Through its over five decades of history, Cyborg 009 has had a wide cast of characters, and many characters that differ between each incarnation or that are simply exclusive to one continuity and not the other (commonly seen with anime-original characters not created by Ishinomori).
This list is an attempt to summarize the cast, between the original manga and further adaptations. Due to the length of time between animated adaptations and the differences in their handling, voice actors do not usually carry over from one version to the next.
00 Number Cyborg ProjectEdit
In an early prototype phase (first phase in the manga and most incarnations aside from Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), the Black Ghost organization developed nine cyborgs in their "00" (Zero Zero) line.
In a detail exclusively in the "Cyborg Soldier" adaptation, the first four members were abducted in the 1960s as a "First Generation", while the rest were abducted in the 2000s. All others have the nine abducted in the same time frame.
The nine cyborgs of this line have been modified accordingly in different ways, with most having had their organs, skin, muscles, and bones replaced or altered by the reconstructive surgeries. Out of the nine, 001 and 003 are the most organic and closest to normal humans.
Due to their surgeries, the canon as stated around 1980 clarifies that their aging processes have essentially been frozen in time, leaving them physically at the ages they were remodeled at. It is also stated that as long as malfunctioning components in their bodies are replaced, they'd be nearly immortal. All team members are equipped with brainwave receivers that can transmit mental messages, as well as language translators.
In the early color images for the manga, the cyborgs of this line originally wore green military suits, and the uniform scarf varied between being yellow and red. However, around the "Vietnam" arc, the suits changed to red with yellow scarves, and most animated adaptations reflect the more iconic color scheme.
Cyborg 009 (Joe Shimamura)Edit
See Cyborg 009 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Sachiko Chijimatsu (1965 drama album "Volcanic Island Shock Tactics"), Hiroyuki Ota (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars), Katsuji Mori (1968 TV series, 1994 NTT DoCoMo ads), Akira Kamiya (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Kazuhiko Inoue (1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Mega-CD game), Takahiro Sakurai (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Takeshi Kusao (2009 Radio Drama), Hiroshi Kamiya (2009 Drama Reading), Mamoru Miyano (009 Re:Cyborg), Jun Fukuyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
The main character of the franchise. In most of his incarnations, he is an 18-year old Japanese boy who grew up without a mother. Depending on the version, he is specified to either be a delinquent on the run from a classification home, a young man on the run after being framed for murder, a racer, or his past is left up in the air.
Another detail that may or may not be reflected in various continuities is that he is biracial, with his father being a foreign man of unstated nationality. This is what leads to him having an unusual hair color, of either blond or a chestnut brown shade, and occasionally light eyes.
He is the most advanced of the nine cyborgs, being remodeled to have improved versions of specific abilities (such as the Accelerator) and bringing together other features and functions.
Cyborg 001 (Ivan Whisky)Edit
See Cyborg 001 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Kyoko Toriyama (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars), Fuyumi Shiraishi (1968 TV series,Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Mega-CD game), Sachiko Chijimatsu (1979 Kirin Radio Drama, 1979 TV series), Kana Ueda (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Katsue Miwa (2009 Radio Drama), Yoshiko Fujita ((2009 Drama Reading), Sakiko Tamagawa (009 Re:Cyborg), Haruka Shiraishi (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
An infant Russian cyborg with a great intellect. This is due to unethical science experiments and brain surgery performed on him by his father, which unlocked the greater potential of the human brain. This made the usage of his brain over ten times more powerful than a normal adult's.
He has various psychic-related abilities such as telepathy, teleportation, telekinesis, among others. Because of the way his brain has been remodeled, he will spend 15 days awake, and then 15 days asleep.
Cyborg 002 (Jet Link)Edit
See Cyborg 002 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Ryo Ishihara (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars, 1968 TV series), Kazuyuki Sogabe (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Keiichi Noda (1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Mega-CD game), Showtaro Morikubo (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Hideyuki Hori (2009 Radio Drama), Ryotaro Okiayu (2009 Drama Reading), Daisuke Ono (009 Re:Cyborg), Tomoaki Maeno (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
An American boy from New York and a former delinquent, given the ability of high-speed flight (and in the original manga and some incarnations, an Accelerator). He was picked up by Black Ghost executives after running away after he accidentally murdered another gang leader, or in some versions, simply ran away from a fight or had stabbed another man in self-defense.
Depending on the incarnation, he is a more subdued and level-headed team member but still prone to impulsive behavior and an impatient streak, or a younger and more brazen team member who acts as a foil to 009.
In the 2001 continuity, he was initially a cyborg of Black Ghost's earlier D-Line, and codenamed D-6. He was then considered to be renumbered as "001" when he was folded into the 00 prototype line, but was given the "002" codename due to Ivan being moved ahead of him.
Cyborg 003 (Françoise Arnoul)Edit
See Cyborg 003 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Hiroko Natsuki (1965 drama album "Volcanic Island Shock Tactics"), Judy Ongg (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars), Hiroko Suzuki (1968 TV series), Kazuko Sugiyama (1979 Kirin Radio Drama, 1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Mega-CD game), Satsuki Yukino (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Machiko Toyoshima (2009 Radio Drama), Noriko Kuwashima (2009 Drama Reading), Chiwa Saito (009 Re:Cyborg), MAO (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
The only female member of the team, a French girl who aspired to be a ballerina. Depending on the incarnation, she was either an average school girl at the time of her abduction, or was already well-established as a dancer. She has the more defensive abilities of super-sight and super-hearing, but these can also prove handy for reconnaissance.
She is attracted towards 009, though the level of their relationship and whether it is confirmed may depend on an a given adaptation.
Cyborg 004 (Albert Heinrich)Edit
See Cyborg 004 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake ((1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars, 1968 TV series, episodes 3-15), Kenji Utsumi (1968 TV series, episodes 18 and on), Shunsuke Shima (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Keaton Yamada (1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Mega-CD game), Nobuo Tobita (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Nobutoshi Canna (2009 Radio Drama), Kazuya Nakai (2009 Drama Reading), Toru Okawa (009 Re:Cyborg), Hiroki Touchi (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
A German man who lost his fiancee Hilda in an accident, and who was heavily remodeled into a "full-body weapon" type of cyborg due to his own extensive injuries sustained. In the manga and incarnations that rely on the team having a Cold War-era origin, he lived in Germany during the East/West split and he and Hilda were attempting to escape to the West for freedom.
His personality varies some across the incarnations, along with his extent of weaponry (and in whether or not his abdomen has an atomic bomb).
Cyborg 005 (Geronimo Junior)Edit
See Cyborg 005 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars, 1968 TV series), Ryosuke Shiomi (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Banjō Ginga (1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy), Akio Otsuka (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Ryuzaburo Otomo (2009 Radio Drama), Hisao Egawa (2009 Drama Reading), Teruyuki Tanzawa (009 Re:Cyborg), Tsuyoshi Koyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
A Native American man from the American Southwest, who had trouble finding work and was tricked by Black Ghost into coming with them for a new job. He has armored skin and super-strength, as part of his cyborg abilities. He is a quiet man and tends to not be utilized as much except when his abilities are needed.
Later on in the manga, and in some incarnations, he is shown to have the ability to communicate with the spirits of nature and sense these spirits; this is due to stereotypes of Native Americans being more "in tune" with nature.
In most incarnations, he bears the full name of "Geronimo Junior", but in the 2001 series, his name was truncated to "G-Junior" out of sensitivity and inaccuracy concerns, with it being noted he had the name of an Apache hero but a hairstyle more like a Mohican. Similarly, the American graphic novel leaves his name as just "Junior".
Cyborg 006 (Chang Changku)Edit
See Cyborg 006 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Yuki Mizuhara (1965 drama album "Volcanic Island Shock Tactics"), Arihiro Fujimura (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars), Ichiro Nagai (1968 TV series), Masayuki Yuhara (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Sanji Hase (1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy), Chafurin (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Kozo Shioya (2009 Radio Drama), Naoki Tatsuta (2009 Drama Reading), Tarou Masuoka (009 Re:Cyborg), Yuu Mizushima (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
A poor Chinese man who depending on the incarnation, either suffered from a famine and drought causing his crops to fail, or who had experienced his restaurant going out of business. This drove him into despair, even attempting suicide in the original manga, until the Black Ghost men saved him but carted him away to be remodeled.
He has the ability to emit high-intensity flames from his mouth, which are enough to melt rock and burrow from the ground. He also uses these abilities in his cooking.
In earlier animated adaptations and the manga, he has the speech pattern of ending his sentences in "-aru yo", a stereotypical utterance used in manga for Chinese characters. With the 2001 series, his speech pattern was changed to a Kansai dialect to be less discriminatory and Chafurin also learned actual Chinese.
Cyborg 007 (Great Britain)Edit
See Cyborg 007 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuji (1965 drama album "Volcanic Island Shock Tactics"), Machiko Soga (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars, 1968 TV series), Kaneta Kimotsuki (1979 Kirin Radio Drama, 1979 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy), Chō (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, Keiichi Nanba (2009 Radio Drama), Masaya Onosaka (2009 Drama Reading), Hiroyuki Yoshino (009 Re:Cyborg), Hozumi Goda (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
A Shakespearean actor in England, who had since become a washed-up alcoholic and was tricked into coming with the Black Ghost men. After his modification, he gained the ability to shapeshift into whatever he pleased, and freely uses this for disguise capability.
In the 1960s animated media, he was altered to be a young boy on the basis that it would give the child audience a character to empathize with.
Cyborg 008 (Pyunma)Edit
See Cyborg 008 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars), Keiichi Noda (1968 TV series), Toyokazu Minami (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Koji Totani (1979 TV series), Kazuyuki Sogabe (Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy), Mitsuo Iwata (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Toshio Furukawa (2009 Radio Drama), Hikaru Midorikawa (2009 Drama Reading), Noriaki Sugiyama (009 Re:Cyborg), Ayumu Okamura (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
A young African man, whose exact country is not always set in adaptations, who was a resistance fighter caught by Black Ghost (though in the initial manga, he is depicted caught while trying to escape from a slavery caravan run by a pair of white colonizers).
After remodeling, he gained the ability to breathe underwater due to his enhanced lungs.
Earlier incarnations of the character, pre-1980 animated adaptations and pre-1992 manga illustrations, depict him in a more caricatured "Blackface" style. He was first modified for the Super Galaxy film due to concerns expressed by an American consultant.
Humans associated with the 00 CyborgsEdit
Dr. Isaac GilmoreEdit
See Dr. Gilmore disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Joji Yanami (1966 film, Cyborg 009 Monster Wars, 1968 TV series, Cyborg 009 The Movie: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Mega-CD game), Hitoshi Takagi (1979 Kirin Radio Drama), Kosei Tomita (1979 TV series), Mugihito (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier), Takeshi Aono (2009 Radio Drama), Chikao Otsuka (2009 Drama Reading), Nobuyuki Katsube (009 Re:Cyborg), Shigeru Ushiyama (Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman)
An old scientist who worked for the Black Ghost organization, who later regretted his part in remodeling the test subjects to be cyborgs and planned a rebellion after he learned the cyborgs were to be for war.
He acts as the advisor and father figure to the cyborgs, and is the one who can repair and upgrade them.
See Dr. Kozumi disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A Japanese friend of Dr. Gilmore from his days at Harvard University. The cyborgs come to stay at his house in the "Assassins" arc, and leave afterwards to track Black Ghost. He does not feature in the manga from that point after, though the 2001 series gives him one more cameo.
In the manga, he is targeted by a group of thieves due to a secret youth formula he has been working on, and also winds up being targeted by Black Ghost in the process as a way of getting at the 00 team.
See Erika Whisky for detailed information on the character across incarnations
The mother of 001, killed by her husband in most incarnations for her objections to the unethical surgery performed on their son. In other versions, she is either absent or her fate is left unsaid.
See Jean Arnoul disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
The older brother of 003, seen in "Cyborg Soldiers: Prologue" and then not mentioned again until the last arc, "The People Drifting Between Space and Time".
In the original manga, he was an Air Force pilot who had a week's leave and hoped to see his sister, but discovered her being abducted by Black Ghost. He attempted to trail them, to no avail. He is not mentioned in other incarnations, except for the 2001 series, where he was a stunt pilot in the 1960s and his fate in the 21st century is unknown (to where 003 is unsure on whether he is dead or alive, and the two cannot meet).
See Hilda for detailed information on the character across incarnations
004's deceased fiancee, who died in their escape attempt. The details of her death and other aspects of her brief appearance vary through media, but a common thread is how 004 is affected by the loss.
Family members of PyunmaEdit
A mother, father, and younger sister are witnessed in the manga side-story "The Golden Lion", however, this is after they have been revealed to be murdered.
These family members are also mentioned in the March 1979 Animage issue for the 1979-1980 anime series, as part of 008's backstory for that incarnation. Other media does not specify if he has any family, living or dead.
Black Ghost OrganizationEdit
See main Black Ghost article for further details
Known as the "Merchants of Death", they are responsible for exploiting and engineering war across the world in hopes of dominating it, and then expanding their mission to the reaches of outer space.
They figure up until the arc "The Underground Empire of Yomi", though remnants of the organization remain and a successor group called Neo Black Ghost appears in the 1979-1981 run of the manga (with a separate incarnation appearing in the 1979 anime).
See Skull disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations or similar analogues to the character
The top commander of the organization and assumed to be the leader of it, though this later revealed to not quite be the case.
He is a heavily-modified cyborg with an Accelerator of his own.
Dr. Gamo WhiskyEdit
See Dr. Gamo Whisky disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake (1979 TV series, first appearance in episode 42), Takeshi Watanabe (1979 TV series, episodes 43-50), Seizo Kato (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, old age in episodes 40-42), Soichiro Tanaka (Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, flashbacks in episodes 38 and 42), Hirohiko Kakegawa (2009 Radio Drama)
The father of 001. In the manga, he only appears in "Cyborg Soldiers: Prologue", in 001's origin sequence and in joining Black Ghost, and does not feature in the plot after. However, in the 1979 and 2001 anime incarnations, his whereabouts are answered.
In the 2001 incarnation, he is also responsible for the Mutant Warriors.
See Dr. Gaia disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Another scientist of Black Ghost, responsible for developing the Greek mythology-based Mythos Cyborgs team.
Main article: Dr. Uranus
The other scientist behind the Mythos Cyborgs, who is regretful of the fact that his team has to fight Dr. Gilmore but who believes in fairer fighting terms.
See Van Vogt disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations or similar analogues to the character
A high executive of the organization, appearing exclusively in the Yomi arc. He poses as a "President Tanaka", the head of Mitsutomo Engineering in Japan.
In actuality, he is a cyborg as well. He manipulates the Pu'Awak species of the Yomi kingdom, and like Skull, is only an underling to the true leader of Black Ghost (the "Generalissimo").
Main article: Generalissimo
The true leader of Black Ghost, who appears to be a giant stone statue with a mind of its own. But the truth inside the statue is something even stranger.
He is loosely adapted in both the 1960s films, first appearing as a brain in a case and then in the statue form in the sequel.
00 Number Cyborgs Faithful to Black GhostEdit
After the escape of the first nine cyborgs, Black Ghost developed more prototypes in an attempt to retrieve and assassinate the traitorous subjects.
These cyborgs (except 0012) were all equipped with Accelerators, and were more outlandish than the more humanoid prototypes.
Cyborg 0010 (Plus and Minus)Edit
See Cyborg 0010 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A pair of twin brothers of unspecified origin and age, with the ability to send electric shocks and eye beams at their targets. They are ruthless, and cannot be reasoned with.
Although, their ultimate weakness is that they cannot be in close proximity to the other, or else their bodies would draw close and short out due to their opposite polarities, killing each other in the process.
In at least two adaptations (the "Monster Wars" film and the "SF Roman" light novel), there are similar characters going by the following "0011" number due to the "0010" number being assigned to a different character.
See Cyborg 0011 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A giant cyborg in the shape of a large metallic spider, which houses a man's brain. He strives to get his original body back at whatever cost, and is willing to kill the 00 cyborgs to do so.
See Cyborg 0012 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A "living mansion" cyborg, who is actually a remodeled mansion with several deathtraps inside and around her grounds. Her brain is housed in a glass jar and computer-like machine, which controls the mansion through her brainwaves.
The 2001 anime adds an additional, exclusive angle where the identity of the mansion is that of a woman who had died at some point after World War II, having waited for her husband to return from the previous war. Black Ghost had gotten a hold of her body and used her reanimated brain and its residual thoughts to control the mansion, as well as conjure up a ghostly, holographic interface of the woman. Her design in that adaptation is loosely modeled after Romy Lorelei, a character from the "Song of Lorelei" story in the manga.
Assistants of 0012Edit
Main article: Assistants of 0012
A group of men hired by 0012 to be her "limbs", due to her mansion status. They each have a sort of disability compensated for by their prostheses. They are known as Camel, Scarecrow (renamed Scare in 2001 adaptation), Roentgen and the One-Armed Man (renamed Machine Gun in the 2001 adaptation).
A fifth member of the group turns out to be the next 00 cyborg...
See Cyborg 0013 disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
An unintelligible young man with a speech disability, who is ridiculed by the other assistants of 0012. In actuality, he has an Accelerator and is mind-linked to the giant robot 13 Robo, which can cause mass destruction.
Main article: Cyborg Men
After 0013, it would appear that Black Ghost stopped bothering with the 00 line, developing mass-produced "Cyborg Men" for Vietnam (or the Muamba Republic, in the 2001 series).
This can only be assumed in the manga, while the 2001 anime series directly states that the 00 line was discontinued.
These cyborgs are much more modified than previous ones; keeping humanoid appearances but being entirely concealed by their bodysuits and supposedly very highly and gruesomely modified beneath them. If their breathing tubes are severed, they will die.
As they do not go by any "00_" number scheme, each member is referred to as "Cyborg Man #__" with their number.
Main article: The Mythos Cyborgs, see also individual pages
A group of Greek mythology-based cyborgs. They operate out of Greece, and take residence on the island of Magma for their ultimate fight against the 00 line.
Their exact motivation varies between incarnations, along with their overall membership.
See Apollo disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
The leader of the team, a young man with heat-based powers and modeled after the god of the same name. He is a prideful type and ruthless, seeing 009 as his rival in battle. In addition to his fire ability, he has an Accelerator.
See Helena disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
Apollo's older sister, and a cyborg that has no apparent abilities of her own other than operating a giant Trojan Horse mecha. She has sympathy for 009 after seeing him injured, and and rescues him due to him sparing her life.
As indicated in the disambiguation page, there are incarnations of this character that are not associated with the Mythos team, although they are still cyborgs working for Black Ghost in some degree. She is also often merged with the Helen character due to their identical appearances (and Helen and her sisters seemingly being intended as a recycling of the design).
Main article: Artemis
A character that was developed for an unproduced 1980 animated adaptation of "The Mythos Cyborgs" arc to replace Helena. She did finally appear in the 2001 adaptation of the arc.
She serves an equivalent purpose to Helena in being Apollo's older sister (closer to the actual myth), but has the ability to fire energy arrows.
See Achilles disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A panther-man hybrid cyborg with Accelerators on his heels, and a shield that can reflect heat from the sun.
He is notable for the Accelerators being his literal "Achilles' heel" to his defeat.
See Pan disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A small satyr boy, whose horn is an electronic receiver. Otherwise, he does not have many other abilities. He takes an interest in 003 due to her kindness to him.
See Atlas disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A giant cyborg in the shape of a massive man made of metal. He can split his body apart for attacks, as well as fire missiles out of his chest. He is very protective of the lead female cyborg of the team.
See Minotaur disambiguation page for listing of specific incarnations
A bull-headed cyborg with the ability to fire lasers from his horns.
Main article: Lion Man
A lion-headed cyborg with the ability of shockwaves. In the Mega-CD game, he is named Heracles, likely due to the Nemean lion having been one of the beasts Heracles fought in his trials.
He only appears in the manga and that game, not making the cut to further adaptations.
Main article: Horse Man
A horse-headed cyborg who can fire bullets from his mouth and neck. He is only seen in the manga and the Mega-CD game.
The psychic member of the team and only other female member shown. While she has no mythological identity in the manga, she is Hera in the 2001 series.
A strange anthropomorphic hippo man, with skin like rubber. He has no stated mythological identity in the manga, but was named Nereus in the 2001 series.
Main article: Poseidon
A large aquatic-based cyborg, only present in one panel of the manga arc at the start but with a larger role in the 2001 series and as one of the minor bosses in the Mega-CD game.
Main article: Centaurs
A group of centaurs seen among the cyborgs. They are mass-produced, and are each differentiated by a letter at the end of their name, with D and K having roles in the manga arc.
They did not make the cut into the 2001 series' animated adaptation.
"Cyborg Soldiers" Side-Story CharactersEdit
These characters originally appeared in the "Cyborg Soldiers" side-stories in Separate Shonen King, which were later re-arranged to take place in the main continuity of the manga.
Some of them have been adapted to further incarnations.
Main article: Dr. Yamazaki
A former Black Ghost scientist who appears in "Vacuum War". He escaped the organization after Dr. Gilmore and the 00 cyborgs. He developed his own android, JQ to help protect him from Black Ghost.
His design was re-used for the duplicate character of Dr. Kaminari in "The Bomb Model "Raiden"".
Main article: JQ
Yamazaki's android, who loyally serves his creator. He is able to understand the cyborgs' language due to his brainwave communicator being the same model.
His design was recycled for the similar, but shorter-lived cyborg character of C-11 in "The Bomb Model "Raiden"".
Dr. Dolphin/Dr. Kozumi/Dr. FindorEdit
A British engineer known by Dr. Gilmore. Depending on the incarnation, his wife was either maimed and disfigured in a V-1 strike and later committed suicide, or was shot to death.
He set to work on developing a machine that would disable weapons and other machinery as a result, but was abducted by Neo-Nazis (or Black Ghost itself) who wished to exploit the "Mad Machine" for themselves, and was taken to Antarctica. This necessitated his rescue by the 00 cyborgs.
He was inexplicably renamed "Dr. Kozumi" in the 1968 anime, while his surname was re-arranged to be "Findor" in his 2001 counterpart.
Iruka/Cynthia Dolphin/Shizue Kozumi/Cynthia FindorEdit
See Cynthia disambiguation page for more information and listing of specific incarnations
The teenage daughter of the engineer. Her father ignoring her to work on his machines gave her a hatred of all machinery, or in the 2001 series, her mother's death by guns made her hate and fear any sort of weapon.
She is unaware that the people who have come to rescue her father are also technically machines/weapons, but after their identities are exposed by the Mad Machine, the situation between her and 009 becomes fearful and awkward as he represents just what she hates.
In the original 1965 printing of "The Aurora Strategy", her name was Iruka but it was changed to Cynthia for the tankobon reprint the following year (although the Media Factory editions published through 1998-2001 briefly reverted her back to Iruka). The "Cynthia" name is also present in her 2001 incarnation.
The Golden LionEdit
An alien lion appearing in the story of the same name. He gains nourishment from uranium rods and is highly intelligent, able to use a typewriter.
He winds up interfering in the independence plans for 008's country, due to working with a pair of white colonizers who have menaced the land. He is thus complicit in murdering 008's family and slaughtering other people.
The lion can breathe fire, and has an unusual symbiotic relationship with a golden tree that came to Earth with it. The lion is tricked by 009 and sealed away into a uranium mine, where it dies, and the tree soon wilts.
See Kubikuro for listing of specific incarnations
A puppy taken in by 009 after its parents were killed in a hit-and-run. However, as he grows, Kubikuro turns out to be super-intelligent, due to his parents' brains having been surgically modified and the intelligence passed down.
This gifts Kubikuro with extraordinary intellect, but also vengeful and enraged feelings towards mankind, and he displays the ability to set humans aflame. This leads 009 to have to take an unfortunate and drastic measure to stop the dog's rampage.
Later Cyborgs made by the original Black GhostEdit
Two years after the organization was believed defeated, it had turned out that they had tracked down three friends of 009's from his pre-remodeling life as Joe Shimamura and converted them into cyborgs, giving them the orders to kill him.
See Ibaraki for listing of specific incarnations
A fellow young delinquent man who recognizes Joe as having been from the Kurihama classification home.
He has a grudge against Joe, as he feels it's Joe's fault he himself got abducted and remodeled. He has the ability to fire ammunition from his body.
See Oyamada for listing of specific incarnations
Another young delinquent man that knew Joe in his younger years. He was more lenient towards Joe and unwilling to kill him, but was driven to by the fact that he would die if he weren't able to.
He has the ability of metal tusks fused to his body, that can pierce through objects.
See Mary for listing of specific incarnations
A biracial young woman who grew up with Joe at the orphanage, and who would later become a delinquent herself after they'd met Ibaraki and Oyamada.
As a cyborg, she can fire shockwaves and use a sonic howl to attract wolves. She also gains the appearance of a quadruped beast with a cat-like tail and claws.
The Yomi KingdomEdit
Main article: The Yomi Kingdom
A world beneath the Earth's surface, which lay unknown to surface-dwellers until Black Ghost invaded it a year prior to the start of the Yomi arc, to use it as their new home base.
Many species live in the kingdom, but are ruled over by the Zattan, a super-intelligent race of psychic lizards that feast on the lesser species.
The most prominently-seen inhabitants of the kingdom are the Pu'Awaks, who are genetically identical to regular humans and characterized by all existing in identical sibling groups. Five princesses of the kingdom assist the 00 cyborgs in the arc.
See Helen for listing of specific incarnations
The oldest of the five princesses. She was an unwilling spy wiped of her memories and sent above ground to infiltrate the 00 cyborgs. She gains an attraction to 009, to 003's upset.
See Vena for listing of specific incarnations
The second-eldest of the five princesses. She was willing to rebel against Black Ghost, as she learned they cared nothing for her and her sisters. Through the arc, she became attracted to 004.
See Dinah for listing of specific incarnations
The third-eldest of the five. In the manga, she is mostly seen with Van Vogt at first and above-ground, with 009 initially mistaking her for being Helen. In the 2001 anime, she is seen to mainly operate in the kingdom itself, hoping that Vena's plan will bring them freedom.
See Aphro for listing of specific incarnations
The second-youngest of the five, and fourth sister. There is not much to make her stand out in the manga, though her 2001 incarnation is more suspicious of the possibility of being betrayed and appalled to see what her sister Daphne has done.
See Daphne for listing of specific incarnations
The youngest sister. In both incarnations, she is the one to free some of the cyborgs and Dr. Gilmore, although the anime adds an angle of her being afraid of failure and initially acting as an informant to Van Vogt.
Remnants of Black GhostEdit
Between the defeat of the original organization and the rise of "Neo Black Ghost", the cyborgs encountered some figures left over from the original that were attempting to stage different revivals.
The Scientists of Monster IslandEdit
Main article: Scientists of Monster Island
Five mad scientists responsible for various unusual creations, from giants to zombies and mind-altering insects.
The five are challenged by the 00 cyborgs, but in the manga, they take off in their flying disc and their further whereabouts are unknown afterwards. Meanwhile, the anime adaptations give a more clear-cut fate.
Appears in "The Middle East", first as a hologram and then as an actual person. He has modeled himself after the Biblical figure of "Moses", and sees himself as a God.
He is eventually defeated by 001 taking control of his freezing robot and using it to freeze him to death.
A Black Ghost cyborg with the appearance of a sly young sailor, appearing in "Bottom of the Sea". He is quite shady and untrustworthy, but Joe is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and work with him at first.
After learning Bii has double-crossed him and murdered one of the captive humans, and plans to take the escape submarine for himself, Joe shoots him to death with his Super Gun.
See Dr. Ross for listing of specific incarnations
A former Black Ghost scientist who retired to go back to paleontology. However, he was manipulated into trying to revive the organization by Dr. Keeley.
Appears in the "Deinonychus" one-shot, which saw further adaptation in the 1979 and 2001 series.
See Dr. Keeley for listing of specific incarnations
A Black Ghost scientist who uses Dr. Ross to revive the organization and create the "Deinonychus" robot.
The first evidence of time-traveling people appear in the "Immigration" arc in 1968, as a group plans to try to find a time without war to migrate to, due to the 23rd century being uninhabitable to live in. Eventually, those time travelers are able to travel back to the start of humanity, hoping to live as humanity's ancestors.
However, as revealed in the 1985 sequel, "The People Drifting Between Space and Time", something went wrong in their travel and the people split into two opposing groups. This caused meddling in the timestream, causing people from earlier eras to wind up displaced in the modern day as well.
Other evidence of time travelers can be seen in "Edda", and the Count of Saint-Germain first appeared in "The Undersea Pyramid".
See Rina for listing of specific incarnations
Codenamed F-502. A young woman who has come from the 23rd century as part of the Immigration initiative. Depending on the edition of the manga, she was either born with six toes on her feet, or had been bitten by a savage animal on one foot.
Codenamed F-501 in the manga. In his original incarnation, he is Rina's older brother and also came from the 23rd century. Due to the loss of his prosthetic arm and risking their identities being discovered, the Future Police assassinated him with a ray gun, erasing him entirely from existence.
In the 1968 anime series, a similar character appears as Rina's boyfriend "Jack" and meets a similar fate to his manga self.
In the 2001 series, a "Nichol" character recycles the brother's design (but has no lost limbs) and is murdered by his rogue teammate Cain's psychic powers (see the "Mutant Warriors" characters). He is voiced by Tomoya Kawai.
The commander of the Immigration initiative. Half of his head is concealed by a helmet, while he wears a sunglass lens over his exposed eye. This is to shield his true identity, in that he is the descendant of 009 and 003.
The "Noah" character of the 1968 series follows a similar setting, but is made to be Rina's brother (thus making her also a descendant of the cyborgs).
In the 2001 anime, there exists a villainous character named "Cain" (see also the "Mutant Warriors" section) that can moreso be seen as the character design being homaged, as Naoyuki Konno was prone to do. His motivations are different and he is cast as an outright villain. His design was also tweaked some to remove his helmet, instead with his fringe covering the other side of his face. This analogue is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa.
Future Police (F.P.)Edit
Three men who accompany Rina and her brother back in time.
They are actually hideously mutated due to having been born after the effects of nuclear fallout on Earth, which has caused their faces to either be deformed or for them to be missing limbs, having sprouted tentacles instead.
"Odin" (Scientist X)Edit
Main article: Odin (Manga)
An initially-unseen figure in "Edda", who went by the Norse God's name in identity (and revealed to be the same man posing as "Loki" and "Thokk" in the arc). He is eventually revealed to be a mad scientist from the 25th century that was obsessed with Norse mythology, and sent his Yggdrasil-based time machine back to create a village modeled after the myths.
He heads the Mistletoe Village, consisting of others that were brought back in time with him.
His presence is sometimes used as proof the "Edda" arc must take place in a different continuity and timeline from "Immigration", as it would seem strange for there to be a time traveler beyond the 23rd century. But it is also theorized that aside from there not being an overarching continuity taken into account at the time, that he may have also been from a different "Immigration" initiative.
Main article: Philippe
A young man appearing in the arc, "The People Drifting Between Space and Time". He is responsible for capturing 003, and is part of the "Return" group who intends to meddle with the timestream.
See Mii for listing of specific incarnations
Appears in "The People Drifting Between Space and Time". She is a young woman sent forward from the Jomon period, who poses as a delinquent girl in the modern era to get close to 009, and is given the orders to kill him. However, she finds herself unable to follow through on that order.
The Count of Saint-GermainEdit
The figure of legend, who first appears in "The Undersea Pyramid" under the alias of The Count of Swedenborg, and who is profiled in an omake to the arc.
He makes a more prominent appearance in "The People Drifting Between Space and Time", informing the 00 cyborgs of the situation and assisting them in dealing with the space-time anomalies.
Girl of PompeiiEdit
A woman who was time-tossed into the modern day due to the space-time manipulation, winding up in the ruins of Pompeii. 004 met her and quickly became attracted to her and willing to protect her. She was silent, unwilling to speak due to the fact that she could not understand modern language.
In the end, 004 was unwilling to let her be sent back to her time as she'd die, but the Count of Saint-Germain shot her with a Time Gun, sending her back to Pompeii's destruction and ensuring her original fate.
Characters in "Angels" and "Battle with the Gods"Edit
These characters appear in the first and second unfinished attempts at the final chapter. Their existence can be considered apocryphal to greater continuity due to this.
Appearing in "Angels". A duo of mysterious winged, presumably male figures, enveloped in golden light.
They warn the cyborgs that they have come to wipe out and reset humanity, and do not want the cyborgs interfering with their plan. They claim to have been the creators of the human race, but seem to be of their own extraterrestrial origin, employing spaceships.
The cyborgs choose to battle these "Angels" and 001 claims he will grant them new powers to do so, but the arc was never resolved.
Appears in "Battle with The Gods". He was an archaeologist who mysteriously wound up dead one day, having somehow been teleported from Easter Island to Japan. On the brink of death, he stated "God is the devil!".
This lead to both Joe and his daughter Reiko to try to find clues and explanations as to how he had died, with Reiko theorizing that "God" was an alien and that the "Gods" were on Earth and willing to wipe out anyone who'd catch on to their secret.
Main article: Reiko Komatsu
The 26-year old daughter of Dr. Komatsu. She investigates her father's death, and espouses her long theories on the origins of "God" and the "out of place artifacts" on Earth. Due to the arc being discontinued, it is unknown if she would have played further role.
A young psychic woman of the Long-Ear tribe on Easter Island. She attempts to reveal the information that Joe seeks, but is nearly assassinated by a mind-controlled diver, and then dies in a hit-and-run with an out-of-control driver of a car, who appears to have been possessed by the "Gods" to keep her from revealing secrets.
A young woman that 008 had fallen in love with, when he caught her poaching okapi in the Congo. He managed to give her medicine to remedy her father's illness, and they fell in love. Unfortunately, after she learned he was a cyborg, she fell into guilt and despair over loving what she believed was a "monster" and committed suicide, leaving him wishing he could return to a human body.
Other Mythology-based charactersEdit
Besides the Mythos characters, Ishinomori utilized other characters through the series that were patterned after various cultures' mythology.
The Mistletoe VillageEdit
Main article: Mistletoe Village
Appear in "Edda". A sizable group of characters patterned after those from Norse mythology. Most notable is the sickly young woman Freyja who attempts to flee the village.
In the end, the village is destroyed due to the explosion of the "Yggdrasill" tree, in actuality a time machine.
See Princess Ixquic for listing of specific incarnations
Appears in "The City of Wind". An android princess constructed by the ancient Incas and left to guard a golden pyramid. She longs for her masters to return, and has grown lonely.
The golden robot guard of Ixquic. He kills all who attempt to approach the pyramid, seeing them as a threat.
Appears in "Dragon of Ishtar". She is a villain acting as a "queen" and believing herself to be the goddess Ishtar, but is in fact a clone made from a mummified Sumerian corpse. She has the ability to use hypnosis.
002 becomes attracted to her through the arc, and mourns her death by the end.
A group of men cloned from a mummified Sumerian corpse. They have rough personalities, and look down on both humans and cyborgs. They also have the abilities of hypnosis.
They are jealous of 002 for his closeness to Ishtar.
The concept of multiple super-powered brothers cloned from a mummified corpse is a notable recycling of a motif that had appeared years earlier in Ishinomori's Gilgamesh series, with the Gilgamesh brothers themselves (and there had also been an "Ishtar" character in the series).
Appearance-wise, the Enkidu are recycling of the Loof character from Genma Taisen: Eve of Mythology, except with their hair inked in black.
An old man, who is in actuality a former Prime Minister of Iraq. He created his own "Tower of Babel" in the desert, and was behind the cloning experiments that created Ishtar and the multiple Enkidu brothers.
Various extraterrestrial species also appear through the original manga run, and crop up in further versions.
The Woman of the Green HoleEdit
A mysterious figure who lives at the bottom of a pit in the Sarisarinama plateau in Venezuela. She is the "queen" of the underground world, showing evidence to there being an empire other than Yomi.
She mind-controls the cyborgs and believes 005 to be her missing lover Agamun, having believed he'd come back for her and was there to rescue her. She intends to have 005 use her "Green Fire" machine, but it is destroyed by 009, causing her body to rapidly age due to no longer having the flame to restore her youth.
In her despair, she attempts to take out the cyborgs with an explosion, but dies. Her residual telepathic thoughts that were transmitted to 005 tell the team of how she came from outer space but went underground to avoid the radiation after her spaceship exploded, and discovered the "Green Fire".
A mermaid-like alien of Planet Rumer. She is from a peaceful race that had forgotten how to fight. She appears in "The Undersea Pyramid".
After her species' defeat by the people of Planet Garura, they were made to go to Earth and lived in the seabed so they would not interfere with the human race. She took interest in 004 during the arc.
Eventually, after the undersea pyramids were destroyed, Mame was free to return to her planet.
Planet Garura aliensEdit
An enemy race that conquered the people of Rumer and drove them to Earth, forcing them to work on their pyramid-shaped battleships under the sea.
People of Planet ReptumEdit
Appear in "The Legend of the Star Mermaid". They live on a planet with an atmosphere so dense that it is like water, able to drown and suffocate regular human beings.
However, their planet has become polluted and they are in need of a solution.
Children of Planet FululuEdit
Main article: Children of Planet Fululu
A group of alien children appearing in "Cosmo Child". They fled a genocide on their planet, but the remaining adults died in route to Earth, leaving them behind to hide from their enemy.
They are eventually convinced to fight back against the enemy race, fully awakening their psychic potential.
These characters are also adapted into the 2001 series, but in a slightly different form as aliens from a separate dimension and with some alterations to the story.
Neo Black GhostEdit
Main article: Neo Black Ghost
The successor organization to the original. They operate sporadically through the Weekly Shonen Sunday and Big Comic runs, and are lead by a man only known as "President".
The concept of "Neo Black Ghost" was used for the anime series airing at the same time, although it went in a much different direction (see the 1979 anime character section).
An end is ultimately put to this organization in the "Aphrodite" arc, after its base on Aphrodite Island is destroyed. 004 suspects remnants of the organization still being around in "The Legend of the Star Mermaid", but this is not ever confirmed or followed up on.
While some continuity to the earlier manga is adhered to, with the suggestion that the NBG organization formed at least 15-20 years after the original, there is some soft retconning present in "Arctic Ghost" when it states that Julia Manoda was recruited for the start of the original organization in 1970 (as opposed to it starting in the early 1960s). Chapters such as that one also pointedly take place in "198x", placing the arc at some point in the 1980s.
The leader of the organization. He initially appears wearing a costume more like Skull's, to disguise himself, in "The Golden Triangle" and "Sargasso Sea in a Different Dimension". His true appearance is revealed in the "Aphrodite" arc, where he is a bald man wearing glasses. He is fond of art.
He is ultimately killed by 007, via the Super Gun.
A high executive of the Neo Black Ghost organization. She met the president 10 years prior, and constructed Aphrodite Island. She is killed when her base is overrun with hydrochloric acid, melting her down.
She has 12 marble statue robots known as the "Twelve Gods", as well as a guard robot named "Hyacinthus", which she uses to attack targets. These robots are all destroyed by 004.
An executive appearing in "Arctic Ghost", operating out of the "Palace of Ice" base at the North Pole. Half of her face was horrifically burnt and disfigured in a gunpowder accident when she was a child, which resulted in the death of her brother. Dr. Gilmore had attempted to repair her disfigured face, but the reconstructive surgery's effects eventually wore away over the years, leaving her to wear a half-mask.
She was a member of the original Black Ghost organization and was in love with Dr. Gilmore, but felt betrayed and vengeful when he left the organization with the 00 cyborgs. Before her time at Black Ghost, she was a physicist in Nazi Germany and developed a hydrogen bomb that ultimately went unused.
After Gilmore's rebellion, Julia is said to have attempted to track him down in Japan, but had a fling with a Japanese man and birthed her daughter, Anna.
Other minor charactersEdit
These are notable minor characters present through different manga stories and eras, otherwise not grouped into any categories.
A young man who attempts to flee the classification home with Joe.
He is hit with knockout gas by the Black Ghost operatives, and falls off a ledge, being left behind and not chosen to be 009.
It is unclear and debated over whether Ishinomori intended him to die (from something such as a broken neck or head trauma), which would not be uncommon for some of his series, or if the boy was simply stunned by the fall and left behind.
Some apocrypha, such as the first Shotaro Ishinomori Character Picture Guide, claim that he is in fact a younger Ibaraki, though it cannot be certain if this was anywhere in Ishinomori's intent and was more of a hypothesis by the book's author.
See Yasu for listing of specific incarnations
A delinquent friend of Joe's that shows up in the "0013" story. He bullies 0013 for his bread, but is stopped by Joe.
A Black Ghost scientist that briefly appears in the "Wandering" arc. He is regretful of his role in the organization, and is displeased that they've used his growth technology for nefarious means.
A young woman appearing in the "Vietnam" arc. Her brother turns out to have been converted into Cyborg Man #11. She travels with the cyborgs for a while, but is not seen for the rest of the arc, after being backhanded by a man of the Viet Cong.
A young shepherd at the start of the "Mythos Cyborgs" arc. His lamb Blackie is slaughtered and stolen for food by the Centaurs, and his mother punishes him for his outrageous "lie" of where his lamb went.
Unidentified "Mythos" Dragon CyborgEdit
An unnamed, mysterious metallic dragon that appears in two panels of the "Mythos Cyborgs" arc. Like Poseidon, it does not feature beyond the initial gathering and it is unknown if Ishinomori had any further plans in mind for it.
Though deceased, having died when he was a baby and Joe being unable to truly remember her, a few possible apparitions of Joe's mother are seen throughout the series.
- In "The Underground Empire of Yomi", she appears as a woman with short, dark hair in Joe's visions that he sees while nearly passed out in front of the Black Ghost brains. It is her face that inspires him to keep fighting.
- In "Aztec", Joe's mother appears as a long-haired, demonic, cackling silhouette having sex with a large-nosed foreign man, as Joe is left to imagine his mother being a wanton woman as the thugs that harassed him for his blond hair had suggested.
- In "Night of the Star Festival", thanks to 001 (or Alice in the 2001 adaptation), Joe is able to "meet" his mother as a child, and sees his wish of "I want to see my mother" spelled out on her wreath.
- In "Deep Space", one of the forms that the Yuki-onna morphs into to tempt Joe is a "mother", and what she assumes his mother to look like (a woman in a kimono with her hair in a bun).
The design seen of his mother briefly in the 2001 series, when she's collapsed on the steps, appears to depict her with the long hair as is suggested in "Aztec".
A young delinquent that appears in "Monster Island". He is left traumatized and delirious by the murder of his friends, as well as having been stung by Dr. Mamushi's "insanity insects" which leave him in a constant stupor.
His ultimate fate is unknown, as Dr. Gilmore's research center that he's staying at is soon blown up, with nothing more said on him.
Droighter and Christa MooreEdit
An archaeologist and his young daughter, both appearing in "The Middle East". They were held hostage by Arab soldiers, but are soon bailed out by the 00 team. Unfortunately, Droighter is soon killed in a disaster caused by Moses, leaving his daughter distraught.
Christa is left having to be protected by 003 through the rest of the conflict against Moses, but manages to survive the ordeal.
A vengeful middle-aged woman whose family were persecuted and assumed to be witches, resulting them being burnt at the stake and for her eye to be gouged out by a rock.
In the present day, she has slaughtered people of the village in the guise of a "Knight of Vengeance", and uses her daughter to assist her in her schemes.
The daughter and reluctant accomplice. She eventually grows upset of her mother's murderous ways and attempts to rebel, to no avail.
In the end, she kills her mother, but also commits suicide, leaving Joe unable to save either of them.
Appears in "The Bottom of the Sea". He is a scientist imprisoned under the sea by the merpeople, who have been using him and other captured humans to help build their escape ship.
The scientist's teenage daughter, who travels with Joe on his quest to free the captive humans from the merpeople and negotiate their release.
Main article: Lena
A sickly young woman appearing in "Snow Carnival". She is at first believed to be the "Snow Witch", but is later revealed to be framed by her adoptive sister Linda, who has an intense love-hate relationship with her.
Main article: Linda
Lena's sister, later revealed to be adopted. She was adopted by their father specifically as a sacrificial child to be used to harvest organs from, so Lena would be healthier. In turn, hers were replaced with cybernetics. This lead her to become the "Snow Witch".
Sir van AllenEdit
An old friend of 007's, mentioned in "City of Wind". He was responsible for helping him out of his alcoholism. Unfortunately, Sir van Allen and his expedition group were killed by Cabrakan, who believed they were trying to steal the gold from an Incan pyramid.
A mad scientist appearing in "Ghost Island". Five years prior to the events of the story, Joe stopped him from releasing a biological virus that would kill humans. He swore revenge and opted to create a plan to personally target the young man.
With this plan, he had seized the DNA of cyborgs 002-008 and created several groups of clones for Joe to fight. However, Joe eventually realized that these clones were fully-human and vulnerable, with several of them having died due to things that wouldn't impede the normal cyborgs. After attempting to firebomb the island (and killing more of his clones), Friedkin's helicopter was blown up by the Super Gun.
00 Cyborg ClonesEdit
Friedkin's experiments. There are at least three groups of clones visible within the arc. The first group attempt to kill Joe, after initially pretending to know him and acting as his teammates.
They contain very human weaknesses, such as "005" catching on fire, "002" unable to fly and in fact drowning in the ocean, and "004" and "007" dying from blunt-force trauma. The human "006" also uses a flamethrower to fight with, while "008" uses an oxygen mask and tank underwater, and "004" fights with a gun due to having no machine gun hand.
Two other groups of clones surround Joe after he kills the "003" from the first, but they are all soon killed in the firebombing of the island by Dr. Friedkin.
Main article: Anna Kurishima
Julia Manoda's estranged, half-Japanese daughter, presumably in her late teens. She was born during her mother's attempt to track Dr. Gilmore, but was given up to an orphanage and adopted by the Kurishima family, while Julia returned to her work at Black Ghost.
She is angered at her mother for having abandoned her, as well as her mother being a villain.
False 004 RobotEdit
An android made by an unknown source, used to battle against 004 in a German castle. It is ultimately defeated by him, and used to prove his margin of humanity left behind.
004 also figures out the "Dr. Gilmore" who had alerted him to the android was also nothing but an enemy android itself, and defeats it
The developer of a futuristic city called "Computopia". In the manga, the cyborgs are called there to combat a Neo Black Ghost threat.
He is proud of his super-intelligent computer system, Sphinx, but does not realize until it's too late that it carries the residual thoughts of his deceased son Karl.
See Karl Eckermann for listing of specific incarnations
The teenage son of Dr. Eckermann. His mother had died in his youth, leaving him starved for a positive female role model in his life, and his dad had neglected his feelings.
Upon his death of a disease, Karl's mind had taken over the Sphinx computer system and would be attracted to 003 when the 00 cyborgs visited Computopia. He would attempt to kill 009 and the others, to have 003 to himself, but would eventually have his memory core destroyed after 003 convinced him that his feelings were not that of actual love but possession.
In the epilogue of the manga, it is revealed that some part of Karl/Sphinx survived, and inspired by 003's words, has been creating robotic clones of her and 009 to be the rulers of the city.
A colleague of Dr. Gilmore, appearing in "The Legend of the Star Mermaid". He supplies them the Poseidon ship to take to Planet Reptum.
His design was later recycled for Dr. Brown in the 2001 series.
Characters exclusive to the 1968 TV seriesEdit
These include minor guest characters, as well as villains that had no basis in the manga.
Cyborg X (Naku)Edit
Voiced by: Yoshiko Asai
A young man appearing in the second episode The Challenge of X. He was once a normal young man who loved roses and his girlfriend Michi, but was involved in a traffic accident upon which he was revived and converted into the cyborg known as "X" by Dr. Omega.
Voiced by: Junko Hori
Appears in the final episode Warriors of Peace do not Die. She represents the evil lurking in the minds of mankind, and warns 009 that she cannot be easily defeated as long as evil exists.
According to Masaki Tsuji, she is meant as a continuation of the Black Ghost Generalissimo from the film series.
Characters exclusive to the light novel "SF Roman"Edit
These are characters appearing in the first light novel for the Cyborg 009 series, which is notable for its significant liberties with canon. These characters do not appear in any of the color illustrations by Shotaro Ishinomori, leaving their appearances to be guessed at.
The Arnoul FamilyEdit
003's family briefly appear and get mentioned in the novel, when Joe goes to Paris to recruit her back to the team.
Not much characterization is observed from them, though it is confirmed that a mother and younger brother are present. The fate of Mr. Arnoul does not seem to be given or confirmed, and an older brother (presumably Jean) is mentioned as having been drafted into the military.
003's older ballet teacher, who has offered for her to star in his new show. He is presented as a brief rival for Joe/009, as 003 initially refuses to return to the team due to her feelings for him.
He makes a re-appearance in Sakai's version of Legend of the Super Galaxy, still with feelings for 003 and as her teacher.
A young girl who grew up at the same orphanage as Joe. She became his protector, defending him from the bullies who picked on him because of his hair and eyes making him look like a foreigner. Joe thought of her as a little sister, and the two were close.
Sadly, her life ended when she was struck down by a hit-and-run accident in her teens, and Joe had tracked down and brutally beat the American man responsible for her death, which landed him in a reformatory. Midori's death continues to haunt him, and he sees her innocence and kindness in Helena.
Cyborg 0010 (Petrov)Edit
A young Russian man who used his MiG-28 fighter jet to flee to Japan from the Soviet Union, seeking asylum and planning to defect to the USA. Unfortunately, Black Ghost intercepted his plan, abducting him and remodeling him into Cyborg 0010.
Though this alternative 0010 is never depicted in illustrations, the description of his appearance and powers as well as his relation to Helena make him the novel's equivalent to Apollo. After his remodeling, there is no possible way of making him reconsider killing the 00 cyborgs or from harming his own sister, which leads to Helena sacrificing herself to defeat him.
An Austrian man who comes to greet Petrov, under the pretense of offering him asylum in the USA. He turns out to be the villain Skull in disguise, and captures Petrov, taking him back to the Black Ghost organization.
Characters exclusive to the 1979 TV seriesEdit
These include notable minor guest characters with connections to the team, as well as villains associated with this version's incarnation of Neo Black Ghost.
Main article: Odin (1979)
The first major villain of the series, and leader of the Norse God cyborgs.
He resurfaces towards the end of the series, and the final episode shows imagery of him at the end and hints he'll be fighting the cyborgs once more. This was to set up his role in the 1980 "Mythos Cyborgs" animated arc, which went unproduced.
Main article: Thor (1979)
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata
Another Norse God cyborg, modeled after the god of thunder. He wields the hammer Mjolnir.
Voiced by: Isamu Tanonaka
Another Norse God cyborg, who deceives average people into considering the 00 cyborgs traitors to God. He also poses as an innkeeper in the village around the Yggdrasill tree.
Unlike the manga's "Edda" arc, this Loki is an entirely separate character and not simply another disguise for Odin.
Main article: Freyja (1979)
Voiced by: Rihoko Yoshida
The only woman of the Norse God cyborgs, modeled after the goddess of love. She has two forms, a more benign-looking blonde woman and her "corrupted" form, a demonic teal-skinned woman with violet hair and golden wings.
Main article: Lena (1979)
Voiced by: Eiko Masuyama
A young woman, who is the granddaughter of Dr. Reinhard. She has been converted into a cyborg with a skeleton made of Wagnerium, with the intent to use her as a way to resurrect Hitler.
Voiced by: Osamu Kato
A Black Ghost scientist appearing in flashbacks in episode 12. In the present day, he has converted himself into a cyborg and attempts to get a young man named Takeshi to become one.
Voiced by: Minori Matsushima
Jet's former girlfriend from his days in New York. Though she wishes to rekindle her relationship with him, she ultimately ditches him after he refuses to give blood to George (and does not reveal his cyborg condition being the reason he was unable to), leaving George to pursue his own feelings for her.
She is named after the actress Natalie Wood, in keeping with the "West Side Story" theme.
Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu
One of Jet's fellow gang members from his past days. He has had an interest in Natalie, but finds his feelings complicated by Jet's return to New York.
He is stabbed in trying to protect Jet, and although he recovers, he hears from Natalie that Jet had refused to donate blood and that she wants to forget all about him.
His name may have been inspired by the actor George Chakiris, to go along with the "West Side Story" theme.
Voiced by: Tessho Genda
The 1979 series' equivalent to the leader of the Shark gang from the manga, with the gang renamed "The Black Shark". He is a hulking, muscular man who had menaced New York.
Though he was believed dead after Jet had accidentally stabbed him in their gang fight, he would resurface five years later, revealing himself to have also been converted into a cyborg by the Black Ghost organization.
Voiced by: Koji Yada
A former colleague of Dr. Gilmore from his days at university. He grew vengeful after the death of his wife Astacia, who turned out to have secretly had feelings for his old rival all along, and created the Sukuna AB android and the island of Marchenland as a way to exact his revenge.
Voiced by: Haruko Kitahama
The deceased wife of Gerhardt. Her appearance is used as a villainous hologram that greets the team at Marchenland, but "Astacia" is soon revealed to be a fake and her death is later confirmed by Gerhardt.
Voiced by: Rihoko Yoshida
An android that was modeled after Gerhardt's deceased wife. In her normal mode, she has a more gentle and humanoid face, but it can split apart to reveal a more demonic, purple-skinned face.
She is made to do battle against Joe, and can track his Accelerator.
Voiced by: Mami Koyama
A young woman who had known Joe in his time as a racer after the defeat of the original Black Ghost. But one day, she had disappeared. She later resurfaces, being pursued by attackers, and reunites with Joe but secretly catches on to him being a cyborg.
She thus manipulates Joe into helping her and her new boyfriend Levan cross the desert to get to their new destination safely, and Joe is betrayed when he learns that Mayumi used him and considered him disposable as a cyborg.
It is left ambiguous if Mayumi was simply a friend of Joe or a former girlfriend and debated among viewers, though the use of honorifics would indicate their relationship was probably not that intimate.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake
A former colleague of Dr. Gilmore, whose son and daughter-in-law were murdered by Black Ghost soldiers after the 00 team were tracked to their residence. Kassel was later captured by Black Ghost, and was killed by the Neo Black Ghost operatives, leaving his granddaughter Liz to seek revenge against Dr. Gilmore.
Voiced by: Keiko Han
Dr. Kassel's granddaughter, who appears to be somewhere in her teens. She was outfitted with a bomb by Neo Black Ghost, with the intent of sacrificing herself to take out Dr. Gilmore and the 00 cyborgs.
Voiced by: Yoku Shioya
A biracial friend of Joe's from his youth, appearing in episode 30. It is discovered that Joe wound up at the reformatory due to getting into a fight to protect Jiro from bullying.
In the five years after Black Ghost's assumed defeat, he has become a researcher at a power company but winds up the victim of Neo Black Ghost. Like Joe, Jiro had been searching for his own father, who unbeknownst to him turned out to be one of the executives of the organization.
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori
A former actor, once a friend and rival to 007. After a mountain-climbing accident, he was believed dead and 007 was blamed for his death.
But Brown had actually survived, and would become a cyborg of the Neo Black Ghost, swearing revenge on 007 and his mountain guide friend Kramer.
Gorg and the Messengers from HellEdit
Voiced by: Shigezo Sasaoka (Gorg)
A trio of villains appearing in episode 33. Their leader, Gorg, is an executive of the Neo Black Ghost's intelligence bureau.
They are loosely modeled after 0012's assistants from the manga, with the two other nameless men being modeled after Scarecrow and Roentgen.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Otake
A captain of the Neo Black Ghost organization, acting as subordinate of Dr. Whisky and the three brothers. He is responsible for the creation of the villain Zonbig (itself loosely modeled after "Conan" from the manga), a remodeled corpse that can manipulate humans' minds.
Voiced by: Koji Nakata
A mysterious, gentle man known as "The Jesus of the East" and said to have the ability to soothe peoples' hearts. He is strongly against evil.
The 00 cyborgs realize his resemblance to the three Neo Black Ghost brothers, and find stunning revelations about his connection to them.
Shiva, Brahma, and VishnuEdit
Main article: Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu
The three brothers that lead the Neo Black Ghost organization. They were remodeled by Dr. Whisky. They share a mental link, and when one is injured, the others are affected.
As part of their remodeling, each of their heads have some extent of exposed machinery.
Characters exclusive to the 2001 "Cyborg Soldier" TV seriesEdit
These characters are exclusive to the 2001 continuity, although some may have loose inspiration from other manga characters (either 009-based or from other series).
Voiced by: Takehiro Koyama
The priest that found 009 abandoned as a baby at the church's doorstep. He raised Joe and many other children as his, but his orphanage would later turn out to be a front for Black Ghost to abduct the children from to remodel as cyborgs.
He attempted to go against the organization, but was murdered, with Joe being framed for the killing.
Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi
A Black Ghost doctor that attempted to rebel against the organization as Gilmore had, but was murdered in the process.
Voiced by: Hidetoshi Nakamura
A Black Ghost commander appearing in episode 2. He is killed by Skull after his purpose is served.
In the English dub and foreign scripts based from it, he is referred to as Commander Skarr.
Dr. Berg and his RecruitEdit
Voiced by: Aruno Tahara (Dr. Berg)
Dr. Berg is a foolish scientist not taken seriously by others, but is a self-proclaimed genius. He headed the development of 0013 and his 13 Robo, and aims to retrieve 13 Robo's electronic brain, attempting to beat the 00 cyborgs at their mission.
He is partnered with a foolish young Black Ghost recruit along the way.
Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima
A young woman of 003's past, in being her friend but also a rival ballet dancer. When back in Paris, 003 sees a girl that resembles her, and initially mistakes her for Nathalie (who would be middle-aged or dead by now).
An illusion of Nathalie later appears to taunt 003, as part of Black Ghost's manipulations.
A robot discovered on an abandoned island by 005, 006, and 007.
He is modeled after Isaac from The Way of Ryu, and an identical design was used for the robot Garakuta from GR Number 5.
Voiced by: Yoko Somi
The past lover of 007, who was left behind after he let fame go to his head. She passed away in the ensuing years, leaving behind an adult daughter who was angered at Britain for his rejection of her mother.
Voiced by: Yoko Somi
Sophie's daughter. Though she denies any possibility of 007 being her father, 002 infers that she may very well be his child.
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
An old friend of 008's, and part of the Muamba Republic resistance.
He appears to be based on a man that appeared in the story Barefoot Zanzibar, which was later folded into the Cyborg 009 tankobon releases.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
Another old friend of 008, who wound up converted into a Cyborg Man. He is ultimately unable to be reasoned with to go against Black Ghost, and is shot.
Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka
The corrupt president of the Muamba Republic, who is in league with Black Ghost.
Voiced by: Minoru Inaba
A Black Ghost commander seen after the Muamba incident, attempting to go after the team and recapture them.
Main article: Cathy
Voiced by: Kaori Saiki
A mother appearing in The Hero, who is disapproving of her son hanging around with 002. She eventually discovers his secret when he rescues her.
Main article: Jimmy
Voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei
A young friend of 002 while he is first shown living in New York after the assumed defeat of Black Ghost.
The Blue BeastEdit
Voiced by: Masane Tsukayama
A blue jaguar that claims to be the very "spirit of the Earth", and challenges 005.
He is based on the character from the Shotaro Ishinomori one-shot The Blue Earth, which was loosely sourced for the episode.
Voiced by: Natsuki Yamashita
A mysterious young girl with the ability to time-jump. She appears to be from some point in the future, and is pursued by "men in black" who turn out to be other future people tracking her and making sure she doesn't meddle too hard with time.
She knows Joe from his past, as she had leapt back in time to visit him and appears in his photographs.
Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto
An old colleague of Dr. Gilmore, and behind the "First Generation" 00 cyborg line of the 1960s. He would pass away in the ensuing decades, with Gilmore stepping up as the head of the cyborg development.
His design was somewhat based off Gregor, from "The Legend of the Star Mermaid".
Unknown Black Ghost Cyborg SubjectsEdit
In episode 38, four pods are initially shown to be holding cyborgs that were seemingly rejected from the 00 line or perhaps were of the earlier D-Line, with them being shown after D-6/Jet Link (initially considered to be re-labeled 001, and then finalized as 002) is introduced.
Of the two shown, a man and a woman, the woman in the pod is shown to have wavy hair in a style much like the human design for 0012 (who was confirmed to have been frozen by Black Ghost), though her identity cannot truly be deduced. The man has a round nose and dark hair, but barely any other features can be made out.
A group of people from a future timeline where Black Ghost had won. They had developed psychic abilities, and have the additional ability to leap through time, though it comes with the side-effect of draining their energy and aging them.
Dr. Whisky would be visited by these psychics, and use them for his own purpose against the 00 cyborg team and Dr. Gilmore. The existence of psychics known as "Mutant Warriors" are foreshadowed in ep.38, through a flashback showing psychic subjects being trained at the Black Ghost facility.
Four of the characters have loose basis in existing manga ones, with Rina and Mii being re-interpreted from their respective arcs. Meanwhile, Nichol was loosely based from Rina's brother, while Cain emulates the design of The Commander but is heavily revamped.
Ultimately, the one member with no outright manga basis is Rina's younger brother Phil (though it is speculated his name pays homage to the "Philippe" character).
Main article: Phil
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga
A young psychic boy. He is mischievous and takes pleasure in telekinetically throwing a rock at 002's nose, kicking him in the face, and later biting the nose.
He initially doesn't remember that he is Rina's actual brother. After regaining his memories, and after he senses his sister's disappearance from the timeline, he cries out for her, prematurely aging himself to death from expending the rest of his energy. This in turn induces a heart attack in Dr. Whisky.
Characters exclusive to the "Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman" OVAEdit
These characters only exist in this continuity.
As designed by Takeshi Itou, they reference other series' characters, and continue the pattern in the Studio Actas OVAs directed by Jun Kawagoe (of re-purposing an author's other titles and characters).
Main article: Dr. Adams
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki
A former colleague of Dr. Gilmore, who was rejected from the first 00 prototype line due to his bizarre ideas for the cyborgs. After his son Edward was seriously injured in an accident and on the verge of death, he would be the first cyborg created for his new project.
It is revealed through the plot that one bizarre and unspeakable idea of Adams' was that of the "Cyborg Daemon"; a perfect demon host, created from merging a cyborg with a demonic entity. He used this concept to manipulate one of his cyborgs, 0015, into believing he could cure her brother's illness this way.
He is modeled after Professor Gill, from Kikaider.
High-Teen Number CyborgsEdit
These cyborgs were developed in secret alongside production of later models, such as the Mythos Cyborgs team.
As a later line of cyborgs, they have the Accelerator but also a "self-repair" function installed in their bodies, among other abilities. They receive their name due to being a continuation of the 00 line after 0013, and their numbers being in the "high teens" (0014-0018).
They are briefly gone over in the light novel tie-in, and also appear in the three OVA episodes. Each are modeled after other characters from Ishinomori's various titles.
Cyborg 0014 (Edward Adams)Edit
Main article: 0014
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
The leader of the High-Teen Numbers. He is Dr. Adams' adult son, and the first to be remodeled after being mortally wounded in a laboratory accident. He is prideful and ruthless, and intense with his acceleration ability.
He is modeled after Loof, from Genma Taisen: Eve of Mythology.
Cyborg 0015 (Eva Maria Pallares)Edit
Main article: 0015
Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki
The second of the High-Teen Number line. Like 0017 and 0018, she was a child born and raised in Black Ghost's facilities. She is an esper with multiple abilities, due to them having been brought out by experimentation.
After learning her comatose younger brother Seth/0018 was to be used in Adams' ultimate "Cyborg Daemon" plan to help cure him, she posed as a student at Akira Fudo and Miki Makimura's high school to befriend the latter and kidnap her, as a lure to bring Akira and Ryo to her boss' lair.
She is modeled after the Rina character, from the "Immigration" arc of 009 as well as the series Blue Zone.
Cyborg 0016 (John Cain Smith)Edit
Main article: 0016
A silent, heavily-modified cyborg (the only organic part left being his brain), who like 004, is a full-body weapon and also has massive super-strength like 005. He was constructed with the technology used in the "Mad Machine M-1" used in Antarctica.
The face of his cyborg appearance is modeled after the mask of Gen Jumonji, from Iron Mask Cross and its sequel Iron Mask Detective Gen. However, he also has a motif of K, from Robot Detective, in the fashion he wears in his civilian guise. His pre-remodeled appearance, seen in the opening, would appear to reference the pre-remodeled design of Riki Ono from Glacial Warrior Guyslugger.
He is not voiced within the OVA.
Cyborg 0017 (Abel)Edit
Main article: 0017
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura
A young boy cyborg, who is an esper with the ability to fire ice beams and create other ice constructs. He was born and raised in a secret Black Ghost facility in Canada, in charge of developing espers and demons in addition to cybernetic technologies.
He is modeled after Donkikko, from the series of the same title.
Cyborg 0018 (Seth)Edit
Main article: 0018
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
A comatose young man, who was born and developed in Black Ghost's Canadian facility and input as the final cyborg for the High-Teen Number line. In addition to the usual expected esper abilities, he has the power of shockwaves. He also becomes merged with the demon Atun, and winds up as the ultimate boss for both 009 and Devilman to fight.
He is modeled after Jun, a commonly-used character in Fantasy World Jun, Agartha, Blue Zone, and various other series by Ishinomori.