The titular "dandy guy in space", Dandy is a young man with a sweet hairstyle, a junk bucket spaceship, and no greater aim in life than to make money identifying unknown alien species so he can spend it at every BooBies restaurant in the galaxy.
Ian Sinclair is voicing a Jerkass who turns out to have a Big Brother Instinct to a young girl voiced by Jad Saxton. Wait, are we talking about Space Dandy, or something else?
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: One , at the end of episode 7. He enters a realm faster than thought, outside of time. Five billion years later, he discovers that he is revered as a god. Given the nature of the series it's not permanent, of course.
Child Hater: Claims to be this in episode 5 and he tells this to a child, Adélie . Subverted later on, where he not only tracks down the girl's grandfather, but lets them go live their life in peace rather than taking her to the alien registry.
Crazy-Prepared: Has shades of this by virtue of owning a planet-destroying bomb and a Transforming Mecha doubling as an Escape Pod in case of dire emergencies. Unfortunately, he doesn't really think beyond the point where he'll have to use such desperate measures.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is actually very agile, good at hand-to-hand combat, and an expert mecha pilot, but he seems to only use these skills for self-defense, and even then largely reflexively.
The Dandy: Space Dandy isn't just a dandy guy. He's a dandy guy...IN SPAAAAACE!!! He's damn proud to be a good-looking, smooth-talking ladies man. He wouldn't be named "Space Dandy" if he wasn't one. Downplayed in that he'll be more concerned with getting the job done than he is with keeping his good looks... but when he's not working, he's all about the good looks and the ladies.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may seem like a sleazebag, Dandy is actually not that bad of a guy. In episode 5, not only does he bond with the alien girl (Adélie) that he captures, he also tracks down her grandfather under the guise of going to BooBies and reunites the two rather than taking her to the registry and collecting the massive bounty.
Person of Mass Destruction: So far he's managed to destroy and/or kill at least three planets, one of which turned into a black hole.
Skewed Priorities: Can be roughly summed up as 1.) Find aliens, 2.) Get money, 3.) Look at boobs or butts. Never mind the overwhelmingly powerful space fleet pursuing him (not that he's even aware he's being chased).
In episode 3, he places boobs as a higher priority than eating.
Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Ultimately doesn't seem to care about anyone but himself, as he's ready to abandon Meow to an Extreme Omnivore alien in episode 3 (he goes back only because Meow still has his Boobies points card and ultimately forgets to rescue him anyway), and has to be goaded to taking Meow to a hospital in episode 4 when he starts acting strangely. He has no problem abandoning QT either.
Verbal Tic: On occasions he would end his sentence with "baby".
Dandy's long-suffering robot companion who operates as a vacuum cleaner. QT is considerably more intelligent and reasonable than the blockheaded Dandy and Meow, but is woefully brought down to their level of incompetency thanks in no small part to out-of-date hardware.
Ambiguous Gender: It's hard to tell what QT's gender is, being a robot. Most people seem to lean towards female, considering QT's feminine voice and role as the ship's maid, though the FUNimation dub had Meow refer to QT as a "he" once, and FUNimation's Youtube clips also refer to QT as male. All other official sources list her as female.
Auto-Tune: QT's voice are processed through a digital modulator to sound more like a robot, though it's more evident in the English dub as intonation is a lot more important in Japanese.
Cute Machines: QT's rounded, sunny-yellow body with its Twiki-style extendo-arms and retractable plug in the back resembles nothing so much as a Fisher-Price vacuum cleaner.
Extreme Doormat: Frequently gets exasperated at Dandy's antics, but remains patient, reliable, and loyal to him, and never really lashes out at him.
Geeky Turn-On: In episode 8, when the Aloha Oe lands on a planet that appears to be made out of old machine parts and junk from old spacecraft, she immediately gets spazzy about musing over what all of it could be used for, and even exclaims that she's "never been this aroused".
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Clearly the most competent member of the Aloha Oe's crew, but exclusively works as the ship's engineer and appears useless in battle, making QT and Dandy two halves of a pretty equal partnership.
The Immune: By Dandy's logic, zombie bites can't turn QT into a zombie, being a robot and all. This is completely wrong in this universe.
Lethal Chef: Doesn't seem to understand that the food ordered through the mail has been expired for 10,000 years, and still expects Dandy and Meow to eat it.
Nicknamed by Dandy because of his catlike appearance and unpronounceable real name (pronounced "Nynyamo", captioned as "Me#$%"), Meow is a Betelgeusian. Misidentified as a rare new species of alien by an out-of-it QT in the first episode, they're dismayed to find that Betelgeusians are way too common to be worth any money, but he has enough leads on the locations of potential alien catches that they decide to bring him along.
Action Survivor: Always accompanies Dandy onto planets, despite having no real survival skills at all.
Adorkable: He resembles a cute kitty and, going by his favorite activities, he's certainly a massive dork.
Alien Blood: Meow's blood is purple, as can be seen when he gets a nosebleed during a fight with Dandy,
Basement-Dweller: Meow seems to spend his private time sitting alone in his pitch-black room surrounded by glowing monitors and discarded trash. It doesn't help that he's portrayed as something of a freeloader.
Big Eater: In the second episode, he's managed to devour Dandy's sizeable instant ramen stash, and if Dandy is to be believed, he's the reason why they're practically out of food at all times.
Cat Smile: The little yellow logo on his hat has one.
Covert Pervert: You wouldn't guess from his cute design that he'd be introduced on the show as a leering customer at BooBies taking creepshots of the waitresses.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He actually manages to fight Dandy to a standstill in episode 6. Granted, Dandy's not the most competent guy around, but he's shown to be a skilled fighter whereas up to that point Meow was essentially a Non-Action Guy so its still impressive.
Dissonant Serenity: Due to having already been on the Death World the team visits during the premiere, Meow's comparatively calm about its dangers, even going so far as to laugh at Dandy when they're both drowning.
The Drag-Along: He starts out his tenure on the Aloha Oe's crew as this.
Glowing Eyes: When Meow is shown sitting alone in his dark room in Episode 6, his eyes glow green. Not surprising considering how catlike he is.
I Am Not Weasel: Though looking an awful lot like a cat, grooming himself like a cat and batting at Dandy's holographic BooBies card like a cat would, Meow is very insistent he isn't a space cat. Dandy still refers to him regularly as if he was a cat though.
Incompatible Orientation: Just when Meow is getting used to being in a time loop on his home planet, deciding that this is a good opportunity to settle down and marry Katie, he gets hit with this when Katie reveals she's gay (and dating Lil' Mama). Cue Meow screaming and revving up a chainsaw to get out of the time loop ASAP.
Jerkass: While he's more laid back and reasonable than Dandy, he's still a lazy, useless pervert who clearly takes Dandy and QT's generosity of letting him stay on the ship for granted.
Otaku: Meow's got a collection of manga, anime figurines, and body pillows big enough to start his own museum. His dorky sarong/crocs ensemble also fits the look, though episode 10 shows that it's a common Betelgeusian outfit.
The Unpronounceable: "Nynyamo", his real name, is actually quite a common name for Betelgeusians, but neither Dandy or QT can understand how he's pronouncing it, so they just call him Meow because he looks like a space cat. Meow isn't amused by this. In the dub his name somewhat consistently sounds like Myehmyehmyur slurred, but in the original Japanese his name is incomprehensible and seems to change every time it's said.
A specimen inspector at the Alien Registration Bureau, where alien hunters like Dandy come to cash in their rare finds (or, in Dandy's case, fail to do so). Although she may look like an ordinary clerk, her calm demeanor hides her able hand-to-hand combat skills.
A bubbly waitress at the branch of BooBies "breastaurant" that Dandy frequents.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Strikes up a conversation with Dandy, only to go running off in the middle of it after a dance party starts up in the middle of the restaurant. She does manage to remember his drink order, at least.
Badass Driver: She randomly shows up in the space race episode, and actually does pretty well.
Ms. Fanservice: Wears a Stripperiffic outfit in every scene she's in? Check. Works at a place named after a sexually appealing body part? Check. Has about three fanservice tropes on her? Check.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Seemingly a Brainless Beauty at first, hints are repeatedly dropped that it's an act. While she might not be a genius, she shows quite often that she's smarter than she lets on. As noted above, she's able to accurately remember orders despite apparent distractions. When Dandy asks her to guess his job, and states that it starts with an A, her answer is "asteroid belt.", the original dub script calling for her to guess "ass" in the same cheery tone. The Japanese dialog has Dandy say that he's something that starts with a "U", Honey responds by saying "A maggot (ujimushi)?". She's also a rather competent racer.
Stripperific: Her standard work attire is a bikini. Unusually for this trope, her footwear isn't the standard issue high heels, but sensible flats like an actual waitress might wear.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's shaping up to be one; not only has he repeatedly failed to capture Dandy and the Aloha Oe crew, but there's no indication they've even noticed that he's after them, let alone know who he is.
Nice Hat: Fitting in with the funkadelic nature of the show, it looks like he swiped it from Bootsy Collins.
Nice Shoes: Contrasting with the funky look of the rest of his outfit, his boots look like something a punk rocker would wear.
Not so Above It All: While pursuing Dandy in episode 7, he winds up forgetting about capturing him and becomes more intent on beating him in the race.
Episode 8 shows that he's not all doom and gloom either. He was trying to hide from Admiral Perry the fact that he was enjoying a new music player that Bea installed into the ship.
Pimp Duds: Dresses like a pimp, but doesn't really act like one.
They Killed Kenny Again: Dr. Gel and Bea get killed off about as often as Meow does. As of episode 8, he's been zombified, had Admiral Perry self-destruct his ship, smashed into a giant spiked pillar in a race, and got sucked into a black hole.
He even lampshades it in the preview for Episode 9.
Dr. Gel: My name is Dr. Gel. They don't give me very much screen time and for some reason I keep dying. I am officially very dissatisfied.
Your Size May Vary: Sometimes he's a giant in comparison to Bea, and sometimes he's merely twice as tall.
Your Size May Vary: Bea is always smaller than Dr. Gel, but how much smaller is another story. Sometime's he's about half Dr. Gel's height (Episode 4), and sometimes he looks like a mouse in comparison (Episode 8).
The ruler of the Gogol Empire under whose command Dr. Gel is pursuing Dandy.
Big Bad: He's the one ordering around Dr. Gel to capture Dandy.
Cool Crown: Wears one. There's also planets floating around his head, though it isn't clear of this is connected to the crown.
Dem Bones: Not only does he have a skull head, but he has bony arms as well, as shown in episode 8.
Evil Counterpart: To Dandy due to him being a fiery cheapskate decked out in star motifs who is all too willing to dispose of underlings when they prove to be troublesome or useless. The two of them are also hunting highly elusive prey across the cosmos.
Child Hater: Inverted to Adult Hater. She claims that all adults are jerks because their age makes them arrogant and they blame their problems on the world.
Damsel out of Distress: She's captured twice in her first episode and both times she is capable of escape by exploiting public attention and her sharp teeth.
Defiant Captive: She's guaranteed to give her captor a hard time, as Dandy finds out.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially hates Dandy, but as they travel together, she warms up to him and asks to join his crew.
Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She carries around a large stuffed penguin wherever she goes. Part of the reason is because she stores the consciousness of her victims in it.
Humanoid Alien: Virtually human by all superficial appearances. Besides her usually hidden twin stingers her fingernails more closely resemble miniature hooves over the tips. Her feet seem to taper into hooves with heel-like cloves her pupils are inhuman and her hairstyle seems to be biological (shared with her grandfather).
Tsundere: A typical mellowed out Type A (Tsun-Tsun). She starts out using her powers on him in anger when she thinks he's going to abandon her and then stomping off to cry. Like any good tsundere of this type, she affectionately calls him an idiot.
A famous human space-drag racer whose popularity with the ladies at Boobies makes him a rival to Dandy.
Affectionate Parody: He's a walking parody of generic pretty boy rivals, right down to having a very similar team to the hero's. However, the writers decided to cut out the middleman and remove any inevitable subtext in favor of making him straight up gay for Dandy.
Amoral Attorney: Squeak is stated to be a lawyer, threatens to sue Meow, and even rigs the race by placing a bomb on Dandy's ship.
Bishie Sparkle: Emits them at all times, at least until he gets flustered.
Foil: He even has a robot and a furry sidekick (a rat) to foil QT and Meow.
The Psycho Rangers: He has his own robot and animal-esque alien (a rat this time) sidekick. They're more Jerkasses than flat-out evil, though (except for Squeak, who rigs the Little Ahola with explosives during a race pit stop.)
The Rival: To Dandy. It's because Dandy is worthy of being his rival that he falls in love with him.
Spirited Competitor: He says that races are not about winning, they're about fun. He becomes very spirited indeed when Dandy proves capable of keeping up with him.
A cerebral plant from the planet Planta, he is surprised to meet Dandy since he had never encountered an organism that was neither plant nor microbe. He is very introspective and wants to use Dandy's non-plant nature to remove Code D, which causes plants to become ginormous, which he sees as dangerous.
Blue and Orange Morality: He has some odd ideas. He seems to be proud of his daughter, but he doesn't object to her putting herself in danger. He also strongly believes that the Vegims should return to being ordinary plants, and embraces becoming a vegetable again as a new beginning, an idea that other scientist plants do not share.
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Purposely invoked. The plants of Planet Planta were granted high intelligence by Code D, but Dr. H didn't think this was totally a good thing, and missed the simple life of a regular plant. So he has Dandy destroy Code D without telling him what will happen.
The Stoic: He shows some emotions, but he's pretty hard to read.