Crucified Hero Shot: in #43, as the Zangyack prepare to execute him in front of a large audience.
Determinator: Just as big as Takeru or Alata. Prime example include managing to shoot Warz Gill and Barizorg despite being heavily wounded in the back and fighting against three of Basco's extra heroes key in human form after being de-transformed.
Last of His Kind: Subverted. Marvelous is stated in episode 8 to be the last surviving member of the Red Pirates, which according to Insarn is the greatest rebel force to face the Zangyack, but it's later revealed that There Is Another - Basco ta Jolokia, a rival of Marvelous.
Technically speaking, it's actually played straight. Marvelous was still part of the Red Pirates when the gang was finished but Basco however betrayed the gang so in a way, he's not a surviving Red Pirate, so that leaves Marvelous as the last surviving Red Pirate.
During 199 Hero Great Battle, he's the manly man to Alata's sensitive guy.
Sword and Gun: Gokai Saber and Gokai Gun. The others, minus Gai, each have a set too, but due to the weapon swapping that occurs between them, Marvelous is the one who plays this trope straight most of the time.
And again in #30. Yuki Yamada is an incredibly talented crier.
And yet again in #38 when he finally destroys Barizorg. They must have realized where their bread was buttered when they found out that he could cry, and cry pretty, since they've been yanking his chain ever since.
And yet again in #45, only this time its played for laughs when Navi accidentally destroys his Ninjaman tea cake.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Stop me if you've heard this one: A soldier and his best friend/mentor defect from a fighting force and he is the only one to survive while his friend doesn't and he laments afterwards how he couldn't save his friend. Are we talking about Joe Gibken, or Cloud Strife?
Dual Wielding: When he trades his Gokai Gun for another crew member's Gokai Saber. Taken Up to Eleven in episode 4, when he uses everyone's Gokai Sabers all at once.
In episode 12, Kaoru gives him the Double Disc from the Shinkenger finale which allows him to dual wield Shinkenmaru.
The finale has him using DekaMaster's D-Sword Vega and Don-as-Zubaan's sword form against Dailando.
Mercy Kill: Destroys Barizorg after finding out the transformation can't be undone so Sid's soul can finally rest in peace.
My Greatest Failure: He feels terrible for letting his fellow Zangyack comrade Sid stay behind so that Joe can escape, leaving Sid to be converted into Barizorg. Come episode #30, Joe eventually learns that the conversion is irreversible and any hope of Sid regaining his human form is shot to Hell.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against Zaien for the conversion of his old friend Sid into Barizorg and attempting to repeat the process on a great many humans. He pretty much goes Implacable Man against him and then destroys him with Sid's signature move.
Think Nothing of It: In #22, Joe goes above and beyond to help a boy fulfill a rather tall promise (getting from Tokyo to a nearby mountain entirely by bike to hang out with a friend), including using his Gokai Gun to save the boy from a troop of Gormin; afterwards, when Gai says that looking out for the kid was a very Super Sentai thing to do, Joe says it wasn't a big deal.
Tranquil Fury: VERY likely to run on that, just like in Super Hero Taisen.
With My Hands Tied: Not literally, but he often demonstrates a one-sword fencing style with his other sword tucked behind his back even though he's capable of Dual Wielding.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Joe ran from the Zangyack because he could not obey an order to slaughter a group of captive children.
Dark and Troubled Past: Once lived a life of poverty while taking care of several young children, explaining her intense desire for riches. #34 also reveals that she would use said riches to buy a planet where children like those she cared for that were orphaned by Zangyack could live in peace.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Luka, in 42's flashback, when she goes to see Don. And in general, on a lesser scale, between her past and the present.
Ship Tease: She said Gai was "kinda cute" in episode 17. Her habit of pushing/shoving Don may also be taken this way by some. There's also some shiptease between Luka and Marvelous in episode 21, she was the only one who truly understood Marvelous' predicament. For the Les Yay fans, Luka and Ahim have slept on each other's shoulders and fed each other food several times.
Butt Monkey: Not even the Zangyack think he's worth their time. Subverted in this case as that lead to the "The Strongest Man in Space"'s downfall.
And even in Gai's fantasy Gokaiger lineup, he's nonexistent.
Combat Pragmatist: Once beat some Gormins by making them trip over his grappling hook wire as he was lying down!
Confusion Fu: He runs on this when he has to fight. Lampshaded in #42 when Joe calls his fighting style "zany".
Cowardly Lion: As a Running Gag, Don often hides behind other members of the team when threatened. Even Ahim. Possibly lampshaded in #42, where he transforms into Black Lion Rio - but still using his signature fighting style.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In #42, Ahim reads a womens' magazine from space that says Don was a legendary hero who slew a planet-destroying dragon and disappeared mysteriously. He doesn't remember any of it. Doubly subverted, since while he made up the legendary hero article, he did prove himself worthy of a being a Gokaiger, as seen in #43.
A Day in the Limelight: In a rather odd example, beyond his focus episodes, there's A Day of One Hero, a direct-to-DVD Mockumentary about Kazuki Shimizu playing Don and how it gets disrupted when a gun is found in his possessions.
Easy Amnesia: He's apparently a legendary hero, but doesn't remember any of it. When the Gokaiger first met him the told them that the Zangyack Empire destroyed his homeworld because he was too embarrassed to admit that he didn't remember his own past. Turns out to be a subversion, as he fabricated the legendary hero article.
#42 explains it in flashback; The original three hired Don to fix the Galleon's main computer, but the sight of the main cabin in total disarray inspired him to clean up the entire place single-handedly, prepare them an amazing meal, and then fix the computer by pressing a single button. The amazed Gokaigers invite Don to join their crew, but when he starts to give his name Marvelous stuffs a turkey leg in his mouth and declares that he's just gonna call him "Doc" from now on since he's "like a doctor".
Expy: Maybe a coincidence but his lack of fighting skills and his cowardly demeanor are reminiscent of Ziggy
And his fashion sense, general reluctance to fight and title of doctor bring to mind another character.
Gadgeteer Genius: He invented the Gokai Galleon Buster, the "team bazooka", pretty much entirely by hand. note Though he did need to use the Ohranger's Grand Power to finish work.
The flashback to his meeting the group in #42 showed him fixing the Galleon's computer by pressing a single button; his asking the others "Is this the only problem?" had the air of a tech support agent asking "Is the computer plugged in?"
Goofy Print Underwear: In the flashback in #42, his pants get caught on a nail when he tries to run from Luka; for the record, he wears plaid boxers with an embroidered frog on the seat.
Guns Akimbo: When he trades his Gokai Saber for another crew member's Gokai Gun.
I Gave My Word: In #42, flashbacks show how he met the others; Luka came to him (in disguise) to ask for help with the Galleon, but when he realized she was a Space Pirate he panicked and ran. But later that night he tracked down the Galleon, saying that though he's still scared, he promised to fix the ship and he always sees his jobs through to the end.
Improbable Weapon User: He is really fond of using completely random objects in battle, ranging from pots and pans to a tree branch.
Beware the Nice Ones: She may look sweet but puts up a hell of a fight in battle. She was also prepared to swindle her crewmates out of a large amount of money in order to help a guy who had attempted to kidnap her to pay off his debts.
The Ditz: A minor example combined with Cloud Cuckoo Lander. While she's quite competent and sane, she does tend to go off-track on things that regular people find normal (such as high school), given her background as a princess.
In #40, when flashing back to her first joining the crew, Luka describes Ahim as "my pace", meaning she does things her own way, which makes her seem ditzy when compared to the others.
Last Of Her Kind: Ahim is possibly the last survivor of the Planet Famille which was destroyed by the Zangyack.
#41 has confirmed that there are other survivors scattered across the universe but her entire family is indeed gone.
The Load: Noteworthy of having already been Defied. As mentioned in earlier tropes, she was useless when first joined the team, but she trained hard into what she became by episode #1.
Of course, it was averted anyway. While she might have been ineffective in battle, during the rest of their day-to-day lives, her ability to be peacemaker was crucial in keeping the other Gokaigers from killing each other.
Plucky Girl: Flashbacks in #41 show that she wasn't good at anything at first: she got knocked on her butt by the recoil of the Gokai Gun, couldn't lift the Gokai Sabre, flooded the Galleon with suds while doing the laundry, and couldn't even interact with the others due to her sheltered upbringing. Obviously she stuck it out long enough to become the Badass Princess we know and love.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In #41, the Monster of the Week is the Zangyack Imperial Guard who destroyed her homeworld and killed her parents. Right in front of her. When she sees him this ep she goes Attack! Attack! Attack!, even throwing Joe and Gai aside when they try to stop her. Later, when she has the others helping her, she gives him a royal beatdown with their help, even launching the killing blow with the Gokai Galleon Buster, complete with an And This Is for... speech.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Though she didn't start out as such, her backstory in #41 reveals that she became a pirate in order to get the Zangyack Empire's attention and thus be put on Wanted posters, and thus serve as an example to the survivors of her planet that she was taking a stand against them.
Took a Level in Badass: As shown in episode 41, she wasn't even able to hold a sword or fire a gun when she first asked to join the Gokaigers. Now she's as capable of a fighter as the rest of the team.
Ascended Fanboy: In and Out universe example. Gai is a fan of Super Sentai, same goes with the actor Junya Ikeda, who is a big Super Sentai fan. The fanboy part normally shows up anytime he encounters a member of a past Sentai. He actually flips when he is the only one of the team members not to see GaiYuuki in #28.
Badass Adorable: His hyperactive fanboy tendencies might have turned some fans off, but watch him and try not to smile any time he geeks out over a previous Sentai member (or even better, his bouncing around singing "Jingle Bells.") Now realize that he can switch from that to absolutely laying waste to the Zangyack so quick it's staggering.
Badass Boast: His response to Marvelous asking him if he really wants to face the Zangyack. He states he's going to smash the Zangyack and bring peace to the universe. The rest of the Gokaiger are very impressed by the guts it takes to say something like this, as the Zangyack rule most of the universe and took an entire Badass Army of Sentai to beat last time.
Badass Normal: More or less. He is the only human amongst aliens and while the other Gokaigers have about 34 Ranger Keys each, he only has fifteen Ranger Keys. Interesting to note, he defeated a bunch of gormins and an action commander without using a Gokai Change. (granted he didn't have any other keys but it was still cool.)
Battle Cry: "Let's do it ecstatically!" note "Gingin ni ikuze!", a pun on the Japanese word for silver, "gin".
Expy: An overeager, hammy and extremely excited metallic colored warrior who wants to join the main team while they are a little wary of recruiting him, and has a different heritage than the main five (an Earthling instead of aliens), just like Genta Umemori (Shinken Gold).
Finishing Move: Each of his Gokai Spear's modes have a different Final Wave finisher.
Spear Mode: Gokai Shooting Starnote Gokai Silver leaps into the air and throws his spear through the enemy.
Gun Mode: Gokai Supernovanote Gokai Silver fires an energy bullet with incredible recoil; in mid flight it explodes with power before hitting the enemy.
Anchor Mode: Two variations:
Gokai Legendream: Gokai Silver summons energy duplicates of Mega Silver, Bouken Silver, Gao Silver, Gosei Knight, the Go-On Wings, and Magi Shine, who fire energy bullets. The bullets turn into Deka Break, Kiba Ranger, Shurikenger, Time Fire, Abare Killer, Dragon Ranger, Shinken Gold, and King Ranger. They each slash the enemy once, followed by Gokai Silver dashing in for a combo slash to finish it off.
Gokai Legend Crash: Gokai Silver performs a series of slash attacks, accompanied by ghost images of the Sixth Rangers.
Genre Savvy: Probably the most justified case in this series, given that he's a fanboy.
Episode 20, when Navi gives the next clue. He easily figured out the clue was refering to Gingaman.
In #22, he shares his savvy by having a bunch of Super Sentai factbooks printed up for the other Gokaiger, so they can find all the mission-critical information easily even if he's not around. However, #31 shows the others haven't been studying, since the answer to Navi's "skateboarding lion" message (Yellow Lion) was in the books, as Gai helpfully points out.
Hotblooded: He's very energetic and passionate about everything, pretty much all the time. From takoyaki, to world peace conferences, to grocery shopping. He regularly gets called out on it.
Meaningful Name: The kanji of his given name can also be read as "Yoroi", meaning "armor", while his surname means "anchor". "Anchor Armor" is exactly what Gold Mode is.
Mr. Exposition: Provides the Gokaigers with information regarding the Sentai alumni.
New Transfer Student: As he explained in #40, his parents moved around a lot so he was constantly transferring schools; his determination to talk to everyone he knew despite not being able to stay for long is why he has lots of friends.
No Sense of Personal Space: Gai has an annoying habit of grabbing onto a fellow Ranger (usually Marvelous or Joe) whenever a guest Sentai warrior appears.
Gunship Rescue: Just when the Zangyack Fleet was about to annihilate the Earth, Navi shows up in Basco's Free Joker. Bizarrely enough, this act was enough to turn the tide of battle around, since Marvelous and Gai would soon use that to storm the Gigant Horse.
All There in the Manual: The official website says that it has vulcans in its helmet, and those silver circles on its "shoulders"note The parts formed by the prow of the Gallon splitting open to reveal the head are beam cannons. These only come into play in Dice-O, where GokaiOh's Finishing Move is an Alpha Strike.
Composite Character: Gao Lion turns into the parts for Shinken GokaiOh, thanks to its red, fire-elemental lion shape matching up with Shinkenger's Shishi Origami. Likewise, the Abaranger power also allows GokaiOh to combine with GoZyuJin.
Making a Splash: GoGo-V's Grand Power makes GokaiOh sprout water cannons, which it uses to put out Basco's Firedroid.
Playing with Fire: Magi GokaiOh and Shinken GokaiOh shoot fire from their animal chests.
Evil Twin: The Big Bad of The Flying Ghost Ship has his own GokaiOh, which has a pointer hat, a cape, and a hook in place of its left hand.
Finishing Move: Gokai Starburstnote GokaiOh's panels open up, revealing a cannon in the chest and cannonballs in the arms and legs, and it barrages the enemy.
Mecha Greater Power finishers:
Magi GokaiOh: Gokai Magi Bindnote Magi Dragon emerges from GokaiOh and flies around the opponent(s) three times, each pass creating a magic circle; on the third pass, the rings contract around the opponent(s). Then, a Kill Sat like beam of light slams into the trapped opponent(s).
Deka GokaiOh (2): Gokai PAT Strikenote The PAT Striker emerges from GokaiOh and spins out, firing its wheel Gatlings in all directions.
Gao GokaiOh: Gokai Animal Heartnote Gao Lion blasts the enemy with fire breath as GokaiOh charges in with an X-slash.
Shinken GokaiOh: Gokai Samurai Girinote GokaiOh summons a mecha-sized version of the Rekka Daizanto, which it slashes down through the opponent.
Goran GokaiOh: Gokai Hurricane Cassiopeianote GokaiOh combines its two Gokai Ken into a single BFS, then it slashes through the enemy as an image of the constellation Cassiopeia appears over the sword.
Unnamed: In The Flying Ghost Ship, the team uses the appropriate Ranger Keys to summon Variblune, Magi Dragon, PAT Striker, Geki Tiger, and the Dragon Headder, which fly at the enemy.
Non-mecha Greater Power finishers:
Gekiranger: Gokai Great Geki-Geki Beastsnote Ghost images of the Geki Beasts and SaiDain emerge from GokaiOh and charge the enemy.]]
Carranger: Gokai Radical Racing Slashnote Similar to RV Robo's Sword Twister Cutter, GokaiOh performs a spinning sword slash.
Goseiger: Gokai All Headder Great Chargenote Giant images of Gosei Cards appear in front of GokaiOh, summoning all the Headders which barrage the enemy.]]
Boukenger: Gokai Adventure Drivenote GokaiOh creates a ghost copy of DaiBouken, which attacks the opponent with the GouGou Sword. It then passes the sword to GokaiOh, who finishes the opponent with a slash reminiscent of DaiBouken's finisher.
GoGo-V (1): Victory Splashnote Five giant fire hoses emerge from GokaiOh and spray water on the opponent.
GoGo-V (2): Gokai Prominencenote GokaiOh creates a circle of fire around itself, then performs a flaming X-slash.
Liveman: Super Big Burstnote The symbols for each of the five Livemen emerge from GokaiOh and merge together to form Super Live Robo, who then fires off balls of energy from the mouth of Land Lion.
Dairanger: Gokai GoZyu Kiryoku Bombernote With GoZyuJin standing in front of GokaiOh, who forms a ball of ki in its hands, the ki is shot at GoZyuJin as it and GokaiOh charge at the enemy with a ki-enhanced attack.
Kakuranger: Summons an enlarged version of Ninjaman.
Changeman: Gokai Power Bazookanote Earth Force (the power source that gave the Changeman their powers) charges up in GokaiOh's cannon before being fired off.
Maskman: Gokai Aura Galaxynote An aura-engulfed right-handed chop attack modeled after Galaxy Robo's finisher.
Dynaman: Gokai Super Dynamitenote GokaiOh becomes a ball of light and charges through the enemy.
Jetman: Gokai Jet Phoenixnote GokaiOh becomes a firebird and files through the enemy.
Flight: Gains the power to fly when using Magiranger or Goranger's Grand Powers.
Go-On GokaiOh can also fly when Machalcon switches to Hover Mode.
Nice Hat: Puts it on at the end of the combination sequence. Shinken GokaiOh has a samurai helmet instead.
And now Furaimaru gives GokaiOh a facemask with wing elements on it's sides. Doubles as a Call Back since Senpuujin's helmet had the same touch.
Kanzen Gokaioh gets a larger pirate hat with the swords sticking out each side of the hat.
One Mecha Army: In the first episode proves capable of obliterating an entire Zangyack fleet in a matter of minutes. Once all the Great Powers are unlocked, it manages to destroy a large portion of a Zangyack fleet bigger than the one from the Legend War by itself, destroying the entire fleet with help from GoZyuJin and the Legend Mecha. To put that in perspective, an entire army of Sentai Mecha had difficulty dealing with the previous fleet and still had to sacrifice their powers to destroy it.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Any Grand Power mecha formation that is introduced in a two-parter becomes this until the next one. However, subverted in later episodes as all the Legend Mecha are summoned quite frequently.
The summer episodes have the rangers spam nothing but Hurricane Gokai-Oh.
Combining Mecha: Combining its arms with GokaiOh can form GoZyu GokaiOh, the true manifestation of the Abaranger Great Power. It can also combine with GokaiOh and Machalcon to form Kanzen (Complete) GokaiOh.
Composite Character: Represents the Grand Powers of Timeranger, Zyuranger, and Abaranger all by itself.
Finishing Move: GoZyu Triple Drill Dreamnote GoZyuJin creates ghost images of its other two forms, and all three attack with their drills in unison.
GoZyuJin + Black Knight Key: GoZyu Fierce Cutnote Similar to BullTaurus' Bullsword Fire Slash, GoZyuJin performs a [[Spin Attack spinning drill attack.
Wing GoZyuJin: Gokai Spartannote GoZyuJin flies through the enemy, drill-first, based off of Mega Voyager's Mega Spartan (or Wing Voyager's Winger Spartan).
Homage: GoZyuRex borrows heavily from Godzilla, just like Dragon Caesar.
Its tail drill is pure Dragon Caesar, but its body shape is much more like that of the Tyrannosaurus Shugoju.
One Mecha Army: Manages to, along with Gokai-Oh and the Legend Mecha, completely destroy a Zangyack invasion fleet bigger than the one from the Legend War, which took an entire army of Sentai Mecha and then the Super Sentai sacrificing their powers to destroy.
Time Travel: It travels back in time from the year 3000 every time Gokai Silver needs it. In the Timeranger tribute episode, Domon tells them to use the Time Yellow Key, which lets them go back one year to the timeframe of Epic on Ginmaku.
Engine no. 13, the son of Speedor and BearRV. A hybrid of a falcon and an F1 racecar, he ultimately helps the Gokaigers completely unlock the Go-Onger Greater Power. He also combines with both GokaiOh and GoZyuJin using the Gokaigers' own Greater Power into Kanzen (Complete) GokaiOh.
Authority Equals Asskicking: He manages to completely fend off Marvelous and Gai's attacks at the same timewhile sitting down. It takes Gai using Gold Mode to force him out of his chair. Obviously you don't get to be the Zangyack Emperor for nothing.
Boring, but Practical: He doesn't have any amazing fancy abilities — just a Sword Beam, fireball launchers in his shoulders, and excellent sword skills. He still gives the Gokaiger quite a run for their money.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: When he arrives in #41 and sees how the Gokaiger are strong enough to have held off the fleet so far, he says to hell with the Monster of the Week thing and starts preparing for a full-scale invasion. While MOTWs still show up, Akudos doesn't have anything to do with them.
Death of a Thousand Cuts: What his demise amounts to. He can shrug off most of the Gokaiger's attacks easily, even Finishing Moves, but they just keep up the onslaught until he finally gets worn down enough to finish off.
Foreshadowing: The Zangyack coat-of-arms has his visage. In #34 we get a close-up of what Zagin bills look like, which also have his face on them. Warz's flashback in #37 shows him on screen, though obscured by lighting, for the first time.
Four-Star Badass: In the finale, he finally gets off his throne...and proceeds to beat down Marvelous and Gai in Gold Mode.
Of course, during the finale, he easily deflects Marvelous and Gai's attacks at the same time while he's still sitting on his throne.
Rasputinian Death: He survives: Being trapped in the Gigant Horse as it blows up; being pinned to the main console as it blows up; getting hit by a Gokai Supernova & Slash; getting hit with the powers of every single Super Sentai plus a Gokai Legend Crash; an attack by the six Gokaiger all in Super Modes; and a brand-new Final Wave, the Gokai Shooting Slash. After all that, it takes the team literally shoving the Galleon Buster into his gut and firing it point-blank to kill him. You can definitely understand why they didn't think he was gone at first.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: the Gokaigers lay the beatdown on him using an assortment of keys from practically all the Super Sentai teams, before being finally finished off with a point-blank Gokai Rising Strike.
Villainous Breakdown: Begins to undergo this when the final battle begins to turn against him, but really undergoes this after Gokai Silver slices his sword in half.
This Cannot Be!: "Impossible! I am the ruler of all the universe, the Zangyack Emperor, Akudos Gill!" Marvelous' response: "You can whine about it to your son in the afterlife!"
General Failure: One gets the very strong impression his position is purely because he's the Zangyack Emperor's son. He proves this wrong occasionally, however, as he is capable of conceiving of brilliant plans later in the series.
#37 reveals that the Emperor did send him as commander because the Super Sentai were Brought Down to Normal, thus Earth would be easier to conquer. Incidentally, he proceeds to become a Not-So-Harmless Villain right after revealing he knew this the entire time.
Humongous Mecha: Gets one called Great Warz as a gift from his father in #37. It lasts up until its destruction in #38.
Killed Off for Real: In #38. And in case you aren't convinced, the next episode's first scene is of a front page in a space newspaper with the headline reading in big bold letters that he's dead.
Laughably Evil: While he can get some nasty plans that even makes Damaras disgusted, he still can't escape from his childish, sometimes hilarious, antics.
Minor Injury Overreaction: In #11, his hand gets grazed by a shot from Marvelous and starts getting hysterical. Not much of a surprise, really...
Not-So-Harmless Villain: In #37, his dad sends him the Great Warz. He instantly tells Damaras off, having been aware the entire time Damaras was playing babysitter for him and playing dumb. He then successfully lures the Gokaiger into his trap and proceeds to effortlessly curbstomp them with the Great Warz. Even more impressive, he'd memorized Machalcon's attacks and dodged them!
Obfuscating Stupidity: #37 reveals he was playing dumb at least part of the time, as he knew Damaras was sent by his dad to be his babysitter. Considering he effectively lures the Gokaigers into a trap and had the foresight to prepare for Machalcon's attacks in preperation for the battle once he actually had the power to do something about it, he might not be nearly as stupid as he seemed...
Badass: Let's just say there's a reason he's called the strongest man in the universe.
Breaking the Bonds: he was a prisoner until #42, as soon as he was given by the emperor a second chance at the Gokaigers' heads, he not only does this, but destroys his cell as well. In other words, he could break out any time he wanted to.
Commander Contrarian: Ultimately subverted; while Warz (and the audience) suspected Damaras thanks to his actions in several episodes, he really was loyal and acted out of concern for Warz's well-being.
Never Got to Say Goodbye: A variation. Warz dies believing that Damaras hated him and thought him a fool; it turns out he was wrong and Damaras was loyal, but Warz never gave him the chance to explain.
Only Sane Man: He's the only one among the Zangyack command who seems to be taking the conquest of Earth seriously and often calls Warz Gill's plans out for being stupid.
Rasputinian Death: Both times! The first time he gets hit by a Final Wave from Gokai Red and Gokai Green, a Red Charge Rising Strike, and then a Green Charge Rising Strike. After growing to giant size, he gets hit by the individual attacks of each of the Legend Mecha and then with the Gokai Kanzen Super Burst. For the record, just the last one would probably normally be considered overkill!
Red Baron: Known as the "Strongest High Ranked Soldier".
And "The Strongest Man in Space".
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In #42, he's given the chance to get revenge for Warz Gill's death. The first thing he does is track down Basco and (after kicking his ass) tell him "You're going to help me get those pirates or else". The second thing he does is completely and totally own all six Gokaiger at the same time. The episode ends with him dragging Marvelous off, saying that he'll suffer a thousand times the humiliation Damaras suffered for Warz's death.
Make My Monster Grow: She invented the Monster Grower machine. Ironically, she doesn't have this happen to her, using a giant mecha first, then facing the Gokaigers personally after it's destroyed. She just gets destroyed by the Gokaigers but isn't grown.
Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason you only ever see three Sugormin at once (except in scenes that use greenscreening) is because Toei only had three suits made. The same is apparently true for the Dogormin, who only appear in pairs.
Badass Normal: As shown in episode 20, he can fight evenly with a transformed Marvelous without the Ranger Keys.
Turns out he's not so normal in episode 31. His true form is a monstrous body covered in red armor, with enough power to own the Gokaigers singlehandedly.
Big Bad Wannabe: Is a very big threat on his own, but the Zangyack Empire is still the biggest threat around. Even after he breaks ties with them, he's still defeated before they are. Meta-wise, it's subverted, where Basco is also a highly competent Knight of Cerebus who is Dangerously Genre Savvy, so the threat he gives out feels bigger as the Gokaiger usually treats other Zangyack Action Commanders like "Nothing special".
Breaking Speech: In #48, he tells Marvelous that Aka Red didn't care about the Greatest Treasure in the Universe, he just wanted to give the Ranger powers back to the Earthlings so they could protect that Insignificant Little Blue Planet, and he risked their lives to do so. He says "I didn't betray the Red Pirates, it was Aka Red who was going to betray us from the start. Marvelous retorts that he doesn't care; he's a Gokaiger, and anyone who gets in the way of their dreams is going down — even if it's Aka Red.
Catch Phrase: Tends to say "Yoroshikuu~!" and "Jaa ne!" to our heroes a lot - it helps that Kei Hosogai's Surprisingly Good English tends to leak into his Japanese accent, making his delivery stand out more. Also, whenever the Gokaigers (normally Marvelous) say they are going to defeat him, he responds with "Dekiru ka nā?" ("I wonder if you can?").
Usually right before a victory (for him) or a turning point in his favor: "In order to get something, you have to give something up."
Kei Hosogai's Surprisingly Good English is actually not so surprising, because he spent most of his childhood in Washington State (including graduating from high school there), with a few years spent in Hawaii as well.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays AkaRed and the Red Pirates, and will probably betray everyone else for his own gain. He also betrays and literally backstabs Damaras, which contributes to the latter's demise and also severing his ties with the Zangyack.
In #47, he betrays his only friend left, Sally.
The Dandy: While all the space pirates have a unique sense of fashion, the hat and feathers make Basco look a little flouncy even compared to the others. Also, while he isn't exactly averse to a battle, he does tend to let Sally and the droids do most of the heavy lifting.
Enemy Summoner: He can creates clones of any ranger with his trumpet by using their Ranger Keys.
Equivalent Exchange: His personal philosophy is "You can't gain something without giving something else up". He gave up his friends in the Red Pirates in order to work with Zangyack, and later sacrificed Sally in order to steal the Galleon, Ranger Keys, and Navi.
Evil Counterpart: He's pretty much Marvelous without morality, honor, or trust in anyone.
Expy: Through his fighting style, near trolling tendencies and the nature of the show, it's easy to say he's one to Kaitou/Kamen Rider Diend. However, unlike Daiki, he's quite devoid of redeeming qualities.
Faux Affably Evil: He may show empathy in his mannerisms, as well as him using the pet name "Marvey-chan" for Marvelous. But trust us, Basco's anything BUT a nice guy.
Go Out with a Smile: When his betrayal of Sally backfires fatally, he has a moment of shock - and then can't stop himself grinning.
Human Aliens: Subverted. His true form is a Zangyack-like monster.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In his final duel with Marvelous, what ends up saving Marvelous's life is... a piece of the bomb necklace that he had put on Sally as part of The Plan in the previous episode. Granted that Basco was already pretty much dead at that point, but it prevented the Goukaiger's victory from turning pyrrhic.
Marvelous used Basco's own sword to pin him down for the final blow as well.
I Am Not Left-Handed: After losing his keys to the Gokaigers a second time, he reveals his true form, a form that, according to his claims, scared even Akared. There's a reason why he had a 3 million Zagin bounty on his head, and it's not because he cooked meals for the Red Pirates.
Invincible Villain: Whenever it looks like the Gokaiger have him against the wall, he finds some way out of it. Marv has to pull a borderline Taking You with Me stunt to finish him off.
It's All About Me: This pretty much defines him. He's willing to do just about anything to get what he wants.
Knight of Cerebus: He's the first villain to truly give the Gokaigers a hard time, and he's more brutal and underhanded than anything the Zangyack had thrown at the Gokaigers so far. So, plots that involve him have a higher degree of seriousness than the ones where the pirates go against the Zangyack.
#39, however, shows he does have some degree of sympathy towards Sally, when he saves it from being finished off by Gokai Red and Gokai Silver. Though that may have simply been Pragmatic Villainy, considering he can't summon his Monsters of the Week without her.
#47 confirms the latter, where he flat-out blows up Sally in a Batman Gambit.
Near Villain Victory: Manages to defeat the Gokaiger, steal all their Ranger Keys, steal their home base, and come very close to getting the Greatest Treasure In The Universe. If it weren't for Navi delaying him and alerting the Gokaigers to his location, he would've won.
Oh, Crap: Has this reaction for the first time when his Gokaiger Ranger Key clones are revealed to be the real ones, now with their guns pointed right at him. He has another one later on when Marvelous turns out to be alive, meaning he's not only dead, he failed to take Marvelous with him.
One-Winged Angel: Reveals that he can transform into an armoured creature not unlike the Zangyack, and utterly curb stomps the Gokaigers
Pet the Dog: Shows concern for Sally and even blocks a Final Wave meant for him/her/it. Though it's also quite possible he still needs her for his Monsters of the Week. Horrifically subverted when he blows her up in episode 47 without any remorse whatsoever.
Refuses to kill the Gokaigers, not because he cares about them, but because it will be a lot easier to get all the Ultimate Powers from them than it would be to hunt down the different Sentai teams one by one. This results in a very interesting situation in episodes 42-43, wherein Sally actually quickly grabs them away from the explosion that allegedly consumed them, and he literally backstabs Damaras. This is also because he needs the Gokaigers alive in order to steal the Ultimate Powers they've already obtained.
The Worf Effect: Gets utterly curbstomped by Damaras in #42 to show off the latter's power.
Would Hurt a Child: Has absolutely no qualms about threatening a child's life in an attempt to force Matsuri Tatsumi to hand over her Great Power. And he was entirely willing to go through with it if Ahim hadn't switched places with Matsuri to trick him.
Again in #39, where he plants bombs throughout Moroboshi High School and threatens to blow the building up unless Kenta hands over Megaranger's Grand Power. The Gokaigers, with the help of the students, manage to stop it.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted. After the Gokaigers destroy his last two Pseudo-Lifeforms, he instantly tells Sally that now that she's out of their Monsters of the Week, she's no longer worth keeping around, opening fire on her pointblank. It turns out this was a Batman Gambit to try and get the Gokaiger's Ranger Keys. Double Subverted when its revealed his backup plan involved blowing her up to wound Marvelous.
Heroic Sacrifice: In a Death Equals Redemption moment, she stuffs the bomb that Basco planted on her chest compartment when Marvelous tried to pull it off of her, containing the blast enough to save his life.
Morality Pet: to Basco. Until he eventually blows her up without any remorse.
The spirit of the Red Warriors who appeared in BoukengerVS Super Sentai. First appears in episode 2 in a flashback where it is shown that he gave Captain Marvelous the chest containing the Ranger Keys and Navi before running off to fight the Zangyack, implying that he died in battle. It is later revealed he was captain of the Red Pirates, searching for the Ranger Keys across the universe with Marvelous and Basco under his wing.
Leader of the Gorangers. Appears in episode 1 in-suit, and both in and out of suit in 199 Heroes. He also appears during the end credits of the final episode regaining his Ranger Key and transforming into his former Ranger identity.
Revenge: Tells Warz Gill that he's only out to destroy the Gokaigers (and the Super Sentai legacy as a whole) for revenge, and that once he's done, the Earth will be left at the mercy of the Zangyack. Of course, that is, if BCK is going to keep his word...
Leader of the Magirangers, the Magician of the Red. First appears at the end of episode 2 and then in episode 3, where he tests Marvelous and Don's courage. After passing, Kai accepts the Gokaigers as worthy users of the Magiranger's power.
Continuity Nod: His hair maintains the red streaks from the end of Magiranger.
Leader of the Hades Gods, one of the enemies of the Magirangers. Appears prominently as one of the revived villains in 199 Heroes.
Bad Boss: His reaction to all his mooks suddenly turning into illusions of the Gokaigers and Goseigers is to start tearing through them hunting for the real things. This ends up being his downfall, as the real things were waiting for the right moment to get him.
Banban "Ban" Akaza/Deka Red | Actor: Ryuuji Sainei
Leader of the Dekaranger's earth branch until his promotion to the Fire Squad in the Dekarange finale. Appears at the end of episode 5 to clear the Gokaigers of the Zangyack's charges of piracy on them.
Anime Hair: Surprisingly averted this time around, as his hair is no longer spiky.
An ESPer and an officer of the SPD earth branch. Appears at the beginning of episode 5 to arrest Captain Marvelous for his crimes of piracy. However, he escapes, at which point, Jasmine contacts Doggie Kruger.
Fair Cop: Still looks as good as she did in the original series. Marvelous even takes the time to call her "pretty" while escaping from the police station.
Koume "Umeko" Koudou/Deka Pink | Actress: Mika Kikuchi
Jasmine's main partner in SPD. Appears in 199 Heroes, along with their Team Pet, Murphy.
Commander of the SPD's earth unit. Appears in episode 5 to apprehend Marvelous. At first, Kruger does not trust Marvelous, but after he saves him from Buramudo when he was injured saving Marvelous, Kruger sees him as an honorable warrior, lets Marvelous go and accepts the Gokaigers as worthy users of the Dekaranger's power. He also makes two more appearances: a voiceless cameo in 199 Heroes, during the Black Cross King's speech, and in the end credits of the final episode, where he salutes the Gokaigers alongside Signalman after regaining his Ranger Key.
Badass Normal: Fought without using his Deka Master suit. And actually having the upper hand.
Genre Savvy: Guessing that the Captain will break his cuffs on the D-Sword Vega right off the bat.
Unofficial leader of the Gekirangers, the "Unbreakable Body". Appears in episode 7, where he is seen teaching kenpo to a group of young students at a park. When Don and Ahim come across him, Ahim asks him to teach her his ways, to which he accepts. When asked to join, Don at first declines, but after realizing how strong the other 3 Gokaigers are, he decides to join Ahim. After the two get a distress call, Jan tells the two that their training is over. Before leaving, Don and Ahim are told by one of the students of Jan's tenure as Geki Red and how he was raised by tigers.
Actually, I Am Him: Don and Ahim train under him yet did not know his true identity until told by Jan's students.
Crunchtastic: Still uses his "Jan-ish" words. Most notably "Nikiniki" and "Wakiwaki".
The Gekiranger's mentor, Grand Master of the Geki Jū Felis-Ken and leader of the Seven Kensai. Appears at the end of episode 7 to ask Jan if there was any more he wanted to teach the Gokaigers, to which he says they'll be able to learn the rest on their own.
Leader of the Gaorangers. Appears in episode 9, where he tells the Gokaigers that his former Power Animal partner, Gao Lion, will not ally itself with a group of pirates. After tending to Ahim's injuries from the Zangyack's attack, Kakeru reveals his Gao Red identity to her and Don. After the Gokaigers defeat Bowser, Gao Lion accepts the Gokaigers as heroes and joins forces with them. At the end, Kakeru wishes his old partner luck in the upcoming battles against the Zangyack.
Call to Agriculture: Inverted. Kakeru was a veterinarian well before the events of Gaoranger, and merely went back to that life.
The original Gao Lion, Gao Red's Power Animal partner, who fought alongside the Gaorangers. After the Gokaigers stumble across him, he is at first hostile to them, until they prove themselves and he decides to lend them his power. He combines with GokaiOh to become GaoGokaiOh, a formation similar to GaoKentaurus, and then later recieves the ability to form ShinkenGokaiOh, similar to ShinkenOh, from the Shinkenger Ranger Keys.
Composite Character: He doubles as the mecha representative for both Gaoranger and Shinkenger, subbing in for Shishi Origami from the latter.
The Samurai of Wood. Appears (out of suit) in 199 Heroes during the Legend War.
Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold | Actor: Keisuke Sohma
The Samurai of Light and Sixth Ranger to the Shinkengers. Appears (out of suit) in 199 Heroes during the Legend War.
Kaoru Shiba/Lady Shinken Red | Actor: Runa Natsui
The 18th head of the Shiba Clan and the Samurai of Fire. Appears in episodes 11 & 12, where she demands that the Gokaigers return the Shinkenger Keys, willing to fight for them if she has to. However, after seeing the teamwork and bond the Gokaigers share, she changes her mind and gives to Joe a Double Hiden Disk.
The Strategist of the Gedoushu. Appears in episode 40, where his death at the hands of the Gokaigers in Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger is reenacted, though this time with an explanation as to how and why the Gokaigers met him in the first place.
Leader of the Carrangers. Appears in episode 14, where after the Legend War, he became an actor, doing shows to teach children about traffic safety. He has a hard time getting the interests of the audience with only himself, so he asks the Gokaigers for help.
The 34th Super Sentai team, formed in 2010. As the Gokaiger's immediate predecessors, all 6 of them appear in 199 Heroes. They steal back the keys containing their powers from the Gokaigers, but join forces to battle an army of revived villains.
The Dark Chick of the Matrintis. Appears in episode 40 in a time period before the Matrintis made official contact with the Goseigers, where she tests a prototype Zan-KT unit with a mission to destroy the shrine the Gokaigers have been ordered to protect.
An acrobat from Denziman. Appears in 199 Heroes. He also appears in Gokaiger vs. Gavan, where he tells the Gokaigers that using his Ranger Key with the Battle Kenya Key will allow them to enter the Makuu Space Prison.
Leader of the Biomen, an air force pilot. Appears in 199 Heroes. Also has a voice-only role in Super Hero Taisen, in which he cheers on the Gokaigers, specifically Gai, to stop Silva.
Bio/Rider Hunter Silva | Actor: Kazuo Hayashi
The robot that was built to hunt down anything with Bio Particles in it and destroy it, which escalated to insanity before he was destroyed by the Biomen. Marvelous rebuilds him as a member of Dai-Zangyack and renames him Rider Hunter Silva in Super Hero Taisen. He takes over as the main Sentai antagonist after the two villain groups turn on their leaders. With Red One watching, the Gokaigers destroy him using OOO's powers.
Ax-Crazy: Except now he's out to kill all riders. And all Sentai.
Big Bad: Of Super Hero Taisen, along with Narutaki.
Breakout Character: He had a minor role in Bioman, but due to his popularity, he is the Dragon and one of the true Big Bads for the Sentai villains.
Satoru Akashi/Bouken Red | Actor: Mitsuomi Takahashi
Leader of the Boukengers, the Fiery Adventurer. Appears (out of suit) in 199 Heroes during the Legend War. He also appears in episode 21 of the series, where he asks the Gokaigers to help him look for a Precious called the Heart of Hades.
Badass Normal: Even without his powers, Chief is still an adventurer.
Continuity Nod: He mentions that he gave the Gokaigers the Boukenger's greater power and his jacket still has the Acellular pocket without the Acellular.
Ryuuwon | Voice Actor: Junpei Morita
Creator of the Jaryuu Clan, one of the enemies the Boukengers faced. Appears in episode 21, where he is revived by the Heart of Hades.
Water Pollution Minister Kegaleshia | Actress: Nao Oikawa
One of the main antagonists of the Go-Ongers. She appears in The Flying Ghost Ship, and later becomes a prisoner of the Zangyack in Gokaiger vs. Gavan.
Heel-Face Turn: tells the Gokaigers that the reason why they were in the Makuu Prison was because they renounced their evil ways, and the Zangyack weren't happy about it. In fact, the last time Kegalesia and her cohorts appeared (during Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger) you could argue that they have already made their turn.
Eleventh Hour Ranger to the Abarangers. Appears in episode 18 in Gai's dream, alongside Dragon Ranger and Time Fire, where he gives him the Gokai Cellular and the Gokai Silver key after approving of the Heroic Sacrifice he did.
The 24th Super Sentai team, formed in 3000 note keeping with the in-universe nature, but active in 2000.
Domon/Time Yellow | Actor: Shuhei Izumi
Fighter, womanizer and an officer of the Time Protection Department. Appears in episode 40, where he sends the Gokaigers on a mission back in time to October 2nd, 2010, to defend a shrine that will be destroyed on that date with claims of a greater power to be obtained there.
Foreshadowing: The Greater Power he promised the Gokaigers? It wasn't a lie.
Hologram: The method through which he contacts the Gokaigers.
Leader of the Gingamen. Appears in episode 20, where he saves the Gokaigers (sans Marvelous and Gai) from a hard fall after their defeat by Basco's lackeys. At the end, Ryouma says that while he finds it strange to have Space Pirates as a Super Sentai team, he accepts them because of their heroism.
The Cameo: Just like Ban, he got less screentime than Hyuuga.
Continuity Nod: He finds the idea of a space pirate Sentai team strange because the Gingamen's enemies were...space pirates.
Hyuga/Black Knight | Actor: Teruaki Ogawa
Sixth Ranger to the Gingamen and Ryouma's older brother. Appears in episode 20, where he is attacked by Basco trying to obtain the Gingaman's greater power from him. After Gai takes him to safety, Hyuuga offers to take over the role of Gokai Silver from Gai, believing he lacked the confidence to protect the earth.
Helicopter pilot and member of the Go Go Five team. Appears during the end credits of the final episode saluting the Gokaigers after regaining his Ranger Key.
Matsuri Tatsumi/Go Pink | Actress: Kayoko Shibata
Paramedic and member of the Go Go Five team. Appears in episode 23, where she is attacked by Basco trying to obtain the Go Go Five's greater power from her.
Sadistic Choice: Confronted with one by Basco - give him her team's great power, or let the child she's trying to rescue die. As per her team's philosophy, she's willing to give up the power, but Luka and Ahim are on hand to come up with a third option.
A mechanical ninja summoned from the Hurricaneger's Karakuri Balls, who allowed the Hurricanegers and Goraigers to combine their mecha. Like Gao Lion, he is the original character (with some changes) and thus qualifies as a returning character.
Backup from Otherworld: He didn't come back to help the Gokaiger, but the original Jetman to prevent them from being pulled into the fight. Despite being dead, he's more than capable of fighting and can even transform into Black Condor.
Chess with Death: He is at the beginning playing a card game with a woman who is later implied to be God. Dialogue suggests that winning the hand is apparently what allows him to leave the bar.
Continuity Nod: Gai sits on the same bench where he died in the end of Jetman, and mentions how beautiful the sky is, which were some of his last words.
Expy: As per the original Jetman, Gai is based off of Joe the Condor from Gatchaman.
Grave Marking Scene: It's shown that his former teammates have recently left presents by his graveside (including an Ako-chan noodle cup), implying that they still visit it regularly.
I Just Want to Be Normal: More "I Just Want My Friends To Be Normal", part of the reason he returns to Earth is to keep the Gokaigers from drawing his teammates away from their normal lives.
This also has a subtle Call Back and Fridge Brilliance to the non-canon Jetman manga, when in the beginning, Ryuu mentioned that he felt that Gai is watching over the Jetmen from the skies, protecting them. Turns out he REALLY is.
I See Dead People: The Gokaiger, the Monster of the Week and the Gormins see and interact with him as normal, but Gai Ikari just sees them talking to and flailing around at empty air. When he learns who they're speaking with, he's very upset that he's missing the chance to meet another legendary Ranger and theorizes that only he was unable to see him because he's an Earthling while everyone else is of alien nature.
Mundane Afterlife: Gai's heaven is apparently a jazz club where he gets to sit and play poker with a beautiful woman (who is none other than God - or at least, how s/he appears to him) for all eternity. He seems quite happy with it.
A wild child from the Battle Fever team. Appears in episode 44, where he acts as Santa Claus. He also appears in Gokaiger vs. Gavan, where he tells the Gokaigers that using his Ranger Key with the Denzi Blue Key will allow them to enter the Makuu Space Prison.
The Cameo: Only appears in two scenes of the Christmas Episode, and you don't realize it's him until the very end, being the most blink-and-miss of the sentai legends, but worry not: he gets more screentime in Gokaiger vs. Gavan.
Speaks Fluent Animal: Shiro can talk to animals, and his appearances in Gokaiger show him hanging around with a panda (well, more like a guy in a panda suit, but still...).
Ally to the Kakurangers and a former pupil of the Sanshinshou. Appears in episodes 45 & 46.
Deader than Dead: A bit of Ascended Fridge Horror, since the Gokaigers discussed that this would have been his fate if Domon hadn't sent the Gokaigers to the past and protected Negakure Temple. That, or...
Forgot About His Powers: In Kakuranger, he was capable of growing giant-size on his own to fight alongside the mecha. In #46, the Kakuranger Grand Power is needed to make him giant, and he never changes into Samuraiman.
Of course, the monster didn't call him "Blue Squirt"...
Sixth Ranger: To the Kakurangers, which made his absence during the Legend War rather peculiar (especially after 199 Heroes revealed that some of the other oddball heroes, such as Signalman and Zubaan, also participated in the battle - his absence was explained in-series, however; see What the Hell, Hero?).
Takayuki Hiba/Vul Eagle II | Actor: Takayuki Godai
Second leader of the Sun Vulcan. Appears in episode 49 to formally give the Sun Vulcan's Greater Power to the Gokaigers. He also appears during the end credits of the final episode saluting the Gokaigers after regaining his Ranger Key.
Music teacher, kung fu expert and member of the Fivemen. Appears in episode 49 to formally give the Fiveman's Greater Power to the Gokaigers. She also appears during the end credits of the final episode regaining her Ranger Key.
Characters appearing in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger The Movie The Flying Ghost Ship
The main villain of The Flying Ghost Ship. Los Dark is a ghost who plans to revive himself using the souls of the living, in order to become a living being so he can use the Eye of the Gods, an item that can grant any wish.
Back from the Dead: His ultimate goal; since he's dead, he can't use the Eye of the Gods, so lures people to the ghost ship so he can steal their life energy and revive himself.
Evil Knockoff: Pilots a copy of Gokai-Oh, complete with an eyepatch, a hook hand, a different chest cannon, and a Badass Cape.
Characters appearing in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie
Retsu Ichijouji/Gavan | Actor: Kenji Ohba
The first of the Space Sheriffs and Metal Heroes, established in 1982. He attempts to bring the Gokaiger in for piracy, only to end up fighting alongside them against the Zangyack. In the past, he saved Marvelous as a child.
Badass Grandpa: 30 years later, he's still badass enough to take on Gormin while untransformed.
So Proud of You: Upon recognizing Marvelous as a kid from his past, Retsu is happy at how he turned out, even though Marvelous' chosen career is a Space Pirate.
The main villain of Gokaiger vs. Gavan, who disguised himself as Gavan's superior, Commander Weaver, in order to take over the Space Police. In reality, is a member of the Zangyack, and a relative of Don Horror, the leader of the former Makuu Crime Synduicate that was destroyed by Gavan.
Blood Magic: plans to stimulate Don Horror's blood in his veins by torturing Gavan in order to expand Makuu Space to cover the whole universe.
The 36th Super Sentai team, formed in 2012. As is customary since Shinkenger, they make an Early-Bird Cameo in at least one of the movies of the previous Super Sentai team before the versus crossover. Though their live actors do voice them, they only appear in-costume in the movie.