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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 movie), Jason Griffith (2012 movie - English dub), Jun Fukuyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman), Johnny Yong Bosch (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman - English dub), Irwin Daayan (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

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 (and Jet, 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.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His father is never acknowledged. In the 2001 series, his mother died when he was a baby, right after entrusting him to a priest. This plays out similarly in the manga, where Joe admits to having never known either of his parents, although he sees a vision of his mother during his final battle with Black Ghost.
  • Delinquent: Actually started up like this in the manga, before Black Ghost captured him. His delinquent past was kept in the 1979 anime series, but removed in the other animated adaptations.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Aside from his more youthful-looking design in the early manga, Joe was prone to use "ore" in the earliest printings to denote his rough past and former delinquency. Ishinomori later had him using "boku" in later arcs and some reprints, which carries over to the anime adaptations.
  • The Hero: Maybe one of the best examples in anime (provided the episode isn't centered on the other cyborgs.)
  • Heroic BSOD: Getting catapulted into the Bad Future in the 2001 series will do that to you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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), Maru Guzman (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

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. Ivan Whisky 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: and the Archaia graphic novel.
  • Brainy Baby / Goo Goo Godlike
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Justified Trope 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.
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Troll: In 2001 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 His Months


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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), Ricardo Mendoza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

A Fiery Redhead from New York City, he used to be part of a gang before getting into just a little too much trouble and winding up with Black Ghost. In addition to being able to fly via rocket engines in the soles of his feet, he possessed the prototype Accelerator, underscoring his relationship with Joe. Kind of looks like Brendon Small.

  • Accidental Murder: In the manga and the 1979 anime adaptation, a skirmish with a rival gang unexpectedly turned lethal when the switchblades came out (this is where he gets picked up by Black Ghost). Although this was initially to be kept in the 2001 anime, Bowdlerization hit in order to make it more kid-friendly and his origin was toned down to have him not stab anyone, but still be on the run from cops due to his delinquency.
    • The Archaia continuity has him stated to have been a homeless street punk who stabbed a man that had attempted to mug him.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Compare the Jet of the manga and the anime series to the one in the 2012 film and the Archaia graphic novel, and there's a drastic overhaul in his appearance, with him becoming a more conventionally-attractive blond man (see notes in "Gag Nose").
    • A pachinko game that predated RE: depicted him with long red hair and a toned-down nose, although it was still realistically prominent.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He pretty much is always a redhead in Ishinomori's color art, save for the color edition of the "Mythos" arc where his hair sometimes appeared as a dirty blond. He was changed to brunet in the first two Toei films. Otherwise, his red hair was retained- up until 009 RE: Cyborg and the American comic book adaptation, which changed it to blond.
    • His eyes are either brown or blue, depending on the given adaptation. The '79 series, "Legend of the Super Galaxy", RE:, and Archaia favored the blue-eyed look, while the 2001 series went with brown. Ishinomori usually gave him blue eyes in the colorspreads, although he also would paint the eyes brown at times as well.
  • The Ace: In the Gary Stu-style stories he tells to his young friend Jimmy in the 2001 series, at least.
    • In the actual story however, he almost borders on being a Renaissance Man. Combining all of his different incarnations he's been a football player, a bullfighter, a race car driver, a fighter pilot/NSA agent, a private detective, and a Broadway dancer.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His legs tend to blow up on him quite often, and he got his arm torn off in the '79 series. And in "Conclusion: God's War", he loses both his legs (along with a good deal of his lower half) not once, but TWICE within the arc. The novel version amps things up by also having him lose both of his arms by the end.
  • Art Evolution: Ishinomori initially drew him with slightly shorter hair, a protruding upper lip, and much wider eyes. His hair lengthened throughout the arcs, and his eyes quickly became more narrow in shape. His nose also increased in length, although the last few manga stories seemed to reduce his nose size, as well as tone down his hair a little.
  • 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.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Especially in light of the fact that the other 3 1st generation Cyborgs all originally had major drawbacks in the '01 version. (001's abilities drained too much of his energy, and 003 and 004 originally rejected their implants.)
  • But Not Too Foreign: He's specified to be an Italian-American in later media, such as the 2001 anime and the CR Pachinko game that was released in 2011. Prior to this, he was merely stated to be an American with no exact ethnicity note 
  • 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.
  • 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 <i>Dolphin</i>.
  • Hot-Blooded: VERY much. This wasn't introduced until the 2001 anime, though.
  • Gag Nose: And holy shit HOW. A gag is even made about it in the '01 series, when it gets bit.
    • Averted in the American reboot. His switch to being a blonde with a normally-sized aquiline nose angered some fans. It's also far less prominent in the 2012 movie, though it's still pointier than normal.
  • 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.
  • 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 Joe.
  • Private Detective: Became one in the 2012 manga after the disbandment of the 00 Cyborgs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Again, he's the Red to either Joe or Albert's Blue. And to Francoise, 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 (though this was mostly forgotten in favor of his flight abilities). In the 2012 manga, after his body was ripped in half (first time), Jet was given by Ivan the ability to accelerate his flight speed to the speed of light, which was also shown in its OVA adaption.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: In the 2012 manga, Ivan gave him a psychic upgrade in the form of teleportation, though this was left out in its OVA adaption.


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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), Ilia Gil (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

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 Joe.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the 2001 anime, it's revealed that her powers can be disrupted by sandstorms and such things.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted in regards to Ixquic, but zigzagged in regards to the diferent 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 quicky 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.
  • Mission Control: She works best with Ivan and Gilmore, as her ability isn't suited for direct battle.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite her insecurities, she very rarely gives into despair.
  • The Chick: Though she's more outspoken than the standard.
  • Team Mom: Not only to Ivan and Jet (the youngest members of the cast, at least physically), but to everyone in the team. Lampshaded more than once, and specially in Compu-Utopia, "Sphynx"/Carl has 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 BSOD once or twice. 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.


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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), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

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 Francoise, Jet and Joe. He also pulls Pyunma out of an Heroic BSOD 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 first half of the 1980s 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.
  • Mundane Utility: The blade embedded in his left hand is very useful in combat. It also comes in handy when preparing food.
  • Number Two: He's the second most effective Cyborg in combat on the team after 009. A good indication (in the 2001 Series) of whether or not 009 is fighting the Villain single-handily is to check whether or not 004 is still standing.
  • Shirtless Scene: Lots of them in the '01 version. Not so much in the manga, due to his entirely metal body. The only time he takes off his shirt in the manga is when he console Pyunma after his upgrade.
    • He also gets one in the 1979 series, although his body is depicted with flesh (or a camouflage layer), rather than being outwardly metal.
  • Progressively Prettier: In the early issues of the manga, he's decidedly odd-looking, with a bowl haircut, pointed nose, and narrow jaw. Over time, the manga's art evolution produced a more normal-looking 004.
  • 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.
  • 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 Francoise and Jet; this caused Black Ghost to shut down the cyborg project for 40 years until technology caught up to solve the problem.


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Geronimo Junior, 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), Enrique Cervantes (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

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 thou he carries a laser gun like the rest of his team, he mostly gets his way through by throwing rocks at everything.
  • Badass: When he gets to fight, his powers let him plow through quite a bit of mooks.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Francoise and Joe, 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
  • Genius Bruiser and Gentle Giant: On one hand he's very thoughtful and calm while still fighting like a beast. On the other he's very kind to everyone as long as they're not fighters.
  • 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.
  • Magical Native American: In the 2001 series, he shows a considerable empathy with nature that wasn't part of his upgrades.
  • The Quiet One: If he does talk, it's usually something profound.
  • 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.


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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), Pedro D'Aguillon Jr (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

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: 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"
  • Stealth Pun: He can use his powers to tunnel through rock. 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 G.B.


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Great Britain (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), Roberto Mendiola (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his left arm via the giant Buddha in the climax 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 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.
  • 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 and Voluntary Shapeshifting: His powers. He can use this to crush a man to death in the 2012 movie. He also uses these powers in the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA, and boy oh boy was it awesome to see!
  • Sad Clown: With a very, very complex and sad backstory.
  • 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 G.B..
  • 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.


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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), Emmanuel Rivas (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub).

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.
  • Cain and Abel: In the 2001 series, with his childhood friend Mamado, Brainwashed and Crazy thanks to Black Ghost. 008 had to Shoot the Dog in the end.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 explictedly pointed out he was the best man for the job before diving in. (Most of the other cyborgs, save 007, had to use breathing apparatuses whenever they headed underwater.)
    • 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 Grand Finale, 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), Humberto Velez (2001 series - 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 adaptions, Dr. Gilmore was one of the scientists responsible for working on all nine of the 00 Cyborgs, only to do a Heel–Face Turn on Black Ghost out of guilt.
    • The 2001 anime takes it even further. During the production of Cyborg 005, he discovered that 005 was installed with a weaker heart model, and it caused him to have such a massive Heroic BSOD that he had a heart attack, which he barely survived to. After that, he decided that enough's enough and freed the 00 Cyborgs.
  • Gag Nose: An Ishinomori trademark.
  • The Professor
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: Subverted; 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 BSOD, then again after upgrading Pyunma. The '79 series also had him getting called out by the daughter of two of his colleagues, who were killed during the escape.

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Skull/Scarl/Sekar

Voiced by: Masato Yamanouchi (early films- 1966, 1967), Norio Wakamoto (2001 series), Richard Epcar (2001 series- English dub), Hidekatsu Shibata (2009 CD dramas)

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 cyborgs questioning their victories.

  • Big Bad: Though towards the end of the 2001 series he's revealed to be merely a pawn...
  • Evil Is Hammy: All thanks to Norio Wakamoto.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

Cyborg 0010

Voiced by: Unknown/uncredited ("Monster Wars" film, 1967), Issei Futamata (2001 series), Richard Cansino (2001 series- English dub), Salvador Delgado (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

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).
  • Creepy Twins. One of the few adult cases.
  • Electric Torture: 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 Shock and Awe powers, take away his heroic nature, and replace that with a 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 Villain Ball. And 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 wield 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.
  • 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 him and his 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 being turned into cyborgs. The 2001 anime takes this even further by having them cling to each other during their last moments as they both die from electrocution burns.

Cyborg 0011

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.

Cyborg 0012

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: Her power is to use anything within
  • 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
  • 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 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 for 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.
  • 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:
  • Tragic Monster: He was a normal young boy before being cyborg-ized. Even when fighting 009, he went out of his way to protect any Innocent Bystanders, punished the people who killed Joe's adoptive father and kidnapped the Cyborgs's ally Dr. Koizumi, and was finally Driven to Suicide because he knew he'd never recover his freedom.
  • 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), Alejandro Villeli (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

    The Greek Gods 

Apollo

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.

Helena/Artemis

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...
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Her fate in all her incarnations, with slight differences.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Her way of justifying their actions.
  • Lady of War
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Apollo, who lost it when she died.
  • 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 Joe 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 realise that they are Cyborgs and not Gods), then throws 'self between Joe and Apollo and dies of her already present injuries in Apollo's arms.
  • Woman in White

Hera

Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto, Melodee Spevack (English dub, as "Sonja S. Fox")

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 their conception, but doesn't care.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has lavender-colored skin.
  • Evil Counterpart: To 001.
  • 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:
  • 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

Achilles

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka, Derek Stephen Prince (English dub, as "David Umansky"), Herman Lopez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

Minotaur

Voiced by: Tomoya Kawai, Bob Papenbrook (English dub), Jose Luis Castañeda (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

Poseidon

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada, Mike Reynolds (English dub, as "Ray Michaels")

Atlas

Pan

Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto, Melodee Spevack (English dub)

Nereus

Doctor Gaia

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?"

Doctor Uranus

Another former scientist colleague of Gilmore's, who only appears in the manga version of the Mythos arc.

  • Adapted Out: Along with a few miscellaneous Mythos cyborgs, the '01 anime did not include him.
  • Meaningful Name: Ouranos/Uranus and Gaia were the progenitors of all the deities of Greek mythology.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As with Gaia, Ishinomori never quite addressed his fate.

    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")

Another colleague and rival of Gilmore's, as well as Cyborg 001's Disappeared Dad. Already not very well in the head beforehand, Gamo went fully nuts searching for a cure for his child's lethal illness, and (in the 2001 anime) also used a group of Time Travelers for his own purposes, deleting their memories to make them his puppets. Counter-intuitively, he converted his son into a cyborg to save his life.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Archaia continuity, he's a well-meaning and much younger, less unhinged-looking man who only wanted the best for his son and was reluctant to be part of Black Ghost.
    • The 2001 and Archaia continuities also gave Gamo more of a motivation for his unethical experiments on his son, with him operating on Ivan in an attempt to cure his brain damage and 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Karmic Death: Psychically killed by his own son, 001, in the 2001 anime.
  • Love Makes You Evil
  • 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 a 00 cyborg, 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
  • Manipulative Bastard: Specially to the Assassins, whom he lies and hides info from in hopes to keep them under his thumb.
  • Smug Snake

Nichol

Voiced by: Tomoya Kawai, Jeff Nimoy (2001 series- English dub), Eduardo Garza (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

The original leader of the group and a survivor of the wars from the future, as well as Lina's lover. In the middle of an apocalyptic future, this young man discovered a lost journal that depicted more peaceful, love-filled times, thus he told his friends to attempt time travelling and search for the owner of said diary.

Lina

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.

Phil

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 their brainwashing.
  • Morality Pet: To Mii, who decides to join forces with the Cyborgs once she sees him horrifyingly distraught over Lina's disappearance.
  • The Worf Effect: See his introductory blurb.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

Mii

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
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Has eyes identical to Albert's in the '01 anime. The character she was based off of in the manga had sparkly dark eyes, similar to the ones shown on Princess Ixquic and the Pu'Awak sisters.
  • Reliable Traitor
  • 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.

Cain

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa, Derek Stephen Prince (English dub, as "David Umansky"), Enrique Mederos (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.
  • Cain and Abel: With his old partner, Nichol. Whom he secretly murdered.
  • 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.
  • 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 her.
  • 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 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.

Helen

Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Michelle Ruff (English dub, as "Georgette Rose"), Carla Falcon (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

The eldest of the girls, red tiara. Innocent and insecure, but for rather dark reasons: She has been mindwiped by Von Bogoot, who uses her as The Mole to discover where the Cyborgs live and destroy their HQ. In the '01 anime adaptation, he commits the big mistake of abandoning Helen to her luck once this is accomplished; that causes an horrified Vena, who used their Twin Telepathy to see through Helen's mind and tell him info, to double-cross him instead.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has blonde hair in the manga color pagesnote , 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
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Twice, in the '01 anime adaptation. She's first abandoned and left to nearly die when Gilmore's headquarters is destroyed. The second time, she's shot to death. Bogoot is to blame for both of them. That '''''PRICK'''''.

Vena

Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Lia Sargent (English dub), Laura Ayala (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

The second-eldest sister, has a blue tiara.

She's also the first one to rebel in the '01 version, when Von Bogoot abandons Helen to her luck and bans Vena from rescuing her. Vena does so anyway and they join the Cyborgs. She and 004 fight a lot because he doesn't trust her intentions, but they ultimately bond over their wish to be free, change their destinies and give their people a better life.

  • Age Lift: Is the eldest sister in the English dub, while Helen's the youngest.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She was more or less loyal, until Von Bogoot wanted Helen to die, in the case of the anime. In the manga, she initially appears to remain loyal to Black Ghost even through the team's trip to Yomi and is responsible for a good deal of the team being captured- but then reveals to 004 that she was a triple agent, only pretending to be loyal to Black Ghost because she valued her sisters.
  • Broken Bird
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: 004's
  • Heroic BSOD: Has a severe one when Helen and several of the Cyborgs are brainwashed by the Zattan and almost kill 004 and her. It gets worse when she and 004 are captured by Von Bogoot and about to be executed. She does recover, but just in time to be killed off with her sisters.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Ship Tease: Had quite a bit of chemistry with 004, once they came to trust each other more.
    • Birds of a Feather: This is because they could sympathize with each other's plights and desire for a better world.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Veena, Beena, Vina, or Bina? Tokyopop's translation confused things more by opting to call her "Venus". What complicates the matter is that her other sisters appear to have a Greco-Roman naming theme going on, which indicates that her name could be inspired by "Venus" (which would be rendered "Binasu" in katakana), leading to other possible spellings given by fans like "Venu" and "Vena".
  • Tomboy: In the anime, she's the only sister who wears pants, opting to wear a blue bodysuit. In the manga, she wears a yellow coat and dress.
  • Twin Telepathy: Can use her and her sisters' psychic bond to see what the other girls can see and know what they think.

Aphro

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 strongwilled, 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
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On Daphne in the anime adaptation, when she leaks info to Von Bogoot out of fear.
  • Woman in White

Dinah

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.

Daphne

Voiced by: Yuki Masuda, Mari Devon (English dub, as "Jane Alan"), Isabel Martiñon (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...

    Other Characters 

Doctor Kozumi

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.

Hilda

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)

Albert's fiancee, who tried to escape from war-torn East Germany with him. It didn't end well. To make matters worse, it's implied in most versions that they only got caught because Albert forgot to take his wallet back from the guard after showing him his pass. The guard called out, Albert panicked, and... Well, the results are obvious.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the '79 anime series, brown-haired in "Legend of the Super Galaxy", but given red hair in the 2001 anime (which appears as a light brown in dark settings).
  • Depending on the Writer: While the basic circumstances 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 Albert's co-pilot. In the 2001 series, she was hiding among the luggage of the truck. The Archaia version had Albert attempt to smuggle her into Germany via airplane, only for it to be shot down.
  • The Cameo: Makes one in vs. Devilman as one of Lillith's illusions to trick the Cyborgs.
  • 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 a flashback in the 2001 series.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Albert in all incarnations, specifically in the first half of the 1980s film.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the 2001 series, she dies in Albert's arms while smiling sweetly and telling him that they're finally free from their former lives.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge

Doctor Findor

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.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist

Cynthia Findor

Voiced by: Fuyumi Shiraishi (1968 series), Tomoko Kawakami (2001 series), Julie Maddalena (2001 series- English dub), Conny Madera (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

The daughter and only remaining relative of Doctor Findor. To keep her father in line, the Black Ghost organization also captures Cynthia some time later and tries to use her as a hostage, but she's rescued by the Cyborgs. She asks them to help her rescue her dad, but is deeply shaken when she discovers what Dr. Findor has been doing...

  • 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 <- -> Vague Age: 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: Her childhood,
  • Broken Bird: As a result, she's perpetually sad and has lost quite a bit of her trust in people.
  • 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: 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)
  • 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

Princess Ixquic

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.

Carl Eckermann.

Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (2001 series), Steve Cassling (2001 series- English dub), Luis Daniel Ramirez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

The son of an old friend of Gilmore. He develops a crush on Francoise when the Cyborg Team visit his father in the cyber city that father and son built, Compu-Utopia. The most remarkable thing, though? Carl died the year before. But somehow, his emotionally-needy and genius-level smart mindset was uploaded into Compu-Utopia's main control, the powerful computer "Sphynx"...

Shinichi Ibaraki, Masaru Oyamada and Mary Onodera.

Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (Ibaraki), Nobuhiko Kobushi (Oyamada), Takako Honda (Mary); Derek Stephen Prince (Ibaraki, 2001 series- English dub), Tony Oliver (Oyamada, 2001 series- English dub), Wendee Lee (Mary, 2001 series- English dub); Luis Daniel Ramirez (Ibaraki, 2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Irwin Daayan (Oyamada, 2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub), Isabel 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.

Jean-Paul Arnoul

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (2001 version), Richard Cansino (2001 series- English dub), Luis Daniel Ramirez (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

  • Captain Crash: He crashed every single vehicle he drove when trying to rescue Francoise in the manga.
  • Cain and Abel: Subverted. In the 2001 episode "Christmas Eve Mirage", Francoise believes her brother has somehow returned to attack her, but she's under the effects of heavy hallucinations back then.
  • Depending on the Artist: Had an uncanny resemblance to Joe when first drawn by Ishinomori, complete with the hair obscuring one eye. By the time of his second and final appearance two decades later, his hair and face were tweaked to lessen the similarities. The '01 anime uses a slightly aged-up version of his first manga design.
  • Promotion to Parent: He had to raise himself and Francoise, which is why he entered the Air Force.
  • 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.

Nana Kashima

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (2004 CD Drama)

A 13-year-old girl that 004 befriends after he saves her from drug dealers. She turns out to be VERY troubled, however...

  • 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 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 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 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 

Catherine

An Incan princess in charge of protecting a mysterious golden palace, alongside her giant robot guard.

    Characters exclusive to the 1979 series 

Jiro

Voiced by: Shioya Tsubasa

A close friend of Joe, who he knew through his teenage years. Both boys happened to be biracial, and Joe wound up imprisoned at Kurihama when he fought to defend Jiro from a gang that had attacked him for being a "half-breed".

  • Disappeared Dad: His father left when he was younger, and he treasures the knife that his father gave him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies not long after he's introduced, so Joe can try to avenge his death.

Natalie

Voiced by: Minori Matsushima

A 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.

Henry Brown

Voiced by: Katsuji Mori

A former actor friend of G.B., who is the catalyst for his backstory in this version of the series: After Brown was believed dead in a mountain climbing accident, G.B. was suspected of having killed him 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.

Kramer

Voiced by: Shigezō Sasaoka

Another friend of G.B, who had a job as a mountain guide. He is soon targeted by the not-quite-dead Henry Brown and the Neo Black Ghost, and had his brain put into a giant spider mecha.

  • Expy: Of Cyborg 0011.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He has a more fortunate fate than the original 0011. Joe manages to salvage his brain, while Jet finds Kramer's cryogenically-frozen body. He's back to normal shortly after.

Shiva, Brahma, and 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.

Gandar

Odin

Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (Yggdrasill arc), Shigezō Sasaoka (Neo Black Ghost arc)

    Characters exclusive to the 2001 series 

Nathalie

Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima, Circe Luna (Latin American Spanish dub)

  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Francoise's. 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 Fran has hallucinated that she's there. Her only real presence is in Francoise's flashbacks.
  • Posthumous Character: Assuming so, since it's been fifty years since her friend Francoise was kidnapped by Black Ghost.
  • Youthful Freckles

Jimmy

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.

Cathy

Voiced by: Kaoru Saiki, Melora Harte (English dub), Maria Fernanda Morales (Latin American Spanish dub)

Jimmy's recently-divorced mother, she works very hard to sustain herself and her son but has grown disillusioned of the world. Considers Jet as a mere slacker and jerk that fills Jimmy's head with stupid fantasies at first...

  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • 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's leg is torn up while he's rescuing her from a hotel fire; she sees the circuitry and puts two and two together.

Alice

Voiced by: Natsuki Yamashita, Rebecca Forstadt (English dub, as "Reba West"), Leyla Rangel (2001 series - Latin American Spanish dub)

A young girl that Joe meets when travelling through the Japanese countryside. She claims at first that a bunch of men are following her, but there's more than meets the eye...

    Characters in "Conclusion: God's War" 

Dr. Kagariya

A long-time acquaintance of Dr. Gilmore, as well as archaeology professor at a Japanese university.

  • Expy: Of the character "Dr. Komatsu" in the unfinished "Battle with the Gods" arc (itself a prototype to "God's War").

Hisui Kagariya aka Queen Himiko

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (2002 OVA adaptation), Laura Torres (2002 OVA - Latin American Spanish dub)

The 27-year old daughter of Dr. Kagariya. She soon undergoes an unusual change after excavating a Moai statue from Easter Island.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Subverted, she looks like one but her aloofness is actually shyness. As Himiko, however, she plays this perfectly straight.
  • Expy: In the unfinished "Battle with the Gods" arc of the manga, a similar, less mysterious-looking character named "Reiko Komatsu" appears. Reiko is also the daughter of an archaeology professor, and seems to hold some interest in Joe.
  • Grand Theft Me: By the spirit of Queen Himiko of Yamataikoku.
  • 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, 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!
  • Self-Made Orphan: To be fair, it was under Himiko's influence.

Shiori Takagaki

Voiced by: Isabel Martiñon (2002 OVA - Latin American Spanish dub)

One of Joe's fellow peers in university.

Cecilia Molina

Pyunma'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".

Alan Deneuve

A young man who Francoise becomes close to, after she attempts to avoid contact with the rest of the 00 team in order to start anew.

  • Expy: Of Jun, from Ishinomori's series "Fantasy World Jun".

Iere

A woman that Albert 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...

    Characters exclusive to the Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA 

Dr. Adams Teufel

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English, credited as Geoffrey Chalmers)

  • 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.
  • 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.

Edward Adams, aka 0014

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English)

  • Super Speed: Like Joe and Jet of the 00 Cyborgs, he possesses an Accelerator.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the third OVA episode he tried to punch 001, who is a cyborg infant.

Eva Maria Pallares, aka 0015

Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese), Lindsay Torrance (English)

John Cain Smith, aka 0016

Abel, aka 0017

Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English, credited as Johanna Luis)

Seth/Set/Azazel, aka 0018

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Griffin Burns (English)

Lilith

Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

  • 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.


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