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Characters: Zettai Hero Project
In the world of Zettai Hero Project, there are many different characters, each with their own goals and motivations.

The Main Character

The main hero of the story. This young man was on his way back from picking up the groceries from the store, when all of a sudden! he witnesses the one and only Unlosing Ranger get hit by a car. As he lies dying, the Unlosing Ranger, Pirohiko, entrusts his outfit and Morph Belt to him, thereby allowing him to turn into the new Unlosing Ranger!

...Sadly, he's the Weakest Main Character alive, and gets trounced by Darkdeath Evilman in seconds.

So, thanks to great timing from the World Hero Society, he gets transported to Bizarro Earth, where he must train to become powerful enough to defeat Darkdeath Evilman, and save the world!

Tropes associated with the Main Character:
  • Abusive Parents: And HOW!
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In true Rudolph fashion, nearly everyone else are dicks until the Unlosing Ranger helps them. Even the main character's own family had been blaming him for their own problems, including wanting a divorce; this is partly due to his sister's repression of the fact that he was the one who saved her from the Cannibal by tenaciously getting in his way (and getting pummeled for it) long enough for the police to arrive.
  • Awesome McCoolname: The Absolute Victory Unlosing Ranger. You can come up with one as well.
  • Badass: Becoming one is the basic plot of the game...
    • Badass Pacifist: ...though he's always been this from day one, protecting his sister from a cannibal by acting as a human shield.
  • But Thou Must: The Main Character has no choice but to become the Unlosing Ranger at the start.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Played with. He always comes back to face Darkdeath Evilman, but until the very end, he always gets his ass kicked. Played straight though, when he punches a nuke into the SUN before it blows up Japan.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Clothes Make the Superman: ...That, and Training from Hell.
  • Combination Attack: With Dangerama, called the Dangerous Unlosing Hurricane.
  • Cosplay: Can equip various bits and pieces from fallen enemies, including the Final Boss.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Determinator: Shining example, even before becoming the Unlosing Ranger. In a flashback, it's revealed that he had stood up to an insane serial killer/rapist/cannibal who had kidnapped him and his sister. He's beaten to a bloody pulp (literally so: he's hospitalized afterwards, and his sister is traumatized into amnesia just from seeing it), but continues to keep standing up, long enough to keep the serial killer distracted until help arrived. It transfers to his superhero persona very well.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He goes from being called a useless fake who's just there to be a nuisance to gaining enough power to punch a nuke into the sun and eventually earning the respect of people all around the world for his unwavering spirit. This rock-solid trust and belief in him causes him to power up into the Unlosing Ranger Omega, culminating in him saving the world.
  • Expy: He looks a lot like Haruo Yoshikawa from Magikano.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When he transforms into the True Unlosing Ranger.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here
  • The Hero: Not so much at first, but he grows into one over the course of the game.
  • Heroic Mime: Dangerama breaks the fourth wall in the end, asking if he can even talk for an interview.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Supposedly pulls this off at the very end, when he flies a self-destructing Giant Giga Darkdeath Evilman into the sun. But thanks to the Morph Belt, he makes it back in one piece.
  • Hidden Depths: Not a case of You Suck; he's always been a badass, but no one ever gave him a chance.
  • Important Haircut: He gains one from pure Heroic Spirit when he learns the special attack "120% Determination", even going so far as to change his portrait in-game. This marks the point where he goes from being insulted by just about everyone — "The Unlosing Ranger (Temp)", "The Fake Unlosing Ranger", etc. — to actually gaining some respect.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He dies and gets back up again EVERY TIME.
  • Running Gag: Everyone always says he looks very weak and wimpy, much to his dismay.
  • Save the Villain
  • Stonewall: He shielded his sister from the cannibal.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Visible Silence
  • You Suck: ...or does he?

Pirohiko Ichimonji

Voiced by: Kyle Hebert (EN)

The original (not really) Unlosing Ranger himself. At the start of the game, he's frantically rushing towards the last boss battle because he overslept. Sadly, this leads to him not seeing the car that strikes him down. Desparate, he gives the Unlosing Ranger suit and Morph belt to the nearest person, who so happens to be the Main Character.

...Then he dies.

But he manages to come back as a Spirit Advisor towards the Player Character, so that he can help him become a true hero.

Tropes associated with Pirohiko:

Etranger Hanakikyo, the Super Baby

Voiced by: Kate Higgins (EN)

An unlicensed hero instructor who works for the World Hero Society. After the main character loses his first battle to Darkdeath Evilman, she tries to train him so that he can return and defeat him. She's actually an Astral Projection of the Super Baby as a preteen.

Tropes associated with Etranger:
  • Badass: She's the Super Baby.
  • Barrier Maiden: As Super Baby to "defeat" the Final Boss.
  • Broken Aesop: Dear goodness, she is a complete wreck in moral advice. It's a bit justified since she is a baby, but still, her sense of righteousness is very twisted, possibly because her mother didn't raise her properly.
  • Disappeared Dad: She doesn't miss him that much and loves her poor excuse of a mother, who clearly likes to have her around to get money.
  • Foil: To Pirohiko's heroic views. Her moral views are very negative and cynical; it makes you wonder why she is training heroes in the first place. She just took on the job randomly.
  • Goo Goo Godlike
  • Hair Antennae
  • Jerk Ass: Acts very much like this at the start. Her time spent with the main character and Pirohiko and a Break the Haughty moment soften her up a bit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She really wants her mom to be proud of her.
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • MacGuffin: Averted. The clock necklace she sports isn't central to the plot at all. It does have importance when you compare it to the one the Super Baby wears, which is a big hint to who she really is on Earth.
  • Magical Girl: Her powers let her group see events on Earth by transferring the scenes to their retinas, among other stuff.
  • Mommy Issues: Holy crap. She tries to avoid facing the truth so much when confronted about it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She initially doesn't like to admit that it's her fault that she enlarged Darkdeath Evilman using her powers... until he releases a mass genocide explosion around the planet. She starts to weep right afterwards.
  • Nice Hat: Her bunny hat thing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: See Pride below.
  • One of Us: Debatable due to her age, but she seems to know a lot about manga serialized in the monthly manga-zine Dengeki Daioh (if the Dengeki dungeons are anything to go by).
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In the true ending. She herself ages up to her preteen appearance to aid the main character in the final battle. Because she has exhausted herself for holding out for too long against the Final Boss, she can't revert back to her baby form anymore. Not that this bothers her mother at all.
  • Pride: Very, very prideful. To the point where she enlarges the already unbeatable Darkdeath Evilman to prevent Dangerama, a rival hero, from beating him.
  • Tsundere
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: You can't stop bullying since it's a worldwide problem. You should just accept you're a loser, etc, etc, etc...

Demon General Darkdeath Evilman

Voiced by: Liam O Brien (EN, as the suit), Grant George (EN), as the young boy

He shoots laser beams from his eyes! He breathes fire from his mouth! Boasting an appearance proving he is a villain, he is the last boss of this game. Except that it's only a robotic exoskeleton. The one controlling it, the real Darkdeath Evilman, is actually a Child Prodigy who lost faith in heroes.

Tropes associated with Darkdeath Evilman:

Reckless Cop Dangerama

Voiced by: Patrick Seitz (EN)

As the name implies, Dangerama is a stock Cowboy Cop who fights with reckless abandon. Dangerama's the one to protect Super Baby while the Unlosing Ranger trains on Bizarro Earth. He's on an extended guilt trip after being forced to kill his one true love. It takes the Unlosing Ranger to get him over it.

Tropes associated with Dangerama:
  • Badass: He just exudes badass.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • Death Seeker: He's just looking for a place to die when he first appears.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: After fighting Darkdeath Evilman too many times, Medeia and the public starts to get bored about his attempts to fight him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In one ending, he takes the nuke to the sun and dies with it. But he gets a statue built on his sacrifice next to the Statue of Liberty.
  • The Lancer: To the Unlosing Ranger (eventually).
  • Meaningful Name: Reckless Cop Dangerama. His antics are so reckless his TV shows keep getting cancelled!
  • Nice Hat
  • The Rival: To the Unlosing Ranger.
  • Sadistic Choice: In Dangerama's backstory, he had to choose who to save between his wife or a lot of people. He chose to save the most people; his sanity hasn't been the same since.

Noa Daikokudou

Voiced by: Karen Strassman (EN)

The head of the World Hero Society and the head hero instructor. A former evil organization leader who came to form the {=WHS=} after a hero saved her in a critical situation. That hero was the previous Unlosing Ranger who preceded Pirohiko.

Tropes associated with Noa:

  • Buxom Is Better
  • Heel-Face Turn: She used to lead goons in the past, but has since reformed to train heroes, though it's said she's better at training evil organizations than heroes.
    • She mostly does this because a hero saved her life once and thus convinced her to create a society of heroes in hopes of shaping up people just like him.
  • Not So Different: To Darkdeath Evilman, believing that he can recover his hope on heroes should he be saved the same way and thus wants to see him realize that as well. She is spot on with this thought process.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: To the previous Unlosing Ranger until he died protecting Pirohiko.
  • Training from Hell: What her training sessions amount to when she is in a bad mood.

The Troublemaker Hero

Voiced by: Liam O Brien (EN)

A mysterious "hero" who goes around Bizarro Earth causing all kinds of trouble to the Bizarre citizens, directly encouraging their Earth counterparts to be extremely negative. He turns out to be a robot created by the child Darkdeath Evilman as a bizarro counterpart of the Darkdeath Evilman's suit.

Jose Gaspacho

An old man who dies of a heart attack after witnessing the Unlosing Ranger losing. Has a daughter named Maria. His bizarro counterpart is a gnome.

Tropes associated with Jose:

  • Back from the Dead: He revives back in Earth after helping his bizarro counterpart. Then he dies yet again after witnessing the Unlosing Ranger losing again, though he still shows up in the next cutscenes regardless.
  • Secretly Wealthy

Frank Furt

A former automobile engineer who has lost hopes in the world after watching the Unlosing Ranger get defeated one time too many, so he has decided to go on with a terrorist attack out of boredom. His bizarro counterpart is no different than him.

Tropes associated with Frank:

  • Kill 'em All: Goes through this until he's brought to his senses.
  • Meaningful Name: Frank is considered a loser underdog, so his bizarro counterpart looks like a dog who hates being called an underdog.

Donnelly Fisher & Noro Chips

Voiced by: Barbara Goodson (EN) (Donnelly)

Two English schoolmates. Donnelly bullies frail Noro a lot more after watching the Unlosing Ranger lose. Their bizarro counterparts reflect their situations.

Tropes associated with Donnelly & Noro:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Donnelly to Noro. Donnelly is an Alpha Bitch who believes strength and money makes a true hero while Noro is poor and gets her values twisted by Donnelly's antics.
  • Alpha Bitch / Rich Bitch: Donnelly.
  • The Bully: Donnelly.
  • The Reveal: The Big Sis in Bizarro Earth is not Donnelly, but her father who's the one who "bullies" Bizarro Donnelly in a sense, whom bullies Bizarro Noro.
  • Rich Bitch: Again, Donnelly.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: Noro doesn't really look like a snob herself, but she invokes this in her social status as a farmer girl contrasting Donnelly's heritage.
  • Spoiled Brat: Yet again, Donnelly. This is actually the reason why she bullies Noro. Her father demands her to be so great that it drives her crazy, so she lets it all out on others "weaker" than her family.

Medeia Lass & Geo Martin

Voiced by: Karen Strassman (EN) (Medeia), Liam O Brien (EN) (Geo)

The Intrepid Reporter who keeps the world informed about the final battle, and her Prince fiancÚ who proposes marriage to her if the Unlosing Ranger loses for real. Their bizarro counterparts are a hopeless couple.

Tropes associated with Medeia & Geo:

Nadesico Hanakikyo

The mother of the Super Baby and therefore Etranger's mother. She is entirely focused on making her baby Earth's savior to be a huge hit in TV and get a lot of money, thus Only in It for the Money. Her bizarro counterpart makes a fortune by taking heroes to beat on her daughter, the bizarro counterpart of the Super Baby, which is Etranger's bizarro counterpart.

Tropes associated with Nadesico:

Brick Oldllama

Voiced by: Barbara Goodson (EN)

The President of the United States of America. Her bizarro counterpart is a male minotaur who has a haywire sense of justice.

Tropes associated with Brick Oldllama:

  • Gender Bender: For whatever reason, her bizarro counterpart is a male minotaur with her voice.
  • Human Sacrifice: She/he doesn't care about sacrificing Japan in order to defeat Darkdeath Evilman. At least until Unlosing Ranger snaps her out of it.
  • Married to the Job: Bizarro Oldllama is married to someone whose name is literally Japan.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: After convincing her bizarro counterpart to not sacrifice Japan, she decides not to nuke it. However, when trying to practice one small bow of apology to the Japanese, she ends up head-butting the button for the nuke anyway.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: This is what you get when you combine Barack Obama's name with his wife Michelle Obama's looks.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: After Darkdeath Evilman turns into a giant due to Etranger, she is too desperate to blow up Japan with a nuke to finish him off.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Bizarro Japan is so submissive to Bizarro Oldllama that it doesn't care about being sacrificed, which then gets similarly related to how the in-game Japan obeys the President of the United States without complaints. It's even lampshaded by Pirohiko himself.

Kyoya Asuma & Mana Fujitani

Voiced by: Bryce Papenbrook (EN) (Kyoya), Mela Lee (EN) (Mana)

A young couple from Japan who ran over Pirohiko during a hasty retreat. Their bizarro counterparts are a young Saber Cat couple.

Tropes associated with Kyoya and Mana:

  • Cowardly Lion: Both like to run away from their problems to live a carefree life. While running away from a nuke is totally justified, they are planning to marry each other without consulting Mana's father about it, as he doesn't have a good relation with Kyoya. Their bizarro counterparts, meanwhile, are complaining to each other about Bizarro Mana's pregnancy.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Kyoya, but it's justified since Japan is in the middle of a Final Boss battle.
  • Dumb Blonde: What Mana is meant to be. She casually says she was accidentally conceived and that her baby's birth scene hurts worse than eating pineapples.
  • Early-Bird Cameo/History Repeats: Their bizarro versions also run over Bizarro Pirohiko in the first dungeon before they're properly met in person.
  • Jive Turkey: Both of them, though Mana has shades of a Valley Girl.
  • Lethally Stupid: Okay, you fixed your problem with running away from problems, but how exactly is running straight back to the nuke explosion site a good idea with a pregnant woman on board?!.
  • Screaming Birth: Right at the Final Boss battle!
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Mana, but the surprise comes to the heroes instead.

Jean Noire

A retired doctor who has lost all motivation to perform surgeries due to the loss of his love. His bizarro counterpart happens to be two halves: Jean and Noire.

Tropes associated with Jean Noire:

The Main Character's Family (Mitsuo, Anko, and Choco)

Voiced by: Karen Strassman (EN) (Choco)

The main character's family. A Dysfunctional Family: the parents argue and complain to each other about how useless their son is, and their daughter is on a similar train of thought but has some hope left in the Unlosing Ranger (of the past). Their bizarro counterparts are a single large lizard entity known as Anmitsuchoco.

Tropes associated with the family:

  • Abusive Parents
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Choko.
  • Dramatic Irony
    Mitsuo: The parents of that fake can't possibly be normal. They're probably freaks of nature.
  • Dude Where Is My Respect/The Unfavorite: Absolutely none of them like the Main Character. At all. Not even the current Unlosing Ranger (who happens to be their son).
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Expy: The Main Character is a silent protagonist running a secret life as a hero (of sorts) who has a younger sister with Girlish Pigtails, brown hair, has a Dysfunctional Family, and is voiced by Karen Strassman. Sounds familiar?
  • Girlish Pigtails: Choco.
  • In the Blood: An excuse each parent uses to justify their son's uselessness.
  • Karma Houdini: They don't get retribution from their son for all the years of abuse, though they feel thoroughly horrible for it.
  • Never My Fault: The whole family has put the blame on the main character ever since he and Choco were kidnapped due to their overall negligence. Mitsuo was out walking because he didn't want to deal with the children, Anko was sick that day and let the main character take care of his sister before they were kidnapped, and the reason why the main character was beaten up and crying when he was rescued was because he was protecting the 4-year old Choco at the time, but she completely forgot about it and thought her older brother was just a wimp. Their parents then had the nerve to blame it all on him in order to save face.
  • Significant Anagram: Anmitsuchoco is the mixing up of the three family members' names except for the Main Character's.
    • After their problems are fixed up, they perform a Fusion Dance with the last member and simply add his name without breaking it down.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Choco during the kidnapping accident. Her amnesia is what causes the whole problem in the family.
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