Berg Katse, also known as Zoltar, is the second-in-command officer of Galactor, working directly under Sosai X and the central antagonist in Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. He appeared in every episode to carry out the plans of Galactor for world domination. He is later revealed to have been manipulated to join Galactor by X in order to become his pawn.
Berg Katse was created by the alien Leader X to lead the terrorist organization Galactor to take over the world. He is a mutant entity created through the fusion of fraternal twins while they were still in the womb. Because his component parts were male and female, Berg Katse had the ability to switch genders in almost every year in his life, forcing him to hide his identity until he could control it in his adulthood, becoming a master of disguise as a result. This ability led to him to be easily recruited and manipulated by Leader X when he contacted Katse and convinced him that they were a superior being.
Katse being composed of two people also enabled him to bear an exceptionally high IQ, although his intelligence was only displayed when he was a female student, as professors who taught his male form believed the boy to not be as intelligent.
Berg Katse's most recognized appearance consists of a light purple bodysuit and matching mask with long, bat-like ears. He wear a long dark purple cape with a red interior, a black belt with a large shield-shaped buckle, and red boots and gloves. Katse also notably wears lipstick.
Throughout the series, Katse takes on many disguises, both of men and women, and can easily shed them off. His unmasked appearance is revealed in episode 102, confirming that he is the same person as the mysterious female Galactor commander. Katse appears noticeably effeminate when unmasked, with long dark blond hair and grayish-blue eyes. These traits are also seen in the female commander form.
In his female form, Katse goes through a few different appearances, either wearing her hair up in a bun or in a long flowing ponytail.
Katse's design was somewhat updated and altered for the OVA. Instead of eye lenses on his mask, Katse has a blue visor. This mask also has pointed extensions protruding off of it, and squared-off ears. He wears a violet and red bodysuit, beneath layers of a white overcoat and deep purple cape.
His unmasked appearance is also feminine, though his hair is a much lighter blond.
Berg Katse is very foul tempered and is known for his dark mood swings to the point of hysteria. He is incredibly loyal to Leader X, and commands the Galactor soldiers with brutality. Katse is known for being merciless and cowardly and always escapes capture, often leaving Galactor soldiers to die. He does not tolerate betrayal or laziness and any Galactor soldiers who disobey or betray will instantly be given the death penalty.
Powers and Abilities
Berg Katse is a master of disguise, having been switching between a man and woman for most of his life. He has the ablility to blend into environments of people and can fool everyone (even the most advanced technology).
Berg Katse, as a result of having a pair of brains fused together, has an IQ of 280 or higher. This allows him to formulate complex plans that would normally take years of consideration for the average person. In the field, he can command plans on the fly even when they go awry.
Berg Katse is a highly skilled fighter, able to fight against several enemies at once, even the whole Gatchaman team with all of their skills and equipment.
Katse commands a flying saucer where he command his troops. He is capable of piloting it in a manner that not even the God Phoenix can pursue it.
- When Science Ninja Team Gatchaman was dubbed into Battle of the Planets in other parts of the world, Katse's name was changed to Zoltar and his female form was separated into his sister whose name was Mala. In G-Force: Guardians of Space, his name was Galactor while his split female form was an agent of Galactor.
- Berg Katse's name came from the German words for mountain (Berg) and cat (Katse) which can also be translated as a wildcat and alludes to their cat-like costume. Their name is also alternatively spelled "Berg Katze" due to this and appears that way in Gatchaman Crowds.
- Initial plans for the series had Katse as a woman working in disguise as a man, rather than being a gender-changing mutant. X was to also be a computer AI that she created that wound up becoming a monstrous entity, rather than her alien ruler.I
- The model sheets and planning notes also gave Katse's age as twenty-nine years old, although this is never commented upon in the series. In the compilation movie, Katse is stated to be thirty years old.
- Katse's character notes state that he also likes to tame wild animals, a trait that is also never seen in-series.
- Katse's mutant ability to switch human shapes is similar to the mutant Mystique (Marvel). Both can change into male and female at will.
- Katse's initial design was to have him wearing a green lion-like costume. While this design was scrapped, it did get recycled for the Turtle King commander in Episodes 1 and 2.
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