Jem Characters

Friends

Except for the main bands, these are some of the most featured characters of the series.

Synergy

A holographic computer which Emmett Benton, Jerrica's and Kimber's father, started building after their mother Jacqui's death, when Jerrica was only 16 years old. Synergy is the result of Emmett's idea of linking music and threedimensional images, to recreate live musical performances in the home of every music fan in america. But she became much more advanced than he originally intended. She can generate realistic holographic images, as much as 600 a minute without powerloss, that are lightyears ahead of our present technology. She can also project voice imitations. Emmett had planned to give Synergy as a gift to his daughters to be a friend, mother, teacher and guide. He even recorded Synergy with Jacqui's likeness. But incase he wouldn't survive his cancer he had programmed Synergy to reveal her existance to Jerrica and Kimber. One day Jerrica got a package with starshaped earrings in the mail. These are the Jemstar earrings, which are small remote projectors which enables Synergy to communicate, project holograms, and even voice imitations through, which makes it possible for Jerrica to become Jem without Synergy's actual presence. Synergy is being kept a secret to the world by Jerrica and the Holograms, as she could be a very dangerous tool in the wrong hands. She is kept in Starlight Mansion, in a hidden room behind a holographic wall. But she can also go out from the computer, in the form of a hologram.

Originally Synergy was going to be a floating mask when appearing as a hologram outside of her computer.

In the Jem bible it says Synergy is located in a basement room, which is not the case in the cartoon.

Christy Marx tried to limit the usage of Synergy's holographic abilities to keep it somewhat realistic and consistent, and made some rules for the other writers to follow in the Jem bible. Although they weren't always followed.

So who has seen Synergy or seen Jem transform? Jem and the Holograms (including Raya), Eric, The Misfits (including Jetta), Manny Malone, and the president and many of his scientists.


Some of the rules were:

  • Holograms aren't solid objects, only images, and anything touching them will pass through, unless they are pojected over a body, such as when Jerrica becomes Jem.
  • Holograms can only be projected straight from the earrings or Synergy's computer, and not around a corner.
  • Synergy is very intelligent and can act on her own, but she can't read Jerrica's mind and must be told what Jerrica wants.
  • The sounds needs to come from the star earrings and can't be overly loud or too distant.
  • The earrings can't project too large, or too many unrelated projections at once, unless grouped together.
  • Certain rare atmospheric conditions or extreme electrical conditions can interfere with Synergy's projections, but no limitation of distance between Synergy and the earrings has been set.

Episodes:
24:
The Beginning
Disaster
Kimber's Rebellion (cut out in retakes)
Frame Up
The Battle Of The Bands
Starbright Part One: "Falling Star"
The World Hunger Shindig (voice only)
Adventure In China (voice only)
In Stitches (voice only)
The Music Awards Part 1
Broadway Magic
In Search Of The Stolen Album
Intrigue At The Indy 500
The Jem Jam Part 2 (voice only)
Glitter And Gold
The Talent Search Part 1
Scandal
The Fan
The Jazz Player
The Presidential Dilemma
Out Of The Past
Journey Through Time
Hollywood Jem Part Two - And The Winner Is...
Midsummer Night's Madness

Invented by:
Hasbro.

Released as a doll:
Yes in the 80's, but also as a commemorative doll by Integrity Toys in 2012.

Countess Danielle Du Voisin

A very wealthy 38 years old aristocratic woman from France. She is the only girl among two younger brothers, Henri (35) and Michael (22). Although her family owns vineyards, estates in the US/Italy/France, several resorts hotels, and an enormous hydrofoil yacht which she likes to cruise on the sea, she is first and foremost a fashion designer. She has designed fashions for Jem and the Holograms several times, and helped Shana and Regine with their fashion designing. She is a good friend of Jem and the Holograms, and there seems to be something going on between her and Howard Sands, she even bought a mansion nearby his home.

After frequent appearances in early episodes, Danielle didn't appear againt until some of the last episodes.

Danielle's last name actually is French for neighbor, which fits her well since she is the neighbor of Jem and the Holograms. Probably an injoke by Christy.

Episodes:
10:
Disaster
Kimber's Rebellion
Frame Up
The Battle Of The Bands
Starbright Part One: "Falling Star"
Starbright Part Three: "Rising Star"
In Stitches
Hollywood Jem Part One - For Your Consideration...
Hollywood Jem Part Two - And The Winner Is...
Straight From The Heart

Invented by:
Christy Marx.

Released as a doll:
Not in the 80's doll line. But in 2014 by Integrity Toys.

Lindsey "Lin-Z" Pierce

She is the hippest, coolest and most layed back woman in popular media, introduced to Jem and the Holograms early in their career by Danielle. She has her own rockvideo TV-show on VTV, Lin-Z TV, where she shows music videos and reports the latest music news. Although Jem and the Holograms are friends and frequent guests, she doesn't avoid trying to get a scoop on them, and she even lets the Misfits appear at times even though they're not favorites of Lindsey.

At first when introduced she is more famous than and admired by Jem and the Holograms, but as the series progress she is relegated to a more static bland character that mostly does her job, usually reporting what Jem and the Holograms are doing at the moment.

This character was used often only early in the episodes, to give a background story without actually showing it, by letting her interview Jem and the Holograms or just announce what they were up to, on TV.

Episodes:
26:
Disaster
Kimber's Rebellion
Frame Up
Starbright Part One: "Falling Star"
Starbright Part Three: "Rising Star"
In Stitches
The Music Awards Part 1
Broadway Magic
The Jem Jam Part 1
Glitter And Gold
The Talent Search Part 1
The Bands Break Up
Aztec Enchantment
The Jazz Player
Trick Or Techrat
The Presidential Dilemma
Rock N' Roll Express
Out Of The Past
Journey Through Time
Hollywood Jem Part Two - And The Winner Is...
The Stingers Hit Town Part One
Video Wars
The Day The Music Died
A Change Of Heart
Riot's Hope
A Father Should Be...

Invented by:
Christy Marx.

Released as a doll:
Not in the 80's doll line. But in 2015 by Integrity Toys.

Video (Vivien Montgomery)

A very energetic and prize winning video director. She comes from a little town called Mulberry. As a child she had a passion for tv shows, which turned into a passion for video equipment, and at her 10th birthday she got her first camera from her parents. She won acclaim in the music industry by the help of Anthony Julian. She is a cousin of Clash, although they've never gotten along well. She is a friend of Jem and the Holograms which she has filmed on several occasions, documentaries aswell as music videos.

Trivia:
According to the Jem bible, she was born on exactly the same time as Clash in the same hospital. But in the episode "Father's Day", written by Roger Slifer, Video was two the day Clash came home from the hospital.

Episodes:
15:
Starbright Part One: "Falling Star"
Starbright Part 2: "Colliding Stars"
Starbright Part Three: "Rising Star"
The Music Awards Part 1
Old Meets New
The Jem Jam Part 1
Culture Clash
Glitter And Gold
The Fan (or actually only an actor who looks like her)
Father's Day
Aztec Enchantment
Treasure Hunt
Danse Time
Video Wars
Homeland, Heartland
Riot's Hope

Invented by:
Hasbro. But originally by Bill Sanders.

Released as a doll:
Yes, in the 80's line, aswell as a commemorative doll in 2014 by Integrity Toys.

Danse (Giselle Dvorak)

A dancer full of charisma and warmth, and a friend of Jem and the Holograms and the Starlight Girls. She came to the USA as a baby with her mother from Yugoslavia. She has trained dancing since she was very little, and has a natural talent for it. After a natural disaster, when Giselle was only 9, her mother disappeared and suffered from amnesia and was eventually declared dead. Giselle grew up with foster parents, who helped her continue her dancing. She was introduced to Jem and the Holograms by Video, and has since taken part in several of their music videos, and she also works as a part-time volunteer with teenage runaways in the local halfway house called Haven House.

Episodes:
11:
The Music Awards Part 1
The Music Awards Part 2
The Jem Jam Part 1
One Jem Too Many
Danse Time
KJEM
Trick Or Techrat
Renaissance Woman
Video Wars
Homeland, Heartland
Riot's Hope

Invented by:
Hasbro. But originally by Bill Sanders.

Released as a doll:
Yes, in the 80's doll line by Hasbro, but also as a commemorative doll in 2014 by Integrity Toys.

Howard E. Sands

This 42 years old bachelor studied at a film school and is today a top movie producer and owns the World Studios. He often donates money to film programs and foundations. Infact he was the one who donated the Starlight Mansion to the "Battle of the Bands" contest in which Jem and the Holograms and the Misfits participated. He is also into real estate, antiques, art, sailing, scuba diving, cycling and owns a private jet. He met Danielle in France during a mini-series production he was allowed to film a sequence of on her estate.

Was originally named "Howard Garbutt". And the "E" in his name is never mentioned other than the one appearance on a check he wrote.

Just like Danielle, after being present in alot of the early episodes, he disappears and returns for a couple later episodes.

Episodes:
8:
The Beginning
Disaster
The Battle Of The Bands
Starbright Part One: "Falling Star"
Starbright Part Three: "Rising Star"
The Rock Fashion Book
Hollywood Jem Part One - For Your Consideration...
Hollywood Jem Part Two - And The Winner Is...

Invented by:
Christy Marx.

Released as a doll:
No.

Regine Cesaire

A fashion designer, friend of Danielle and Jem and the Holograms although she started out as a fan of them, epspecially of Shana and her designing. She is very cheerful, but also has a temper. She comes from Fort-de-France the capital city of Martinique in the French Antilles (Windward Island) of the Carribean. Her father is a translator of English, French, Spanish and Creole. Her mother Vanessa has a business making handprinted textiles. Regine learned alot about fabrics from her mother and designed all her clothes already as a teenager. Danielle who was a client of Regine's mother, discovered Regine and took her to Paris for training, and then to live in Danielle's mansion, which is next door to Starlight Mansion.

This character was originally going to be called "Paris" or "Roma" instead of "Regine".

Episodes:
Straight From The Heart

Invented by:
Hasbro.

Released as a doll:
No. But in 2014 by Integrity Toys.

Astral (Maeve Eldritch)

A professional stage magician, sleight-of-hand artist and a psychic investigator, which has been an interest of her since she was a young girl. Her family has some of the most mixed genes as her ancestors come from all around the world. Her parents are both doctors, and used to travel all over the world and take Maeve with them. Maeve went to highschool in Phoenix Arizona, where her family happened to live next door to an old man who was a student of Harry Houdini, from whom Maeve learned alot of her magic tricks. She came to L.A. when she became involved with a group of psychic researchers at a university. She is very interested in psychic abilities like ESP, although she keeps a skeptic mind to the supernatural.

This character was originally going to be called "magic" instead of "Astral".

Episodes:
That Old Houdini Magic

Invented by:
Hasbro.

Released as a doll:
Not in the 80's line. But a commemorative doll has been released by Integrity Toys in 2014.

Acquaintances/Friends

The less frequently appearing acquaintances or even friends.

Danny

A 13 year old runaway boy that the Starlight Girls met at a Misfits concert after running away from home, and he actually saves Krissie's life. He is not a runaway by his own choice though. He lives in a middle class residential neighbourhood with a father, who apparently has some problems with his temper and kicked him out.

Christy had some plans of writing a story about a kid with an alcoholic father, and this is the closest she was able to do.

Episodes:
The Music Awards Part 1
The Music Awards Part 2
Superstar clip for the episode: Old Meets New.

A friend of Rio's, apparently close enough friend that they seemed to have had a few talks about Rio's feelings for Jerrica.

Episodes:
Broadway Magic

Christy (Marx)

She runs a stable where Jerrica and Kimber used to come when they were younger and Kimber used to ride a horse called Lucky. Harvey Gabor has a ranch house nearby.

This character is an injoke by Roger Slifer and is based on the writer Christy Marx. Even if the look and voice is not based on her.

Episodes:
Father's Day

Paco

He lives in a little village, not too far away from Mexico City. He is very poor, and on top of that, an earthquake recently ruined the buildings in his village. He has managed to learn English and dreams of going to the US. He sneaks into the car and joins Jem and the Holograms' on their trip to the aztec ruins deep in the mexican jungle, which turns out to be lucky for them, because when the regular bridge breaks down, he guides them to an unknown bridge his grandfather helped fix once. He is surprised that Jem and the Holograms love Mexico so much and starts growing proud of his country.

Episodes:
Aztec Enchantment

Susie

A nice and positive girl that Danse gets to know at the Sun Memorial hospital when they're both patients there and are working on recovering their injuries. She has some trouble walking aswell.

Episodes:
Danse Time

Andrew

He has a great background as a musicologist and has been on all kinds of adventures. When Jem and the Holograms need new inspiration for their music, he is the one who suggests that Jem and the Holograms travel to the mythological city Shangri-La, which he has dreamed of for years and claims he knows exist, although he has never found it before. He even comes with them to search for it.

Episodes:
Journey To Shangri-La

Jolly Jack

Based on the character Little John from Robin Hood. A strong man who is Robin Goodfellow's sidekick and fellow outlaw.

Episodes:
Renaissance Woman

Rio's classmate from school.

He is only seen in the music video of "First Love", but with a little imagination he could be the same friend pictured further up on this page, since they atleast have the same haircolor and they talk like they've talked about Jerrica before.

Episodes:
Out Of The Past

A pilot and friend of Rio's at the pilots club, where Jem and the Holograms once played to celebrate Rio's pilots license. Apparently he was very impressed that Rio were able to get Jem and the Holograms to play at the club.

Episodes:
KJEM

Kenyak family

A family who lives on an island called Attuk near the Alaskan pipeline, who Jem and the Holograms stopped by at on a tour because the daughter in the family was a penpal of Ba Nee. Eric was in contact with them to buy the island, to build a refinery and use the oil to make vinyl records more cheaply than any other record company on the world, and use the harbor where the seals live for ships.

Mr. Kenyak

The father in the family and the one who owns the island.

Episodes:
The Middle Of Nowhere

Mrs. Kenyak

The mother in the family.

Episodes:
The Middle Of Nowhere

George Kenyak

The oldest child in the family. He isn't too happy about being stuck "in the middle of nowhere" and is the one in the family who was most convinced about selling the island.

Episodes:
The Middle Of Nowhere

Uto Kenyak

Ba Nee's penpal, who has a seal named Naku. She a very clever girl who helps her family with chores in the home, like making the dishes and chopping wood. She is also very good at paddling kayak.

Episodes:
The Middle Of Nowhere

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