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The Izumi Family

    Ken Izumi
Our "Hero".
The hero of the series, Ken is a ten/twelve year old boy who saves the Earth from the Juralians. He uses the power of light to turn into Chargeman Ken and defeat the Juralians.

    Caron Izumi
Ken Izumi's younger sister.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Her hair is blonde in the anime but (save for one panel) dark in the manga's first chapter. It becomes a shade lighter in the second chapter, only to become dark again by the final chapter.
  • Age Lift: Caron in the Boken-O manga adaptation also looks slightly older than her anime counterpart.
  • Demonic Possession: Is, at one point, possessed (through biting) by a doll sent by the Jurals.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Briefly. In Episode 45, she gets hypnotized by Maou (with the help of a Jural disguising as her piano teacher) to kill Ken with a knife.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Her given name is Welsh and her family name is Japanese.
  • Precocious Crush: On Hoshi-kun. Sadly, it doesn't last, mainly because he's dead by the end of the episode.
  • Tagalong Kid: She and Barican often follow Ken around on his shenanigans.

The Izumi household's pet "robot dog" or... something, and Ken's best friend.
  • Adaptational Badass: As with pretty much every other thing in the Boken-O manga, Barican gets some level of badass upgrade.
    • His reaction when Maou is trying to abduct Caron in the first chapter? Headbutting Maou in the chest. It doesn't work.
    • He later repeats the same strategy with random Jural mooks who were also trying to abduct Caron. This time it works.
    • He sacrifices himself to protect Caron again in the final chapter.
  • Adapted Out: He is nowhere to be seen in the later chapters of the TV Land manga version.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In the Boken-O adaptation, he 'dies' (read: his head falls off) protecting Caron from falling debris caused by Maou's rampaging giant robot, but not before pointing out where she is to Ken. It is implied he gets better, being a robot and all.
  • Gonk: He looks... certainly weird, to be sure.
  • Guardian Entity: Manga Barican always protects Caron from harm, leading to the aforementioned moments of badassery.
  • Informed Species: Barican is referred to as a "robot dog", "grandpa robot", and the only thing he genuinely resembles is a robot, and even then...
  • Off-Model: Barican in the first two chapters of the TV Land manga looks like he's on drugs, and nosebleeding to boot. No, seriously.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Is pretty much (supposed to be) this in all media.
  • Robot Buddy: To Ken.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ken.

    Hiroshi Izumi (aka Papa) 
Ken and Caron's father.
  • Adaptational Badass: In one of the two manga tie-in adaptations made during the anime's original run (published in the now-defunct manga magazine Boken-O), he made Ken's gadgets after receiving word from a gravely-injured alien that the Earth is in imminent danger, three years before the actual invasion takes place.
  • All There in the Manual: Both his and his wife's first names (Hiroshi and Saori, respectively) are only revealed in a character profile published years after the anime's original run.
  • Herald: Boken-O Dad asks Ken to don the suit he made and save the earth from the Jurals.
  • Informed Attribute: Once claims to be a physician, although we never see him practice medicine onscreen. In fact, this claim is made to his wife; apparently, she doesn't have any clue about his job either.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: His Boken-O counterpart. In the first chapter, he is revealed to dabble (or have dabbled) in astronomy, as well as being the inventor of Ken's suit and other gadgets. He is later seen performing laboratory tests on a capsule dropped by Ken's friend Lily who turns out to be an alien in disguise.
  • Unnamed Parent: In-series he is only referred to as either 'Papa' (by his children) or 'Mr. Izumi' (by everyone else).

    Saori Izumi (aka Mama) 
Ken and Caron's mother.


The Jurals and Other Extraterrestrials

    Jurals in General
An alien race that seeks to conquer Earth.
  • Cyclops: They all have one eye, except Maou-sama.
  • Ditto Aliens: Every single one, barring Maou-sama (who, oddly enough, looks human, the same race he is trying to wipe out), is identical.
  • Eye Beams: Firing beams from their eyes is their preferred method of attack.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: They generally sound deeper than human characters.
  • Fangs Are Evil: They all have pointy teeth.
  • Informed Flaw: Jurals are repeatedly described as "emotionless" in the series, even when they aren't, and Maou mentions in Episode 8 that emotions have been forgotten by the Juralians.
  • Immune to Bullets: Normal bullets won't hurt them. It takes a blast from Ken's ray gun to kill them.
  • Humanoid Aliens: They look fairly humanoid despite having antennae and one eye, among other things.
  • Humanshifting: They use this ability to disguise themselves as various people to trick Ken.
    • It is unclear whether they have this ability in the Boken-O manga since in this adaptation it is non-Jurals who don human disguises.
  • Mooks: Serve as this to their leader/king/emperor, Maou-sama.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Both played straight and subverted. Some can pull off quite convincing human disguises; others ... not so much. (From the viewers' perspective anyway.) Apparently, among some Jurals, having purple hair in their human forms is a thing.
  • Planet Looters: Serve as this, although some of the dialogue in Episode 47 implies that they are a Dying Race.
  • Red Shirt: Most of them are killed very quickly.
  • Space Nomads: In the manga, Maou claims that the Jurals traveled from two million light years away to conquer Earth.
  • Shapeshifter: Jurals can shapeshift into humans.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: A standard tactic among the Jurals.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": They are called either the Jurals or the Juralians.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Jurals - in the manga at least - are weak to fire (according to Maou). That might explain why Ken's ray gun can kill them quickly.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Nearly every Jural that appears in an episode dies by the end of the episode, with the sole exception of Maou-sama.

The main antagonist. He is radically different from the other Jurals, as he resembles a very tall human with a pointy chin, bluish-purple skin, and a third Jural eye. He seeks to conquer Earth for its resources, and is a ruthless, unforgiving, cruel, yet incompetent leader, considering some of his schemes.

    X- 6
One of the Jural soldiers who appears in Episode 8. She is sent to assassinate Ken Izumi, but when he saves her from a falling tree, she suffers an emotional breakdown and can't bring herself to kill him.
  • Graceful Loser: When she tries and fails to kill Ken again in the hospital, she gracefully accepts her loss because his saving her life without knowing who she is made her remember empathy the Juralians have lost.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: When she tries and fails to kill Ken again in the hospital, she gracefully accepts her loss because his saving her life without knowing who she is made her remember empathy the Juralians have lost. When she runs away from him, several Juralians come and kill her for betraying them in favor of their enemy.
  • Make-Up Is Evil: She wears dark blue eyeshadow and red lipstick when disguised as a human woman.
  • Villainous BSoD: When she tries and fails to kill Ken again in the hospital, she breaks down and gracefully accepts her loss because his saving her life without knowing who she is made her remember empathy the Juralians have lost.
    Ken: (wakes up) Ah! You're the lady from before! Now I see! You're a Juralian, aren't you?!
    Maou: Kill him! Why won't you kill him?!
    X-6: I can't kill him. I just can't kill him! Chargeman Ken, why did you save me before?
    Ken: Why? Because it was just common sense.
    X-6: I've lost, Chargeman Ken. There's something left in me that I thought I'd abandoned. (runs away)
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She dies by the end of the episode.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.

    K- 11 
A Jural soldier who disguises himself as Ken Izumi. He kidnaps Ken and Nagisa and attempts to murder Ken's family.
  • Master of Disguise: Is extremely good at disguising as Ken. Only a single, largely minor thing ends up blowing his cover: he drinks tomato juice without a second thought.
  • Wink "Ding!": Apparently, it can cause people to fall down spontaneously.

A student and a football player who gets transferred to Ken's school. He is very handsome. Naturally, he is a Jural.

    The Delinquent 
A juvenile delinquent who hides out at the warehouse. He has recently beaten up Ken's class and class B and they return for vengeance. He is also a Jural, believe it or not.
  • Badass Biker: Has epic motorcycle skills and successfully fights off a group of his equals; however, he is villainous.
  • Blood Knight: A villainous example. He loves fighting and is one of the few Jurals to stand his ground against Ken and beat him up.

    J- 7 
A kind, gentle young man who fights Ken in a Kendo duel. He is an undercover Jural sent to kill Ken; however, unlike the rest of the Jurals, he genuinely values Earth and thinks it is beautiful.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It isn't shown, but he pulls this at some point.
  • Master Swordsman: Is extremely good at kendo, and manages to hit Ken. However, despite being a fierce fighter, he is a kind-hearted man... well, Jural.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He is one of the two Jurals to be a good guy, the other one being X-6, but, unlike X-6, who starts to question her species' values during the episode, J-7 is a good guy from the start. He doesn't survive.
  • Nature Lover: He says to the Jurals that Earth is full of beautiful things, and, instead of trying to destroy it, the Jurals should embrace Earth. They don't listen.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the rest of the Jurals.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies, just like X-6.

    Mr. Fukuda 
A character seen in Episode 50. The head of National Space Development Agency... supposedly. He adopts an enormous group of children from the orphanage.

A pair of shady men who appear in Episode 25. They blackmail Yuichi into helping them burn down buildings because they're actually Jurals.

A non-Jural alien coerced by Maou to conquer the Earth for the Jurals under the promise of a reward in the Boken-O manga.

A young alien from the planet Apollo forced by Maou to assassinate Ken by holding her parents hostage in the Boken-O manga.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: She lives long enough to be able to apologize to Ken for tricking him and telling him that she enjoyed her time with him.

Minor Characters

Ken's teacher.

    Dr. Volga
A West German professor who likes snacks. He is murdered immediately, but then he appears on the TV like nothing happened, present at the reception of Japan's leading scientists.
  • Breakout Character: Only in one episode. In spite of this, said episode is probably the most commonly parodied and referenced.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: A beard of good. Subverted, as he becomes a human bomb, but he doesn't know this.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies twice, first at the start of the episode, shot by Jurals, and then at the ending, dropped as a human bomb at the Jural spaceship.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: The case with him. He is revived as a human bomb by the Jurals, who use him to kill Japan's leading scientists. Instead, he gets used by Ken as a way to destroy a Jural spaceship.

A little kid around Ken's age and an aspiring arsonist. Also a victim of familial and domestic abuse between his parents, which is precisely why he becomes an arsonist.
  • Abusive Parents: His parents' relationship was very strained, and the resulting abuse from his mother caused him to burn his house down. They seem to become better by the end of the episode, though.
  • Flaw Exploitation: By the Jurals.

    Mental Clinic Director 
A mental clinic director. However, he is also a megalomaniac who seeks to rule over the ashes of the world, which is why he builds a rocket factory under the mental clinic. He is helped by the Jural Seijin.

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