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OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ushio is sent to clean up around the shrine that his father is the caretaker of. Stumbling through an ancient doorway, he finds himself face to face with a vicious, demonic monster with tiger stripes - a bakemono, pinned to the stone wall by an old spear.

The bakemono's evil aura attracts minor bakemono to converge on the shrine, and Ushio makes the decision to free the tiger bakemono who promises to clean up the mess. However, the tiger bakemono merely attacks Ushio and gloats that it is free to devour humans once more. Outraged at the betrayal, Ushio unexpectedly channels the Beast Spear's awesome power and cows the fearful tiger bakemono into helping destroy the minor bakemono using its formidable strength and lightning bolts.

After this unusual introduction, Ushio decides to keep the tiger bakemono close by in order to prevent it from killing and eating other humans, to its chagrin naming it Tora (Japanese for tiger). Tora, meanwhile, sticks around in order to find a chance to eat its tormentor.

However, the act of removing the Beast Spear leads to a chain of events, ultimately drawing back to an ancient prophecy and an old and implacable enemy who has the power to destroy all Japan - human and bakemono alike. As Ushio and Tora face off against a variety of bakemono based mostly on Japanese traditional legends, they grow closer until they reach a perpetual EnemyMine / HeterosexualLifePartners state.

Famous for its portrayal of classic Japanese monsters in a modern setting such as the Kamaitachi and Kappa (as well as having the heroes kick monster butt) and the interplay between the two leads, Ushio & Tora stretched 33 volumes of manga and was adapted to a short 10-episode OVA. Ushio and friends appear in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover game, VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen.

An anime adaptation helmed by Anime/{{Trigun}} director Satoshi Nishimura and animated by Creator/{{Mappa}} has been confirmed for the Summer2015Anime season.
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!!''Ushio&Tora'' provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The beast spear cuts through a ''truck'', cleaving it down the middle.
* ActionGirl:
** Most of the girls involved either are this or come pretty close.
** Hinowa is tomboyish battle monk-ette with a caustic attitude, probably because she was born a girl and her dad wanted a boy to train up as a warrior monk.
** Asako, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/ushio_to_tora/v19/c185/6.html here]], after we thought she was strong but no fighter.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Reiko's father in episode 3, after being purified by Ushio's spear. Additionally, his final painting of her which was very dark and dreary, turns more cheerful and colorful after he leaves.
* ArtEvolution: In-series example; Ushio's art drastically improves from the first volume to the next one we see, in volume 15.
* BackForTheFinale: Just about every single character and even enemies the heroes meet shows up to do their part in the finale. Justified by the fact that one of the key roles of the protagonists is to rally disparate individuals and groups to work together.
* {{Badass}}: A ton of people. Ushio gets the BadassNormal / CharlesAtlasSuperPower mention, because he was both strong and cool from the start (at least in fights).
* BadassAdorable: Believe or not, Tora can be pretty cute when he is pouting.
* BadassFamily: Ushio's old fart of a dad is actually one of the strongest in a secret order of bakemono-trashing monks. His mom is singlehandedly keeping Hakumen no Mono pinned down and holding off every bakemono of Japan that wants Hakumen no Mono's head.
* BadassLongcoat: Creepy black-coated Hyou makes a living (and revenge) hunting bakemono, and almost took down Tora single handedly.
** Ushio acquires one on his trip to find out about his mother. Unfortunately, sincve he got it from a yakuza it's far too big for him.
* BaldOfAwesome: The battle-ready monks mostly have clean-shaven heads.
* BashBrothers: Ushio and Tora.
* BatmanGambit: Hakumen no Mono tried this with Kirio and the Elzaar Scythe - a plot spanning years to undermine support for the Beast Spear and ultimately destroy it by creating a wielder and a weapon actually very dangerous to itself.
** Did the Beast Spear do this even as it [[spoiler: struck Hakumen and broke apart?]] Seeing as the spear can almost always return to its wielder's side, [[spoiler: even when in a thousand little pieces]].
*** Probably. [[spoiler: The Beast Spear in its shards form killed all of Hakumen's memory-blocking monsters (one from each person and bakemono), broke the hurricane that was preventing escape, showed Hakumen's past to Ushio giving him the knowledge on how to defeat Hakumen and restored faith in Tora. In short, it removed despair, added hope, restrengthened Ushio and Tora's fighting resolve, and doing all of these behind overconfident Hakumen's back by being 'defeated']]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Ushio and Tora and the Beast Spear are intricately linked to Hakumen, because [[spoiler: due to time travel Ushio aka 'Shanyue' was party to the spear's forging, the spear was forged for the purpose of revenge against Hakumen, Tora while a human gave rise to Hakumen's physical form and then later became the first wielder of the spear, and Ushio is descended from the line of women linked to the spear's forging]]. So Ushio wielding the spear with Tora at his side to face down Hakumen represents a grand culmination of destiny.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Ushio and Asako have only memories of fighting ever since childhood, except for one. [[spoiler:They get better later. Especially with impending doomsday approaching. Then Hakumen has to spoil the moment with its memory-antics!]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Ushio's two potential love interests; the sweet, feminine and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy selfless]] Mayuko and the tomboyish and harsh {{Tsundere}} Asako.
* BigBad: As the series progresses, hints are dropped about Hakumen no Mono (White Face), a giant dragonlike nine-tailed fox whose hobby is destroying both humans and other bakemono. The mere idea of it awakening again is equated to the end of Japan as we know it, followed by whatever civilization it decides to destroy next, and for good reason.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: When it looks like Hakumen is starting to regain momentum again in the battle despite Ushio's, Tora's, all the Bakemono and Kohumei Sect's best efforts? Guess who shows up? The ''entire Japanese Defense Force''. And know what's ''more'' awesome? They are ''effective'', actually causing the first injuries to Hakumen besides what the Spear could do!]] Heh, if Ushio and Tora's JSDF was in ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' they'd be able to drive him off every time!
* BladeOnAStick: The Beast Spear, which goes through steel and youkai like a hot knife through warm butter, but doesn't harm humans. Ushio uses it more like a [[CarryABigStick staff]] whenever Tora gets uppity.
* BloodKnight: It's one thing to make a living killing or sealing bakemono who threaten human lives, but Kyoura the heretic monk doesn't believe in letting ''any'' bakemono live, and he doesn't really have any interests in life beyond killing them.
* CallBack: The 'lost memories' arc is full of these as various characters recall past scenes that are missing... ''Someone''... ''Who?''... Which is shown by recycling panels from earlier chapters but which the someone's face blotted out.
* CarFu: Tora gets hit by a truck while standing in the middle of the street in episode 4.
* CartwrightCurse: Reiko in episode 3. Every boy who tried to ask her out on a date always met with some kind of unfortunate accident. As a result she tended to distance herself from people.
* CassandraTruth: The old man in episode 4 attempts to warn some construction workers not to move a big rock from their construction site. They don't listen, and accidentally release a seal that held some demons in it. They are then promptly devoured by the demons.
* CerebusRollerCoaster: The manga (and both animated adaptations) mixes serious drama with some more comedic scenes, such as when Ushio first runs into Tora. The latter is fairly intimidating, and says he's going to kill Ushio when freed. The scene then switches to a more comedic tone when Ushio responds by pushing the spear even more into Tora with his foot. Tora then hilariously tries to plead with him, offering to not harm him, but Ushio doesn't trust him.
* ChekhovsGun: The Beast Spear is inextricably linked to White Face and even [[spoiler: Tora]]'s origin.
* TheChessmaster:
** Hakumen is undoubtedly this, having multiple insidious and long-running plans to weaken opposition to its eventual rise. Add to the fact that it can't move making chess-piece manipulation its only recourse...
** The Beast Spear itself qualifies somewhat... [[spoiler: Every wielder than gets turned into a Tora-type bakemono eventually sleeps in stone form, with hatred of Hakumen festering in their dreams, until they all awaken to take part in the final battle against Hakumen]]
*** Which also justifies why Ushio (chosen wielder of the spear) and Tora ([[spoiler: turned into his present form by the spear]]) fight so well together.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ushio and Asako have been friends since childhood and despite all their [[BelligerentSexualTension bickering]], they have had feelings for each other for a long time.
* ClothingDamage: Hinowa has her clothes ripped almost every time she appears. Being hardcore, she doesn't seem to care if she's titillatingly exposed.
** Happens a lot to Ushio and some opponents, simply due to the course of battle.
* ComboPlatterPowers: Tora. His list of powers consists of: SuperStrength, {{Flight}}, {{Invisibility}}, [[IntangibleMan Limited Intangibility]] (phases through mundane object - does not work on other demons, magical weapons, or modern-day substances he isn't familiar of such as concrete), [[PlayingWithFire Firebreathing]], [[ShockAndAwe Lightning Summoning]], stretching his neck several meeters long, reattaching his limbs when they're cut off, and MagicHair / PrehensileHair mentioned below.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he is an ancient and experienced Youkai and probably developed them over a course of years.
** Justified, but as later revealed (see SingleSpecimenSpecies below), for a different reason.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: After centuries buried underground, Tora is naively intrigued and often befuddled by the advances of human technology and is drawn SD style. He gets better.
** Ushio's dad seems like an annoying, cranky, good-for-nothing old geezer. He also leads a double-life as a Japan-traveling, bakemon-killing badass monk who is respected and held in awe by the juniors of the sect and who was able to keep it a secret from his son to protect Ushio the entire time.
* DamselInDistress:
** Mayuko and Asako in the first episode, after they're attacked by some low level demons due to Ushio releasing Tora from the spear.
** Mayuko again in episode 4, this time being pursued by some demonic heads intent on eating her as payback for being sealed away a long time ago by a priestess who strongly resembled her.
* DealWithTheDevil: Ushio having to work with Tora after he accidentally runs into him, and then the latter's aura attracting nearby demons. Tora planned to betray him and wreak havoc after having been freed, but the power of the spear enables Ushio to become a BadAss. So much so that Tora agrees to work with him, not wanting to be speared for another few centuries.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Happens to Ushio [[spoiler: at the climax when everyone he knows or loves has forgotten him, seemingly betrayed him or seemingly been killed, which causes him to enter HeroicBSOD mode. Then the Beast Spear shatters with its first blow against Hakumen...]]
** And for everyone remaining, the youkai and humans as their last best hopes (not even counting Ushio) are casually swatted aside... See also NearVillainVictory below.
* {{Determinator}}: After losing so many lives that he ''just'' failed to save, Ushio refuses to let anyone else close to him die on his watch... Especially not the love of his life.
* TheDragon: Tora's 'evil twin' (and that's saying something when Tora is a human-eating, savage bakemono!) Guren is basically this to Hakumen (who is ironically quite a literal dragon itself)
* EliteMooks: Guren's Kokuen spawn are more than a match for even the best fighters among the entire East-West alliance of Japan's bakemono... And he can create endless numbers of them! Says a lot about how elite Guren himself is.
** And after Ushio and Tora easily kick their butts, the next batch are spawned with a massive Level in Badass.
* EmotionEater: Hakumen literally feeds off fear of it from human and bakemono alike. Furthermore, [[spoiler: hatred for it makes it unkillable.]]
* EnemyMine: Ushio often whacks Tora with the Beast Spear to keep him in line, and Tora always makes the excuse that no bakemono but him is allowed to eat Ushio, but as the story progresses the two become fast friends and watch each other's back - even while still giving the same excuses as ever.
* {{Engrish}}: Ushio has a shirt with "Kojiro: What a fucking teacher" on it.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: During a tearjerker scene, Mayuko calls out Tora on his excuse that he always sticks by Ushio for purely selfish reasons.
-->'''Mayuko:''' ''You promised to eat me.''
-->'''Tora:''' ''Right after Ushio, you'll be my dessert.''
-->'''Mayuko:''' ''Then, Tora... You're never going to eat me huh?''
* {{Fanservice}}: Every couple of story arcs, one of the many females Ushio meets will be either undressed, de-clothed or undressing herself (for spiritual purposes of course).
** Not to mention various female-form bakemon who appear stark naked. YMMV.
* FireForgedFriends: Ushio and Tora. At first they want to kill each other and only work together because Ushio needs Tora's help to kill demons. Eventually, as they defeat demons together, they grow to care about each other as friends, not that they want to admit it.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Tora, as a result of being imprisoned in one spot for five hundred years. As a result, when he first sees vehicles, he has no idea what they are, nor does he seem to understand windows.
* ForgingScene: A particularly depressing one for the Beast Spear. [[spoiler:First the blacksmith and his wife, who Ushio was staying with are killed by Hakumen no Mono. The son mentions a technique where a young girl is put into the forge to create a perfect alloy. The daughter overhears and throws herself into the furnace. The son starts forging the spear, and as he does, his body turns into the spear's shaft. Ushio, having failed to protect the parents, to keep the daughter from killing herself, can only ''watch'' as the transformation occurs.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Just about every opponent Ushio and Tora meet has one of these.
* {{Gonk}}: As common to Kazuhiro Fujita's style. More of an intensification of expression, although some of the worse youkai are truly gross.
* GrandfatherParadox: Later in the plot, time travel is invoked. The particular type used doesn't seem to have any qualms about present-day characters influencing past events which will directly cause the events that lead to the present-day characters time traveling in the first place. Actually just one single, much-entangled case in point : [[spoiler: Ushio /the Beast Spear/ Jie Mei's line of descendants / Tora / Hakumen]] are all interlinked to the point it becomes unclear what the original, pre-time travel timeline could possibly have been!
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Tora with Ushio, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/ushio_to_tora/v08/c068/7.html here]].
* HeadPet: Tora doesn't technically sit on Ushio's head, but rather rides on his shoulders. Hilariously, he is several times larger than Ushio, so often looks comical and like he's riding on the latter's head.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Averted throughout the series, beginning with Ushio using a spear, to the monks using staves and unusual weapons, to Kirio using the Elzaar Scythe, to Hyou using knives, to the kamaitachi using their body sickles. In fact, there are only a handful of notable sword users throughout the story (e.g. an agent of Hakumen with a katana, and Shinno with a western-looking two-edged sword).
* HeroicSacrifice: The series is full of these, perhaps none as many in a row (well, attempted anyway) as when [[spoiler: a human must die to make a replacement Beast Spear]].
* HopeSpringsEternal: Against a seemingly invincible and impossibly powerful Hakumen, Ushio and Tora awaken The Power of Hope in human and bakemono alike. Literally - [[spoiler: the hope growing in hearts acts as a counter to the fear that would otherwise increase Hakumen's power. Hakumen admits this in its attempt to erase all memories of the inspiring duo.]]
* HumansAreSpecial: The series goes out of its way to show that humans are, despite some having flaws, a kind, loving race. Even Yokai notice how they, after getting over their fear immediately go to help them.
-->'''Construction Worker''': Sakaguichi-tsan, where are you going?!
-->'''Sakaguichi''': Can't you see they're in trouble?
-->'''Construction Worker''': But they're Bakemono!
-->'''Sakaguichi''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And I'm human, I can't just ignore someone calling for help!]]
* IdiotBall: It occurs only to a few priests that ''[[SarcasmMode maybe]]'' Ushio is TheChosenOne (at least to the spear...).
** Justified, in that they've been training for a lifetime in martial arts and spiritual power - especially the Chosen Four who are supposed to wield the Beast Spear when it appears - and then this kiddo from the city with NO kungfu skills and ZERO spiritual training shows up with it? Even Ushio temporarily surrendered the spear to Hinowa when she pointed this out!
* IHaveManyNames: Tora has been known as Raijuu (thunder-beast), Nagatobimaru-sama (Lord Long-Flyer), and [[spoiler: Shagakusha]]. Not to mention his youkai "species" name, ''azafuse''.
* ILied: Tora promises Ushio that he would deal with the minor demon spirits manifesting outside the shrine if he releases him from the spear. The instant he does though, Tora attacks him, stating that he never intended to keep a promise to a human. It's only because Ushio channeling the power of the spear that keeps Tora a little more honest.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Ushio first meets Tora this way, who has a spear stuck in his body keeping him impaled and imprisoned for the last 500 years. And being a spear, this trope is also used any time he stabs a demon with it.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Hinowa uses combs to focus her energy.
* InterestingSituationDuel: On a bus, on motorcycles, on an airliner...
* InterruptedSuicide: Reiko attempted suicide four times before meeting Ushio, but was always saved in time. She then attempts it a fifth time, but is stopped by Ushio and her childhood friend who promises never to leave her again.
* InvisibleToAdults: In episode 4, Tora attempts to lunge at a child he sees in the city. However, he's stopped by the glass and is unable to get through. A quick line of text then mentions that kids can sometimes see Tora, and said child freaks out. However, his mother is unable to see Tora, so thinks he's just throwing a tantrum.
* InvisibleToNormals: Tora normally can't be seen by people. Hence when he's talking to Ushio, it appears to many that he's talking to himself.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
** Mayuko is willing to let Asako have Ushio. Tora even calls her out on it at one point. This is doubly so because Mayuko loves both Ushio AND Asako. She even admits it directly to Asako [[spoiler: when they both have their memory of Ushio wiped, and she only remembers she was in love with this guy but rather let Asako have him]].
** Asako ends up giving Ushio up to Mayuko when she [[spoiler: voluntarily takes Mayuko's place as a HumanSacrifice]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tora slowly becomes one, much to his dismay.
* LoveTriangle: Ushio, Asako, and Mayuko. Asako most likely is in love with Ushio, but is {{Tsundere}} as hell. Mayuko ''is'' in love with Ushio, but seems bent on not ruining it for Asako (though there are some hints that she wouldn't be [[{{Polyamory}} adverse to sharing him]]). Ushio...[[ObliviousToLove is most likely completely in the dark about either of them.]]
* MagicHair: Tora's can be used as prehensile limbs (and can catch bullets mid-flight), blades, replacement limbs for running, and even break off and shapeshift (e.g. Mayuko or Asako's form) complete with homing function! At least once every new arc, Tora will be drawn taking up almost of full page, with his exquisite mane floating about him.
* MeaningfulName: Ushio's mother, [[spoiler:being a BarrierMaiden standing guard underwater for decades]], named him after the tide (from where she's sitting, it's an unstoppable force). [[{{Determinator}} Guess what his specialty is.]]
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The early part of the series is about Ushio and Tora fighting the evil monster that came to attack humans this episode.
* MrExposition:
** Tora explains a lot of the supernatural stuff to Ushio (and viewers), such as the Rock Eater Monster in episode 2.
** In episode 4, an elderly man explains to Ushio that a seal was lifted, releasing the demons that were stuck in there. He also explains about the priestess who locked them away, who also bears a strong resemblance to his friend Mayuko.
* NameAndName
* NearVillainVictory: Ironically happens towards the end, since Hakumen is incapacitated until the climax. ''Everyone'' has drastically underestimated Hakumen's power - even considering their massive trepidation of it! - and in quick succession, [[spoiler:Ushio's loved ones seem to be killed, the Beast Spear broken in one blow, the entire East and West youkai alliance are seemingly destroyed, the JSDF's anti-Hakumen weapons are crushed, the hourikisi sect's ultimate attack is wasted, the people of Japan are dead as their cities burn, Japan is about to sink into the sea but a typhoon prevents any escape, and Tora is bleeding in the massive jaws of Hakumen...]] and Hakumen is only just getting started.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Ushio's curiosity gets the better of him after he stumbles on a secret passage, and runs into Tora. Though he doesn't free the demon initially, Tora's aura attracts nearby demons which then forces Ushio to release him in order to deal with the new threat emerging.
** The old man in episode 4 warns some construction workers not to remove a rock from their site. When they remove it anyway, some demons who were sealed in there are freed, and they eat the workers.
* NightmareFace: Guren likes to watch.
** Tora's default expression is basically Chernabog from the end of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''... with fur.
* NobleDemon: Tora likes to emphasize that he is a mean monster who is only hanging out with Ushio to eat Ushio. He is not fooling anyone.
* NotBrainwashed: [[spoiler:Nagare.]]
* OffModel: Tora, all the time. Probably intentional, since he's an bakemono.
** Notably, his ears disappeared... or at least are hidden now by his hair, as they were not before.
* OhCrap:
** Tora after seeing Ushio channel the power of the spear when he's first released and attacks the latter.
** Ushio's father in episode 3 after he finds out that someone entered the basement and took the spear. This after jokingly claiming that Ushio was carrying it moments earlier at breakfast.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou:
** Ushio accidentally invokes this trope when he tells Tora to save Asako and Mayuko from the Rock Eater. Tora doesn't seem to like it when Ushio says he won't be able to eat him after all, and inadvertently helps him to defeat the creature.
** Tora saves Ushio from the demon in the painting in episode 3 solely because he wants to eat him. He even gets mad because Ushio always seems okay getting eaten by other demons. But when he tries to do it, Ushio beats him up.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Ushio.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: And how!
* OverprotectiveDad: Reiko's father, who was driven mad due to his wife leaving him for one of his students. Shortly after he dies his spirit turns into a demon which haunts her and prevents any boy from getting too close to her. At least until Ushio and Tora put a stop to it.
* PowerAtAPrice:
** The Beast Spear bestows great strength and power, but at the cost of the user's soul... Potentially turning him into a bakemono as well.
** The spear itself was made at the cost of two human lives - one for the blade, and one for the shaft.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The Beast Spear might count.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow
* ThePowerOfHate: A running theme later in the storyline. Spoilers abound! [[spoiler: Hatred birthed Hakumen's physical form from pre-bakemono Tora; hatred powers the Beast Spear (along with souls); hatred turns wielders of the Spear into Tora-type Azafuse bakemono; hatred for Hakumen eventually turns Azafuse into Hakumens themselves(!); and hatred for Hakumen keeps Hakumen existing no matter how injured it gets.]]
* PrehensileHair: Tora's can be used to grapple and even catch bullets mid-flight. Plus, he's often drawn with hair floating around looking totally Awesome. Plenty other bakemono use hair as limbs (since they're often lacking actual limbs) and slashing weapons.
* RazorWind: The Kamaitachi Siblings
* RunningGag: "Tora cannot be seen by normal people."
* TheScapegoat: Ushio immediately assumes that the workers killed at the construction site in episode 4 was Tora's doing, as a news reporter mentioned what's left of them appear to have been attacked by wild dogs.
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Seemingly played straight but then averted with [[spoiler: Tora]], who is shown to be merely the MonsterProgenitor of a whole slew of bakemono with similar shape and powers, all spawned by [[spoiler: the Beast Spear consuming the soul of the user]].
* TheStoic: Hyou turned from loving father to merciless hunter of the supernatural because a bakemono killed his wife and daughter. How does he respond when a shapeshifting bakemono reads his heart and takes the form of his wife and daughter? He picks up his daughter tenderly and then [[spoiler: stabs her through the heart with a blade, followed by his wife in the forehead. "If you had to, would you kill your mother or father? I would."]]
* SurvivorGuilt: A GhostShip turned out to be still anchored (har) to this world because the one man who escaped its sinking failed to get an SOS out in time, and ever since he'd wondered if only he hadn't tried to escape earlier, he could have saved them. [[spoiler:He was able to relive the sinking and send out the SOS, letting the ship go free.]]
* TakenForGranite: The Rock Eater does this to its victims.
* TakingTheBullet: Well it's a spear stab, but Reiko jumps in front of Ushio's spear as he prepares to stab her father, whose spirit turned into a demon. Fortunately it goes right through her and hits the cursed painting. Tora explains that the spear was designed to only hurt demons, so she's perfectly fine.
* TakingYouWithMe: During the finale of the Lost Gedou storyline, [[spoiler:Ushio lets the Lost Gedou possess him, knowing that in doing so it won't flee or split apart like it had been doing previously, then uses every ounce of his willpower to snatch up the Beast Spear and stab himself, killing the Lost Gedou and leaving nothing but a wound that the Beast Spear's powers can easily heal.]]
* TooDumbToLive: A slight variation of this is used when Ushio first bumps into Tora. The latter demands he pull the spear out, and when questioned about his newfound freedom, Tora promises to kill him. Ushio jams the spear into him some more, then leaves. And even after he frees Tora, his ability to channel the spear's immense power keeps Tora in line, as he doesn't want to spend more time impaled by that thing.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Asako and Mayuko
* ToServeMan: Demons find humans tasty, hence why Tora is intent on eating Ushio.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hamburgers as a substitute for human flesh for Tora.
* TraumaticHaircut: When Ushio is [[spoiler:completely possessed by the spear,]] the only way to get him back to normal is for the girls he's saved to comb his long hair, yanking huge strands of it every time.
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Tora is a male example.
** Asako is a Type B towards Ushio. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by one of the guys at their school, when they wonder why she only acts hostile towards him, but is nice to everyone else normally.
* TuckAndCover: Tora does this for Omamori.
* VillainousRescue:
** Tora does this in episode 3 after Ushio is swallowed into the painting by the demon living in it. He claims he's only doing it so he can eat Ushio later.
** Tora unintentionally rescues Mayuko from some demonic heads that were trying to eat her in episode 4. He then defeats most of them on his own because he was mad they tried to eat her before he could, and later because they thought they stood a chance against him.
* VitriolicBestBuds: The title characters are working their way to this.
* WasOnceAMan: Massive spoiler that has already been spoiled at TheChessmaster above.
* WeirdnessCensor: How the vast majority of Japan manages to forget personally witnessing or watching on TV giant, murderous bakemono battling with a spear-wielding boy and his lightning-spewing flying tiger sidekick.
* WindowsOfTheSoul: Literally with wielders of the Beast Spear. Their soul is gradually consumed until it is drained completely, and the mark preceding final transformation into [[spoiler: a Tora type bakemono]] is the eyes and pupils 'shattering' to become pupil-less.
* TheWorfEffect: Ushio suffers this from time to time, usually because he's still new to fighting demons and getting used to his newfound powers. Fortunately Tora is usually around to help, whether unintentionally, or because he feels he's TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou towards Ushio, and doesn't want some random demon eating him first.
* {{Youkai}}: Of many varieties, including a European-style vampire.
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