Characters: Sym-Bionic Titan
The characters of Sym-Bionic Titan:
Princess Ilana / Ilana "Lunis"
Voiced by Tara StrongThe princess of the planet Galaluna, Ilana is sent to Earth alongside Lance and Octus for her protection against Modula's forces, disguising themselves as students in Sherman High School. She is compassionate and well-intentioned, but her naivety of human ways causes the student body to label her a "doofus." Ilana and her armor system Corus is the "heart" of the Sym-Bionic Titan.
- Action Girl: Less aggressive than the guys, but she can and will put up a hell of a fight when the situation calls for it.
- Anime Hair: Seriously, how does her hair manage to stay up like that? And from the looks of her dad, it apparently runs in the family. The one time you actually get to see her hair down is very briefly when the cheerleaders and she fall into the school pool. Cut to the next scene, and her hair is automatically back up again. The hairstyle appears to be a Galalunian cultural thing. Baron in episode 8 has this hairstyle as well, as do several Galalunian background characters.
- Badass Princess: She's a princess. Princesses aren't any good in a fight, right? Not this one. She has Heroic Spirit and Powered Armor
- Barrier Warrior: Corus, her armor system, is equipped with force fields.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Strongly averted in Episode 13, then again briefly at the beginning of Episode 16 when she gets herself dirty from climbing down a well.
- Episode 19 shows that shes doesn't always look so fantastic in the mornings.
- Body Horror: Happens during episode 13, "The Demon Within". The burns from her injury look gruesome, but the transformation sequences are quite a bit more graphic, going to the point of showing Ilana, still technically thinking and acting as herself, seeing her reflection in a puddle, and discovering that part of her head has opened to reveal her brain.
- Chest Blaster: Her armor has this weapon.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Has a compulsive need to help people in trouble. Sometimes it's a good thing, other times it's not.
- Closer to Earth: She is quicker to accept human lifestyles and customs than Lance and Octus.
- Cool Loser: Most of her classmates either ignore her or make fun of her.
- Daddy's Girl: She loves her father so much that seeing an illusion of him dead causes an emotional breakdown.
- Enemy Scan: Done in episode 3, "Elephant Logic", on the mysterious, gaseous blob that's destroying everything, then on the dragon monster.
- Fallen Princess: She was a princess in her home town but now she's one student among many.
- Fish out of Water: She's out of her depth at an earth high school.
- Fragile Speedster: Her Corus armor seems to be like this, yet it's sturdy enough to survive a falling building and a stomping from a false Manus unit unscathed.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Corus can shoot a beam capable of destroying anything. This gets shown off in episode 11.
- Go-Getter Girl: She joined the Homecoming Committee and was quickly elected The Leader.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Her armor.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her princess dress in the intro; significant because she doesn't wear princess clothes again.
- Granola Girl / Hippie Chick: Appears as one because of her overtly friendliness and peace-loving nature, but this is just as a result of her being a princess.
- The Heart: Both metaphorically and literally, since her armor forms the heart of the Titan.
- Love Freak: Resulting in considerable mockery from her classmates.
- Magic Skirt: Whenever she wears one it always stays down.
- Missing Mom: There's been no mention of her mother so far, and the one possible cameo of her is questionable.
- Out of Focus: The unfortunate side effect of the series getting cancelled so soon; Lance was the focus of the first half of Season 1 and Octus was the focus of the second.
- Plucky Girl: Constantly upbeat; a great contrast with moody Lance.
- The Pollyanna: Definitely the most upbeat and optimistic member of the group.
- Powered Armor: Her Corus unit is like this and is only slightly larger than an adult human by a foot or so.
- The President's Daughter: Modula wants Ilana killed so that there is no one in his way to take the Galalunian throne and no one to inspire hope in the people to rebel against him.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: A fair portion of her outfits consist of either pink or purple. Even the screens inside her armor are pink.
- Protectorate: Towards Lance and Octus.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: When Galaluna was at peace, she did a lot of diplomatic and humanitarian work, as well as copious rescues of trapped-in-a-well pets.
- The Kirk: The "Heart" in the Galanuian trinity of heart, body, and mind.
- Spock Speak: Similar to that of Starfire (even though she's voiced by Raven). This lasts for only the first few episodes because she has to blend in..
- Spoiled Sweet: Ilana is obviously used to the finer things in life, but she doesn't let that get in the way of saving the day when evil rears its head oh-so-often. In fact, in a way, it makes her more suited to it.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She's worn four different outfits in a single episode.
- Woman in White: In episode 6.
- Youthful Freckles
- Zettai Ryouiki: A marvelous Class B, Class A in other shots. This is her sense of fashion.
Corporal Lance / Lance "Lunis"
Voiced by Kevin Thoms; as a child by Elan Garfias (in "Shaman of Fear") and John DeVito (in "Shadows of Youth").A Galalunian soldier and Ilana's bodyguard. Lance is labeled as a "bad boy" at school when he unintentionally draws all the girls' attention. He is not one to back out of a fight and is very protective of Ilana, easily mistaking anything as a threat to her. Lance and his armor system Manus is the "body" of the Sym-Bionic Titan.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: He's been to jail at least twice on Galaluna and once on Earth, so in that sense he really is a bad boy.Teacher: Care to tell the class a little bit about yourself?
Lance: ... No.
(girls in the class smile in awe)
- Alliterative Name: His Secret Identity name.
- Badass: Episode 4 sees him briefly become something that resembles a certain famous badass crimefighter that doesn't possess supernatural abilities.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in the rather Squick-inducing interrogation Xishi pulls on him and when the audience clearly sees him get bruised for good measure by the G3 interrogator.
- The Big Guy: He's a soldier among a princess and a robot.
- Brains and Brawn: Brawn to Octus' Brains.
- Captain Ersatz: He's Hyato Jin, right down to the hairstyle. Specifically, the aloof but chivalrous Hyato Jin of the 1970s anime, as opposed to the violent psychopath from the manga and Darker and Edgier later anime.
- Chick Magnet: Every girl at school worships the ground he walks on, but he can't work up the nerve to pursue the one he actually likes. The one time he asked she turned him down, but that was more because of his choice of locale rather than denying him personally.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Not as much as Ilana, but he does state in episode 4 that fighting crime makes him feel like he has a purpose.
- Curtains Match the Window: Black hair and eyes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: "Shadows of Youth" deals entirely with his unpleasant childhood as an orphan in military school.
- Declaration of Protection: To Ilana. He takes his job very seriously.
- Defrosting Ice King: Over the course of the show.
- Distressed Dude: A couple times he needs rescuing.
- Disappeared Dad: Vanished through a prototype rift gate and is presumed dead. Though when he was a kid, he believed he's still alive. He always hoped he would come back and take him home, but after his terrible first year at the military academy, he accepted that he's dead.Lance: With all due respect, you're not my father.
The King: You're right, I'm not your father. But if he were here—
Lance: He's not here! He's dead, and he's never coming back.
- Mr. Fanservice: Perhaps best exemplified with the Shirtless Scene in the third episode and lampshaded in the fourth episode:
- Fish out of Water / No Social Skills: In his own sort of way, especially when he considers anyone who so much as lays a hand on Ilana as an enemy.
- Geeky Turn-On: Mike Chan's car causes his "circuits to pulse."
- Genre Savvy: He knows that any time Ilana gets excited about something it won't end well and in "A Family Crisis" he flat out states that nothing good will come from leaving to rescue Solomon."Why is it that everyone agrees that I'm right but we're going anyway?"
- Heroic Vow: To protect Ilana.
- Hidden Depths:Ilana: Why do you think my father chose somebody so...strange?
Octus: Maybe your father sees something in him that none of us do.
- Hot-Blooded: Complete with Hotblooded Sideburns.
- Good Feels Good: His brief stint as 'The Shadow', a vigilantee, is the only time he's been happy. He smiled and said 'good morning' and everything.
- Idiot Hair: Far from being an idiot, though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty intense when it comes to protecting Ilana, evidently shown in the second episode, but he's well-intentioned and will try to make up for his wrongs — such as destroying the robot that he accidently led back to the neighborhood and getting Ilana the snow globe she was admiring from the furniture store.
- The Lancer: Doubles as Meaningful Name; he's a contrast to Ilana and he's a soldier too.
- The McCoy: The "Body" in the Galalunian trio of heart, body, and mind.
- Meaningful Name: His armor wields a lance and is The Lancer. Reversed, it means an actual rank.
- Missing Mom: As with Ilana, the issue's never really brought up.
- Mighty Glacier: Manus, his armor system.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lance has more than once made a mess due to his insensitivity and quick-tempered nature.
- One-Man Army: The Galaluna Military thinks he's enough to turn the tide of the war they've already lost.
- Le Parkour: Judging by his chasing-down of Ilana when she wanted to go to the mall, he's pretty good at it.
- Self-Made Man: He had some support from the king and General Modula, but other than that he was on his own.
- Shirtless Scene: So far, he's had more fanservice than Ilana!
- Shrinking Violet: If "Disenfranchised" was any indication, he doesn't like being the center of attention and shrinks away at Ilana's accidental announcement of his playing in a band. The second one may be Genre Savvy enough to know that once Ilana starts making a big deal out of something it's bound to end in disaster.
- Sour Supporter: On his worse days to Ilana.
- Spock Speak: He averts this more than Ilana and Octus do. Of course, he interacts with people less as well...
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: 6'0'' and 152 lbs, according to his license.
- Troubled, but Cute: A source of popularity at school.
- Unkempt Beauty
- The Unsmile: His drivers license picture is...something.◊
- You're Popular, So You Suck: Invoked; he had a short lived tenure in a band, only to be fired because he was too "mainstream".
Octus / Newton / Mr. Lunis
Voiced by Brian PosehnA bio-cyberneric robot sent alongside Ilana and Lance. Octus's hologram disguises include "Newton" when he's in Sherman High School; and Ilana's and Lance's "Dad" outside of school. He is intelligent, but is considered a nerd by Sherman High School students. Octus is the "mind" of the Sym-Bionic Titan.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In a mundane way. He's able to out-chug and out-belch Meat simply by observing how Meat did it and one-upping him.
- Badass Bookworm
- Big Eater: Just how many of those Popsicles did he eat in one sitting?
- Brains and Brawn: Brains to Lance's Brawn.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Regularly uses this excuse to get out of class/leave a party/etc. in order to fight evil and save the world.
- Came Back Strong: Is brought back to life by the head of G3 in the series finale. Not only can Titan be formed again, its power increased greatly along with having gained the ability to fire powerful energy beams from its limbs.
- The Comically Serious: He pulls off a lot of witty one-liners without trying, and when he does try to make jokes, they're so nerdy that no one else gets them. If he's in a bad mood, he can become a Deadpan Snarker.
- Do Androids Dream?
- Do-Anything Robot: So far, Octus has been very versatile. He can generate solid cash (and other objects) by converting it directly from energy. This may be the same matter-replicators used to make the Titan's weapons.
- Emergent Human: He's definitely not a human but, he's not just a robot either. This is examined in "I Am Octus".
- Flying Brick: Not only can he fly, he can get hit by a truck on the freeway without being hurt. The truck crumbles from the impact, while Octus doesn't even flinch.
- Genius Bruiser: He could probably beat Lance in a fight if he wanted to.
- Heroes Want Redheads: With Kimmy, though she seemed to be attracted to him first.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The end of episode 18. He recovers.
- Nerd: His high school disguise is the stereotypical glasses and too-formal clothing. He averts the social stigma because he ends up with a Jock friend and Kimmy as a girlfriend. He seems to be growing in popularity off-screen, too — his contacts list in "Shaman of Fear" has at least 10 names on it besides "Ilana" and "LANCE".
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's a lot bigger than Kimmy.
- Let's Get Dangerous: The gloves are off when he sheds his disguise.
- Lightning Bruiser: In addition to being able to move faster than the human eye can see, Octus is also strong enough to punch monsters through walls with relative ease.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: In "Under the Three Moons" it did beause Kim didn't like he kept ditching her.
- Master of Disguise: But he frankly doesn't put that much effort into it when we know for a fact he could. Aside from the fact that his bulk never changes, his "dad" persona is essentially his "student" aged up appropriately. He's shown the ability to alter his appearance into a much thinner form, so apparently he just doesn't feel like it.
- Mundane Utility: Octus is super-strong and super-fast, and will use all his might and skill to... throw snowballs.
- Mysterious Past: Exactly how he came to be isn't entirely clear. We at least know Ilana's father was doing some touch-up work just prior to the invasion, but that's it.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Kimmy's dance in "Lessons in Love" fails to convince Newton to do her homework for her.
- Opposites Attract: Newton developed a completely unexpected romance with the not-so-ditzy sexpot cheerleader, Kimmy.
- Papa Wolf: To Lance and Ilana. For extra points, one of his two disguises ''is' their father.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Octus is the most guilty of this out of the three, which makes sense because his programming dictates Ilana be protected first and foremost. He doesn't want Lance stopping crimes only because it attracts undue attention, and was perfectly fine with Lance driving a car without a license (and would have made him one if asked).
By the events of "A Family Crisis" he seems to have moved past this mindset, agreeing with Ilana to respond to Solomon's distress call as it is the right thing to do, much to Lance's annoyance.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Octus has made the point several times that he's not an average robot whenever this issue comes up.
- Robot Buddy: Although Ilana and Lance don't seem to see him like this.
- Secret Identity: He has TWO of them; Newton and 'Dad' Lunis. How Newton fits into the Lunis family is highly ambiguous.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: He says this exact line when Lance teases him about Kimmy in "Lessons in Love". Then he ends up kissing her and they've been dating ever since.
- Sizeshifter: An extension of his shapeshifting ability, allowing him to grow to giant proportions. The team probably couldn't form Titan if he didn't have this power.
- The Smart Guy
- The Spock: The "Mind" in the Galalunian trio of heart, body, and mind. He does gradually gain emotions, but he still fits this role since Ilana is still the more emotionally motivated.
- Spock Speak: He gradually begins to take on human speech affections, to varying levels of success.Octus: I know, right? (said without any intonation)
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Super Speed: Octus displays this in Episode 6, going fast enough to be invisible to the naked eye and whip up a strong breeze, yet not fast enough to cause a sonic boom. He doesn't even have to move his upper-body to boot.
- Team Chef: He seems to be the only one in the group who knows how to cook.
- Team Dad: In the literal sense, as he disguises himself as the team's father at home. Plays the trope straight, too.
- Tin Man: In "I Am Octus." It was inevitable, really.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend: With Kimmy.
- Unexplained Recovery: After spending episode 19 dead, he's brought back to life by the head of G3 in episode 20 and this is his explaination.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Overlaps with Master of Disguise and Sizeshifter.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Averted- he understands the concept but doesn't feel it with Kimmy (initially). Instead, he feels 'happy' around her (sounding more like an unusually self-aware teenager than a robot).
- Younger Than They Look
Voiced by Don LeslieThe driving force that caused Lance, Ilana, and Octus to flee Galaluna, Modula is a sort of dictator who controls a group of aliens called the Mutraddi. Because he is too busy conquering Galaluna for himself, Modula sends a giant monster every so often to kill the princess and stop any possibility of rebellion against him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One episode displays him putting down a rebellion platoon using nothing more than his bare hands without really trying. Counts during his pre-Big Bad days, too: he deactivated two Manus armors standing upright by himself in an instant.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't take failure very well.
- Badass Beard: Just look at that thing.
- Big Bad
- Evil Former Friend: To the King.
- Eye Beams: His helmet-eye shoots mind-reading beams and disintegration rays.
- Eyeless Face: His hat conceals his eyes, though it actually has an eye on it itself.
- Face-Heel Turn: We don't know the details yet, but he used to be one of the good guys.
- Fallen Hero
- Hive King: Seems to play this role to the otherwise mindless Mutraddi.
- Nice Hat: Which also lets him talk to the monsters he sends to Earth.
- Psychic Powers
- Out of Focus: In the second half of the series he appears in only one episode.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Before his Face-Heel Turn, he was a very agreeable guy.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His whole motive seems to be to get revenge on the King for abandoning him on the Mutraddi homeworld.
Voiced by Tim RussAn enigmatic individual affiliated with a group known as the Galactic Guardians. His ambitions, motivation, and alignment remain to be seen, although to date he has typically served only to play as the voice of reason against the heavy-handed tactics of General Steel. Both his fighting style and the technology he uses are Galalunian in origin, a mystery that has yet to be explained.
- Badass: The man can fight on par with Lance.
- Badass Longcoat
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Heel-Face Turn: After the heroes save him from the Energy Creature, he's more than willing to return the favor and help them.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: If he is a villain. He might be more of an Enigmatic Minion, since he's actually working for someone else.
- Inspector Javert: Solomon is deeply suspicious of whoever controls the Titan.
- Nice Hat: His whole wardrobe, really. Brings to mind a certain vampire...
- The Stoic: Typically very cool and reserved, and to date hasn't been seen to express any emotion particularly strongly. He's Not So Stoic as to pass up the occasional deadpan snark at General Steel's expense, however, or to crack a smile at a children's song about teamwork being played from the speakers of a giant robot.
General Julius Steel
Voiced by John DiMaggioA decorated military officer whose unit is the first to encounter Ilana and Lance after their decent to Earth. He has deep contempt for the Titan once it becomes known, and openly encourages people to assume it to be a menace. He's also stubborn as a mule, refuses to listen to the advice of his subordinates, and never takes responsibility for his mistakes. Openly detests Solomon.
- BFG: His mecha is armed with a large number of these. But the one it uses as a Finishing Move is connected to its arm and can completely vaporize a giant monster in one blast.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: His speech during the televised debate over whether the Titan is a friend or a menace hints that part of the reason he so strongly detests the Titan is that people consider it a hero, and not people like him.
- Destructive Savior: To the point that you really have to wonder if he qualifies for the "savior" part.
- Determinator: In the last fight he was in, he used his mech's full power to blast the monster. When that didn't work, and the arms were ripped off, he continued with a missile salvo (wasn't that effective), when the robot was torn apart and smashed. Steele got out and began shooting at the monster himself, with a handgun.
- Expy: Arguably of General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross from the Incredible Hulk.
- General Ripper: Steel's violent obsession to stop any aliens tends to endanger his men and everyone around him. Shows during his mecha's first battle. His fighting style is far more agressive than the Titan's and tends to cause a great deal of damage.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's not really evil, and takes his job as a soldier seriously... but he's probably the least pleasant earthling we've seen in the series so far.
- Harmless Villain: Starting to fall into this, especially compared to Solomon and Modula.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Not anymore, he finally decided to even the playing field and get himself his own giant robot, The Hammer.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Jerkass: The way he treats subordinates who disagree with him is a little less than reasonable, he also acts this way toward Solomon.
- Large Ham: When the H.M.E.R first appears, he chews up more scenery than the monster he's fighting.
- More Dakka: His solution to most problems is finding a bigger gun to fire at it. This has come back to bite him on the butt at least once so far. His own personal mecha, the H.M.E.R, is this trope. It's packed with an ungodly amount of guns and weapons.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His actions are what result in episode 3's Monster of the Week.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once he gets a giant robot of his own.
King of Galaluna
Voiced by John DiMaggioThe King of Galaluna and Ilana's father. Being held hostage by Modula.
- Badass Beard
- Distressed Dude
- Parental Substitute: To Lance, at times.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- We Used to Be Friends: With Modula.
Voiced by Kari Wahlgren, Cassie Scerbo in "Showdown at Sherman High"The captain of Sherman High's cheer squad. When she is first introduced she behaves like a stereotypical mean and shallow popular girl, but it's really all just an act. She first reveals her true nature to Newton and, to everyone's surprise, falls in love with him. The two have been dating ever since and so far she has no idea that he's really a robot. She is similarly oblivious to Lance and Ilana's secret identities, though their behavior makes her suspicious at times.
- Brainless Beauty: Greatly deconstructed; Kimmy has very little confidence (initially) of her intelligence because people see her as this trope, and a good talk with Octus helps her realize that she didn't need to follow the stereotype.
- The Cheerleader / Alpha Bitch: Prior to Character Development.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Frosty until a certain study session...
- Fiery Redhead: She can be even feistier than Ilana!
- Give Geeks a Chance: She does and attempts to explain his appeal to her friends.
- Hidden Depths: There's more going on behind that pretty face than you'd think.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: She's got plenty of curves and evidently likes to show them off.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She softens up enough to help Ilana save the school but her attitude doesn't fully change until Newton gets through to her.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She mellowed out once she hooked up with Newton.
- Ms. Fanservice: Dresses provocatively and shows it off.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Reveals to Newton that she believed she's a ditzy airhead because society says so. He convinces her otherwise, and is indeed much brighter than she realized.
- Shaking the Rump: She's especially stacked in the back and is not ashamed of it.She does this to entice Octus to help him for the test.
- Stepford Smiler
- Tsundere: She seems to go back and forth between both types.
Voiced by: Richard McGonagle
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Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall
- Action Girl: Practices martial arts similar to Lance.
- Alone in a Crowd: In "Ballad of Scary Mary."
- All There in the Script: She's not referred to by name in her in-show appearances, but the credits list her as Kristin.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Lance.
- Ineffectual Loner
Edwin "Meat" Kapinski
Voiced by Bill Fagerbakke
- Big Fun
- Dumb Is Good
- Dumb Jock
- Dumb Muscle
- Gasshole: Based on his burping talents.
- No Sense of Personal Space
- Odd Friendship: With Newton.
- Too Dumb to Live: How dumb is this guy? So dumb that he drinks stuff in science labs. He once asked Octus what he'd give to see him drink formaldehyde.
Voiced by: Audrey Wasilewski
- Action Bomb
- Beware The Cute Ones
- Cuteness Proximity: Has this effect on Lance.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom
- Killed Off for Real
- Killer Rabbit
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
Voiced by: Vanessa MarshallOne of the mutraddi sent by Modula.
- Baddie Flattery: "Good fu-fu . . ."
- Body Horror: See Orifice Invasion
- Eldritch Abomination
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Before getting crushed by the Titan, Xeexi manages to record their battle and send said recording to his master, making Modula aware of the Titan's existence.
- One-Episode Wonder
- Orifice Invasion: It forces itself down its victims' throats to make them speak.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some mispell it, often as "Xishi."
Steve "Babyface" Stevens
Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke
- Adults Dressed as Children
- Expy: Looks a lot like Archie.
- Older Than They Look: Why he was able to sneak into the high school, said that's where he got his nickname from.
Voiced by: Austin Mincks
- The Bully
- Jerk Jock
- Karma Houdini He tries to murder Lance because Lance might have ruined his chances of getting on the royal guard by beating him in the war games (which, admittedly, was Baron's surefire ticket to the guard, though his record probably could have carried him there). When Lance steals the Manus armor to try and scare him off, he takes another and they get into a mecha duel which up blows up a good chunk of the academy. He's bailed out by his dad while Lance gets the blame. (He spent a short time in jail and it's implied his good reputation took a dive, but that's it.)
- Kids Are Cruel
- One-Episode Wonder
- Smug Snake
- The Rival: To Lance.