The Guyver (1991 franchise)

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The Guyver (1991 franchise)...


"Part human. Part alien. Pure superpower. Lost for centuries... only one man can activate it! The ultimate weapon - Sci-fi's most powerful superhero is back!" A pair of live-action films and a couple animated films all more or less loosely based on a Japanese manga comic-book series involving experimental power-armor suits built from ancient alien technology that turns the suits' wearers into mutant-fighting superheroes.

  • Guyver: Out of Control (1986 anime short)
  • The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor (1989 12-episode anime series)
  • The Guyver (1991 film)
  • The Guyver: Dark Hero (1994 film)
  • Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor, (2005 26-episode anime series)


  • Release Date: 1986-2006
  • Country/Language: US/Japan, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Action, Comedy
  • Starring: Mark Hamill; David Hayter
  • Director: Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang
  • Writer: Jon Purdy (screenplay), Nathan Long (sequel screenplay), Steve Wang (sequel story), Yoshiki Takaya (characters)
  • Producer/Production Co: Brian Yuzna, Biomorphs Inc., New Line Cinema
  • View Trailer: (link), (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link), (link), (link), (link), (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13/R (Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

This franchise seems to qualify more as a "Weird Japanese Thing" than as "Lovecraftian", but there do seem to be ancient alien astronauts and bizarre monsters involved....

Dante7 in the YSDC forums: "Guyver was mentioned earlier.... the background mythology involves ancient unknowable aliens having created and then tinkered with humanity. All humans have the potential to turn in to monsters called Zoanoids, of which there are many types and several classifications, and there's an evil organization that also creates minions by activating that potential and also seeks out ancient sites linked with the aliens. The Guyver symbiotic armours worn mostly by the protagonists were originally designed as super-weapons by the aliens, and the leave after Guyver 0 rebels against them at some point in the distant primordial past. I like to imagine the aliens as Elder Things, myself."

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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  • THE GUYVER: OUT OF CONTROL (1986 anime short) - The story follows high school students accidentally discover one of three Bio Booster Armor units stolen from the Chronos Corporation. When they are attacked by a Zoanoid, the unit comes into contact with one of the students, Sho, and bonds with him, transforming him into Guyver I and promptly destroying the Zoanoid assailant. Meanwhile, a female Chronos agent named Valcuria acquires a second unit and becomes Guyver II. She then abducts in order to challenge Shō for the Guyver I unit.
  • THE GUYVER: BIO-BOOSTER ARMOR (1989 anime series) - Sho and his friend stumble upon an odd alien artifact while walking through the woods. Then, the alien artifact breaks free of its metallic bonds and enters Sho's body, turning him into the Guyver. With this new power, Sho must do battle with the evil Chronos corporation and their genetically enhanced Zoanoids, who seek to get the Guyver back into their labs. No one close to Sho is safe from Chronos: he must fight!
  • THE GUYVER (1991 film) - When a researcher at the Chronos Corporation is mysteriously killed, his daughter, her boyfriend Sean, and a rogue CIA agent all suspect foul play. The discover a top-secret suit of Chronos armor called "the Guyver", which fuses to its wearer's body to form a supremely powerful cyborg. Chronos' evil CEO is enraged when the suit bonds with Sean to form a cyborg superhero, and sends a crew of mutant alien monsters to get the Guyver back.
  • THE GUYVER: DARK HERO (1994 film) - A year has passed since he defeated the Chronos Corporation, but Sean continues to struggle with his ability to call upon the powers of the Guyver, a suit of armor developed by aliens, when he must face evil. Hoping to find answers as to why he has received this ability, Barker arrives at an archeological site in Utah, where scientists have uncovered an old alien spacecraft that might solve the mystery. However, the Chronos Corporation is still after him.
  • GUYVER: THE BIOBOOSTED ARMOR (2005-2006 anime series) - Sho, a normal teenager, accidentally finds an alien object called Unit that changes his life forever when the Unit bonds with Sho, resulting a powerful biomechanical, symbiotic combat life-form called the Guyver.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • setting: Pulp Cthulhu
  • race: Zoanoids, bizarre mutant creatures
  • organization: Chronos Corporation, and its CEO/President/evil, mutant mad scientist/Cult Leader, Fulton Balcus (AKA the Zoalord)
  • artefacts: Guyvers, biomechanical symbiotic power-armor suits

Keeper Notes

  • The basic premise might be adaptable to a Pulp Cthulhu setting, though the apparent action/combat-heavy superhero default for the films might not be suitable for the Call of Cthulhu BRP game system (which seems to favor a more thoughtful mystery-solving and exploration style of game play).
  • For mysterious reasons of their own, the inscrutable Elder Things have built symbiotic biomechanical armor designed to fit humans and turn them into weapons against the Elder Things' enemies for some ancient and forgotten war; the war is over and the Elder Things and their enemies are all but completely extinct, but the suits still exist, locked in subterranean vaults, which, when looted, may expose mankind once again to an alien technology from out of the aeons, bonding the suits to their wearers to form superhuman Guyvers. But, other monstrous aliens are, have been, and will be again on Earth, waiting for a sign that the armor has been re-activated, forcing the alien conspirators to step out of the shadows and do battle with the heroic Guyvers before they can interfere with the alien monsters' secret plots and schemes against Earth and humanity. Two-fisted pulp action, adventure, and mutant alien body horror ensue....
  • Among its many diabolical schemes, the evil Chronos Corporate Cult has re-activated a long-buried suit of alien Guyver combat armor; little do the armor's discoverers and wearers suspect, until it's too late, that the armor slowly consumes and replaces its human wearer with a composite organism until there is nothing fully human left. Destruction, madness, and mutant body horror ensue, with only Delta Green to stand between the now insane, hybrid, formerly-human Guyver-thing, and apocalyptic doom for all other life on Earth....