The Big Falcon Camp
Kenichi Gou (剛健一 , Gō Kenichi, Steve Armstrong)
- Voiced by: Yukinaga Shiraishi
The team leader of Voltes Team and piloting the Volt Cruiser, forming the robot's head, and the eldest child of the Gō family. As a child, Kenichi used to be an adventurous child, but after the departure of his father, he changed his attitude into that of a responsible big brother for his siblings. He grows up into a Motocross champion while being an excellent marksman, but heeding his father's last words, he knows his destiny is to lead his siblings and teammates to protect Earth from the invasion of Boazanians.
- The Ace: Good at shooting, riding motorcycles, riding mecha...
- Aloof Big Brother: In a way. Since he's promoted as Team Dad, Kenichi can be rather uptight and aloof in treating and disciplining his family members, trying to put an emphasis that they have to set aside personal feelings for the sake of defending Earth from Boazan invasion, though sometimes he knows when to relax and joke around.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Kenichi is very adamant on a no-killing policy on living beings, especially one that is driven by Revenge, because he doesn't want his team to look as bad as the (mostly) evil invaders and it will set a good example of the good guys. For the majority of the part, the team understands him.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's half-Boazanian (from father) and half-human (from mother). But he never lets that get in the way of doing what's right.
- Hot-Blooded: And how. A good example is the scene where he and his brothers finally learn about their father's Dark and Troubled Past: Kenichi swears loudly to defeat the enemy, while shedding plenty of Manly Tears.
- Promotion to Parent and Team Dad: Ever since Professor Gou disappeared, he's done his best to be the "man" of the house.
- Red Is Heroic: Pretty standard for a 70's superhero show. Then again, Kenichi takes after his predecessor Hyouma in this department.
Ippei Mine (峰一平 , Mine Ippei, Mark Gordon)
- Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe
The second-in-command of the Voltes Team, piloting the Arms section of the robot, the Volt Bomber. A Japanese orphan that grew up alone in America due to his mother dying to protect him from a pack of wolves, and then his father shortly followed. Even so, Ippei managed to make a career of a rodeo champion thanks to the companionship of his beloved horse Eiffel. Until one day he's suddenly plucked out from his life as a rodeo champion by the Big Falcon to serve as one of the defenders of humanity by being a part of the Voltes team. Ippei is a bit bitter and cynical at this sudden change of life, causing him to bicker a lot with the team leader Kenichi, but nonetheless he still gives his all to defend humanity and grows to respect his new friends.
- Character Development: Being an Ineffectual Loner means that at first, he tends to insult the others for being too sentimental towards their parents when his were already dead. By the tail end of the series, after much interacting with the team (and getting a fistful on the face by Kenichi quite a bit), he happily defends the team for their beloved departed parents.
- The Lancer: One of the archetypical examples of the trope, Ippei is the second-in-command of the team and engages in a lot of arguments with Kenichi, which tends to end in both punching out each other to sort their problems (it's even in the opening).
- Ineffectual Loner: Ippei has dead parents, not to mention that he's the only unrelated guy in the Voltes team (Kenichi has his brothers, Megumi is the daughter of their Big Good), not to mention he's literally plucked out of his rodeo life to serve at Big Falcon. A constant theme in his Character Development is him learning how to deal with his issues.
- Ship Tease: Occasionally has quite the interaction with Megumi, being the only team members not blood-related with the Gou family, but it never went far.
- Whip It Good: He occasionally carries his whip from his rodeo times and sometimes uses it for things outside riding.
Daijirou Gou (剛大次郎 , Gō Daijirō, Robert "Big Bert" Armstrong)
- Voiced by: Tesshō Genda
Defense tactician of the Voltes Team, piloting the Volt Panzer that forms the robot's body chest. Despite his big stature, Daijirou is actually the second son of the Gō family. Formerly a playful boy, the disappearance of his father changed him, and afterwards, he was sent to a country to learn many forms of martial arts. When he returned, he's already mastered many fighting styles with his favorite Weapon of Choice being the naginata. Like his brothers, he further trained himself to eventually engage in the battle for humanity against the Boazanians.
- The Big Guy: He's a Big Little Brother, the close combat expert, and his machine forms the biggest bulk of Voltes' body.
- Big Little Brother: By looks alone, you'd swear he's the eldest brother.
- Former Teen Rebel: Replace "teen" with "child" and, well...
- Genius Bruiser: A pretty good martial artist and a decent strategist
- Martial Arts Staff: While naginata was his favorite weapon, if he has to pick up a nearby weapon, he'd pick a long stick-like figure to show that he's very good in bojutsu as well.
Hiyoshi Gou (剛光代 , Gō Hiyoshi, "Little" John Armstrong)
- Voiced by: Noriko Ohara
The young genius and mechanic of the Voltes Team, piloting Volt Frigate which formed the legs of Voltes V. The youngest of the Gō siblings. For his brothers, he'd always be the child who never felt the warmth and love of a real father. Despite his hurdles, however, he's gifted with a brilliant mind, keen eyes for gadgetries, which landed him the role of a technical handyman and repairman when he's not piloting. He still knows his role for humanity and prepares his body and mind for the day to fight the Boazanians.
- Badass Bookworm: Incredibly bright and good enough to join his brothers and friends in piloting Voltes V. Also his 'training' in Episode 1 for a 'bookworm'? Fighting a Threatening Shark with a knife...
- Teen Genius: As said above, his speciality is building robots and anything mechanic while being barely in his early teens. This results the creation of the team's Robot Buddy, Takko.
- Youthful Freckles: He has a freckled face, is the youngest of the group and seems to be seen as the most innocent of the Voltes Team.
Megumi Oka (岡めぐみ , Ōka Megumi, Jamie Robinson)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Ueda
Heir to the Koga-Ryu ninja style and daughter of General Oka of the Earth Defense Force, as well as the pilot of Volt Lander, forming the feet of Voltes V. Megumi has trained in the arts of ninjutsu since childhood and set to inherit her ninjutsu dojo. She's also learned gentleness from her mother, which tends to translate to trying to mediate for the team, especially when Kenichi is being too hard-ass for his own good and either overly scolds Hiyoshi or gets into an argument with Ippei. Since her father is a commander of the Earth Defense Force and co-designed Voltes V itself, Megumi is also trained to take her place amongst the Voltes Team and to fight against the Boazanians and protect mankind.
- Action Girl: Being a Heir to the Dojo and the daughter of a military man has its benefits, and this makes her the go-to person to go on foot solo and then kick ass before going back to her pilot.
- The Not-Love Interest: Unlike her predecessor Chizuru and successor Erika, Megumi in the end doesn't end up with anyone, not even Kenichi.
- She's Got Legs: Pretty nice ones, as her Magic Skirt lets the audience see.
- Team Mom: Among the few able to tell Kenichi and Ippei to quit fighting.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Played With. She's an Action Girl that ties her hair in a ponytail, but she's also a bonafide Yamato Nadeshiko... but insinuating that she should do some ridiculously girly stuffs like 'playing with dolls' pisses her off.
- Ship Tease: She does get several teases with Ippei because she's not part of the Gou bloodline, but then again, she's The Not-Love Interest.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Downplayed. As the heir of Koga-Ryu ninja style, she wants to make her father proud and worthy to succeed the house in case of retirement. Her father was strict but overall still loving and approving but to Megumi's sadness, she never did beat, surpass and make him proud the way she intended (he is proud of her on his own) when he actually died.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Downplayed. Crabs terrify her, but only when it's a small, actual crab. If it's a Giant Enemy Crab like one of the Beast Fighter of the week, she has no problems.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She had the looks, the calm and gentle but not weak behavior, and the ability to wear kimonos and serve tea in the traditional Japanese manner.
Prof. Kentarou Gou/Prince Lagour (Dr. Ned Armstrong/Baron Hrothgar)
- Voiced by: Yuu Mizushima
The father of the Gou brothers. He went missing after warning about the invasion of Boazanians. But as the series goes on, his true identity unravels to the surprise of many: He's actually Prince LaGour of the Boazan, but born hornless, considered an abnormality for his people. Despite so, he's still the Wise Prince of his people, wearing fake horns until that fact was exposed by his jealous and ambitious cousin Zu Zambajil. For that, he's branded a traitor and had to escape to Earth, with the knowledge that Zu Zambajil will set his sights to Earth. Additionally, he had a wife in Boazan that died in childbirth, and the son he had would be known as Prince Heinel.
Prof. Mitsuyo Gou (Dr. Mary Ann Armstrong)
The human wife of Dr. Kentarō Gō, the mother of the Gō brothers. She co-designed Voltes V with her husband, Professor Hamaguchi and General Oka, and eventually saw her husband leaving and going missing, while warning her that the Boazanians will come to invade. For that, she had to train her children to prepare for the day of reckoning as warned by her husband. Despite her harsh attitude, she cared for her children, willingly giving her life to protect them.
Prof. Hamaguchi (Dr. Richard Smith)
- Voiced by: Seizō Katō
He is the commander of Camp Big Falcon fortress at the beginning of the Voltes V series. He helped design and build the Voltes V robot and is a good friend of Prof. Gō. He is somewhat a father figure to the Voltes team, especially to the Gou brothers due to his relationship with their father. He managed Big Falcon on Prof. Gō's behalf until he was killed saving Voltes V.
- Voiced by: Tamio Ohki
A protege of Kentaro and Hamaguchi that only appeared halfway of the series, shortly after Hamaguchi sacrificed himself. He's a very strict commander that nevertheless still had the best interests of the team and the defense of Earth.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Shortly after his appearance, he gave a super harsh training for the Voltes Team so they could pilot better, save themselves and protect Earth better.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He made it clear that he's not THAT nice and began as a harsh Drill Sergeant Nasty, but he did all of those because he doesn't want the team to die and not because they're just pilots of Voltes, but because he swore to protect the team after the passing of Hamaguchi. After his first appearance he becomes a much more likable character, although he can still be extremely aggressive and set in his ways at times.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He might look like an unreasonable, uptight person, but he can be convinced to listen to reason. Or sometimes, that convincing wasn't even necessary.
The Boazan Empire
Emperor Zu Zambajil
The leader of the Boazan Empire, Emperor Zambajil was the bastard child of the previous Emperor before clawing power away from the rightful heir. Under him, the Empire has become conquest hungry and cruel, treating other races as bugs to be squashed.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: One of the most shining example in the series. Dressed like a French aristocrat (with its curly hair too) and he's just about as evil as they come.
- Dirty Coward: When chips are down against him, he's shaking with fear and tried to run for his life only carrying his riches and blamed Heinel for the whole invasion. Just one of the many reasons why Heinel threw his knife right on his chest.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He doesn't even ACT on his own or fight, only giving orders.
Prince Heinel (Prince Zardoz)The primary antagonist that the Voltes V team faces, Prince Heinel was sent by his uncle the Emperor to conquer the Earth.
- Bastard Bastard: A mild example.
- Demoted to Dragon: Quite literally. He is demoted by the Emperor for his failures in stopping Voltes V
- Early-Installment Weirdness: His early episodes have him as a more typical antagonist, willing to use any strategy to win. Later on, he is portrayed as an honorable opponent for team Voltes, presumably to contrast with his uncle.
- His obsession with honor is also a very specific type that's based around his nobility. He has absolutely no qualms about crushing the weak and brutally suppressing the hornless slaves for simply being born into a lower class, but is actively disgusted at other nobles showing weakness or trying to save their own skins and is even willing to risk his life for an emperor he knows betrayed him later on, simply because he truly believes in the ideals of the empire. It's implied that some of his talk may also be justifications for his feelings as well, like when he saves Katherine from mortal danger and claims that it was just because she would disgrace Boazanian nobility if she were to die before an Earthling.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is the half brother of the Gou brothers. By the time he discovers this, it is far too late.
- Noble Demon: Eventually.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Along with Jangal, probably the most honor-obsessed Boazanian in the series. He despises showing weakness or letting his troops do so and feels great vindication when he executes soldiers that retreat from the battlefield too early.
Katherine RiiOne of Prince Heinel's direct underlings, she cultivates the life-forms that the scientists use to make Beast Knights, occasionally taking a command position. Although she has no issue with the invasion, by the end of the series, she tries to convince Heinel to give up on the empire and run away with her instead. She is deeply in love with Heinel despite refusing to say it directly, and her deep concern for the Prince's safety saves his life several times through the series.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Heinel attacks some traitors fleeing the Boazanian imperial palace at the end of the series, she knocks him out of the way and takes a fatal energy blast that was intended to kill him, dying in his arms.
Jangal RuiThe main military commander of Heinel's forces on earth, he usually leads the Beast Knights into battle and surveys the field from the combination space ship/skull castle, Skull Rook. Though not the most intelligent of commanders, he does try a variety of tactics throughout the series and comes up with a plan to confirm whether or not the Gou siblings are truly half Boazanian, thanks to some of Katherine's bacteria. He is highly loyal to Heinel. He is also notable for being the only Boazanian depicted with three horns, although whether this means anything is uncertain.
- Seppuku: When the emperor betrays Heinel and orders his forces to leave, he stays behind in the castle to fight the Voltes team. After they defeat him in a duel, he asks them to pass him his sword - whereupon he immediately kills himself with it as an honorable Boazanian. Since the crew was kind enough to let him do so, he willingly informs them that Dr. Goh is no longer in the castle.
ZuhlAn elderly underling of Heinel who is in charge of scientific development. He is direct designer for most of the Beast Knights in the first half of the series. He is secretly spying on Heinel as part of the emperor's plots, and greatly despises the prince for being what he views as a young upstart. Much of the center part of the series revolves around his schemes to keep Professor Goh secretly imprisoned so that he can take advantage of his knowledge and create a robot that can defeat both Voltes V AND Heinel, earning him respect in the empire. Heinel, for his part, views him as craven and somewhat useless - once dismissing him as "barely a noble". This is perhaps due to the fact that he only has a single horn. Eventually his schemes are revealed and he is executed by Heinel while pleading for his life.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zuhl is forever looking for chances to further his own position, even up to the moment of his death. During the last episode in which he appears, he's constantly trying to appeal to both Prince Heinel and the Voltes team at the same time, hoping that he'll be able to claim a victory over whoever it is that wins either way.
- Evil Genius: Despite his constant failures, Zuhl is actually a pretty effective scientist. He routinely comes up with unique ideas for attacking the Voltes V and even manages to create a Beast Knight that can completely negate the magnetism needed to join its pieces together, just by examining a scan of its inner workings. He also was able to manage a network of secret bases scattered across many islands without raising Prince Heinel's suspicions, until Voltes V made it impossible to keep his plans concealed.