Monday, April 13, 2009

Ranger Villain Profile: Liveman Enemies

Armed Brain Army Volt (武装頭脳軍ボルト, Busō Zunō Gun Boruto)

Believing most of humanity to be inferior, Armed Brain Army Volt intends to create a new world ruled only by superior beings. Life has no value to them; only brains do. Great Professor Bias, the leader of Volt, believes in no one but himself and controls his trio of officers with the allure of evil science. He looks down upon the Earth and its inhabitants with contempt aboard the orbiting space station Brain Base (ヅノーベース, Dzunōbēsu). His officers use a triangular shuttle to journey between Earth and Brain Base. Volt's goal is to create a new population of only geniuses, wiping out those with "inferior minds".




Great Professor Bias (大教授ビアス, Daikyōju Biasu): A super genius scientist of evil beliefs, well versed in all knowledge. Worshipped as a god by his officers. Bias' intellect prevents him from brutally punishing his officers or yelling out at them upon their failure; he believes they should recognize and learn from their shame. He is actually very old, his true aim is to educate his officers until one of them possess a I.Q of 1,000. Once that occurs, he steals their brains, which begin to emit a "Giga Brain Wave" that keeps him eternally youthful and intelligent. He turns himself into a child with Kemp's brain, but Kemp's spirit is able to rebel and cause Bias to revert to his true old self. He dies weak and confused aboard the exploding Brain Base with Gash.

Doctor Kemp (ドクター・ケンプ, Dokutā Kenpu) (1-48): He was formerly known as Kenji Tsukigata (月形剣史, Tsukigata Kenji), Yuusuke's former friend at Academia, turned rival once Kenji started to become egotistical and power hungry; is ashamed to have once been friends with a fool like Yuusuke. A top pupil of Bias who overestimates his own ability and is full of himself and vain, as reflected in when he assumes the form of Beauty Beast Kemp (美獣ケンプ, Bijū Kenpu). By episode 36, Kemp becames Fear Beast Kemp (恐獣ケンプ, Kyōjū Kenpu). He managed to obtain the IQ of 1,000, only to be robbed of his mind by Bias. As a result, Kemp's body becomes nothing more than the standard Brain Beast. Kemp's strong will returns enough to rob Bias of the powers he has obtained by using Kemp's brain in the finale.

Doctor Mazenda (ドクター・マゼンダ, Dokutā Mazenda) (1-47) : She was formerly known as Rui Senda (仙田ルイ, Senda Rui), Megumi's rival at Academia. Cold, with a shrill laugh as her trademark. She reconstructs herself as a cyborg to reflect her coldness, removing any remaining heart, affection and ability to love (these elements are used to make a Brain Beast doppelganger, who falls in love with Jou). She enjoyed the idea of becoming more and more cyborg in order to preserve her beauty and always be powerful. She becomes Machine Mazenda (マシン・マゼンダ, Mashin Mazenda) (38-47) and Robo Mazenda (ロボマゼンダ, Robomazenda) (47 - to keep Bias from taking her brain). Gou causes her to begin to doubt Volt and Bias' true intentions. She dies after regaining some of her former humanity. Yuusuke was once in love with her during their college days.

Doctor Obular (ドクター・オブラー, Dokutā Oburā) (1-21): He was formerly known as Gou Omura (尾村豪, Omura Gō), Jou's one-time friend turned rival at Academia. A genius from childhood, who was always pushed to study and never allowed to play. Jou was always touched by the time he witnesses Gou attempt to save a drowning dog, despite the fact that Gou could not swim himself. He has an inferiority complex that led him to become the monster Obular (his reasoning being that Kemp and Mazenda merely changed their bodies, while he also improved his mind). He was eventually forced out of Volt once his powers begin to weaken and he ultimately ends up reverting to human and suffering amnesia, moving back home. Omura later returns, regaining his memory and letting the Liveman know about Bias' secret. He eventually takes up Christianity and makes it his mission to try and save his friends still with Volt before it is too late.

Doctor Ashura (ドクター・アシュラ, Dokutā Ashura) (12-46): He was formerly known as Arashi Busujima (毒島嵐, Busujima Arashi), a tough-as-nails underworld figure and gang leader (he can take on a Brain Beast and win), who became a super genius after receiving an evil education from Bias. He is the most physically brutal of all of the Volt officers because of his background as a streetwise tough guy. He despises those who think they are geniuses, therefore superior (especially those from the Science Academia). he gained the ability to 'Cyber Body Split' and generate the Shurer Three (シュラー三人衆, Shurā Sanjinshu) (14-46). He is targeted by Bias when his Brain Beast at the moment, Hacker Zuno, hacked into Volt's mainframe and found suspicious articles regarding Bias' secret. Soon afterwards, Bias decides that Ashura is a hopeless candidate and strips him of his super-intelligence (reverting back to Arashi). After being befriended by the Liveman and Gou, he decides to strap himself with dynamite, and make a kamikaze run on a Brain Beast he -- or the Liveman -- were unable to defeat. He has a soft spot for women and has sided with Mazenda.

Guardnoid Gash (ガードノイド・ガッシュ, Gādonoido Gasshu): Bias's robot bodyguard, who wields the Giga Phantom monster-enlarging cannon. He dies alongside of Bias inside the Brain Base after losing his right forearm to Yuusuke.

Guildos of Planet Guild (ギルド星人ギルドス, Girudo Seijin Girudosu) (19-43): A robot secretly built by Bias to spur on Kemp et al, posing as (and believing himself to be) an alien intelligence. He dies after overexerting his body to repeatedly revive the Brain Beast Guild Zuno, after realizing that he is a robot.

Butchy of Planet Chibuchi (チブチ星人ブッチー, Chibuchi Seijin Butchī) (22-44): An orange pig-like robot secretly built by Bias to spur on Kemp et al (and like Guildos, was made to have others believe he was an alien intelligence). Jocular, likes roller skating and music (he claims to be a karaoke expert). After witnessing Guildos' true robotic form, he doubts his existence, running amok until he is befriended by Megumi, who is by his side until his last moments when Bias decides to detonate Butchy by remote.

Jimmers (ジンマー, Jinmā): The green-skinned android soldiers with mohawk 'haircuts'. They can assume human form. ("Jinmā" is probably a take on Jin=man and Ma=Machine).

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