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    Takeru/Red Mask 

Takeru/Red Mask | Actor: Ryosuke Kaizu

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The leader of the Maskmen, the first to be spotted by Commander Sugata. Expert in Karate and is a Formula One race driver. He met and fell in love with a girl named Mio, and even when she is revealed as Princess Iyal, he still clings to be reunited, giving him strength to push on. Used to be an extremely bratty kid, but after meeting his grown-up self, he matured up. Though he's basically The Hero, he's much more temperamental.
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    Kenta/Black Mask 

Kenta/Black Mask | Actor: Kouichi Kusakari

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The sub-leader and a Kobudo expert. More laid back than Takeru and likes chasing girls (mostly with no avail or luck, either he backs down, the girl is oblivious, or dies). Has an Old Master.
    Akira/Blue Mask 

Akira/Blue Mask | Actor: Issei Hirota

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The youngest of the team, Chinese Boxing and swordplaying expert and the one to crack jokes, most of the time. He left his mother to train (actually was drafted to the Maskman force) and strives to make his mother proud by training hard.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At one point, he's possessed by a monster, turning him into the fencer Unas and proceeds to OWN the Maskmen, HARD. He gets better, of course.
  • Child Prodigy: Was recognized by Sugata as one in the ways of martial arts, which is why he was chosen for Maskman.
  • Dual Tonfas: Masky Tonfas
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He's an expert at swordplay...but his individual weapon is tonfa.
  • Just a Kid: He really doesn't like being treated as a kid at first, even if he is only sixteen.
  • Keet: He's the youngest of the team and also the most bubbly.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He's the youngest of the team and most expressive with his emotions.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apples
    Haruka/Yellow Mask 

Haruka/Yellow Mask | Actress: Yuki Nagata

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A Ninja (and damn proud of it). Ever since she's a child, she's raised without enjoying girly things (like dolls). As such, she has a hidden sensitive spot for girly things. She's best buds with Momoko.
  • Battle Tops: Masky Rotor.
  • The Big Girl: The more obvious Action Girl, that is.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Raised as a ninja, Haruka was forbidden to enjoy anything cute or girly, thus explaining her soft spot on cute things despite her tomboyish exterior.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Yellow Mask Kage Bunshinnote 
  • Expy: She's basically a Gender Flip version of Ryu Hoshikawa since both of them came from the line of ninjas.
    • Besides her ninja background, Haruka is the Sentai equivalent of Megumi Oka for having the same color scheme.
  • Killer Yo Yo: Again, Masky Rotor.
  • Ninja: Is often counted as one in later team-ups, such as Chou Super Hero Taisen and Strongest Battle.
    Momoko/Pink Mask 

Momoko/Pink Mask | Actress: Kanako Maeda

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A gentle hearted girl who is really kind to children and teaches martial arts in her free time. She's an expert in Tai Chi Quan and tends to get very emotional in things she does. Best buds with Haruka.

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Allies

    Commander Sanjurou Sugata 

Commander Sanjurou Sugata


    Princess Ial 

Princess Ial/Mio


  • Expy: The "Erika" to Takeru's "Kazuya".
  • Nice Shoes: When she came to the surface world, she didn't have shoes. After saving her life, Takeru noticed the barefooted Mio and bought a pair of red shoes, which are used to symbolize their love.
  • Rebellious Princess: Turned against Tube after falling in love with Takeru.
  • Royal Blood: Princess of the Tube Empire.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Takeru/ Red Mask.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Quite literally, despite not dying, she winds up trapped in a frozen block for much of the series.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her "brother" Igam.
  • The High Queen: Becomes this to Tube in the finale, with every other contender having died or gone into seclusion.

    Ryo Asuka/X 1 Mask 

Ryo Asuka/X1 Mask | Actor: Shinji Higashi

A One-Shot Character who briefly joined the Maskman team as its sixth member.

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Underground Empire Tube

    In General 
  • Armies Are Evil: Zeba's rise as ruler of Tube saw the Tube embracing militarism in preparation for invading the surface world.
  • The Empire: A militaristic power seeking to dominate more land.
  • Monster of the Week: The Doggler Beasts, which are thawed out from a frozen cave to fight the Maskmen. A few of the early ones were actually two monsters in one, which were composed of an "Underground Doggler" and a "parasite" that would grant it power.
  • Mooks: The Ungler Soldiers, essentially your standard Sentai Faceless Goons.
    Emperor Zeba 

Emperor Zeba/Lethal Doggler II


  • Big Bad: Zeba is responsible for the transformation on the once peaceful Tube empire into a dark militaristic kingdom in order to invade the surface world.
  • Cool Mask: Wears an ornate blue mask that covers his face, leaving only his eyes visible.
  • The Emperor: His title as ruler of the underground.
  • Fake King: Stole the position from the real king.
  • Glorious Leader: As the head of Tube's military dictatorship, his subordinates have constructed a Cult of Personality around him revering him as a great and wise leader.
  • Light Is Not Good: His appearance is shiny and sparkly, but at heart he's a cruel and cold-hearted dictator.
  • Mook Promotion: He's basically a Monster of the Week that managed to work his way up to Big Bad.
  • One-Winged Angel: He eventually assumes his true form, Lethal Doggler II, after being revealed by Ial and Igam, to take on the Maskmen.
  • Take Over the World: Aims to bring both the surface and underground under his control.
  • Technicolor Death: Bleeds red energy like other Ground Beasts then melts into energy which forms into a face which float up in the sky and explodes four times.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: After overthrowing the Tube royal family in a coup, Zeba turned Tube from a pacifist kingdom into a militaristic empire.
  • Villainous Legacy: He turns out to be the spawn of an earlier Imperial Beast, Lethal Doggler, destroyed by the original Tube royal family. Driven both by hatred against humans on both sides of the crust as well as his ancestor's lust for domination, he wiped out all of the Tube royal family save Ial and Igam, whom he used as his pawns.
    Commander Baraba 

Baraba


    Igam 

Igam


  • The Atoner: In the finale, she's repented of all the bad things she's done by becoming a nun.
  • Bastard Understudy: Igam's goal is to grow close to Zeba in order to succeed him and take back the throne for the Tube royal family.
  • Combat Stilettos: They're there, but more for making Igam taller than to be sexy.
  • The Evil Prince: As a counterpart to Iyal's desire for peace.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After much convincing from the Maskman and Ial and the reveal of Zeba's true intentions, she helps the Maskman unmask Zeba's ruse.
  • The Quisling: Or is she?
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Was raised as male so she could claim the throne of Tube, as Tube tradition dictates only a man can take the throne. She keeps it up under Zeba so she can be named his successor.
    Oyo-bu 

Oyo-bu


  • The Dragon: Starts off as one to Baraba, but by the end he's become one of Zeba's top lieutenants.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Known for his speed and is one of top generals of Tube.
  • Ninja: An underground Ninja for Tube.
  • Noble Demon: Though he is a fervent supporter of Tube and Zeba, Oyobu abides by something akin to a code of honor, to the point of refusing to aid Baraba in dealing with the Maskman as Baraba promised he would do so by himself.
  • Super Speed: Noting for being able to run at lightspeed-like velocities.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tube, to the point where [[spoiler:he willingly gives his life to ensure Zeba's plan to raise the undergorund castle succeeds.
    Fu-Min 

Fu-Min


  • Anti-Villain: Type I. Fu-Min's loyalty to Igam is extreme, but genuine that she sometimes showed even compassion to the frozen Ial. She also pretty much sacrificed her life so Igam can live and redeem herself.
  • Dark Action Girl: A skilled ninja and one of the top warriors of Tube.
  • Ninja: Like Oyo-bu she is an underground ninja.
  • Ninja Maid: She's both a ninja and Igam's personal servant.
  • The Rival: To Haruka, who like her is a ninja.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Igam, even performing a Heroic Sacrifice to protect her.
    Anagmas 

Anagmas


  • Bat Out of Hell: Resembles an overweight bat.
  • Evil Genius: He is incredibly wise and has a vast knowledge of Tube's background, having served even prior to Zeba's Hostile Takeover.
  • Fat Bastard: Is a noticeably portly fellow.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He seems to be loyal to whoever sits on the throne of Tube, even if they aren't of the Tube royal family and are an usurper like Zeba. Notably, he was even involved in the conspiracy to keep Zeba's true identity a secret.
    Thief Knight Kiros 

Thief Knight Kiros


  • Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted. While he does save girls like one occasionally, his motto is "I always get what I want", which horribly clashes with the meaning of the trope.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: His desire for Ial brings him to blows with Takeru.
  • The Rival: Of Takeru for Ial's affections.
  • Wild Card: He only works for Tube so he could have Ial for himself instead of supporting Zeba's cause.
    Okelampa 

Okelampa


Others

    Lethal Doggler 
  • Posthumous Character: It terrorized the Underground long ago, but is long dead by the time the series starts.
  • Predecessor Villain: Right before succumbing to its wounds, it spawned a successor, Lethal Doggler II, to carry on its legacy.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A temple was built over it to keep its spirit from escaping. Its spirit briefly gets free and possesses a Monster of the Week, but it's soon destroyed for good by the Maskmen.
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