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* Blizzaria from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is a [[LighterAndSofter toned down]] version of this.

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* Frostina and Blizzaria from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is are a [[LighterAndSofter toned down]] version of this.
29th Jul '16 7:04:10 PM WhirlRX
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* {{Oni}}



'''Oni''': These are brutish mountain spirits that share some things in common with [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] and {{O|urOgresAreHungrier}}gres. The word is almost always translated into English as "demons" or "ogres." They are sometimes depicted as [[RedOniBlueOni good or bad]], but are usually morally neutral and interested in their own affairs. They prefer huge bludgeoning weapons (iron clubs called kanabō being the most common) and hide loincloths (Usually tiger-striped). Sometimes blamed for streaks of misfortune. Others work jobs in FireAndBrimstoneHell as {{big red devil}}s. [[RedOniBlueOni Know the different kinds!]]

Particularly powerful oni may be described as ''kishin'', which is often translated as "fierce god" but incorporates an AlternateCharacterReading of "oni." (Incidentally, the Japanese word for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] can be translated as "blood-sucking oni". [[OurVampiresAreDifferent/AnimeAndManga See here for details.]])

[[folder: Oni Examples]]
* A few side characters (The Ogre Triad, the winner of the final tournament, etc.), and probably Jin and Shishiwakamaru, of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.
* A few appear in ''Manga/UshioAndTora''.
* Suika Ibuki and Yuugi Hoshiguma from the ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project]]''. Kasen Ibaraki is heavily implied to be one as well.
** Remilia and Flandre Scarlet are vampires implied to be of European origin, but reference the "blood-sucking oni" translation by possessing the traditional weaknesses of oni in addition to their vampiric ones.
* The benefactors for the heroes of the ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' series; worse demons killed them off so they gave their power to humans. The GameBoyAdvance ''VideoGame/OnimushaTactics'' game gives nod to the different versions by stating that some escaped this fate by getting jobs in the Underworld.
* King Enma and his underlings in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', mostly bureaucrats working in Hell.
* Lum from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' is a variation -- she's an alien, but of a race obviously based on folktale Oni.
* The Imagin of ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' are basically an updated version of Oni, being proud and highly idiosyncratic monsters caused by time travel that perform mischief while possessing series hero Ryotaro. The Kamen Riders in ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' are all called Oni, but they are humans who transform with magical instruments to fight the Makamou, evil spirits.
* One of the {{Transformation Ray}}s in ''Manga/SgtFrog'' essentially turns people into Oni, by cheaply slapping on Oni features, arming them with clubs and turning their clothes into hide loincloths. Female victims tend to wind up looking like Lum.
* Drahmin and Moloch from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', though InNameOnly (like many other Japanese-named things in ''Mortal Kombat'', by the way)
* [[BigBad Tarakudo]] and the other Oni Masks, the antagonists of season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* Meisuke "[[Manga/HellTeacherNube Nube]]" Nueno [[SealedEvilInACan sealed an Oni]] [[BodyHorror in his]] [[RedRightHand left hand]], and it becomes the signature element of the series. Two other Oni show up, younger siblings of the former, with vastly different [[NobleDemon agendas]]. Nevertheless, they are all presented as [[PersonOfMassDestruction supremely powerful, destructive demons]] and the greatest threats to appear in the series.
* Kyousuke and Touka Kishi of ''Manga/YozakuraQuartet''.
* One set of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' featured various Oni. They were classified as Demon Spirits and looked vaguely ogre-like, but they were also served by actual Ogres.
* Oni are the template for [[TheOgre ogre magi]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (in fact, one early {{Sourcebook}} referred to them as "Japanese ogres"). In 4th Edition, they decided to just call ogre magi "Oni" and be done with it, though in the 3E ''Oriental Adventures'', Oni are a very wide grouping of demonic monsters that merely includes ogres.
** Oni in ''{{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}'' are evil incorporeal spirits who manifest into material form, using various humanoid races as templates; the traditional ogre mage, of course, is based on ogres. The most powerful Oni are the yai, based on giants.
* In ''{{TabletopGame/Shadowrun}}'', there is a japanese ork metavariant that looks very much like the traditional Oni and is usually referred to as such. This causes them a fair bit of trouble because although they're still metahuman, society expects them to ''act'' like the fairy-tale creatures they resemble...
* Mion Sonozaki from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has an Oni tattooed on her back out of family tradition. The Sonozakis and the other great families (the Furudes and Kimiyoshis) claim to have Oni blood.
* The final level of "The Islands" region of ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' is called "The Terrible Oni's Volcano". Appropriately enough, the final boss is an Oni made of Fire Material.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'' game takes place partially in the empire of Orenia, a fantasy setting based on an amalgamation of China and Japan. Oni appear as [[RandomEncounters random monsters]], but are concentrated in the [[TheLostWoods Forest of Lianshan]], where they are said to be the cursed spirits of humans who turn bestial over time. Killing them doesn't remove the curse, and their monster forms will reappear after a time.
* Gabara from ''[[Film/AllMonstersAttack Godzilla's Revenge]]'' is based on an Oni and appears knobby, cat-like, and has a 3 pointed horns atop his head. Also, he [[ShockAndAwe channels lightning through his fists]]. The latest videogame claims he's actually a mutant toad however.
* [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} Onimaru and (briefly) Yaiba]] when they got possessed by Fujin and Raijin. The former grew more muscles and horns, while the latter becomes all spiky and [[ShockAndAwe electrified.]]
* Oni of various kinds appear in ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade''. One of Momohime's bosses is a huge, orange Great Oni, the boss of all the Oni.
* [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Ogremon]] of ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' - though initially portrayed as an evil minion, later on it was revealed to have no interest in anything other than fighting Leomon and allies with the protagonists to help achieve that possibility. There's also [[Anime/DigimonTamers Fugamon]] and [[AnIcePerson Hyogamon]], but they've never played anything more than bit parts and thus were never similarly characterised.
* Appear as enemy assassins in ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Factions''. They serve the greater demon Kanaxai who dwells in [[DugTooDeep The Deep]].
* [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur IV's]] [[http://soulcalibur.wikia.com/wiki/Kamikirimusi Kamikurimusi]] is essentially Tionisha from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' considering [[DefeatMeansFriendship she beats up the game's endboss]] and lives out the rest of her life with him. D'aaaw.
* The world of Mooshu from ''VideoGame/{{Wizard101}}'' has Oni as corrupting forces that take advantage of when the Emperor is injured. [[spoiler: They possess the bodies of powerful warlords.]] Like demons from other worlds, they look like [[http://westkarana.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/wizardgraphicalclient-2008-10-28-01-24-41-16.jpg anthropomorphic Indian elephants]]
* Ririchiyo and Shoukin from ''Manga/InuXBokuSS''.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' has not only the basic Oni footsoldier, but even several of the more powerful named Oni, such as Ongyo-Ki and his gang.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has something called Gozuki-kei (translated Bovine Demon) which is a sort of superclass for both the Oni and the Ushi Oni. The three monsters that belong to this class are the almost identical [[BlueOniRedOni Blue and Red Oni]] and the Bull Charger, which is based on the most common version of the Ushi-Oni (a coastal demon that resembles a GiantSpider with an ox's head.
* There are a few ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' based on Oni, the Electabuzz family, Throh, Sawk, and the Kami trio specifically.
* "Oni" is a catchall term for the inhabitants of a dimension bent on the conquest of Earth and Elfhome in ''Literature/{{Tinker}}''. {{Tengu}} and {{kitsune}} are included under this term but only one true Oni is seen, Lord Tomtom portrayed as a large, whitefurred apelike creature who is brutal but of high inteligence. [[OurOrcsAreDifferent There are also lesser Oni who look like very large, red headed humans and function as Lord Tomtom's mooks.]] The kitsune, tengu and lesser Oni have all been created through [[{{Magitek}} magical gentic engineering]] to serve the true Oni.
* The Empire of the Rising Sun in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has the [[HumongousMecha King Oni]]. Fittingly, they resemble giant hulking brutes, though their main form of attack are EyeBeams. They do however have a [[RammingAlwaysWorks bull rush ability]] which causes them to rush forward and knock away anything unlucky enough to get in their way.
** [[spoiler: And The Emperor has the [[SuperPrototype original prototype]] of it. It's [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]], [[BiggerIsBetter bigger]], has [[MacrossMissileMassacre shoulder-mounted missile pods]] and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking The Emperor]] is gonna kick your ass with it.]]
* ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has Onion Oni. His head's an onion (with two sprouts as his horns), and he's still a little boy, so he's a bit of a crybaby (but doesn't want to admit this).
* Tionisha from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', at least initially. While translations decided to change her species from oni to an ogre, she was eventually changed to be an outright ogre, who are called oni in Japan. Actual oni are a sub-species to ogres, with another character called Kinu being one of them.
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', Oni are demons that enter the mortal world either through some poor fool summoning them, or through the [[{{Hellgate}} Festering Pit of Fu Leng]] that connects the mortal and demon realms. They have an endless array of forms, some of which resemble the traditional Oni.
* Shinra in ''VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight'' is an oni (translated in the English-language release as "demon"). He's first seen in the prologue complaining about how oni are villainized in folk tales like that of Momotaro; he's blunt, brash and a little violent, but good-hearted.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', Oni are a specific form of low-level Giant. Scions of the Chinese Celestial Beauracracy can also take loyalist oni -- specifically, the Hells-staffing demon oni Ma Mien (Horse Face) and Niu T'ou (Ox Head) -- as followers.
* In ''The Monstergirl Encyclopedia'', Red and Blue Oni are two of the many profiles. Red Oni are hot-headed HardDrinkingPartyGirl[=s=] who live to eat, drink, party and have sex. Blue Oni are more intellectual and reserved, but [[CovertPervert become raging horny drunks when they drink]]. The work also includes the Ushi Oni, here depicted as a sort of cross between a tarantula-based drider and a minotaur that is an insatiable beast that roams the hills, looking for victims to capture for sex and whose blood is so powerful it can corrupt any who are touched by it.
* ''VideoGame/AoOni'': [[AntagonistTitle The eponymous monster]], who pursues Hiroshi and his friends throughout the game. [[spoiler:[[TheAssimilator When each of your friends is caught, they are transformed into more Oni]], and several more deformed versions of the original Oni are [[RoomFullOfCrazy found in a jail cell near the end of the game]]]].
* The Deadly Six from ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' are based off Oni, and are even known in Japan as "The Six Oni".
* In ''VideoGame/SenranKagura 2: Deep Crimson'', there are two enemies who due of their appearance, gained them the names "Red Oni" and "Blue Oni".
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterMaulers'', Diablo, "a demon who summons storms," is essentially an Oni (its Japanese name, Furaiki, literally means "wind/thunder oni"), even though its stage is a Chinese pagoda. It has blue skin and red hair.
* In between ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' and ''III'', Ogre Mages went from the standard issue two-headed (one head having two eyes, the other has one eye and a horn) ogre with glowing eyes to just blue-skinned, both wielding enormous clubs. Stonemaul Ogres have only one head, but it's the one-eyed and one-horned one.
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28th Jun '16 12:16:46 PM DinoMaurus
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* Gabara from ''[[Film/AllMonstersAttack Godzilla's Revenge]]'' is based on an Oni and appears knobby, cat-like, and has a 3 pointed horns atop its head. Also, it [[ShockAndAwe channels lightning through its fists]].

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* Gabara from ''[[Film/AllMonstersAttack Godzilla's Revenge]]'' is based on an Oni and appears knobby, cat-like, and has a 3 pointed horns atop its his head. Also, it he [[ShockAndAwe channels lightning through its fists]].his fists]]. The latest videogame claims he's actually a mutant toad however.
28th Jun '16 11:37:05 AM Chabal2
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** ''Double Dealing Character'' introduces Benben Tsukumo, a biwa tsukumogami, Yatsuhashi Tsukumo, a koto tsukumogami, and Raiko Horikawa, a taiko tsukumogami.

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** ''Double Dealing Character'' introduces Benben Tsukumo, a biwa tsukumogami, Yatsuhashi Tsukumo, a koto tsukumogami, and Raiko Horikawa, a taiko tsukumogami.tsukumogami ([[AlmightyJanitor although she also has thunder god characteristics as well]]).


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* In between ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' and ''III'', Ogre Mages went from the standard issue two-headed (one head having two eyes, the other has one eye and a horn) ogre with glowing eyes to just blue-skinned, both wielding enormous clubs. Stonemaul Ogres have only one head, but it's the one-eyed and one-horned one.
22nd Jun '16 6:47:37 PM BeeKirbysNewComputer
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* Blizzaria from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is a yuki-onna however they [[LighterAndSofter toned her down]].

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* Blizzaria from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is a yuki-onna however they [[LighterAndSofter toned her down]].down]] version of this.



* One of ''VideoGame/YoKaiWatch'''s {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s is a literal Tsuchinoko, shortened to "Noko" in the English variant. There's also a variant called Tsuchinoko Panda, who has a panda's black and white coloration.

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* One of ''VideoGame/YoKaiWatch'''s {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s is a literal Tsuchinoko, shortened to named "Noko" in the English variant. version. There's also a variant called Tsuchinoko Panda, Panda (named "Pandanoko" in English), who has a panda's black and white coloration.



* Rokurokubi are one of the "Classic" Yo-Kai introduced in ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch 2''. The English version renames her "Lady Longnek".



* Tsuchigumo is a rare "Classic" Yo-Kai introduced in ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch 2''.



* Inugami is a rare Yo-Kai in the ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' series, named "Frostail" in English.



* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is about a kid in Japan who is given a "Yokai Watch" by a ghost yokai that let's you see yokai. It's a [[GottaCatchEmAll collectable]] {{mon}} series using yokai.

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* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is about a kid in Japan who is given a "Yokai Watch" by a ghost yokai that let's you see yokai. It's a [[GottaCatchEmAll collectable]] {{mon}} {{Mons}} series revolving around Yokai. The games and anime revolve around a boy named Nate using yokai.a mystical watch to perceive, communicate with, and summon Yokai to solve other people's (or other Yokai's) problems.
18th Jun '16 11:58:31 PM nombretomado
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* The baku of ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' are malevolent. They still eat bad dreams, but they eat their victim's memories as well.

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* The baku of ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' are malevolent. They still eat bad dreams, but they eat their victim's memories as well.
18th Jun '16 11:58:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' features traditional Yuki-onna.

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* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' features traditional Yuki-onna.
8th Jun '16 10:03:12 AM Willbyr
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* ''FrankenFran'' has that chapter's patient end up living with one. She's the less-hostile variety.

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* ''FrankenFran'' ''Manga/FrankenFran'' has that chapter's patient end up living with one. She's the less-hostile variety.
1st Jun '16 9:08:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Youkai are a widely-varied collection of various supernatural creatures that pop up in UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} religion. They have a lot in common with TheFairFolk. Some youkai are good, others are evil, and many are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]]. Some are mischievous, others avoid humans entirely. Shinto is an animist religion, and youkai are often associated with natural features such as forests and mountains. This word is often translated as "demon" in Western translations, but since that term is generally associated with [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]], that does not adequately describe the creatures in question -- they are more like TheFairFolk, spanning the entire moral range between good, mischievous, neutral, and actually evil. The closest true Western equivalent is probably that of the ancient Roman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_(mythology) genii]] or [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent spirits]].

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Youkai Youkai[[note]]alternative spelling Yōkai[[/note]] are a widely-varied collection of various supernatural creatures that pop up in UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} religion. They have a lot in common with TheFairFolk. Some youkai are good, others are evil, and many are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]]. Some are mischievous, others avoid humans entirely. Shinto is an animist religion, and youkai are often associated with natural features such as forests and mountains. This word is often translated as "demon" in Western translations, but since that term is generally associated with [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]], that does not adequately describe the creatures in question -- they are more like TheFairFolk, spanning the entire moral range between good, mischievous, neutral, and actually evil. The closest true Western equivalent is probably that of the ancient Roman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_(mythology) genii]] or [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent spirits]].
1st Jun '16 9:07:38 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Youkai[[note]]And not [[VideoGame/YokaiWatch "Yo-Kai"]]; that spelling was invented for the North American release.[[/note]] are a widely-varied collection of various supernatural creatures that pop up in UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} religion. They have a lot in common with TheFairFolk. Some youkai are good, others are evil, and many are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]]. Some are mischievous, others avoid humans entirely. Shinto is an animist religion, and youkai are often associated with natural features such as forests and mountains. This word is often translated as "demon" in Western translations, but since that term is generally associated with [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]], that does not adequately describe the creatures in question -- they are more like TheFairFolk, spanning the entire moral range between good, mischievous, neutral, and actually evil. The closest true Western equivalent is probably that of the ancient Roman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_(mythology) genii]] or [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent spirits]].

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Youkai[[note]]And not [[VideoGame/YokaiWatch "Yo-Kai"]]; that spelling was invented for the North American release.[[/note]] Youkai are a widely-varied collection of various supernatural creatures that pop up in UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} religion. They have a lot in common with TheFairFolk. Some youkai are good, others are evil, and many are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]]. Some are mischievous, others avoid humans entirely. Shinto is an animist religion, and youkai are often associated with natural features such as forests and mountains. This word is often translated as "demon" in Western translations, but since that term is generally associated with [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]], that does not adequately describe the creatures in question -- they are more like TheFairFolk, spanning the entire moral range between good, mischievous, neutral, and actually evil. The closest true Western equivalent is probably that of the ancient Roman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_(mythology) genii]] or [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent spirits]].
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