|Berg Katze (Crowds)|
Mamoru Miyano, David Wald (Sentai Filmworks dub)
Berg Katze is the main antagonist of Gatchaman Crowds. They are a mysterious androgynous alien who has caused chaos through their shapeshifting abilities, and have brought about the destruction of several planets.
AppearanceBerg Katze is a tall, thin pale skinned humanoid with razor sharp teeth, a prehensile tail and long, wavy dark pink hair that covers their solid red eyes.They wear a blue pantsuit with black high heel shoes.
Their tail is made up of a diamond pattern, which also exists as markings on their neck and feet. In addition, instead of pupils, the diamond pattern also appears on their eyes.
They have an unusual, wild personality and always smile even when they are attempting to be serious. They also have an over-the-top manner of speech, where they draw out their dialogue.
Berg Katze had arrived on Earth to wreak havoc on humanity and eventually destroy the planet.
They are also responsible for giving Rui his power to control the CROWDS. It is revealed that they did this so that they could control the CROWDS after they copied Rui's form in episode 8.
At the end of the series, it is shown that they are now inside Hajime and they can communicate together, though it appears no one else knows. How or why this happened is never explained in the broadcast version of the episode, as it was left incomplete due to Tatsunoko rushing the last two episodes and being unable to finish them on a deadline.
In the Blu-Ray "director's cut" ending, it is explained that Hajime managed to absorb Katze into her body after forcing a kiss on them to defeat them. Katze remains inside her as a presence, and is listed in the characters for the second season, "Insight".
AbilitiesBerg Katze has the ability to shapeshift through direct physical contact with a person (usually by kissing) and an extendable prehensile tail that they use as a whip. They can also teleport and manipulate machines remotely. Due to having possession of a NOTE, they can enhance its abilities by activating it. This allows them to extend their tail infinitely to bind, lash or impale their enemies and grants them new powers such as invisibility. Their Gatchaman form was presumably so powerful, Paiman states that it could potentially defeat the G-Crew.
In episode 12, their suit was finally revealed in their fight against OD. They use a guitar-like weapon that somehow manages to pull out his opponent's inner fears as personified images of the opponent. They then stab these images and it somehow causes severe damage to the enemy. They managed to damage OD, but were eventually overpowered by him as the fight went on.
- The character is named after the commander of Galactor from the original 1972 series, although they bear significant difference in being an alien, as well as a former "Gatchaman". NTV and Tatsunoko's materials also spell their name as "BERG-KATZE" or "Berg Katze", while the original character often had the second part of his name spelled "Katse".