The Cyborg Men are a group of mass-produced cyborg soldiers used by the Black Ghost, and later by the Neo Black Ghost organization.
The Cyborg Men all wear identical, form-fitting black bodysuits with a yellow V neck-style trim in the center. Their faces are concealed by black helmets, with red visors.
Most notably, the Cyborg Men have breathing tubes that extend from the mouths of their uniform to oxygen tanks on their back. These oxygen tanks serve as their life support, as the numerous alterations made to the Cyborg Men have made them unable to function without the tanks and breathing tubes. If their breathing tubes are severed, the Cyborg Man will die a near-instantaneous death.
The Cyborg Men first appear in the "Vietnam" arc of the manga, when they're used to interfere and exploit the war going on in Vietnam. They make a second appearance in the Yomi arc, under the guidance of Van Vogt as they attack Gilmore's base.
Following that appearance, the Cyborg Men would not be seen again until the 1979 "Golden Triangle" arc, where they were used in the Neo Black Ghost's drug trafficking.
The Neo Black Ghost's soldiers in this adaptation were a loose re-imagining of the Cyborg Men, with different uniforms and exposed mouths. While they lack the life support tubes on their uniforms, they prove to be relatively fragile and easily to defeat in combat, with the soldiers tending to explode when thrown.
Cyborg Soldier adaptation (2001-2002)Edit
In the third anime series, their debut appearance was changed to them trying to spark a war in 008's home country (due to the Vietnam War having long been over).
008's friend Mamado wound up being revealed to have been converted into a Cyborg Man, and could not be swayed to go against the Black Ghost.
In the episode "Gilmore's Notes", it is revealed that the converted bodies for Cyborg 0010+ and 0010- were early prototypes for a "Cyborg Man" design.
The Cyborg Men were also utilized in the early visual development trailer for the series, with the team facing off against them in the desert.
Archaia Graphic Novel (2013)Edit
The Cyborg Men were loosely adapted in Archaia's re-imagining of Cyborg 009, having been engineered by Sekar to face off against the 00 team in the climax.
Unlike the original manga, this troop also features women as test subjects and all soldiers' faces are exposed. Thus, the Cyborg Men (and women) lack their life support breathing tubes that were a feature of the original design.