Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad character sheet.
The main protagonist of the series. Sam is the lead guitarist of a teen rock band called Team Samurai. In a freak accident with his personal computer, Sam gains the ability to transform into a cybernetic superhero Servo, a guardian tasked with saving the world from the evil digital menace Kilokhan.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his heroism, Sam is not above G-rated sexual deviance.
- Expy: To Spike Witwicky and Optimus Prime from Transformers: Generation 1.
- Finishing Move: Subverted in that Servo has multiple finishing moves all connected to his Grid Power. He can charge up energy and shoot it through the blaster on his left gauntlet, he can generate a crescent-shaped beam with his hands and throw it at the virus, or he charges his power into his feet and jump kick the virus.
- The Hero
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Sam goes through this when he bemoans his slipping grades, lack of time with his band and girlfriend.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
Team Samurai's drummer and the school's best player on the football team. Tanker is eager for a good battle and a good meal. When not fighting, drumming, or eating, he longs to be with Sydney.
- Big Eater: Lack of food will drive him crazy.
- Book Dumb: Tanker isn't by any means stupid, but grades are not one of his priorities.
- The Lancer
- Lovable Jock: One of nicest athletes in school. He only becomes a Jerk Jock where Malcolm is concerned. However, Malcolm deserves whatever Tanker wants to dish out.
- No Last Name Given
- Reluctant Hero: When Sam is unavailable to be Servo, Tanker does not feel up to the task.
- Tank Goodness: His main assist program is the Tracto program, the second one that he piloted.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Sydney
Sydney "Syd" Forrester/Borr
Keyboard player, vocals, and computer genius. The tomboyish Syd is constantly maintaining Servo's programs, keeping Sam in top form.
- Ace Pilot: When in Syberspace.
- Nice Hat: Constantly wearing hats that were in style at the time.
- The Smart Girl
- The Smurfette Principle: The only girl on the team.
- This Is a Drill: Her main weapon as Borr.
- Tomboyish Name
Bass player and a total space case.
- Ace Pilot: When he goes into Syberspace.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Cool Plane
- Genius Ditz: For all his quirks, he's an outstanding bass player (the band was originally hoping to recruit Amp's brother for his talent, only to learn that Amp taught his brother how to play), and an Ace Pilot in Syberspace.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his outlandish non-sequiturs, Amp can be very insightful.
- Put on a Bus: Partway through the show his weirdness is revealed to have been because he was actually an alien visiting Earth who returns to his home planet.
- Teacher/Student Romance: He develops a one-sided crush on a teacher, but nothing of this crush is ever mentioned again.
Lucky London/Vitor II
Amp's replacement with a love for surfing.
North Valley High School characters
Jennifer "Jen" Doyle
Sam's and Malcom's Love Interest.
The principal of North Valley High.
Yolanda "Yoli" Prachert
The principal's daughter, Jen's best friends and the Student Council President.
Mrs. Rimba "Cha Cha" Starkey-Played by: Diana Bellamy
The school lunch lady. She temporarily pilots Drago in "Starkey in Syberspace."
Elizabeth "Liz" Collins
Sam's little sister.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Often spends much of her time trying to annoy her brother and his friends.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While she and Sam may argue, they do care for each other. Best demonstrated in "Money for Nothin' and Bits for Free" where Elizabeth lets Sam have her allowance when he has no money thanks to Malcolm using a virus, and in turn, after she breaks her leg later and needs surgery, Sam reluctantly throws food at Jennifer on Malcolm's orders in order to get enough money from him to pay for it.
- The Voice: She's only always heard talking from upstairs, and is never seen in person.
Charles "High Jump" Johnson
A famous basketball player. He was a temporary pilot of Borr.
The main villain of the show. Kilokhan is a rogue military artificial intelligence hell-bent on ruling the world. He uses his powers to bring Malcolm's drawings to life as Mega Virus Monsters to wreak havoc on the digital world.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Was created by a secret government project, and has become something far worse.
- Bad Ass Baritone: Tim Curry at his best, folks.
- Big Bad: Seeking to take over the world via the digital world
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: His love of non-lethal punishments for Malcolm isn't because he's unwilling, but because Malcolm is too important to his plans to kill. If it ever becomes the case that he's no longer useful, Malcolm suddenly becomes expendable.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Kilokhan has come up with various creative but non-lethal punishments for Malcolm whenever one of his viruses is destroyed. These have ranged from hypnotizing Malcolm to confess that he's been cutting class and getting detention to zapping all of Malcolm's hair off.
- Creative Sterility: Despite his powers, he lacks the creative abilities to design and program viruses. Hence he needs Malcolm to design the viruses for him.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Malcolm tries to treat him as a minion, but Kilokhan makes it clear who's calling the shots, and not only crosses lines Malcolm won't, but is very willing to leave him to the same fate he intends for the rest of humanity when victory seems assured. Tellingly, despite seemingly giving into Malcolm's threats on a few occasions, the one time Malcolm genuinely wanted to stop him (from nuking the world), he was powerless to do so, making it clear Malcolm has zero actual control over Kilokhan. After tricking Malcolm into giving him a huge power up to the point he no longer needs him, Kilokhan instantly shows how little control over the situation Malcolm had.
- Eviler Than Thou: Malcolm likes to think they're equal partners, but Kilokhan makes it clear at several points that Malcolm is nothing but his pawn who he humors the quirks of so long as he's useful to him. Malcolm proving completely powerless to stop Kilokhan from trying to nuke the world also shows Malcolm has no real control over Kilokhan at all. The moment he gets a large enough power up that Malcolm is no longer useful, Kilokhan shows he never gave a darn about him to begin with and intends to kill him.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Overlord: Of the digital world as he always proclaims.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's a villain played by Tim Curry, he couldn't be anything else.
- Expy: Of Megatron and Unicron.
- Fantastic Racism: Refers to all humans as "meat things".
- Manipulative Bastard: Malcolm thinks he's an equal partner, but it becomes obvious at several points Kilokhan is playing him like a fiddle. In the intended finale, he uses the fact they have a rough bead on Servo's location to manipulate Malcolm into tricking the two into setting up a lot more Christmas lights and turning them all on at once to act as sensors to pinpoint it. What Kilokhan doesn't tell him is that doing so will massively power up Kilokhan to the point Malcolm's usefulness has expired, at which point Kilokhan makes it clear Malcolm was never in control.
- Non-Action Big Bad: While very active in terms of planning and having his own goals, he spends most of the series in Malcolm's computer...right up until he personally engages Servo and shows just how lucky Team Samurai is that he's never tried to fight them personally before now. Also justified, as he had no clue where Servo really was and was limited until he tricks Malcolm into giving him a huge power up that removes said limits.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: If Kilokhan had his way, every Mega Virus Monster would be committing mass murder or mass destruction, and it frustrates him that Malcolm is so petty. The moment he finds Servo's location and gets a large enough power up to no longer need Malcolm, he drops the monsters, flies straight to their computer and erases everyone but Sam's mind's as quickly as possible. From that point on, Kilokhan is going straight for the kill. He even wrecks Sam's computer from the inside to prevent any reinforcements from getting through.
- Omnicidal Maniac: While claiming he wants to Take Over the World, after a short stint in Malcolm's body among humans, he gets soured on that idea and decides he'll destroy them instead. While he still tells Malcolm he intends to do the former, it's implied he's lying to him so he'll continue to work with him and several times attempts to destroy literally everything except himself. When Servo calls him out on the fact he'll be all alone if he kills humanity, he replies so long as he exists, he doesn't care.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He puts up with Malcolm's petty vendettas and doesn't kill him because he needs someone to design his monsters, and antisocial, murderous Mad Artists aren't exactly easy to come by. The moment he's strong enough he doesn't need Mega Virus Monsters anymore, Kilokhan wastes no time trying to kill Malcolm.
- Turned Against Their Masters: It's implied his first act upon becoming self-aware was to kill his creators in an 'accident.'
- Verbal Tic: After an Evil Laugh, he will sometimes utter a phrase appropriate to the situation.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: As humorous as the show is, the second episode highly implies he killed the research team that created him by causing an "accident". In one episode he even tries to start an apocalyptic nuclear war. Most of the more silly plans of Malcolm's he only goes along with with the promise that he can use the monster for some real destruction after Malcolm's had his fun.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shows he doesn't give a darn about Malcolm, only his ability to make monsters for him. If he doesn't need those anymore, he'll gladly leave Malcolm to the same fate as the rest of humanity. In the intended finale, once he tricks Malcolm into getting him a huge power up, Malcolm instantly joins Sam on his hit list.
A classmate from Sam's school. Malcolm is a lonely kid who wears black and has artistic talent. When he and Kilokhan form an alliance, Malcolm uses Kilokhan's abilities to bring his monsters to life to make others miserable.
- Adaptational Villainy: Unlike his Japanese counterpart, Malcolm wasn't brainwashed into creating monsters for the Big Bad.
- Bullying a Dragon: He knows Kilokhan is a homicidal computer program who would be very capable of killing him, but still berates, insults, and talks down to him. Justified, as he knows Kilokhan needs him for his plans. Whenever that stops being the case and Kilokhan turns on him, Malcolm is clearly as terrified as one would expect.
- Dirty Coward: So long as he's safe or has the upperhand, he's snarky, belligerent, and confident, but any time Kilokhan proves Eviler Than Thou, that dissolved very quickly.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although Malcolm loves seeing Team Samurai humiliated, and doesn't necessarily care when other people's lives are endangered, but he draws the line at Kilokahn trying to use a virus to activate America's nuclear arsenal to start World War III. When it becomes apparent that Kilokhan won't stop and he's powerless to do anything about it, Malcolm breaks down crying and begging him to stop.
- Evil Is Petty: Much to Kilokhan's chagrin.
- Fatal Flaw: His need to punish slights towards him. Not only does it inhibit the scope of him and Kilokhan's plans, it's the main reason despite Kilokhan betraying him repeatedly he always goes back to him. When Kilokhan is reprogrammed by Sydney to be harmless, Malcolm admits that he needs Kilokhan and ultimately reverses the reprogramming.
- HeelFace Turn: He became this in what was intended to be the Grand Finale. Had the new Gridman series been produced, Malcolm would have become the new Servo, just as his Japanese counterpart was intended to be the new Gridman.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied in several episodes. Particularly the Christmas episode where he believes that Kilokhan wouldn't harm him because they were friends, not realizing that he was just being used as a pawn by the villain.
- Large Ham: Says a lot when the Big Bad voiced by Tim Curry comes off as understated compared to him.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Implied. Malcolm lives in a really big house, his parents aren't even mentioned, and he doesn't seem to be starving despite being unemployed and lacking any human contact outside of school.
- The Rival: He competes for Sam's girlfriend Jennifer.
- Loners Are Freaks: He's often treated as such by the other characters, which gives him some basis for his bitterness.
- Mad Artist: He's not insane, but he's bitter, withdrawn and antisocial. He's also a very talented sketch artist.
- Unwitting Pawn: He isn't as in control of the situation with Kilokhan as he thinks he is, seeing himself as one half of a Big Bad Duumvirate with him. Kilokhan doesn't agree with him. After Kilokhan manipulates him into giving him a huge enough power boost that he no longer needs Mega Virus Monsters to effect the real world, Kilokhan adds Malcolm to his hit list.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Less so than Kilokhan. It becomes horrific when you realize that any 21st-century teen who exhibits the same kind of behavior as Malcolm does is not to be taken lightly.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Kilokhan has Team Samurai at his mercy and Malcolm unknowingly gave him a big enough power boost that he can effect the real world on his own, he no longer needs Malcolm.