VA: Kazuki YaoShinobu was born in the mountain regions of Japan. Shinobu was a cadet of the Australian Space Military Academy before the invasion on the Muge Empire forces. After the school was closed due to destruction, he was transferred to the Far East's Special armoured unit, the Bestial Fighter Troop or Jyusenki Tai (Known in the English version as the Cyber Beast Force). His hobby is hang gliding. Shinobu is an extremely talented pilot, but his rash temper and over confidence tends to land him into situations over his head. Nevertheless he is a straightforward character. His blood type is A.
- Ace Pilot: While the rest of Juusenkitai counts, he's the only one who rides a fighter jet (the Eagle Fighter actually uses the same cockpit as the type he and Sara trained in) and his outrageous flying skills are commented upon several times.
- Badass Adorable: He is a Hot-Blooded Bad Ass Ace Pilot... who occasionally acts like a little child. (A particularly notable moment is where he jumped, hugged Sara and kissed her on the cheek, after his wish to give the titular mecha the ability to fly is granted.)
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sara.
- Brutal Honesty: To a one shot character. (Being trapped inside a Lotus-Eater Machine situation is NOT better than facing reality.)
- Catch Phrase: "Yatte yaru ze!"translation
- Combination Attack: Dankuu Sougaken with Aoi.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Despite how he usually acts, he is the most battle-ready of the Jyusenkitai, which is part of why he was chosen to be its leader. Masato is immature and unskilled, Ryo hesitates to kill fellow humans, and Sara is still unable to accept Shapiro's Face–Heel Turn, even after making the decision that she is the one who will bring him to an end; Shinobu has none of that.
- Flanderization: That case where he gets vocal if others say his Catch Phrase? Only happened ONCE in the series, invoked by Ryo.
- Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: He gives one to Ryo later.
- The Hero
- Heroes Want Redheads: For Sara.
- Hidden Depths: He is the most straightforward character in the show. Until you realize that he is the ONLY character who actually thinks about the effect of war. It's rather jarring since the reason that Igor punched him for his lack of discipline is because he is showing his concern toward his teammates and the civilians. Heck - once Ryo punched him for not showing up in time for a mission, but he was late because he was getting a kid to safety.
- Hot-Blooded: All the Dancougar pilots are like this, but Shinobu was the patron saint of this trope before Domon Kasshu and Kamina came along, along the lines of Kouji Kabuto.
- Idiot Hero: His antics sometimes caused problems early on. (Example: getting out of Eagle Fighter during their mission in Peru lead directly to him and Sara getting captured.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Man Child: Ryo described him as a little child with a toy (the Eagle Fighter) once. This is also lampshaded by Laura. Borders on being an Informed Attribute, as he's perfectly mature and realistic on the battlefield.
- Never Tell Me the Odds: Will ignore or disbelieve data if it limits his freedom to act. And it shows, to Alan's embarrassment.
- Running Gag: He's constantly getting his ass kicked in fistfights.
- Second Love: For Sara.
- Sempai Kouhai: In Super Robot Wars Z2, Team-D refers to him as "Sempai." (Masato did too, initially - and having graduated in a later class than the others actually has reason to - but dropped it after they point out how they're on the same team.)
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite being an Idiot Hero, he's still a military graduate, and is relatively well-educated.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out quite a few times for his lack of discipline.
- Performed one to General Igor, and for good reason. He is punished for his effort though.
VA: Yuriko YamamotoSara Yuuki hails from the Izu peninsula. She was assigned to the Far East Armoured Unit a few days later than Shinobu due to several circumstances. During her days at the Australian Military Academy, she had fallen in love with her Commander Shapiro Keats, before he defected to the Muge Empire. Ever since then she's been torn between her old love and new hatred towards Shapiro. Sara is known for her fiery temper and enjoys swimming and music. Her blood type is AB.
- Action Girl: Is surprisingly capable in hand-to-hand combat.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: And Shinobu is the most common victim of it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Shinobu.
- Cry Cute: A tough-ass lady usually, but when she cries in Shinobu's embrace, she's... different.
- Fiery Redhead: Part of the reason she was chosen to be in the Juusenkitai was for her temperament. The fact that she's a redhead is coincidental.
- The Lancer
- No Pronunciation Guide: Her name is Japanese and 'Sara' is in Romaji - the actual pronunciation is 'Sah-Rah' with short vowels, not the English-spelled 'Sarah'.note
- Rapunzel Hair: Reaches her belt line. You'd think it would be impractical in a cockpit...
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Hoo boy, if not for her position you would think she is the main character. Towards the end of the show, she has even more focus than before.
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Woman Scorned: Towards Shapiro, later in the series.
VA: Shigeru NakaharaMasato was born in the Iwate Prefecture. Masato's father was the President of an arms manufacturing plant, and his family is quite wealthy. Going against his father's wishes, Masato entered the academy (6th team trainee). He is the youngest member of the Jyusenki Tai. An active lad, though somewhat immature, Masato's emotional strength makes up for his lack in combat experience. Later Masato's father is killed in an engagement involving a Muge survivor, in "God Bless Dancouga". Masato also is the best friend of Laura Sullivan, and her dog Becky. His blood type is B.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Masato doesn't like the fact that his father is an arms dealer.
- Idiot Hero: Is something of a slacker.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Out of Focus: Rarely has an episode centered around him, if any.
- Parental Abandonment
- Rebellious Scion
- The Smart Guy: One of two.
- Tag Along Kid: More or less. If not for the military setting, he'd be 12.
VA: Kaneto ShiozawaAfter graduating from the Military Academy, he decided to roam about, practicing his Kenpou martial arts. When the Jyusenki Tai was formed and General Igor asked him to join, he met up with his companions in Kansas City after a major battle. An orphan, Ryo is a quiet man who practices spirituality according to his Chinese Kenpou disciplines. Ryo's blood type is O.
- The Big Guy
- Celibate Hero: Subverted - he stays like this until the end of God Bless Dancougar, when he gets married. (They were waiting for the war with the Muge Empire to end.)
- Genius Bruiser: The spiritual kind.
- Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: He's the one who's the most likely to call Shinobu out on his tomfoolery.
- Ineffectual Loner: Due to being a Martial Pacifist.
- Martial Pacifist: Doesn't like using his skills against humans.
- Skilled, but Naïve: In a Crapsack World under Alien Invasion that nearly wiped out humanity being, he still hesitate to fight against fellow humans. A trait that is taken advantage of when the Muge created a squad of Ridiculously Human Robots.
- The Smart Guy: One of two.
VA: Norio WakamotoShapiro was a former commander of the Australian Military Academy, before he defected to the Muge Zorbados Imperial forces. Stubborn and intelligent Shapiro is obsessed with becoming the ruler of the Universe and has delusions of Godhood. Unlike most anime villains, he is extremely competent, and has actually come within a hair's breadth of defeating the Jyusenki Tai by exploiting his tactical knowledge of Earth and the human condition. His greatest weakness is his own arrogance, which eventually estranges him from his own allies and leads to his downfall. He is shot by Sara in the series. In the SRW series, Shapiro often makes his last stand by piloting a robot.
- A God Am I: Drinking game: take a shot whenever he says this. You won't last long.
- Ambition Is Evil: He is the grand champion of this.
- Awesome by Analysis: Up to Eleven, he even analyzed the hell out of the meaning of Dancouga.
- Back from the Dead: In the Blazing Epilogue OVA.
- Big Bad Wannabe
- Character Tics: His right shoulder twitches whenever he is upset or excited, which is carried over whenever he is piloting.
- Evil Genius: Oh so very much.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Heroic Sacrifice: Not really heroic, but he still helps the Cyber Beast Force at the end of Blazing Epilogue by giving the Dancougar a boost of power with his anger from the frustration of being used by the aliens.
- Karmic Death: At the hands of the woman he used and abandoned.
- Large Ham: As usual for characters voiced by Wakamoto.
- Make Up Is Evil: Uses more eyeliner than you'd expect a man to.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Smug Snake
- Turncoat: Defects to the Muge Empire in the first episode (though they rightfully take a while to believe him).
- Villainous Breakdown: A absolutely epic one.
- Villain Decay: Towards the end of the show, his effectiveness took a nosedive as he became more and more Drunk with Power.
- Villain Song: Shadowy Dream, the second ending song.
Emperor Muge Zorbados
VA: Shusei Nakamura, Tetsu Inada in the Super Robot Wars games.
- Back from the Dead: Comes back in an even more monstrous form in the OVA sequel to the series, God Bless Dancougar.
- Big Bad
- Dimension Lord
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form under that robe and headdress he wears for most of the series is a Humanoid Abomination fusion of man and machine that looks like it was designed by H. R. Giger.
- Grand Theft Me: Does this to Sayuri in God Bless Dancouga.
- One-Winged Angel: in God Bless Dancougar.
- Orcus on His Throne: Just sits around and lets his three Generals and Shapiro do all the work for him until Requiem for the Victims. Justified as he lives in his own personal pocket dimension that's an extension of himself, so the Dancouga team has to come to him instead.
- Reality Warper
- The Other Darrin: Due to the original seiyu for Muge passing away in the 90s, He is now played in Super Robot Wars games featuring Dancouga by Tetsu Inada of Trombe fame with a creepy voice modulator added in.
- You Have Failed Me: Though not for the last time. In spite of Death Gaia's repeated failures, Muge Zorbados isn't too bent up about it and cites the numerous victories Death Gaia's responsible for and lets him off with just sentencing what's essentially a sabbatical. The process is repeated somewhat with Gildorom.
General Death Gaia
VA: Yusaku Yara
- Bad Boss: Is very quick to blame or harm his subordinates.
- Blood Knight: Will go into battle himself against the Juusenkitai.
- The Dragon
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Zerg Rush: His favorite tactic is to roll in with overwhelming force.
VA: Masaharu Sato
VA: Issei Futamata
VA: Saeko Shimazu
- Accidental Murder: Whereas the other Generals die fighting, she's killed by a passing Dancougar.
- Asshole Victim: By the time she dies, nobody cared all that much.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Killed by a passing Dancougar that is traveling to the enemy base. Can't get more mundane than that, really.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Act all nice towards Shapiro. And then she shows her true colors.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Shapiro on Sara.
- Cute Monster Girl
- Dark Chick
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: An intentional example though, if it wasn't for her help Sara would probably never have managed to get to Shapiro in the Asteroid Base.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Came out of nowhere, really.
Characters from Dancougar Nova
VA: Haruna Ikezawa
- Action Girl
- Badass Driver: Before she became a pilot for Dancougar Nova, Aoi was a Formula 1 racer)
- Designer Babies: (The source of much personal anguish for her)
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yes, she really did!
- Even the Girls Want Her: Seimi did flirt with her a bit.
- Fiery Redhead - Curtains Match the Window
- Ms. Fanservice: She's really easy on the eyes! Not to mention how she, in her own words, sleeps in her "original".
- Sempai Kouhai: All of Team-D are Shinobu's kouhais in Super Robot Wars Z2, but since Aoi is Dancougar Nova's main pilot, she deserves special mention.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Don't try to break Aoi with talking. You'll get a fist to the face for your trouble.
- What Could Have Been: Was planned at one point to be Sara's descendant.
VA: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
- Catch Phrase: See Shout-Out, below.
- Homeless Hero
- Hot-Blooded: The most out of the Nova pilots.
- Innocent Innuendo: With Seimi.
- Lazy Bum
- Ship Tease: With Intrepid Reporter Isabelle.
- Shout-Out: He's the one who borrows Shinobu's Catch Phrase "Yatte yaru ze!"
VA: Houko Kuwashima
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable
- Cute Bruiser: The youngest of the pilots, extremely Moe, and an excellent shot!
- The Gunslinger
- Improbable Age: Not many people become world-reknown policeagents at the age of 15…
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Verbally burns the Jerkass American captain of Episode 4 before handing him his ass.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
VA: Yuuki Tai
- Badass Bookworm
- Love at First Sight: With Eida.
- Money Fetish: There are some hints.
- Running Gag: That "insert something here" is not included in the latest issue of Men's Magazine about "insert subject here". EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE.
- Stoic Spectacles
VA: Yuko Goto
VA: Norio Wakamoto
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot
- Back from the Dead: Brought back in Saisei-Hen by Muge Zolbados.
- Big Bad
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Moon Will is convinced that humans care about their own life more than everything else, which comes back to bite him in the ass when Aoi confronts him.
- Evil Knock Off: At least in Super Robot Wars Z2 his so-called 'Original Dancougar' is stated to be one of the actual Dancougar. Shinobu was not amused.
- Shinobu:You've guts, calling yours the Original in front of us!
- Humans Are Bastards: He's absolutely convinced of this.
- Kill All Humans
- Large Ham
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Aoi, telling her that humans upset the balance of the universe and pointlessly cling to their own "pathetic little lives". It fails. Spectacularly.
- Scary Dogmatic Alien
- Shut Up, Kirk!: To his good counterpart Earth Will.
- Talking to Himself: Again, with Earth Will.