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

* 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.
* 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.
* [[spoiler: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.
* [[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.
* 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 firs 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.
* 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.
* ShirtlessScene: Gets a few: when he crosses a lake with Yakul, helps the women of Irontown, and in the climax.
* TranquilFury: When striding slowly in to break up the fight between San and Lady Eboshi.
* WarriorPrince: See his BadassNormal section and that he was the Prince of the Emishi Clan.
* TheWisePrince: He's an AllLovingHero prince with a bad case of CassandraTruth.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: After being cursed by a forest God, Ashitaka is banished forever.
* 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.]]

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

* ActionGirl: Willing to take on an entire village of people armed with swords and guns.
* BadassAdorable: An ActionGirl with a WildChild mentality.
* [[spoiler: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.
* 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.
* [[NatureHero Nature Heroine]]: 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.
* 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.
* {{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, one of her brothers comes to give her a necklace from Ashitaka. San puts it on.
* WildChild: A [[NatureLover strong love for nature]] combined with a fierce looking appearance? She definitely qualifies.

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

* AffablyEvil: She's actually a great woman to be friends with. Too bad she's defiling a sacred forest to get what she wants.
* [[spoiler:AnArmAndALeg]]: [[spoiler:Gets her arm bitten off by Moro.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* BigGood / BigBad: Depending on your point of view in the film's GreyAndGreyMorality. Lady Eboshi genuinely cares for the people of Irontown and they in turn look to her as a beacon of hope. But, she's also the one after the Forest Spirit.
* 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]]'').
* [[spoiler: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.]]
* KnightTemplar: Emphasized when she doesn't want to listen to anyone's reason but her own.
* LadyOfWar
* NoblewomansLaugh
* 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.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Lady Eboshi never breaks a sweat. [[spoiler:Even after she loses her arm.]]

!!Yakul

* 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.

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

* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Unsurprisingly, her goals aren't concerned with human concepts of good and evil.
* 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.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler: She receives the touch of death from the Forest Spirit near the end of the film.]]
* [[spoiler:LastBreathBullet]]: [[spoiler:Her decapitated head charges forward and chews off Eboshi's arm after she's killed.]]
* MamaBear: "Give me back my daughter, demon!"
* NobleWolf: She is a protector of her pack, of the forest, and adopted San when her parents abandoned her.
* PhysicalGod: A Wolf Goddess... and a ''very'' big wolf at that.
* 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.

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

* {{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.
* AntiVillain: Wants to kill the Forest Spirit for money. Outside of his greed he really isn't antagonistic.
* 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 really doesn't mean any harm, he only 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.

!!The Spirit of the Forest

* 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.]]
* BigGood / BigBad: All depending on your point of view within the movie's GreyAndGreyMorality. For the 'nature' side, the Forest Spirit is beloved by all and seen as a sort of guardian. However, [[spoiler:if you shoot his head off, he'll quickly become the latter.]]
* 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.
* HealingHands: While he can take away life, he can also heal life.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler:San believes so, but Ashitaka points out that, as a god of life and death, DeathIsCheap.]]
** [[spoiler:OffWithHisHead]]: [[spoiler:Lady Eboshi shot off his ''head'' with her rifle.]]
** [[spoiler:RasputinianDeath]]: [[spoiler:Ashitaka explicitly states that after all that the Forest Spirit has been through, it will still live on.]]
* 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.
* NatureSpirit: His title is the ''Spirit of the Forest''.
* NighInvulnerability: Very hard to kill. And becomes harder to kill once wounded.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: He becomes an EldritchAbomination after Lady Ebosji shoots his head off.]]
* PhysicalGod: When he transforms into his deerlike form.
* [[spoiler:PullingThemselvesTogether]]: [[spoiler:After being decapitated it needs its head back.]]
* 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.]]

!!Okkoto
->'''Voiced by:''' Hisaya Morishige (JP), Creator/KeithDavid (EN)
* BloodFromTheMouth: After being stabbed by Eboshi's mooks.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:He is slowly being demonized, and San is trapped between the tentacles.. gah.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:When he realizes he's the only boar left.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler: Killed by the Forest Spirit's TouchOfDeath.]]
* [[spoiler:LastOfHisKind]]: [[spoiler:The only boar spirit remaining after the fight with the humans.]]
* OldSoldier: He's ancient, but still leading his boars into battle.
* PhysicalGod: A spirit in the form of a boar
* TalkingAnimal: Like Moro, his power of "speech" is not played for laughs. He talks telepathically, and when he does it's always serious.

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