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''For the antagonist from Gatchaman Crowds see'' [[Berg Katze (Crowds)]]▼
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|text color = White
|name = Berg Katse
|english = Berg Katse
|race = Genetically modified Human
Cyclical hermaphrodite; shifts between being male or female at will
|age= 29 (series planning), 30 (compilation film)
|hair color= Blond
[[Hiroko Mori]] (episode 31), [[Toshiko Sawada]] (episodes 32-33, 46, 70), [[Aiko Konoshima]] (episode 102) (as Female Commander), [[Kaneto Shiozawa]] (OVA), [[Ai Orikasa]] (female form, OVA), [[Yō Kitazawa]] (Tatsunoko Fight)
|Anime debut = [[Gatchaman Versus Turtle King]]}}
Berg Katse''' was the second-in-command officer of [[Galactor]], working directly under the true leader, [[Sosai X]] and a major antagonist in [[Science Ninja Team Gatchaman]]. They appeared in every episode to carry out the plans of Galactor for world domination. They are later revealed to have been manipulated to join Galactor by X in order to become his pawn.▼
▲''For the antagonist from Gatchaman Crowds see'' [[Berg Katze (Crowds)]]
▲'''Berg Katse''' was the second-in-command officer of [[Galactor]], working directly under the true leader, [[Sosai X]] and a major antagonist in [[Science Ninja Team Gatchaman]]. They appeared in every episode to carry out the plans of Galactor for world domination. They are later revealed to have been manipulated to join Galactor by X in order to become his pawn.
Berg Katse was created by the alien [[Sosai X]] to lead the terrorist organization [[Galactor]] to take over the world.
They are a gestalt entity created through the fusion of fraternal twins while they were still in the womb. Because their component parts were male and female, Berg Katse was prone to switch sexes almost every year in their life, forcing them to hide their identity until they could control it in their adulthood, becoming a master of disguise as a result. This bizarre burden led to them to be easily recruited and manipulated by Sōsai X when he contacted Katse and convinced them that they were a superior being.
Katse being composed of two people also enabled
them to bear an exceptionally high strength and IQ, although their intelligence was only displayed when they were a female student, as professors who taught their male form believed the boy to not be as intelligent. It can be assumed that their strength was likewise linked to their male form.
[[File:Berg Katse True Form High Res.jpg|thumb|250px|Berg Katse's true form]]
Berg Katse's most recognized appearance consists of a purple bodysuit and matching mask with long,
cat-like ears. They wear a long 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.
Their unmasked appearance is revealed in episode 102, confirming that they are 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.
their female form, Katse goes through a few different appearances, either wearing their 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
their mask, Katse has a blue visor. Their mask also has pointed extensions protruding off of it, and squared-off ears. They wear a violet and red bodysuit, beneath layers of a white overcoat and deep purple cape.
Berg Katse is known for
their dark mood swings to the point of hysteria. They are incredibly loyal to Sosai X, as Galactor was the only place that they were accepted without prejudice. Katse has a strong hate for the world for rejecting them and believes that they are serving justice by helping Sosai X conquer the world. They are delighted when they successfully defeat Galactor 's enemies or even civilians. Whenever They fail the mission, they panic because of the wrath from Sosai X.
==Abilities and Equipment==
Berg Katse is a master of disguise, having been switching between a man and woman for most of
their life. They are able 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
them to formulate complex plans that would normally take years of consideration for the average person. In the field, they 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. This is due to the fact that, as with
their intelligence, they have twice the muscle strength as a typical human before even taking into account any strength-bolstering methods they may have undergone.
Katse commands a flying saucer, a Devil Star hovercraft, where
they command their troops. They are capable of piloting it in a manner that not even the God Phoenix can pursue it.
Katse spent most of
their life abducting, recruiting, torturing, and killing their rivals (as well as soldiers) for pleasure, out of loyalty (or fear) from Sosai X, and to keep Galactor's intelligence classified. It is especially important that nobody knows the identity and nature of Berg Katse. Despite being so insecure, there were many times that they took pride in being a superior mutant.
In episode 67, Katse thought it strange to destroy The Mantle Project, which is something that
they could use after conquering Earth. Sōsai X wanted Katse to talk about something else. Sōsai X said to himself that he has no intention for Katse to rule Earth.
Eventually, Katse learned that Sōsai X was only using
them and that he had no more need for them or the Earth. They were promised conquest of Earth by Sōsai X many times. However, Sōsai X, furious at the loss of his home planet [[Selectol]], decided to destroy Earth. Blindsided, they commit suicide by jumping into a pit of lava, rather than continuing to live with the knowledge that they were just a powerless freak of nature.
their suicide, they expressed that they wanted to live their lives as two separate humans. They also cooperated with the Science Ninja Team by saying it is futile to stop the Black Hole operation since Katse trusted Sosai X and followed his orders. It was also impossible to avoid this, since Katse could not leave Galactor. Doing so would have resulted in rejection by everybody else as well as being executed by Sosai X.
In the OVA remake,
they are fatally stabbed by [[Ken]], but confidently warned that their death is irrelevant as Galactor is far from defeated.
==Alterations in English Adaptations==
*As "Zoltar", they were voiced by Keye Luke in "Battle of the Planets". Mala's voice actress is officially unstated, although some fans believe she was either voiced by Janet Waldo or Takayo Fischer, along with the separate characters of Agent S-9 and Ms. Ostric (Hannah never got to speak).
Their actor in "G-Force" was Bill Capizzi, who voiced them with an electronic overlay effect used to alter his tone. Barbara Goodson provided the voice for the female Galactor commander. The actor in an earlier attempt at "G-Force" was John Ferguson.
They are voiced by R. Martin Klein in Harmony Gold's dub of the OVA. Klein had previously voiced Mallanox in "Eagle Riders". The actress for the female Solaris is unknown.
* Edwin Neal voices Katse in ADV Films' dub of the series, as well as Sentai Filmworks' redub of the OVA series. The female Katse is voiced by Laurie Gallardo for the majority of ADV's dub (in episodes 31, 32, 33, 70, and 102), while voiced by Kira Vincent-Davis in episode 46. Claire Hamilton voices the female Katse in the redub of the OVA.
*Berg Katse's name came from the german words for mountain (Berg) and cat (Katse) which can also be translated as wildcat or lion 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
sex-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.
*The model sheets and planning notes also gave Katse's age as 29 years old, although this is never commented upon in the series. In the compilation movie, Katse is stated to be 30.
*Katse's character notes state that
they also like to tame wild animals , a trait that is also never seen in-series. However, most of their enemy mechas are designed after animals, for example Mammothoon seen in a few episodes. Also their secret base in Pursue Katse is surrounded by wildlife.
*Katse's initial design was to have
them 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.