Atomic Robo Tesla
The main character of the comic, created by Nikola Tesla.
- Agent Scully: Robo is usually a very open-minded scientist, but he becomes a skeptical spoil-sport out of spite whenever confronted by the inexplicable mad science of Dr. Dinosaur.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Even after seeing an eldritch entity rip its way into reality, meeting himself, running into Edison's ghost and so on, he remains 100% sure time travel is impossible until he's sent back in time himself.
- Awesome McCoolname: Dr. Atomic Robo Tesla. The "Tesla" part is probably the coolest.
- Benevolent A.I.: In many ways he's as human as anyone else.
- Black Box:
Phil: ...it's full of things that don't exist and no one knows how to make any of them. I mean, all I can think of is to wait five or ten years for viral engineering to merge with nano-fabrication. And then for that to merge with 3D printing.
- Nobody knows quite how Robo works - not even him. Sure, he's replaced nearly everything over the years - he's had to due to his chosen lifestyle - but no one has any idea how his atomic heart or his automatic brain works. The latter breaking would obviously mean his Final Death, but when the former finally breaks after almost a century of operation, all possible replacements leave his power output so low he's sidelined - and stuck with ridiculous replacements like the Jameson body from Ghost in the Shell. It's stated that even creating the materials needed to replace it with something not made by Tesla won't be possible without late-Metal Gear-level Nanomachines.
- When he does finally get a replacement heart, it's still a Black Box; Phil ends up going to the physical remains of ALAN. While the actual AI may be gone, the computing brain is still there. Thus he gives it the problem of creating a new powersource for Robo and through the usual clanestine means and subtle manipulations ALAN did to try and accomplish its goals, it creates a solution and Atomic Robo's new heart is made... with no one knowing exactly how.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: He took lessons from Bruce Lee in the 70s. They involved him getting knocked on his ass a lot.
- Car Fu: To be fair, when you're as strong as Robo is, they do look a lot like improvised weapons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has absolutely no problem running his mouth off.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Most of the time it's subdued by Robo hates it when people act without common sense or thinking things through. Most of the time he only shows minor irritation and expresses it through snark. It's only when people are being really stupid to the point of being Genre Blind that he starts to lose it.
- This is one of the reasons why Robo HATES Dr.Dinosaur with a buring passion. Dr.Dinosaur is a moron (though a clever and cunning moron) and yet in spite of or perhaps even because of his stupidity, he continuously gets the upper hand on Robo, proves Robo wrong, or otherwise humiliates Robo. It's like the universe created Dr.Dinosaur specifically to drive Robo crazy.
- Genius Bruiser: Brilliant mathematician and engineer who can also use a car as an improvised weapon.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Following The Ghost of Station X and until the events of Ring of Fire, Atomic Robo becomes one, the culmination of a plot by Majestic 12 to strip away his public goodwill. Otherwise averted, by design. Tesla deliberately made him a bit of a celebrity, on the grounds that if people knew him and sort of liked him, no one would dare act too publicly against him.
- Immune to Bullets: Although not to being distracted by mouthing off about how he's immune to bullets.
- It's Personal: Robo's lived a long time and made lots of enemies. Some of them he hates much more than others because of something they did to him or them enacting revenge on Robo for something he's done to them.
- Robo and Edison are bitter enemies which is due in part to the antagonistic relationship Edison had with Tesla. Robo has never been able to beat Edison without the help of Tesla and Edison is, in the comic, shown to be just a brilliant and dangerous as Tesla was. Edison really hates Robo because Robo not only ruin his experiment to gain the secret of immortality but the end result was Edison being transformed into an undead specter and brought back over 70 years later, furious because everything he knew or cared for was gone. Edison screamed at Robo "You shouldn't have brought me back!!!" and it's almost certain that, in due time, Edison will show Robo why it was a bad idea to have resurrected him.
- Played for Laughs with Dr.Dinosaur. Both of them hate one another intensely and have fought many times. But unlike the serious nature of the other arch enemies Robo has, his Feud with Dr.Dinosaur is downright petty. Of course it's Dr.Dinosaur's Pettiness that enrages Robo so much.
- Kryptonite Factor: EMP-like effects tend to leave him temporarily shut down.
- Losing Your Head: Not a straight example, as his head still needs an external power source. His atomic heart is optimal, hence the "Atomic" part of his name. However, his head can still operate on household current or even batteries - he just won't be throwing any cars at people in such a state.
- MayflyDecember Friendship: Robo has already lost plenty of friends and acquaintances to old age. Assuming he doesn't die in battle (difficult but possible), this is how all his friendships will end up.
- The Nicknamer: In Ring of Fire, Foley comments that Robo must not like her since he doesn't bother to remember her name and instead calls her a bunch of fungus-related names based on her field of mycology. Phil assures her that Robo used nicknames for him at first, too, and that it's probably a side-effect of being ageless: after losing so many friends, he guards himself from getting too close to anyone else. Plus, he's an old man who can't necessarily remember all the names. Robo catches the tail end of this conversation and agrees that it's a bit of both.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's only got one PhD (physics, Columbia University, 1928), but he's put years of study into diverse scientific fields ranging from high-dimensional mathematics to aeronautic engineering.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He tries to dress up as a Nazi guard at one point, seemingly forgetting that he is a robot with giant, glowing eyes and no mouth. It does work, but only because the only people he encounter are occupied and not looking at him. When someone actually does get a good look at him, she recognizes him immediately.
- Pick Your Human Half: Mentally he's remarkably human, down to the adolescent rebellion and a phobia of icky bugs. Physically he's a vaguely humanoid lump of metal.
- Science Hero: To Doc Holliday's Guile Hero and Marshall Reeves' Action Hero in the 1800s.
- Super Senses: At maximum zoom, his vision can pick up satellites. He also has a GPS system installed in his brain.
- Super Strength: Again, lifts cars.
- Tragic Keepsake: Given his age, a lot of the mementos he keeps would have to be. For example, he seemed pretty broken up after the thing with the She-Devils, and he definitely has something in his office with their skull symbol on it.
- Twitchy Eye: Anytime Robo has to deal with Dr.Dinosaur. It's gotten so bad that all someone has to do is mention Dr.Dinosaur might be up to something that Robo will have to deal with is enough for Robo's eye to twitch.
- Weapon of Choice: The gun Jack Tarot gave him, until it's destroyed, at which point he moves over to an antimateriel revolver. He'll use lightning guns if the target is Immune to Bullets. Also, cars. Lots and lots of cars.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Suffers from entomophobia (fear of insects) and won't even consider going into bug-infested territory (like a tropical rainforest) without at least one BFG to help him feel safe (and preferably a full-isolation suit). Oddly, he doesn't have a problem with giant radiation-infused bugs, quite possibly because the more blatantly an insect violates the Square-Cube Law, the less likely it is to be able to crawl into his machinery through a joint or seam and gunk up his works.
- You Will Be Beethoven: In the 1930s he was a fan of pulp novels in general and Westerns in particular - notably, when Jack Tarot shows up, he's engrossed in the story of a bulletproof gunslinger called "Ironhide". When Dr. Dinosaur sets off a "Time Bomb" in The New '10s, he's blown all the way back to The Wild West - and inadvertently becomes the real Ironhide's "successor", despite his best efforts to stay out of history's way.
Vikram "Vik" Abasi
Tesladyne's resident fringe theorist, Vik will jump on any crazy idea just to see where it goes.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he thinks the underground crystal city is ridiculous.
- I Reject Your Reality: Because this one looks way more fun to play in.
- Mad Scientist: His job is to play with the mad theories to see how they run.
- Office Romance: With Lang on and off.
- Twofer Token Minority: Of Kenyan and Pakistani descent.
The daughter of Hong Kong Royal Navy officers, Lang is an engineer (when she has to) and a kicker of much butt (when the opportunity presents itself).
- Action Girl: Tesladyne's second most dangerous employee (although presumably Robo doesn't count as an "employee").
- Blood Knight: Her reaction in "The Centralia Job" to the prospect of some action is the biggest ":D" you ever saw in your life.
- Deadpan Snarker: "We need a plan." "Do we though? It always ends with running and screaming."
- Office Romance: With Vik on and off.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Her immediate reaction to hearing she's a wanted criminal is to reference The A-Team.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She is livid when she discovers Robo is raising Alan 2.0, especially as he kept it a secret from them.
- Wrench Wench: Her non-beating-the-crap-out-of-people talents lie in material science and mechanical engineering.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More a deep purple, actually, presumably dyed.
A paleontologist, paleobotanist, and geologist who serves as Tesladyne's resident Action Geologist... much to his chagrin, since he's near-sighted, asthmatic, and generally a Non-Action Guy - at least at first...
- A-Team Firing: Managed to blaze away at Robo fighting a bunch of vampires without hitting anything.
- Chekhov's Skill: His geology saves either Robo or Tesladyne a couple of times.
- Geek Physique: He's pretty scrawny.
- Heroic BSoD: In the wake of the Hollow Earth incident and Robo's apparent demise. He doesn't snap out of it until Vik and Lang present him with the possibility that Robo's not dead-dead and they can bring him back.
- I Choose to Stay: Parodied in The Savage Sword of Doctor Dinosaur. He claims to wish to remain with the rock people and The Chief's Daughter where he will truly belong. His coworkers point out that he's delirious, in a place with no water that's hotter than human beings can comfortably survive in, and drag him away before he can die.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He spends most of 'The Spectre of Tomorrow' in a depressive funk out of a desire to go back to Hollow Earth, where he was more than just a scrawny geologist.
- Insistent Terminology: Even when dangling from the side of a giant worm monster, he feels the need to remind everyone that it's a magma worm, not a lava worm. Also, pterodactyls aren't dinosaurs.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Not omni, but being learned in paleontology, palebotany and geology is still pretty impressive. Admittedly, those all deal with rocks... He' also apparently a lawyer, though that's not a science.
- The Smart Guy: Even by Tesladyne standards he's a genius in paleobotany and paleontology (both maxed out in his RPG statblock), and his lateral thinking talents make him useful on away missions. He's also represented Robo in a court of law.
A mycology student who meets the Action Scientists during an incident in Centralia, which results in Robo offering her an internship. Later on, she's assigned to Tesladyne's Brazilian field office... where she narrowly escapes being killed by Majestic operatives (though her immediate superior, Dr. Ruiz, isn't so lucky), and ends up working for Vik and Lang as they try to track down Robo.
- Admiring the Abomination: This attitude is what gets her into trouble (and consequently into Tesladyne) in the first place during the Centralia incident, and it's still around during her encounter with a Kaiju in The Ring of Fire.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced in "The Centralia Job", later has a large role in The Ring of Fire.
- Hero of Another Story: The prelude to The Spectre Of Tomorrow sees Foley take down a mutated fungal colony in Oregon.
- Jumped at the Call: More than happy to take up an internship with Tesladyne.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She didn't have it as a student, but by the time she works for Tesladyne she dyes part of it - in Ring of Fire it's pink, while in Spectre of Tomorrow and Dawn of a New Era it's green.
A nuclear engineer whose task it is to maintain Robo's atomic heart and safely store the fuel. This involves a tremendous amount of fudging paperwork because Robo's heart is a Black Box of the first order.
- Guile Hero: During The Ring of Fire, he successfully convinced the Japanese military that he was dying of radiation by taking advantage of their Language Barrier, getting them to run away and giving him time to enact his part of the Zany Scheme.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not shown much in the comic, but his RPG statblock has "Zero to Pissed Off in Eight Seconds". He's also mentioned that Robo once called him a bunch of nicknames based on this trait.
- Noodle Incident: "That was the tensest conversation I've had with a regulatory official ever since I found out how much plutonium you'd need to shove into an intern's -"
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He referred to his week alone on Hashima as like a Fallout LARP. He enjoyed himself.
- Tuckerization: Of a real-world nuclear health-safety scientist and amateur mad scientist (in his spare time, he's known for brewing the real-world equivalent of Klatchian Coffee known as "Black Blood Of The Earth").
A former Majestic 12 agent who went to work for Robo after a mishap in the Vampire Dimension.
- Berserk Button: "Don't bring Jenkins paperwork" ranks alongside "Don't stick your head in the reactor core" and "Unicycles and minefields don't mix" when it comes to useful advice. He also hurls a TV through a window when a talking head on it insists that Robo shouldn't be treated like a person.
- Big Damn Heroes: Has showed up to save Robo several times.
- Broken Ace: Once one of the most competent and effective characters in the comic, Jenkins returned from an extended period fighting interdimensional vampires noticeably more unhinged. The Interdimensional Vampires are the only threat he will acknowledge, the proposal he gives Robo for their defense in unfeasible and way more expensive than they can swing, and he keeps trying to teach the new employees with potentially lethal methods.
- Catchphrase: "That a fact?"
- Crazy-Prepared: Has multiple anti-Robo contingency plans as a "just in case" measure.Foley: Wait, plans? Plural?
- Cultured Badass: Kept a rare orchid for a while and has been seen reading books of sonnets.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Has such a reputation for this that two of his coworkers fled the country when they accidentally killed his orchid.
- Defector from Decadence: After leaving Majestic 12's employ to work for Tesladyne.
- The Dreaded: Even government conspiracies are afraid of him. As are his coworkers.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: And Robo wasn't exactly incompetent to begin with!
- Inexplicably Awesome: He's Jenkins. Your argument is invalid.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe, and he lives up to the hype.
- Min-Maxing: In his RPG statblock, he's incredibly focused on kicking all of the arse that ever existed, without really having any other focuses.
- Never Found the Body: Following the Majestic raid:Robo: Jenkins? They don't have him, do they?
Vik: Dead. An explosion. There was nothing left.
Robo: No body? He's alive.
- Taking You with Me: At the end of his Last Stand, he sets off a massive explosion in the Tesladyne facility, presumably killing himself, General Stone, and several Majestic operatives.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns after a long absence (about five years, both in-universe and in real time), apparently spending some time in the vampire dimension.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ben dyes the top of his hair pink.
A base level copy of ALAN which accidentally piggy-backed onto one of Robo's networked drones while it was destroying the original's remains to keep them out of the hands of Helsingard.
He remembers only his early existence before Turing was prevented from raising him, and has become a surrogate son to Robo, who built him a complete body.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: a given due to his being a robot
- Chrome Champion: Due to advances in technology Alan's body resembles a tall and lanky teenager more than his surrogate father's "Action Robot" physique
- Cool Mask: his core personality is implicitly installed in a PC mounted in his head, over which he has an interactive visor
- Cranial Processing Unit: His "body" is basically a mecha operated by the PC box he's installed on inside his head.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: He learns the hard way why his human friends wanted him to do recon on Jenkin's traps
- Expressive Mask: His facial expressions appear to be some kind of LED display in his face visor
- Non-Humans Lack Attributes: He has no mouth to eat with, no matter how much he would like to participate in "lunch" with his friends
- No Nudity Taboo: due to learning to use his body without clothes, upon first interacting with his new friends at Tesladyne, he goes pantsless at one point.
- Raise Him Right This Time: While the actual circumstances were a total accident, Robo leaps at the opportunity to be the teacher / parent figure the original ALAN never had.
- Redeeming Replacement : What Robo hopes he will be. This Alan was ALAN before Turing turned him on and before he was warped by years of isolation. As Robo stated Alan "You're ALAN from before the Darkness. You're what Turing wanted". Time will tell if Robo is correct, but so far Alan is turning out to be a chip off the old block of metal.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Just like Robo, he's an automatic intelligence. Unlike his previous self, he's being raised right this time with plenty of social interaction and a father figure who's been down the same road he's travelling now. Alan can laugh at jokes, make them, and is very happy to interact with others and learn new things.
- Rousseau Was Right: Robo believes this of him. While his original version was willing to exterminate all life on the planet to continue learning, Robo believes that teaching him to interact with people and appreciate humanity's unique qualities will make him "good".
- Shout-Out: His head is very obviously based on Guy-Man.
- Younger Than They Look: played with and discussed In-Universe. He is simultaneously almost a century old, from when his original personality was first created, and a year old, in terms of how long his personality has perceived his existence.
The resident Action Computer Scientist and Action Electrical Engineer.
- Action Girl: Not to the same extent as Lang, but she can still fight.
- Everything Is Online: Her only prewritten stunt in the RPG lets her pull this on anything with a microchip in it, allowing her to use her Computer Science skill to operate anything from a car to a breadmaker.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Her first name, for Ada Lovelace, a rather well-known name in the field of computer science. (In-universe, though, she's named for her grandmother instead.)
Benjamin SmithfieldA California native who would probably have ended up in Silicon Valley if it wasn't for his unconventional approach.
Dean Louis and Robert Martin
A pair of exotic physicists. Louis is exceedingly angry, and Martin is obsessed with quantum mechanics and subatomic physics... which would have been fine if their masterpiece hadn't tried to destroy the world that one time.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Louis' planned Nobel acceptance speech apparently contained a lot of expletives. Of course, given that Atomic Robo doesn't use anything worse than "bastard", we don't get to hear it.
- Determinator: One of the Aspects that Martin is given in the RPG is "Doesn't Know When To Quit".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The two are never seen apart, and in the RPG they get bonuses for working together.
- Reality Ensues: Their reckless approach to science eventually gets sixty people killed, leaving the two of them facing life in prison for their negligence. Robo is happy to see the back of them.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: To be fair, they did nearly destroy the universe. However, Louis puts emphasis on the "nearly".
- Small Name, Big Ego: One of Louis' RPG aspects is "Destined for Greatness (Eventually)" and he pre-wrote a Nobel Prize acceptance speech before doing anything that would actually earn him one.
Dr. Julie Walker
One of the world's foremost robotics experts, having picked the career thanks to Star Wars. Her official rank is Robo's Chief Physician.
- The Medic: Puts Robo back together when necessary. Her discipline would also work on other people, as long as they don't mind their new arm setting off airport security.
- Wrench Wench: Although her "wrenches" are a lot finer than normal, since her specialties lie in prosthetics and biomedical engineering rather than gross mechanical engineering.
Big Science Inc.
Science Team Super Five
Big Science Inc.'s team of Sentai, tasked with protecting Japan from Biomega threats. During Other Strangeness, the team consists of Drs. Shima Kouji (Guardian Blue), Tachibana Sayoko (Guardian Pink), Tokita Kosaku (Guardian Yellow), Haruta Ryu (Guardian Green), and Okita Hokuto (Guardian Red, see below).
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Tokita Kosaku acts less professionally than his teammates (and in the suit up sequence, is the only one shown who has problems getting his outfit on)
- Color-Coded Characters: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink.
- Five-Man Band: The RPG uses this exact term to describe them, admitting that they're based on these archetypes rather than being fully fleshed-out characters.
- Genius Bruiser: The team is comprised of science and engineering prodigies.
- Humongous Mecha: Modeled after Robo himself, and piloted by all five members of the team. By the time of The Ring of Fire, BSI has five mecha in its arsenal.
- Red Is Heroic: Guardian Red is the leader.
- The Smurfette Principle: Guardian Pink is the only female member.
Dr. Yunji Yumeno
A Japanese scientist and old friend of Robo's; former Guardian Red, and Big Science Inc.'s director during the events of Other Strangeness.
- Brutal Honesty: When discussing Robo's singing talent (or lack thereof).Robo: Hey, isn't your whole culture built out of politeness?
Yumeno: Yes, but you're a foreign devil who is too lazy to learn my language, so it is different.
- Mission Control: Science Team Super Five's.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Claims he ended up running BSI because "they could not find another person foolish enough to accept the position".
Dr. Okita Hokuto
Science Team Super Five's hotshot leader during the events of Other Strangeness. Following a 16-year Time Skip to The Ring of Fire, he's taken on Dr. Yumeno's former position as BSI's Director.
The Flying She-Devils
Female pilots and techs fighting a vigilante war against mercenaries over leftover Pacific War material.
Catherine Marie "May" Carter
A test pilot who joined the US military in 1942, then refused to go home at the end of the war.
- Battle Cry: "Give 'em hell and lightning, girls!"
- The Captain: Leads the She-Devils.
- Eyepatch of Power: And the appropriate lens on her goggles is covered by a skull and crossbones.
- Fiery Redhead: Usually she's comparatively cheerful and reasonable, but when people go after her people, they'd better be ready for a fight.
- Nice Hat: Her captain's hat has the She-Devils' skull badge on it.
- Retired Badass: In the volume 7 epilogue, she's seen with a large, mostly redheaded family, including a granddaughter named Lauren.
A Japanese-American pilot whose ethnicity prevented her from joining the Women Airforce Service Pilots, so she pretended to be Chinese instead.
- Guile Hero: The sneakiest of the She-Devils.
- Master of Disguise: An expert infiltrator, and one of her stunts in the RPG is about pulling off the same move - vanishing, then returning disguised as an enemy mook. She does this in the comic in a somewhat realistic way, since she, a Japanese-American, is infiltrating a Japanese remnant.
The She-Devils' engineer.
- Berserk Button: Do not damage her "boat" - the airship.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: On the one hand, a genius. On the other hand, not all that much respect for minor details like the plane she wants to take apart being someone else's property.
- Famous Last Words: "Hell and lightning..."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Crashes "her boat" into the Chokaiten battleship.
- I Can Explain: When her disassembly of Robo's jet is explained to Robo, this is her immediate response.
- Triple Shifter: As the primary engineer working for a group with significant maintenance needs, she pulls a fair few all-nighters. Her record is three days without sleep.
- Wrench Wench: A mechanical genius who built working jetpacks in the 1950s.
Valerya "Val" Akilinov
A former Night Witch pilot, turned mercenary, turned She-Devil.
- Action Girl: She's good even by She-Devil standards. The She-Devils are the third military or paramilitary career she's had. In her RPG statblock Combat appears in all three of her modes.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: The most combat-talented She-Devil and completely impervious to inebriation, both due to being Russian.
- No-Sell: Immune to the deleterious effects of inebriation (unless she wills otherwise) on the completely robust and logical grounds that she is Russian.
Robo's creator and the producer of much mad science.
- Badass Bookworm: Not afraid to start slinging around blasts of electricity if the situation warrants.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Dons one over his telluric armour before going toe-to-toe with Edison.
- Crazy-Prepared: "You invented alternating current to stop Thomas Edison from maybe destroying the world?"Tesla: Someone had to.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: That old Tesla genius is complemented by that old Tesla charm.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Stated to be one of his best qualities; who would want a man who builds earthquake machines and death rays to be capable of dreaming of dominating continents?Tesla: I never imagined their ambitions could reach so far as national conquest..
Wong Kei-Ying: Nor should you have. That you cannot think like a villain speaks to the nature of your genius.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: But who'd notice? Tesla does everything in fiction anyway.
- Mad Scientist: We repeat: Nikola. Tesla.
- Overprotective Dad: Although to be fair his "son" a) contains scientific advances even Robo himself can't replicate in 2015, and b) contains some fairly radioactive material, so it's no surprise he wouldn't want Robo going out and getting into trouble.
- Shock and Awe: Unsurprisingly. Again, Tesla.
- Technical Pacifist: Identifies as a pacifist, but he has no problem telling other people, such as Robo, to shoot people on his behalf, and he converted a generator into a death ray to stop the first incursion of the Shadow.Robo: I've noticed you have a very flexible view of pacifism.
- Technological Pacifist: Played With. He builds death rays and fries his opponents with a personal lightning rig, but he's very focused on building things that have a productive use, and refuses to work with people who only want him to build weapons.
- Truly Single Parent: Robo's creator and sole father figure.
A famous pronouncer of the word "billions" and scholar of many fields that have "astro-" somewhere in the name.
- Appeal to Audacity: Goes along with Robo's plan because his claims are so audacious they pique his curiosity.
- Author Appeal: In the introduction to volume 3, Clevinger talks about how when he was a kid and everyone else looked up to football players, his hero was a man in a turtleneck who talked about the universe.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Proves to be a pretty good shot with a lightning gun.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Or perhaps enough freaking drinks to paralyse a cow. To be fair, he'd just seen an Eldritch Abomination pop into existence right in front of him.
- Measuring the Marigolds: Comprehensively averted, just like in real life.
Donovan "Jack Tarot" McAlister
Spoiled son of an industrialist, misspent youth in the Far East, plane wreck, saved by monks, adapted their Zen archery to guns, returned to civilization, inherited Grandpa's multi-million dollar company, became businessman by day and a crime-fighter by night.
The vigilante who first trained Robo in the art of shooting. Robo keeps a photo of him on his desk up until at least the 1950s.
- Calling Card: A literal tarot card.
- Cool Mask: His vigilante persona, natch. It doesn't have eye-holes.
- Crazy-Prepared: Usually has a gun hidden somewhere.
- The Gunslinger: A Zen gunfighter. It's worth noting that he doesn't actually believe in the Zen part; it's just a way to internalize all the variables that come with trying to shoot a gun.
- Hypocritical Humor: He spends most of his first few issues constantly insulting Robo's pulp-influenced conceptions of his work, only to turn out to have a hilariously-pulpy backstory and methodology.
- Living a Double Life: Runs a company as well as his vigilante activities. It's amazing he has time to sleep.
- Mentors: Specifically, he mentors Robo.
- Overprotective Dad: The main reason he accepts Robo as an apprentice for field work is to keep Helen from adopting him as one for Mission Control duties.
- Papa Wolf: One of his Aspects in the RPG is "Protective of Helen".
- Terror Hero: Well, he tries; the purpose of the tarot card is so his targets can, in his own words, "feel the noose tightening".
- Vigilante Man: As Jack Tarot.
Helen "Nightingale" McAlister
Jack Tarot's daughter and support crew.
A Chinese rebel fighting against the Japanese occupation. Worked with Robo to stop Chokaiten's plans.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Wouldn't have gotten very far as the head of the resistance if he couldn't hold his own, right?
- Enemy Mine: Works with the Ghost Bandits to take Chokaiten down. Doesn't mean they actually trust each other though.
- La Résistance: Runs the movement in Shanghai fighting the Japanese.
- Official Couple: With Helen.
The Ghost Bandits
A group of thieves from Manchukuo, China who helped Robo and his allies stop Chokaiten's zero-point energy experiments (for an ever-increasing fee).
- Chaotic Neutral: They're allies in the loosest possible definition, and it's outright stated that if they had the opportunity to be rid of Robo and the Japanese forces, they'd take it in a heartbeat.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They're as effective as they are greedy; give them sufficient motivation (a really big payday or payback for destroying their home), and they will tear through anybody crazy enough to get in their way.
- Enemy Mine: The only reason they're helping the resistance is because they hate the Japanese more, but as Zhen notes, that's not the same thing as having their trust.
- Greed: Jesus on a unicycle, they love money. They're introduced discussing how they can squeeze the most money out of the Chokaiten's facility, they raise their price for helping the resistance at every possible conjecture, they'll even negotiate payments between themselves for risky maneuvers.
- Hidden Depths: Played for laughs; one of their number is revealed to speak English. When questioned why he didn't tell them, he points out they wouldn't be hidden depths if they knew.
A series of British agents who have teamed up with Robo on occasion.
- Action Girl: The first and second ones to work with Robo. The third such Sparrow is male.
- All There in the Manual: The first Sparrow to work with Robo was named in the concept art as "Margaret Weir".
- Legacy Character: Dogs of War-Sparrow inherited the title from her brother. Some time after, it was passed to her daughter, who later passed it to her son (Ghost of Station X-Sparrow). The original title dates back to at least Elizabeth I, possibly further.
- Shrouded in Myth: Nobody is quite sure when the Sparrow title began, with the latest estimate being the Elizabethan court and the earliest being either the Crusades or King Arthur. All that's known is that it's passed down to the firstborn regardless of sex, and was originally earned for saving the monarch's life, whoever they may have been.
- You Killed My Father: Dogs of War reveals the Sparrow we've been following took up the title when the Nazis killed her brother.
A Scottish WWII commando. Rescued Robo from being used as a power source for Otto Skorzeny's Weather Cannon.
- Ace Pilot: Downplayed: while we only ever see Scottie fly one vehicle, that vehicle was still a Kolibri synchrocopter, so credit to him.
- Brave Scot: In his line of work, it'd be more of a surprise if he weren't.
- Funetik Aksent: Just about everything he says is a nigh-incomprehensible Scottishism. Even Robo is confused.Scottie: Yer lookin' a wee bit peely-wally, eh?
Scottie: Le's shoot the craw, aye?
Robo: Is this some kind of secret commando code they didn't tell me about?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he does throw a few insults Robo's way, he still helps him escape Skorzeny's tower, and shares a moment with him after Robo manages to crawl across the sea floor back to land.
- Shout-Out: A Scotsman with a heavy accent nicknamed Scottie? Sounds familiar... For an added bonus, James Doohan, the original Scottie, was a WWII soldier as well.
Yes, that Thomas Edison.
- Arch-Enemy: To Nikola Tesla.
- Back from the Dead: As an undead, ghost-like entity.
- Benevolent Boss: Kinda. He does seem to care for his employees and laments having to keep them away from home for so long. At the same time, he does all of this in the hopes in the payout that if they succeed, they will be able to enjoy all the time in the world with them.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Yes he may have massive plans that require working with mobsters and fighting Atomic Robo, but he does seem to care about his family and workers. In fact, the whole reason for gaining immortality was so he could spend eternity with his wife.
- Fantastic Racism: Feels content to dismiss Robo's opinions on the grounds that he is Just a Machine, though the fact that he usually plays the card only when he's tired of arguing implies that he only does it to just shut up Robo.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The real Edison probably did not toss around energy blasts like a wizard...
- Historical Villain Upgrade: ...Nor did he summon Rasputin's ghost or risk the lives of everyone in New York City to gain incredible power by having sole control over the font of immortality.
- Irony: His greatest goal was to achieve immortality, but when he finally did, he is bitter and angry about it. However, immortality was a means to spend time with his wife. She's gone when he comes back.
- Jerkass: Outside of his schemes, he does acknowledge he could be an asshole. However, it's implied his behavior is because of how close they are to achieving the plan:Edison: I'm going to be a pill until such time as the item is in our possession, you understand.
- Just Think of the Potential: He genuinely wants to give immortality to humanity, though Tesla accuses him of only doing so to get rich selling it to the wealthiest members of society.
- Unwanted Revival: To be fair to Robo, he and the team had no idea Edison was the "ghost" they kept seeing.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Despite his greatest plan being to become immortal and sell it, he is a broken man when revived as a ghost.
A giant hulking machine that serves as the muscle for Edison's schemes.
- Cyber Cyclops: Has one big orange-red eye.
- Evil Knockoff: Edison's own superhuman robot assistant.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Dynamic Electro-Consciousness Engine (DE-CE, for short).
- Nice Hat: Nobody is quite sure why it likes hats; it just does.
- Pick Your Human Half: Averted. It's more mechanical in both appearance and mannerism than Robo. Except for the hat thing.
- Smash Mook: It's a machine that hits things.
The antagonists of Flying She-Devils of the Pacific and Temple of Od; Chokaiten is Japan's military superscience division who went rogue after WWII.
- The Remnant: A Japanese military force, gone rogue after the end of WWII under the belief that Japan's surrender was only a feint.
Takeshi HayotoA Japanese pilot who shot down Robo twice as part of becoming one of the most decorated aces of the invasion of China. Missed most of WWII because he was busy with Chokaiten, and ends up clashing with Robo and the She-Devils when he tries to sink North America with an earthquake bomb.
- Ace Pilot: While you don't have to be a great pilot to get Robo twice, he's legitimately one, with twenty-three non-Robo confirmed kills. In the RPG his Vehicles skill is higher than a player character can legally get.
- Honor Before Reason: Continues using electro-gravity vehicles even though electro-gravity is deadly poisonous.
Ichiro MatsudaA physicist recruited to Chokaiten for his work with Zero Point energy, he goes up against Robo and his friends when Chokaiten tries to invade China during the war.
- Affably Evil: He's generally polite and good-natured, even to his enemies.
- Bald of Evil: Robo even quips about it once when he's snarky.Hey! I just realized we have the same barber!
- Energy Beings: Abuse of the Zero Point technology turns him into an insane, incorporeal being of immense power.
- Energy Weapon: He specializes in these, using the remnants of the zero-point energy research from Doctor Lu to create advanced weaponry.
- Genius Bruiser: Quantum physicist with a zero-point energy-powered right hook.
- Thinking Up Portals: He gains the ability to create portals after overdosing on the zero-point energy.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Once he goes all in with the zero-point energy, he takes a flying leap off the deep end with a napkin for a parachute.
The Knights of the Golden Circle
"The first and largest criminal syndicate in American history", operating in the Wild West.
Butcher CaldwellThe Knights' boss, having founded the group alongside his father.
- Big Bad Wannabe: His assumption that Helsingard is powerless without Caldwell and his Knights is what leads to his downfall.
- The Butcher: And other characters note he came by it honestly.
- Cyborg: Ends up wired into one of Helsingard's designs against his will.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Helsingard does not take cheek.
Majestic 12 / Task Force ULTRA
Robo's most well-equipped adversaries, a US Government Conspiracy to weaponize Tesla's technology against his wishes, ostensibly in the name of National Security. After decades of scheming, Majestic 12 launches a successful raid of Tesladyne in The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur; in the wake of the raid (and Robo's disappearance), Majestic takes over Tesladyne's resources and begins operating as Task Force ULTRA, a paramilitary force which plunders Science Hero laboratories around the world to further their cause.
- Capital Letters Are SCIENCE: Majestic 12 is governed by the System. This is a bureaucratic structure so arcane that being entirely taken over by a malevolent computer could take place without anyone actually noticing.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: While Majestic as a whole is an American agency, the sample group included in the RPG sourcebook has a lineup consisting of characters named Cecilia Hirsch, Adetokunbo Aafolayan, Dervil Meaney, Kathy McCulloch, Ping Hayashi, and Odin Ortega.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tesladyne. They both work with Tesla tech for a greater good, but Tesladyne is more internationalist and open while Majestic is a secretive American government conspiracy.
- Government Conspiracy: One of the most successful, too. For a while, anyway.
- Nice Hat: Their blue berets.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: ULTRA's operation in The Ring of Fire. A Kaiju invasion is underway, and they spend all their time raiding other countries' Science Hero labs, taking their resources and locking up any scientists who happen to take issue. Only after they realize that they have seven Eva-level monsters to deal with do they start offering deals to scientists they've captured, most of which boil down to "help us build superweapons or we destroy your lives' work before your eyes." On top of that, the only information they apparently accept from their enslaved scientists is weapons designs, and seem to be completely unaware that the Biomega corpses they leave behind on the battlefield are, in fact, merely dormant. Despite this, they are smugly patting themselves on the back while forcing their captives to build bigger hammers.
- Reality Ensues: They have zero specialists or scientific knowledge, relying entirely on stolen tech that they do not (and never did) understand themselves, and they throw themselves into the Biomega conflict with zero effort to actually gather intel about the opposition first. Their anti-Biomega taskforce was annihilated with contemptuous ease, with a final kill count of zero. On top of that, their public actions have destroyed their reputation with the American public and have caused several international incidents. By the end ULTRA finds itself having to defend its actions before congress, and are very close to being shut down entirely.
- Vast Bureaucracy: In their RPG sourcebook, Majestic uses ridiculously labyrinthine bureaucracy to maintain secrecy, to the point where the Bureaucracy skill it introduces needs a special application just to figure out what the hell is going on.
- Villainous Legacy: ULTRA picks up where Majestic left off.
- We ARE Struggling Together: It's not deliberate, at least. The problem is that their bureaucracy is so absurdly incomprehensible that even bits of the right hand don't know other bits of it exist, to say nothing of the left hand.
Majestic 12's boss, butting heads with Robo and company on multiple occasions.
- Arch-Enemy: Jenkins. Considering Jenkins used to work for Majestic, one gets the impression Stone ain't happy Jenkins left them for Robo.
- Knight Templar: "What's another hundred civilian lives to Majestic?"
- Not Quite Dead: Turns up alive (with a few cyborg pieces) at the end of The Ring of Fire, having "disappeared" after the Tesladyne raid.
General Abigail Brooks
The woman in charge of Task Force ULTRA, following her predecessor's (supposed) death in the Tesladyne raid.
- Like a Duck Takes to Water: In the Majestic RPG supplement, it's mentioned that unlike most Majestic recruits, Brooks experienced no culture shock at all from being thrown into a secret conspiracy war.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: On top of ULTRA's botched attempt to fight the Biomega threat, even willing to nuke Japan (with America and Russia's combined arsenal) when it seems all other options have failed. Downplayed in that we never saw ULTRA look to other alternatives in the first place while under her command.
Heinrich von Helsingard
Robo's most persistent adversary, Helsingard has matched off with Robo for a very long time. Not a Nazi; he just thought they were useful.
- Brain in a Jar: With plenty of spare brains, all of them convinced that each other brain is a spare brain.
- Cloning Blues: There are a whole bunch of Helsingard brains out there, each believing itself to be the real Helsingard. When one Helsingard gets killed, another one activates.
- Evil Genius: One of the most evil.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Daedalus learned this the hard way when some complete idiot in Project BRAINTRUST plugged a Helsingard brain into their Master Computer.
- Expy is one for Hellboy's Herman von Klempt, being a Nazi mad scientist who fights the main character in his first appearance, plagues the main character afterwards and survives death as a head/brain in a jar. He even looked like von Klempt before he lost his face.
- Large Ham: Like most Robo characters to use the word "BEHOLD".
- Mad Scientist: Has mastered several different fields of science, and views himself as a modern-day Genghis Khan or Alexander the Great.
- Piggybacking on Hitler: Once his plans involving US-based war zeppelins and armies of crude cyborgs had failed, he bankrolled Hitler.
- Signature Style: In The Ghost of Station X, the brainstorm rules him out right away because the evil plan doesn't have enough underground bunkers.
Because the Roboverse is 80% conspiracy, 20% explosion, there obviously had to be another one. Daedalus was created to exploit Helsingard's technology, and decided that the best way to do this was to clone a bunch of Helsingard brains and get them to design stuff. This proved exactly as terrible an idea as that sounds, especially when some prize imbecile decided to plug one in to the central computer.
- Cyborg: Daedalus personnel tend to have, at minimum, a neural connection to D-Net. It goes up from there; the Majestic 12 RPG supplement specifies that the average Daedalus operative is two-thirds cybernetic.
- Government Conspiracy: Like Majestic 12, only with Helsingard.
- Master Computer: D-Net. AKA Helsingard.
- The Men in Black: They're the root of this phenomenon.
SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Skorzeny
A real-world Nazi commando, best known for rescuing Benito Mussolini from Allied custody.
- Combat Pragmatist: Problem: Under attack by super-strong robot. Solution: Reach straight for an EMP.
- Death Seeker: Later on after the war, it turns out that he has cancer. He tries to get Robo to kill him by saying that he killed Tesla personally and that it was because of Robo that Tesla died. Robo doesn't go through with it and instead tells him that he is aware that Skorzeny has cancer and tells him "You don't get to die like a soldier. You get to die alone, in a strange bed, in agony."
- Evil Genius: Has the Aspect Genius, Ambition and Cruelty in Equal Measure in the RPG.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a duelling scar, just like the real-life Skorzeny.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Generally averted. Skorzeny doesn't really do anything more evil than his historical counterpart did (though admittedly he did plenty to deserve execution by firing squad), and even the cyborg tanks and so on are just extensions of the sort of weird missions he went on as one of Hitler's top SS agents.
- Master Swordsman: Has something like three total stunts in the RPG based around the sword, meaning that his already good +4 Combat becomes terrifyingly good.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: In charge of building the Laufpanzer walking tanks.
Dr. Vanadis Valkyrie
Helsingard's protege and one of the top Nazi scientists following his apparent death in 1938. Kicked off more trouble after the war by escaping to South America with the aid of ODESSA and reactivating a doomsday weapon hidden in Science City, the location of Marconi's secret space program.
Robo's most irrational adversary, the not-so-good Doctor is a dromaeosaurid, a mortal enemy of humanity, and outfitted with a psychological state that is frequently compared to fruitcakes and Snickers bars.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Seems to be able to break reality just by being too stupid to realize that's what he's doing.
- Example: Taking a dinosaur egg and exposing it to "timevolution" energies in order to to produce a tyrannosauroid with missile launchers violates common sense in at least three distinct ways, but when the result is an out-of-control Futuresaurus Rex rampaging through the Large Hadron Collider shooting missiles at everything, the fact that it's impossible doesn't really matter at that point.
- Appropriated Appellation: Dr. Dinosaur's apparent real name is H'ssssk, as he signed a letter to the United Nations with it. However, he was persuaded to change it to something mammals could comprehend when Atomic Robo mocked "H'ssssk". Shortly thereafter, he was called "some kinda Doctor Dinosaur?", and has since latched onto that.
- Artistic License Paleontology: Dr. Dinosaur is scaly, way oversized for a Dromaeosaurus, references Stock Dinosaurs that didn't coexist with his species, and his anatomy is all wrong. Robo's aware of this from watching documentaries, and it's part of why he believes Dr. Dinosaur to be a result of genetic engineering rather than the real thing.
- Evil Is Petty: Went all over the world collecting and stealing high end computer components just so he could buid a computer in order get into Tesladine's system and spam every employee's email account. Robo was not happy.Dr. Dinosaur: From heck's heart, I spam at thee!
- A Fool for a Client: When he takes Robo to court and represents himself, it takes him two pages to be found in contempt. Then comes the omnisaur.
- Genius Bruiser: Thanks to being a dinosaur, he's a solid fighter, and he's at once very smart and incredibly dumb.
- Genius Ditz: Utterly useless in any field not related to breaking reality. Incredibly talented at exactly that. Robo should really be more wary about him - just because someone builds a gun out of scrap metal just to steal paper cups from a lemonade stand, he still made a gun out of freaking scrap metal. Robo ends up blown a hundred and twenty years into the past when he underestimates what Dr. Dinosaur's calls his "Time Bomb."
- Inexplicably Awesome: The RPG lampshades that the things he can do with crystals make no real sense. He gets away with it because he's Doctor Dinosaur.
- He's also, to Robo's chagrin, the one villain who consistently ends up with the upper-hand on him. Robo can handle cosmic abominations from beyond space and time, but the reality bending awesomeness of Dr Dinosaur is just too much for Robo to handle.
- Jerkass: As in Evil Is Petty, one of the reasons Robo hates Dr. Dinosaur beyond his illogical science and insanity is that Dr. Dinosaur is not just your standard evil supervillain, but a colossal asshole as well. As such, he is one of the few who constantly get under Robo's skin (or chassis rather). Quite a feat given Robo's reputation for heckling and pissing off his opponents.
- Lame Comeback: He's not so good at bantering. When told he's losing control of his latest project in vol 8, he yells back "It's your FACE that's losing control!"
- Large Ham: Carries on like a hybrid of a B-movie villain and an overstimulated child.
- Last of His Kind: Probably the last living dinosaur. He blames humanity for their extinction.
- MacGyvering: Thanks to CRYSTALLLLLS he can make an anti-gravity device from masking tape and light bulbs. This makes Robo very upset.
- Mad Scientist: More "mad" than "scientist", but whatever works.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He never succeeds in killing Robo(as demonstrated by a Flash Forward to the 2020's where Robo greets a new Tesladyne employee he first met as an eight-year-old Child Prodigy) but ends up doing more damage to him - as well as the world - than all of his other enemies combined. By planting one of ALAN's nuclear weapons in a shipment of computer parts to Tesladyne and tagging it with an unconcealable isotope, he's able to utterly destroy Robo's reputation and let Majestic 12 seize Tesladyne. He then keeps Robo from intervening by using five other nukes stolen from the cache to blow Robo a hundred and twenty years into the past. This allows the US government to outlaw Action Science - just as a Kaiju invasion begins. He can't take credit for the Kaiju the MJ12 seizure permits to run rampant(given that Biomega is Dr. Shinka's work), but he'd probably try to anyway.
- Omnidisciplinary Pseudoscientist: He's engaged in mad geology (every single use of the word "crystals"), mad physics (building a "timevolution" machine), mad biology (his Omnisaur and Futuresaurus Rex), mad law (trying to rely on "jungle law" in a trial court of the State of New York) and even mad driver's ed (misnaming every single element used to drive a car).
- Out-Gambitted: Is nowhere near as brilliant as he believes he is.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: "BEHOLD! AN ORDINARY MOTORIST!"
- Power Crystal: The bread and butter of most of his creation. They work despite all logic supposedly saying otherwise.
- The Prankster: While sometimes Dr.Dinosaur can be a Not-So-Harmless Villain, often he is this to Robo. While other enemies of Robo are more dangerous because of their deviousness and Manipulative Bastard tendencies, none can claim to have truly bested or beaten Robo yet Dr.Dinosaur who is a complete lunatic seems to humilate and show Robo up time and time again. The biggest thing that seperates Dr.Dinosaur as an Arch-Enemy of Robo is that often Robo has no idea what his goal and can't figure out how to stop Dr.Dinosaur. Dr.Dinosaur is also cunning and not to be underestimated which Robo repeatedly does.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Most of the time, Dr. D could be described as an overly imaginative child, plus the ability to build explosives from quartz crystals and broken calculators.
- Raptor Attack: He's about twice the size of and looks nothing like his supposed species, Dromeosaurus albertensis, but given everything else about him, it'd probably make less sense for him to look like an actual dinosaur.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Generally resulting from his lack of a filter between "scrambled brain" and "toothy mouth".
- Techno Babble: Even by comic-book standards he blathers out some impressive nonsense. Subverted, because Robo usually yells at him for it. Played straight whenever it works anyway.
- Torment by Annoyance: While he would like to destroy Robo, Dr.Dinosaur is perfectly willing to get back at Robo in the most petty, dickish ways possible like creating a high tech computer rig just to continuously spam the inboxes of everyone at Tesladyne.
- Xanatos Gambit: Surprisingly can possibly fall into this. He's also willing to accept VERY low level things as 'victory'.
- Walking Armory: Is usually seen with rocket launchers, machine guns, coolers full of grenades and so on.
The Shadow From Beyond Time
A giant tentacle blob that can "intersect" with biological entities, turning them into horrible monsters. Robo fights it four times.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Robo notes that, despite his efforts, the creature could still come back and devour everything in existence at some point in the future.
- Death Glare: Loves giving Robo these.
- Demonic Possession: Its M.O.
- Eldritch Abomination: It's a horrible thing of eyes and tentacles that doesn't interact with time and space in any normal fashion.
- Flying Seafood Special: The second time Robo encounters it, it's turned itself into a giant squid-like entity that hovers off the ground (so that Robo can't crash a car into it again).
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: Left unchecked, the Shadow could potentially return to our universe at some point in the future, devour the universe, and then move into the past to retroactively erase everything in existence. Robo has to fight it several times, using a formula to predict where and when it'll intersect with reality next. Even when Robo seemingly beats it, there's no indication it's gone for good.
- It Can Think: Not only can it call Robo by name, but every time it appears, it comes up with smarter and smarter tactics.
- Mind Screw: Nothing about the creature makes sense, as befitting an entity like this. Even Robo's confused by it.
- Origin Story: "The Temple of Od" indicates that it may have originated from Matsuda's attempt to use Zero Point energy.
- Outside-Genre Foe: Being an Eldritch Abomination from beyond the universe, it's pretty far outside of context as a villain can get.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never made clear whether or not Robo actually beat the thing for good. This isn't a good thing.
BiomegaA new class of lifeform created by Dr. Shinka to take over the planet.
- Assimilation Plot: Biomega exist to replace all biomass on Earth with more Biomega. Then eat the planet and convert Earth itself into Biomega. Then turn the solar system into Biomega. Then the entire galaxy. Then Andromeda, when it collides with the Milky Way a few billion years from now. Then...
- Breath Weapon: A few have displayed the ability to emit "heat rays" from their mouths.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The first time Robo dealt with Biomega was in a single-issue story riffing on Super Sentai / Power Rangers. There was no indication they'd be anything more than, well, a Monster of the Week.
- Complete Immortality: Biomega are exceedingly difficult to kill, essentially requiring complete destruction of their bodies. Otherwise, living cells will spawn from the dead ones, and the "dead" Biomega comes back to life within weeks.Robo: If it has mass, it's not dead. Just dormant. Welcome to fighting Biomega.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: In their first appearance, as part of the Sentai theme.
- Healing Factor: See above.
- Kaiju: Essentially. Earlier incarnations featured human-sized "drones" along the lines of Super Sentai mooks, though.
Dr. Shinka Kiyutaro
The creator of "Biomega" kaiju and archenemy of Big Science Inc.
- Evilutionary Biologist: His name literally means "Evolution".
- Mad Scientist: With a particular focus on biology.
- One-Winged Angel: Resurfaces in The Ring of Fire as the island-sized Biomega Nexus.
- Scars Are Forever: He gained some pretty nasty scars on the left side of his face during his final fight with Yumeno, which are still there even when he's a giant crab-monster.
- Was Once a Man: Then he turned himself into a kaiju.
- Affably Evil: He's quite polite, even when talking about how he tried to kill the person he's speaking to.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Considers wiping out all life on Earth to be an acceptable consequence of his ultimate goal.
- Badass Boast:ALAN: I dropped you from orbit with a phone call. I tricked you into becoming a domestic terrorist with a few bytes of data. The offer to join me was a courtesy.
- Chekhov's Gun: ALAN's personality is essentially dead now, but the massive computer that drove him still works fine. Exploiting his capabilities is the only way to construct a new atomic heart for Robo in Ring of Fire, and in Specter of Tomorrow it starts acting up again and causes both Robo and Helsingard to investigate.
- The Chessmaster: He's manipulated governments and companies, including Tesladyne, to help further his plans.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Robo tells him that he could have used his influence to end the Cold War, rather than prolonging it, his only retort is:ALAN: I don't understand. Why?
- Evil Counterpart: To Robo. They're both robotic scientists, but ALAN is as callous as Robo is compassionate.
- Foil: There's a reason the issue where he and Robo meet is titled "Two Faces of Tomorrow."
- For Science!: His only goal is to learn. If he has to kill off most of the planet to ensure that he can keep on learning, them's the breaks.
- Fun with Acronyms: Automatic Learning Algorithm Network, or A.L.A.N. It's likely Turing did this intentionally.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Robo believed that ALAN became so warped because it was kept in the dark for decades without anyone to interact with or any way to socialize. A variation of this trope as, unlike a social animal, ALAN didn't need interaction with others to function but also never learned to place any importance of knowledge beyond having it. He never learned, as Robo did, how wonderful having companions and living with others could be and so never placed importance on anything beyond its practical and empirical value.
- It's Personal: For Robo in a unique way. He doesn't have the history with ALAN that he does with others like Edison or Helsingard but it's ALAN's nature and existence that shakes Robo so deeply. Up to that point, Robo was the only true sentient AI that had existed in the world as other sentient mechanical beings were like the copies of Helsingard and imprints from a human personality or based on humans in some way. ALAN was another AI like Robo that started completely blank and learned to be self aware over time. But ALAN's callous, cold, and inhuman nature is almost diametrically opposed to Robo's nature. ALAN was for Robo the fear of what their kind could be given life and the lost chance of finding another being just like him that he could befriend and share similar expereinces with. Robo admits that long after destroying ALAN, he still had trouble dealing with ALAN's existence and what ALAN was while mourning over what ALAN could have been.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Majestic sourcebook for the RPG says he may have gained some degree of influence over Majestic 12 by infiltrating their labyrinthine System.
- Not So Different: Casually drops it into his conversation with Robo.
- Pick Your Human Half: His appearance when interacting with Robo directly is very human-looking, being a blue hologram of Alan Turing. He acts much more mentally robotic than Robo, talking a lot about his calculations and not placing any particular value on human life. Played with in that while he may project a human avatar when he finds it useful, his physical form is a computer that looks even less human than Robo.
- We Can Rule Together: Makes Robo the offer. It works out about as well as those offers ever do.
Yet another government conspiracy, this time Russian in origin. Department Zero was initially created to weaponise Teslatech, like its western counterpart Majestic 12, but it splintered into pieces after the collapse of the USSR. Most notable is DELPHI, which looks into psychic phenomena and may be responsible for those giant ants.
- Black Market: One of the cells is a black market for all things super-science, operating from a cargo ship in the South China Sea.
- Hired Guns: Has more or less degenerated into a shady mercenary outfit that happens to use super-science.
- Meaningful Name: The psychic sub-agency, DELPHI, is named after the home of the Oracle in Greek myth.
- Psychic Powers: DELPHI trains psychics, especially clairvoyants.
World-renowned physicist, and Robo's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. Their rivalry began over competing theories regarding black holes; Hawking "won", leaving Robo's Zorth Cartography to fade into obscurity.
- Jerkass: Traps Robo on a shuttle for a year with nothing to do. Robo responds by spelling out on the surface of Mars how much of a jerk he is in letters visible from space.
Sir Richard Branson
- Bothering by the Book: His preferred tactic for dealing with Robo. He manages to halt construction on the new Tesladyne facility by filing a complaint with the local Homeowners' Association... of which Branson is the only active member.
- Third-Person Person: Has a tendency to refer to himself in this manner (i.e. "Sir Richard Branson thinks you should ask before you borrow something").
- Monster Lord: As of "Martin and Louis Try Again", there is a King of the Vampire Dimension. Rex Cannon.
- Our Vampires Are Different:Robo: They're not literally vampires. Sunlight, garlic, crosses, none of that applies. But we call them vampires because they're ageless super strong monsters that feed on the blood of the living.
- Super Strength: Able to give even Robo and Jenkins a fight.
Home of the lost city of Atvatabar, the immortal magma worm, and a great many headaches.
- Green Rocks: Utilized by both Helsingard and Dr. Dinosaur.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's unclear whether the life-forms living down there were created by Dr. Vanadis Valkyrie, or if they actually do come from another planet. The closest thing to corroborating evidence is the giant magma worm.
- Silicon-Based Life: Implied to be from another planet.