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:
  • 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.
  • Messianic Archetype: He's an All-Loving Hero who touches the lives of multiple people, and he sacrifices himself to save the world (though he does survive). It's to the point where one of the people he helped refers to him as the world's savior when naming her baby after him.
  • Multi-Melee Master: He can use a large assortment of weapons including guns without any trouble or training, however cut-scenes and the Darkdeath Evilman battles always show him using Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • Running Gag: Everyone always says he looks very weak and wimpy, much to his dismay.

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:
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He does have great motivational speeches, but his heroics are something to be discussed about. No, really. He is not really the Unlosing Ranger, but one of many who have taken the belt like the Main Character.
  • Decoy Protagonist
  • Hidden Depths: Serious case of Survivor Guilt, since the previous Unlosing Ranger died to protect him. Half of the time deeply in denial about his human failings, and half of the time aware of knowing what a hero should be... and ashamed that he couldn't be it.
  • Large Ham: HAMMY RANGER!
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: He sometimes ends a statement with "[Noun/Adjective] Ranger!" or, if the opportunity presents itself, something that sounds like an attack name. Bondage Ranger!
  • Only Mostly Dead
  • Older Than He Looks: He looks and acts like a college student, but some quick math based on what we know about him (he was a cop before, meaning he went through police training, and served as the Unlosing Ranger for 8 years) places him to be in his late 20s or early 30s.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played for Laughs during his Way of A Hero! segments.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • What an Idiot!: Wakes up late to the battle against the Final Boss and dies due to being hit by a car on while rushing to get to the battle.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Pirohiko may come off as an idiot, but truly does understand the requirements and traits of being a hero... in his own way.

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:
  • Anti-Hero: She starts out as a Nominal Hero at best, who even powers up the villain just so Dangerama can't steal the spotlight. She gets better as the story goes on.
  • 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.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the true ending, she uses all of her powers to teleport the Main Character back to Earth. This lasts about 12 seconds before she gets her powers back.
  • 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: As the most powerful baby in the world, she's capable of projecting barriers capable of stopping Darkdeath Evilman's attacks, enlarging monsters like Darkdeath Evilman, and projecting herself as a preteen. The only thing she can't seem to do is attack. As a baby, she has yet to learn any attacks, so defending is the best she can do.
  • 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.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She usually thinks that killing or beating up whoever they're finding on Bizarro Earth will solve all their problems.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Younger than She Looks: Her appearance is a psychic projection: she's really just a very powerful, very smart baby.

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:
  • Badass Bookworm: Inside that metal suit is a Child Prodigy.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • In Disgaea D2, he can be optionally fought in a postgame fight.
    • In Disgaea 5, whenever Mr. Egg appears in an Item World, there is a chance that instead of a Bonus Character appearing, he will accidentally drop a "Proto" version of Darkdeath instead. Proto Darkdeath can also appear in the "wait, this isn't a movie" Mystery Room if you're on a high enough floor.
  • Child Prodigy: A 7-year-old inside a mecha suit with a TV.
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Final Boss: The suit is, specifically.
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • His Name Really Is Darkdeath Evilman
  • Humongous Mecha: It is a mecha, but the humongous part only comes in later due to Etranger's jealousy to Dangerama.
  • Heroes Are Bastards: The child was never rescued when he was kidnapped by an evil organization for his genius, and thus he came to believe heroes don't exist.
  • Improbable Age: At 7 years old, he was nominated for a Nobel Prize.
  • Large Ham: Liam O'Brien goes all out for this one.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Etranger's idea to delay her victory against the Final Boss is doing this to stall the fight, and she doesn't regret it as long as she can finish him off.
    • And his true identity inside of his suit doesn't get affected by the growth spurt.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: With a name like that, how can you not run away? Even more so when you're just a 7-year old genius.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a graduation one.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Secret Diary: In Bizarro Earth, diary entries — known as crosstalks by Etranger — reveal how much of a woobie he turned out to be. Not only that, but he was so smart as a baby he could write and talk!
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: His original Japanese name was Darkdeath Tanaka.
  • The Smart Guy: Joins up with the Unlosing Ranger in the ending. "Can we hurry it up? I'd really prefer it if my giant robot didn't get another parking ticket."
  • Suicide By Hero: What he ultimately wants, as he's sick of the world and the heroes' existence.
  • Walking Spoiler: It'll take one peek at the right spoiler for you to know everything about him.
  • Wham Episode: Darkdeath Evilman is really a young boy attempting Suicide By Hero becuase no one came to save him in the past; he thinks that heroes don't exist becuase of that, and destroys anyone claiming to be one.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His endgame plan is to self-destruct the Darkdeath Evilman exosuit, destroying the Earth, if his Suicide By Hero plan doesn't work out, because then the world would have proved heroes don't exist.

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 Longcoat
  • Beneath the Mask: Etranger notes he's a lot more sensitive than he looks.
  • 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:

  • 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 granddaughter 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: Secret to the player, at least. He's actually the richest man in the world.

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.
    • Lighter and Softer: His regular Earth counterpart was only planning to prank-call government buildings.
  • 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 vs. 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 fiancé 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 In-Universe 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?!.
  • The Medic: Kyoya becomes Jean's assistant in the true ending.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: In-Universe, the decide to name their son after the Main Character.
  • 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:

  • Ax-Crazy: His bizarre counterpart, Bizarro Jean.
  • Artifact of Death: The mask Bizarro Noire wears is actually cursed. You only find this out in an alternate ending.
  • Badass Normal: The guy doesn't want to operate on people, but he can operate on himself just fine.

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.]]

Alternative Title(s): Zettai Hero Kaizou Keikaku