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Characters: Space Channel 5
Space Channel 5 has a wide variety of characters, each with their own past that effects their future.

Be warned, there will be spoilers for the game's events!


Heroes

Ulala

Voice Actors: Apollo Smile (English), "Herself" (Japanese)

Ulala is the main protagonist of the Space Channel 5 series. She is Space Channel 5's star reporter and a huge hit with the galaxy audience. She is also an excellent dancer and one of gaming's most recognizable female characters.

At the age of 12, Ulala was the sole survivor of a spaceship accident. She was rescued from the brink of the galaxy by a Space Channel 5 reporter, and the rescue inspired Ulala to become a reporter for the station that saved her life. The reporter that saved Ulala soon left Channel 5 however, and she never got to thank him for saving her. Eight years later, Ulala soon got to work with the station. However, it wasn't until another two years that she got her big break as a space reporter, during the Morolian Invasion in the first Space Channel 5.

Ulala is often portrayed as confident; often heading into danger without showing the slight trace of fear.In Part 2 however, Ulala seems to have taken a less confident stance against the Rhythm Rogues. She often exclaims shock at some of the drama in the game, such as when people are taken hostage. In the original, she stated these developments calmly and professionally. However, Ulala still retains plenty of her confidence from the prequel.

Ulala is confident and ready to meet any challenge, but also uniquely human, excitable and dramatic, and never without the help of friends and fans alike as a result.

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Jaguar

Voice Actors: Jeff Kramer/Tom Clarke Hill (English), Show Hayami (Japanese)

Calling himself "The Voice of Truth", Jaguar is a mysterious man who abandoned mainstream reporting so he could reveal secrets to the galaxy instead of just struggling with ratings. He's the captain of the Space Pirate Broadcasting Station, and commands the Rougeship-A-Go-Go. When the Morolians invade, he clashes with Ulala a few times as he believes she's interfering with the investigation, but they later team up to fight the aliens and Blank. It's later revealed that Jaguar used to work for Space Channel 5, and is actually the reporter who saved Ulala's life.

In the second game, he is captured in the prologue, so his whereabouts are unknown. He was really brainwashed by Purge and became Shadow, but is freed by Ulala.

Tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: He only treats Ulala as an adversary because he wants to report the truth. It turns out he actually left Space Channel 5 because he disagreed with Blank.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: A weird case. When Ulala fights him in the asteroid belt during level 3, he's wearing a helmet. When he fights alongside Ulala and Pudding during level 4, he isn't.
  • Brainwashed: By Purge in Part 2.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Ulala out-dances and out-shoots him, but he comes back to help her take on Morolian Monroe and they become allies.
  • Distressed Dude
  • The Dragon: He's made commander of the Rhythm Rogues under Purge's control.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Hey, it's Aizen!
  • He Knows Too Much: The prologue of the second game shows us that Jaguar's habit of conducting undercover investigations came to bite him in the ass.
  • Interface Spoiler: His familiar battle pose makes figuring out Shadow's identity easy from the start. If that's not enough, Shadow repeats the moves Jaguar used against Ulala when they face off.
  • Large Ham: "My name is..." "~JAGUARRR~!"
  • Mysterious Protector: He was one to Ulala, but it's not made clear until the end of the first game.
  • Older than They Look: While Jaguar doesn't look much older than Ulala, he's actually 35.
  • Something about a Rose: He doesn't carry one in-game, but examining his profile in Part 2 unlocks a rose accessory for Ulala, and the item description implies it was a gift.

Pudding

Voice Actors: Sumalee Montano/Larissa Murray (English), Kae Iida (Japanese)

Pudding is the reporter for Space Channel 42. Formerly a teen singing sensation, she's not at all happy when Ulala starts muscling in on her spotlight and has to be dispatched with a dance-off.

When the Morolians invade in the first game, she's beaten to the scoop by Ulala and becomes her ally after being rescued from a tight spot. Later, when the Rhythm Rouges try taking over, she returns, now with skills on the electric guitar.

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Pine

Voice Actors: Toni Barry (English), Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese)

The chief of the Sexy Space Police, Eastern Venus sector. Making her debut in Part 2, Pine was tasked with rescuing President Peace from the Rhythm Rogues, but failed to keep Ulala off the scene. Later, she manages to find Purge's hideout and sends out a distress signal to get backup.

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Fuse

Voice Actors: David Nowlin/Kerry Shale (English), Takashi Thomas Yuda (Japanese)

Ulala's director, who is determined to save their failing report show. He won't hesitate to berate Ulala for her mistakes, but she can quickly earn his enthusiasm by performing well. For unknown reasons, he never sets foot off his Astrobeat Ship; apparently, only Noize has ever seen him in person.

He serves a relatively minor role outside of narration. At the end of the first game, he's used as a human(?) shield by Giant Evila. In the sequel, while helping Ulala battle Purge, he protects her from a laser and is apparently lost with the space station, only to turn up unharmed before the credits.

Tropes

Noize

Voice Actors: Alan Marriot (English), Ken Okazaki (Japanese)

Ulala's dependable co-worker in Space Channel 5 Part 2. He works directly under Fuse and it is speculated, although not confirmed, that he is the only person to have seen the mysterious director.

Noize is a whiz-kid when it comes to inventing. He helps out on repairs to the broadcasting shuttle and creates new types of microphones for Ulala to use in her reports. The Channel 5 technical development chief headhunted and found him due to his skills in technology. In his free time, Noize likes to mix music.

He helps out Ulala a lot during the events of Part 2, even becoming her boss when Fuse dies.

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Villains

Chief Blank

Voice Actors: Gary Martinez (English), Kenji Utsumi (Japanese)

The CEO of Space Channel 5 and instigator of the Morolian invasion. Cornered by low ratings, he sent Ulala out to make her debut by reporting on the alien dance craze, not realizing she would discover the brainwashing apparatus and trace it back to him. At the end of the game, he is defeated by Ulala and sent flying off in the remnants of his Giant Mecha.

In Part 2, he's been replaced by Space Micheal, but appears in Extra Mode as a backup dancer. Not all fans were happy.

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Evila

Voice Actors: Unknown

A robotic clone of Ulala designed by Blank. Dubbed the "Ultimate Reporter", she was intended to be Channel 5's ticket to universe-wide superstardom. However, she's unable to stop Ulala from dancing her way through the broadcasting station and reaching Blank.

When Part 2 rolls around, she's been reprogrammed and mass-produced as a security bot for the broadcasting station.

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Purge

Voice Actors: Eric Myers (English), Akira Ishida (Japanese)

The big daddy-o Ulala faces in Part 2; leader of the Rhythm Rogues, Purge deploys his robots to abduct people from all over the galaxy with the intent of harnessing their groove energy. Doing so will allow him to complete his superweapon, the Ballistic Groove Gun, and hypnotize the entire universe into dancing with him.

His backstory is a little more complicated. When he was very young (as in 9 years old), he was successful in the field of wave mechanics.The social status and economic power was sufficient enough for him to live on his own.

Eventually, he started to believe that “This galaxy is at the mercy of petty worries”, “People are unhappy and stupid in the galaxy”, and “I’ll lead you to paradise at the hands of my good karma.” With that belief, he decided to make all the galaxies dance.

Unfortunately for Ulala, Purge is much more serious than her previous enemies: wreaking havoc with his dancing robots, kidnapping the President, and even blowing up the Space Channel 5 station. While he can also harness mysterious dance powers, his inability to understand love or friendship proves to be his undoing, and Ulala uses the power of the people he abducted to defeat him.

Did we mention that he's the best dancer in the universe? Needless to say, Ulala's got her work cut out for her.

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