Gadess (ガデス) is the leader of the Gyandlar and is obsessed with gaining the Hyribead in order to keep himself youthful and powerful - giving him more time to conquer the universe.
Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos cartoon
- Voice actor: Shigezo Sasaoka
When Kirai Stol tried to get the Hyribead to safety Gadess attacked his ship over Cronos; while Kirai was able to crash-land the ship on the planet along with his son Rom and adopted daughter Leina, though he was able to capture his enemy's older son Guardi floating in space afterwards, brainwashing him to become Garudi.
Gadess eventually traced the Hyribead to Cronos; however as he was unsure exactly where and how Kirai had hidden it he was reluctant to turn his full powers on the planet. Instead, he entrusted much of the work to his lieutenants Garudi, Diondra and Grujios - often playing them off against each other while he sat back on the Gyandlar mothership, being fussed by his droid Bi-Bi-Bi Mouse. He did however intervene when Kirai came close to defeating Grujios and the Devil Satan 6, leading to the former sacrificing himself to frustrate Gadess. Rising Storm - the Fighting Style of Justice! He also took direct action against Emerald City after Garudi confirmed the Hyribead wasn't being held in the city, devastating it easily after many conventional Gyandlar attacks had failed. Escape from the Underground - Pro Truck Racer Appears! He later used the Gyandlar mothership to devastate another large city on Cronos. The Four Treasures of the Mysterious Ruins
While he hadn't particularly mourned the loss of Grujios after a failed scheme involving the Sky Castle, he found his lieutenant being turned into a non-corporeal being that could possess Machine Robo very useful, especially when he captured the Phoenix Armor, one of the four parts of the Hyribead. Close Call, Land Commander 5! Soon after Diondra found the Lion Shield Raise Your Gun, Heli Transer! and was able to capture the Wolf Sword Ken Rō from Rom Stol. Secret Valley of the Fossil Men Despite this success he began to grow impatient at the time it was taking to get the Hyribead and restore himself, even mutilating Diondra's face in a fit of rage. Power Riser, Break Through the Enemy!Grujios was then able to steal the final two elements, the Wolf Sword and the Dragon Helmet; Baikanfu tried to confront him in the Gyandlar mothership's throne room but Gadess revealed that his presence there had always been an illusion, and that he had no intention of sharing his power with the rest of the Gyandlar as he had promised. Baikanfu - Cry of Anger! He left Garudi, Diondra, Rom and his allies to die in the melting throne room, instead moving to another part of the ship. On his way he found an injured Leina and tried to take her prisoner; Blue Jet attempted to stop him but the Machine Robo's sword shattered on Gadess' armor. After a further battle he left Jet for dead and captured Leina, destroying her Power Riser and retreating to another room on the ship with his captive, the four elements of the Hyribead and the still-loyal Grujios. Mighty Fortress, Heavenly Sword - Jet Don't Die!
Leina begged Gadess to use the Hyribead to restore the devastated Cronos. He refuses and reveals his real form, a wizened fleshy creature within the his armour. He uses the Hyribead to grow to giant size and when Grujios asked for a share of the power, Gadess absorbed his underling - and Guardi, who had been freed from the Garudi armour by Rom. Rom himself arrived shortly afterwards to confront Gadess; at Guardi's insistence he combined Ken Rō with Guardi's Star Sword, giving him a weapon that was able to kill Gadess. He then sliced Gadess apart - costing Guardi his life but ending Gadess' threat at last. Rom then used the Hyribead to restore Cronos. The Final Battle of Cronos
Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Choco-Corn
- Gadess (1986)
- ID number: 4
- A small plastic model kit version of Gadess was issued by Bandai in 1986 as part of their Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos line of models, distributed with Morinaga & Company's Choco-Corn candy. Gadess was a non-transforming figurine. The model very closely followed the character's animation model, though the kit itself was cast in a single colour of plastic and would require extensive painting to look anything like the picture included on the leaflet. Like the rest of the range, the model retailed at ¥100.
- The Choco-Corn figures were never issued outside of Japan.
- Gadess is in every episode of Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos, though in many of them he just has a line or two setting up whatever zany scheme the Gyandlar are trying that week; as such stock animation for the character is used for most of his appearances until the last handful of episodes.
- The character was designed by Ashi Productions for the series.
- The Choco-Corn model isn't quite the only Gadess merchandise ever made - somewhere in a former Bandai employ's attic is the massive costume used for some of the line's toy catalogues...
- In the Revenge of the GoBots dub he was renamed Gader, and voiced by Bernard Métraux.