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The Izumi Family

    Ken Izumi 
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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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Boken-O manga Ken is more outright heroic than his anime counterpart.
  • Age Lift: Ken in the Boken-O manga adaptation (see Papa's folder below) is older, taller and more muscular than the anime version. As a 70s shonen protagonist, said manga Ken also sports thick eyebrows and sideburns.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In Episode 35, when he infamously drops Dr. Volga as a human bomb on an incoming Jural spaceship.
  • Ax-Crazy: This may be unintentional on the producers/writers part, but Ken tends to act like a deranged paranoiac, examples include mercilessly shooting a Jural in the back, after a) Ken spent the entire episode pining after it and b) it posed no threat to him, and used Dr. Volga as a bomb, despite there being little to no indication that he even was implanted with a bomb to begin with.
  • Karma Houdini: Mainly due to Moral Dissonance, no one ever calls him out for, at best, his cruel pranks/abusive behavior towards Barrican and Caron, and at worst, causing mass genocide, while also killing a few humans (Dr. Volga coming to mind) in the process.
  • Kid Hero: A young boy who repeatedly saves the world.
  • Jerkass: Ken revels in killing Jurals, often in human disguises, plays cruel pranks on his sister and pet robot, and then there's Dr. Volga's death.
  • Light Is Good: Ken uses it to power up himself and is the hero of the story.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Since the show never stops to explain exactly what Ken's powers even are, there are constantly moments where Ken will suddenly develop new abilities, such as super strength or telepathy, in order to resolve the plot. Many of these abilities will only be used in one episode and never be seen again.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: At one point, he successfully punches in the stomach a Jural boxer, Tiger M, who earlier has beat up and killed a grown man (and is said to have killed 13 boxers before as well).
  • Refuge in Audacity: Part of the reason his Karma Houdinis are so goddamn laughable.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Ken revels in shooting down Jurals (including one he spent the episode being in love with), playing cruel jokes on his sister and pet robot "dog" and he's the cause of Dr. Volga's infamous death. This was possibly unintentional. Not to mention the fact that there have been numerous episodes where he flat out murders animals for even being in league with the Jurals.
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    Caron Izumi 
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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.

    Barican 
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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" and/or "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.

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The Jurals and Other Extraterrestrials

    Jurals in General 
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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, despite clearly and consistently showing emotion, 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.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: In their natural form, Jurals have a noticeably top-heavy frame, further accentuated by their narrow waists and thin tentacles.
  • 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: Nearly every Jural that appears in an episode dies by the end of the episode, with the sole exception of Maou-sama.

    Maou-sama 
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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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The anime's Maou is an incompetent ham prone to overly-complicated plans that rarely, if ever, work; Boken-O's Maou, on the other hand, is a more cunning, ruthless, and significantly less hammy figure who uses - even forces - members of other alien races to do the dirty work for him and the Jurals.
  • Adaptational Decay: By contrast, TV Land's Maou is defeated by Ken in the same chapter as his first (and only) appearance, within the space of four panels.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: A totalitarian dictator with an entrenched cult of personality who seeks to wipe out the "inferior" race to take over their resources and give their homeland to his own race? Who you gonna call?
  • Asshole Victim: For all his crimes he commits during the invasion of Earth, he eventually dies in Episode 65 when his spaceship explodes.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Surprisingly. In Episode 10, he turns into a cute, fragile little girl, which causes Ken to fall in love with "her".
  • Bad Boss: Downplayed: during one of his minions' concern about Ken Izumi, he ignores it and says that humans' attempts to stop them are futile, and, in Episode 8, has one of his minions whip X-6 for failing to kill Ken.
  • Bald of Evil: His head, however, is covered with a blue hat/outgrowth/whatever it is supposed to be.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In the TV Land manga version, the Izumi siblings first encounter a gigantic Maou in outer space while going on a picnic to Mars.
  • Big Bad: He is responsible for the invasion of Earth in the first place.
  • Creepily Long Arms: Alongside his very lengthy legs, his arms are very long. Can also turn into tentacles in the manga.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: For extra creepiness, they're also hollow and tube-shaped.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Except in the Boken-O manga, where he is simply called 'boss' by one of his underlings and 'Jural' (Jural-seijin) by everyone else. Speaking of which, he is never called 'Maou' in any of the manga adaptations.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: One of, if not the, characters with the deepest voice in the series.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A composed, soft-spoken villain who almost always addresses his nemesis politely, and at one point even apologizes to his teacher for violently kidnapping her. That said, he's still a monstrous dictator who has no qualms with executing children. Best shown in Episode 10 and Episode 11.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Boken-O Maou sports certain abilities like being turning his arms into tentacles, stretching his neck and shooting a laser beam that can melt metal from his mouth. Which he never uses beyond the first chapter because he spends the rest of the manga either using non-Jurals as pawns or riding a robot.
  • High Collar of Doom: It's exaggeratedly huge and resembles a pair of tentacles.
  • It's Personal: Boken-O Maou's feud with Ken is getting more and more personal with each chapter. This all comes to a head in the end when Maou comes to Ken's house riding a giant robot with the express purpose of killing the Izumis once and for all.
  • Lack of Empathy: He despises the human race - in fact, pretty much anything that is not Jural - and cares very little for his own minions. The one time he joins Ken to save Earth from a meteor, it is because he would have nothing to conquer.
    • Amplified in the Boken-O version, where he sends non-Jural aliens to kill Ken.
  • Large Ham: Considerably, although not so much as other examples.
  • Lean and Mean: He is pretty tall and incredibly mean.
  • The Men First: In episode 10, he orders his men to escape before where they are explodes.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Maou is almost always seen smiling, though it is downplayed.
  • Ojou Ringlets: In his "Hitomi" form.
  • Satanic Archetype: His name literally translates to "Demon King", and one point Ken refers to him as a "devil".
  • Spikes of Villainy: He has these on many parts of his body, such as his chin.
  • Sinister Schnoz: A very pointy one, too!
  • Third Eye: Unlike the rest of the Jurals, Maou has three eyes: two human ones and a red Jural one.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: They are very noticeable.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Oh yes. Aside from trying to kill Ken and trying to execute Caron in Episode 10, he is the one to come up with and initiate Operation Mad Green in Episode 36, which involves poisoning the food supply at child hospitals, killing/disfiguring/doing God knows what to newborns.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Invokes this trope towards Lily and her parents in the manga.
  • Zany Scheme: Many, many schemes of Maou are ridiculous and destined to failure, with the only non-zany, genuinely evil one being the Operation Mad Green. For example, in the very first episode he has his men kidnap all children in the world and hold them as hostages, and in the second he creates a set of rockets that deliberately explode in mid-air and create fog only to disadvantage Ken in a fight, instead of firing them on Ken's house.
    • Somewhat subverted in all four chapters of the Boken-O manga, where Maou is more brutally direct. First, he makes all the mutated plants in the botanical garden Ken's class went to come alive. Next, he coerces and compels non-Jural aliens to kill Ken for him - one of them even managing to gravely injure Ken. Finally, when all means have apparently failed, Maou controls a giant robot across the city, heading towards the Izumi family residence to kill Ken and family himself.

    X-6 
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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.
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    Hoshi-kun 
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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.

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

    Zairasu 
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.

    Lily 
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

    Nagisa 
Ken's teacher.

    Dr. Volga 
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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.

    Yuichi 
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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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