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This is the Character Sheet for the 1993 Tsuburaya-produced Toku series, Denkou Choujin Gridman. For that of its American remake, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, see here, and for that of its animated revival, SSSS.GRIDMAN, see here.

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Portrayed by: Hiroyuki Okano and Shirori Endo (on-set actors), Hikaru Midorikawa (voice)
The title hero. Gridman is a police officer from Hyper World in pursuit of Khan Digifer. He has chosen to partner with Naoto, merging with him in order to battle Khan Digifer's kaiju, taking on the form of a superhero designed by Ippei and gaining a temporary power boost to grow gigantic.
  • Arm Cannon: Second Kind for King Gridman, having a pair of them, one on each arms.
  • Art Initiates Life: Gridman's Materialization Beam can turn Ippei's 3D schematics into Assist Weapons.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the Computer World, he is as small as the humans until Ippei and Yuka gives him the gigantic program.
  • Blinded by the Light: The start-up of his Grid Hyper Beam.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under Jubagon's spell, Gridman becomes a rampaging slave of Kahn until Ippei and Yuka rescued him.
  • Cool Sword: His Plasma Blade, a weapon that came from the Barrier Shield and both weapons can also combine into Gridman Sword.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Gridman Sword however is least used because of the long blade, as Gridman prefers using its individual parts or the vehicular Assist Weapons.
  • Critical Annoyance: He cannot exist outside Junk for a very long time or else the computer shorted out and both him and Naoto died.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Receives the Grid Hyper Beam from a redeemed Takeshi as the final instrument in Khan's defeat.
  • Finishing Move: His most favorite attack is Grid Beam, fired from the Grand Acceptor. Thunder and King Gridman did this by firing from their right fist however.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: In courtesy of Takeshi Todo, Gridman's Grid Hyper Beam is used as a final resort against Kahn Digifer.
  • Karmic Jackpot: The Gridman Sword is a result of the three kids saving Anoshiras from Takeshi's brainwashing.
  • Kill It with Fire: As Thunder Gridman or King Gridman, he can emit a stream of flame from his chest.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The Barrier Shield can be used to protect him from harm, as well as a hidden Plasma Blade.
  • Multiform Balance:
    • Fragile Speedster: His basic form focuses on the use of speed, beam attacks and agility. Although he can lift up and toss Kaiju with no problem, Gridman lacks any means to protect himself aside from the Barrier Shield.
    • Mighty Glacier: As Thunder Gridman, he has enhanced strength and defense capability at the cost of speed.
    • Lightning Bruiser: King Gridman centers around both speed and defense capabilities.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: He demonstrate an occasional powers which was never mentioned afterwards:
    • An Axe to Grind: The Thunder Axe, a weapon formed by reducing the length of the Gridman Sword. Introduced in episode 9 to kill Shinobilar.
    • Grid Kinesis, used to wake Naoto and his friends when a monster caused everyone in Sakuragaoka to suffer from nightmares.
    • He had once force-combined with Naoto after the boy was turned into an insecure coward by a monster.
    • Let's not forget the Grid Hyper Beam, courtesy of Takeshi to defeat Khan in the final episode.
  • Red Is Heroic
  • Shout-Out: His appearance and abilities make him an Ultraman in all but his name.
  • Super Cop: His job is a Hyper Agent from the Hyper World.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Barrier Shield and Plasma Blade can fuse to form the Gridman Sword or reduces the length of the blade to form Thunder Axe.
  • Sword Beam: Grid Light Saber

Gridman Sigma
The younger brother of Gridman, who comes from the Hyper World to save his brother and assist him in fighting against Neo Khan Digifer and his army of monsters. He is visually identical to his brother, save for the color schemes, the position of his Gran Acceptor and his head design. He bonds with Takeshi Todo, who was the former servant of Khan Digifer.

He appears in the 1994 photo novel that serialized in May to November volumes of Televi-kun, Denkou Choujin Gridman: The Demon King's Counterattack before making a guest appearance at the end of the 2015 anime short Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero.

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God Zenon
A robot created by combining the Thunder Jet, Twin Driller and God Tank. When Gridman had his energies exhausted by Generadon, Ippei modified its data to form with the hero into Thunder Gridman.
  • Combining Mecha: He is made of...
  • Cool Board: Gridman can step on the God Tank in the same manner of a surfboard.
  • Equippable Ally: The entirety of God Zenon can form as Thunder Gridman's armor.
  • Flying Car: The Twin Driller is a tracked/land vehicle, but can fly on its own. Unfortunately this does not apply to God Tank.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!
  • Mighty Glacier: Focuses mainly on brute strength and defenses.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Inverted in that its a heroic example: God Zenon in its debut came close to defeat Magnegauss until Junk malfunctions. Thankfully, Gridman finishes the rest of it.
  • Power Fist: Is capable of utilizing an uppercut attack.
  • Robot Buddy: God Zenon is Gridman's support in combat.
  • Rocket Punch: Its main finisher.
  • Stone Wall: Is almost impenetrable against incoming attacks.
  • Shoryuken: The God Breaker attack in episode 36.
  • Shout-Out:
    • God Zenon is designed after Convoy (Optimus Prime) from The Transformers.
    • Meanwhile, the combination was inspired from a robot toy from Ippei's little sister Kana Inoue, which is actually a recolored Jumbo Saber.
  • Unflinching Walk: In its first appearance, God Zenon marches forward and shrugs all of Magnegauss' attacks rather easy.

Dyna Dragon

Portrayed by: Toshio Miyake (on-set actor)
Despite its name, the Dyna Dragon was created based on the inspiration of Tyrannosaurus. It is formed by combining the Dyna Fighter and King Jet, while the latter aircraft can combine with Gridman into King Gridman.
  • BFG: The Dragonic Cannon is this.
  • Breath Weapon: Its Dragon Roar.
  • Combining Mecha: The King Jet itself:
    • With Dyna Fighter, it combines to form Dyna Dragon or Dragon Fortress, the latter is basically Dyna Fighter docked underneath the King Jet.
    • With Gridman, it forms as an armor for King Gridman.
  • Cool Plane: The Dyna Fighter and King Jet, as well as their docked form Dragon Fortress.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: What happens when a dragon-themed fighter jet receives the body of a dinosaur...
  • Informed Ability: King Gridman and is stated to be able to wield the Dragonic Cannon, but is only featured in the toy. The 2015 anime short Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero finally shows this in an alternate battle against Khan Digifer.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Or rather, Tyrannosaurus. The trope plays straight with Dragonic Cannon/Dyna Fighter however.
  • Kill It with Fire: When wielding the Dragonic Cannon, Gridman fires the Dragon Fire attack.
  • Non-Indicative Name: A Tyrannosaurus mecha named Dyna Dragon.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Sports a pair of them, though we never see them in use.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Is suspected to be designed after Trypticon from The Transformers.
    • Additionally, the Dragonic Cannon also has a counterpart in the form of Chi-Powered Bazooka. It helps that both of their series took place in 1993.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Dragonic Cannon is a BFG that Gridman uses to shoot fire can also transform into a remote controlled fighter jet.


Naoto Sho

Portrayed by: Masaya Obi
The series protagonist. Naoto is a good-natured fourteen-year-old student with a passion for computers. But when Khan Digifer begins attacking Human World through the kaiju he sends to Computer World, Naoto partners up with Gridman to battle this cyberspace menace using a brace called the Acceptor.
  • Book Dumb: He scores pretty bad in the cram school exam with Ippei.
  • The Hero: He is the main character.
  • Oblivious to Love: He really do have no awareness of Yuka's affection for him.

Yuka Inoue

Portrayed by: Jun Hattori
One of Naoto's schoolmates and best friends. Yuka helps to maintain the computer Junk, which the gang built together and use to communicate with Gridman. She also provides the team spirit, always encouraging her friends to do their best.

Ippei Baba

Portrayed by: Takeshi Sudo
Naoto's other best friend. Ippei is a cheerful and talented artist whose superhero design was what ended up becoming Gridman's body. He designs many of the weapons Gridman uses in the series and also monitors Junk during Gridman's battles.
  • Art Attacker: He designs the Assist Weapons and all it need left is for Gridman to materialize them and poof! Several cool weapons and new allies.
  • Book Dumb: Sort of. He scores pretty bad in the cram school exam with Naoto.


Khan Digifer

Portrayed by: Takashi Enomoto and Toshio Miyake (on-set actors), Masaharu Sato (voice)
The main antagonist. Khan Digifer is Hyper World's greatest criminal mastermind. He intends to wreak havoc on Human World by sending out computer virus kaiju to destroy Computer World in an effort to incapacitate Human World's technology.
  • Art Initiates Life: Whatever monster that Takeshi designs in 8-bit pixel, Khan can realize them.
  • Big Bad: He's the guy sending out all the monsters Gridman has to fight.
  • Cool Sword: His Digifer Sword is no slouch of this.
  • Dark Is Evil
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sometimes he just didn't go on with Takeshi's petty grudges but create monsters anyway because of how the boy outsmarted him.
  • Hand Blast: The Elimination Ray Digifer Beam can erase programs, having did so to destroy the God Zenon program in Junk's server during the Final Battle.
  • Hypno Ray: If Takeshi refuses to create monsters, Khan brainwashes him on the spot.
  • Mook Maker: Creates monsters by materializing them from Takeshi's 8-bit designs on computer.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His boss subtitle is "Demon King".
  • Orcus on His Throne: Resides within Takeshi's computer for the most time. If he enters the battlefield, he's much more powerful that even Gridman was forced to retreat..
  • Outlaw: A criminal that escaped from Hyper World and try to conquer Earth through Computer World.
  • You Have Failed Me: Sometimes shock Takeshi with bolts of lightning as punishments if a monster gets defeated. The destruction of Skubone was the last straw for Khan to unleash his attack by himself and abandon Takeshi altogether.

Takeshi Todo

Portrayed by: Tsuyoshi Sugawara, Kōichi Yamadera (2015; voice)
Click here to see his adult form 
The creator of the kaiju that Khan Digifer uses against Gridman. Takeshi is a lonely boy from a wealthy family who goes to the same school as Naoto and his friends. He has a tendency to hold petty grudges and an unhealthy obsession with Yuka.
  • The Atoner: If the anime short were to imply.
  • Born Unlucky: Let's just say that not everything goes like how he wanted.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He has problems with expressing his feelings for Yuka and is an introvert in the daylight.
  • The Dragon: Towards Khan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The only thing that Takeshi ever kill through his summoned monsters were a hapless dog whose computerized collar exploded. And this wasn't his own doing, but Khan brainwashes him on the spot to terrorize the human world.
  • Evil Is Petty: His inspirations to create monsters.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Is willing to lock down the food plants in the city with Bagira only because he bumped into a food supplier by accident.
  • Good Costume Switch: In the entire series run, he wears a dark blue blazer (which is his school uniform) while still working for Khan. As an adult whose redeemed from his past acts, a light-colored raincoat replaces his old school blazer.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being saved by Ippei when Khan unleashed a full assault on the Human World, Takeshi gives the trio his full cooperation and creates Grid Hyper Beam to defeat Khan once and for all.
  • I Miss Mom: His parents went on business trip and even though they constantly give him a large amount of money, all Takeshi ever wanted was their attention. In episode 3, he creates Volcadon to disrupt telephone lines and provide his mom a good reason to see him. His envy towards a kid who walks with his mom in a supermarket is the inspiration to create the Kaiju Metallus in episode 11.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: His parents went on a business trip and he sits alone in his mansion with no friends.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Par on bearing petty grudges to even the smallest mistake.
  • Mad Artist: His designs are usually animated by Khan as monsters in the Computer World.
  • Not Brainwashed: Zig Zagged. Khan brainwashes him only when Takeshi refuses to create monsters but overall is willing to create one anyway.
  • Shout-Out: To the human in episode 4 of Ultraman Ace, Mushitaro Kuri, who sold his soul to Yapool as his caricature created the monster Garan and even had an unhealthy crush on a woman.
  • Teen Genius: And a hacker at that.


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