Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ranger Villain Profile: Fiveman Enemies

The Silver Imperial Army Zone (銀帝軍ゾーン, Ginteigun Zōn) is an alien army plotting to rule the entire Milky Way, it flies across universe attacking worlds with its Galactic Warriors. Earth will be its 1,000th destroyed planet, at which point Meadow will gain eternal life. They operate from their ship Vulgyre and can send smaller battle ships called Vulgols (バルゴール, Barugōru?). They use the Galactic currency Dolyen which is said to be equal to 100 earth yens.

Galactic Super Beast Vulgyre (銀河超獣バルガイヤー, Gingachōjū Barugaiyā) (46-48) - The true ruler of Zone. Even though being a living organism, he operated as the Zone headquarters, Galactic Ship Vulgyre (銀河戦艦バルガイヤー, Ginga Senkan Barugaiyā). Projecting the into the sky the face of a dead alien woman named Meadow, who he was in love with and killed for refusing him, Vulgyre gave orders to Zone under the "Ōkubi" persona of Empress Meadow. Vulgyre had been traveling the galaxy in order to destroy a total of 1,000 stars. When the star number 1000 is destroyed, he would obtain eternal life and become "God" of the Milky Way. When Doldora and Zaza were told the truth by Five Red, Vulgyre forcefully combined them to destroy the Earth-grown Sidon flowers for a reason unknown until the finale. Near the end of the series, he reveals to his crew that he would be undergoing his "Galactic Eclosion", in which he would become "Super Galactic Beast" and that he needed a "final energy" in order to complete this. It is first thought that it is the deaths of the Fiveman but the truth was uncovered after Five Red defeated Chevalier: Vulgyre coveted the energy of Chevalier's death, and not Fiveman's, order to begin his metamorphosis, explaining that Chevalier had committed multiple murders across the galaxy and his soul would be full with the blood of his victims, the source of the "last energy", resulting in the disturbing revelation that he had deceived Chevalier from the very beginning. After hatching, destroyed the Magma Base with remarkable ease. The Sidon Flowers are his weakness as they are the first sprout of new life in the very first planet he destroyed, using them the Fivemen weakened him and was ultimately destroyed by the Super Five Robo in the finale.

Galactic Empress Meadow (銀河皇帝メドー, Gingakōtei Medō) (1-48) - The white-skinned, silver-maned, purple-lipped, golden-eyed mystery ruler of the Zone Empire. She is only seen to be the face of a woman surrounded by a silver mane that appears from the sky. Extremely powerful. She seeks to devour life from planets and when the 1,000th is destroyed, she will gain eternal life. Later on, she appeared in reddish form, far more angry after continuous failure of Zone. She is revealed to be a simulation created by Vulgyre after the flowers of Sidon destroyed her. The real Meadow was an alien woman Vulgyre wanted to be his queen in galactic conquest but refused. In the end, her spirit helped the Sidon flowers destroy Vulgyre once and for all avenging herself for all the wrongs Vulgyre did in her name.

Captain Garoa (ガロア艦長, Garoa-kanchō) (1-48) - The captain of Vulgyre in black and gray armor over red clothes, armed with a sword. He got scarred by Five Red as a child creating a rivalry between them. An expert swordsman, could handle even the five siblings by himself in battle, with his special technique "Taifuu Shaken" (Typhoon Spinning Sword). Although a field commander, he would not show up much in fight, giving orders from Meadow (actually Vulgyre) to the others but at times shows up to make the lives of the Fivemen miserable if the missions are failing. The continuing failures and the arrival of Chevalier eventually caused Garoa's dismissal, having been assigned the janitor post after his monster Gorilla-Eagle Gin was destroyed when he promised "Meadow" (Vulgyre) the deaths of the Fivemen. He eventually found a secret energy source in Vulgyre, and, unaware of its true nature, he used it on a Gorlin, creating the "Big Garoan", a powerful robotic monster which temporarily destroyed the Super Five Robo, earning him the Captain position back. Even though he tried the hardest to succeed in his plans and, along Dongoros, was the last survivor of Zone, Garoa found his demise trapped in the coffin of Meadow, with his armor destroyed, in the middle of burning Dolyen bills as Vulgyre exploded in the series finale.

Galactic Commanders: - They somewhat are the triumvirate of the Empire only answering to Garoa and later to Chevalier. They are the ones who serve as the field commanders of the Zone Empire.

Galactic Swordsman Billion (銀河剣士ビリオン, Ginga Kenshi Birion) (1-46) - He was probably the best swordsman in the galaxy, white-maned in white armor over blue tights. A lover of liquor and swords, this sadistic left-handed warrior enjoys fighting. When he finds an even minimally weaker foe, he challenges to battle and defeats him. He is bitter rivals with Five Red. He would not hesitate to execute a plan even at the cost of a comrade's welfare. He is scheming and manipulative, most of the time using others to accomplish his goals. This can be seen in the different types of monsters and strategies he chose in contrast to Doldora and Dongoros. While using Sabergin, Billion evolved into the more powerful Saber Billion (サーベルビリオン Sāberu Birion), able to enlarge himself to fight Five Robo. However, once his weapon was destroyed, Billion returned to normal. After being witness to Rose Dolgin's creation and then killing Gunther, Billion challenged Five Red to a sword fight, ultimately killed by Five Red in Armor Mode's flying sword thrust attack causing him to explode after he got close to victory. This battle is said to be one of the best scenes in the series where he is killed singlehandedly by Five Red.

Galactic Scientist Doldora (銀河博士ドルドラ, Ginga Hakase Dorudora) (1-46) - Scientist and weapons researcher of Zone in gold scorpion-like armor over black tights, she is more of a strategist, although she also has high combat levels. Having a gift for disguise as well, she even fooled Fumiya once posing as a cute girl. She is much less violent than Billion and Dongoros but no less evil. She prefers to let Zaza, her underling, do most of her dirty work, and uses subtle tactics and deceitful monsters as she believes brains work better than direct force. After knowing Vulgyre's true identity and going into insanity, Doldora was forcefully fused with Zaza by him to become Rose Dolgin (バラドルギン, Baradorugin) to defeat the Fivemen and destroy the Sidon flowers (Vulgyre's only weakness) in the New Town School, but was absorbed by a Gorlin after Billion's death and was destroyed by the Star Five.

Galactic Merchant Dongoros (銀河商人ドンゴロス, Ginga Shōnin Dongorosu) (1-48) - A grotesque, short, fat space merchant who enjoys making money (Dolyen bills) and carries an abacus. He prefers to use brute force (which can be seen in his choice of monsters) to accomplish the job but at times he would use subtle tactics as well when necessary like using a Voodoo Monster. In the finale, Dongoros was killed in the explosion of Vulgyre as he was desperately packing all the Dolyens and gold bars he could before fleeing, falling as a victim of his own greed.

Fang of the Galaxy Zaza (銀河の牙ザザ, Ginga no Kiba Zaza) (1-46) - Doldora's underling and loyal bodyguard in black tights with purple armor. Zaza was turned into a cyborg by Doldora when just born and swore absolute servitude to her. She used to operate along Billion at times. She is rivals with Remi. She does most of Doldora's dirty work and does not question her mistress at all. Attempting to shield Doldora, she was merged with her mistress. Also on her own admition during Episode 5 her kind is born from eggs.

First Captain Chevalier (初代艦長シュバリエ, Shodaikanchō Shubarie) (28-47) - He is actually Vulgyre's first captain but ironically younger-looking than Garoa suggesting he might be a gifted child himself. He had been gone and was operating alone when he heard of Zone's struggle in Earth and returned. Eventually takes over captaincy after Garoa is dismissed (which creates story problems), becoming Five Red's rival as well as Garoa's. He controls a black Gorlin. This self proclaimed "Hero of the Galaxy" enjoys music and has sword abilities that surpass even those of Garoa's. Chevalier shows up in battle more often than Garoa. He is scheming and sadistic as well as cool and even humorous making him quite similar to the short-lived Black Prince of Bioman. He uses extremely dangerous tactics against the Fiveman and makes their lives twice as miserable. In the finale, he challenges Five Red to a "Chain Deathmatch" in which an unbreakable chain would link them together until one of them died. He lost to Five Red and then Vulgyre revealed that he made Chevalier fight to death because he needed the "Energy of the most powerful death in the Galaxy" and deceived Chevalier in thinking it was Fiveman's deaths when it was really his that was needed. His explosion released the final energy for Vulgyre's final transformation.

* Weapons: Barok Stick, Barok Fencer, Barok Shoot and Barok Byoot

Galaxy Squadron Gingaman (銀河戦隊ギンガマン, Ginga Sentai Gingaman, Galaxy Squadron Galaxyman) (1-47) - A comedic all male evil Squadron of five aliens who first formed by Doldora as part of her plan to hypnotize the masses. But they would later return to serve Chevalier. They were killed by the Fivemen near finale.

* Baikanian Ginga Red (バイカン星人ギンガレッド, Baikan Seijin Ginga Reddo) - From planet Baikan.
* Monomenian Ginga Blue (モノメ星人ギンガブルー, Monome Seijin Ginga Burū) - From planet Monome.
* Grachisian Ginga Black (グラチス星人ギンガブラック, Gurachisu Seijin Ginga Burakku) - From planet Grachis.
* Fujiminian Ginga Pink (フジミン星人ギンガピンク, Fujimin Seijin Ginga Pinku) - From planet Fujimin.
* Gringanian Ginga Yellow (グリンガ星人ギンガイエロー, Guringa Seijin Ginga Ierō) - From planet Gringa.

Batzler Soldiers (バツラー兵, Batsurā Hei) - The black-skinned grunts with orange heads, armed with crab claws, bearing the Zone crest on their chests. They are also capable of disguise. Galactic Ninja BatzlaGin (銀河忍者バツラギン, Ginga Ninja BatsuraGin) is their leader. Their name comes from the "batsu" (cross) on their heads. There was a special Batzler, Number 339 who had a turtle-like shell. The group were later summoned by Zaigan during Super Sentai World.

Enlarging Beast Gorlin (巨大化獣ゴルリン, Kyodaikajū Gorurin) - A giant white-skinned robot alien which absorbs and mimics the defeated Galactic Warriors. Even though, if the Galactic Warrior had completely died, the Gorlin would not be able to mimic it. Each Gorlin has its serial number and there have been interesting cases: Gorlin number 13 combined itself with the Sidon demon warped around it instead of absorbing it; Gorlin number 12 fell down while running and could not reach Bat-rugin before he died, failing to enlarge him; Gorlin number 36 was used by Garoa to create the giant robot Big Garoan. Each Gorlin costs 100,000 Dolyen, considerably cheap given its dimensions.

Black Gorlin (黒ゴルリン, Kuro Gorurin) (30-47) - It first appeared in episode 30. Chevalier controls it. Instead of being just an enlargement cyborg, it has been modified to be a battle-type so even without absorbing a Galactic Warrior, it is powerful enough to fight the Five Robo. It has laser cannons on its shoulders and bears the Zone crest on its chest. It was destroyed before the finale by two consecutive Super Vector Punches from the Super Five Robo at the same time that Chevalier fell against Five Red.

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