Morolians (モロ星人 Moro-seijin) are recurring characters in the Space Channel 5 series as well as the series mascots. They are an alien species first appearing as secondary antagonists in the first Space Channel 5.
They speak in a distorted high pitched voice, but appear to still be perfectly understood by humans. They were born on the planet of Morodia and are believed to have been the same Aliens responsible for invading planet Earth in 1999, who are rumored to have been defeated by Michael Jackson.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Morolians are humanoid aliens that stand much shorter than the average human. They have long legs, large, digit-less feet, and mittenlike hands. All Morolians have two ear-like antennae that are tipped with yellow. They also appear to glow, as seen in the in-game videos between reports. In lieu of a typical face, Morolians have a glass screen with a red border, though it seems to function perfectly fine.
Morolians come in a variety of colors, but the most common ones are red, yellow, green, light blue, purple, and pink. Morolians that are special characters tend to be a unique color.
History[edit | edit source]
They initially invaded Spaceport 9, among other locations, in 2499, to brainwash people into dancing uncontrollably. Ulala successfully shoots them and frees their hostages, including Pudding and the Space Rescue Police, throughout her reports. Behind the scenes, the Morolians hold meetings seemingly run by Hoorg to come up with new plans after consistent failure. It is eventually discovered that they were actually hypnotized and manipulated by Chief Blank to garner better ratings at Channel 5. After his confession to this and later defeat, the Morolians have started being treated as normal citizens.
In Part 2, the humans have made peace with the Morolians and only Hoorg, who is a major character, has any significance to the game's main story. In this game, they now have their own space broadcasting channel called Moro-Channel 5 with Hoorg and Morolian Eight being some of the most notable employers.
Four Morolians, Gromb, Proonk, Yaroo, and Blib, appear when Ulala does a secret command, their appearance increasing the view rating, typically ranging from 0.2 to 1%.
In this game, the Morolians' most notable role happens in the Ulala's Dance Mode, a minigame where Ulala must fight them in a 100 stage battle without failing.
The Morolians are, once again, secondary antagonists in the Virtual Reality game, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!. In the first report, Morolians Strike Back!, they start a new invasion again, on Spaceport 9 where they force people to dance. Ulala and the recruit, Lou and Kee, go to the Spaceport to investigate the case and defeat the Morolians, first rescuing their hostages in a dance battle where they must copy the aliens moves, then they avoid getting hit by the Morolians attacks and counter by copying their moves and lastly, they fight a Coco★Tapioca, who was assisted by three yellow Morolians.
After being defeated, the mysterious space organism, Glitter, thanks them for the Groove Moxie they gathered during their invasion and as a form of "gratitude", he injects X Space Cells into them, turning them into a new type of Morolian called Othermoros. The new Morolians attack Ulala in the next report, A Chorus in White, where they try to get her Groove Moxie, but are defeated by Ulala and flee. The Othermoros don't make another appearance again until the fourth report, The Final Report, where they assist Glitter in the final fight, but are later freed from his control and turned back into Morolians after Glitter getting enough damage. Then, the Morolians turn to the heroes' side and assist them at getting enough Groove Moxie to defeat the space organism once and for all. Once Glitter flees, the Morolians celebrate along with the main heroes.
In this game, it's rather unclear why exactly the Morolians started an invasion, considering that if they were already brainwashed by Glitter, he wouldn't need to inject X Space Cells into them, unless of course, it was to make them stronger, as X Space Cells are said to cause side effects such as making the Morolians produce non Morolian sounds according to the official website.
A Morolian costume for Ulala is available for download in the Hatsune Miku DLC.
Morolian, according to the official website:
A mysterious alien who makes people dance with beam rays. The character seems to be different depending on the color. He speaks Moro language, but the meaning is unknown to Earthian.
Characters[edit | edit source]
Notable Morolians[edit | edit source]
Notable Robots[edit | edit source]
Variations[edit | edit source]
Other Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Rez: A Morolian is an unlockable playable character in the musical rail shooter game also produced by United Game Artists, Rez, as Swayzak's seventh form.
- Phantasy Star Online: Morolians, referred to as Moro in-game, appear as a Mag, an equippable magical creature, in Phantasy Star Online. In order to obtain it, the Heart of Morolian must be used as an item while a level 50+ Kumara is currently equipped.
- Phantasy Star Online 2: Morolians once again appear as a Mag, but this time are called Morolian B (short for Morolian Blue). In Phantasy Star Online 2, Morolian B is a special final evolution that can only be obtained by using Evolution Device / Morolian B on any level 100+ mag.
- Ulala's Channel J: This section requires expansion.
- SEGA Superstars: There's a Space Channel 5 minigame based on the Ulala's dance mode from Space Channel 5: Part 2, where the player must fight against Morolians.
- Sonic Riders: In Sonic Riders, giant Morolians statues appear at the SEGA Illusion circuit, shooting at the circuit and slowing down racers that get hit.
- SEGA Superstars Tennis: Many Morolians also appear in SEGA Superstars Tennis in the Space Channel 5 tennis court and Ulala is assisted by them when using her super move.
- Puyo Puyo series: Morolians also appear as alternate skins in several games from the Puyo Puyo game series, with Cred, Yaroo, Gromb, Blib and Plurp appearing as playable in Puyo Puyo Quest.
- Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary: Morolians are featured as an alternate set of blocks, along with Space Channel 5 themed garbage indicators.
- Puyo Puyo Tetris: Morolians are featured as an alternate set of blocks, along with Space Channel 5 themed garbage indicators.
- Virtua Fighters 5: A Morolian can be unlocked as an emblem in Quest Mode in Virtua Fighters 5.
- Samba de Amigo (Wii): Many Morolians including Hoorg, appear along with Ulala in the Space Channel 5 thematic level from Samba de Amigo for the Wii.
- Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing: In Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, a Morolian will drive Ulala's vehicle while she is using her All Star move.
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Two Morolians will appear dancing around Ulala in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, again when she uses her All-Star move.
- Project X Zone series: Morolians appear as enemy units in both Project X Zone and its sequel, Project X Zone 2.
- Sega Hard Girls: Morolians have also appeared in the Japan exclusive multimedia project, Sega Hard Girls and its anime adaptation, appearing in episode 4, "We Tried to Dance Space Channel 5".
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Morolians were voiced by Ulala's voice actresses in all of the games but the Japanese version of Space Channel VR, where they are voiced by Tomoko Sasaki instead.
- Ironically, Space Channel 5 VR is the first game where Ulala's English voice actress voiced them, as they were voiced only by Ulala's Japanese voice actress in the previous instalments.
- In SEGA Superstars, their "Hey" was recorded by an unknown voice actor separately.
- Their Japanese voice actress in Space Channel 5 VR, Tomoko Sasaki, has also voiced the Chaos from the Sonic series in both Sonic Adventure 2 and Chao in Space.
- It has been noticed that the playable characters from the murder mystery game Among Us bear a resemblance to the Morolians.
- The language the Morolians speak, Moro Language, is the second fictional language Sega made up. The first being a language created for the Sega Saturn game, NiGHTS into Dreams... called "Dream Language" which is spoken by the Night Dimension residents.
- In both NiGHTS and Space Channel 5, the humans appear to perfectly understand both the Night Dimension residents and Morolians languages.
- In a trailer for Part 1, the Morolians speak with normal American accents and use the English language, contrary to their behavior in the actual game.
- In a Space Channel 5 TV commercial, Morolina says Female Humans are the Morolian's natural enemy.