Characters / Dancougar
aka: Dancougar Nova

Shinobu Fujiwara

VA: Kazuki Yao

Shinobu 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 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
  • Manchild: 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.

Sara Yuuki

VA: Yuriko Yamamoto

Sara 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.

Masato Shikibu

VA: Shigeru Nakahara

Masato 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.

Ryo Shiba

VA: Kaneto Shiozawa

After 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.

Shapiro Keats

VA: Norio Wakamoto

Shapiro 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.

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

General Gildorome

VA: Masaharu Sato

General Helmut

VA: Issei Futamata

Luna Rossa

VA: Saeko Shimazu

Characters from Dancougar Nova

Aoi Hidaka

VA: Haruna Ikezawa

Sakuya Kamon

VA: Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Kurara Tachibana

VA: Houko Kuwashima

Johnny Barnett

VA: Yuuki Tai


VA: Yuko Goto

Moon Will

VA: Norio Wakamoto

Alternative Title(s): Dancougar Nova