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Space Channel 5 has a wide variety of characters, each with their own past that effects their future.

Be warned, there will be spoilers for the game's events!


Heroes

Ulala

Voice Actors: Apollo Smile (English), "Herself" (Japanese)

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Ulala is the main protagonist of the Space Channel 5 series. She is Space Channel 5's star reporter and a huge hit with the galaxy audience. She is also an excellent dancer and one of gaming's most recognizable female characters.

At the age of 12, Ulala was the sole survivor of a spaceship accident. She was rescued from the brink of the galaxy by a Space Channel 5 reporter, and the rescue inspired Ulala to become a reporter for the station that saved her life. The reporter that saved Ulala soon left Channel 5 however, and she never got to thank him for saving her. Eight years later, Ulala soon got to work with the station. However, it wasn't until another two years that she got her big break as a space reporter, during the Morolian Invasion in the first Space Channel 5.

Ulala is often portrayed as confident; often heading into danger without showing the slight trace of fear.In Part 2 however, Ulala seems to have taken a less confident stance against the Rhythm Rogues. She often exclaims shock at some of the drama in the game, such as when people are taken hostage. In the original, she stated these developments calmly and professionally. However, Ulala still retains plenty of her confidence from the prequel.

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Ulala is confident and ready to meet any challenge, but also uniquely human, excitable and dramatic, and never without the help of friends and fans alike as a result.

Tropes:

  • Action Girl: Despite being just a reporter, Ulala is capable of some incredible physical feats and is a very sharp shooter.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Almost all of her outfits expose her midriff, with the Gogosuit and the Flowersuit being some of the few exceptions.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Part 1 during report 4, Ulala can breathe in space without the use of a helmet.
  • Big "NO!": Ulala does this when Fuse is shot by Purge and sent to his doom.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Subverted, "chu" is just the onomatopoeia for a kiss, which must be said in order to fire the Chu Beam. The name of Ulala's weapon, which also doubles as the name of her attack, is actually Tension Blaster.
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  • Came Back Strong: She is blasted by Purge in report 6, but comes back from the brink of death with the help of her allies and manages to turn the tide of the battle.
  • Catchphrase: "Stay Tuned!"
  • Celibate Hero: When it comes to romantic relationships, Ulala either dismisses the idea or is oblivious to the person wanting to start a relationship with her. She's more focused on finding the person who saved her 10 years ago.
  • Dance Battler: A given, considering that most conflicts in her universe are solved through dance competitions. Taken even further in that her ray gun is only functional as long as she is dancing.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Most of her heroic feats are the direct result of her running towards danger to find a scoop out of it.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In both games, Ulala is cornered by the main antagonist and only manages to come out victorious thanks to all her friends, rivals and fans banding together to cheer for her.
  • Guns Akimbo: When it comes to shooting segments, Ulala uses her holstered gun and then also transforms her microphone into a second gun.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: In a game that revolves around rhythm and dancing, focus on this is a given.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: While never officially announced by Sega themselves, there's been a lot of speculation that Ulala was voiced by Nahoko Nezu, the female choreographer/motion capture for the game. Ulala and Nezu also share the same birthday and age (when the game first came out).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Apollo Smile, her voice actress in the english release, is a professional dancer and choreographer. She was also a singer for a time, releasing several albums during the early 90s. And wore pigtails for the longest time.
  • Large Ham: Seeing as it's a cheesy game, this is a given.
  • Magic Dance: Her dancing moves literally provide fuel for her spaceship and powers up her guns.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Sega's most prominent example. Her revealing outfits and dancing style are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Musical Assassin: She dispatches the villains of both games with a Wave Motion Gun empowered by the singing of all her allies.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her appearance (and, to a lesser extent, personality) is based off of Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite, who thought the resemblance was so close that she sued SEGA for intellectual property! Ironically, Ulala later joins Amigo in the Wii version of Samba de Amigo to perform Deee-Lite's "Groove Is In the Heart".
  • Parental Abandonment: She is the only survivor of a spaceship accident that claimed her parents' lives.
  • Recurring Character: SEGA utterly adores her, and as a result she's shown up in more cameo roles than she's had her own games! She currently has appeared in every SEGA Superstars game, Sonic Riders, SEGA Splash Golf, Samba de Amigo, has had costumes based on her appear in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA and Virtua Fighter 5 and even appeared in Project X Zone over the likes of Sonic!
  • Theme Music Power-Up: A remix of "Mexican Flier" kicks up in both games as she makes her comeback against the final boss.

Jaguar

Voice Actors: Jeff Kramer/Tom Clarke Hill (English), Show Hayami (Japanese)

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Calling himself "The Voice of Truth", Jaguar is a mysterious man who abandoned mainstream reporting so he could reveal secrets to the galaxy instead of just struggling with ratings. He's the captain of the Space Pirate Broadcasting Station, and commands the Rougeship-A-Go-Go. When the Morolians invade, he clashes with Ulala a few times as he believes she's interfering with the investigation, but they later team up to fight the aliens and Blank. It's later revealed that Jaguar used to work for Space Channel 5, and is actually the reporter who saved Ulala's life.

In the second game, he is captured in the prologue, so his whereabouts are unknown. He was really brainwashed by Purge and became Shadow, but is freed by Ulala.

Tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: He only treats Ulala as an adversary because he wants to report the truth. It turns out he actually left Space Channel 5 because he disagreed with Blank.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: A weird case. When Ulala fights him in the asteroid belt during level 3, he's wearing a helmet. When he fights alongside Ulala and Pudding during level 4, he isn't.
  • Brainwashed: By Purge in Part 2, to become his loyal servant Shadow.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Ulala out-dances and out-shoots him, but he comes back to help her take on Morolian Monroe and they become allies.
  • Distressed Dude: He is kidnapped at the start of the second game and is only saved in the penultimate level.
  • The Dragon: He's made commander of the Rhythm Rogues under Purge's control.
  • He Knows Too Much: The prologue of the second game shows us that Jaguar's habit of conducting undercover investigations came to bite him in the ass.
  • Interface Spoiler: His familiar battle pose makes figuring out Shadow's identity easy from the start. If that's not enough, Shadow repeats the moves Jaguar used against Ulala when they face off.
  • Large Ham: "My name is..." "~JAGUARRR~!"
  • Mysterious Protector: He was one to Ulala, but it's not made clear until the end of the first game.
  • Older Than They Look: While Jaguar doesn't look much older than Ulala, he's actually 35.
  • Something About a Rose: He doesn't carry one in-game, but examining his profile in Part 2 unlocks a rose accessory for Ulala, and the item description implies it was a gift.

Pudding

Voice Actors: Sumalee Montano/Larissa Murray (English), Kae Iida (Japanese)

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Pudding is the reporter for Space Channel 42. Formerly a teen singing sensation, she's not at all happy when Ulala starts muscling in on her spotlight and has to be dispatched with a dance-off.

When the Morolians invade in the first game, she's beaten to the scoop by Ulala and becomes her ally after being rescued from a tight spot. Later, when the Rhythm Rouges try taking over, she returns, now with skills on the electric guitar.

Tropes:

  • Alpha Bitch: She had two nose jobs before she was out of high school and treats Ulala with nothing but disdain.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the second game.
  • Catchphrase: "It's me, Pudding!" (Or "Pudding desu!" in Japanese.)
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Ulala wipes the floor with her pretty early in each game, but she's always there to back her up in the climax.
  • Distressed Damsel: In the first game, she rushes ahead of Ulala to investigate the Morolians' secret hideout and promptly gets hit with a dancing beam.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a split-second appearance in the beginning of some levels.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While never really getting over their rivalry, Pudding is far more friendly to Ulala in the sequel.
  • Idol Singer: Before her career went south and she was reduced to doing the news on Channel 42. Her pink-haired Mooks are all that remain of her fanbase.
  • No Sense of Direction: In one of the short dramas on the Moji Moji Remix album, Pudding keeps getting lost during a taxi ride.
  • The Power of Rock: She does more guitar-playing than dancing in Part 2. Apparently she fired Rocka Billy.
  • The Rival: Although at first, Ulala has no clue who she is and later treats her as more of a nuisance.

Pine

Voice Actors: Toni Barry (English), Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese)

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The chief of the Sexy Space Police, Eastern Venus sector. Making her debut in Part 2, Pine was tasked with rescuing President Peace from the Rhythm Rogues, but failed to keep Ulala off the scene. Later, she manages to find Purge's hideout and sends out a distress signal to get backup.

Tropes:

  • Action Girl: One of the series' biggest. Ulala is just a reporter, while Pine is a cop herself. She is the one who gathers the heroes and guides them to the Rhythm Rogues' base after they wreck Space Channel 5's station.
  • A Father to His Men: Her backup singers think of her as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Backup Twin: Her identical sister, Texas, takes her place in Extra Mode.
  • Cool Starship: Pine has a gigantic ship called The Playgirl.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: She is the main adversary in the second game's third level, but returns as an ally in time to go after the Rhythm Rogues.
  • Distress Call: "This is Pine. I need your help; please respond!"
  • Expository Theme Tune: "People call me Pine~" "PINE!"
  • Fair Cop: Much like every other female character in this franchise, Pine is fairly attractive, and a law enforcer.
  • Inspector Javert: At first, she's willing to resort to bombs, lasers, and drums to stop Ulala from getting in the way of the law.
  • Space Police: Name-dropped word for word by Pine during the third mission when she introduces herself to the player.
  • The Power of Rock: Everyone in the sequel fights with a musical instrument. Pine's instrument of choice are her drums.

Fuse

Voice Actors: David Nowlin/Kerry Shale (English), Takashi Thomas Yuda (Japanese)

Ulala's director, who is determined to save their failing report show. He won't hesitate to berate Ulala for her mistakes, but she can quickly earn his enthusiasm by performing well. For unknown reasons, he never sets foot off his Astrobeat Ship; apparently, only Noize has ever seen him in person.

He serves a relatively minor role outside of narration. At the end of the first game, he's used as a human(?) shield by Giant Evila. In the sequel, while helping Ulala battle Purge, he protects her from a laser and is apparently lost with the space station, only to turn up unharmed before the credits.

Tropes

  • Wave Motion Gun: Fuse's ship can fire a huge blast of dance energy if there's enough power, and if the player can hit those last three chus.

Noize

Voice Actors: Alan Marriot (English), Ken Okazaki (Japanese)

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Ulala's dependable co-worker in Space Channel 5 Part 2. He works directly under Fuse and it is speculated, although not confirmed, that he is the only person to have seen the mysterious director.

Noize is a whiz-kid when it comes to inventing. He helps out on repairs to the broadcasting shuttle and creates new types of microphones for Ulala to use in her reports. The Channel 5 technical development chief headhunted and found him due to his skills in technology. In his free time, Noize likes to mix music.

He helps out Ulala a lot during the events of Part 2, even becoming her boss when Fuse dies.

Tropes

Space Michael

Voice Actor: Michael Jackson (All reigons)

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Space Michael is one of the galaxy's most famous musicians & heroes, and a former news reporter for Star News Station, which is ironic, considering who he is. While his dance energy isn't powerful as Space President Peace's singing powers, it can still transcend time and space, and he's saved earth from aliens with it at least once 500 years before the events of the game took place.

In the first game, he's hypnotized by the Morolians and has to be rescued by Ulala. In the second game, after Blank was almost literally kicked out of Space Channel 5 in the first, he becomes the station's CEO. Midway through the game, he's caught by surprise by Purge and Shadow when they attack Channel 5 headquarters, and is held captive once again. After Ulala frees him once again, he takes a more active role in the game, directly battling Purge with his singing in Channel 5 HQ, and getting revenge on Shadow and the Dark Rhythm Robots in Purge's Mystery Zone.

Michael's appearance in Part 2 was the King of Pop's final video game appearance before his death in 2009.

Tropes

  • The Ace: His dance energy isn't as strong as President Peace's power of song, but he's still one of the most powerful dancers in the galaxy, and is able to transcend time and space with his skills.
  • Adaptational Badass: Though it's not the first time he was shown kicking ass in a video game.
  • All There in the Manual: In a Japan-only strategy guide, Michael was stated to be a reporter for Star News Station in Part 1, before becoming Space Channel 5's CEO.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: He's caught in the middle of Purge's invasion of Channel 5 Studios and gets captured. Ulala eventually busts him loose, but he's unable to save the station from imploding once Purge destroys its energy core.
  • As Himself: Essentially, as he's still Michael Jackson, but immortal and in space.
  • Badass Grandpa: Well over 500 years old, and can still kick the asses of unruly aliens and mad scientists with his dance moves.
  • Badass in Charge: As of Part 2, he's the CEO of Space Channel 5, but it doesn't stop him from getting involved in the action if necessary.
  • Badass in Distress: Though capable of fighting enemies on his own, Michael is prone to getting caught by surprise. He was caught by the Morolians in the first game, and ambushed by Purge and Shadow in the second. The second time, he's able to get a distress message out to Ulala before he's captured.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's practically Jesus compared to Blank and, to a much lesser extent, Fuse.
  • Canon Welding: His bio in the first game implies Moonwalker is in the same continuity, though his "dance magic" is now known as "dance energy".
  • Glass Cannon: While he's got incredible powers at his disposal, he also seems to be easy to take down when fought alone, seeing as he's ended up captured in both games.
  • Hero of Another Story: Downplayed. Michael was working for Star News Station in the first game, and was also investigating the Morolian invasion offscreen. He has no interaction with the rest of the cast prior to his rescue battle, though his presence in Channel 5 HQ suggests he also figured out where the brainwashing signal was coming from, but got caught before finding it.
  • Homage: The battle where you have to save him in Part 2 uses choreography from several of his music videos, most notably "Thriller", "Beat It" and "Smooth Criminal".
  • Immortality: He's The Ageless, though whether or not this is due to his powers is unclear.
  • Irony: As a man who spent many, many years being harassed by reporters, he not only became one himself, but also became the CEO of Space Channel 5.
  • Magical Incantation: In addition to dancing, he can use his singing to battle enemies.
  • Moonwalk Dance: Wouldn't be MJ without it. He doesn't moonwalk during battle, unfortunately.
  • Musical Assassin: And one of the most powerful ones in the whole Milky Way, too.
  • Promoted to Playable: After only having a small cameo in the first game, Space Michael is playable in Reports 4 and 5 of Part 2.
  • The Red Mage: As seen in Part 2 and parallel to the real deal, while his dance power is his greatest strength, he can also sing with enough power to combat a mech that's been souped up by President Peace's immense power of song.
  • Supporting Leader: Ulala is technically his Lancer, and the player briefly gets control of him in some missions, but doesn't quite qualify as a Deuteragonist.
  • Verbal Tic: Aside from his famous "Woo!", he has the habit of pronouncing Ulala's name as "You-la-la".

Villains

Chief Blank

Voice Actors: Gary Martinez (English), Kenji Utsumi (Japanese)

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The CEO of Space Channel 5 and instigator of the Morolian invasion. Cornered by low ratings, he sent Ulala out to make her debut by reporting on the alien dance craze, not realizing she would discover the brainwashing apparatus and trace it back to him. At the end of the game, he is defeated by Ulala and sent flying off in the remnants of his Giant Mecha.

In Part 2, he's been replaced by Space Michael, but appears in Extra Mode as a backup dancer. Not all fans were happy.

Tropes

Evila

Voice Actors: Unknown

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A robotic clone of Ulala designed by Blank. Dubbed the "Ultimate Reporter", she was intended to be Channel 5's ticket to universe-wide superstardom. However, she's unable to stop Ulala from dancing her way through the broadcasting station and reaching Blank.

When Part 2 rolls around, she's been reprogrammed and mass-produced as a security bot for the broadcasting station.

Tropes

  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Subverted at first. Blank made just one clone of Ulala and supply her with backup dancers, making Evila a more dangerous foe than the Morolian hordes. Ulala's still able to outdance her. Played straight when she turns good, and four of them only play second-fiddle to Ulala.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: She and all the other bosses go dancing off with Ulala in the end. In the sequel, her model is mass produced to act as security droids for Space Channel 5.
  • Evil Knockoff: Evila was created to have all the skills of Ulala, but be unable to refuse Blank's orders.
  • Good Costume Switch: When re-purposed as security droids, her outfit is changed to more closely match Ulala's original orange outfit.
  • Kill and Replace: Designed by Blank to do this to Ulala.
  • Machine Monotone: Evila speaks in a slow, almost bored monotone, emotionlessly proclaiming herself to be the ultimate reporter.
  • Robot Me: Her design is deliberately based on Ulala in the first game.
  • Panty Shot: The entire fight is spent giving her the perfect camera angle to this. Not to mention her split "down" and kick "right" moves.

Purge

Voice Actors: Eric Myers (English), Akira Ishida (Japanese)

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The big daddy-o Ulala faces in Part 2; leader of the Rhythm Rogues, Purge deploys his robots to abduct people from all over the galaxy with the intent of harnessing their groove energy. Doing so will allow him to complete his superweapon, the Ballistic Groove Gun, and hypnotize the entire universe into dancing with him.

His backstory is a little more complicated. When he was very young (as in 9 years old), he was successful in the field of wave mechanics.The social status and economic power was sufficient enough for him to live on his own.

Eventually, he started to believe that “This galaxy is at the mercy of petty worries”, “People are unhappy and stupid in the galaxy”, and “I’ll lead you to paradise at the hands of my good karma.” With that belief, he decided to make all the galaxies dance.

Unfortunately for Ulala, Purge is much more serious than her previous enemies: wreaking havoc with his dancing robots, kidnapping the President, and even blowing up the Space Channel 5 station. While he can also harness mysterious dance powers, his inability to understand love or friendship proves to be his undoing, and Ulala uses the power of the people he abducted to defeat him.

Did we mention that he's the best dancer in the universe? Needless to say, Ulala's got her work cut out for her.

Tropes

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Purge is an extra-campy Teen Genius in a world already full of weird people. He wears a giant labcoat, funny goggles, and won't stop giggling. None of this stops him from deflecting a fully charged laser or nearly electrocuting Ulala to death.
  • Big Bad: He is the only true villain in the sequel. His robots all lack emotions or free will, while Shadow serves him only as a result of brainwashing.
  • Bi the Way: Purge tends to flirt with Ulala a few times, and Word of God confirms that he has a crush on Shadow at times.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Purge may hide behind his robots for most of the game, but once Ulala destroys them and leaves him on his own? He reveals that he's tougher than he looks, even with a purple disco suit on. You won't be laughing when he becomes a 50 foot tall god of dance and kills you.
  • Boss Subtitles: Super Duper Suit: Purge the Great.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Puts giant, stylized Ps on pretty much everything he builds.
  • Camp Straight: Purge loves to pelvic-thrust and looks fabulous in purple. None of this stops him from hitting on Ulala a few times.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice. First, the huge crowd he assembles to power his laser ends up giving Ulala a boost through The Power of Friendship. They then deflect his final attack, and turn his own laser back on him.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: His "Purge the King" suit completely outmatches Ulala both in firepower and in the ability to gather dance energy. She is forced to dodge his attacks, but can only do so for so long and is shocked into unconsciousness.
  • Insufferable Genius: His theme song is even called Genius Purge. "I amaze myself!"
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: In this case, being alone for 9 years and having delusions that you're the reborn messiah and believing that you have to dance in order to make the galaxy happy.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: In official art they're always purple. However his eyes can be purple, pink, tan and sometimes purple AND pink.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: When Ulala is challenged by Purge the Great, there's dramatic music playing while she dodges his attacks. However, near the end of the fight the music is slowly turning into white noise, and eventually stops altogether. This gives Purge the Great the chance to catch Ulala off guard and fatally wound her.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Purge knows nothing about friendship, love, or empathy. With the exception of Shadow, his entire dance troupe is composed of robots.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Purge's theme is happy sounding, but it's in Japanese Only. When you do find out what the lyrics are to his song... Let's just say you won't be able to listen to it the same way again.
  • Manchild: Not played for laughs. In fact, his childish personality tends to get rather disturbing later on.
  • Mecha-Mooks: His only allies, and Purge churns 'em out in a variety of flavors.
  • Mission from God: His excuse for forcing the entire universe to dance in unison.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Purge's idea of a "game" is first using President Peace as a human shield, and later trying to get Ulala to shoot the brainwashed Jaguar.
  • Sigil Spam: A grey, stylized letter P. Expect to see it on everything Purge either owns or has taken over.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He's already an extremely powerful genius who can bend spacetime, but UGA explains that Purge takes the dance energy that his robots collect into himself, unnaturally powering up. As you progress to new reports, Purge's plans become more and more dangerous, and he goes from being a goofy rogue to having a massive ego trip and eventually killing Ulala and trying to kill himself in one final attack. He seems to have calmed down and gone back to his goofy rogue personality by the drama event on the Moji Moji remix CD...Or at least, he's gone into hiding. And by "calmed down", we mean "he's still up to no good, trying to kidnap the space taxi driver.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: You can't stop Purge from abducting half the galaxy, kidnapping the president, or assembling his Ballistic Groove Gun.
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