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Characters: Samurai Pizza Cats
The Character sheet for Samurai Pizza Cats.

Pizza Cats (Himitsu Ninja Tai Nyanki)

From left to right: Polly Esther, Speedy Cerviche and Guido Anchovy

Speedy Cerviche (Yattarou, Nyanki #1)

Voice Actors: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Rick Jones (English)

Guido Anchovy (Sukashii, Nyanki #2)

Voice Actors: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)

Polly Esther (Pururun, Nyanki #3)

Voice Actors: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Sonja Ball (English)

Francine (Otama)

Voice Actors: Satomi Koorogi (Japanese), Pauline Little (English)

Rescue Team (Otasuke Ninja)

General Catton (Rikkinoshin)

Voice Actors: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), A.J Henderson (English)

Bat Cat (Mietoru)

Voice Actors: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)

Meowzma O' Tool (Gotton)

Voice Actors: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Rick Jones (English)

Spritz T. Cat (Nekkii)

Voice Actors: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Mark Camacho (English)

New York Pizza Cats (Himitsu Ninja Tai Yankee)

Sundance Kid (Michael)

Voice Actors: Ryo Horikawa (Japanese), Rick Jones (English)

Dee Dee (Madonna)

Voice Actors: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese), Sonja Ball (English)

Cosmo (Prince)

Voice Actors: Show Hayami (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)

Villains

Seymour "Big" Cheese (Kitsunezuka Ko'on-no-Kami)

Voice Actors: Sawaki Ikuya (Japanese), Dean Hagopian (English)

  • Big Bad: Arguably, as his plots to overthrow Little Tokyo are the cause of most of the chaos the Pizza Cats have to face.
    • Non-Action Big Bad: That said, most of his involvement is limited to coming up with evil schemes; he usually leaves it to his Ninja Crows to actually do the fighting. Subverted sometimes, however, whenever he gets behind the controls of a giant robot.
  • Camp Gay: His dub voice is an obvious Paul Lynde impersonation.
  • Catch Phrase: In the Japanese version, whenever he loses, he would yell "KUYASHII!!" ("This is humiliating!!") before he explodes.
    • Others include "Odamari!" ("Silence!") followed by other similar sounding words such as "kedamari!" ("hairball!"), "fukidamari!" ("drifting snow/leaves!"), or "mizutamari!" ("puddle!"), and "Iiwake wa iiwake yo!" ("Excuses are excuses!")
  • Colony Drop: In the final story arc, he threatens to drop a nearby comet towards Earth unless he is made Emperor of Little Tokyo.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Despite the vivid, heavily-squicked reactions of the cast, he considers himself to be a Wholesome Crossdresser. In fact, he may be one of the crossdressingest characters in all of anime.
  • Evil Chancellor
  • He's a Fox in Japan: In SPC, he was changed into a rat.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In "No Talent Guido", when he, being a fan of easy listening music, sings so badly that it even drives Jerry, Bad Bird, and the other Ninja Crows crazy.
  • Laughably Evil: Most of the time, he's too distracted with crossdressing, flirting with his subordinates, or just being dimwitted to be an actual threat.
  • Made of Explodium: He spectacularly explodes each time he's outraged (which he always is by the time an episode ends). This causes himself little more harm than getting covered in soot and becoming exhausted, but everyone and everything around him gets blown across the room and suffers Amusing Injuries. All of his foreign counterparts are just as volatile, and after the Samurai Pizza Cats and the New York Pizza Cats foil their plans they all detonate at once, utterly destroying the building they're in.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: ...But even though he doesn't get his hands dirty often, it's shown a couple of times that he can pilot a mecha pretty handily. And that's not counting "The Big Comet Caper..."
  • Once per Episode: Blows himself up nearly every episode, usually as a result of having his latest evil plan foiled. When he DOESN'T, it's actually something of an oddity.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: After saying goodbye to Jerry in the episode "Quake, Rattle, and Roll".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Every time he explodes would be a good example.
    • At the end of the series, having finally been caught embezzling Little Tokyo's treasury (and subsequently being fired as Prime Minister, as well as being threatened into banishment by Princess Vi), Big Cheese finally decides to go all-out and attempts a Colony Drop with a COMET.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Doubles as a form of Fan Disservice sometimes, particularly In-Universe
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Big Cheese is afraid of earthquakes in the episode "Quake, Rattle, and Roll".

Jerry Atric (Karasu Genrasai)

Voice Actors: Naoki Tatsuta (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)

Bad Bird (Karamaru)

Voice Actors: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Michael O'Rielly (English)

  • BFS: Favors a nodachi—a larger version of a katana. And he's pretty damn good with it.
  • The Dragon: To the Big Cheese and Jerry Atrick.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: In his final battle with Speedy, Bad Bird claims to have gained Speedy's Ginzu magic, and proves it by unleashing an energy shockwave that sends Yattaro reeling backward.
    • The American version of the show offers some Foreshadowing in the form of "Bad Bird Uncaged," when Bad Bird uses the Armor of Worc to absorb Speedy's Cat's Eye Slash and turns the power back against Speedy in the form of a raging firebird-shaped blast.
  • Evil Costume Switch: His Armor of Worc in the two-part episode, "Bad Bird Uncaged", complete with a flute that transforms into a bazooka or a machine gun (the latter which is only seen in the Japanese version).
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the Japanese version, his voice is considerably more masculine and agressive than the heroes.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Being married to Princess Vi, which he even lampshaded that quote.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In "The Great Comet Caper: Part 2"
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: His Japanese actor voiced Ryoga in Ranma 1/2. Speedy's actor voiced Ranma.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A villain, sure, but he comes to respect Speedy/Yattaro as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Official Couple: Bad Bird and his childhood friend, Carla (Okara).
  • Pet the Dog: He gets several moments of these as the series goes on, particularly regarding his past relationship with Carla/Okara.
  • The Rival: To Speedy.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Karamaru/Bad Bird used to work at the pizza parlor with the other cats. He becomes on good terms with them again in the finale.

The Rude Noise (Yami no Yon Nin Shu)

A Quirky Miniboss Squad of ninja crows with custom-designed armor, sometimes employed by the Big Cheese to fight the Pizza Cats. One of their recurring themes is to use combination techniques to provide an uphill battle for the team.

Bad Max (Crow Magnon) (Zankaa)

Voice Actors: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese), Arthur Grosser (English)

Cannonball Battery (Bonkaa)

Voice Actors: Kozo Shioya (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)

Mojo Rojo (Rekkaa)

Voice Actors: Hiroyuki Shibamoto (Japanese, 1st), Kenyuu Horiuchi (Japanese, 2nd), Rick Jones (English)

  • BFS: His sword is a nodachi that rivals bad Bird/Karamaru's!
  • Meaningful Name: "Rojo" means "red" in Spanish.

Ronnie Geissmuller (Wokkaa)

Voice Actors: Masami Kikuchi (Japanese), Rick Jones (English)

Other Major Characters

Lucille (Omitsu, "Omi-chan/Mi-chan")

Voice Actors: Yuko Mizutani (Japanese), Susan Glover (English)

Princess Violet ("Princess Vi") (Tokugawa Usako, "Usa Hime")

Voice Actors: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Susan Glover (English)

Emperor Fred (Shogun Tokugawa Iei-Iei)

Voice Actors: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)

"Big" Al Dente (Inuyama Wanko-no Kami)

Voice Actors: Kozo Shioya (Japanese), A.J. Henderson (English)

Guru Lou (Nekomata Reikainosuke, "Daisensei")

Voice Actors: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese), Walter Massey (English)

  • Dirty Old Man: In the Japanese version, where he tends to be grabby towards Pururun. His lecherous traits were reduced in SPC.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Although he supposedly built the Supreme Catatonic that the Pizza Cats use, he actually only discovered it and took the credit.
  • Methuselah Syndrome: Stated to be 350 years old in the Japanese version.
    Daisensei: Who are you calling a geezer?! I'm only 350 years old, right in the full bloom of youth!

Momma Mutt and Junior (Itsumono Oya and Itsumono Ko)

Momma Mutt's Voice Actors: Yuko Mizutani (Japanese), Sonja Ball (English)

Junior's Voice Actors: Satomi Koorogi (Japanese, 1st), Ai Orikasa (Japanese, 2nd), Pauline Little (English)

  • Deadpan Snarker: Both of them engage in snide conversations about the Pizza Cats, usually after they are launched into action.

The Ancient Warrior (Kuroi Bushou)

Voice Actors: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese)

  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears a black cape, and his armor is dusk-hued. However, he appears to be a Stealth Mentor more than anything.
  • Deus ex Machina: When things are looking hopeless in the finale, as Speedy and Bad Bird are face to face with a seemingly indestructible runaway comet, the Ancient Warrior suddenly appears on the Supreme Catatonic's monitor and reveals the secret of the mecha's ultimate power.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In a world where everyone else appears in chibi-esque form, it's rather telling that the Ancient Warrior is drawn with more realistic proportions.
  • Physical God: In the Japanese version he is stated to be the incarnation of Nekomyoujin-sama, the guardian deity of the Nekonin clan.
  • Secret Test of Character: He battles Yattaro/Speedy as a way of teaching him what he lacks in order to defeat Karamaru/Bad Bird (who was empowered by the Armor of Worc at the time).
  • Shout-Out: To a certain Sith lord. As if the black armor, helmet, and cape aren't enough, the Japanese version's soundtrack even goes so far as to include echoing breath sounds as he appears and electronic buzzing sounds as he swings his sword.

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