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Team Yatterman

     Gan Takada/Yatterman- 1
Voiced By: Yoshiko Ohta (1977 series), Hiroyuki Yoshino (2008 series), Eri Kitamura (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom)
Played By: Sho Sakurai (Live-action Film)

  • Adaptation Personality Change: The 2008 series make him a less generic hero and with more flaws.
    • In the series, he is naive, not stupid. In the live-action movie, however he is really dumb.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Played with. In the 1977 series he's mostly reserved, but becomes more of this in the 2008 series and Royal Revival OVA.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Gan-chan", mostly used by Ai.
  • Battle Couple: With Ai-chan.
  • Big Eater: In the 2008 series.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Again, in the 2008 series. He can fix a giant robot all by himself given the proper motivation (say, his girlfriend gets kidnapped), but for anything else, he can't be bothered.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He's incapable of telling Ai-chan how he feels about her. And the one time he tries, Yatter-Dragon shows up before he can even get it out.
  • Character Title
  • Cool Mask: His red mask.
  • Cross-Dressing Voice: Save for the 2008 series and the Live-Action Adaptation (for obvious reasons), Gan-chan has always been portrayed by female voice actors.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Built most of the mecha that he and Ai use.
  • Good Colours, Evil Colours: As Yatterman-1 wears a white costume.
  • Happily Married: If the Tatsunoko crossover special is anything to go by, 13 years later, Gan-chan and Ai-chan have gotten married and are enjoying their honeymoon, to the point where it takes them quite a bit to notice that the Dorombo gang are up to no good again.
  • The Hero: The principal hero of the show.
  • I Call It "Vera": Gan's trusty weapon, "Kendamagic".
  • Idiot Hero: In the live-action movie, where he's introduced fighting Doronjo and company over the Skull Stone... only to later have to ask someone what that is.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a kendama, a simple ball-and-hammer toy. On top is a ball attached to a sting with a long reach that can hit hard, entangle foes, and is capable of electrocuting anything that touches the string with the press of a button.
  • Kid Hero: He has 13 year old.
  • Nice Hat: His mechanic's blue cap.
  • Official Couple: With Ai-chan.
  • Parental Abandonment: He has a father who owns the toy shop Gan and Ai work in, and he was the one to start building Yatterwan in the first place. However, that's all we know about him, as he nor his mother never seem to be around. Gan's father does play a large role in the 2009 animated movie, where it explores Gan's strained relationship with him.
  • Twinkle Smile: Tends to do this when he acts more heroic than usual.
  • Younger Than They Look: Gan has the body of a 16-17 year old, and in the 2008 series, sounds like he's 20. He's canonically 13. Turned on its head in the Royal Revival OVA, where he looks (and sounds) no older than he did in the 1977 series despite being old enough to get married.

     Ai Kaminari/Yatterman- 2
Voiced By: Mari Okamoto (1977 series), Shizuka Ito (2008 series), Emiri Katou (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom)
Played By: Saki Fukuda (Live-action Film)

  • A Girl and Her X: Ai and Yatterpelican is A Girl And Her Robotic Bird.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Ai-chan", mostly used by Gan.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Battle Couple: With Gan-chan.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Very clearly loves Gan, but can't work up the nerve to tell him or ask him out.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Does not react very well when another girl approaches Gan-chan. Worse when, at one point in the series, Doronjo begins to flirt with him.
  • Cool Mask: Her purple msk.
  • Distaff Counterpart: As Yatterman-2, Ai dresses quite similarly to Gan - however, her outfit is pink, and she fights with an electric rod as opposed to Gan's kendama.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Happily Married: If the Tatsunoko crossover special is anything to go by, 13 years later, Gan-chan and Ai-chan have gotten married and are enjoying their honeymoon, to the point where it takes them quite a bit to notice that the Dorombo gang are up to no good again.
  • Kid Hero: She has 12 year old.
  • Nice Hat: Her red and white pinstripe cap.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name, Ai Kaminari, means "love thunder". Her mechanic and Yatterman-2 outfits have a heart motif to them, and she's the more romantic of the pair. She also tends to fight with a "Shock Stick".
  • Official Couple: With Gan-chan.
  • Opposites Attract: In the 2008 series, she's a hard worker while Gan is rather lazy.
  • Shock and Awe: Her favored method of attack. Ai-chan attacks with her Shibire Stick (aka Paralyzing Stick, Electric Stick in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom), a retractable rod that shocks anyone on the receiving end.
  • Parental Abandonment: Ai's parents are never seen or referred to. We do see her mother occasionally, hanging out with Gan's dad.
  • Pink Means Feminine: When she’s Yatterman-2, her jumpsuit is now white (or light pink depending on the episode).
  • Pom-Pom Girl: In few episodes where she cheer during the mini-robots battle with a cheerleader outfit, but without pom-pom.
  • The Tease: In the Royal Revival OVA, where she she gladly flaunts her ample behind to Gan.
  • 20% More Awesome: Speaks this way in the 2008 series.
  • Women Are Wiser: At least in the 2008 series, where she becomes the responsible one to Gan's foolishness.
  • Wrench Wench
  • Younger Than They Look: Just like her boyfriend, she's actually 13 despite appearances. She grows into her appearance by the Royal Revival OVA, unlike Gan.

Voiced By: Reiko Katsura (1977 series), Chiaki Takahashi (2008 series, Live-action Film)

  • Blackmail: Fond of this trope in the 1977 series. It usually threatened Gan and Ai of revealing their status as Yattermen if it wasn't allowed to come along for their latest adventure.
  • Punny Name: Its name is a pun on "omocha", or toy.
  • Robot Buddy: The Gan Takada's robot. It serves as the mascot of Gan's father's toy shop and is shaped like a large die.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Omotchama or Omochama?
  • Verbal Tic: Likes to add "da-koron" to the ends of its sentences. The Anime Sols translation turned it into Omotchama making rolling puns.

Voiced By: Masaru Ikeda (1977 series), Kōichi Yamadera (2008 series)

  • Deus ex Machina: All the time, basically. Yatterwan can produce the "Surprise Robots of the Week" when fed special robot dog food, which just so happen to always being the key to defeating the Skull Trio's mecha.
  • He’s Back: In the original series and the film, when he reappears as Yatterking after being destroyed in battle.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Robot Dog: He's the page image, even.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Yatter-wan/Yatterwan/Yatter-ruff. One translation decided to go with the Wan=One pun and call him "Yatter-1".


The Doronbo Gang/Skull Trio

     The Trio as Whole

  • Breakout Villain: Of the entire Time Bokan franchise. The Doronbo Gang are the main character in the 1993 OVA where they overshadow the others villain groups. More recently they are in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom also and the 40th anniversary anime for the franchise is not only about Yatterman, but has the descendants of the Doronbo as its main focus!
  • The Chew Toy: They are continuously victim of every type of Amusing Injuries, both from the heroes and their sadist boss.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Doronjo is Red, Boyakky is Green, and Tonzura is Blue.
  • Clothing Damage: They generally suffer this once an episode when their plans backfire.
  • Expy: Of the Skull Gang from first Time Bokan series.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: While the heroes Gan and Ai are very well known, the Doronbo are the Terrible Trio in Japan, having multiple Expies across not only the rest of the Time Bokan franchise, but across most Japanese media as well. It goes so deep that even the milestone celebration of Time Bokan in 2015 was made about their descendants in the far future. This despite to be themselves an Expy of the Skull Gang, the original Terrible Trio.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The major example in the anime world.
  • Naked People Are Funny: They regularly end up half-naked, especially after an explosion.
  • Not So Harmless: Despite what has been said above, it's not a good idea to take them lightly. They manage to pull out some very big crimes and can even come dangerously close to winning at times. Once they even ripped off a guy's skull when they opened a fake dental clinic WHILE HE WAS ALIVE AND AWAKE!
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on the source, Doronbo or Drombo. (Or Dorombo)
  • Terrible Trio: The trope image. In fact, the template provided by Doronjo, Boyacky and Tonzura (as well as their expies in the Time Bokan series) are the Trope Codifiers for this trope, at least in Japanese media. The trope was in fact originated by them as far as anime is concerned. They are also much more popular than the heroes within the show's fanbase. It helps that they're not really evil, just greedy (and even if they were evil, they're so inept that they could never successfully hurt anyone anyway.)
  • Villain Song: The Doronbo Skull Gang usually sings while building their new robots. Most well known of these numbers is "Tensai Doronbo", where they sing about how they love crime, are determined to grab the Skull Stones first, and how everybody loves them more. It pops up in the 2008 remake, and even the live-action movie.

Voiced By: Noriko Ohara (1977 series, 2008 series, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom)
Played By: Kyoko Fukada (Live-action Film)

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her 2008 costume that is a little more skimpy than the original.
  • The Baroness: Her elaborate black leather costume with spiked heels, skull shaped pipe-smoking, and velvet couch-lounging habits make her one of these. She rarely ever gets involved in physical combat, but when she does, there's a touch of dominatrix in there. Best seen in her role as a fighting game character in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.
  • Bathing Beauty: She is often seen taking baths and showers on many occasions, even in the live-action film.
  • Contralto of Danger: With the exception of the film ,but it's still not in the same range of Ai.
  • Cool Mask: Her iconic red mask. Especially in the 2008 remake where she always wear the mask with every outfit.
  • Christmas Cake: During the series, her assistants begin to bother Doronjo that she isn't married yet by this age.
    • If the Tatsunoko crossover special is anything to go by, 13 years later, Doronjo got married and became the mother of five children, and she also opened up a bar named “Buchikku Dorombo”
  • The Dragon: To Dokurobei.

Voiced By: Kazuya Tatekabe (1977 series, 2008 series, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom)
Played By: Kendo Kobayashi (Live-action Film)

Voiced By: Joji Yanami (1977 series, 2008 series, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom)
Played By: Katsuhisa Namase (Live-action Film)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He always trying to make some sort of advance on Doronjo.
  • Big Damn Villain: In the Tatsunoko crossover special where he save his companions from the Skull Gang.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Wears green.
  • Complexity Addiction: His biggest flaw is that he tends to overlook details, leaving the gang vulnerable to a mini-mecha attack or in the rare case of an advantage over the Yatterman, no clue how to proceed. Another bad habit of his is putting a self-destruct button in nearly every mecha, which is often bumped into by accident.
  • Dastardly Whiplash
  • Deadpan Snarker: In stark contrast to his predecessor, Boyacky tends to run his mouth off and make snarky remarks at everyone except Tonzura.
  • Fat and Skinny: He's the "skinny" to Tonzura's "fat".
  • First-Name Basis: Only ever referred to by his first name. According to supplementary materials, his surname is Butsukusa.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is responsible for the design of the mechas and controls the various gadgets deployed by them and by himself when he directly combats one of the Yatterman.
  • Gonk: Indeed he want to use the Dokuro Stone’s supposed fortune to afford plastic surgery.
  • Happily Married: If the Tatsunoko crossover special is anything to go by, Boyacky married his high school sweetheart Ohana and opened up a successful noodle shop in Kokubunji.
  • Horny Scientist: He don't lose an occasion to grope Doronjo or push her "buttons". He has also a fetish for high school girls.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Boyayan", courtesy of Tonzura.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on the source, Boyacky, Boyakki or Boyacchi. According to Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, it's Boyacky.

Voiced By: Junpei Takiguchi (1977 series, 2008 series, Live-action Film)

  • Bad Boss: Even when his leads are revealed to be inaccurate, Dokurobei is always quick to punish the Dorombo Gang when they fail.
  • Big Bad: He is the elusive boss of the Dorombo Gang.
  • Dem Bones: Has this as a motif. The body we see him in at the end of the series is even a Meat Puppet for his real body- the stones themselves, which also happen to take the form of a skeleton.
  • Gonk: His human disguise. A short, fat, buck toothed man with ridiculous glasses and garish clashing-colored clothing.
  • Living MacGuffin
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He gives orders regarding the location of the Dokuro Stone to his subordinates in unusual ways, such as through a talking hamburger or the image of a red skull on a TV screen.
  • Punny Name: His name comes from the Japanese word for "skull" (dokuro).
  • The Reveal: In the last episode of the 70s series, the Doronbo Gang meets Dokurobei for the first time and they discover that it is an android, and the Dokuro Stone is the real Dokurobei: he really was a skull-shaped stone-like alien who flew over the Earth and got broken into pieces. With his powers, he tricked them into believing the completed Dokuro Stone would have revealed the location of a fabulous treasure, when in reality he "just" needed to be reconstructed.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Dokurobei's messages to his cronies and the auto-destruct mechanism installed by Boyakki on every mecha he develops, for some reason.
  • The Unfought: In the original 70s series Dokrubei simply leaves Earth after the Dokuro Stone is completed.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to end his sentences with "Bei".

     Odate Buta
Voiced By: Kei Tomiyama (1977 series), Kōichi Yamadera (2008 series)

  • Catchphrase: "Even pigs can climb trees when praised."
  • Image Song: He get his personal song.
  • Mascot: Odate Buta (literally means flattery/comment pig), the mechanical pig that appears out of nowhere climbing on a metal palm inside the bad guys' mechas, has become a recognizable symbol of the series. As his name implies, he usually appears in the cockpit of the mecha the Doronbo gang pilots. A coconut tree would appear on the front of the cockpit, to which Odate Buta would climb up and make a snarky comment.
    "Even a piggy can climb a tree when praised."
    • The first poster for the live action movie is just a picture of Odate Buta looking out at the viewer. He's so famous in Japan that it's really all you need to get the point across.
  • Series Mascot: He bacme this for the entire Time Bokan franchise.


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