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    Arale Norimaki 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Mami Koyama (first anime, DB, DB Super); Taeko Kawata (remake)
Voiced by (English): Linda Chambers-Young (DB, Mystical Adventure); Brina Palencia (DB video games, DB Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mónica Estrada (first episode, movies 2-3 & 5, DB Super epi. 43), Claudia Motta (rest, remake, DBS epi. 69), Vanessa Garcel (DB) Gaby Ugarte (Mystical Adventure), Rossy Aguirre (Harmony Gold)

The protagonist of the series. A young robot girl that was created by Senbei Norimaki.


  • Academic Athlete: Other than being immensely strong and athletic, she also excels at her academic subjects.
  • The Ace: Often without even trying or realizing it.
  • Action Girl: A comedic example. There are not many people who can defeat a Pintsized Powerhouse like Arale.
  • A-Cup Angst: Downplayed. One of the first things she said (to Senbei's annoyance) was her dismay at being flat chested, but later in the series she's rarely interested on the subject.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Arale has purple hair in both the manga and first anime, but was given brown hair in the remake.
  • Adorkable: The small, cute-like appearance, huge glasses, along with her perpetually bubbly and innocent personality make her very endearing.
  • Airplane Arms: She is perhaps not only the first manga/anime character to ever do this, but she's also probably responsible for the name, since she does it to pretend she's flying and makes a sound like a jet engine.
    Arale: KIIIIIIIIN.
  • Always Someone Better: To everybody basically. Whenever someone tries to demonstrate their great strength, intelligence or any other skill Arale always proves to be much more skilled than them.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Arale doesn't hate anyone, and likes to see everyone she meets as a potential friend, even the villains. Justified because she usually doesn’t even understand that they are bad guys, and thinks they are just "playing" with her.
  • Artificial Family Member: She was created by Senbei for no apparent reason.note  Although the doctor tells the other villagers that Arale is his little sister, he's old enough to be her father and always treats her like a daughter.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She's easily distracted by anything, especially poop.
  • Badass Adorable: She looks like a cute little girl, but due to being an android, she is virtually indestructible. In Dragon Ball Super she casually defeated Base Vegeta and fought Super Saiyan Blue Goku to a draw.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Such a tiny naive robot girl Cloudcuckoolander, but Arale is incredibly powerful and can kick anyone's butt.
  • Breath Weapon: The N'Cha Cannon. It can uproot entire forests, blast holes through mountains and clash with the likes of Super Saiyan Blue Goku's Kamehameha. Arale can also fire it at a hundred times its usual strength.
  • Blind Without 'Em: A design flaw in her plans made her in need of glasses. Her eyesight is horrible without them.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Didn't take long for Arale to get drunk after consuming some "Whiskey Bonbons" Akane gave her (was originally sake in the manga).
  • Catchphrase: Several: "N'cha!", used as a greeting; "Bye-cha", used as a farewell; "Ho-yo-yo!", used as an exclamation of surprise; and "KIIIIIIIIN!!!", said when she's running.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Turbo and Gatchan.
  • Cheerful Child: Looks like one, but she's actually a very cheerful robot who looks like a child.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Obotchaman, though they still look like children even as a married couple in the future, for obvious reasons.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Justified as she's a robot without social programing.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: She can travel across the globe, ignores the law of physics, and just generally being absurdly tough; all for the sake of gag, much to Vegeta's irritation.
  • Comically Missing the Point: All the time.
  • Cute Bruiser: A tiny Robot Girl who's more than able to punch adults of all kinds without any efforts.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Tends to destroy things accidentally, but she means well.
  • The Cutie: Toriyama originally wanted a very large robot, but as it would not fit in the panels, he instead made it small. When his editor Torishima rejected that idea, he made the robot a girl, knowing Torishima would find her "cute".
  • Daddy's Girl: Arale often causes problems to Senbei causing him to get angry, yet they are quite close and Senbei really loves and cares for Arale.
  • Dude Magnet: Despite her childlike appearance and Oblivious to Love nature, Arale has caught the attention of some boys such as Obotchaman, an older boy who was her first date and in a later episode comes back to marry her, the Prince Monster, Karute Karte in the sequel manga Dr. Slump Returns, and a pair of other guys with her new adult body in Dr. Slump Returns.
  • Fictional Greetings And Farewells: Arale uses "n'cha" for hello and "bye'cha" for goodbye.
  • Fish out of Water: The series generally focuses on her being clueless about how the world works. Initially she was the Naïve Newcomer variety but she never really gets better from this.
  • Flanderization: Arale started out looking more like a 13 years old girl instead of her well known round chubby figure. She's also less of a Cloudcuckoolander in early stories.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's able to befriend just about every person, animal, or creature in Penguin Village.
  • Fun Personified: This is part of Arale's appeal, both in-universe and out.
  • Genius Bruiser: During her first day at school, she immediately proves to be absurdly smart and strong compared to her normal classmates.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite her general naivety, Arale manages to remove a frog's appendix and build a sexy spare head all on her own. She's also very good at math.
  • Genki Girl: She's as energetic as she is powerful.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In several episodes you can see Arale using pigtails.
  • Good with Numbers: Good enough to solve advanced math problems and her excellent math skills are a Running Gag.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She loves all existing beings but in a chapter she adopts a dog (that also turns out to be an extraterrestrial) together with Gatchan.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Due to her naivety, as seen in All-Loving Hero above. She also seems to be the only one in the village that doesn’t realize Suppaman is not a real superhero. In one of the early chapters, she recognizes bad people, but it only happens very rarely.
  • Idiot Heroine: Pretty much a female version of Kid Goku.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Arale is mischievous and destructive but never malicious, has a kind and pure heart, loves everyone, and sees the good in everyone. Indeed, in the crossover episodes with Dragon Ball, she was able to ride the Flying Nimbus along with Goku.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: There is no real explanation as to why a meter-tall, regular robot is capable of matching universe-busting beings such as Vegeta and Goku, but she does it anyway. The closest thing to an explanation we get is that, as a Gag-manga character, the laws of physics don't really apply to her, making her as strong as she wants to be for comedic effect.
  • Innocent Prodigy: She’s a math genius with incredible intellectual capabilities and generally excels at everything she does, but still has an innocent and childlike personality.
  • Kid Hero: Subverted in that she's a robot.
  • Kiddie Kid: While she's supposed to be around 13 years old (at the start of the series), Arale looks and acts like a child and her favorite hobby is poking poop with a stick.
  • Lethal Joke Character: In her crossovers with Dragon Ball, it's explained that Shōnen -Style fighting is not effective against Gag-manga characters at all. Unless you're Beerus.
  • Lethally Stupid: She's a destructive force of nature, mostly due to the fact that she Does Not Know Her Own Strength, along with her reckless, childlike behavior and lack of common sense. Unwittingly or not, she causes a lot of trouble for most people around her, and is often cheerfully oblivious to it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Arale's powers include Super Strength and Super Speed.
  • Little Miss Badass: An amazingly strong Badass Adorable little robot girl.
  • Made of Iron: Literally and figuratively.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: The very cute android daughter of a fat, wacky scientist/inventor. She can be considered "beautiful" (for a little girl) in an adorable Kawaiiko way.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Obotchaman’s sensitive and romantic Feminine Boy.
  • Meganekko: In fact, her glasses became such a distinguishing feature that in Japan, she was the inspiration behind the phrase "Arare Megane".
  • Nice Girl: For the most part. While she can be unwittingly a nuisance (pranking/tormenting her creator or destroying the police car), Arale is genuinely sweet-natured and always friendly to everyone.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Despite her Super Strength, in later chapters she's made less of a Comically Invincible Hero. Mashirito's robot Caramel Man 007 was powerful enough to destroy her, although she was still able to talk until Senbei rebuilds her body. In the final round of "Who's the Strongest in the World?" Dr. Mashirito temporarily steals Arale's powers leaving her unconscious, causing Obotchaman to fight him instead of her.
  • Oblivious To Hatred: Dr. Mashirito wants to kill her and openly tells her to her face, but she just thinks of him as an another playmate. She has a moment of clarity in the second movie, but apparently just forgot about it later on. Towards the end of the anime, both Senbei and Obotchaman know about Mashirito's bad intentions, but she's still as oblivious as ever.
  • Oblivious to Love: While she likes Obotchaman and sees him as a close friend, she has no clue that he is in love with her.
  • Opposites Attract: With Obotchaman.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Always, always happy. She gets angry and/or serious only a couple of times in the entire series. Otherwise she doesn't smile only when she has her confused "Ho-yo-yo" face.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Arale is so strong, she can split the Earth into with one punch.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Emphasis on "powerhouse" due to her unbelievable superhuman strength. In another one of her crossovers, she gives Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku a fairly good fight.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: As powerful as she was in Dr. Slump, there was no indication she could match universe-busting characters like Super Saiyan Blue Goku. Yet when she shows up for a full episode of Dragon Ball Super, she is capable of matching his Kamehameha, then charges an attack she claims is 100 times stronger, which Goku believes he might not be able to match.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Arale has purple hair and is a super strong robot with great powers. In the remake she has brown hair but wears purple outfits (at first).
  • Reality Warper: As to be expected from a toonforce/gag character, she has extreme reality warping powers. The entire manga is full of reality warping, even when Arale is not involved.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: She was built with pretty much the specific purposes of this trope (so much that she passes off as Senbei's little sister to the eyes of the Penguin Village residents).
  • Robot Girl: One of the earliest (and youngest) examples. In physical appearance she is only around 12 years old, despite being 18 by the end of the run. That few others realize this is the series' main Running Gag.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Obotchaman's Savvy Guy.
  • Shipper on Deck: At the beginning of the series she seems to support Senbei's crush on Midori (to the point that she uses one of his inventions to temporarily turn her into his wife). She is also very willing to help Peasuke when it comes to his relationship with Hiyoko. According to a small comment she made, she also seems to ship Akane and Tsukutsun.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: On occasion, Arale admits that Nice Guy Obotchaman is the guy she likes the most and marries with him in the future.
  • Spanner in the Works: She tends to get Senbei in trouble and ruin things for him many times, especially in the early stories.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: As a gag comic relief character, Arale's power level will jump to surpass whoever she is facing without any justification, including Super Saiyan Blue Goku.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: In the future. Being an android that never ages, she still looks the same ten years later when she's married with Obotchaman and caring for their child (a robot baby).
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: The only reason Senbei built Arale was to try if he could. And she splits Earth with one punch and was stronger than young Son Goku in a crossover.
  • Super-Strong Child: Don't let her looks fool you, she can crack the world in half in one punch!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: When interacts with Kinoko, she acts as the Tomboy to Kinoko's Girly Girl. Kinoko loves fashion and is quite conceited, and Arale loves fighting games, poops, monsters and Superheroes.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is mainly a super strong tomboy who loves poop, monsters, fighting games, and messing around but she doesn't mind girly things either. Also a running gag is that she wants bigger breasts (a desire which Senbei declines to fufill) and in her manga resume, she mentions “feminine allure” as her main talent. Though she's such a Cloudcuckoolander that it's hard to tell.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: She starts out as a curious Fish out of Water who is also a Teen Genius. She later turns into an extremely childish and oblivious Kiddie Kid who is clueless about everything.
  • Town Girls: In her group of friends, the Neither to Akane's Butch and Tsururin's Femme.
  • Tranquil Fury: In the rare, serious moments where she genuinely gets angry. In one of the early chapters, Arale calmly picked up the two hunters who shot the bear, and threw them like a baseball. In the second movie, she also gets really angry in the climax when Dr. Mashirito makes Midori cry.
  • Uptown Girl: Subverted at the beginning. But later in the story she become the mayor of the Penguin Village, so that would fulfill this trope with Obotchaman (who lives as another villager and is dedicated to distributing the milk).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She makes up for her lack of combat skill with strength great enough to stomp hard enough to move the planet, as well as her ability to accidentally punch the Earth in half.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: A more innocent case, she has great taste and admiration for those men who are very strong and always try to make them play with her, also one of the things that seems most appealing to Obotchaman is the fact that he is a robot as strong as her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Violet really, yet she is a brunette in the remake. She actually started off with blue hair in the beginning of the manga, but was later changed to her iconic violet during the Wonder Island chapters.
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     Senbei Norimaki 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Kenji Utsumi (first anime, DB); Yusaku Yara (remake, DB Super)
Voiced by (English): Brice Armstrong (DB), R. Bruce Elliot (DB Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ismael Larumbe (first anime, movies 2-3-5, DB Super), Rafael Rivera (remake), Mario Sauret (DB)

The secondary protagonist of the series. A scientist who made many inventions, including Arale.


  • Absent-Minded Professor: To an extent, given his overall goofy behavior and his weird inventions that often backfire on him.
  • Art Shift: As a Running Gag, he often changes from a fat, short, ugly man into a tall, handsome, manly one whenever he's having a "cool" scene, and then back in a matter of seconds. Later, it's revealed that he can Art Shift himself at will, but can only hold it for about three minutes.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In spite of getting angry often with Arale, at the moment of truth he really cares about her and loves her like a daughter. This also extends to Gatchan.
  • Bungling Inventor: There's a reason Senbei has the nickname "Dr. Slump".
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's pretty much a fat lecherous loser but he can create impressive things like a spaceship, a time machine, a transformation ray gun and many Doraemon-like gadgets (Arale even compares him to Doraemon in one of the early chapters).
  • Butt-Monkey: Often with Arale's antics.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He hopelessly tries to be this to Arale, who is always prone to Comically Missing the Point. But it's very hard to keep her in check.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He was originally supposed to be the main character, however Arale ended up taking center stage, to the point that the Animated Adaptation was actually called "Dr. Slump: Arale-chan".
  • Ditzy Genius: He's a genius inventor, but he seems to create gadgets at random, with most of them being less useful than just using a more mundane item.
  • Fatherly Scientist: Creates Robot Girl Arale and raises her as his child (though he likes to tell everyone that she is his little sister).
  • Funny Afro: In the first anime (all the episodes) and the early chapters of the manga.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He’s easily irritated, and Arale’s antics drive him mad quite regularly.
  • Happily Married: Eventually with Midori.
  • Idiot Hero: Especially when he’s being horny, usually in scenes involving Midori. Even when women aren’t involved, he’s always sort of a bumbling goofball.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not so much "jerk", but he's very egotistical, perverted, and sometimes a bit grumpy. Most of the time, however, he's a good person.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He is seen wearing a large number of outfits throughout the series most famously his white lab coat.
  • Large Ham: Often loud, over-the-top, and Hot-Blooded.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: His perverted behaviour is Played for Laughs. Since Senbei is a huge lecher, it will give him the drive to quickly create an invention if it will allow him to see panties, a naked woman or get a date.
  • Mad Scientist: A wacky, neurotic inventor who has created not only super-powered robot Arale but plenty of other crazy inventions, including a time machine. Most of his inventions are silly Mechanical Lifeforms who can talk (and insult him).
  • Manchild: He tries to act like an adult when he reprimands Arale, but is actually just as immature as her.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He is the rare benevolent version.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Surprisingly enough, he's this instead of being an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist. He's a pervert and has many other vices and flaws, but at heart he's a decent guy, a Family Man, and even friendly and helpful with strangers.
  • Out of Focus: After getting married; this is lampshaded in-universe (there's No Fourth Wall in this series). He still gets A Day in the Limelight once in a while but not nearly as often as before.
  • Parental Abandonment: Part of his backstory, because both his parents died when he was very young.
  • Parental Substitute: A father figure to Arale and Gatchan.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: He was able to create a robot-girl with exaggerated super strength and can create nearly anything overnight with almost no tools... yet he's a Butt-Monkey who (especially before his marriage) mostly is regarded as something of a failure. Possibly this is because he's a Bungling Inventor whose creations often have severe drawbacks or idiosyncrasies.
  • Secondary Character Title: He's the "Dr. Slump" of the title, but Arale is the protagonist.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He considers himself handsome, despite being anything but.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Midori, especially early on. Sometimes to creepy levels, like installing a camera inside Arale's body to spy her.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Midori later in the series.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Due to a "traumatic" past experience he hates dogs and is terrified of them. Later in the series it's revealed he hates cats too.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Downplayed. He looks to be in his mid-thirties, but he's only 28. One episode had him accused of being middle-age for him to correct him.

     Gatchan 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Seiko Nakano (first anime, movies 1-5, DB), Yoko Teppouzuka (movies 6-9), Kumiko Nishihara (Dr. Mashirito Abale-chan, Suzuki Hustler ads, DB Super); Chie Ishibashi (remake)
Voiced by (English): Mike McFarland (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Lisette Pimentel (first anime, remake and DB Super)

A cherub like creature that often hangs out with Arale. A second one was created later in the series.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, the Gatchans had blond hair (though some chapters had them with orange hair). Their hair is bright green in the '80s anime adaptation, while it goes back to blond in the '90s series.
  • Ambiguous Gender: It has no defined gender, but the manga constantly refers to it as her.
    Arale: Boy? Or girl?
    Senbei: Nothing, there’s nothing there.
    Arale: Just like me!! A girl then.
  • Badass Adorable: Along with Arale. Gatchan can eat almost everything around her and she also shoots rays from her antennae.
  • Big Eater: Willing to eat almost anything she comes across.
  • Cheerful Child: She's usually happy all the time, similarly to Arale.
  • The Cutie: A baby creature with wings who is just as cute and playful as Arale.
  • The Dividual: Initially there was just one Gatchan, then it inexplicably replicates into a second identical one. They are still identified as the same character. Also, Gatchan can be considered this with Arale, as they are usually seen together.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She can eat anything, but she loves metal the most. It turned out that Kami created Gatchan as a countermeasure to humanity's technologal progress; due to how earlier civilizations eventually killed each other off with their advance technology.
  • Funny Afro: Her green haircut is similar to an afro.
  • Happily Adopted: She is a little creature hatched from an egg brought home by Senbei and Arale from a time traveling trip. She becomes part of their family as well as Arale’s little sister/playmate.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Arale and Turbo can understand Gatchan.
  • No Biological Sex: As Senbei and Arale find out in the bath, Gatchan has no genitals.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: During a trip to prehistoric time, she was able to easily stop a giant meteor that Arale then sent back to space with a simple headbutt. Said meteor turned out to be the moon.
  • Satellite Character: While she is still a major character, most of the time she does little other than flying, eating, and following Arale everywhere.
  • Single-Minded Twins: After she duplicates into two different but identical beings.
  • The Unintelligible: She speaks in nonsense peeping that only Arale (and later Turbo) can interpret.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair in the first anime. Averted in the remake where she is blonde.

     Midori Norimaki (nee: Yamabuki) 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Mariko Mukai (first anime, movies 1-5, DB), Yoko Kawanami (movies 6-9); Yuko Minaguchi (remake)
Voiced by (English): Meredith McCoy (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mónica Manjarrez (1st voice in half anime, movies 2-3 and 5), Lourdes Morán (rest 1st anime and remake), Ángela Villanueva (DB)

A teacher at Penguin Village's Middle School. She then married Senbei later in the series and had children.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Midori went from being a curly blonde haired woman in the manga and original anime, to having straight brown hair in the remake.
  • Brainless Beauty: Not originally, but she was flanderized into one after getting married.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early in the series she was a reasonable woman who was the closest thing to an Only Sane Man in Penguin Village. In later chapters...less so.
  • Cool Teacher: To Arale and her friends, in the early chapters. After Midori's marriage, there is often another teacher.
  • Damsel in Distress: She’s kidnapped and placed in this role quite a few times.
  • Dude Magnet: She has been lusted after by nearly every male adult in Penguin Village (including Senbei, Kurikinton Soramame, Tsuruten, Akira Toriyama himself, Dr. Mashirito, and, in one episode, even Akane's father).
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She provides fanservice in the series, and Senbei obviously isn't the only one who finds her attractive.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: Midori was made into one of these in the second movie. She is not of royal blood; but she was briefly adopted by the King and Queen of a distant planet after she was separated from her parents in an amusement park. She did promise to assume the throne should anything happen to the King or Queen after she was returned to her actual parents.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: A very neat and ladylike woman who is portrayed as a sweet teacher and later as a dedicated housewife. However in some episodes of the anime she's shown to be very athletic, and she is scary when angry.
  • Happily Adopted: According to her backstory in the second movie, she was briefly adopted by a royal family of another planet when she was a child. Years later, they found Midori's real parents and returned her to Earth.
  • Happily Married: Eventually with Senbei.
  • Hot Teacher: How she is seen in the village, especially by Senbei.
  • Housewife: In later chapters. After getting married she appears to be more a housewife than a teacher and is rarely seen at school (especially in the manga).
  • Informed Attractiveness: She's often considered the ultimate beauty in the village, even if she has more or less the same character design of other female characters, notably Akane, Aoi, and Polly Buckets. In fact, preteen Akane is able to disguise herself as Midori on more than one occasion.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As expected from being modeled after Marilyn Monroe
  • Nice Girl: The nicest character along with Obotchaman and Turbo. While she's normally patient and kind, she still has limits.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Was modeled after Marilyn Monroe and was voiced by Marilyn Monroe's Japanese dub VA in the first anime and the original 5 movies.
  • Oblivious to Love: In the first part of the series, she was mostly oblivious to Senbei’s crush on her.
  • Only Sane Woman: Compared to most characters, at least in the beginning. Later this trope is averted, especially after her marriage.
  • Parental Substitute: Besides being the mother of Turbo, she is a maternal figure for Arale and Gatchan.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In the manga she accepts Senbei's proposal for no apparent reason. In the anime episode, before accepting the proposal, she is clearly touched to see how fatherly and caring he is towards Arale and Gatchan. Probably because she wanted a family, she was quick to marry a Family Man with two children.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: After her marriage she goes from the Only Sane Woman to a Dumb Blonde who is just as kooky and quirky as everyone else. Justified, because there’s no way any sane woman would have ever married someone like Senbei.
  • Tsundere: A type B. She is usually sweet and easygoing, but Senbei's behaviour can trigger her tsuntsun side at times.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Senbei later in the series.
  • What Does She See in Him?: All the citizens are bewildered when she decides to accept the marriage proposal of Senbei.

     Turbo Norimaki 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Yūko Mita (first anime, DB), Hiroko Emori (movie 8), Mami Matsui (movie 9)
Voiced by (English): Monika Antonelli (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Vanessa Garcel (DB)

Senbei and Midori's first (biological) child.


  • The Ace: He can do pretty much anything with his unlimited intelligence and powers. Even personality-wise, he's the only character who has no apparent flaws whatsoever.
  • Badass Adorable: A genius baby with super powers including teleportation, flight, and telekinesis.
  • Big Sister Worship: He appreciates Arale like a big sister and also admires her great abilities.
  • Brainy Baby: His intelligence surpasses his father while still being a baby.
  • Child Prodigy: He becomes this after being killed by aliens and then revived by them, gaining Psychic Powers and a genius-like intellect in the process.
  • Demoted to Extra: The remake ends with his birth while Turbo is more involved in the original series.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Of the step-sibling variety, he's definitely the Responsible to Arale's Foolish.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Far more so than his father. He had created a robot double of himself, and Dr. Slump Returns had him inventing a watch for Arale that transforms her to an adult.
  • Infant Immortality: Shockingly Double-Subverted. He was accidentally killed by a bunch of aliens. And in his debut episode no less. But he was revived by the said aliens.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In the remake. In the original story he's introduced much earlier.
  • Mind over Matter: His telekinesis powers.
  • Mr. Fixit: He can quickly fix any of his father’s flawed inventions with his powers. He was also the one who fixed the Dragon Radar in the crossover appearance in Dragon Ball.
  • Nice Guy: A very friendly Cheerful Child who loves his family.
  • Touched by Vorlons: The source of his powers. A side-effect of being revived.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to Senbei's Wacky Parent. To a lesser extent, he's also this to his mother Midori since she has her Cloudcuckoolander moments.

     Nitro Norimaki 

Senbei and Midori's second biological child.


  • Alliterative Name: Nitro Norimaki.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. In the original series Turbo's unnamed younger sister is only seen briefly during Obotchaman's trip ten years into the future. In the follow-up manga Dr. Slump Returns she's an actual character called Nitro and she also appears in later movies based on this continuity.
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Kimidori Family

     Akane Kimidori 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Kazuko Sugiyama (first anime, movies 1-5, DB), Mami Matsui (movies 6 & 7); Hiroko Konishi (remake)
Voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Gisela Casillas (anime ep. 1-12, movies 2-3 and 5), Vicky Burgoa (DB), Miriam Chong (anime ep, 13 onwards and remake 1st half), Gaby Willer (remake 2nd half)

A rebellious 13 year old girl and Arale's best friend at school.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Akane's hair in the manga shifts between either blonde and orange (with the latter now considered her official manga color), then between a dark gold and a light orange shade in the first anime, while in the remake she has dark auburn hair.
  • Book Dumb: Despite having more common sense than the others, she regularly fails tests like all of her classmates (except Arale, Obotchaman, and Skop). The whole class struggles with elementary level tests, even when they are in high school later in the series.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In an episode where they go to visit Tsukutsun's childhood friend, she gets very jealous, because she thought they liked each other. Although she tried to be nice, jealousy ended up pulling all her anger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More often than not, she tends to be rather verbal about the stupidity of other characters around her.
  • Fiery Redhead: More so in the 1997 remake where her hair is darker, but she also qualifies in the old series with her blonde/orange hair.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Aoi's Responsible.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Tsukutsun. They are married in the future.
  • Japanese Delinquents: She has the appearance and a rebellious attitude, people like Senbei usually see her as such, and even belong to a club of these in school.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her pranks and rebellious attitude, she's really a good person and a good friend to Arale.
  • The Lad-ette: A younger version than most, but still has shades of this.
  • One of the Boys: Possibly the reason why she's such a tomboy, as Akane mostly hangs out with boys and in fact, before meeting Arale, her best friends were boys. Taro and Peasuke, other than being her childhood male friends, are apparently also her cousins, since one later chapter casually reveals that Mrs. Soramame and Mrs. Kimidori are sisters. Other than that, they are never referred to as cousins or implied to be related at all.
  • Only Sane Woman: Probably the most normal character in the series, although that’s not saying much.
  • The Prankster: She has a reputation for being a troublemaker. Especially towards Senbei, but she will occasionally prank other people too.
  • Short Tank: A very tomboyish girl who often wears shorts and occasionally tank tops.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: At first she seemed to be the opposite, nevertheless eventually develop feelings and starts dating Tsukutsun, who is a very levelheaded and friendly boy, and even marries him.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: She sometimes feels like this. Considering the way everyone acts, it’s not that surprising, as she is one of the few non-idiots characters in the series.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to her sister Aoi's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Fitting, since her more feminine sister wears her hair down.
  • Town Girls: In her group of friends, the Butch to Arale's Neither and Tsururin's Femme.
  • Tsundere: She has severe changes of attitude and can go from sympathetic and friendly to hysterical and a little aggressive.

     Aoi Kimidori 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Naomi Jinbo (first anime, movies 1-5); Hiroko Emori (remake)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Belinda Martínez (first anime and movie 2)

Akane's older sister.


  • Big Sister Instinct: She is usually a bit overprotective with her sister Akane, and does not let her do things that are inappropriate for her age like drinking alcohol or going out at night, it's not like Akane obeys her anyway but Aoi punishes her when she does.
  • Demoted to Extra: She was already a minor character in the original but was still somewhat involved as a common Recurring Extra (especially in the anime). In the remake she almost never appears.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Shown in the chapter/episode "Super Driver" where she gets A Day in the Limelight.
  • Flat Character: She's usually just there to be Akane’s sister who works at the coffee shop.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Akane's Foolish.
  • Promotion to Parent: A curious thing is that although it is known that their parents are alive, well and living with them, Aoi seems to play more the role of "parent" to Akane. This is probably because their parents rarely appear in the series, and Aoi seems to be the closest thing to an adult figure in Akane's life.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Akane's Tomboy.

     Kon and Murasaki Kimidori 
Kon voiced by: Banjo Ginga (first anime); Hideyuki Tanaka (remake)
Murasaki voiced by: Yūko Mita (first anime)

Akane's parents. They rarely appear.


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Soramame Family

     Taro Soramame 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Toshio Furukawa (first anime, movies 1-5, DB, Dr. Mashirito Abale-chan), Bin Shimada (movies 7-9); Shinichiro Ohta (remake)
Voiced by (English): Eric Vale (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Óscar Flores (first anime and remake), Yamil Atala (DB)

An older boy at Arale's school who usually hangs out with Akane and Arale. He eventually became a cop after graduating.


     Peasuke Soramame 
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Voiced by: Naomi Jinbo (first anime, most episodes, movies 1-5, DB), Seiko Nakano (first anime, episodes 133, 163, 164, 167, 169, 1992 special), Yoko Teppouzuka (movie 6), Tomiko Suzuki (movie 7), Noriko Uemura (movie 9); Megumi Urawa (remake)
Voiced by (English): Sonny Strait (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Isabel Martiñón (first anime, remake, movies 2 and 5), Cristina Camargo (DB)

Taro's little brother and a classmate of Arale and Akane.


     Kurikinton and Mame Soramame 
Kurikinton voiced by : Koji Totani (first anime), Hirohiko Kakegawa (movie 9), Nobuaki Kanemitsu (remake)(Japanese); Roberto Mendiola (first anime)(Latin American)
Mame voiced by: Yumi Nakatani (first anime, episode 32), Seiko Nakano (first anime, 2nd voice), Noriko Uemura (movie 9); Taeko Kawata (remake)

Taro and Peasuke's parents. Kurikinton is the town barber and appears more often than his wife.


Tsun Family

     Tsukutsun Tsun 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Shigeru Chiba (first anime, movie 5, DB), Kazumi Tanaka (movie 7); Ryotaro Okiayu (remake)
Voiced by (English): Justin Cook (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Jesús Barrero (DB)

A kung fu practitioner. He looks a lot like Yamcha.


  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: In an episode of the original anime, Akane dresses as a cheerleader and Tsukutsun blushes.
  • Alliterative Name: Tsukutsun Tsun.
  • Badass Normal: He manages to be a strong and competent character only with his Kung Fu skills. Unlike his sister, Arale, Gatchan, and Obotchaman, he has no supernatural powers. He can turn into a tiger but this is not treated (or used) as a power in-universe, just as an annoying thing he can't control and he's ashamed of.
  • Big Little Brother: He's taller than his older sister.
  • Book Dumb: He's shown in the anime to be a bad student, one of the things he has in common with Akane.
  • Determinator: He proves to be one, especially in the last tournament in one of the later chapters.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Akane. They are married in the future.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Akane, when he becomes a tiger.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Whenever a girl touches him, he turns into a tiger. However he turns back to normal when a boy touches him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When angry, he becomes even stronger than Arale.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There's a reason why the character was popular with fangirls, especially after making his manga debut.
  • Nice Guy: One of the most levelheaded and friendly characters in the series.
  • Only Sane Man: In his first appearance, he complains about being this in his family.
  • Panthera Awesome: His tiger transformation.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Blue Boy to Tsururin’s Pink Girl. Averted in the remake since he wears white.
  • Repetitive Name: The rest of his family also have at least two 'tsu' syllables each.

     Tsururin Tsun 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Yūko Mita (first anime, movies 4 & 5); Houko Kuwashima (remake)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Patricia Acevedo (remake)

Tsukutsun's elder sister. She has psychic powers.


     Tsuruten Tsun 
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Voiced by: Hiroshi Ohtake (first anime, movie 4), Kazumi Tanaka (movie 7); Koji Yada (remake)

The father of the Tsun family and a lecherous inventor.


     Tsuntsunodanoteiyugo Tsun 
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Voiced by: Seiko Nakano (first anime, movie 4); Michie Tomizawa (remake)

The mother of the Tsun family and Tsuruten's aggressive wife.


  • Action Mom: Mrs. Tsun practices kung fu like her son.
  • Alliterative Name: As part of an Alliterative Family.
  • Berserk Button: Her husband being a pervert and flirting with other women.
  • Drives Like Crazy: As seen in the remake (the "crazy driver" was originally Akane's sister in the original series).
  • Girly Bruiser: Mrs. Tsun looks very feminine and elegant, but she can kick ass (mostly when it comes to her husband).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Very bad-tempered and violent.
  • Overly Long Name: Her unpronounceable first name.
  • Qipao: She usually wears a cheongsam (Chinese dress) and has been seen wearing several different colors of them.
  • Tsundere: A type A, as she spends most of her scenes beating up her husband.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Mrs. Tsun is clearly more attractive than her husband.

Other Penguin Villagers

     Obotchaman 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Mitsuko Horie (first anime, movies 4 & 5, DB), Chiyoko Kawashima (movie 7 & 8); Motoko Kumai (remake)
Voiced by (English): Kent Williams (DB)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Patricia Acevedo (DB and remake)

A robot boy designed by Senbei's rival, Dr. Mashirito under the name Caramel Man 004 to destroy Arale. However Obotchaman couldn't pull himself to do it since he has a crush on her.


  • Adorkable: He's so smitten with Arale that he gets adorably awkward when talking to or about her.
  • Badass Adorable: A kind Adorkable little boy with Arale's strength, so the badass part is obvious.
  • Betty and Veronica: When Bawz appears, he acts as the Betty to Bawz's Veronica for Arale's Archie.
    • He is also the Betty to Karute's Veronica for Arale's Archie in the sequel manga Dr. Slump Returns.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He’s absurdly nice to everyone, and he doesn't even get mad after realizing what a jerk his creator is. However after Mashirito hurts Arale with a special ray gun in a tournament, he finally gets really angry and destroys him with his own N'Cha Cannon. All that remained of Mashirito/Caramel Man 009's body was a bolt.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In an episode Dr. Mashirito washes his brain and through this he tries to destroy Senbei and Arale.
  • Breath Weapon: He also has a N'Cha Cannon, like Arale. He killed Mashirito with it to save her from him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Depending on the Writer, while in a chapter he is willing to leave Arale as long as she is happy, in others he's ready to face and fight a guy, just because he thinks he is her new boyfriend.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Arale, though they still look like children even as a married couple in the future, for obvious reasons.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Sometimes he plays this role towards Arale, not because Arale does not correspond to his feelings, but she is so Oblivious to Love that she does not realize.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In his appearance in Dragon Ball, General Blue is attracted to him, but the FUNimation dub changed it to Blue believing that Obotchaman was his long lost brother Samuel. note 
  • Evil Counterpart: Subverted. He was built by Dr. Mashirito to be this to Arale, but he ends up being too well mannered and polite to be evil.
  • Evil Knockoff: A humanoid robot based on Arale's design that was build by the main villain Dr. Mashirito to destroy Arale. It fails because Obotchaman turns out to be a Nice Guy.
  • Happily Married: With Arale in the future.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed. While he has a hard time believing Arale is evil and wants to Take Over the World (as Dr. Mashirito told him), he’s way too trusting of Mashirito and believes him unconditionally, at least in the beginning. Obviously, his opinion about him changes over time.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In an episode he believes that Arale no longer loves him and loves someone else, so he is willing to leave the village to let her be happy (everything ends up being a misunderstanding in the end).
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Had adopted two cats that Arale found.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Arale’s Masculine Girl. He’s very sensitive and romantic, while Arale is a tomboy and largely clueless about romance.
  • Megane: Since he was designed with the same plans of Arale, he also inherited the need for glasses.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters in the series. He has the same Incorruptible Pure Pureness of Arale but he doesn't have her mischievous, annoying side and is always very polite.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the same size as Arale and he also has the same superpowers, including the Super Strength.
  • Puppy Love: When it comes to Arale.
  • Robot Kid: Being built to be a male counterpart to Robot Girl Arale.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Arale's Energetic Girl.
  • Secret Keeper: Initially he was willing to tell everyone that he and Arale are robots, until Arale tells him it’s supposed to be a secret.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He only has eyes for Arale.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Arale. He has the same strengths (Genius Bruiser, Lightning Bruiser, Breath Weapon) and weaknesses (Blind Without 'Em, needs Robot Vitamin A to function) she has, the difference is being a boy and having a more meek personality.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: With Arale in the future.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: An extremely powerful robot kid, just like Arale.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: He usually imagines romantic moments between him and Arale, idealizing them two married in the future and with a family. When he has the opportunity to be next to Arale, he sees this as a special and romantic moment.
  • Unknown Rival: At first to Arale. She did not really seem to understand that he was trying to destroy her.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Played straight with dutiful, uptight Obotchaman who is in love with troublemaking Genki Girl Arale.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Dr. Mashirito, initially.

     Dr. Mashirito 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Akio Nojima (first anime, episode 37), Yasuo Yamada (movie 2), Nachi Nozawa (first anime, episodes 71-164, movie 3), Keiichi Noda (first anime, episodes 198-236), Akira Kamiya (movie 7 & 9); Ryotaro Okiayu (remake, DB Super)
Voiced by (English): Barry Yandell (DB Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Erick Archundia (first anime, until ep. 31), Gustavo Melgarejo (2nd half remake), Joaquín López (DB Super)

Another scientist in the village, and Senbei's rival.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Arale, he's the closest thing to a recurring antagonist.
  • Asshole Victim: Given the fact that he came back from Hell, drugged Arale and her friends to cause destruction which nearly destroyed the planet, he definetely had it coming from Beerus, though for other reasons.
  • Back for the Finale: After being Killed Off for Real, he makes an appearance as a ghost at the end of the series.
  • Bullying a Dragon: During the Crossover with Dragon Ball Super, he badmouths Beerus. This ends with Dr. Mashirito getting Hakai'd by the God of Destruction without so much as Beerus looking at him.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He started out as a normal human, but he gradually become more robotic to the point he became a machine. Near the end, he considered himself as Caramel Man 009, and the only thing that remained of his body were his brain and part of his face.
  • Deader Than Dead: Beerus destroys his ghost (and by extension, his soul) in the Dragon Ball Super crossover. Needless to say, he's not coming back. He is the first human in both series to die in a truly permanent way.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His weird relationship with his "Mama" in the second movie. Also, he has a genuine Pet the Dog moment in the remake (in one of the crossover episodes with Dragon Ball) after a flashback involving him and his deceased mother.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Senbei.
  • Four Is Death: Ultimately killed by his fourth creation Obotchaman. Originally known as Caramel Man 004. And he also gets Hakai'd during Dragon Ball Super, the fourth Dragon Ball series produced.
  • Funny Afro: His hairstyle in the original manga/anime, but averted in the remake.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He ends up being killed by Obotchaman, one of his creations.
  • Jerkass: Especially in the way he treated Obotchaman.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was obliterated by Obotchaman (disguised as Arale) when Mashirito harmed her in a tournament. And decades later, when he escaped from Earth's Hell to take revenge upon Senbei and Arale one more time, Beerus Hakai'd him, destroying him utterly and permanently. He became the first human in the Dragon Ball series to die so completely that it is impossible for him to return.
  • Mad Scientist: As to be expected due to being Senbei's rival.
  • Momma's Boy: The second movie has him this to his "Mama" (A giant robot statue of a kneeling woman).
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He focuses on creating robots strangely named Caramel Men to achieve his goals (destroy Arale and Take Over the World).
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While he’s just as silly and ridiculous as every other character, on at least two occasions he actually defeats Arale. His Caramel Man 7 was strong enough to destroy both Arale and Obotchaman (although later Senbei rebuilds their bodies).
  • The Rival: To Senbei, emphasized in one of the movies.
  • Smug Snake: The typical overconfident, ineffectual, Laughably Evil villain.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He never dies in the remake. He's also inexplicably still alive in some of the later stories, like Dr. Slump Returns which is supposed to be a sequel to the original manga. However according to the Dragon Ball Super crossover his death in the original series is still canon.
  • Take Over the World: His main goal.
  • Take That!: Mashirito was a caricature of Toriyama's editor Kazuhiko Torishima. Toriyama would eventually say in an interview that this was because Torishima rejected the original design as not being intimidating enough for a villain, and that Torishima told him to think of the person he hated the most while drawing the new version. Torishima was not amused when he found out about who Mashirito was based on.
  • Unknown Rival: He sees Arale as his mortal enemy and repeatedly tries to destroy her but she's completely unaware of this. Also, in the original manga, he never directly interacts with Senbei, even if he hates him and has tried to kill him twice.
  • Villainous Crush: Towards Midori in the second movie.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Especially if the girl is named Arale. Even if she’s technically a robot, this also counts a Would Hurt a Child.

     Suppaman 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Tessho Genda (first anime, most episodes, DB), Koji Totani (first anime, episode 13 next episode preview); Toru Furuya (movies 6-9 & the remake)
Voiced by (English): Steve Sanders (Dragon Ball)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Igor Cruz (first anime, movie 3 and remake), José Luis Orozco (DB)

A superhero In Name Only and a parody of Superman.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blue hair in the first anime, black hair in the remake.
  • Berserk Button: He has a lot of them. Especially when people insult him or when someone interrupts his "heroic" actions.
  • Clark Kenting: He dresses as reporter Kuraaku Kenta. He doesn't even bother to act differently or to be less of a Jerkass.
  • Dirty Coward: He will even help criminals or team up with the bad guys of the week, due to his cowardice.
  • Dub Name Change: For obvious reasons, he was renamed Sourman in English dub of the Dr. Slump crossover episodes in Dragon Ball.
  • Fat Bastard: Not only he's an incompetent Fat Idiot, he's also petty, violent, and fond of Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Heroic Wannabe: The whole point of the character. He has no sense of justice and does nothing other than throwing grenades at whoever gets in his way or dares to “disrespect” him. He’s more a nuisance than anything else.
  • Human Alien: He's from a planet called Okakaumeboshi.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Suffers a lot of physical abuse, but a lot of the time he brought it on himself.
  • Jerkass: Although he calls himself the Defender of Justice, he is a supreme dick.
  • Leitmotif: His theme is even a parody of John Williams' Superman theme.
  • Lethally Stupid: When he tries to act heroic and "save" someone, he only manages to make things worse.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He would like to be thought of as heroic (supposedly getting his superpowers from pickled plums) but he’s actually a pathetic and weak Dirty Coward
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Given how he's portrayed as a Jerkass with no real superpowers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sour plums.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted. While he is Penguin Village’s resident “superhero” and dresses like one, no one really takes him seriously and is considered a joke by everyone, except Arale (who actually idolizes him).
  • Would Hurt a Child: One episode he tried to shoot Obotchaman, fortunately the latter is a robot.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has them in the first anime series.

     Kinoko Sarada 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Kazuko Sugiyama (first anime, movies 2-5, DB), Hinako Yoshino (movie 6), Chiyoko Kawashima (movie 7); Noriko Uemura (remake)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Circe Luna (first anime, remake and movies 2-3)

A toddler who has a taste in fashion.


  • Alpha Bitch: A moderate case, probably because she is a kid. Often she acts like this, is a Bratty Half-Pint, fashionista, believes to be superior to the rest, laughing at the others and looking on Arale as a frumpy girl in glasses.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A pretentious little brat who constantly belittles other people.
  • Cool Shades: She wears sunglasses as part of her "trendy" look.
  • The Fashionista: Claims she is knowledgable of fashion.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Her father has done something horrible that caused Kinoko to get angry and run away from home. The crime? Eating a strawberry she was saving for later. She gets over it after learning life on the road is rough.
  • Hair Decoration: Always wears two ribbons.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is jealous of Arale because of her strength and because has more friends than her.
  • Jerkass: Despite being just a toddler, she has Alpha Bitch-like tendencies and usually looks down on pretty much everyone.
  • Little Miss Snarker: A particularly obnoxious one.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She likes to think she’s cooler and better than everyone else.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: When she interacts with Arale, she acts as the Girly Girl to Arale's Tomboy.

     Penguin Village Police Force 
Gyaos voiced by: Koji Totani (first anime), Daisuke Gouri (movie 6); Bin Shimada (remake) (Japanase); Armando Réndiz (DB) (Latin American Spanish)
Gala voiced by: Isamu Tanonaka (first anime, movies 1-4), Yukimasa Kishino (movie 6); Nobuhiko Kazama (remake) (Japanase); Roberto Mendiola (first anime and remake), Paco Mauri (DB) (Latin American Spanish)
Pagos voiced by: Masaharu Sato (first anime, movies 1-4), Masato Hirano (movie 6); Michio Nakao (remake) (Japanase); Armando Réndiz (first anime and remake), Gerardo Reyero (DB) (Latin American Spanish)
Charmy Yamada voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (first anime) (Japanase); Daniel Abundis (DB) (Latin American Spanish)
Polly Buckets voiced by: Toshiko Fujita (first anime), Hinako Yoshino (movie 6); Masako Katsuki (remake)
Drop-kun voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (first anime, Penguin Village's Hero Legend), Tessho Genda (first anime, episode 137), Hiroshi Ohtake (first anime, episodes 179 & 182), Masaharu Sato (episode 198), Shigeru Chiba (episode 217)

The local police force. Consists of Gyaos, Gala, Pagos, Charmy Yamada, Polly Buckets, Drop-kun, and eventually Taro.


  • All Crimes Are Equal: Charmy ends up arresting most of the village for minor or non-existent "crimes".
  • Badass Biker: Charmy, even though he's a cop has own Cool Bike. His uniform is really motocross gear.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pagos and Gala, their attempts to escape from Arale always result in failure
  • Da Chief: Gyaos.
  • Fair Cop: Polly, the only woman in the force. Senbei was initially attracted to her, at least before she started harassing him.
  • Police are Useless: For the most part, they are ineffectual.
  • Punny Name: If you put Gala and Pagos together, you get the Galapagos islands.
  • Shout-Out: Drop-kun wears a Stromtrooper helmet.
  • Those Two Guys: Pagos and Gala again. They're always assigned together.
  • Trigger Happy: Polly always have her MAC-10 on her person. Not afraid of open-firing either.

     King Nikochan 
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Nikochan voiced by: Hiroshi Ohtake (first anime, movies 1-4, DB); Bin Shimada (remake) (Japanase); Jorge Palafox (first anime and movies 2-3), Alejandro Ortega (remake), Javier Rivero (DB) (Latin American Spanish)
Servant voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (first anime, movies 1-4, DB); Ryo Horikawa (remake) (Japanese); Igor Cruz (first anime, remake and movies 2-3), Ernesto Lezama (DB) (Latin American Spanish)

The king of an alien race that is always accompanied by his unnamed servant.


  • Aliens are Bastards: An evil alien who initially wants to conquer the Earth.
  • Aliens of London: Nikochan speaks in Nagoya dialect, despite being from another planet. Even more confusingly, his lackey doesn't.
  • Amusing Alien: Not only these aliens are ridiculously incompetent, they also look like butts with arms, feet, and antennae.
  • Back for the Finale: After a while they finally find a spaceship and return to their planet. Later they appear again in the grand finale of the series.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Played very straight with King Nikochan's servant.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: King Nikochan's species have ears for feet and butts on top of their heads.
  • No Name Given: The name of King Nikochan's servant is never revealed.
  • Opaque Lenses: The servant.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: King Nikochan and his servant.

     Parzan 
Voiced by: Koji Totani (first anime)

A parody of Tarzan. He doesn’t get along with Suppaman.


     Skop 
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (first anime, movie 5), Koji Totani (movie 3)

A parody of Spock and one of Arale’s classmates.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Black hair in the manga, blonde hair in the anime.
  • Adapted Out: He doesn’t appear in the remake and is replaced by another boy that looks like a human version of Frieza.
  • Break the Haughty: After seeing Arale solving all the most complicated math problems that were too difficult even for him, he has a nervous breakdown that makes him change attitude radically (see Took a Level in Dumbass).
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: When he starts enjoying the craziness/idiocy around him, he becomes goofier but also a friendlier, more easygoing person who gets along with his classmates.
  • The Spock: An obvious parody of the Trope Namer with his initial serious and humorless attitude.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels in the beginning, until he becomes officially one of them.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He eventually stops taking everything seriously and starts acting silly like Arale and his other classmates. There are still some of the later episodes that show him with his old personality though.

     Chivil 
Voiced by: Reiko Katsura (first anime); Mika Kanai (remake)

A tiny devil who comes to Penguin Village to collect human souls.


  • Bratty Half-Pint: He’s not really dangerous, just an annoying kid.
  • Pet the Dog: He genuinely likes Arale and they have a good friendship.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He wants to search for souls for his master, a job for which he gets paid for. Other than that, he’s just a normal, if mischievous, 3-year-old child.

     Witchpee 
Voiced by: Minori Matsushima (first anime)

Chivil's older sister. A little witch girl who falls for a lot of guys.


  • Nice Hat: She wears a witch hat.
  • Precocious Crush: Has a crush on Senbei, even declaring him to be her husband. Then she falls for Taro and then Kurikinton.

     Daigoro Kurigashira 
Voiced by: Tetsuo Mizutori (first anime); Nobuo Tobita (remake)

A teacher at Arale’s school with a very big head shaped like a chestnut.


  • No Respect Guy: Often the target of Akane’s pranks.
  • Stern Teacher: He's strict but cares for his students.
  • Use Your Head: He uses his “Headbutt of Love” as a technique to discipline misbehaving students.

     Butarebu 
Voiced by (Japanese): Masaharu Satō (first anime)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish):: Irma Carmona (first anime), Yamil Atala (DB), Ricardo Mendoza (DB Super)

An anthropomorphic pig, usually used as background character.


  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes he randomly appears just to make snarky comments.
  • Funny Animal: The animal who is seen more often in the series.
  • Recurring Extra: He has no real role in the plot and never gets A Day in the Limelight. Yet he appears in pretty much every episode, and he’s sometimes seen interacting with the main characters and hanging around Senbei’s house for no apparent reason.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Usually wears sunglasses.

     Donbe 
Voiced by (Japanese): Shigeru Chiba (first anime), Kappei Yamaguchi (remake)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish):: Jorge Palafox (first anime), Héctor Moreno (remake)

An anthropomorphic fox who lives in the village.


     Hiyoko 
Voiced by (Japanese): Saeko Shimazu (first anime)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish):: Lisette Pimentel (first anime)

Peasuke Soramame's much taller girlfriend who is two grades below him.


  • Edible Theme Naming: Based on "chickpea" (hiyoko-mame), fitting in with the Soramame family and highlighting her relationship to Peasuke.
  • Girl Next Door: A completely normal girl and without much participation.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Does not appear much in the series, and when she does she generally only serves as the girlfriend of Peasuke.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Peasuke after he saves her from an insect that tried to attack her.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Despite being younger than Peasuke, she is much taller than him.

     Toriyama 

A self-caricature of the manga's author Akira Toriyama that often interacts with the characters.


  • Author Avatar: Toriyama jokingly inserts himself in the story as a robot with a gas mask, a bird with glasses, or a man with a surgical mask, Depending on the Writer.
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially in the chapter where he interacts with the main family and ends up being comically abused by Arale and Gatchan repeatedly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When the situation calls for it.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's much more involved in the original series than in the remake.
  • Future Loser: Visiting ten years into the future, Tori-Bot's mortified to discover that he became a homeless bum.
  • Jerkass: Not so much as Tori-Bot, but when he's portrayed as a human he's usually a jerk.
  • Rage Against the Author: He has been beaten up by his own characters more than once.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: As Tori-Bot.
  • Self-Deprecation: He often makes fun of himself and the series as a whole, particularly in the manga.
  • Temporarily a Villain: Sometimes he becomes the villain, especially in later episodes of the anime.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Tori-Bot.

     Abale 
Another attempt of an Evil Counterpart for Arale, under the designation of Caramelman 023. This time, created by Dr. Mashirito Jr (Who is Dr Mashirito's son).

Characters of The Manga Sequel

     Retasu Sarada 
Retasu Sarada (lit. "Lettuce Salad") is the little sister of Kinoko Sarada in the Dr. Slump Returns, But Only For a Little While manga series.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She is in love with Turbo, but he is completely oblivious to her feelings.
  • Beta Bitch: She acts in this way for her older sister Kinoko.
  • Girl Posse: Together with his other sister they act in this way

     Karute Karte 
The eldest son of a family of doctors who moves to the Penguin village.
  • Always Second Best: To Arale, Karute is presented as a brilliant student and a champion soccer player, but Arale immediately proves to be smarter, stronger and more athletic than him.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Obotchaman's Betty for Arale's Archie.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He seems to have this with Obotchaman because of his feelings for Arale.
  • Lovable Jock: He is a soccer champion and also a good guy.

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