It's this little guy on the left. He's easily one of the most recognizable henchman Skunk has, because he's in every Skunk episode (albeit occasionally horribly off-model, i.e. Death Balloons or the arena scene in White Planet. Maybe that's just a lookalike in the gang?) He never seems to have a name, especially not in the English dub, and a friend of mine just started calling him "Harry" many years ago because it didn't make sense that he didn't have a name, despite being a pretty important foil for one of the series' reoccurring villains.
I've gotten better at reading and hearing Japanese, so I decided to go into his first episode, "Atlas Lives Again", and check out the credits. I found actor listings for all the named characters (i.e. "Atomu no Papa", "Ochanomizu-hakase"), but oddly enough, this:
Pira: Chiba Shigeru
Now, I immediately knew to listen for Shigeru Chiba's voice on our guy - he plays the villain of one of my favourite old anime, Chikkun Takkun, and I know the range of his voice well. And sure enough, there was Chiba doing our guy's lines. If you want, try listening to any scene with him talking in "Frankenstein" or "Atlas Lives Again" and comparing it to a character he plays elsewhere. I knew I had a match for this credit.
Now, his name: "Pira" when romanized comes out to "Pilat", a European last name, most common in France and Slovakia. A last name is still better than nothing!
However, he still gets demoted, come the Light Ray Robot episode:
Henchman A: Chiba Shigeru
Now he begins to be listed as Henchman A in episodes, despite being named as Pilat in two episodes. He doesn't speak in all his appearances, but for most of them, he's played by Shigeru Chiba. The exception is "The White Planet" when another guy plays him. It's not really noticeable, unless you're expecting Pilat to bounce between rough and squeaky like Chiba.
My final test was to see if I could catch any audio reference to his name, since it certainly doesn't appear in the subtitles. I found two instances in Atlas Lives Again:
Go to the above scene when Skunk is scooping money into the air. You should hear, right after Skunk's initial laughing, "Oi Pira! Kane da, kane da! Kane mochide!" ("Oh Pilat! Money, money! We're rich!") more laughter, then, "Pira yo," before he continues the rest of his line about the money. That's about all I've found so far. But the fact that I found this at all is a massive headrush.
I can't believe Pilat has an actual name. Then again, why wouldn't he? He's in so many episodes. I'm so used to calling him by my friend's name for him, Harry, that it's hard to wrap my mind around an alternative. But she had a first name and the series gave a surname, so...Harry Pilat. I'm all for this.
My next operation is to see if Skunk's two henchmen in the 2003 series had any names. Skunk's my favourite AB villain