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Main Androids

    Jiro/Kikaider 

Jiro/Kikaider

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Jiro

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Played by: Daisuke Ban (Jiro), Toshiaki Kikuchi (Kikaider's suit actor)

Voiced in the anime by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

The Kikaider himself, a Ridiculously Human Robot created by Dr. Komyoji to protect his daughter and son from the sinister forces of the DARK organization.
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    Saburo/Hakaider 

Saburo/Hakaider

Portrayed by: Jouji Mayama (as Saburo), Shōzō Iizuka (voice of Hakaider)

Voiced in the anime by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

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Saburo

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Click here to see Saburo in the anime 
Kikaider's rival and "younger brother", a robot created from the same mold as Kikaider who assumes the human form of "Saburo". Upon his awakening, Professor Gill told him the sole reason he was created was to kill Kikaider, leading Hakaider to devote his entire existence to doing just that.

He later returns in the sequel show Kikaider 01 as the leader of the Hakaider Squad, now implanted with the brain of Professor Gill. This incarnation of Hakaider is often called "Gill-Hakaider" by fans, though he is simply referred to as "Hakaider" in the show.


  • Adaptational Heroism: The Mechanical Violator Hakaider film sees him become an Unscrupulous Hero fighting against a tyrannical regime. He's even shown freeing a group of people held prisoner by Gurjev at one point in a 100% selfless act.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: An extremely small change between the dub and original versions of Mechanical Violator Hakaider when he frees a group of civilians from Gurjev. In the dub, he simply does so without hesitation, assuring all of them that they are free, while in the original, he first asks if they have a will of their own and a desire to live freely and frees them only when given a yes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The anime version of Saburo shirks most of the redeeming qualities he had in the Toku, including his unwillingness to harm civilians, instead making him a Blood Knight focused solely on fighting Kikaider who doesn't care about sacrificing innocent lives.
  • A Father to His Men: For how much more evil he gets in Kikaider 01, he does at least care for his "brothers" in the Hakaider Squad.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Gill-Hakaider's relationship with Professor Gill, and if they're the same character. While Gill-Hakaider has Professor Gill's brain inside of him, the fact that Professor Gill's ghost also appears at several points throughout creates the impression that they may be separate entities. The anime however opts to make them the same person, and refers to him as "Lord Gill" rather than "Hakaider" to clear up any confusion.
  • Badass Biker: Like Kikaider, Hakaider has his very own motorcycle and we'll be damned if he doesn't look badass while riding on it.
  • BFG: His "Destruction Gun", a massive gun implanted in his chest in the movie.
  • Brain in a Jar: Has Prof. Komiyoji's brain in his head. It gets replaced by Gill's in Kikaider 01.
  • Breakout Character: Hakaider is almost as iconic as Kikaider himself. Despite only appearing in the last six episodes of the series, he was super popular to the point where in the sequel show he was brought back, split into four and made the Big Bad. He even got his own movie.
  • Cain and Abel: He's considered Jiro's "younger brother" and was created solely to kill him.
  • Composite Character:
    • Ironically, his incarnation in Mechanical Violator Hakaider borrows more than a few traits from the original Kikaider, being a robot created by an evil organization who was taken by a group of scientists and used to fight for good instead.
    • The REBOOT movie omits Saburo and merges Hakaider with Gilbert Kanzaki, Professor Gill's counterpart in the film.
  • Dark Is Evil: Has a predominantly black color scheme and is an evil robot assassin.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In the movie, where he's a ruthless but well-meaning Anti-Hero, contrasting the Light Is Not Good of Gurjev and Michael.
  • Darth Vader Clone: He's a cyborg enforcer with a black color scheme, a booming voice and has a familial relationship with the hero. Ironically though, Kikaider aired several years before A New Hope came out, meaning Hakaider came first before Darth Vader. In fact, it's rumored that Hakaider was one of the inspirations behind Darth Vader himself, making him a proto-example of the trope.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In Kikaider 01 he gets to be the Big Bad, leading the Hakaider Squad against 01. He winds up Demoted to Dragon under SHADOW later, but is still 01's main enemy throughout.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: His only desire is to kill Kikaider (and later Kikaider 01), something which frequently brings him into conflict with the heads of whatever organization he's serving in.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Doesn't understand why Kikaider won't fight him when he has the brain of Dr. Komyoji inside his head.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kikaider, acting as The Rival to him and being created specifically to counter him.
  • Hate Sink: He is an all-around scumbag in the anime, where he not only keeps provoking Jiro to fight him, but also does a lot of sadistic things throughout the series, from killing one of his fellow androids, to stopping Jiro from saving Mitsuko's mom from committing suicide.
  • Jerkass: His anime version, who lacks his Toku version's Noble Demon traits and instead just spends most of it egging Kikaider on to fight him.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • A literal one in the 01 toku, where he actually goes around killing dogs in an episode!
    • A big one in the anime, where he tries to force Jiro to strangle Mitsuko so he can get him to unleash his full potential.
  • Killer Robot: He's a robot assassin created to kill another robot.
  • Legacy Character: The identity of Hakaider has been taken up by Saburo, Professor Gill and even Ryoma Sengoku.
  • Leitmotif: His whistle.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Saburo wants a fight with Kikaider and Kikaider only. Besides that he won't tolerate innocents be harmed and even saves Mitsuko and Masaru a couple of times.
  • Noble Demon: Refuses to harm innocents, wants a fair duel with Kikaider and objects to anything that may violate either of those things. Zig-zagged in that this is more due to his only directive being to fight Kikaider rather than a code of honor. He wants to fight Kikaider because that's his reason for being created and he enjoys doing so, he shields Mitsuko and Masaru from harm because he doesn't see the point in harming them when his purpose is just to fight Jiro.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: The movie definitely makes him a lot more Darker and Edgier, though while unscrupulous in his mission Hakaider in the film is ultimately out to save everyone from a regime using Mind Control to create a forced "peace".
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: An interesting case where he becomes one by following his orders. Because Gill told him his only purpose was to destroy Kikaider, Saburo took that order at the expense of all other ones, refusing to along with anything else his creators said.
    • His '90s Anti-Hero counterpart is a straighter example, originally being created by Gurjev before rebelling and going rogue.
  • Put on a Bus: After it was shown whoever's brain that is inside him is capable of controlling his body, Saburo is left out of the action until the very end of the 13th episode of the anime where he gains momentary control again only to be shot down by Gill.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This is what drove him to revolt against Gill.
  • Taking You with Me: In the anime, he gets up after getting he head and arm blown off to strangle the life out of Gill before fully malfunctioning.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Hakaider goes from an Anti-Villain to a straight-up villain in Kikaider 01, thanks to Saburo being replaced by Professor Gill's brain.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Hakaider is the Upgrade to Kikaider. Kikaider was released early before Dr. Komiyoji could finish Jiro or his Gemini circuit. Hakaider on the other hand was made and completed by Dark using Komiyoji whose design was based on Kikaider. However Hakaider was also made specifically for combat and so has more armaments than Kikaider along with a stronger body with combat programming. Making Hakaider even more deadly is the fact that he is single minded in his pursuit of Jiro and absolutely focused on beating Kikaider whereas Jiro is often plagued with doubt and indecision due to his conscience circuit.
  • Villain Song: Ore no na waa, ore no nawaa, Hakaidaaa...
  • Wild Card: Hakaider's allegiance varies throughout the franchise, even within the same show. Sometimes he's The Dragon for DARK, sometimes he's just a rogue Killer Robot, sometimes he's a Noble Demon and on one occasion he was even a '90s Anti-Hero.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: Since Professor Gill told him his reason for being created was to destroy Kikaider, Hakaider took that as his only order and ignored all other orders given out.

    Ichiro/Kikaider 01 

Ichiro/Kikaider 01

Portrayed by: Shunsuke Ikeda

Voiced in the anime by: Yusuke Ito (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

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Ichiro
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The "older brother" of Jiro/Kikaider, created before him by Dr. Komyoji and placed in a statue until he was awakened to protect a boy named Akira from the sinister Hakaider Squad.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: The OVA makes him into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, rather than the friendly do-gooder he was in the Toku.
  • Bash Brothers: Jiro and Ichiro form an almost literal example whenever they team up to fight evil. He also later forms a similar duo with Bijinder once she turns good.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Akira, whom he was awakened to protect. He's also the "older brother" to Jiro though in practice it's more Jiro who's the Cool Big Bro to him since he was awakened first.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Towards the end of the anime, his lack of a Gemini makes him vulnerable to being controlled by Gill.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Change Kikaida 01!
  • Calling Your Attacks: 01 Driver! Blast End!
  • Decoy Protagonist: Of the Kikaider 01 OVA. His name is in the title but the OVA ultimately focuses more on Jiro, with Ichiro winding up getting unceremoniously destroyed in the final episode while Jiro lives on.
  • Flawed Prototype: He's Jiro's prototype, and has several notable flaws compared to him. Most notably is requiring solar energy to function, but also his complete Conscience Circuit makes him ironically more limited than his little brother.
  • The Hero: Of the second toku series.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Does this often in the toku.
  • Leitmotif: Introduces himself to the monsters of the week by playing his trumpet.
  • The Lancer: In the anime.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Like his brother, his main colors are red and blue.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The anime makes him the cocky red to Jiro's grounded blue.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's unable to fight well during the night due to his need of solar energy.

    Mari/Bijinder 

Mari/Mieko/Bijinder

Portrayed by: Sue Shiomi (Mari), Kotoe Taichi (Bijinder), Maryjun Takahashi (REBOOT)

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Mari
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An android created by the SHADOW organization for the purpose of defeating Ichiro/Kikaider 01. She was created to protect children in order to get Ichiro to take a liking to her all in order to lure Ichiro into a trap. However, Mari would end up changing her ways and joining Ichiro's side in fighting against SHADOW.
  • Action Girl: Fights just as effectively as 01 and often shows up to bail him out of trouble.
  • Bash Brothers: After turning good she forms a combat duo with 01.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Has short hair, in contrast to Misao.
  • Chest Blaster: She shoots powerful beams from her...cones.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Happens quite literally when the conscience circuit Ichiro installed in her conflicts with her programming to be loyal to SHADOW. Ultimately her conscience wins out.
  • Dark Chick: Her purpose while in SHADOW was to befriend Ichiro and get him to lower his guard down, all so he could be lured into a trap.
  • Fembot: She's a robot with a visibly female hero appearance, even while in her mechanical fighting form.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Starts off as an agent of SHADOW but turns good after Ichiro gives her a conscience circuit.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Makes her debut in the sequel series and only appears in the second half, yet she's one of the most well known things to come out of it along with Waruder.
  • Leitmotif: Her appearances are always accompanied by a melodic tune she plays on her harpsichord.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The anime places much more emphasis on her legs and even gives her a few panty shots.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Was originally a Killer Robot designed by SHADOW for the sole purpose of killing Kikaider 01, but rebelled against them and turned good with a little push from Ichiro.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She's a Fembot and has a mostly pink color scheme, which goes nicely with Ichiro's blue.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears knee-high boots.

    Rei/Kikaider 00 

Rei/Kikaider 00(Double 0)

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Towards the end of the anime he gets taken control of by Gill.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of the anime.
  • More Dakka: His Blow Up Mode, during he deploys two Gatling guns from his chest, opens his legs to reveal missile launchers, his fingers turn into gun barrels and his forehead opens up to reveal three mini turret cannons.
  • The Stoic: He really doesn't talk much.
  • Super Prototype: Despite being the first Kikaider built and deemed a failure, he's very powerful. Good speed, arm blades, an energy blast and Guns. Lots of Guns.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced in the third episode of a 4 episode OVA, is virtually absent from the 4th episode, and never has any real scenes or purpose to him beyond being a new character design.

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The Komyoji Family and their Allies

    Professor Komyoji 

Professor Komiyoji

Portrayed by: Hajime Izu

Voiced in the anime by: Shōzō Iizuka (JP), Christopher Carrol (EN)

The creator of Ichiro Jiro and Saburo, a scientist who was deceived into creating robots for the DARK organization by Professor Gill. After realizing Gill's evil intentions however he created Jiro to fight against the organization, implanting him with a conscience circuit so he would know right from wrong.
  • Back for the Finale: After being absent for most of Kikaider 01, he returns in the finale.
  • Big Good: He created Jiro/Kikaider and is responsible for his crusade to bring down the organization.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: He only worked for DARK because he was tricked and later forced into it by Professor Gill. As soon as he realized the truth he began working on Kikaider to combat the organization.

    Mitsuko Komyoji 

Mitsuko Komiyoji

Portrayed by: Jun Mizunoe, Aimi Satsukawa (REBOOT)

Voiced in the anime by: Yui Horie (JP), Lia Sargent (EN)

The daughter of Dr. Komyoji and Masaru's older sister.

    Masaru Komyoji 

Masaru Komiyoji

Portrayed by: Masahiro Kamiya

Voiced in the anime by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN)

The young son of Dr. Komyoji and Mitsuko's kid brother.

    Hanpei Hattori 

Hanpei Hattori

Portrayed by: Shun Ueda

Voiced in the anime by: Keaton Yamada (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)


  • Butt-Monkey: More so in the toku.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's often the first to run at the sign of trouble, but is willing to knuckle down if the situation calls for it.
  • The Determinator: He always follows his duty as a private detective despite what happens to him.
  • Ninja: in the toku, he claims to be the descendant of Hattori Hanzo. He even uses some ninja tricks to repair his car.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: in the anime.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Provides most of the humor in both the Toku and anime.
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    Akira and Hiroshi 

Akira and Hiroshi

Akira is the son of Professor Gill who has the blueprints for a superweapon called "Giant Devil" tattooed on his back, leading him to be sought after by the Hakaider Squad and SHADOW. It's later revealed that Akira only has half the blueprints tattooed onto him and that the other half are on his older brother, Hiroshi.

    Rieko 

Rieko

A mysterious woman working as caretaker for Akira.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Toku she sacrifices herself to buy time for the boys and Misao to escape a deadly bomb.
  • Master of Disguise: She often disguises herself in order to safely watch over Akira, believing that her presence will attract enemies to him.
  • Robotic Reveal: Turns out to actually be an android created by Professor Gill.

    Misao 

Misao

The caretaker for Akira.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: After Mari joins their fold Misao becomes jealous of her closeness with Akira.
  • The Ditz: She can be pretty absent minded, often falling asleep at random points and forgetting Ichiro and Mari are androids.

DARK

A sinister organization dedicated to creating Killer Robots for evil purposes. They are Kikaider's main enemies throughout the first Toku series and anime.

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Logo of DARK

    Professor Gill 

Professor Gill/Gill-Hakaider

Portrayed by: Mitsuo Ando, Shōzō Iizuka (as Gill-Hakaider)

Voiced in the anime by: Shinji Ogawa (JP), Michael Gregory (EN)

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Professor Gill
A Mad Scientist who leads the DARK organization. He was once a colleague of Dr. Komyoji and the one who enticed him to join DARK in the first place, until Dr. Komyoji realized his evil intentions and rebelled.
  • Abusive Parents: He's perfectly willing to use his son Akira as a living battery for the Armageddon Lord in the anime. In the toku he tattooed the plans for the Giant Devil on Akira's back.
  • Aside Glance: Does this often in the toku while gloating about his schemes.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns as Gill-Hakaider in the anime.
  • Beard of Evil: Has quite the goatee and is unmistakably a bad guy.
  • Big Bad: Of the first toku series and the whole anime. He created DARK and is the one behind the Destructoids.
  • Brain in a Jar: His brain was implanted in Hakaider following his demise.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He gets forced to become Big Shadow's henchman in the second toku.
  • Evil Genius: Knowledgeable in robotics, though not as much as Dr. Komyoji.
  • Evil Old Folks: He looks to be middle-aged.
  • Expy: After being reborn as Gill-Hakaider, he is basically Skull with another name.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He tends to act friendly and sympathetic to people as a way of manipulating them.
  • Hate Sink: He is shown to be a despicable, cold-hearted human being with zero redeemable or sympathetic qualities.
  • The Heavy: He's the one who forced Komyoji to create the Destructoids and the one who sends them out on attacks each episode. He carries on the role in Kikaider 01, as Gill-Hakaider.
  • Herr Doktor: The anime implies that German is his native language.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: In the anime and OVA he's behind SHADOW too.
  • Kick the Dog: Often does this a lot, a good example is his cold blooded murder of Rieko.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the toku, where Mitsuo Ando gives a very theatrical and flamboyant performance as him.
  • Mad Scientist: Heads an organization dedicated to building evil robots and wants to Take Over the World.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In the OVA he built Rieko and programmed her to believe she was a normal human and protect Akira, all in order to have her unwittingly lure Jiro into a trap.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Gill is a genius scientist, not a fighter. Subverted later when he becomes Gill-Hakaider.
  • Smug Snake: His arrogance can get the better of him.
  • The Sociopath: He is notable for his lack of empathy and is mentioned multiple times to be incapable of feeling love for others.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Gill-Hakaider to Saburo, the original Hakaider.
  • Take Over the World: His goal, which he seeks to accomplish via his army of robots.
  • Taking You with Me: In the last episode of the first toku he tries a last attempt at destroying Kikaider by causing the self destruction of DARK's HQ. Needless to say it didn't work.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end of the first toku.
    • also at the end of the last 01 OVA when he yells at Kikaider to stop.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: After his death, his brain gets put into Hakaider.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem sacrificing kids if they get in the way.

    Destructoids 

Dark's Destructoids

Evil robots designed by Dr. Komyoji under Professor Gill's oversight, used to fight Kikaider or commit other evil actions.
  • Starter Villain: Gray Rhino King is the first opponent Kikaider faces in both anime, manga and toku.
  • Theme Naming: Their names are a combination of their Animal Motif and a color.
  • The Worf Effect: Silver Tortoise's introduction in episode 14 of the toku involves him defeating reconstructed versions of all the previous destructoids.

    Hakaider Squad 

Voiced by: Shōzō Iizuka (Gill-Hakaider), Teiji Omiya (Red Hakaider), Setsuo Wakui/Eisuke Yoda (Blue Hakaider), Takeshi Watabe (Silver Hakaider)

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Logo of Hakaider Squad
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The Hakaider Squad
A group of four Hakaiders out to capture a boy named Akira, who is the son of Professor Gill and contains the blueprints for a Doomsday Device tattooed on his back. They are led by Hakaider and include Red Hakaider, Blue Hakaider and Silver Hakaider. Their leader contains the brain of Professor Gill himself, while the rest held the brains of unnamed DARK scientists who survived the destruction of the organization.
  • Co-Dragons: To Gill-Hakaider.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The three members besides Gill-Hakaider are all associated with different colors.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After the other three were destroyed, Gill-Hakaider wound up having to join DARK and serve Big Shadow.
  • Elite Four: There's four of them and they're all powerful robot warriors.
  • Evil vs. Evil: After SHADOW emerges also seeking to capture Akira, the Hakaider Squad ends up fighting both them and Ichiro, leading to a brief Mêlée à Trois.
  • Fusion Dance: Are capable of merging together to form the giant robot Gattaider.
  • Mooks: They're capable of summoning robots called Androbots to serve as their grunt force.
  • One-Winged Angel: Each them is capable of assuming a different monster form. They later become a collective One-Winged Angel when they do a Fusion Dance to become Gattaider.
  • Putting on the Reich: "Hail Hakaider!" complete with a Nazi salute.
  • The Remnant: They're all DARK scientists who survived the organization's destruction, still pursuing an agenda to Take Over the World.
  • Satellite Character: The other three Hakaiders don't get much characterization outside of being Hakaider's minions.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Hakaider Base, which seems to get destroyed each episode, leading them to have to construct a new one.

SHADOW

A mysterious criminal organization also seeking to capture Akira and complete the Giant Devil robot. They at first clash with Hakaider Squad, but after the Squad is destroyed they rebuild Hakaider and make him join them.

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  • Composite Character: They were effectively merged with DARK in the OVA and are even alternatively referred to as "DARK" at several points.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Created Bijinder, only for her to defect from them and join 01 in fighting them.
  • Dark Is Evil: While not as on the nose as "DARK", the name "SHADOW" should be a good indicator of their allegiance.
  • Meet the New Boss: Hmm, a shadowy organization that uses Killer Robots and has a darkness-related name? Sounds a lot like DARK!
  • Mooks: The Shadowmen, SHADOW's own android footsoldiers.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Even more nebulous than DARK. Their main goal is just to exterminate Japan's population so they can take it over.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: They seem to have a preference for this color scheme, as a majority of their members having red and black as their dominant colors.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: SHADOW has quite the lineup of villains under it.

    Big Shadow 

Big Shadow

Voiced by: Minoru Midorikawa (9-19), Portrayed by: Nobuo Yana (20-46)

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The mysterious leader of SHADOW.
  • Adapted Out: Doesn't appear at all in the OVA, with Gill-Hakaider instead being made the leader of both the Hakaider Squad and SHADOW.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Orders Hakaider to kill all the dogs near SHADOW's base because Waruder is scared of dogs.
  • Big Bad: Of the toku version of Kikaider 01, after he demotes Gill-Hakaider to Dragon.
  • Dark Is Evil: What would you expect from someone named Big Shadow.
  • Eviler Than Thou: It's not long after his introduction that he supplants Gill-Hakaider as the Big Bad and kowtows him into working for him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He dies in the explosion caused by a bomb Prof. Komyoji implanted in the robot-repairing machine he forced the professor to build.
  • Kill All Humans: His goal is to destroy the population of Japan or at least reduce it so SHADOW can swoop in and take over.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood over his head shaped like the SHADOW logo.
  • Large and in Charge: Befitting his name, Big Shadow communicates with his subordinates via a massive TV screen displaying his hulking silhouette. Subverted later when his true form is revealed to be normal sized.
  • Large Ham
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His preferred method for dealing with anyone who gets in SHADOW's way is to kill them. In fact, a good number of his plans seem to be to kill as many people of possible.
  • No One Sees the Boss: Doesn't actually physically appear until episode 20, instead communicating with his subordinates via audio a la the Great Leader.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Despite his mystical abilities, he never actually confronts the androids himself. He gets even worse after Zadam arrives, as at that point he takes a backseat and lets Zadam be the one to do all of the planning.
  • The Unfought: Ichiro never gets a proper confrontation with him and instead he's taken out by a bomb Professor Komyoji planted in the robot, though the androids do play a role in setting it off.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Wants Akira and Hiroshi for the plans on their backs, but doesn't care about them at all and orders them executed once he's got what he wanted.

    Shadow Knight 

Shadow Knight

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A robot who serves as the main field agent of SHADOW, and Big Shadow's second-in-command.
  • Black Knight: His black, knight-like armor invokes this. He also wields a Cool Sword.
  • Cyber Cyclops: His head is comprised almost entirely of his mechanical, but oddly organic-looking eye.
  • The Dragon: To Big Shadow in the toku and to Gill in the OVA. Either way he's the second-in-command of SHADOW.
    • Co-Dragons: Once Gill-Hakaider joined he wound up having to share the position with him. And then with Zadam when he joined.
  • Large Ham
  • Large and in Charge: The anime scales him up along with making him the acting leader of SHADOW when Gill isn't around.
  • Master of Disguise: In the toku, he was capable of assuming various human disguises.
  • The Rival: To Gill-Hakaider in the toku, as they both seek to have the glory of defeating Kikaider 01.

    Zadam 

Zadam

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A SHADOW agent called in from their moon base to assist in their operation to conquer Japan.
  • Big Red Devil: With two heads no less!
  • Conjoined Twins: Zadam appears as two androids fused together. They separate in the finale of the toku.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's just a one shot SHADOW monster mook in the OVA who doesn't even make it past the first 10 minutes of the episode he appears in.
  • The Dividual: Despite being two androids fused together, Zadam is effectively one character.
  • Evil Genius: After his arrival, he becomes the one who formulates most of SHADOW's schemes and creates many of their Deathbots and other inventions.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His scheme with Bijinder involved using her to gain 01's trust, then torturing her so 01 would be tempted to rescue her and trick him into inadvertently activating the miniature H-bomb he placed inside her body.
  • Sixth Ranger: Arrives from SHADOW's moon around halfway through and quickly becomes Big Shadow's new Number Two.
  • Voice of the Legion: His two heads speak as though they are one.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Because he was created on the moon, being exposed to direct sunlight for too long weakens him.

    Waruder 

Waruder

Voiced by: Takeshi Watabe

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Waruder
A robot samurai hired on by SHADOW to fight 01. Likes children but is afraid of dogs.
  • Adapted Out: Also doesn't appear in the OVA,
  • Alas, Poor Villain: His death is pitied by both Mari and Ichiro, who mourn the fact that he served a group like SHADOW instead of fighting on the side of good.
  • Blood Knight: Joins up with SHADOW mainly to get a good fight with 01.
  • The Brute: Brought on by SHADOW as extra muscle to deal with 01.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Zig-zagged. Waruder is fully aware he's a bad guy, being an amoral assassin, but doesn't take any pride in it at all and sees it more as a duty than anything else.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Objects to some of SHADOW's more underhanded and distasteful actions, liking harming children or trying to kill Kikaider in a way that isn't a fair fight.
  • Friend to All Children: Kids are the only humans he likes.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He's an assassin working for SHADOW, but at the same time has a code of honor, wants a fair fight with 01 and refuses to harm people who can't fight back.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Along with Bijinder he's one of the most iconic things to come out of 01.
  • Ironic Name: A Noble Demon of a Punch-Clock Villain who's name is literally Bad/Evilder
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Or "loved makes you confused" in his case. His feelings to Mari and jealousy of her closeness with 01 eventually lead him to become more brash and do things in violation of his code of honor, like attacking 01 while he's injured.
  • Noble Demon: He hates fighting dirty and refuses to harm children.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a robot samurai assassin.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not all that evil outside of his job as a robot assassin.
  • Samurai: A robot samurai no less, and follows a similar code to the original ones.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the original Saburo/Hakaider from Android Kikaider. He's a robot warrior who shares an enthusiasm in fighting 01 that's similar to Saburo's obsession with battling Kikaider. He also, like Saburo, is an Anti-Villain who refuses to harm innocents or children.
  • Token Good Teammate: For SHADOW. He's the only member with some morals and even aids Bijinder and 01 at several points when he feels SHADOW has crossed a line.
  • Villainous Crush: He develops an attraction towards Bijinder later on, something that he doesn't fully grasp.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His fear of dogs, which is actually a plot point in his debut episode.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees 01 as this.

    Deathbots 

SHADOW's Deathbots

Robot monsters who serve as the commanders of SHADOW's forces.

Jesus Town

    In General 
  • Crapsaccharine World: While it may not seem so bad on the outside, entering the walls of Jesus Town is enough to see that something is very wrong. The masses all live in poverty, are ruled over by a quasi-religious Evil Overlord and kept in line by Mind Control chips implanted in their heads.
  • Light Is Not Good: Coupled with the above, everything throughout the city is designed to give off a bright, heavenly appearance.
  • Mooks: The city is patrolled by a number of white-armored Faceless Goons who act as its military-police force.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Called Jesus Town and styled as a utopia, when in fact it's a dictatorship that brainwashes its people into subservience.
  • Propaganda Machine: TV screens are placed throughout the city all for the sole purpose of broadcasting Gurjev's speeches.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The name "Jesus Town" is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Skeleton Government: The most we see of Jesus Town's government is Gurjev, Michael and their dozens and dozens of Mooks. Jesus Town is mentioned to have a parliament but nothing of it is really shown.

    Kaoru 

Kaoru

Portrayed by: Mai Hoshio

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Kaoru
A member of La Résistance against Gurjev who befriends Ryo/Hakaider.
  • Deuteragonist: She's the main human character in the film, serving as the face of the resistance and the one who carries the plot when Hakaider isn't on screen.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Hakaider seemingly dies, she starts wandering through the streets of Jesus Town, shouting at the civilians and blaming them for his death. Luckily, Hakaider soon shows up alive.
  • La Résistance: Is a part of one that seeks to overthrow Gurjev and free the people of Jesus Town from his control.
  • Love Interest: Develops a romantic interest in Hakaider, viewing him as the Knight in Shining Armor she saw in her dreams who would come to rescue her from Gurjev. Hakaider seemingly reciprocates towards the end, only for her to pass away soon after.
  • Nice Girl: Is quick to befriend Ryo after encountering him and acts friendly to him all throughout.
  • She's Got Legs: Wears a thin pair of shorts that leave full view of her leg area.
  • Sole Survivor: Subverted. She seemingly escapes from Michael unharmed and reunites with Hakaider, only to pass away from her injures after taking him to her "secret spot", the last oasis in Jesus Twon.
  • Token Good Teammate: Kaoru is the only member of the resistance who's truly selfless in seeking to free everyone, while her companions, though not evil, mostly just want to overthrow Gurjev so they can do whatever they want.

    Gurjev 

Gurjev

Portrayed by: Yasuaki Honda

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Gurjev
The Seraphim-like ruler of Jesus Town, who seeks to create a utopia by using Mind Control to suppress his people's emotions and turn them into his obedient followers.
  • A God Am I: He styles himself after an angel, yet clearly sees himself as a god and his ideal world is one where everyone reveres him as such.
  • All There in the Manual: While his background is left mysterious in the film, supplementary materials reveal he is actually a former DARK scientist and follower of Professor Gill.
  • Back from the Dead: In the video game sequel, he gets rebuilt as Blue Hakaider.
  • Big Bad: Of Mechanical Violator Hakaider. He's the ruler of Jesus Town and Hakaider's nemesis throughout the film.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In stark contrast to the Gorn throughout the film no blood squirts out from Gurjev when Hakaider jams his arm into Gurjev's chest, possibly as a sign of how inhuman Gurjev has become.
  • Canon Character All Along: A bit of a strange example, but the video game sequel sees him return as Blue Hakaider of all characters.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Professor Gill. Whereas Gill was a Card-Carrying Villain with a dark wardrobe, Gurjev dresses in angelic attire and truly believes he is doing the right thing.
  • Create Your Own Hero: He built Hakaider originally, but disposed of him after he developed a sense of free will.
  • Dark Messiah: He clearly styles himself a holy man and refers to his people as his "children", claiming to want peace and prosperity for them.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Gurjev could be the poster boy for this trope. In every scene he's in he's perfectly calm and polite to an uncanny and almost inhuman degree, even as he's ordering the lobotomization of dissenters against his rule. He's composure starts to slip when he's faced by Hakaider at the end, though only partway.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Say what you will about Gurjev's ruling methods, his society is shown to accept people from all races, sexes and creeds, with his oppression being evenly distributed between them.
  • Emperor Scientist: Gurjev is both the ruler of Jesus Town and knowledgeable in the field of robotics, having created both Hakaider and Michael.
  • Knight Templar: Gurjev wants peace, he really does. It's just that his method of achieving it is to lobotimize his citizens with Mind Control chips that remove all their emotions and turn them into his obedient followers.
  • The Generalissimo: The post-apocalyptic equivalent of one, ruling over a futuristic settlement with an iron fist.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He's ultimately slain by the very robot he created.
  • Light Is Not Good: Projects the image of a savior, wears a suit styled after a seraphim and has a handsome, angelic face, yet at the same time he's a brutal dictator seeking to enforce order through any means necessary.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Never actually fights Hakaider himself, instead relying on Michael to do most of his dirty work.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: For all his talk of wanting to create a utopia, it's clear Gurjev is concerned most of all with wanting to stay on top and he later admits his ideal is simply for everyone to bow down before him.
  • Not Worth Killing: Hakaider says these exact words to him after destroying Michael before turning away. Despite this, Gurjev doesn't take the hint and tries one last time to attack him while his back is turned, leading to his demise.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Seems to believe in this, given how his ideal utopia is one where everyone's free will is overwritten by Mind Control.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Does everything he does in the name of creating a peaceful utopia without any violence...because everyone's emotions have been suppressed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His calm demeanor noticeably slips when Hakaider faces him at the end, with his speech becoming ever so slightly more frantic.

    Michael 

Michael

Portrayed by: Kazuhiko Inoue

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Michael
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Gurjev's Killer Robot enforcer.
  • A Father to His Men: Subverted. At one point he's seen closing the eyes of one of his soldiers who just died. However, when he sees an injured soldier who survived he shoots and kills him, deeming him a failure for not dying in battle like the rest of his men.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original Kikaider was a hero dedicated to protecting the innocent. This Kikaider is the reprogrammed enforcer of a Dark Messiah who has no compunction with butchering people on his master's command.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's far stronger than the Mooks he commands. When Hakaider - who killed dozens of them with little effort all throughout the movie - finally confronts him, he very nearly gets killed by Michael and only manages to defeat him by catching him off guard with his arm cannon.
  • The Brute: His main function is to serve as Gurjev's muscle and kick the ass of whoever Gurjev doesn't like.
  • Canon Character All Along: After he's defeated it's implied that Michael is really Kikaider, having presumably been captured and modified by Gurjev to enforce his own twisted belief of justice on Jesus Town.
  • Decomposite Character: Though Hakaider is The Protagonist of the film, Michael also bears a few similar traits to the original Hakaider, Saburo, being the Superior Successor of a prototype Killer Robot who rebelled. Made all the more ironic by the similarities in backstory between movie Hakaider and the original Kikaider.
  • The Dragon: He's Gurjev's right-hand man and the head of his security forces.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Gurjev is no slouch, but he's an administrator rather than a fighter and thus its Michael who carries out things like crushing dissenters.
  • Evil Counterpart: Given that he was built to be his Superior Successor, he's almost a Made all the more
  • Foil: To the film's version of Hakaider. Hakaider is a '90s Anti-Hero with a dark color scheme, while Michael is a Knight Templar with a light one. Hakaider believes in freedom over forced peace, Michael believes the opposite.
  • Killer Robot: He's Gurjev's robot assassin, created to kill anyone who defies his utopia.
  • Knight Templar: He's just as committed to enforcing Gurjev's vision of "peace" as Gurjev is.
  • Light Is Not Good: Has a white and silver color scheme, and is a ruthless enforcer of "justice".
  • Meaningful Name: Named "Michael" after Archangel Michael, the angel who led the armies of Heaven against Satan's Legions of Hell.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He leads the Heavy Armored Soldiers of Jesus Town in keeping order.
  • Off with His Head!: How Hakaider defeats him. He knocks it off again after Michael becomes Michael Tank.
  • One-Winged Angel: After being defeated by Hakaider, his head is placed on Gurjev's Death Angel weapon to continue fighting against Hakaider.
  • Superior Successor: Was built as the successor to Hakaider after Gurjev deemed him a failure. As a result he proves much stronger than Hakaider when the two encounter each other, and Hakaider only triumphs over him through some quick thinking.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: While he's named after the Archangel Michael, to a western viewer the name "Michael" might sound a bit odd for a Killer Robot without context.

    Heavy Armored Soldiers 

Heavy Armored Soldiers

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Heavy Armored Soldiers
The military police of Gurjev's regime in Jesus Town.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's unclear whether they're humans, robots or something in between. It doesn't help that some soldiers are shown shedding blood, while others seem to have mechanical wiring beneath their armor.
  • Doom Troops: Of a different, almost Inverted sort than most. These white-armored, seemingly inhuman Faceless Goons give off a very uncanny feel while marching together.
  • Faceless Goons: They all wear face-concealing visors.
  • Light Is Not Good: They all have a white color scheme, yet are enforcers for an evil dictatorship.
  • Mooks: They're Gurjev's main grunt fighting force.
  • Mook Lieutenant: A mook with a modified set of armor is shown leading larger squads of them.

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