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Ryū Tendō/Red Hawk | Actor: Kotaro Tanaka

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Member of the Skyforce who was given the Birdonic Waves to become the first Jetman. Too bad right after that, the Vyrams attack and he lost his girlfriend Rie Aoi. Ryū goes to lead the Jetmen, but is pretty hung up with Rie's death.

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  • Arranged Marriage: By his grandma, no less.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Gai's Veronica for Kaori's Archie. He wins.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Is one briefly after learning that Rie is Maria, where he loses his mind and starts believing that Rie is with him. He gets better.
  • Driven to Suicide: His efforts in avenging Rie's death leads to him committing a suicide attack, using the Jet Striker on him and Radiguet. He gets better.
  • Fatal Flaw: His hatred towards Radiguet for killing Rie would have doomed the Jetmen had they not rescued him in time.
  • Fingerless Gloves: From Gold's Gym nonetheless!
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: He's pretty hung up about Rie's death. Later, he finds out that the villain Maria is his dead girlfriend.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has a major one when he realizes that Maria is Rie all along to the point that he's nearly Driven to Suicide when he tries to avenge her death. He gets better.
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: He attempts to kill himself and Radiguet to avenge Rie. It doesn't work.
  • Interrupted Suicide: His suicide attack to avenge Rie is rendered moot when Radiguet destroys the Jet Striker.
  • It's Personal: Has this against Radiguet after he kills Rie, and tries to kill him in a suicide attack with the Fire Bazooka. Ironically survives because Radiguet destroys it and allows the other Jetmen to come to his rescue.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He gets his own vehicle, the Jet Striker, which is the team's BFG, too. His Jet Hawk is also the biggest among the Jet Machines, and he's the only Jetman to have had formal training beforehand.
  • The Leader: He serves as the team's leader.
  • Official Couple: He initially gets engaged with Rie, until she was Killed Off for Real. He and Kaori get together in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
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  • Revenge Before Reason: When Radiguet kills Rie, he decides to exact revenge on Radiguet to the point that he abandons the Jetman's mission to help others. It would have gotten himself killed had Radiguet not destroyed the Jet Striker and the remaining Jetman not rescue him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He attempts to avenge Rie's death at the hands of Radiguet. Fortunately, he snaps out of it thanks to Kaori and the other Jetmen.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted. In the penultimate episode, he attempts to leave his comrades behind to avenge Rie's death. However, it doesn't work and he rejoins the Jetmen for good.
  • Taking You with Me: Towards the end of the series, Ryū decides to use the Jet Striker to kill both himself and Radiguet in order for the former to avenge Rie's death. Unfortunately for him, it backfires because Radiguet ends up destroying the Jet Striker and the Jetmen pull a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He yells "You won't be forgiven!" to Radiguet before he transforms into Red Hawk to avenge Rie.

Gai Yūki/Black Condor | Actor: Toshihide Wakamatsu

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A rebellious lone wolf who's just out to enjoy his life before his death. While accidentally struck with Birdonic Wave and being called to become a Jetman, Gai refused being ordered around, especially from someone like Ryū, but his sense of justice got over him and he ends up joining and developing that sense. He makes advances on Kaori, and while at first refused, his persistence paid off... only for him to break it up due to different lifestyles. In the end, he decided to let Kaori marry Ryū, now his best friend. Sadly, while on the way to visit their marriage, Gai tried to stop a mugger and while he succeeded, the mugger stabs him, and he died due to the wounds shortly after he gave Ryū his blessings. The manga epilogue had him replaced by musician Jeffrey Kensaki AKA Green Eagle.

  • Dead Guy Junior: The "Toei TV Hero Encyclopedia" retrospective reveals that Ryu and Kaori named their child after him. The questionably-canonical sequel manga has Raita and Satsuki do the same.
  • Spit Take: His first appearance on screen? He's drinking the cup of coffee that Radiguet's announcement shows up on in the first episode.

Raita Ōishi/Yellow Owl | Actor: Tomihisa Naruse

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A fat farmer who at first really doesn't like fighting, even after he's struck with Birdonic Waves. He just wants to be a farmer... until the Vyrams trample his farm and he ends up fighting anyway. Has a childhood friend named Satsuki whom he eventually married in the end of the series. Despite so, he used to have a crush to Kaori, but decided that she's too good for him and settles with 'being able to protect her'.

  • Acrofatic: Even though he's overweight, Raita's still capable of going toe-to-toe with Radiguet's books.
  • The Ageless/Older Than They Look: Not with the character, but with Tomihisa Naruse, his actor. It's been 2 decades since the show aired and the man hasn't aged a day. The other actors, not so much.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: With a girl named Satsuki. He does marry her in the end.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Raita has the hots for Kaori, just like Gai, but he never even gets the privilege to go out on a date with her.
  • Expy: of Daita Ōiwa, the original yellow ranger himself. Even the names are similar (Ōishi and Ōiwa both mean "large stone").
  • Stout Strength: He is one of the more visibly fat Sentai heroes, and one of the strongest physically.

Kaori Rokumeikan/White Swan | Actress: Rika Kishida

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Heiress to the Rokumeikan family, at first an extremely Spoiled Brat, but eventually evolved into Spoiled Sweet, thanks to Ryū's scoldings. While at first repulsed at Gai, she ends up with him after discovering his heart of gold, but he broke up with her after introducing him to her high-class family which... pissed him off. Kaori eventually ends up marrying Ryū after much hardships that follows.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. While she does give Gai a chance, it is Ryu whom she is attracted to.
    • Also subverted when she finds a fiance in the form of an Upper-Class Twit, after putting up with his Jerkass behavior for most of the episode (even stopping Gai from hitting him), she has enough when he makes a comment about the non-rich people's lives not being important.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Ryū's Betty and Gai's Veronica. She chooses Ryū.
  • The Chick: She's the weakest fighter (at first), and that's saying something.
  • Dude Magnet: Sort of. Gai and Raita both want a piece of her, in their own way! (Though Ryū, who wasn't originally interested in her, is the one who ultimately gets her)
  • Official Couple: With Ryū in the epilogue.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Ako's Tomboy. Changes over the course of the series, where she becomes less shallow and materialistic.
  • Uptown Girl: She is rich while both Ryū and Gai belong to the middle-class. This is one of the reasons her relationship with Gai doesn't work out.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She is a wife and a mother when she marries Ryu.

Ako Hayasaka/Blue Swallow | Actress: Sayuri Uchida

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An Ordinary High-School Student that accidentally got hit with Birdonic Waves and ends up becoming a star athlete in instant. A bit of materialistic, demanding money here and there, but she instantly got over it, realizing her own sense of justice after the first encounter with the Vyrams, joining the Jetman. She's the tomboy of the team, though she eventually grew over it and in the epilogue, became an Idol Singer... despite being bad at singing while in school.

  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Raita's Feminine Boy.
  • Only in It for the Money: At first. Want to hire her for the athletic team? Give her a good salary first. Want her to join the Jetman? Pay her 1500 yen per hour!
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Until she got hit by the Birdonic Waves...
  • Out of Focus: Definitely gets the least amount of focus episodes of all the Jetmen.
    • To give you an idea: She and Gai are the only Jetmen who are only shown from the back after being hit by the Birdonic Waves; unlike Gai, however, who appears prior to the waves striking him, we don't see Ako's face until episode 2.
  • Shipper on Deck: She apparently ships Ryū/Kaori

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Commander Aya Odagiri | Actress: Mikiko Miki

  • Badass in Charge: Despite not being a Jetman herself, she's still pretty badass. She's even piloted a Humongous Mecha on a few occasions, one of which was a Curbstomp Battle.
  • Badass Normal: She's not a Super Soldier like the Jetman team, but she's still manages to be this trope.
  • The Captain: She has the distinction of being the first female commander in the Super Sentai series. Appropriately enough, everyone calls her "commander".
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In Episode 43 the Jetman (minus Kaori) shrink Jet Icarus to go inside her body to fight Bio Dimension Beast.

Villains

Radiguet | Actor: Daisuke Tachi

One of the Vyram elites spearheading the attack of Earth. He thinks of nothing but himself, not even his queen, and would do every dirty tricks available to make him the supreme ruler of the universe, including betrayal. And he's not above betraying his fellow Vyrams.

  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with the Jetmen at least twice. First to take down Empress Juuza and later against Tranza.
  • Famous Last Words: "You think you defeated me, Radiguet... but my soul will keep haunting you from the Reverse Dimension!" Said just before he explodes along with the Jet Garuda in the final battle.
  • A God Am I: First day of his invasion, he claims to be a God for the Earthlings. He probably said that to virtually every dimension he tried to invade. He also claimed his "holy body was invincible" during the final battle, after his merger with the Vylock.
  • The Heavy: He tends to take into the field and get involved directly in whatever plan he's concocting or whatever battles he has to attend, due to his status as the Dragon-in-Chief of both Juuza and Tranza. Even with them out of the picture, he'd still do it.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: His interactions with Maria border on this quite often, as he's almost always touching her face and reminding her she belongs to him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Gai kills him with the Birdonic Saber.
  • It's All About Me: Screw the rest of the Vyram. Radiguet wants to take everything for himself, even from his fellow elites.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's a horrible monster, and never assume that there's a nice guy underneath that. It won't end well.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: When he got amnesiac, he received a Morality Pet. Then he got his memory back... then killed her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: If he fell off the villain threat level (due to Juza or Tranza), he usually resorts to this to get back to the top of the food chain, usually using the Jetmen as his pawns.
  • Meaningful Name: "Radiguet" was also the last name of a French author who wrote a book called "Devil in the Flesh," which describes this Radiguet well.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: During their first fight, Ryu manages to leave a cut on his face, causing him to go berserk.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His Raguem form is immune to Great Icarus' Bird Maser, but gains a weak point due to a stab wound Rie inflicts on him before dying. He attempts to cover it with the armor formed from the Vylock, but Jet Garuda punches it off him, and grapples him long enough for Jet Icarus to impale him in the wound with the Birdonic Saber.
  • One-Winged Angel: He has a more powerful, yet uglier form named Radigan that he transforms into when he gets really pissed. He also gains a giant form later called Raguem and fuses with the Vyram base, the Vylock, in the finale.
  • The Sociopath: Radiguet is a text-book example. He cares for no one but himself and intentionally sets out to hurt people and causes misery.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: While not exclusive to him, among the Vyram, he makes the biggest habit of saving the Jetmen so he can kill them himself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he was never harmless, he still tended to fall victim to The Worf Effect to show off a new threat like Juuza or Tranza (though he will come back to one-up them), but after draining the power from Tranza's robot, aside from the One-Winged Angel above, he also manages to No-Sell the Fire Bazooka.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Does owe the Jetmen for not being stuck as somebody's minion, but never changes his opinion of them, and the feeling is mutual.
  • Villainous Crush: On Rie, hence turning her into Maria, and a truly sick one at that, as his actions are less about having any feelings for her (he only cares about himself) as much as desiring to possess and control her, even it means reducing her to a mindless slave.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's actually half right when he declares that Humans Are Bastards to justify his assault, seeing that there's someone as petty as Commander Ichijou

Juuza | Actress: Sachiko Takato

  • Bad Boss: While all the other Vyram commanders dislike her, the only one to actually stand up to her is Radiguet. While she doesn't kill him, she wipes his memory and turns him human.
  • Big Bad: Is the empress of the Vyram. Except that she's in actuality a Big Bad Wannabe when the Jetman teams up with the other Vyram villains to fight her.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies the episode after she is introduced.

Tran / Tranza | Actor: Miku Kuga (Tran) / Yutaka Hirose (Tranza)

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Came VERY close to becoming a true Big Bad, but Radiguet managed to usurp the spot from him.
  • Tagalong Kid, Enfante Terrible, Creepy Child: At first.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before while he was never harmless as Tran, he was never as much of a threat as the rest of the Vyram. As Tranza, the first things he does are solo the Jetmen and then the rest of the Vyram and establish himself at the Big Bad. He's only defeated in the end because Radiguet helped Ry&#363 defeat him.

Grey | Actor: Hideaki Kusaka

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is in love with Maria and unlike Radiguet, he actually cares about her. Even when she reverted back to human and good, he still loved her and stayed with her in her final moments.
  • Foil: To Gai. They're quite similar, in that they smoke, drink, gamble and love women who they didn't get in the end. However, Gai is undoubtedly a good guy, if an Anti-Hero, while Grey is a bad guy, although more of an Anti-Villain.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He dies peacefully on episode 50.
  • Irony: Despite being a robot, he's the most human out of all the Vyram.

Maria | Actress: Maho Maruyama

  • Dark Action Girl: Maria is very strong, to the point of being able to go toe-to-toe with the Jetmen.
  • Dude Magnet: Grey is in love with Maria, and Radiguet desires her for himself, so much that he forcibly brainwashed her into evil. And then there's Ryu...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her cold demeanor, she did seem to genuinely care for Grey and it was implied she might have returned his feelings.
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