[[folder: Mai Taniyama]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KaoriNazuka (Japanese), Creator/CheramiLeigh (English)


A 16 year-old first-year high school student who becomes involved with the Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR) after she accidentally breaks an expensive video camera that was being used by the SPR in an investigation of an old building at her school. In the same incident, she is saved from a falling bookcase by Lin Koujo, who is injured instead; to repay her debt, she fills in for Lin to assist SPR's manager Kazuya Shibuya. After the conclusion of the first case, she is offered a paycheck for her work and a part-time position at the SPR. [[spoiler:As the series progresses, it is revealed that Mai has ESP abilities, which include astral projection, psychic dreams and clairvoyance.]]

* ActionSurvivor
* BadassAdorable
* BadassNormal
** [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal]]
* BadassUnintentional: [[spoiler: Her powers often give her key information, even when she's not trying to.]]
* BadDreams: Particularly in the Bloody Labyrinth arc.
* CatapultNightmare
* TheChick
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows
* CuteClumsyGirl: Not so much emphasized, but she has her clumsy moments. The most clear example is when she breaks Lin's camera in the first arc.
* DemonicPossession: In the Silent Christmas episodes, after John exorcises a spirit out of a young boy, the spirit goes into Mai and possesses her until the end of the arc.
** It happens again in the Bloody Labyrinth arc, [[spoiler: when she gets possessed by the spirit of one of the maids that was killed in the mansion. The spirit makes her experience her death in what's probably one of the most terrifying moments of the anime. The spirit possesses her again later but Masako notices and effortlessly exorcises the spirit out of Mai's body and lays it to rest.]]
* {{Determinator}}
* [[spoiler: DreamingOfThingsToCome]]
* GenkiGirl
* FireForgedFriends: With Masako.
* FuroScene: Very brief and not very revealing (due to the nature of the anime), but still counts.
* [[spoiler: ISeeDeadPeople]]: Gains this ability as the series progresses.
* LetsGetDangerous
* [[spoiler: MagicalGirl]]
* TheMcCoy
* MuggleBestFriend: [[spoiler:Subverted after she gains her medium powers, but still acts like a layman on most occasions.]]
* MyParentsAreDead: She even [[InvokedTrope mentions]] it word by word once.
* NearDeathExperience: In the seventh arc, she [[spoiler: has a vision of what it was like to be murdered, when one of the spirits that was killed in the house possesses her and makes her experience her murder on her own flesh.]]
** And later in that same arc, [[spoiler: when she goes to rescue Masako. She's saved by Lin just in time, though.]]
* NiceGirl
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* PluckyGirl
* [[spoiler:PsychicPowers]]: It is revealed that she has these at the end of the third arc.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Naru's (and Lin's) blue.
* ShipTease: With Naru
* SupportingProtagonist
* TaremeEyes
* TemptingFate: Near the end of episode 10, Mai muses about how it would kind of suck [[spoiler: to have psychic powers]], and that she's glad she's just an ordinary high school student. Guess what we eventually learn she has?
* TookALevelInBadass: After discovering [[spoiler: her latent PsychicPowers, which grow stronger in every arc.]]
* Tsundere: Shows some aspects of it.
* ViolenceDetector
* WhatTheHellHero: Mai is not pleased to discover that Naru is willing to turn a death curse onto six hundred relatively innocent students (hoping that the curse would dilute itself and "merely" severely injure them rather than kill them. ''Maybe'') just to guarantee the life of one {{Jerkass}} teacher his justification being that, unwittingly or not, they still invoked a powerful death curse. [[spoiler: Naru instead takes a third option and diverts the death curse to six hundred hitogatas of innocent students, leaving everyone unharmed.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Naru, considering how their relationship is further put into question after she confesses to him. [[spoiler: According to WordOfGod, Mai and Naru are canon except that she isn't going to show how they are going to end up together or write an ending with them together as she doesn't do happy endings/romance]]
* WorkOffTheDebt: How she becomes Naru's assistant.
* YouGetMeCoffee: She is often on the receiving end of this joke, particularly from Naru.

[[folder:Kazuya "Naru" Shibuya/[[spoiler:Oliver Davis]]]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YuukiTai (Japanese), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (English)


A 17-year-old paranormal researcher and the manager of the Shibuya Psychic Research center. Mai nicknames him "Naru" for his narcissistic (narushisuto) attitude; this nickname generally comes to be adopted by their colleagues. Though appearing cold and critical in front of his friends, he does care for them deeply and earns their trust and respect. [[spoiler:Eventually, it is revealed that Naru is actually the famed paranormal researcher and psychic, Oliver Davis, and that he has very strong psychokinetic abilities.]]

* AllThereInTheManual: There are several things about Naru that are either vaguely hinted at or not brought up at all in the anime but are explained fully elsewhere.
* BadassBookworm
* BadassNormal
*** [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal]]
* [[spoiler: AngstySurvivingTwin]]
* BattleAura: In episode 25.
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* {{Bishonen}}
* BrainyBrunette
* BrutalHonesty: Oh, so much.
* [[spoiler:CastFromHitPoints: Use of his psychokinetic abilities severely taxes his body. The one time he does use it in the series, he collapses and is hospitalized afterwards.]]
* TheChessmaster: He plans out pretty much ''everything'' without telling anyone. Lin is too used to it to care at this point and the others never get what's going on until it's over.
* AChildShallLeadThem
* CrazyJealousGuy: Downplayed. He doesn't show it to the degree that Mai does,because he's TheStoic, however it was most noticeable when Mai became attached to Lin when she was first possessed by Kenji in episode 12. [[spoiler: Justified as in a pamphlet that the author wrote regarding Mai and Naru's relationship she stated that the relationship between Mai and Naru is that Mai would get jealous when girls become attracted to Naru and Naru would become jealous when male clients become attracted to Mai]].
** "Why don't you keep her company for a while, Dad."
* DemonicPossession: In the eighth arc.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* FirstNameBasis: Towards Mai and Lin.
* GeniusBruiser: Easily the smartest in the group and [[spoiler: the most powerful psychic of them all.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Actually justifiable given that he is [[spoiler: actually Oliver Davis, a young paranormal professor from Britain.]]
* HatesBeingTouched:[[spoiler: As Gene states,in a small short about the daily life of Gene and Naru by the author, Naru wasn't comfortable with physical contact which is why he and Madako and the rest of Naru's family (exception of Lin) like to get physical with Naru to tease him.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Naru, nicknamed by Mai on the very first episode from the Japanese word narushisuto, or narcissist.
* InsufferableGenius
* {{Jerkass}}: Due to his cases of BrutalHonesty, he may come by as this, but deep down is truly a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. A particularly bad case occurred after his DemonicPossession, where he and the team confronted Okubu-sama and seemingly scoffs at the team's failed attempts to exorcise it, but it turns out he [[spoiler: actually is strong enough to end it in one blow and was itching to do it, but he has to maintain his cover and doing it is dangerous for his body, so he may be justified after all.]]
* TheLeader: Doubles as this ''and'' TheSmartGuy.
* LightningBruiser
* {{Narcissist}}
** TheFightingNarcissist
* MadScientist: Lampshaded as one in sequel manga Akumu no Sumu Ie by Monk
** [[spoiler: Naru goes on a long rant about his dissatisfaction with the Japanese investigation team to [[AgentScully Hirota,]] a government officer. He sounds like a rightfully angry brother about their incompetence in handling that case up until he snapped at Monk, who tried to placate him, that what he was most angry about was the loss of valuable research of his brother's remains. Mai, Masako and Monk are horrified and dread what Naru would do if any of them died in his vicinity.]]
* [[spoiler: MeanBrit: As Naru is actually Oliver Davis the famed British paranormal investigator he fits this to a t.]]
* NonActionGuy: Until [[spoiler: the end of the eighth arc, at least.]]
* NotAMorningPerson
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: As the series progresses, everyone just ends up calling him Naru.
** And in the final volume of the manga, [[spoiler: SPR discovers that "Shibuya Kazuya" is apparently only an alias for Oliver Davis, a famous British parapsychologist.]]
* PowerIncontinence: It's revealed that [[spoiler: this is why he was forbidden from using his psychokinetic powers.]]
* [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]]: At the end of the eighth arc, Lin reveals to Mai that [[spoiler: Naru has an outstanding amount of psychic powers, too much for his body to control, and that it was what caused him to pass out after briefly using said powers.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Mai's red.
* ShipTease: With Mai
* TheSpock
* TheSmartGuy
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic: The end of the seventh arc suggests this, as [[spoiler: he is seen holding an item belonging to Masako, who had been missing, showing that he does care about the others.]]
*** [[spoiler: As someone with psychic abilities, he was ''using'' the comb to make sure Masako was okay. Still touching, though.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TeenGenius
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: He ''may'' tell Lin his plans, but that's only because he needs his [[PsychicPowers abilities]]. Except for that, he rarely reveals his plan, and Mai and the others have to figure it out on their own.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Mai [[spoiler: according to WordOfGod, Mai and Naru are canon except that she isn't going to show how they are going to end up together or write an ending with them together as she doesn't do happy endings/romance]].
* WiseBeyondHisYears: Sometimes it's hard to remember he's just seventeen...
* {{Workaholic}}: Played with. He actually only takes cases that truly interests him, but works his ass off on those he took and is always busy.

[[folder: Lin/Rin Koujo]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KenNarita (Japanese), Creator/JMichaelTatum (English)


A Hong Kong-born practitioner of Onmyodo, Lin acts as part-bodyguard, part assistant to Naru before the investigation of Mai's school. A skilled spiritualist with a knowledge of Chinese and Japanese spiritualism and occultism, Lin also brings five bound spirits with him to act as his means of dealing with dangerous threats.

* BadassInANiceSuit
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: He has PsychicPowers, after all.
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* {{Bishonen}}
* TheComicallySerious: Particularly in the "Silent Christmas" arc.
%%* {{Expy}}: Possibly, of [[Manga/FruitsBasket Hatori Sohma]].
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: An interesting negative example: Lin is revealed to be racist against the Japanese due to Japanese atrocities during World War II. He even admits that he knows it was long in the past and it's illogical to hold a grudge like that, but that he can't forget his own heritage.]]
* TheLancer
* OutOfFocus: In the first arc. Justified since he was in the hospital.
* PeekABangs
* PromotionToParent: In the Silent Christmas arc.
* PsychicPowers: Revealed in the third arc.
* TheQuietOne
* RedOniBlueOni: Can be seen as the blue to Mai's red.
* SharpDressedMan
* SneezeCut: Twice on episode 11 of the anime.
* StockForeignName: Which is quickly identified by the client in the Bloody Labyrinth arc.
* TheStoic
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Naru.
* {{Workaholic}}

[[folder: Ayako Matsuzaki]]
->Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (Japanese), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (English)


An outspoken 23-year-old self-styled shrine maiden whose powers and knowledge often come up short compared to the other practitioners [[spoiler:in the earlier arcs. This is due to her powers deriving from tree spirits and SPR's earlier cases being in urban areas. She is also a licensed doctor at hospital, a talented cook and quite wealthy.]]

* ActionGirl
* [[spoiler: AwesomeButImpractical: Her ritual requires ancient, living, healthy trees in order to truly work, and one location can only be used once every half a year. That said, when conditions are met, she can easily purify evil spirits en masse.]]
* TheChewToy: She is often the object of tease (mainly from [[BrutalHonesty Naru]] and [[ShipTease Monk]]) due to her rituals not being very effective in the first few arcs.
* [[spoiler:ConditionalPowers: Her power stems from her connection to [[NatureSpirit tree spirits]] and is stronger when in rural areas. Unfortunately until the final arcs all the investigations occur in urban areas, so her powers are greatly limited until then.]]
* CoolBigSis: Towards Mai in the later arcs.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* {{Determinator}}
* FieryRedhead
* GetAHoldOfYourselfWoman: She has to slap Mai in order to calm her down after she wakes up from a nightmare.
* HiddenBadass
* HiddenDepths: She was perceived as an incompetent miko by the group for her many unsuccessful rituals, but [[spoiler: it turns out she just needed the right conditions, and never made excuses because she knows the others won't believe her.]] Also, despite her arrogance, she genuinely cares for the team.
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Loudly proclaims the earlier arcs' hauntings are "Obviously the result of an earth spirit!" They never are.
* [[spoiler:[[NatureSpirit Nature Spirits]]]]: The true source of her powers.
* [[spoiler:NonIdleRich]]
* PluckyGirl
* PsychicPowers: Her exorcisms, among others.
* [[spoiler:Rich Bitch]]: A mild example.
* ShesGotLegs
* [[spoiler:TeamChef]]
* TeamMom: Labeled as such by Mai.
* TheMedic: She usually takes up this role whenever one of the team gets injured.

[[folder: Houshou Takigawa]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KenjiHamada (Japanese), Creator/TravisWillingham (English)


An apostate Buddhist monk with a family history of being monks, "Monk" acts as the bedrock of SPR's cases when the cause is finally revealed and an exorcism or purification is necessary.

* AsianRuneChant
* BigBrotherMentor: To Mai.
* BigDamnHeroes: In the third arc, when he saves Naru and Mai from one of the spirits in the school.
** There are also various moments in which he saves the day with his AsianRuneChant.
* TheBigGuy: Among the team, his exorcism method is probably the most direct: blow the spirits away with spells. Personality wise, he's also the most lively of the crew. Also, he's physically the tallest of the group, a trait he shares with Rin, and likely the fittest.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's actually a rock bassist, so yeah, he's not your traditional Japanese monk, but he still gets the job done.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows
* HiddenBadass: Naru even notes that he may have underestimated him at one point.
* InSeriesNickname: "Monk", by nearly everyone else. He also has a nickname when he's performing with his band, as revealed in the third arc. It's probably an audio pun, since his name (Houshou) only needs one syllable change to make it sound like monk (Bou-san).
* TheLancer: When Naru was incapacitated, he took up the leadership mantle. Naru also seems to value his input.
* LeadBassist: Type D.
* NiceGuy
* PsychicPowers: He's a monk, after all. He mentioned that he used to be able to see spirits until an accident during an exorcism made that ability disappear.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Naru/Mai. In episode 11 of the anime, when Masako suggests that they should divide in couples to attract the spirit, he whispers to Mai that it was her chance to get a date with Naru.
* TeamDad: Labeled as this by Mai.

[[folder: John Brown]]
->Voiced by: Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto (Japanese), Creator/JasonLiebrecht (English)


An Australian Catholic exorcist, John backs up the team with his abilities learned from the Catholic Church to aid in exorcisms of human beings.

* AnimeCatholicism
* BadassAdorable
* BadassBookworm
* BadassPreacher
* {{Bishonen}}
* CelibateHero: Due to being a Catholic priest and all...
* DemonicPossession: Being an exorcist, he specializes in handling this. It's stated that while Takigawa and Rin are much better at driving away and exterminating evil spirits, they still need John because they can't exorcise a spirit or entity inhabiting an object or person without harming the host, which John can easily do.
* FakeNationality: He is voiced by the very American Jason Liebrecht, whose Australian accent [[SoBadItsGood is less than stellar]].
* FunnyForeigner: Treated as funny mainly due to his accent.
* GratuitousJapanese: He has an accent, due to being foreigner, that seems particularly funny to other characters.
** To elaborate, he spoke with KansaiRegionalDialect, which is usually spoken by TheIdiotFromOsaka, ''not'' a caucasian foreigner like him.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* ImprobableAge: To be a priest at age nineteen. It's pretty much impossible in real life, so...
** Takigawa actually notes this, saying that John can't be an official exorcist since he's way too young.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* JesusTaboo: Subverted in episode 24, when John mentions Jesus during an exorcism early in the episode.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Which he thought was [[CrowningMomentOfFunny standard Japanese]].
* NearDeathExperience: In the very first arc. The roof was falling down on the room he was practicing an exorcism, and it would've ended him had Mai not warned him and gotten him out of there just in time.
* NiceGuy
* OlderThanHeLooks: He is nineteen, but on their first meeting everyone (particularly Mai) thought he was way younger.
* PhenotypeStereotype

[[folder: Masako Hara]]
->Voiced by: Creator/RieKugimiya (Japanese), Creator/JadSaxton (English)


A moderately famous TV psychic with actual psychic abilities, Masako is able to see the spirits and entities surrounding a case location, and is able to channel the dead in order to effectively communicate with them.

* TheChick
* DemonicPossession: In episode 11, although it's more or a comic relief situation. It is more serious on the eighth arc, when she summons the ghost of a person who was recently killed in order to find out who killed her, and of course, said ghost takes full control of Masako's body to talk to the group.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: It's implied that she has this ability.
* FireForgedFriends: With Mai.
* FirstNameBasis: She is upset when she realizes Naru refuses to call her (or Ayako) by their first name, but talks to Mai on FirstNameBasis.
* FriendshipDenial: As regards her relationship with Mai. She completely changes her mind after the seventh arc, though.
* HopelessSuitor: So far, it doesn't look like Naru reciprocates her feelings. Then again, it is [[TheStoic Naru]] who we're talking about, he may not even have noticed she has a crush on him. [[spoiler: Made harsher when the truth about Glen was revealed and it turns out that, like Mai, it may not have been Naru she actually fell in love with.]]
* ISeeDeadPeople: Due to being a medium and all...
* KimonoIsTraditional: Somewhat made fun of when Mai imagines her going to school in pre-[=WW2=] kimono uniform.
* NearDeathExperience: In the third arc, a spirit pushes her down the stairs of the school while she was searching on her own. She was found by the others and taken to the hospital by John soon enough though.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: when she's abducted near the end of the seventh arc. Mai finds her and attempts to free them, but is captured too, and both are almost killed by the BigBad (in a quite [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrific way]], might be added), but they're saved just in time by Lin.]]
* OlderThanSheLooks
* PsychicPowers: Seeing and sensing spirits, among other medium powers.
* TheEmpath: She's the most sensitive to spiritual presence among the team, and her exorcism method works by communing with the dead and convincing them to depart. Compare this to Monk, whose method causes direct harm to evil spirits.
* TsurimeEyes
* YamatoNadeshiko