Kouji: I always thought people doesn't think with their head. They think with their heart. (Shin Mazinger Zero)
Kouji: Grandpa's murder... All the people who have been hurt... Japan's peace trampled... All because of Dr. Hell... This time, for sure... This time, I'll destroy Dr. Hell for good! (Great Mazinger)
Koji Kabuto (Kabuto Kôji), also written as Kouji Kabuto, is a fictional character featured in the works of manga artist Go Nagai. He is the main character of the Super Robot series Mazinger Z and pilots the title robot. He reappears in the sequel Great Mazinger and helps battle the Mikene Empire. He also features in UFO Robo Grendizer as Duke Fleed's friend and sidekick/The Lancer.Kouji was a Ordinary High School Student who lived with his little brother Shiro and his grandfather Juzo after their parents' death. All of it changed when he was sixteen and his grandfather was murdered by Dr. Hell. Dr. Kabuto revealed Mazinger Z to him and requested him to save the world from Dr. Hell. Kouji vowed he would avenge his grandfather's death and fulfill his last wish.Kouji was an atypical main character back then: although he was a mostly good person, he might be rude, insensitive and even somewhat of a jerkass when he was angry, sexist and the poster boy for Idiot Hero given his tendencies to be loudmouthed, talking without thinking, acting BEFORE and INSTEAD of thinking and being very hotheaded and stubborn. However he was also compassionate, caring, friendly, self-sacrificing, cared greatly for his friends and fought for them-– even though he constantly teased Sayaka and Boss— and he was utterly hot-blooded.His character evolved and developed somewhat along the series. His blatant sexism and his impulsive tendencies mellowed down a bit (it is telltale in Great Mazinger he was the one recommended using planning and strategy for fighting the Mykene when Tetsuya wanted nothing else than blowing them up to pieces). He also grew up and matured, and his main motivation to fight Dr. Hell became protecting people instead of petty revenge. Although he refused giving up, he was more willing to follow orders and retreat to reevaluate the situation and fight back than his successor, Tetsuya. However, in the Mazinger Z vs Great General of Darkness movie he refused giving up and backing down, even though he knew he could not win.He is voiced by veteran seiyuu Hiroya Ishimaru and has appeared in many other series. He is considered one of the stalwarts of the Japanese-exclusive strategy games the Super Robot Wars and appears in nearly every incarnation note Only not appearing in Original Generation and UX. In Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen, his voice is played by Kenji Akabane.
Accidental Kiss: During a Space Route Scenario in Shin Super Robot Wars, Sayaka shows Koujithe completed Jet Scrander, which brings Kouji to tears with joy. He plants a happy kiss right on Sayaka's lips. Stunned, she half-yells at him and demands to know what the heck he's thinking, but it's clear that he's mostly thinking about finally being able to fly. Sayaka hastily tells him she understands how he feels, and manages to prevent him from kissing her too many more times.
Accidental Pervert: In the Mazinger vs Great General of Darkness movie, Kouji went in the bathroom right when Sayaka was taking a shower. After getting a Armor-Piercing Slap he apologized and swore it was an accident (although he was half-smirking as he told so).
Attack! Attack! Attack!: He falls into this sometimes, when he is facing a Mechanical Beast several times stronger than Mazinger and still he refuses retiring or playing defensive. However, he still is able to think strategically, come up with plans quickly, and every so often you can talk him into leaving the battlefield, so he is not the biggest offender in the series (that one would be Tetsuya).
Badass and Child Duo: His little brother usually hangs around him. Needless to say, threaten Shiro and the pain you will feel will depend on whether Kouji is or is not riding his Humongous Mecha in the time.
Big Eater: Kouji is occasionally shown to be one. Hell, in the Mazinkaizer movie, he eats about ten times as much as the rest of the table combined (yes, those dishes are all his◊) before insisting that he's still hungry.
Big "NO!": Kouji screams one when his grandfather dies.
Calling Your Attacks In Gratuitous English: Koji's most famous trait (and indeed, his legacy) is his habit of yelling out weapon names before using them. His most famous battle cries, "Rocket Punch!" (that sent one or both of Mazinger's forearms flying at a foe), "Breast Fire!" (which activated the red heat sinks on Mazinger's chest, melting most enemies to slag) and "Majin Go!" are well-known in Japan, even by people who have never watched Mazinger before. This has since become the trademark of Super Robot pilots everywhere.
The only ones that averted this were the Photon Beam, spoken in Japanese as "Koushiryoku Beam", Great Wheel Rocket Punch (Daisharin Rocket Punch), and the Freeze Ray (Reitou Beam).
Chef of Iron: In original Manga. He is shown on screen to be the one that cooks for his household breakfast. It is also implied that his cooking is pretty good no matter how ridiculous it is (his croquette is huge (Sayaka said it's a Mazinger class croquette referring to its size) and can shoot Rust Tornado (Unleash wind when cut) and Rocket Punch (launch a part of it when its cut, directly to Shiro's mouth), and of course he kicks ass in battle.
Combat Pragmatist: Like you wouldn't believe. In his first appearance, in which he just received Mazinger, his fight is filled by abusing the fact that Mazinger really IS invincible (at least for that point). During his second appearance, he is not above tricking his opponent to think that he gives up the fight only to kick ass. And he does this several time during the course of the series.
Distaff Counterpart: In the Mazinger Angels Z manga (a sequel to Mazinger Angels, a Charlie's Angels parody starring the female main characters of the Mazinger trilogy, with countless ShoutOuts to other Go Nagai works), Kouji's role was given to Kikunosuke Abashiri, a character of Abashiri Ikka, an early manga from Go Nagai.
Drives Like Crazy: Kouji is a not a bad driver. Oh, no. In fact, when he drives he is the only person on the road is absolutely safe. He is a Badass Biker believes traffic regulations are mere suggestions, limit speed is a myth and bikes were made to pull crazy stunts with them.
In Tranzor Z, Koji was named Tommy Davis, which was somewhat confusing as he was unrelated to the counterparts of Sayaka Yumi and her father, whose last names were also Davis. He was voiced by Gregg Berger in the dub.
When Grendizer was shown in the United States as part of Force Five, Koji's name was Lance Hyatt.
Italian translators never identified Kabuto as the same character in Grendizer and in the Mazinger series. In the Italian version of Grendizer (broadcast for first in Italy), Koji was called Alcor; in Mazinger Z, Ryo Kabuto; in Great Mazinger, Koji Kabuto. As a result, many in Italy thought that the heroes of Japanese cartoons all looked alike. In the Italian version of Mazinkaiser, he was called Koji Kabuto again.
The same confusion took place in France: he was called Alcor in the French version of Grendizer (from which the Italian one was taken), and Koji in the French version of Mazinger Z (which was broadcast much later in France).
The same kind of confusion took place in Arabic speaking nations: While he was still called Koji in the Arabic version of Grendizer, he was called Maher in the Arabic version of Mazinger Z that was translated after Grendizer's success in the Middle East.
And in Spain he was called Carlos Caribe in the Grendizer dub, despite of he was not renamed in the Mazinger Z dub.
Genius Ditz: Unlike many similar hot-heads, Koji is actually exceptionally bright when he allows himself to think things through. This is demonstrated both in the Mazinger Z series, when at least twice he had to completely disable mechanical beasts with hostages inside (one of them being Sayaka's disabled cousin, Yuri); and in the Grendizer series, where he builds his flying saucer all by himself and later develops the Cyclone Beam. He is also an excellent shot (demonstrated in the Mazinkaiser VS Ankoku Dai Shogun movie when he shoots Archduke Gorgon in both his tiger head and human head with one shot).
It should be noted, that Koji is sent to America in Great Mazinger to study, so he can become a scientist since Kenzo, Koji's father mentions that he has the scientist blood of Kabuto inside him. So, it's pretty much hereditary.
Ham-to-Ham Combat: In the Dynamic Heroes e-manga, Kouji fought the Great Marshall of Hell while riding Mazinger. It is noteworthy as it was, maybe, the first time in the history of the franchise Kouji and Dr. Hell faced each other as both were riding giant robots. Too bad it was a Curb-Stomp Battle.
Indy Ploy: He is able to think strategically and plotting strategies beforehand. However, given his rash, hotheaded nature, he is VERY prone to impulsively rush/leap/dive headfirst into a dangerous situation and figuring out along the way how he will walk out of it alive. These twopages of the "Mazinger Z: Relic of Terror" one-shot are a godd example:
Kouji: There's no choice but for me to go and take it back!
Sayaka: But you don't even know what the enemy is...!
Leeroy Jenkins: He is a mild case of this. In one hand, he never listens when someone tells him "Don't go", he is impulsive and hard-headed, falls into utterly DUMB, anybody-could-have-seen-it traps because he is too hasty and eager (a fact Kouji himself lampshades), and he is a Determinator has troubles to understand when quitting to fight. On the other hand, he IS capable of listen and follow instructions and plans, he is a Genius Ditz is good devising strategies on the fly, he is capable of deceiving the enemy and he understands sometimes is necessary and even good being stealth (although he is not very good at it, but at least he makes the attempt) or making a tactical retreat. And he is capable of acknowledging his mistakes (once he was forced to retreat. He was angry, but after The Professor Yumi explained the situation to him, he admitted he was wrong and apologized). In a nutshell, he shows some traits of the trope, but he has not let they get him killed.
Manly Tears: He has three VERY memorable tears moments. One is in the beginning, when his grandfather dies in his arms. The other two are in the Mazinkaiser vs. the General of Darkness, with Dr. Morimori's Heroic Sacrifice, and when he finally defeats ALL the Mikene Empire and tearfully screams "My dead friends... I AVENGED YOU ALL!"
Meaningful Name: Kabuto means "Helmet", and Kouji pilots his machine by attaching the Jet Pilder to its head.
Also, the word "Mazinger" is formed by kanji mean "god", "devil" and "pilot", meaning Mazinger may be a god saves the world or a devil destroys it depending on its pilot.
In episode 90, Dr. Hell fabricated a cyborg looked exactly like her and sent it to the Institute in order to wreak havoc while he made preparations for the final battle. Naturally, that stratagem caused much grief, especially to Shiro.
No Indoor Voice: Indoor Voice? What is that "Indoor Voice" stuff you speak of?
Char Aznable: But, if things continue this way, people's hatred will consume the very Earth itself. That's why I'm cutting through to the source of the problem. Kouji: Don't feed me that crap!! I've been listening to this from the start and all you've done is giving a bunch of complicated justifications!!
Kouji: : You! I won't let you spread war into space! Vindel: I won't let you say... that you don't know how much mankind evolved from war! Koji: It doesn't matter! Even if people like you still exist, I'll fight! I don't want to see anymore sad people, like Daisuke or Maria who lost their home planet! Maria: Kouji! Vindel: Your emotions are strong! Your machine is just a result of that! You have the power to become god or devil, why deny it!? Kouji: Gramps told me so! But, I'm the one who decides Mazinger can become a god or a devil! Kouji Kabuto! And this power... It's the power to defeat bastards like you!
10-Minute Retirement: Started -and ended- in episode 7. He quit cause a fight with Sayaka, but he decided to return when he found out the angry mobs were being manipulated by Ashura, a Beast -Ozones B3- was rampaging through the city, and Sayaka was fighting it.
Sayaka Yumi (Yumi Sayaka) is the main heroine of Go Nagai's manga and anime Mazinger Z.The daughter of Professor Yumi, director of the Photon Lab, she piloted Aphrodite A, a test prototype giant robot Yumi built. Her mother is deceased and she has a cousin (Yuri). Her father was not exactly cold and uncaring, but Sayaka realized that his first priority was his work, and sometimes she felt somewhat alone and craving for proving herself to him.She first met Kouji when he was rampaging through the valley (city in the original manga), taught him how to handle Mazinger Z (even though she was more than willing to hit him back after his robot accidentally kicked hers), and always fought alongside him.She was a bit hot-tempered and tomboyish, and had a habit of clashing with Kouji even though she had a romantic interest in him. She was usually tender and nice, but she was also somewhat prideful and just as hotheaded and hotblooded as Kouji, so his sexist, non-thoughtful, loudmouthed ways always managed to set her off. She was also quite jealous and she did not appreciate it when some beautiful woman (like Hitomi, Misato or Erika) was very familiar with Kouji (especially if Kouji looked like was enjoying the attention!).
Action Girl: She was one of the first female characters in the genre to regularly take an active role in battles and conflicts, rather than be relegated to the sidelines once fighting began or offering non-combat support. Her luck on the battlefield varied, however, with Mazinkaiser being the continuity where she was most unlucky.
First Girl Wins: She was the first girl introduced in the manga. In the anime she was the second female character introduced, though, but she was the first girl introduced that was a potential couple for Kouji (unlike Rumi who was an adult woman and was, well, dead).
In one of the ealier episodes Ashura manipulated the public to blame the people of the Institute for what Dr. Hell did. Kouji and Sayaka began to be harassed and insulted wherever they go, and Sayaka's father got hurt and put in a hospital bed when a mob threw stones at him. Sayaka was so shaken that she seriously considered stop fighting.
Later she has another when her Humongous Mecha, Aphrodite A, is destroyed. It's so bad that she almost kills herself by drowning, as she believes that Aphrodite is calling her from a nearby lake.
The Reliable One: She was hot-headed, but honestly, all could depend on her to have the work done.
10-Minute Retirement: Started -and ended- in episode 7. She quit because her father had been hurt by a mob of people -that they were trying to protect!-. However, her father encouraged her to keep fighting and not give up.
Secondary character Saijyo found out about it the hard way in episode 26. Shortly after beating up Kouji he found himself in the grip of a Humongous Mecha while Sayaka gave him a furious "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
What Could Have Been: Sayaka was to become the 4th spazer pilot in the mecha anime UFO Robo Grendizer, but character developer and co-plotter of the series, Shingo Araki, opposed Go Nagai and designed a new character that did not appear in the Grendizer manga: Maria Grace Fleed, younger sister to Grendizer main character Duke Fleed. Maria soon became a fan-favourite in the latter part of the series.
Shiro is Kouji's younger brother. He is a hardheaded, hot-tempered, enthusiastic and nosy ten years old kid. Most of the time, Shiro's role is to add some comic relief to the plot, being the voice of reason when Kouji is doing something dumb or dangerous, and often getting in trouble himself. He remains in Japan when Kouji departs at the beginning of Great Mazinger.His character acquires a bit more depth in Great Mazinger, as he becomes acquainted with his father Kenzo, who was previously thought to be dead. Toward the end of the series, Shiro finally bonds with Kenzo, who died shortly thereafter.
Badass Adorable: He could make some impressive feats when he wanted or needed. Once, the Professors Morimori, Sewashi and Nossori had been brainwashed by Baron Ashura to help him. Shiro beat the crap out of them. Agreed, they were brainwashed and they were older men; still, it was one single child against three adult men
Hurting Hero: He has it even worse than Kouji. Factors that in the sequels is was even more lonely due to Kouji always being busy in somewhere else.
I Miss Mom: Shiro lost his parents when he was barely a baby. He miss them -and his older brother Kouji in Great Mazinger-, but he mainly and badly misses his mother. How badly? The tile of an episode is "Shiro misses his mother" (at least in the Latin dubbing).
Why Don't You Marry It?: Kouji Kabuto has this thrown at him by his little brother after spending just a little too much time gushing over a new support unit for the Mazinger. Kouji's reply is along the lines of a not entirely sarcastic "maybe I will," much to the annoyance of Sayaka.
Wise Beyond His Years: He seems pretty mature for his age. Then again, maybe it is due to he constantly hangs around his brother, who is somewhat immature for his age.
More because he is forced to life on his own without a parents care. Juzo is implied to spent most of his time to build Mazinger Z, and Koji is handling the household jobs, and go to school, thus leaving him alone.
And let's not forget his supposedly dead father was too busy building Great Mazinger to take care of them AND tell them he was alive.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ohtake
Boss was a high school student attending Sayaka's old school. He first appeared as a bully with a huge crush on Sayaka and as Kabuto Kouji's rival at school. When Kouji moved to his school, he perceived him as a menace and challenged him. However, after their first fights, he quickly became a friend and ally, often scouting for Mazinger Z on his motorcycle, or getting into some sort of slapstick mischief. He was hot-tempered and hasty, but he also was a loyal friend (and his crush on Sayaka sometimes became cute).Later he built his own Humongous Mecha, Boss Borot, a quite strong but utterly useless robot made with garbage.He and his gang (Nuke and Mucha) were Tag-Along Brigade and Plucky Comic Relief characters in both Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger, and he showed up in two episodes of UFO Robo Grendizer. His cousin Misato was also a supporting character in Mazinger Z.
Acrofatic: Boss was pretty fat, but he could be fast when he wanted. Combine that with him being strong and sturdy, and he could deliver a good beating when he needed to on anyone (except Kouji, much to his chagrin and disgust).
Boss Can Breathe In Space According to Mazinger Z, the Boss Borot has an open-air cockpit. But when Mazinger Z appears in Super Robot Wars, the Boss Borot can normally be deployed in space just fine without apparent modifications. (It will perform like crap due to having a terrible rating for space combat, but in both Mazinger Z and Super Robot Wars the Boss Borot is a Joke Character anyways.)
This actually has a Justification: any mecha (not just Borot) that isn't airtight simply has the pilot wear a spacesuit.
In Neo Super Robot Wars (not to be confused with Super Robot Wars NEO) Boss Borot gets a spacesuit of sorts and the moniker Super Boss Borot to get around this. Boss Borot is also not usable in space at all in some of the classic SRW games, usually dealt with by removing it from your party for space levels rather than disallowing it.
Big Damn Heroes : Surprisingly, he does. It is Played for Laughs most of the time, but there's just too many situations that if he had not helped Koji, he would be done for.
Maybe the best example of it was the Mazinger vs Great General of Darkness movie: he blew Dante up, a monster that had seemed untouchable until that moment, and distraced the Mykene Robeasts for several seconds. It does not sound like much, but it does when you realize those extra seconds saved Kouji's life.
Butt Monkey: Often he was the target of many jokes and laughs.
And in the Great Mazinger tai Getter Robo movie, after destroying the monstruous Gilgilgan, Tetsuya and the Getter team shook their robots hands, congratulating themselves for their victory ... and then Boss Borot's head— the only partleft of it!— stumbled between them and remembered them angrily he also took part in the battle. Tetsuya and the Getter team laughed, and the former admitted their plan had worked thanks to him. Boss smiled, stating it was about time someone acknowledged his talent.
By the end of the original Manga, he actualy does have a chance, judging from how Sayaka acts in front of him however by this time, either he realized he has no chance (at first) or he already become such a good friend with Koji, that he doesn't care about it anymore.
And in Great Mazinger, to Jun. This time, on the other hand, is played painfully straight.
Made of Iron: He had to be to endure the punishment he did and come out of alive.
Magikarp Power: He is an example in the Super Robot Wars series. He starts off in a terrible machine with low stats and little value except a cheap repair cost. However, if you level him high enough (usually around 80) his subpilots Nuke and Mucha get a ton of incredibly useful spells for dirt cheap and his stats go through the roof. In addition by this time you'll usually have Mazinkaiser, which means that Boss can get out of his terrible machine and upgrade to Mazinger Z. The trick is that level 80 is absurdly high in a game series where the final bosses rarely get above the mid-70s. There are ways to level him up that high, but they're generally inefficient or a lot of trouble.
Boss: My nickname's Boss! Even the author doesn't know my real name!
That scene actually debuted in the original Manga, only shorter.
Boss: Kabuto's close friend Boss. Even the author doesn't know my real name.
Mecha Expansion Pack: Shin Super Robot Wars - Boss is about the only one whose machine wasn't somehow handed down by the family, but Kouji observes that the Boss Borot is mainly just in the way. Boss takes umbrage at this, but with his lackeys in tow he plans to one day build the Boss Borot into one hell of a machine. Later on, Mucha shows up piloting the Borot, claiming that he's taken it without telling Boss, entitled by all the hard work he put in. He's not too worried about reprisals from Boss, who is unlikely to be able to follow all the way to space, and has even installed a Map Weapon! It also turns out that the Boss Borot's map weapon, though powerful, is totally impossible to aim.
Only Sane Man: In episode 7, Sayaka is losing her will to fight and Kouji is playing Achilles in His Tent. Meanwhile Boss is trying to remember them over and again there IS one Mechanical Beast coming, and all of them will die if they don't fight back! Later Kouji and Sayaka are apologizing at each other and Shiro notes boss was the only was right in that situation.
Pluto Is Expendable: In Super Robot Wars W, Pluto has become all but forgotten (foreshadowed in a scene in which Boss can't even remember it's name), until it's revealed that the Big Bad's base is there. To make matters worse, one of the penultimate boss' attacks features it skewering the victim so hard they go through the planet and out the other side.
Spanner in the Works : The different Mazinger sagas would be so much more different had Boss not interfered with the baddies plans. To clarify:
In Mazinger Z, thanks to BrockenBall, Koji is able to rescue the kidnapped civilians. Not to mention the fact that in the same series, he saved Koji's life several times, gaining Koji's respect in the process. And in the Mazinger-Z versus Great General of Darkness, as a squad of Mykene Warrior Monsters are trashing Mazinger-Z he suddenly interfered. He only deterred them for several seconds, but those seconds were all that Tetsuya needed to intervene with Great Mazinger and save Kouji's life. And because Kouji did not die, he could help to save the world in Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer.
In Great Mazinger, if he would have not flirted with Jun and followed her when she was buying clothes, the good guys would be dead by the THIRD chapter.
In the Mazinkaiser movie, he pretty much saved the world (which at that point is a Crapsack World). The Mycene's plan to send one of their general to attack Koji while he is out of Mazinkaiser is completely foiled because Boss attacked the general with Boss Borot.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently Baron Ashura's mooks can't tell the difference between Boss in a helmet and one of their co-workers. The mooks that were assigned to guard him and Kouji specifically, no less.
Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he is the smartest and biggest Badass ever, the best biker around and a real ladies man, and people would pay for the chance to attend his birthday party (not joke. In episode 20 He tried to have his classmates paying for tickets. And he was shocked when all girls ran away from him screaming). Everyone else knows he is the Butt Monkey. Hence, when Kouji showed up, showing he was a real Badass, and a better biker and getting all girls -especially Sayaka- crazy over him right away, Boss understandably was not happy, and he constantly tried to showing Kouji up with very little success. He went so far to build his own -goofy-looking- Humongous Mecha using metal scraps and junk from a rubbish dump, and claimed it would replace Mazinger-Z itself. Tip: It did not.
Stay in the Kitchen: In Venus A first battle he got in the way of Jun several times. In one of them he stated "Girls must not fight". The ironic— and frustrating— part is he intervened right when Jun was gaining the upper hand, and because him, she could was unable to defeat the Warrior Beast.
Took a Level in Badass: While most of the time in Shin Mazinger they're there for the audience to have a laugh, he and his two lackeys, Mucha and Nuke (who are revealed to know martial arts), rescue Kouji from Baron Ashura's clutches. In the final battle they help out in their mecha, Boss Borot, by catching a freaking ICBM, stopping Baron Ashura him/herself from flattening the heroes, and pulling Mazinger out of the rubble of the city, enabling Kouji to fight. Boss also becomes Genre Savvy by the end: "Don't worry about us, we're the comic-relief characters who get blown up but still live!"
Dr. Yumi: If a ship sinks, its captain must sink together with it.
Professor Yumi is Sayaka's father as well as the director of the Phtoatomic Institute and Dr. Kabuto's pupil. Dr. Kabuto passed onto him his knowledge of Photon energy and Alloy Z, and Yumi later used that knowledge to build Aphrodite A, a prototype robot created to test the possibilities of both. Aphrodite never was created as a war mecha because Yumi was a pacifist who intended to use Photon enery and Japanium for peaceful goals.And then he found out that the Photon Institute was the target of villains who intended to use that technology to conquer the world. And his master had built the most powerful robot ever made to protect the place.Once Dr. Kabuto died, he took the Kabuto siblings in and led the good guys. Although he was a kind person, he mainly was aloof, serene and calculating, traits he needed to be a good scientist and leader. He was highly intelligent and capable of keeping calm during crisis, was willing to hear good advice and could come up with plans quickly. Nobody questioned his leadership –although Kouji undermined him constantly-, and everybody accepted his authority.Unfortunately he was not a very good father. His work in the Institute and the protection of the world were most important to him that anything, including family. Thus, he neglected Sayaka many times and he was missing when she needed him (the scene in the last episodes of Great Mazinger where he blatantly states he does not want her to sortie in Diana-A because he does not want her to get killed was a Crowning Momentof Heartwarming precisely because it).
Genre Savvy: He was pretty Genre Savvy. For example, he made sure they got spare parts for Mazinger-Z ready to be used in case of an emergency (during one battle Mazinger had lost his fists and they launched spare Rocket Punches at its location to help Kouji). In one episode he hesitated several persons were dead why their corpses were not found. And he memorized the plans for the Jet Scrander in case of they were stolen (and indeed, they were).
Married to the Job: He spends most part of the time working in the Photonic Energy Research Laboratory or traveling to meet with other scientists. He is a widower, and his daughter Sayaka practically has to twist his arm to force him to go home and have supper. Although she never called him out on it, many times she felt neglected and she regretted not only she was motherless but her father was too busy to be there for her when she needed him. However it may be sort of justified since her Prof. Yumi was trying to save the world.
Mr. Exposition: He is both The Professor and The Mentor, so he frequently explains to the characters -and the audience- plot points. He was the one guessed first what was Mazinger-Z and who had created it. He explained how Dr. Kabuto had discovered Photon Atomic power and Alloy-Z and built Mazinger-Z with them. He narrated how Dr. Kabuto met Dr. Hell and what happened in Bardos Island. He recognized Minerva-X and explained what she was and how she worked. He explained what were the Mykene and where they came from... And often during the series he explained what strategy the enemy or Kouji was using, how worked the Mechanical Beasts' weapons... or simply what kind of training Kouji was undergoing. In Mazinkaiser he retained that role (he recognized Mazinkaiser as soon as he saw it, he explained how they had modified to Mazinkaiser in the movie...)
Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Completely averted. Yumi did not dominate all fields of science, and often he needed the advice or the assistance of other scientists. He and his team could not create amazing breakthroughs out of the air either, needing much testing.
They were three scientists who worked in the Photon Institute under the direct orders of Professor Yumi, replacing him as in charge when he was away. Throughout the whole series, they designed most of the weapons and upgrades of Mazinger Z (they shared chores, but Sewashi was the specialist in designing power engines, whereas Morimori was an expert in weapons such like the Iron Cutter).The three of them were good-natured and patient (especially when they were dealing with teenagers) and even somewhat goofy, but they were quite rigorous and serious when they were working, being capable of improvising and working under extreme pressure, and being extremely patient when dealing with teenagers. They were good friends, constantly hanging together.
Dr. Kabuto: Kouji, when you are piloting Mazinger, you will be able to become a god or a devil
Juzo Kabuto is Kouji and Shiro's grandfather and the builder of Mazinger Z.Juzo met Hell for first time when he and his fiancée Yumiko Shiozai were exchange students in a German college. Back then he thought Hell was a tad eccentric but not a bad person (until he tried to kill him and Yumiko) and even argued with him about his theories on Photon energy.Years later, he met Hell again during an archaeological expedition to a Greek island named Bardos. Despite Hell's prior attempted murder of him (and being Obviously Evil), he was apparently willing to put the past behind him... until Hell stumbled upon an army of giant robots in the depths of the island and nearly got him killed again.Juzo managed to run away, but he was unable to warn the world of Hell's crazy plans. So he hired a maid to take care of his grandsons, revived his newly deceased son Kenzo as a cyborg and tasked him with the chore of getting ready to repel the Mykene invasion he feared would come and began building a Humongous Mecha capable of defeating Hell's robots, using his two breakthroughs: Photon energy and the Super Alloy Z, an alloy made with Japanium, a mineral he had discovered.After fifteen years he had just ended construction on Mazinger Z when Hell sent Baron Ashura, his most loyal servant, to murder him.
Ignored Expert: Subverted. He did not try to warn the world of what had happened in Bardos and what Hell was planning, opting for shutting himself away to build his super-weapon. Then again, he could have reasonably thought that nobody would believe his story.(Would you?)
Mad Scientist: His original version was frightfully akin to Dr. Hell.
More than you think. In the original manga after showing Mazinger to Kouji he told him (after the "God or Devil" lecture) he would able to take over the world with it. It makes you wonder what he thought his grandson would do with it...
Posthumous Character: He got murdered in the first episode/chapter. Though he is ever-present. His actions not only affected the course of the whole series but also of the sequel Great Mazinger, and his name often comes up in conversations. His personality and background are developed through flashbacks and conversations from other characters, mainly his grandsons (Kouji and Shiro), his best disciple (The Professor Yumi) and even Big Bad Dr. Hell.
Dr. Hell: Damned imbeciles! You do not deserve being alive! One day I shall purge all of you off this world! And everybody shall kneel before Hell!
Dr. Hell: I shall crush Japan in merely ten days! And the world will witness the true power of Dr. Hell!
A colleague of Dr. Kabuto, born in Germany in 1902. He was an unwanted child, a fact his mother reminded him of constantly. Scorned and beaten by his parents, he found shelter in books, and became very smart... which caused him to be accused of cheating by his teachers and bullied by his classmates.In college he did not fare much better. People ignored him and he convinced himself that all of them envied him. Back then he met Juzo Kabuto (Kouji's grandfather) and fell in love with a Japanese exchange student, Yumiko. He thought she returned his feelings, but when he found out that she and Juzo were a couple, Hell— who was already unstable and was convinced that everybody was envious of him or out to get him— flipped out completely, convinced himself they only pretended to be his friends to hurt him and attempted to kill both of them. After that incident people began to stay away from him, and he suffered more humiliations and beatings (even when he tried to be nice) and he vowed to himself that in the future he would make them pay.During the rise of Hitler, he got seduced by the idea of taking over the world and forcing everybody to kneel before him. He secretly built several Doomsday devices for Hitler (but he kept most of his technologic breakthroughs for himself) and performed human experiments with Jews in Auschwitz. When Germany was defeated, he ran away and kept a low profile for a while.Several years later he ran into (now Doctor) Juzo Kabuto and accompanied him on an archaeological expedition to the Greek island of Bardos, where ruins of the ancient Mikenese Empire were found. There they discovered that the ancient Mikenese civilization had the technology to build giant robotic warriors. Hell killed everyone in the expedition except Kabuto, stole the technology and used it to create an army of fighting machines with which he planned to Take Over the World.However, Dr. Kabuto used his own technology coupled with a powerful alloy he'd created to build a robot, Mazinger Z, to halt Hell's plans for world conquest. Again and again Dr. Hell's robots were destroyed by Mazinger Z, sometimes due to the in-fighting between his lieutenants Baron Ashura and Count Brocken. After nearly all of his robots had been destroyed Mazinger Z and his allies traveled to Dr. Hell's island headquarters, and Hell and Count Brocken were apparently killed while attempting to flee in the Gool, their giant airship.
Agony Beam Dr. Hell uses a staff that shoots a blast of (usually) non-lethal electricity to punish Ashura when he/she/it screws up.
Bad Boss: He is a curious example. On one side he felt that he was above of executing his subordinates. On the other side he was NOT above of punishing their failures with strikes, insults or torture. He used an Agony Beam with Baron Ashura several times, insulted him often, and an episode opened with Ashura getting flayed for their latest failures. In Mazinger-Z vs Devilman movie he slapped Ashura only because he was angry and Ashura was nearby. And yet, on the OTHER hand, he cared for his henchmen on his own way, turning Ashura down whenever HE asked for death penalty, constantly giving him second chances, forgiving failures when he knew that his Co-Dragons had tried their best, and mourning Ashura after his death and planning to avenge him.
Beta Test Baddie: He has shades of this. Part of his animosity and resentment towards Dr. Kabuto comes from the fact he thinks Juuzo surpassed him, rendered him obsolete and took all away him when they were younger. And in the third episode, after his first batch of Mechanical Beasts were crushed by Mazinger-Z, Hell got a Villainous BSOD due to after fifty years, Juuzo Kabuto STILL could surpass easily whatever Hell did.
Faux Affably Evil: He always keeps an educated, polite behavior and mannerisms, even when he is going to dissect someone to turn him or her into his next enslaved Cyborg.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Dr. Hell was born to a poor family, psychologically and physically abused by his mother, berated by his teachers and bullied by his classmates. Forty years later he was designing Doomsday Devices for Hitler and experimenting with human beings in Austchwitz. Thirty years later he was trying to Take Over the World and enslave humankind with an army of Humongous Mecha. And in Great Mazinger he was handed over the command of the entire army of Mykene Empire.
Herr Doktor: Like stated above, he is a German scientist. From the completely mad variety.
It's All About Me: Because a lot of people hurt him emotionally and physically when he was a little boy and a young man, he wants to make all of humanity pay. The fact all of it happened several decades ago (he was seventy when the series began) does not deter him at the slightest. Oh, and he thought everybody was out to get him (long before it became a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy).
Kick the Dog: More like grabbing the dog's tail and banging it repeatedly against a wall until the poor mutt was a bloody pulp. Yes, it really happened (in the Gosaku Ota's episodes).
Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He is an Obviously EvilMad Scientist. To be fair, knowledge or science did not make him evil. In fact he devoted himself to learn Science because it helped him to keep himself sane. However, after his sanity finally slipped out due to too much abuse, he decided using his scientifical knwoledge to make everyone pay.
Obviously Evil: Dr. Hell has pale purple skin, a long white Beard of Evil, and is given to Evil Laughter. Oh, and his name is Dr. Hell. The bizarre part is that his backstory involves betraying a group of companions in order to get some Phlebotinum, which means that someone, somewhere, was willing to trust him.
Perpetual Frowner: He has mostly three default expressions: angry, worried and disappointed/frustrated. He seldom smiles (fortunately, since when he actually does so, it is a very creepy Slasher Smile).
Revenge Before Reason: His motivation to Take Over the World is having revenge in everybody abused him or mocked him when he was young (or people he believes abused him and mocked him). Nevertheless, he was seventy-years old when the series begins, so everyone or most of them will be deceased. Yet will he let that insignificant detail stop him? Hell, no!
Surrounded by Idiots: He has always felt like this. When he was young it was because he thought he was smarter than anybody, but now it is because his minions are, well, stupids. In an episode he invokes the trope almost word by word (and rightfully so). His Co-Dragons have been fighting for the whole episode, even when they were supposed to engage the enemy. At the beginning he had tried to stop them and force them to cooperate, but it did not work. So during their latest fight he is -unsuccesfully- trying to ignore them as he has dinner, and he grumbles he is surrounded by idiots.
Dr. Hell: Why, oh, why such a genius as myself is surrounded by idiots?
Dr. Hell: …You can come out now. Gestalt: Your obsession with Photon Power is…amusing. Dr. Hell: This King of Hell isn’t enough to fight the Ba’al with…only with Photon Power can we survive! Sayuri: Do you think those three clowns will even succeed? Dr. Hell: They will live up to my expectations! I have high hopes for Baron Ashura. Gestalt: And why the elaborate call for a showdown? If you wanted the Photon Power so badly, you could’ve taken the Photon Labs while ZEXIS were dealing with Insalaum! Dr. Hell: You fools could never hope to understand my plans! Sayuri: Perhaps. In any case good luck (not!) for the battle. Gestalt: You might need it more than you think! Mwahaha!
Yandere: You would only know if you read the Backstory published in the Gosaku Ota chapters, but Dr. Hell was one when he was young. During his college days he fell in love with a woman named Yumiko who would become The Hero Kouji's grandmother, and he showed all symptoms: he was psychologically unstable, he stalked her obsessively (in his own words, he became her shadow), he tried to seem nice and totally not a pervert, and when he found out that she was engaged with someone else, he flipped out completely and attempted to Murder the Hypotenuse in a very discreet way: storming in the campus with a rifle and yelling "DIE, Kabuto!".
During Dr. Hell's explorations through the hidden depths of Bardos Island, he found the mummified remnants of one couple. However, one side of each mummy had been crushed by rubble. Using his knowledge, Dr. Hell sewed the non-crushed halves together and using cybernetic parts, revived the creature, naming it Baron Ashura (Ashura Danshaku).Very soon Baron Ashura became the main henchman of Dr. Hell. Given his/her split nature, Ashura could be stupid, hasty, and careless... or scheming, manipulative, and devious. When he/she talked to Dr. Hell, his/her voice was female, submissive and soft-spoken... but when he/she addressed his/her troops, his/her voice was male, commanding, loud, stern and harsh.The most of time Ashura is portrayed as absolutely loyal to Dr. Hell, but in some adaptations (such like Gosaku Ota's manga) he/she gets fed up with Dr. Hell's treatment and Count Brocken's mockery and rebels. He/she was not above committing ruthless, sadistic acts, but usually they were made with a purpose (avoiding Kick the Dog scenarios... most of the time). Although his/her sheer incompetence blew up several of Dr. Hell's operations, his schemes were the closest ones to succeed, razing many Japanese cities to ruins.Leader of the Iron Masks and commander of Dr. Hell's submarine fortresses, he/she plagued the hero Kouji Kabuto for much of the series' run, until finally dying in one of the later episodes as attempting destroying his enemies. After his/her death, his/her memory was honored and respected by both enemies and allies. Mazinger's most persistent enemy, he/she made regular appearances in the Super Robot Wars series as Dr. Hell's loyal underling.
Agony Beam: The villainous Baron Ashura often uses this, in the form of a staff that shoots a blast of (usually) non-lethal electricity. Dr. Hell also uses that staff ON Ashura when he is pissed enough.
Buried Alive: The two corpses Hell found had been buried alive.
Disguised in Drag: Done at least twice (in episodes 7 and 36). He/she disguised like a woman to manipulate a mob or frighten nosy people away one of his/her operations. Fortunately he/she was a shape-shifter, so it was not so hard looking like a woman how it would be to him/her (on the grounds of Ashura being half-male, half-female). Overlapped with Creepy Crossdresser,
The first happened in an early episode, when Ashura, disheartened after still another defeat, thought the only way to redeem himself/herself to Hell's eyes was by comitting suicide. Hell rebuked that was dumb, and the way to atone for his/her failures was going on fighting until destroying their enemy.
The second time happened in episode 39, when he was so badly frightened on the possibility of Count Brocken replacing him that he staked his life on his next operation. When he failed, Brocken was all but ordering him killing himself, and he was about to do it when Hell stopped him, stating that even if he had failed in destroying Mazinger-Z, his war tactics had delivered a huge blow to Japan, and he forgave him.
The third -and final- time happened in episode 78. Ashura was so sick of being defeated, mocked and scorned by enemies and allies alike he hijacked the flying fortress Ghoul to crash it against the Institute in a Taking You with Me tactic. He failed, but he died believing he had finally won.
Dub Name Change: Baron Ashura was renamed Devleen in Tranzor Z. And Baron Ashler in the Spanish dubbing.
Both scenes were inspired by a similar scene shown in the original Go Nagai manga. In the manga however you get to see the full nakedness of Asura in all it's glory Does anyone have some Brain Bleach handy?
Meaningful Name: In Hindu Mythology, Ashura were god/demon warrior creatures with dual natures.
Might Makes Right: His/her life philosophy. The strong defeats, dominates and exploits the weak. That is how the world always did, does and will work, and "good", "bad", "peace", "justice"... are meaningless, empty words human beings came up with because they are too coward to accept reality and too weak to protect themselves.
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He was mostly loyal to Dr. Hell. However, Hell felt that he was above ofexecuting his subordinates but not of punishing their failures with strikes, insults or torture. Due to this sometimes he got fed up with being mistreated and mocked and he disobeyed orders or acted on his/her own (the final time was when he stole the fortress Ghoul to make a kamikaze attack on the Institute in order to show all, Dr. Hell and his enemies, who he was. In the Gosaku Ota alternate manga, he went a step beyond that and he decided betraying Dr. Hell and Take Over the World on his/her own because he was "sick of that crazy old man and that headless idiot (Count Brocken) always mocking him" and he intended to give them a lesson to everyone.
Pronoun Trouble: A meta -and hilarious- example. Fans are divided about what pronoum using to refer to him/her/it.
Together in Death: Hell found the bodies of a man and his lover who had been Buried Alive together for being caught trying to break their Star-Crossed Lovers destinies. One half of each body was destroyed, so he stitched them together to create Ashura.
Voice of the Legion: Baron Ashura could speak in a female voice when only his/her female half was visible, a male voice from the other side, and both at once when both sides of his/her face were visible.
Worthy Opponent: Kouji and his friends remembered him like that. And at the end, he earned Gorgon's respect.
Ashura (freaked out after seeing Brocken's floating head): What is that? A ghost?
Brocken: Hah! If I am a ghost then what are you? A two-faced goblin?
Count Brocken (Brocken Hakushaku. Sometimes spelled as Blocken) was a particularly bloodthirsty Nazi officer. In the last days of World War II, his head was hewn from his body during a car accident. Hell found his body and revived him as a cyborg. After that, Brocken carried his head around with him. He sometimes carried it under his arm, but it had the ability to float on its own.Several years later, he met Hell again. His "savior" had already found Mykene's ancient robots and was planning on using them to Take Over the World. But he needed a lot of money to modify the ancient robots. Brocken vowed to help him in return for saving his life. He cold-bloodily murdered the leaders of several European mobs and took them over, using their money to fund Dr. Hell's schemes.He surfaced in episode 39, when Dr. Hell, fed up with Ashura's endless strings of failures, decided to demote him/her to Brocken's lieutenant. Brocken never missed a chance to mock and insult Ashura and his/her troops, but soon he proved just as incompetent. He commanded Hell's flying fortress and the Iron Cross troops.He preferred directly striking the enemy with strength rather than resorting to underhanded strategies and schemes. He was also the longest-serving of Dr. Hell's henchmen, dying in the final battle.
Co-Dragons: ... together with Baron Ashura, much to his anger and resetnment.
Dub Name Change: Brocken was called (for obvious reasons) Count Decapito in Tranzor Z. In the Latin American version, he was named "El Conde Decapitado" (the Headless Count)
Dirty Coward : Compared to Ashura. But it proved useful sometimes.
Dirty Old Man: If you attack Count Brocken with a woman in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen, he'll make a comment about opening their (the mecha's) cockpits to see the beauties inside, and suddenly, a lot of ZEXIS girls will start calling him names.
Brocken: Geh-heh-heh, that one's piloted by a girl, huh? Brocken: Punishing you is gonna be SO MUCH FUN. First I'll peel off the cockpit armor, and then... Lunamaria: Enemy of womankind! Marguerite: Lewd men such as you deserve little mercy! Aoi: You're the one who's gonna be punished! Sylvia: Prepare yourself, Count Pervert! Kallen: I'm gonna play soccer with your head! Sara: No, no, I'm going to turn it upside down and use it as a flowerpot! Yoko: I could use it for target practice... Noin: No, I'll feed it to my dog. Sumeragi: I hereby authorize all of you to carry out those actions. Brocken: Wha-WHAT?! I haven't even done anything yet!
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In the Gosaku Ota's manga he delivered a spectacular one to Dr. Hell, telling exactly what he thought of his master before leaving for fighting Mazinger-Z on foot and dying.
Villain Decay : Would you believe that the victim of Brocken Ball is the same person who killed someone on-screen right on the same chapter ?
Voiced by: Osamu Kato
Archduke Gorgon (Gorgon Taikou) was a Mykene and a loyal servant of theEmperor of Darkness, ruler of all Mykene. He reported to the Great General of Darkness, even though he was under the command of Minister Argos, chief of Intelligence. A bizarre, cybernetic being, his upper half was a blue-skinned, muscled, bearded man in Romanesque armor and his lower half was a huge, long-fanged tiger.Shortly after Dr. Hell murdered his colleagues, Gorgon showed up, accusing him (and rightly so) of stealing Mykene's technology and demanding that he forfeit the robots he had stolen. Hell was able to calm him down by striking a bargain with him: he would use Mykene's technology to take over the world but if he had troubles, he would ask Gorgon for help.In episode 57, Dr. Hell was on the verge of succeeding, but was humiliatingly defeated. He considered giving up but chose to swallow his pride and asking Gorgon for help. Gorgon agreed or pretended he did. In reality, he intended to watch Dr. Hell, weakening him as he pretended to be helping him, and finally destroying him and Mazinger-Z to allow the unopposed rise of the Mykene.Gorgon was prideful, boasting and daring, and despite his supposed alliance with Dr. Hell, he constantly showed his scorn for Hell and his henchmen. Ashura and Brocken were terrified of him, and only Pygman talked back (though Gorgon showed respect towards Ashura after his/her death). His Robeasts (more powerful than Hell's) they succeeded where Hell's monsters failed were inspired by creatures of Classic Mythology. While very strong and powerful, above all he was a deceitful schemer.
Badass: He is a muscled, armor-wearing, sword-wielding man whose lower half is a freaking saber-toothed tiger. You tell me that it is not badass.
Co-Dragons: With Ashura until his/her death, Brocken and Pygman. However he never treated them like equals.
Hero Killer: All heroes -and even his allies- are scared of him. He is strong, physically imposing, ruthless, and neither of them can beat him in a fight. The only character refused to shrink back from him was Pygman.
Spanner in the Works: His master plan almost fully succeeded, but he could not kill all of his enemiesbecause he did not knew about Kenzo Kabuto and Great Mazinger. That faulty intelligence brought about the defeat of the Mykene Empire.
Xanatos Gambit: He pitted Mazinger Z against Dr. Hell, expecting them to either destroy each other or leave a survivor so weakened it would be easy for Gorgon to take them down.
Voiced by: Kouji Yada
Pygman (to Gorgon): What a show-off.
Gorgon: What was that? Would you care to repeat it?
Pygman: I'll repeat it as many times as you want!
Pygman (Pygman Shisaku) was arguably the most bizarre-– and most dangerous— of Dr. Hell's servants. He was a huge cyborg who looked like a huge tanned warrior, dressing ragged animal hides and brandishing one spear and one shield. However, he had two bodies: the upper half of the smallest body lacked legs and was attached to the neck of the largest body. He could use hypnosis, breath fire and often fought alongside the Kikaiju instead of remaining on the rear. His two bodies also could divide and fight separately, and he could levitate.Dr. Hell built him to replace Ashura after his/her death. However he soon rebelled against Hell, and was the only one of Hell's lackeys who dared to call Gorgon out on his arrogance. He only showed up in five episodes, but he brainwashed several friends of Kouji, killed and hurt many guards and workmen working in the Institute, infiltrated the Institute several times and even took it over, and finally challenged Mazinger Z to a Duel to the Deathwhere he perished.
Super Power Lottery: Let's see: he was quite strong, he could belch fire, he could use hypnosis, float...
Iron Masks/Iron Cross
Iron Masks/Iron Cross
Random Iron Mask: "I don't consider myself necessary. We carry out all our orders perfectly. Death is what worries you. It'll be easy! I know you're worried! So, please, consider it."
The Iron Masks and the Iron Cross are Dr. Hell's assault troops. Originally they were corpses Dr. Hell revived by transforming them into cyborgs. As he transformed them, Dr. Hell completely wiped out any shred of independent thought to ensure their utter loyalty. Unfortunately, it also meant their intelligence was considerably dwarfed.The Iron Masks served Baron Ashura whereas the Iron Cross troops were under the command of Count Brocken. Maybe it is due to the different origins and background of their commanders that their appearance and weaponry was so different: the Iron Masks's costumes roughly resembled the armor of Greek soldiers, and even though they used guns and cars, they favored broad long swords and spears and often rode robotic horses; the Iron Cross on the other hand wore clearly militaristic costumes, and used guns.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Justified. The Iron Masks' swords had a magnet embedded into the blade that produced high-frequency vibrations letting them easily cut rocks and metal.
Always Chaotic Evil: Again, Justified. Given their origins, it is obvious Dr. Hell programmed them to serve him faithfully, erasing anything resembling independent thought.
Kouji: "You idiot, such a thing wouldn't even be human!"
Empty Shell: Due to their origins they have no name, no identity, no personality (and they barely have half face left under their helmets) and no family. They don't feel hesitate or fear and they don't fear death. And they don't mind.
Faceless Goons: All of them wore a helmet hid their faces minus their mouths and chins. Subverted into a nightmarish fashion when one of them got their helmet removed and he was missing his skull's upper half, removed by the Big Bad when the mook was Reforged into a Minion. The purpose of those helmets is not to protect their heads but to replacing their skulls and protecting their brains.
Fate Worse Than Death: Baron Ashura clearly stated that people he slew were turned into his/her soldiers. So basically they are corpses turned into slaves serving the same monster that murdered them.
The Mole: Several of them infiltrated in the Institute and different research labs all over the world, disguised like ordinary people.
Mook Chivalry: In the anime adaptation, the Iron Masks were pretty pathetic. They always attacked Kouji Kabuto -or his friends- in the same way- noisly charging from the front-, never tried to overwehlm him with sheer numbers and stood quiet when he was making a pretty obvious attack. They wore weapons -swords and rifles- and helmets and Kouji fighting bare-hand still kicked their butts. Subverted in the manga, though, since sometimes they could be competent. In one of the first chapters Kouji nearly got murdered by only three of them that sneaked into his home overnight (and while two of them engaged Kouji, the third remained hidden to launch a surprise attack when The Hero was distracted). Kouji actually got to be rescued by a secondary character that pulled a Big Damn Heroes moment.
Those Wacky Nazis: The Iron Crosses' costumes resemble those worn by Nazi soldiers, which is understandable given that their commander was a Nazi officer.
They were the war mechas Dr. Hell built, modifying the Mykene robots he found in Bardos using modern science and his own knowledge. In the manga he used the Mykene Kikaiju he had found, but in the anime, though, he destroyed them in episode 3 during a Villainous BSOD, declaring they were useless against Mazinger-Z, and started to design and build his own Mechanical Beasts. Later showed up Archduke Gorgon's Youkikaijuu and in the last episode / Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness feature showed up Mykene Empire's War Beasts (Sentoujuu).
Lost Super Weapon: Double subversion. Yes, they were ancient weapons were more powerful than current conventional weapons. However, as much as the Mykene were concerned, they were outdated junk. And in the anime series Dr. Hell destroyed the Mykene robots he found originally because no one of them were powerful enough to defeat Mazinger-Z.
Selective Magnetism: Bazil F7 was armed with magnetically-charged armor plates that could be detached off its body and launched at its adversary (with the purpose of sticking to it and disrupting their mechanisms). However the magnets did not attract other objects when they were working, and they stuck to machines (Mazinger-Z and Aphrodite-A) that were not made of steel.
Rumi: Wait a minute. Someone is knocking on the door.
Rumi was a maid hired by Dr. Kabuto to take care of his grandsons while he was designing and building Mazinger-Z. She showed up in the first episode, and shortly after she was murdered by Baron Ashura after being interrogated about Dr. Kabuto's whereabouts.
Cool Big Sis: Shiro called her "oneechan" in an endearing way.
Late Arrival Spoiler: If you have heard of this character, you know that she dies during her first appearance.
Professor Gordon and his family
First Appearance: Episode 18
Professor Gordon was an expert in robotics and personal friend of Juzo Kabuto.In one episode, a submarine Mechanical Beast was sinking all ships sailed throughout the Pacific ocean. He traveled to the Photonic Institute to help them with his expertise, but as he traveled by plane, his wife Mary and his daughter Lisa traveled by ship. In hindsight it was not a good idea. Glossam X2 cut in half the ship where they traveled. Lisa survived, but only because her mother sacrificed herself to save her.Later in the Institute, Gordon and his daughter (who also was a scientist) helped upgrade and improve Mazinger-Z to turn it into a machine capable move underwater, swim and dive, hoping it helped Kouji to avenge Mary and prevent that kind of tragedy of happening again.
Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Thankfully it was done without slapping. When Lisa woke up in an hospital and remembered what had happened, she started weeping. Her father encouraged her to stop crying and working alongside him to pay Dr. Hell back. After listening to his words, she calmed down.
Tempting Fate: You know a giant monster is sinking ships and yet you travel by sea?
Mitsuo and Onimaru
Mitsuo and Onimaru
First Appearance: Episode 20
Mitsuo and Onimaru were two boys in Shiro's classroom. Onimaru was the biggest bully in the class, and Mitsuo was an unasuming, quiet, shy, fat, newcomer kid. Onimaru and his goons instantly filed him like "easy prey" and started to mock him and torment him. Shiro beat them once when they were bullying Mitsuo, but when he realized Mitsuo was too frightened to defend himself, he declared he could not be his friend if Mitsuo was not willing to fight back.Accidentally Mitsuo ran into Stronger T4 -a Mechanical Beast- and he tried to warn his classmates he had seen a Mechanical Beast, but they did not believe him. They laughed at him and Onimaru beat him again. Then he was kidnapped and dragged to an Abandoned Warehouse were an unknown woman told him she knew all were mistreating him and he could borrow her giant robot to pay them back. That "woman" was Baron Ashura in disguise. His/her henchmen had warned him/her that kid had discovered his Mechanical Beast and they had been watching him. Then Ashura thought she could deceive him into being a hostage.
All of the Other Reindeer: Mitsuo was a good kid. However, everyone mocked him and even harassed him. Even Shiro would not give him a break so easily.
An Aesop: Several of them: If you do not learn to stand up for yourself, everyone will abuse you; Abusing other people is wrong; Sometimes you can become friends with people previously harassed you; Being nice pays off; Do NOT trust unknown adults suddenly show up saying they want to give you a present...
Bully Hunter: Mitsuo decided he would show them what being picked on by somebody bigger than you feels like, when an unknown lady showed up all of sudden and offered him borrowing her Humongous Mecha to take revenge (and he agreed. Oh, my God) Of course, that went so well how you would expect.
Character Development: Onimaru was a bully and a Jerkass. His attitude changed for better after Mitsuo and him were trapped inside Stronger T4's cockpit. He got his leg broken and he could not run away, but Mitsuo refused tried to escape without him in spite of all what he had done him. Later, when they were safe, he apologized with Mitsuo and apparently they became friends.
Falling Intothe Cockpit: Subverted. Mitsuo only thought he was controlling the Humongous Mecha following the directions of the strange lady. In reality Baron Ashura was leading Stronger T4 the whole time.
Too Dumb to Live: A creepy, masked man kidnaps you and carries you to a warehouse where a stranger tells she wants giving you a Humongous Mecha out of nowhere, and you do not think that's highly suspicious? Your country is under constant attack of giant monsters and you do not believe a kid tells he has seen one?
First Appearance: Episode 23
Yuri was Yumi's niece and Sayaka's cousin. She was a disabled kid whose parents were never home, and she was yearning for attention. This made her stubborn, bad-tempered, and demanding. And she had a crush on Kouji. Kouji remarked she was, indeed, Sayaka's cousin, much to the anger of his battle partner.
Ill Girl: She was disabled and walked on a wheelchair.
It's All My Fault: She thought this when Dam Dam L2 was running over Mazinger once and again. She was right. Because she refused staying in Kouji and Shiro's house where she was safe, Baron Ashura kidnapped her to blackmail Kouji in not fighting back.
Parental Neglect: At least Prof. Yumi tried to take care of Sayaka, Yuri's mom and dad never were there for her.
The Woobie: When you get down to it, Yuri is an emotionally-damaged pre-teen girl who simply doesn't know how to treat others and refuses therapy due to being terrified of being abandoned again.
First Appearance: Episode 26
Saijyo was a young, homeless boy lived in Kouji's town. His only family was Norako, a stray female dog was raising several puppies. Norako scavenged, hunted or stole whatever food she could find.For chance she stole chickens several times from a chicken house Shiro had built in his and Kouji's garden. When she was caught, Shiro, his brother, Sayaka, Boss and his gang chased her until they ran into Saijyo. Saijyo defended his dog and refused to give the chicken back. He managed to get Boss infuriated -admitedly, hardly a difficult feat-, and when Boss, Nuke and Mucha attacked him, he defeated them easily. Grudgingly, Kouji decided it was not worth.However he would get caught into the battle between Kouji Kabuto and Dr. Hell. Norako accidentally died during a fight between Mazinger-Z and a Mechanical Beast, and he blamed Kouji. That scene was spied by an Iron Mask reported to Baron Ashura. Ashura thought they could exploit that, and he/she ordered one of his Iron Masks killing one of the orphaned puppies and planting false evidence for blaming Kouji.Saijyo fully -and gulibly- bought it, and he decided to confront Kouji and beat the crap out of him. Feeling guilty for the cub's death, even if he had done nothing, Kouji did not fight back. Saijyo hurt him badly, and Ashura chose that moment to strike again.
Badass Normal: So irritating like he was, he also seemed pretty tough. He also could claim having beaten the main character, even if Kouji refused to defend himself.
Hot-Blooded: Possibly deconstructed. If he would have been capable to think calmly rather reacting and getting carried away, plenty troubles in that episode could have been averted.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was arrogant, loud-mouthed and irritating, tended to leap conclusions, and belonged to the "hit first, ask questions later" school of thought. However he sincerely cared for his dog.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His short hair was indigo-colored. An unusual happening in this series, since most of people sported normal hair color.
Drs. Kasuya, Kata and Yokoi
Drs. Kasuya, Kata and Yokoi
First Appearance: Episode 31
Three scientists who worked in the Photon Research Institute under the orders of Yumi, performing maintainance. All three of them were married and Kasuya had a son called Hiroshi.They were kidnapped by a squad of Iron Masks and hypnotized to pilot the latest batch of Mechanical Beasts Dr. Hell had built. Part of Baron Ashura's plan consisted of informing Kasuya's son his father was alive and inside one of the Kikaiju, so Hiroshi would persuade Kouji not to fight.
Off with His Head!: Kouji saved the three of them by blasting the head of the three Beasts off their bodies with missiles.
Rule of Three: The three scientists and the three Kikaiju: Megaron P1, P2 and P3.
Sacrificial Lambs: One of the Megaron weapons generated a heat blast capable of killing whoever was sitting in the cockpit. Hell and Ashura knew the three men would most likely die during the battle, but didn't care.
First Appearance: Episode 33
Dr. Smith was an American scientist and an expert in aeronautic engineering. When Prof. Yumi was designing the Jet Scrander, he traveled to New York to consult him. Smith was very kind and helpful. He advised Yumi, and helped to correct his plans, fixing mistakes and improve the design. He also stated he wished someone would bring Hell down.In a later episode, Dr. Hell fabricated a robot resembled Smith and tasked him with infiltrating into the Institute and blowwing up the Jet Scrander.
Minerva-X: "For the record: A jealous Sayaka Yumi is an extremely dangerous beast."
Minerva-X was a robot conceived by Dr. Kabuto while he was designing Mazinger-Z. Since Juuzo was a staunch supporter of the Battle Couple trope, he thought Mazinger-Z had to be supported in battle for a female partner would fight by its side. Unlike Mazinger-Z, Minerva-X would be fully autonomous and capable to act, think and feel on her own. She was meant to coordinate with Mazinger-Z during a battle: her brain would receive the data Mazinger's main CPU would send and she would choose one strategy according that information. However he never got around to build her.A while after the beginning of the series, Dr. Kabuto's lab was looted by Hell's servants, and they found Minerva-X's plans. Dr. Hell build her, replacing Alloy-Z with super-steel, putting a nuclear engine inside her instead of a Photon power engine, and adding the remote control device he used to command his Mechanical Beasts. However he could not ascertain what was the function of the hexagonal device embedded on the waist. He need to include it anyways because Minerva would not work without it.That hexagonal device was the partner circuit received Mazinger's signals. When Mazinger showed up, the device began working and she stopped fighting and started acting like its partner. Of course, when Dr. Hell realized she had allied with Mazinger, he decided she had to be destroyed quickly.Minerva-X only showed up in that episode, but one of the Mazinger Z spin-offs expanded on her role and personality. In Shin Mazinger Zero, she appears like an humanoid-sized Robot Girl, and it is strongly implied she is the reincarnation of the original Minerva-X.
And I Must Scream: In Shin Mazinger ZeroMazinger-Z became an Eldritch Abomination and caused The End of the World as We Know It. Minverva sent Kouji back in time to prevent both disasters from happening, generating so an alternate timeline. However, Kouji has failed every time so far, and she has gone through hundreds of different worlds, reincarnating over and again only to see Mazinger becoming a demon and the humanity being exterminated over and over and over and over and over again...
Cargo Ship: A bizarre example. Minerva-X is in love with Mazinger-Z, a machine. She is also a machine, but sentient.
Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild case, but she taunted Sayaka, and later explicitly said she did because she had seen Aphrodite fighting alongside Mazinger and she got jealous. She seems to regard a Humongous Mecha and its pilot as two parts of the same being.
Companion Cube: She talks to and about and treats Mazinger-Z like if he was a sentient being instead of an inanimate object. Nonetheless, given what was revealed in Shin Mazinger Zero, she has a point.
Just a Machine: Subverted. In the original series, Kouji and the rest treated her like a human being and they even buried her when she died. Dr. Hell regarded her like a machine would do his bidding or would be destroyed. This was reinforced in Shin Mazinger Zero: Hell believed he could control her using his control rod because she was Just a Machine, but in reality she was never under his control.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Subverted. Sayaka was jealous, but she never thought of destroying her. However Minerva went berserk and would have blown up a nuclear plant in spite of Kouji and Sayaka's attempts to stop her and calm her down, so Sayaka had no choice but hit her with Aphrodite's Torpedo Tits.
Power Crystal: Her partner circuit outwardly looked like a hexagonal, shining blue crystal.
Tender Tears: Minerva was capable of feelings. Her CPU strained due to contradictory orders (on one hand, her partner circuit told her that Humongous Mecha was Mazinger-Z, her partner; on the other hand, Hell's remote control ordered her destroying Mazinger). Since she was not built with Japanium as she was meant to, her body overheated, and a cooling fluid leaked around her eyes. Thus, when she was emotionally stressed, she "cried".
Bakarasu was a male raven Boss and his gang met in episode 69 form Mazinger Z. Later he was a semi-recurrent secondary character for one third of Great Mazinger. He resembled a normal crow, but his beak was yellow and wide, and his eyes were surrounded by two distinctive yellow circles making it looklike he wore glasses. He was clever enough to talk and repeat what someone else told. Unfortunately he was a trickster who loved messing with humans (especially Boss). Boss used him as a lookout to spy on the enemy or a courier to carry messages around. However Bakarasu paid no allegiance to the group and apparently he only worked with them because he enjoyed making a fool of Boss.
Animal Stereotypes: He fit quite well with the traits of the heroic corvid: He was cunning, mischievous and trickster, and he enjoyed tweaking the messages he was supposed to deliver and getting Boss in trouble.
He was a police Inspector led one of the police units were deployed along to stop a giant robot was rampaging through the city -Mazinger-Z-. After meeting Professor Yumi he become a regular cast member for some few chapters, using his authority and cop role to help the heroes.Although he is a cop he comes from a long line of yakuzas and other assorted thugs -a fact he does not seem greatly bothered about and does not mind telling to strangers-. He defines himself like a "a clumsy cop" and "a bit of a rascal".
They were three identical, blonde cyborg girls Baron Ashura treated like his/her daughters.They were tall, slender, and each wore twin ponytails reached the ground. Their hair was sharp and they flayed their ponytails like whips could slice and dice anything, including rocks, cars... or human flesh. Besides, they had more-than-human strength, speed and agility.They showed up only in the Go Nagai manga, and their first animated appearance was in Mazinkaiser. Usually their role is assassinating Kouji Kabuto when he is out of Mazinger and –supposedly- defenseless.
Running Gag: Every time they show up, one of them is always killed in the next fashion: someone –usually Kouji- shoots one bullet or laser beam through her head before slicing her in two symmetrical halves. It even happened in a Super Robot Wars manga.
Uncanny Valley Girl: In Shin Mazinger Zero they transferred to Kouji's high school to assassin him. Given that they were three friendly, gorgeous, tall, blonde triplet girls, even if they behaved in a strange fashion and looked a tad weird, all boys in class started to quickly slobber at them. Seemingly Kouji also bought their masquerade, but shortly after he suggested them dropping their act, revealing that he had suspected it all along.
Yumiko Shiozai / Kabuto
First Appearance: Gosaku Ota manga, "Fight, Dr. Hell"
Yumiko was a Japanese exchange student attended a German college together with her boyfriend, Juuzo Kabuto. In that time she met a student called Hell. Although most students shunned him on account of him being ugly, weird and creepy, she and her fiancee thought he was not a bad person, and they tried to be his friends. However they neglected to mention they were engaged.Yumiko admired Hell and tried to be nice to him. Unbeknownst to her however, he was in love with her but he was too shy to confess. He got increasingly obsessed with her, and followed her everywhere as if he was her shadow. He even offered to review classes with her (not really. He muttered he would love to "review her ", and when he realized he had said that out loud, he came up with review classes). She did not seem to notice that he was a Stalker with a Crush, but it is possible she did eventually notice. If she did though, she chose to not confront Hell about it.One night she and Juuzo were making out in the boarding house where she lived when Hell suddenly barged into the place. They explained they were engaged, but Hell said nothing. He just left.The next time she saw him, Hell stormed into the campus with a handgun and attempted to murder her boyfriend.Most likely that was the last time she saw him. No much is known about her life after that incident. Obviously she and Juuzo got married, she gave birth to Kenzo Kabuto, Kouji and Shiro's father and apparently she was already deceased when the series began.
Horrible Judge of Character: She did not think there was something wrong with Hell. To be fair, he had not jumped off the slippery slope yet, but he was already very troubled, he WAS a creepy stalker and already was beginning to look Obviously Evil