Characters: Raumschiff GameStar
Following is a list of recurring characters in the German Gag Series Raumschiff GameStar
The GameStar crew:
Tropes describing the crew as a team:
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: In addition to being routinely subjected to lethal dangers, all crew members (except the Captain and the Doctor) must wear bright orange overalls and khaki vests—a uniform closely associated with waste collectors in Germany.
- Berserk Button: Nobody says "garbageman" to a GameStar crew member.
- Hero with an F in Good: As lampshaded in season five opener.
Captain LangerThe Captain
of all three GameStars
, hailing from the Game Reviewers' Planet (a.k.a. Feldkirchen).
...a.k.a. "The Grim Glimm".
Captain Langer's Hypercompetent Sidekick
throughout season one, who makes a brief cameo in the first episode of the second season and never appears again.
- Anti-Hero: The best example in the show.
- The Gunslinger
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Whenever the Captain calls out "Charles?", expect the current problem be solved quickly and awesomely.
- Karma Houdini: Zig-Zagged: Charles kills Mick for destroying his house of cards (which Mick wasn't even guilty of), then Mick comes back as a terminator to kill him—but Charles avoids him until saved by the Captain. And then Charles is killed by the mutated Martin—along with most of the crew, on an entirely unrelated score.
- No Smoking: Introduced chomping on a pen in place of a cigarette.
First Mate Martin
First Mate on the second GameStar
. Officially born on the Game Reviewers' Planet, he is actually an unwitting android/cyborg
. His actor left the show in the fourth season.
- Killed Off for Real
- Number Two: To the Captain.
- The Spock
- Robotic Reveal: Discovers that he is a robot (more accurately, a cyborg, since he was able to partly mutate in the first season) after he withstands Darth Vader's evil presence, which no human theoretically could. After the Captain confirms that, Martin self-terminates since he can't live with "no heart, just a puny Pentium CPU", prompting the Captain to hire a new First Mate in the next episode.
Dr. Chris Schmidt
The medical officer aboard the second and third GameStars
. In season one, he works as the assistant of Gunnar the Ghost Buster (who later becomes known as Darth Lott).
First Mate Stangl
The First Mate on the third GameStar
, who replaces Martin in season four. His background is unknown, except that he is almost a carbon copy
of the fearsome Stanglnator (except for the hair).
Security Officer Peter
The go-to guy when you need Stuff Blowing Up
. He starts off as a fighter pilot on the Death Star but is coerced to join the RSGS
crew in the first season.
Communications Officer Mikkl
Originally a fighter pilot on the Death Star, alongside Peter, he briefly returns to The Dark Side
in season three and leaves the show afterwards.
Communications Officer Frank
Replaces Mikkl as the radio operator.
Prof. Dr. Test
The rarely-seen chief of the GameStar
R&D labs. Dies in the final battle for the Golden C64 in season four.
The first (and last) space cadet on the GameStar
. "Promoted" after season four.
Tropes describing the Death Star crew as a group:
- Black Cloak: Every Darth in the series has to wear a hooded black cloak (except Vader, whose iconic mask replaces the hood). The Emperor just wears a cloak without the hood.
- The Dark Side
- Harmless Villain: As lampshaded in the season five opener.
The leader of the villains from season two onwards, the Big Bad
of the show and Captain Langer's Arch-Nemesis
. His background is a complete mystery.
The Big Bad
of season one, he becomes a recurring villain in later seasons.
Darth LottThe Strategist
of the Empire and the Emperor's Number Two
. He is introduced as a Ghost Buster
late in season one but is drawn to the Dark Side by Vader and becomes a major villain. Early in season four, the Emperor sacrifices him to resurrect the Stanglnator
. His father was the first German space minister who initiated the GameStar
Originally a janitor on the second Death Star, he is turned to the Dark Side by the Emperor and Darth Lott when they first require a silent lackey to carry out their schemes.
Darth Lott's replacement as the Emperor's right hand in season five. Before her turn to the Dark Side, she owned a computer store in The Eighties
and sneaked aboard the Death Star during a Time Travel
The Wise Man from the Mountains
An aloof ally of the GameStar
crew who helps them out of many predicaments. Also, he turns out to have possessed the Golden C64 all along.
The feared monster first mentioned in the very first episode, but only seen in season four, when the Emperor resurrects him at the cost of Darth Lott's life
to sick him on the GameStar
- Blond Guys Are Evil: His wild blond hair is the main feature that distinguishes him from his (relatively) good counterpart, First Mate Stangl.
- Cool Shades
- The Dreaded
- Evil Twin: To Stangl.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Instrument of Murder: The Battle Guitar. He is eventually defeated when Cadet Klinge plugs its output cable into a high-voltage power outlet (never mind that it looks like an acoustic guitar).
- Mythology Gag: Stanglnator was originally a one-shot character in Multimedia Leserbriefe, a show produced by Toni Schweiger for the PC Player magazine before moving to GameStar and producing RSGS.