingers, which he later uses to kill Dr. Gaia out of revenge for his sister's death.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Towards Artemis. Especially interesting since Apollo is the little brother.
- Large Ham: "GAAAAAIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"
- Meaningful Name: Named after Apollo, Greek god of the sun, medicine, and prophecy. Apollo has fire powers and is actually a human turned into a cyborg by Black Ghost and fed delusions of godhood by Dr. Gaia.
- Playing with Fire: Has the ability to shoot fire from his hands and lasers from his fingers. The Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA (at least its light novel adaptations) reveals that his abilities are actually pyrokinetic in nature, and that he's a psychic "mutant".
- Psychic Powers: The Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA (at least its light novel adaptations) reveals that his abilities are actually pyrokinetic, and he's a member of Black Ghost's line of psychic "mutants" that his sister and the other Greek Gods are also a part of.
- Super Speed: Possesses an Accelerator just like 009.
- Unstoppable Rage: In the 2001 anime. After learning Dr. Gaia killed his beloved sister Artemis, he goes apeshit and shoots Dr. Gaia to death in revenge.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Goes through this after Artemis' death.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Especially after Artemis' Heroic Sacrifice.
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (2001 series, as Artemis), Lia Sargent (2001 series - English dub), Gabriela Willert (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Yoko Honna (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman, as Helena), Christine Marie Cabanos (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub)The beautiful older sister of Apollo and his complete opposite. She takes no joy or pride in their duty, but sees it as just punishment, and nothing more.
- 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".
- In the upcoming (as of 2015) Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman, she will be "Helena" again and given her old looks.
- Artemis's design is actually an updated version of the one◊ she would have had in a prospect second season of the 1979 series. There were plans for this second season and for it to finish with the Mythos arc, but then the TV series as a whole was Cut Short.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Alongside being changed from a blonde to having deep blue hair, she was very cold and rational. However, she starts to soften up after 009 makes her question her ways during their meeting in a nearby beach.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Her fate in all her incarnations, with slight differences.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She throws herself at Apollo to save 009 and dies, either from being burned by Apollo's powers and falling into lava with her brother (manga, 009 vs. Devilman OVA), or being already fatally shot in addition to being burned by Apollo (2001 anime).
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Her (initial) way of justifying the Mythos Cyborgs' actions.
- Lady of War
- Living Emotional Crutch: For Apollo who completely lost it when she dies.
- Mad Jerkass God's Beautiful Older Sister
- My Duty Right Or Wrong:
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, she throws herself in the way of 009 and Apollo's fight and gets burned to death when trying to restrain her brother. In the '01 anime she's first fatally injured by Dr. Gaia for her betrayal (leading her to realize that they are cyborgs and not gods), then throws herself between Joe and Apollo and dies of her already present injuries in Apollo's arms.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Her 2001 design had a ponytail, which was actually carried over from a scrapped design for the '79 anime.
- Woman in White: Wore a white Greek tunic to keep with the Greek mythology motif.
Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto, Melodee Spevack (English dub, as "Sonja S. Fox"), Belinda Martínez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)The Psychic of the Gods (as opposed to being the Queen). Possesses the stock Psychic Powers of psychokinesis, mindreading, and teleporting. Also knows the truth behind the Mythos Cyborgs' conception, but doesn't care.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Has lavender-colored skin.
- Evil Counterpart: To 001 of the 00-Cyborgs, as both are psychics.
- Lady of War
- Named by the Adaptation: Ishinomori did not initially give her a name, with her only being credited as "The Woman Esper" in some early character guides. She was given her name in the '01 series.
- Psychic Powers: Has these as her main shtick. The Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA (at least its light novel adaptations) reveals that she's a member of Black Ghost's line of psychic "mutants" that the other Greek Gods are also a part of.
- She's a Man in Japan: For some reason she's referred to as a he in the Tokyopop translation of the manga. The translator might not have been aware of who she was supposed to represent.
- The Stoic: Is always never seen without a deadpan expression on her face. However, she did smirk in the manga, and when 001 defeated her in a psychic battle her reaction consisted of complete shock.
- This Cannot Be!: Her reaction to having a psychic cyborg infant defeat her in a psychic fight. In both the manga and the 2001 anime, her complete shock over her loss prevents her from escaping a volcanic eruption and she ends up burning to death in molten lava.
- Woman in White: Her character in the 2001 series had her outfit colored completely white to fit in with the Greek theme.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka, Derek Stephen Prince (English dub, as "David Umansky"), Herman Lopez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Voiced by: Tomoya Kawai, Bob Papenbrook (English dub), Jose Luis Castañeda (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada, Mike Reynolds (English dub, as "Ray Michaels"), Maynardo Zavala (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
- Gentle Giant: Despite being a giant robot and member of the Greek Gods, he's actually quite friendly.
- Made of Iron: Literally, as he's a robot. This allows him to shrug off great hits.
- Super Strength: Being a gigantic robot gives him immense strength.
- The Rival: To Pan in the 2001 anime for Artemis' affections. It's Played for Laughs.
Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto, Melodee Spevack (English dub), Lupita Leal (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)—-
- Cheerful Child
- Harmful to Minors: He was just a child when he was kidnapped and turned into a Greek-themed cyborg by Dr. Gaia, making him the youngest of the "Gods".
- Speech-Impaired Animal: A childlike satyr who can mostly say "Ki!" He's actually a human child turned into a satyr-themed cyborg by Dr. Gaia.
- Tagalong Kid: He doesn't look to be older than 10.
- The Rival: To Atlas in the 2001 anime for Artemis' affections. It's Played for Laughs.
- Garnishing the Story: Hippos...?
- The Gods Who Don't Do Anything: The Gods Must Be Lazy...?
- Named by the Adaptation: Was only referred to as "Hippo Man" or "Hippo Cyborg" in Ishinomori's original guides and draft designs, but the '01 anime gave him the name of "Nereus".
- Team Pet: He's the odd one out of the Mythos Cyborgs
- Verbal Tic: In the manga, he has a habit of shouting "Kaba!" ("Hippo!")
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki, Derek Stephen Prince (English dub, as "David Umansky")An old colleague of Gilmore's, though not an old friend. "My Gods can beat up your cyborgs! Who's laughing now, huh?"
- A God Am I: States he can become a god with the energy stored in his reactor. Unfortunately for him, he gets shot by a very angry Apollo.
- Arc Villain: of the "Mythos" arc, as he created the Mythos Cyborgs / Greek Gods.
- Bald of Evil: His head is balding, and the top is completely devoid of hair. He's also working with the Greek Gods and was responsible for creating them.
- Evil Counterpart: Gilmore's self-declared Rival.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the 2001 anime. He mortally wounded Artemis, which triggered her Heroic Sacrifice. When Apollo found out, he went nuts and killed him by pumping him full of lasers.
- The Man Behind the Man: He created the supposed Greek Gods.
- Smug Snake
- Wham Line: Near the end of the Mythos Arc, he reveals that he's still loyal to Black Ghost, even though Black Ghost had been destroyed prior to the start of the arc, revealing that the "Greek Gods" are nothing more than cyborgs.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to the abrupt end of the Mythos arc in the manga, Ishinomori never confirmed if he lived or died or what exactly happened to him. The anime resolved the matter by having an enraged and vengeful Apollo kill him onscreen.
Another former scientist colleague of Gilmore's, who only appears in the manga version of the Mythos arc.
The Psychic Assassins
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"), Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)Another former colleague and rival of Gilmore's and the Disappeared Dad of Cyborg 001/Ivan Whisky. 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 by deleting their memories to make them his puppets. Counterintuitively, 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: by operating on 001 in an attempt to cure his brain damage and terminal 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.
- Arc Villain: Of the "Mutant Warriors" arc in the anime.
- 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.
- Disappeared Dad: To Ivan/Cyborg 001 after his son became a 00 cyborg.
- Evil Counterpart: To Gilmore, so much. At least, most of the time.
- Evil Mentor: To the Psychic Assassins.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: The Archaia novel has him betraying Black Ghost upon finding out that he already cured his son 001's terminal illness by turning him into a 00-Cyborg, but Skull/Sekar shortly kills him by snapping his neck.
- Karmic Death: Psychically killed by his own son, 001, in the 2001 anime.
- Love Makes You Evil: In the 2001 anime, at least. It's downplayed in Archaia, where he joined Black Ghost to find a way to cure 001's terminal illness and stayed there out of regret and fear until he found out 001 was already cured.
- My Greatest Failure: In the Archaia novel, he regards his inability to cure his son's terminal illness as this, and the resulting Despair Event Horizon causes him to join Black Ghost. He later pulls a Heel–Face Turn in the end after said son, now Cyborg 001, reveals that the experiments that gave him his psychic powers already cured him, albeit left him permanently in the form of an infant.
- Mad Scientist: Illegally operated on his own baby son Ivan/001 in the original manga just to unlock the secrets of the human mind. The 2001 anime and Archaia novel made him more sympathetic in giving him the motivation of trying to find a cure for 001's terminal illness.
- Manipulative Bastard: Specially to the Assassins, whom he lies and hides info from in hopes to keep them under his thumb.
- Smug Snake
- Voiced by: Tomoya Kawai, Jeff Nimoy (2001 series- English dub), Eduardo Garza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
- Dub Name Change: Had his name slightly lengthened to Nicholas in the English dub and dubs based off of its scripts.
- Expy: Of a nameless boy in the "Immigration" arc of the manga, who was Lina's brother.
- The Hero
- Evil Former Friend: His old partner Cain, who betrayed and killed him via psychokinesis.
- Neck Snap: A cruel subversion: the dude was subjected to this via telekinesis. And considering how it was done, he likely had had all of his limbs snapped at once, not just his neck.
- Sacrificial Lion: Is cruelly killed by Cain to show how much of a bastard Cain is, and to establish the Psychic Assassins as a much bigger threat to the 00-Cyborgs.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lina.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- 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.
- Action Girl
- Broken Bird
- Dark Magical Girl: Acts like one despite her powers being psychic and not magical in nature.
- Death by Adaptation: Her counterpart in the 2001 anime.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Phil, despite his protests. When she's thrown into the Bad Future, Phil is devastated to the point of a Freak Out, and Mii lampshades the trope by saying that without her, the child simply will NOT survive.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Nichol.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Gentlest of the group but still a part of the group. She does NOT pull punches while fighting.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Uncanny Valley Girl: In her first apparition.
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga, Richard Cansino (English dub), Benjamin Rivera (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)The youngest of the group, very childish and impulsive. Is often the first one to experience the downside of his powers.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Being a boy not older than 12, he gets drained much quicker whenever he tries to show off his enormous powers.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Definitely.
- Canon Foreigner: Only exists in the 2001 anime, where he was created just for this arc. The other Psychic Assassins had basis in existing manga characters.
- Creepy Child: He can't be older than 12, ad yet he's VERY gung-ho about using his powers.
- Combat Pragmatist: He didn't bite on Jet's Gag Nose just for the lulz, but to get Jet to release him. It worked, so yeah.
- Cry Cute: And how! The moment he sheds tears over losing Lina, the audience started crying with him.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He harshly tells that to Lina whenever she attempts mothering him."Shut up, Lina! You're not my mother!"
- Hot-Blooded: Is the first to start attacking, which results in him being psychically drained much quicker. This later results in his death when he overextends himself to the point of severe physical exhaustion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite the rather harsh way he often treats Lina, he does care for her as when he cried after she makes her Heroic Sacrifice by throwing herself and Cain into the far future with no way of going back.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Yes, he truly is Lina's younger brother, but they don't remember it due to Dr. Gamo's brainwashing of them.
- Morality Pet: To Mii, who decides to join forces with the 00-Cyborgs once she sees him horrifyingly distraught over Lina's disappearance.
- The Worf Effect: See his introductory blurb.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark green hair.
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.
- Action Girl
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The character she was based off had black hair in the manga. In the anime, it's a deep burgundy color.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl - Her hair is burgundy, but she fits personality-wise almost perfectly.
- Broken Bird
- Dub Name Change: Had her name changed to be Mai in the English dub and other adaptations that used its scripts. This might have been due to the awkwardness of her name being pronounced "me".
- Emotionless Girl: In the beginning.
- 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.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Sides with the 00-Cyborgs later on, but is wiped out of existence shortly after when Lina throws herself and Cain into the future, ensuring that the Psychic Assassins no longer existed.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Has eyes were identical to 004'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.
- Ret Gone: Lina throwing herself and Cain into the future changed the timeline, ensuring that their friends no longer existed.
- Team Mom: For the Quirky Miniboss Squad, nonetheless.
- Uncanny Valley Girl: In her first apparition.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa, Derek Stephen Prince (English dub, as "David Umansky"), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)Field leader of the group and The Dragon to Dr. Gamo. Very aggressive in the use of his powers, but with far more skill and control than the Hot-Blooded Phil.
- Blood Knight: Self-admitted, too.
- Cool Shades: In the '01 anime, they mask a very creepy pair of Monochromatic Eyes.
- Expy: Had his design and some elements very loosely imported from a manga character who was only known as "The Commander" and who was a distant descendant of 009 and 003.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Though he reports to Gamo, he's a much greater threat than the scientist, and ultimately causes more trouble for them.
- Evil Former Friend: To Nichol, whom he secretly betrayed and killed with psychokinesis.
- Faking Amnesia: He actually got his memories way back before the rest, even before killing Nichol.
- Karmic Death: The one who defeated and killed him? The girlfriend of the guy he killed.
- Villain Ball: He should have NOT gloated about his betrayal and Nichol's murder right in front of Lina.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Cain from the Bible, which is fitting because both of them murdered someone they knew closely.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
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 evil 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: Aphro is more outspoken, Dinah is a Nicegirl, and Daphne is a Broken Bird.Sadly, the five girls are coldly killed by Von Bogoot towards the end of the arc. Many tears were shed by the fandom.
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Michelle Ruff (English dub, as "Georgette Rose"), Karla 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 00-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 , 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).
- Mysterious Waif
- Shrinking Violet
- Twin Telepathy: With her quintuplet sisters.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Twice, in the 2001 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 these incidents. 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 2001 anime, when Von Bogoot abandons Helen to her luck and bans Vena from rescuing her. Vena does so anyway and they join the 00-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.
- Birds of a Feather: With 004, because both of them desired for a better world and wanted their loved ones to be a part of that world, too. Their similarities allowed them to become friends once they got to trust each other more.
- Broken Bird
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In 004's arms in the 2001 anime, in a manner that completely echoed Hilda's death
- Dies Wide Shut: Her eyes were open when she was fatally shot by Von Bogoot. 004 closed them after she kicked it.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a severe one when Helen and several of the 00-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.
- Plucky Girl
- Ship Tease: Had quite a bit of chemistry with 004, once they came to trust each other more.
- 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 2001 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 quintuplet sisters' psychic bond to see what the other girls can see and know what they think.
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Kari Wahlgren (English dub), Rossy Aguirre (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)Third-eldest sister, green tiara. In the anime, she's the most outspoken and strong-willed, and acts as the leader of the girls when Vena's not around.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Has a mean backhand note
- Plucky Girl
- Spell My Name with an "S": Had her name slightly altered to "Aphros" for the English dub and other adaptations that utilized the scripts (although it was still pronounced "Aphro").
- Twin Telepathy: With her quintuplet sisters.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a tongue-lashing speech to Daphne in the 2001 anime adaptation for leaking info to Von Bogoot out of fear.
- Woman in White
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Unknown (English dub), Patricia Acevedo (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)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.
- The Heart
- Nice Girl
- Twin Telepathy: With her quintuplet sisters.
- Woman in White
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Mari Devon (English dub, as "Jane Alan"), Rebeca Gómez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)Youngest sister, purple tiara. Very insecure and heavily traumatized 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 00-Cyborgs, captured by Von Bogoot...
- The Atoner: For betraying her sisters and the 00-Cyborgs by leaking information to Von Bogoot out of fear.
- Fragile Flower
- Must Make Amends: Does her best to fix her BIG fuck-up, and succeeds. Too bad Von Bogoot shot her and her sisters afterward...
- Spy Catsuit: Wears one when she frees Gilmore and his group. In the manga, Aphro and Dinah also wear these briefly.
- Twin Telepathy: With her quintuplet sisters.
- Woman in White
Voiced by: Junpei Takaguchi, Mike Reynolds (English dub, as "Ray Michaels"), Esteban Siller (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)An old friend of Gilmore's who provides the newly escaped rebels with shelter and advice, helping them adapt to their new lives as best he can.
- Cat Smile: The way his mustache appears gives off a rather uncanny resemblance to one.
- James Bondage: Towards the end of the Japan arc.
- The Medic: Creates the antidote to 0011's poison singlehandedly. And counsels a dispirited Gilmore while at it, too.
- The Professor: Nobel prize level, according to Gilmore.
Voiced by: Chiyoko Kawashima (1979 series) Akiko Koike (2001 series), Lia Sargent (2001 series- English dub), Erin Fitzgerald (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub), Ariadna Rivas (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)004'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).
- The Cameo: Makes one in vs. Devilman as one of Lilith's illusions to trick the 00-Cyborgs. 004 sees right through it as he saw Hilda die in front of him in his backstory.
- Depending on the Writer: While the basic circumstances surrounding her Death by Origin Story 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 004's co-pilot. In the 2001 series, she was hiding among the luggage of the truck. The Archaia version depicted Hilda as a foreigner whom 004 was unable to legally marry, so he attempted 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.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: During 004's flashback in the 2001 series.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the 2001 series, she dies in 004's arms while smiling sweetly and telling him that they're finally free from their former lives.
- The Lost Lenore: To 004 in all incarnations, specifically in the first half of the 1980s film.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Dies from severe injuries in a truck accident in front of 004, giving him Survivor Guilt for the rest of his life.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (1968 series), Kazuaki Ito (2001 series), Michael McConnohie (2001 series- English dub), Alfonso Ramirez (2001 series, Latn American Spanish 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.
- I'm Standing Right Here: [[spoiler:In the manga, right after he was rescued by the 00-Cyborgs, he reveals to Cynthia that he was building a machine that will destroy all weapons to avenge her mother, who was disfigured in a Nazi air raid and committed suicide. Cynthia expresses joy, but realizes the 00-Cyborgs are living weapons and also standing within earshot, and feels guilty afterwards. Nice going, you two.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He created weapons that his daughter despised, but it was only because he was forced by Black Ghost to do so.
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 00-Cyborgs. She asks them to help her rescue her dad, but is deeply shaken when she discovers what Dr. Findor has been doing...
- Actual Pacifist
- Adaptation Name Change: Her name was "Iruka Dolphin" in the original manga (although some reprintings have her renamed "Cynthia" ). The first anime series referred to her as "Shizue", while her mother was named "Cynthia". Her surname (and that of her father) was also "Kozumi" in that version.
- Age Lift: As seen here she's a young teenager in the manga and in the 1968 series (though the roman Album illustrations make her look like a pre-teen), but an older teen in the 2001 series.
- Break the Cutie: In the 2001 anime, where she's left pretty shaken after discovering what her father had been doing behind her back...
- Broken Bird: Her manga backstory gave her a pretty lonely childhood, where her mother was disfigured by a Nazi air raid in WWII and committed suicide out of shame, and Dr. Findor neglected his daughter to build machines (in reality he was forced to do it by Neo-Nazis). The 2001 anime had her mother shot to death, leading to Cynthia's pacifism and hatred for machines.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Cynthia does this as she learns that her dad is building an enormous weapon for Black Ghost to use against the 00 cyborgs.
- Damsel in Distress: By Black Ghost (2001 anime) or the Neo-Nazis (manga). She can't really be blamed, though.
- Hair Decorations: Has a pretty pink headband in the 2001 series. In the manga she wears similar bands, but the color isn't clear (the Roman Album has it as white though)
- I'm Standing Right Here: In the manga, after learning her father built an EMP generator that will destroy any machine to avenge his late wife, Cynthia expresses joy knowing she's not the only one who hated machines. But then she realizes that the 00-Cyborgs who saved her father are also living machines and standing within earshot, and feels guilty afterwards. Nice going, you two.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Dr. Findor's beautiful teenage/20-something-year-old daughter who came to hate machines after her mother was fatally shot (2001 anime) and opposed her father's activities.
- Missing Mom: She was shot to death in front of young Cynthia in the 2001 series, 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.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto, Wendee Lee (English dub), Isabel Martiñon (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)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 subverted. She is clingy to Joe, but she's too passive to be the jealous type.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Even when she's not 100% a Princess, but just a guardian.
- 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.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: In her '01 anime incarnation.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Poor woman is THAT lonely and desperate.
- Kid with the Leash: Of Kabrakan. And she's real bad at her work, despite her attempts.
- Mysterious Waif
- Robot Girl and Robotic Reveal
- Shrinking Violet: Due to her isolation.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the 2001 anime. That is, if you can call being stranded through space-time and invisible to mankind "better" than death.
- Woman in White
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 00-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"...
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: Carl's mind was uploaded into the supercomputer Spynhx after death. However, his parental issues and emotional starvation turned him into a foe of the 00-Cyborgs when he started developing a crush on 003 and kidnapped her.
- Berserk Button: Please don't bring up the "What Measure Is a Non-Human?" issue in front of him. After 004 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 003.
- Dead All Along: Is dead before the 00-Cyborgs came along, at least in terms of physical body. His mind on the other hand...
- Freudian Excuse: Carl's mother died at a young age and his dad, while not evil or insane, was extremely emotionally neglectful. After Carl died, his mind was uploaded into the Sphynx computer and used by his father to create the virtual city Compu-Utopia. His emotional issues surfaced when he met the beautiful 00-Cyborg 003, who reminded him of his dead mother, so he kidnapped her and trapped her within his mainframe so he can stay with her forever.
- Hot Scientist: Or better said, Hot Head Engineer before his death.
- Lonely Rich Kid: As a child, due to a Missing Mom and extreme Parental Neglect on part of his father.
- 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...
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Desperately wants someone to give him the love and affection that both his death mother and emotionally neglectful father were unable to provide, which was why he kidnapped 003.
- Mailer Daemon: A powerful super-computer with the mind of an emotionally neglected genius, who kidnaps and uploads 003 to his mainframe so she can love him forever.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: A partial male example; he is the attractive son of Dr. Gilmore's old friend who is a scientist but said dad is less evil/mad and more emotionally disconnected.
- Missing Mom: His mom died when he was young, leaving him with a not evil but very, very workaholic and emotionally negectful father. A major reason why he kidnapped 003 is because she resembled his dead mother.
- Parental Neglect: Was subjected to extreme emotional neglect by his father while still a human after his mother died.In the 2001, when Dr. Eckermann realized it after the destruction of Sphynx, he had quite the My God, What Have I Done? moment and broke down in tears.
- Replacement Goldfish: He kidnapped and tried to brainwash 003 into becoming his girlfriend because she resembled his dead mother.
- Teen Genius
- Tragic Monster: All he wanted was to be loved, even though he had to resort to kidnapping and brainwashing to do it.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Is a powerful super-computer with the mind of an emotionally starved Teen Genius. Reminding him of his trope is to basically have a death wish.
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 Daayán (Oyamada, 2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Isabel Martiñon (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.
- Action Bomb: The three kids were turned into cyborgs and walking bombs by Von Bogoot, who also had the detonator so he can set off the bombs whenever he wanted. Their mission was to kill their old friend and fellow orphan Joe/009.
- Anti-Villain: They're Black Ghost cyborgs working for Von Bogoot, but it's clear that their current status was achieved against their will. Even when they knew that failure would result in their deaths, they couldn't bring themselves to kill Joe, who was their friend growing up.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Mary, hinted to be half-American like Joe. This was likely done to add further diversity to the group of friends, as in the manga, she appears to be a lighter-skinned blonde girl.
- Explosive Leash: Black Ghost turned them into cyborgs and walking bombs that will set off the moment they strayed from their mission to kill Joe/009. This triggers their Redemption Equals Death by getting themselves far away as possible from 009 second before they explode.
- Full-Frontal Assault: They discard their clothes to show Joe their enhancements. And Mary was fully naked. In a kids/pre-teens show.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: The manga version of their story arc plays to this trope more - after 009 pleads with them to stop, the three charge at him- only to explode to smithereens, with 009 realizing that the bombs must have detonated due to their minds briefly straying from the thought of 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).
- Redemption Equals Death: In the anime, they can't bring themselves to kill Joe, therefore their Bad Boss Von Bogoot activates the bombs implanted in their bodies. They look at each other in utter horror as they notice; Shinichi tackles Joe away and tells him to not get close, then they hug and apologize to Joe before being blown up in front of a screaming 009.
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (2001 version), Richard Cansino (2001 series- English dub), Luis Daniel Ramirez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)The older brother of Francoise/003.
- Big Brother Instinct: In the manga, the first thing he does when he sees 003 being kidnapped by Black Ghost agents is to try save her. Sadly, he fails.
- Cain and Abel: Subverted in the 2001 anime episode "Christmas Eve Mirage"; 003 believes her brother has somehow returned to attack her, but she's under the effects of heavy hallucinations back then.
- Captain Crash: He crashed every single vehicle he drove when trying to rescue 003 in the manga.
- Cool Big Bro: To Francoise/003 before she was kidnapped and turned into a 00-Cyborg by Black Ghost.
- 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.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- 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.
- Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (2004 CD Drama)
- Attention Whore: A rather sad example.
- Broken Bird: Her very unusual family life has left her... very damaged.
- Fille Fatale: She's shown smoking and wearing skimpy lingerie owned by her stepmom. She even strips naked to taunt 004 over his unwillingness to have sex her, but when Albert/004 rejects her again, she covers herself and cries.
- 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 Albert/004 almost at the end. He tells her to not depend on others instead, but still 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 fixes in an attempt to keep them with her.
- Odd Friendship: A blunt and misguided teenager and the very serious Albert/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
An Incan princess in charge of protecting a mysterious golden palace, alongside her giant robot guard.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Although she actually predated Ishinomori's creation of Princess Ixquic, the similarities are interesting to behold.
Characters exclusive to the 1979 series
Voiced by: Shioya TsubasaA close friend of Joe/009, who he knew through his teenage years. Both boys happened to be biracial, and Joe/009 wound up imprisoned at Kurihama when he fought to defend Jiro from a gang that had attacked him for being a "half-breed".
Voiced by: Minori MatsushimaA former love interest of 002, 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. Later she breaks it off when George is severely injured and Jet refrains from donating blood not wanting to reveal to his old friends that he had been turned into a 00-Cyborg thus leaving him without blood in his body, and ends up kindling a romance with the former.
- Love Triangle: The subject of one. Jet is her ex-boyfriend, while her childhood friend George is desperately in love with her. She ends up choosing the latter.
Voiced by: Katsuji MoriA former actor friend of G.B./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./007 was suspected of having killed him due to bad timing of events. 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 SasaokaAnother friend of G.B./007, who had a job as a mountain guide. He was later targeted by the not-quite-dead Henry Brown and the Neo Black Ghost, and had his brain put into a giant spider mecha.
Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu
A 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.
- Meaningful Name: The three are named after the three titular Hindu gods, who are popularly regarded as the "Holy Trinity" of Hinduism.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The three are named after the three titular Hindu gods, who are popularly regarded as the "Holy Trinity" of Hinduism.
Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (Yggdrasill arc), Shigezō Sasaoka (Neo Black Ghost arc)
- A God Am I: Genuinely believes he's a god despite being only a cyborg.
- Big Bad: Of the Yggdrasil Arc in the '79 series.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after Odin, the one-eyed, supreme leader of the Norse gods.
- Shock and Awe: Has power over lightning.
- Would Hurt a Child: Abandoned a little girl who took a liking to him to die in a raging fire, leaving her blinded and severely burned. The 00-Cyborgs weren't very happy with what he did.
Voiced by: Unknown
- Evil Former Friend: To Gilmore, at least in the '79 series.
- Freudian Excuse: His beloved wife Astacia was severely in a horrific car accident that left her burned and blind, and on her deathbed, she accidentally confessed, to his face, that she was actually in love with Gilmore, his old school rival. This turned him into a bitter old man obsessed with exacting revenge on Gilmore for ruining his happiness.
- Happily Married: With his wife Astacia. Then it gets twisted horribly when, after becoming the victim of a horrific car accident that left her burned, blind, and dying, Astacia mistakenly reveals that she was actually in love with Gilmore, her husband's old rival from university.
- Love Triangle: With his old friends Gilmore and Astacia when he was younger. Gerhardt competed with Gilmore for Astacia's affections and was eventually chosen by her. They were Happily Married, but a horrific car accident led to him discovering by accident that Astacia actually loved Gilmore. Embittered, Gerhardt became obsessed with exacting revenge on Gilmore for ruining his happiness.
Characters exclusive to the 2001 series
Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima, Circe Luna (Latin American Spanish dub)
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: A friend and fellow ballet student of Francoise/003. Subverted in that viewers were led to believe that she has somehow been linked with Black Ghost, but it turns out it's actually a cyborg and that 003 has hallucinated that she's there. Her only real presence is in Francoise/003's flashbacks.
- Posthumous Character: Assuming so, since it's been fifty years since her friend Francoise/003 was kidnapped by Black Ghost.
- Youthful Freckles
Voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei, Barbara Goodson (English dub), Claudio Velásquez (2001 series, Latin American Spanish)A young boy from New York that befriends Jet when he returns home and lives in the Bronx. Jet takes him under his wing.
- Cheerful Child
- Children Are Innocent: Jet/002 purposely told Jimmy Lighter and Softer versions of the 00-Cyborgs' adventures so he can keep the boy from knowing just how horrific and sad their actual experiences were.
- Disappeared Dad: His dad divorced Cathy and left some time ago, which is probably why he sees a father in Jet.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Hero Worship: As the result of Jet/002 telling him idealistic versions of the 00 cyborgs' adventures (except Jet was the hero, not Joe/009).
- Parental Substitute: Finds one in Jet.
- Youthful Freckles: Has three dots on each cheek.
- Voiced by: Kaoru Saiki, Melora Harte (English dub), María Fernanda Morales (Latin American Spanish dub)
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially distrusts Jet/002 and sees him as a bad influence for her son Jimmy, but warms up to him after he saves her from a hotel fire and she sees him get an injury that reveals he's a 00-Cyborg.
- Education Mama: A mild example. She wants Jimmy to do well in school so he can get a good job. Considering their financial situation, it's very justifiable.
- Plucky Girl
- Secret Keeper: Jet/002's leg is torn up while he's rescuing her from a hotel fire; she sees the circuitry and puts two and two together.
- Voiced by: Natsuki Yamashita, Rebecca Forstadt (English dub, as "Reba West"), Gaby Ugarte (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)
Characters in Conclusion: God's War
A long-time acquaintance of Dr. Gilmore, as well as archaeology professor at a Japanese university.
Hisui Kagariya aka Queen Himiko
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (2002 OVA adaptation), Laura Torres (2002 OVA - Latin American Spanish dub)
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Subverted, she looks like one but her aloofness is actually shyness. As Himiko, however, she plays this perfectly straight.
- Demonic Possession: By the spirit of Queen Himiko of Yamataikoku.
- 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 neglected her emotional needs in favor of historical research.
- Missing Mom: No mention of her mother was made, though her absence might be partly why her daughter has issues...
- Platonic Life Partners: Unlike other girls linked with Joe/009, 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.
- Parental Neglect: At the hands of her own father, no less!
- Psychic Powers: Gains these after having her bod hijacked by Queen Himiko.
- Self-Made Orphan: Later kills her own father. To be fair, it was under Himiko's influence.
- Voiced by: Isabel Martiñon (2002 OVA - Latin American Spanish dub)
- Cruel and Unusual Death: In the light novel and manga, Hisui uses her psychic powers to first have Shiori's eyeballs explode out of her skull. If that weren't enough, she has Shiori's head explode afterward.
- Depending on the Artist: In the Gods's War anime, Shiori is a Girly Girl with light brown hair in a ponytail. In the manga her looks and fashion are noticeably more tomboyish.
Pyunma/008's fiancee. He entrusts her with the secret of his cybernetics, although their relationship is soon derailed and ruined by the supernatural disasters happening all over the world.
- Expy: Of a similar character (nicknamed "Nyonda" in the fandom) that appeared in "Battle with the Gods".
A young man who Francoise/003 becomes close to, after she attempts to avoid contact with the rest of the 00-Cyborg team in order to start anew.
- Expy: Of Jun, from Ishinomori's series "Fantasy World Jun".
A woman that Albert/004 meets after returning to Germany. Something about her reminds him of his lost love Hilda, although circumstances lead to there being more similarity than he'd thought...
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Is severely injured by her own boyfriend, who turns into a demon, and dies in front of 004.
Characters exclusive to the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA
Dr. Adams Teufel
- Deal with the Devil: Made one with Atun, offering up Seth's body for him to possess in return for showing his off power to the world to prove his cyborg/demon research worked. Goes about as well as one would expect as Atun snaps his neck shortly after possessing Seth.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Seriously thought Atun would at least obey him long enough to show how his research is superior to the others.
- Eyepatch of Power: Gained one after losing his eye in the accident that injured his son Edward/0014.
- Mad Scientist: He will do whatever it takes to perfect his research of strengthening the human body beyond its limits.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the first man created by God in the Bible.
Edward Adams, aka 0014
Eva Maria Pallares, aka 0015
- Astral Projection: Combines her power with 001 to do this and talk with Seth.
- Barrier Warrior
- Deal with the Devil: Helps Dr. Adams experiments to have her brother return to life. Once she realizes that her brother didn't gain control of his body she realizes her deal became the worst case scenario.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a blue headband in her hair.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies along with her brother once she frees him from his body.
- Mind over Matter: Possesses psychokinesis.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Has the sparkly black eyes Ishinomori often uses to identify his mysterious female characters.
- Psychic Powers: As a High-Teen Number Cyborg and a member of Black Ghost's esper line, she has them.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the wife of Adam.
John Cain Smith, aka 0016
- Berserk Button: It was never made apparent until the final battle with Azazel, but when Azazel killed 0017, 0016 became noticeably outraged and tried to attack the demon. He was cut down immediately.
- Evil Counterpart: To 005.
- The Quiet One: Never speaks. At all.
- Meaningful Name: His middle name is taken from the Biblical character Cain, who murdered his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the first son of Adam.
- The Stoic: Is capable of only one expression. He became angry and grief-stricken towards the end of the OVA after Azazel killed 0017.
Abel, aka 0017
Seth/Set, aka Azazel/ 0018
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Griffin Burns (English)
- Ascended Demon: The final form he takes that perfectly fuses the demonic, human, and cybernetic parts into that of an angel.
- Dying as Yourself: His ultimate fate after Eva successfully reached out to him and freed him from Atun's control.
- Demonic Possession: Possessed by the demon Atun to complete Dr. Adam's horrible experiments.
- Ill Boy: He was made sickly and put in a coma by Black Ghost's experiments.
- Light is Not Good: After successfully fusing with Atun, he turns into Azazel, an angelic being with a homicidal and sadistic streak.
- One-Winged Angel: Starts off with only a slightly altered appearance of Seth, then changes into his demon form to battle Amon, and then turned into the angelic Azazel that resemble Seth's original appearance.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the third son of Adam.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Seth" or "Set"?
- Split-Personality Merge: Seth and Atun minds temporarily fuse together, resulting in their angelic form until Eva manage to free Seth.
- That Man Is Dead: Atun proclaims this when Eva attempts to get through to Seth. He of course turned out to be lying.
- White Hair, Black Heart: After he merged with the demon Atun and became "Azazel".
- Boom, Headshot: Killed by 009 this way in their final battle.
- Demonic Possession: Her very first scene has her possess the body of a random woman, which she uses for the remainder of the OVA.
- Green Thumb: Has the power to manipulate plants.
- Meaningful Name: She was named after Lilith, Adam's first wife, who rebelled against God and became a demon.
- Mook Maker: Turned people into demons using her plants and tentacles.