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->'''Voiced by:''' Yoji Matsuda (JP), Billy Crudup (EN)

The last prince of the Emishi tribe and the main male protagonist.
* AllLovingHero: The voice of peace between the humans of Iron Town and the animals/spirits/deities of the forest. Without him the movie would have been much shorter and very bloody.
* AmazonChaser: Ashitaka falls head over heels with bonafide badass and fiery San.
* ArcherArchetype: While a skilled swordsman, his truly badass feats are performed with his bow. He also proves himself perfectly capable of living alone in the wilderness without other people.
* BadassNormal: Even before receiving the curse, Ashitaka manages to kill an enormous boar demon singlehandedly.
* BetterAsFriends: [[spoiler: Zig-Zagged. While San does come to reciprocate his feelings, at the end, they realize that neither of them could give up their present life styles for each other, and the two part, promising to still meet each other every so often.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A kind, heroic, and respectful young man. You do ''not'' want to make him angry.
* BigBrotherInstinct: During the demon attack at the beginning of the film, Ashitaka the pacifist is initially very reluctant to attack and spends quite a while trying to pacify Nago. When he sees the demon boar charging towards Kaya, however, he doesn't hesitate to shoot it square in the eye.
* {{Bishonen}}: See his ChickMagnet section.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Though Ashitaka tends to favor his Bow.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy And His Elk. Yakul is his closest friend.
* CassandraTruth: Continuously warns the people of Irontown and the forest Gods that violence won't solve anything. They all ignore him.
* ChickMagnet: All of the ladies of Irontown (sans Lady Eboshi) immediately take a liking to Ashitaka.
* CursedWithAwesome: His cursed arm causes him much pain and even made him an outcast. On the other hand, it gives Ashitaka something similar to super human strength.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: {{Inverted}}. Ashitaka alters his hair at the ''start of the movie'', due to being exiled from his village after becoming infected with a curse.
* ImportantHaircut: Cuts his hair at the start of the movie that signifies his banishment.
* LastOfHisKind: The last prince of the Emishi.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Towards San. He gets that "awe struck" look in his eye and calls her "beautiful" when they speak to each other for the first time.
* MarkOfTheBeast: His curse manifests as a large, nasty blotch or tumor which starts on his arm and slowly spreads throughout his body.
* MartialPacifist: Ashitaka is a pacifist in a world where humans and nature are at war. The funny thing is Ashitaka actually aims to be a BadassPacifist, but what keeps him from reaching that is the fact that he will kill you if you leave him no other choice.
* MementoMacguffin: The crystal necklace that he gets from Kaya for good luck and so he won't forget her. He later gives it to the wolves, as a token for San.
* MoralityPet: Even though [[spoiler:San still won't forgive the humans for what they did, San makes it clear to Ashitaka that she won't attack them for his sake and that they will always be friends.]]
* NiceGuy: [[AllLovingHero Doesn't want a war to start between humans and forest spirits?]] Check. [[BigBrotherInstinct Killed a boar spirit when it head towards his younger sister, Kaya?]] Check. [[FriendToAllLivingThings Has a deep respect for the forest spirits, that may be only second]] [[NatureHero to San?]] Check.
* OneManArmy: A few action scenes has him take out his opponents, even though there's more of them by about 10 or more.
* RedRightHand: An aversion: Ashitaka has the physical indications and the power, but remains firmly dominant over TheCorruption.
* ScarsAreForever: Ashitaka keeps a tiny scratch under his eye by the end of the movie, since his previous injuries (which included a musket shot to the shoulder) had occurred while he was still CursedWithAwesome, but the scratch occurs after it's been lifted.
* ShirtlessScene: Gets a few: when he crosses a lake with Yakul, helps the women of Irontown, and in the climax.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Can communicate effectively with the gods of the forest, though this is more because they are intelligent enough to communicate telepathically with humans, rather than Ashitaka possessing a special skill.
* TranquilFury: When striding slowly in to break up the fight between San and Lady Eboshi.
* WarriorPrince: The last prince of the Emishi Clan, and a skilled swordfighter, archer, and... elksman?
* WeaponOfChoice: His bow and arrows.
* TheWisePrince: He's an AllLovingHero prince with a bad case of CassandraTruth.
* WouldHitAGirl: He disarms both Lady Eboshi and San, even knocking out the latter.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: After being cursed by a forest God, Ashitaka is forced to leave his dying people, the Emishi, to find a cure, rather than dying in agony. After cutting his hair, he is banished and can never return.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Along with the above trope, Ashitaka will eventually die from the curse implanted on him. [[spoiler:Luckily, the curse is countered by the actions of a more powerful god.]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Yuriko Ishida (JP), Claire Danes (EN)

A young woman who was raised by the wolves and feels hatred for humans, but eventually comes to really care about Ashitaka. The main female protagonist and title character.
* ActionGirl: Willing to take on an entire village of people armed with swords and guns.
* AnimalMotifs: Wolves. She was literally raised by them since infancy and models part of her clothing to resemble a wolf.
* BadassAdorable: An ActionGirl with a WildChild mentality.
* BadassPrincess: San doesn't control an actual kingdom, she does have her own family of wolves and fights pretty especially with a spear.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: One of the main reasons San likes Ashitaka is because of his respectful nature towards her and the spirits, something that the humans she met before him did not do.
* BetterAsFriends: [[spoiler: Zig-Zagged. While San does come to reciprocate Ashitaka's feelings, at the end, they realize that neither of them could give up their present life styles for each other, and the two part, promising to still meet each other every so often.]]
* BoomerangBigot: Hates humans even though she is one. {{Justified}} given how she was raised by her adoptive wolf family from infancy because her [[{{Jerkass}} parents]] left her to be eaten by them.
* BoyishShortHair: Her hair doesn't even reach her chin.
* BreakoutCharacter: San pretty much stole the entire movie.
* FacialMarkings: San has three red "fang" markings on her forehead and both her cheeks.
* ForestRanger: With her adoptive wolf family, San looks after and protects the forest from greedy humans.
* FragileSpeedster: She moves ''very'' fast, to the point where none of Iron Town's riflemen can hit her, but gets knocked out fairly easily by Ashitaka.
* FreudianExcuse: Besides being raised by Moro, San's hatred of humans also stems from her parents abandoning her as a baby to save themselves from the wolf-goddess herself.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: San definitely qualifies since she's a NatureLover and ForestRanger. But she has definite exceptions - she's not terribly fond of the Ape Tribe. And humans are off her list.
* HappilyAdopted: San even casts away her human heritage in favor of being like a wolf.
* HumanSacrifice: How her parents gave her up - after Moro caught them trespassing in the forest, they threw the infant San at her feet and fled.
* IntimateHealing: When San feeds a wounded Ashitaka, who is too weak to even chew, by chewing up the meat for him and then transferring it from her mouth to his.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has a strong hatred for humans, but she deeply cares for her adoptive wolf family, and later Ashitaka.
* JunglePrincess: She is referred by Iron Town as "The Princess of the Vengeful (forest) spirits". She dresses the part.
* LikeADaughterToMe: To the Wolf Goddess, Moro. Despite being a human, Moro deeply loves and cherished San just the same as her two biological wolf cubs.
* MeaningfulName: "San" is Japanese for "three". She is the only daughter (adopted and human) of Moro's three children. The other two are biologically related to her.
* MoralityPet: To the Wolf Goddess, Moro. San is probably the ''sole'' human that Moro loves.
* {{Nature Hero}}ine: Provides the page image.
* NatureLover: Has a deep respect for the forest and those who live in it.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Has a distrust of other humans due to being raised in the forest.
* OneWomanArmy: Mounts a solo attack on Iron Town for the sole purpose of assassinating Lady Eboshi, and gets far enough to duel Eboshi herself one on one at the center of town.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her parents literally threw her to the wolves.
* RaisedByWolves: She was raised by the wolf goddess Moro.
* RedBaron: "Mononoke Hime" means "the princess of vengeful spirits". Not knowing her real name, the villagers call San "Princess Mononoke" out of fear.
* RedIsHeroic: The red fang markings. Although, she's more of an anti-hero: While Lady Eboshi and her followers are desecrating the forest and the spirits, San's solution (general murder and terror) isn't actually fixing the problem.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: San's [[RedBaron nickname]] is the name of the film, but she's the deuteragonist.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Ashitaka is a pacifistic man who has a great respect for the spirits, and was the first human San encountered who treated her nicely. San does reciprocate Ashitaka's feelings, [[spoiler:but they decide to stay friends in the end.]]
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Naturally, due to her upbringing. She can apparently even talk to Yakul.
* SuicideMission: She fully expected to die when she went into Iron Town alone to kill Eboshi.
* {{Tsundere}}: Has elements of it. For example, when Moro comments that Ashitaka wanted to share his life with her, San angrily responds that she hates him like she hates all humans. A few seconds later, one of her brothers comes to give her a necklace from Ashitaka. San puts it on.
* WeaponOfChoice: Always uses her spear in combat.
* WildChild: A [[NatureLover strong love for nature]] combined with a fierce looking appearance? She definitely qualifies.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is colored green.

[[folder:Lady Eboshi]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Yuko Tanaka (JP), Creator/MinnieDriver (EN)

The ruler of Irontown who continually clears the forest.
* ActionGirl: Matched San blow-for-blow when the latter attacked Irontown on her own as well as being in the frontlines whenever the residents of Irontown are out with the oxen.
* AffablyEvil: Quite affable most of the time. The 'evil' part becomes clearer whenever she's with Jiko.
* AntiVillain: She is overall a rather considerate leader, kind to lepers, prostitutes and the disenfranchised and has her town's best interests at heart. Her violence, arrogance and antagonism are rather understandable when you consider how she is being proverbially roasted by wild animal gods on one end and by other warlords on the other.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Gets her arm bitten off by Moro.]]
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Eboshi''': Now watch closely, everyone. I'm going to show you how to [[KillTheGods kill a god]]. A god of life and death. The trick is not to fear him.
* BadassNormal: Able to buy up the bond of every brothel girl she meets and gives them a new and better life in Irontown. Also, she will attempt to assassinate gods.
* BigBad: Depending on your point of view in the film's GreyAndGreyMorality. While possibly being the BigGood, she's also the one after the Forest Spirit.
* BigGood: Depending on your point of view in the film's GreyAndGreyMorality. While possibly being the BigBad, Lady Eboshi genuinely cares for the people of Irontown and they in turn look to her as a beacon of hope.
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler:See her HeelRealization section]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:She kills the Spirit of the Forest with her own gun.]]
* EvilBrit: Voiced by English Minnie Driver (who also played Jane Porter from ''[[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Tarzan]]'').
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:After seeing the destructive result of her actions post-climax, she promises to change for the better and rebuild Irontown.]]
* HimeCut: When she's in her battle wear, her hair is right above her eyebrows
* IronLady: A non-royal, power-wielding, tough-as-nails woman.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:"If you cut off a wolf's head, it can still bite you." And so it does.]]
* LadyOfWar: She's elegant, calm, calculating and has an arsenal of rifles at her disposal that can pierce samurai armor like paper. This is in contrast to the more primal and savage [[JunglePrincess San]].
* NoblewomansLaugh: She does this, befitting a refined lady like her.
* PetTheDog: She's a NobleDemon who takes in lepers and prostitutes and people who have nowhere else to go, and defends them against the greedy ambitions of the local samurai.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: One of the palest characters in the film.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Lady Eboshi never breaks a sweat. [[spoiler:Even after she loses her arm.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is colored blue.

->'''Voiced by:''' N/A

Ashitaka's red elk traveling companion.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Subverted. Yakul shows no unrealistic abilities - just the natural athleticism of a mountain beast and the affection of a well-trained domesticated animal. It might be argued that he's awfully smart for a member of the deer family, though.
* CoolPet: A swift, agile, exotic deer/antelope who follows Ashitaka around with quiet devotion.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Ashitaka's faithful red elk.
* UndyingLoyalty: No matter what, whether it was being shot at or treading on sacred ground or even threatened with being eaten by wolves, Yakul always stuck by his master.

->'''Voiced by:''' Akihiro Miwa (JP), Gillian Anderson (EN)

A giant wolf goddess and San's adopted mother.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Unsurprisingly, her goals aren't concerned with human concepts of good and evil. It's still a more downplayed case than usual though.
* CrossdressingVoices: Has a male's voice in the Japanese dub, despite being female
* FaceDeathWithDignity: In sharp contrast to Nago [[spoiler:and later Okkoto]], who went insane and turned into a demon after being shot by a poisoned bullet, Moro is calm and accepting of her inevitable demise. Even when San begs her to go to the Forest Spirit to be healed of the bullet wound, Moro replies that she's lived long enough.
* IntellectualAnimal: Moro is probably the wisest and most rational of the forest spirits.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: She receives the touch of death from the Forest Spirit near the end of the film.]]
* LastBreathBullet: [[spoiler:Her decapitated head charges forward and chews off Eboshi's arm after she's killed.]]
* MamaBear: "Give me back my daughter, you demon!"
* MultipleTailedBeast: Has two tails as opposed to her birth children who only have one each.
* NobleWolf: She is a protector of her pack, of the forest, and adopted San when her parents abandoned her.
* NotSoStoic: While she is calm and collected (for the most part), she only bears her teeth when she is in combat or when she is ''really'' ticked off.
* PhysicalGod: A Wolf Goddess... and a ''very'' big wolf at that.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: She has bloodshot eyes.
* ShesAManInJapan: Kind of. In both versions she's the mother wolf. However in Japan she has a male voice, because in Japanese tradition all wolves are treated in a very masculine context.
* TalkingAnimal: A very de-whimsified version. She is able talk through some type of telepathic way, since her lips don't move in sync with her words.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: She seems to have a growl whenever she talks.

[[folder:Jiko Bou]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Kaoru Kobayashi (JP), Billy Bob Thornton (EN)

A monk and mercenary who befriends Ashitaka on his journey to the west.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Shown to be very fast and agile, especially in his fight.
* AffablyEvil: He just never stops being so pleasant and personable, even when he's vaguely threatening you. Or trying to kick your ass.
* {{Crouching Moron Hidden Badass}}: Jiko's much stronger and faster than he first appears.
* EvilAllAlong: He doesn't appear to be a bad guy when we first meet him.
* {{Gonk}}: A fat, short man, with a huge mole on his face.
* KarmaHoudini: He helps with [[spoiler:getting the head away from Forest Spirit, but doesn't die from his wrongdoing.]]
* NothingPersonal: Reflecting the banality typical of environment-destroyers. He doesn't ''hate'' his enemies: they're just inconveniently willing to fight to the death to stop him.
* PunchClockVillain: Jiko's harmless off the job, he just does it because the King ordered him to.
* SmugSnake: Shows shades of this when he talks to his lackey - he claims that the best way to get what one needs is to let someone else do the dirty work.

[[folder:Shishigami/The Spirit of the Forest]]

The Great Forest Spirit, a Kirin-like creature by day and a giant "nightwalker" by night.
* AboveGoodAndEvil: In this case, justified. The Spirit won't or can't aid directly in Moro's fight to save the forest: it has a very alien kind of intelligence.
* BewareOfTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Once beheaded, he becomes a full on spirit of destruction.]]
* BigBad: All depending on your point of view within the movie's GreyAndGreyMorality. While possibly being the BigGood, [[spoiler:if you shoot his head off, he'll quickly become the latter.]]
* BigGood: All depending on your point of view within the movie's GreyAndGreyMorality. While possibly being the BigBad, the Forest Spirit is beloved by all and seen as a sort of guardian.
* BlobMonster: [[spoiler: After it gets beheaded, it turns into an amorphous mass of black sludge that congeals into a vaguely humanoid shape.]]
* DarkIsEvil: It's not ''evil'', but when [[spoiler: it gets decapitated]], its body becomes a filthy black sludge that kills whatever it touches.
* TheDreaded: See his section under that trope.
* EldritchAbomination: A somewhat benevolent version [[spoiler: until it is decapitated: then it's a walking Armageddon.]]
* FertileFeet: Although the plants that sprout up where he steps will immediately die afterwards, representing his role as a god of death as well as life.
* HealingHands: While he can take away life, he can also heal life.
* {{Kaiju}}: His Nightwalker form.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:San believes so, but Ashitaka points out that, as a god of life and death, DeathIsCheap.]]
* TheMarvelousDeer: The form he takes during the day, in keeping with his mysterious and elusive nature.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's the deerlike Forest Spirit during the day, and an EldritchAbomination called ''the Night-Walker'' during the night.[[note]]Rather funny when you realize the Night Walker is actually the Daidarabotchi, a legendary giant of Japanese folklore that was one of the ''friendliest'' yōkai toward humankind.[[/note]]
* NatureSpirit: His title is the ''Spirit of the Forest''.
* NighInvulnerability: Very hard to kill. And becomes harder to kill once wounded.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Lady Eboshi shot off his ''head'' with her rifle.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: He becomes an EldritchAbomination after Lady Eboshi shoots his head off.]]
* PhysicalGod: When he transforms into his deerlike form.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: [[spoiler:After being decapitated it needs its head back.]]
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Ashitaka explicitly states that after all that the Forest Spirit has been through, it will still live on.]]
* TouchOfDeath: [[spoiler:How he kills Okkoto and Moro, when he knows that it is their time to depart from the world..]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Can switch from a deerlike form to a shadowy humanoid figure called the "Night-walker".
* WalkOnWater: In his deerlike form, he is able to do this.
* WalkingWasteland: Turns into this after [[spoiler: being decapitated. The uncontrolled spirit no longer brings life, only death - anything it touches is killed.]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Hisaya Morishige (JP), Creator/KeithDavid (EN)

A boar god.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: As a demon. He isn't even capable of speaking anymore when he turns, wanting only to mindlessly kill.]]
* BadassBaritone: He's voiced by Creator/KeithDavid in the English dub.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Vomits up a great deal of blood after being stabbed by Eboshi's mooks.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:He is slowly being demonized, and San is trapped between the tentacles.. gah.]]
* EmptyShell: [[spoiler: After becoming a demon, he loses all his former reason and intelligence and becomes a mindless, rampaging monster.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He realizes he has no chance of defeating the humans in battle, yet goes to war anyway because he wants a dignified death for himself and his people.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:When he realizes he's the only boar left.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Killed by the Forest Spirit's TouchOfDeath.]]
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:The only boar spirit remaining after the fight with the humans.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: The Forest Spirit euthanizes him with its TouchOfDeath, releasing him from the agony of his wounds and becoming a demon.]]
* OldSoldier: He's ancient, but still leading his boars into battle.
* PhysicalGod: A spirit in the form of a boar
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Unlike the other boars who are ready to kill a wounded Ashitaka for being a human and ready to jump to conclusions about Nago's death even accusing the wolves of eating him, Okkoto listens to Ashitaka's story and accepts it after Ashitaka shows him proof, namely the cursed mark on his arm. He then allows Ashitaka to leave the forest in peace though he does warn him that he will kill him if he sees him in the forest again, if only because [[EndOfAnAge they'll meet under different circumstances]].
* TalkingAnimal: Like Moro, his power of "speech" is not played for laughs. He talks telepathically, and when he does it's always serious.

-> '''Voiced by:''' Masahiko Nishimura (JP), John DeMita (EN)

Toki's husband.
* ButtMonkey: Nothing goes right for him, but its all played for comedy.
* HappilyMarried: To Toki.
* HenpeckedHusband: He's this to Toki. She berates him after coming back alive from what was believed to be near certain death before hitting on another man in front of him. He raises no objection to this.

-> '''Voiced by''': Tsunehiko Kamij˘ (JP), Creator/JohnDiMaggio (EN)

Eboshi's bodyguard.
* ButtMonkey: The guy cannot get a break. For starters, he's called an idiot by Toki, gets his face stepped on by San and has his sword bent by Ashitaka.
* TheBrute: To Eboshi. He's huge and aggressive, but not very bright.
* DirtyCoward: As implied by Toki, the first thing he does when faced with danger is flee and hide like a pansy.
* HairTriggerTemper: [[UnderStatement He is a bit of a hot-head.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Acts opnely hostile to Ashitaka, but he ''does'' thank Ashitaka for bringing back two men deemed killed, and [[JerkassHasAPoint has every reason]] not to trust him seeing as he came through the forbidden forest.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Eboshi.
* WalkDontSwim: In-universe, he's told by Ashitaka to walk along the bottom after the [[spoiler: Forest Spirit loses his head and goes berserk]] seeing as he can't swim himself.

-> '''Voiced by''': Sumi Shimamoto (JP), Creator/JadaPinkettSmith (EN)

Koroku's wife, a former prostitute, and the leader of Eboshi's women.
* BigShutUp: (To the panicking people of Iron Town) "THAT'S ENOUGH!"
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her chewing out Koroku and Gonza.
* HappilyMarried: To Koroku.
* HiddenDepths: Despite her constantly yelling at Koroku, she really does love him.