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The main protagonist. For some reason he is able to seal a Spirit's powers in his body with a kiss, given that the Spirit holds enough trust or affection towards him. He also has a Healing Factor
. Currently adopted by the Itsukas, having been abandoned by his birth mother for unknown reasons. He and Mana are biological siblings
. This is confirmed by Isaac Westcott in Volume 7, who called him Takamiya before quickly switching to Itsuka.
- Accidental Misnaming: Reine kept getting his name wrong, so she just started calling him Shin instead note . This eventually becomes an In-Series Nickname of sorts for him.
- Accidental Pervert: He gets into quite a few situations with Tohka in Volume 2, courtesy of Kotori's planning as part of his training.
- All Your Powers Combined: Later volumes show that he can use the Angels of the Spirits he kisses, the most prominent example being Tohka's Sandalphon. As Volume 7 reveals, he can use multiple ones at the same time.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: As "Shiori" in Volume 6. Taken Up to Eleven in one of the side stories.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: How Shido generally wins over the spirits. Unlike the AST, he doesn't follow a "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality, and finds that most of them are fairly harmless if not being shot at, such as Yoshino.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- Kotori, despite the lack of blood relation, is treated like a real sister, to the point where Shido would believe fake promises, such as her waiting in front of the family restaurant even if there's a spacequake happening. While the reveal of her bossy commander mode put him off for a while, he cares for his little sister.
- Because Yoshino has trouble communicating with others without resorting to Yoshinon, Shido takes up the role of becoming her new "hero", and also fosters a big brother relationship with her.
- Bishōnen: Comes in handy when he has to crossdress!
- Blunt "Yes": Delivers two to Miku, when asked if Tohka was more important to him than his life, and later on, when asked if he would risk his life to save Miku like he would Tohka, should the situation call for it. He delivers on both counts.
- Butt Monkey: Gets subjected to this by the Ratatoskr crew whenever he fails in his training to date a Spirit. Like revealing his most embarrassing moments in his life, or that he must do something as punishment.
- Cast from Hit Points / Heroic RROD: When he uses Sandalphon, it really strains his body to breaking point, as his body is not used to it. Unlike most cases, he can counter it with his Healing Factor, though it still hurts really bad.
- Chick Magnet: Invoked by Ratatoskr's training, no less.
- Comically Missing the Point: Origami points out that Shido calls her by her last name, but Tokha by her first name. She then says "This is quite unfair."
Shido: So this means…? Should I call Tohka with Yatogami from now on? Somehow I can't get used to that…
- Death Is Cheap: He's been on the brunt end of several accidental attacks, both from Spirits and the AST alike, yet he recovers just fine, sometimes too quickly. This is due to Efreet's power being sealed inside him, courtesy of having sealed Kotori five years before the story. For some reason, he's still treated as being killed.
- Determinator: In Volume 7, after Tohka was captured by Ellen and Westcott, he vows to save her, then proceeds to head straight to the DEM building. It doesn't matter if you stab him or pierce his chest; he just won't stop.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He's very strongly affected by this, wanting to help the girls that he just met and blew up a large portion of town. The Ratatoskr backs him up in his efforts as well. To wit:
- In the anime, when he tells Yoshino he'll be her hero:
Shido (thinking to himself): That's right. It doesn't matter if she's a Spirit. There's no way I'm leaving this sweet little girl to fend for herself!
- Wanting to save Kurumi, who had killed over 10000 people with her own hands, with Shido himself as her next target? Check.
- Trying to resolve the conflict between Kaguya and Yuzuru Yamai, whom he just met at the beach and can't stand seeing one of them die for the other? Why, Take a Third Option, of course!
- Genre Savvy: Exploits his Death Is Cheap powers by taking himself hostage against Kurumi, knowing that he'll survive.
- Got Volunteered: For the most part. He was against Kotori's plan to date the spirit girls to seal them and stop the related spatial quakes. But after hearing that he could save them, and remembering the sad look on Tohka's face when they first met, he agrees to it, though he's not fond of some of the advice given to him by the Fraxinus crew.
- Harem Seeker: A rare case of the Harem Seeker not wanting his harem. He's only dating the Spirits, to, well, save the world, as put by Kotori, and from the start he didn't want to be have to talk to them by dating them, insisting that there is another way. Kotori shoots down his arguments, of course.
- I Gave My Word:
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During Tohka's Rescue Arc, Shido is able to get all the way to highest level of DEM's headquarters, where Tohka is held captive. But then, Ellen stabs him from behind, and would have killed him had she not been interrupted by Tohka's sudden transformation into her Inverse Form.
- Indirect Kiss: Kurumi and Shidou share one in the Date-A-Live Drama CD, when Shidou gives Kurumi some of the drink he's already had. Kurumi takes note of it.
- Insistent Terminology: Most of the people who see his latent powers in action during the latter volumes suspect he's a Spirit; in truth, he's a human who can use Spirit powers, at least for now.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He has the most holes in his memory out of all the cast. (Tohka doesn't count; her memory is literally one big hole.)
- Leeroy Jenkins: His method of rescuing Tohka? Just rush into the DEM building (where Tohka was being held captive) and try to find her. If not for Miku's assistance and his regenerative powers, he would've been screwed.
- Living Emotional Crutch:
- Tohka is at her happiest when she spends time with Shido, otherwise things go awry very quickly. Westcott plans on letting Shido grow closer to the Spirits he sealed so that he becomes their crutches as well. Then kill him, causing them all to Inverse.
- Origami is an interesting case, the details of which are not revealed until her own arc note . When she first met Shido, it was the first time she warmed up to someone ever since the death of her parents five years ago. It eventually grew to the point where she ended up entrusting all her emotions to Shido, so that she may fight the Spirits with only thoughts of revenge. Furthermore, it's because Shido tried to save Origami from the despair of having killed her own parents.
- Mistaken for Gay: Twice, no thanks to Natsumi taking on his appearance and screwing around with the rest of the class.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: To Hiroto. Well, his foster sister anyway.
- Nice Guy: One trait that draws several of the Spirits towards him.
- Not Blood Siblings: Of Kotori, seeing his real last name is Takamiya, and Mana is his real younger sister. The Itsukas adopted him when he was young.
- Not What It Looks Like: Considering that sealing a Spirit's powers causes their Astral Dresses to disappear, the dresses being part of their powers, it means that Shido is at risk of this happening to him every time he does this.
- Oh, Crap: When he sees Tohka see him about to kiss Yoshino for the second time. And he was just trying to demostrate what he accidentally did to her the first time! Of course, this is just asking for trouble...
- Parental Abandonment: His mother abandoned him, his father isn't mentioned, and his foster parents are both working overseas.
- Power Parasite: He seals Spirits' powers within himself by kissing them.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Has great make-up skills due to his training as Shiori. He also is a great cook and finds the task enjoyable.
- Say My Name:
- He screams Tohka's name while he's falling down from the Fraxinus. This is after he finds out that he has a Healing Factor.
- In a Call Back to Volume 1, Volume 7 does almost the same thing, only instead he's falling from a height the Yamai twins brought him up to. Also, just before this, he shouted out Miku's name as he moved to shield her from Tohka's attack.
- Screams Kotori's name at the beginning of Volume 11 when the Fraxinus goes up in a massive ball of flames, gutting it from hull to stern, when it's hit by one of Inverse Origami's attacks.
- Take a Third Option: Shidou states he cannot stand only having two options; he's always worked with more than one. When he's limited to two, he will force a third option. Just ask the Yamai twins, who Shidou saved by forcing them both to live.
- Taking the Bullet: For Tohka in Volume 1. He would have done this for Kurumi in Volume 4, but Kotori shifted her aim in time. And does it again in volume 11 when he pushes Origami's parents out of the way from one of Origami's missed attacks at Phantom.
- The Game Come to Life: In Arusu Install, after trying out a new game by Ratatoskr, the game shuts down but the simulator still runs, trapping Shido in the game world.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: In episode 4 of season 2, after Tohka suffers a defeat in battle, Shido is once again helpless as he watches the Bandersnatch drones attempting to carry her away. He thinks to himself that he never wants to be unable to protect anyone again, having failed to do so many times before. Then suddenly Sandalphon, Tohka's sword, appears in his hand, and slices a couple of the bandersnatches. He also uses her sword to break up the fight between Kaguya and Yuzuru.
- Took a Level in Badass: Given that he can use the powers of the Spirits he kisses, for each Spirit's powers he seals he takes one Level in Badass.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: In Volume 6 / second half of the anime's 2nd season, he has to dress up as "Shiori" in order to get close to Miku unsuspected. Tohka however sees through it and Origami takes a lot of pictures. Kurumi also sees through it, and teases him for it hard.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He assumed Tohka was an Innocent Fanservice Girl. She isn't.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The main character in a cast full of improbably coloured hairs.
- Action Girl: They're all girls, and every single one of them can kick copious amounts of ass. At least, until Shido reveals he can borrow their powers.
- Badass Adorable: They're, simply put, cute girls with superpowers ranging from control over elements to reality-warping concepts such as Time Travel. And regular humans rarely have a chance to even stand up against them, unless they're an enhanced Super Soldier like Ellen.
- Badass Crew: Volume 9 has Shido's harem work together to destroy two satellites targeted at Isaac Westcott, right above the city.
- Calling Your Attacks: Together with their Angels' names.
- Code Name: Assigned by the AST and the DEM.
- Color-Coded Characters: Their hair colors correspond to the colors of the Sephirot they represent.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily able to dish this out to just about anyone who isn't one. Except the stronger Wizards like Ellen, who can easily curb-stomp them if they aren't careful.
- Cursed with Awesome: Their powers come at an expense of being persecuted just for existing.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Whitened pupils due to having Spirit powers.
- Fish out of Water: To various degrees, but especially Tohka.
- Fire-Forged Friends: They all become friends despite causing a lot of trouble for the setting. When a new Spirit appears, the girls are usually happy to meet them, as Natsumi finds out despite her misgivings.
- Friendless Background: Goes with the whole "hunted just for existing" thing. The Spirits dealt with it in various ways. The Yamai twins are relatively well adjusted in this regard, as they had each other.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Save for Yoshino and the Yamai twins, the Spirits' Astral Dresses are elegant and stylish robes, and they wear it during most of their appearances, which often includes fighting against the AST / DEM.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Spirits who weren't humans turned to Spirits, anyway know nothing of the dimension they apparently come from.
- Leitmotif: The One-Woman Wail of "Seirei" tends to play in the anime whenever a Spirit's ordeal is properly presented. A Dark Reprise in "Hanten - Tohka" is played when Tohka crosses the Despair Event Horizon and taps into her Inverse Form; a faster rendition called "Pride" is present when Kotori gives way to Efreet's violent personality and curbstomps Kurumi.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: All of Spirits are personifications of the sephirots in Tree of Life
- Most Common Superpower: With the exception of the Token Mini Moes, the Spirits tend to be rather stacked, and their Astral Dresses make sure to show it.
- My Suit Is Also Super: Their Astral Dresses also have some degree of protection, being part of their powers, though the dress itself pales in comparison to what they can do. Miku's in particular can give off light; useful in the case of lights failing to work during her concerts.
- Nigh Invulnerable / Person of Mass Destruction: Due to their Angels, not only are they impervious to nearly everything the AST throws at them, but they also bring out the pain in spades, usually causing environmental destruction.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Each known Spirit so far has a numerical kanji in their names.
- Our Angels Are Different: Not actual beings, but their Angels act as their weapon and shield, and they also have actual angel names as well.
- Our Spirits Are Different: They're shown to interact normally with normal humans, aside from their superpowers.
- Power Incontinence: By virtue of involuntarily causing spacequakes whenever they come to this world. They can also voluntarily cause them, as Kurumi, Kotori and Miku have shown. On top of that, some Spirits with powers related to the weather cause changes (like rain for Yoshino or storms for Yamai).
- The Spirits Shido seals the powers of will undergo this as well by virtue of their power flowing back into them, if their mental state becomes unstable. The worst possible situation is when a Spirit crosses the Despair Event Horizon, turning into their Inverse Form and rampaging indiscriminately.
- Power Levels: Ratatoskr actually has a databook that records the Spirits by several parameters: threat level (using an alphabetical scale, though some ranks can get wonky), spacequake power, strength, consistency / defence, spirit level, agility and intelligence.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Their Angels are named after the Archangels of their respective Sephirot of the Kabbalah Tree of Life, based on the numerical kanji in their namesnote . Their Astral Dresses are named after the Divine Names of said Sephirot.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Latter volumes show that the Spirits can tap into an alternate form when their emotional levels reach an extremely low level, called Inverse Form. Their Astral Dress and Angel will both change in the process, with their Angels having another name, this time being the Qliphoth of the respective Sephirot. However, they won't be able to tell friend from foe, and as a result will attack anyone and everyone in their sights indiscriminately. According to Isaac Westcott, this is their actual form in the bordering dimension. Kotori almost succumbs to bloodlust when using Efreet for too long in Volume 3; Tohka crosses the Despair Event Horizon in volume 7 and takes on her Inverse Form, which Isaac names as the Demon King; Origami similarly takes a nosedive in volume 10, after being turned into a Spirit by Phantom and learning the truth about her parents' deaths.
- Transformation Sequence: Both played straight and inverted. Spirits can turn their Astral Dress into normal clothing and back via this. It's mentioned that there is less protective value in that mode, and all the Spirits seem to revert to their normal Astral Dress for combat. Or as much of their clothing as they can, anyway. The length of each Transformation Sequence varies. The first time we see this is Tohka changing her Astral Dress into a school uniform for her date with Shido.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Most of the Spirits take advantage of their vast powers to do the fighting, and don't generally resort to any kind of tactics. Despite this, they can easily get caught off-guard by those they can't defeat outright, such as Ellen.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Courtesy of being persecuted by the AST and the DEM, most of them start out as hating humans and fighting them if they have to, often resulting in the dreaded spacequake. Fortunately, Shido has been assigned to seal their powers through a date.
Click to see her Inverse Form (spoilers)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
(Japanese), Michelle Rojas (English)
The first Spirit that Shido encounters. Shido named her Tohka after the date of their first meeting (April 10), with one kanji being different. Reine later added the Yatogami surname. Shido seals her powers at the end of Volume 1, and she is allowed to attend the same school as him.
Code name: "Princess"
Angel: Sandalphon (Throne
Astral Dress: Adonai Melek
- Adorkable: Her utter sincerity about everything and her innocence is very endearing.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Before she went on a date with Shido, she was initially hostile to him and practically refuted all attempts to communicate with him, which was not helped by the AST's attacks on her.
- Badass in Distress/Damsel in Distress: She gets captured by the DEM at the end of volume 6, and volume 7 is dedicated to Shido trying to rescue her. He does, but not before witnessing just how powerful Tohka's Inverse Form is, prompting him to kiss her again and end her rampage.
- Barehanded Blade Block: She catches Ellen's blade while in Inverse Mode during the second season's climax, just to show that the self-proclaimed strongest Wizard pales in comparison to her Superpowered Evil Side.
- Battle Ballgown: Her Astral Dress. Easy to see where the "Princess" Code Name came from. Comes with Shoulders of Doom instead of Giant Poofy Sleeves. Her Inverse form also sports one, although it's a bit more see-through.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Shido manages to survive against Tohka early on because he was the first person that didn't want to instantly shoot her.
- Berserk Button: If Shido lets her see him kiss another girl... he'd better watch out. And woe betide anyone who dares hurt him in front of her, or just simply threaten to. Ellen learns this the hard way in volume 7.
- BFS: Her Angel, Sandalphon, is a massive broadsword which is summoned from a throne. By fusing said throne with the sword, she can transform Sandalphon into the Final Sword, Halvanhelev, which is an even bigger blade decorated in gold and black colours, with red Tron Lines. Her Superpowered Evil Side wields a dark version of Sandalphon, called Nehemah, and can similarly reform her blade into the Final Sword, Paverschlev.
- Bifauxnen: Prior to the school trip to the beach in season 2, Tohka tries to pass as a boy in order to be with Shido. This includes tucking most of heir hair in a ponytail, wearing the male school uniform, and using masculine pronouns such as "ore". Origami approves, but claims that Shido should dress as a girl instead to rebalance things.
- Big Eater: She loves to eat, even if it may not be edible.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Shido. In episode 12, she tells him to keep helping Spirits in need, but to not kiss them. When he explains that it would make helping them difficult, she tells him that she doesn't like seeing him kiss other girls. So naturally after he seals the Yamai twins, they make it sound like he did something perverted to them, only further angering Tohka.
- Contralto of Danger: She had a relatively low voice pitch when Shido first encountered her while she was fighting the AST (lower than the rest of the Spirits, in fact). This changes once she is sealed, though, and her tone becomes lighter. It's played straight again when she taps into her Inverse Form, reverting to situation similar to the very start of the series.
- Cool Chair: Her Angel's scabbard is a throne, of all things. It can combine with her BFS for her Finishing Move.
- Cry Cute / Tender Tears: Oh, it breaks one's heart to see someone so sweet cry.
- Curtains Match the Window: To some extent; her hair and eyes are mainly purple.
- The Ditz: She can be quite airheaded at times.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Briefly sports these in her inner mind when she thought Ellen murdered Shido, before plunging into the depths of her Despair Event Horizon and Inverting.
- Dumb Muscle: Ratatoskr's confidential files on Spirits' data put her physical prowess at the very top of the list, while setting her intelligence at the lowest out of all Spirits recorded up until Volume 7, though this simply translates to Tohka being a Fish out of Water with airheaded tendencies. Funnily enough, this is also the only stat that remains unchanged in her Inverse Form's analysis, despite trading defence for even greater attack power.
- Expressive Accessory: Her ribbons wiggle on their own when she is excited. Or hungry.
- Extreme Omnivore: Able to eat frying pans too.
- Fish out of Water: Initially. She thought the world was an uninhabited wasteland only populated by flying mecha troops that would ineffectually try to kill her. Of course, even now there's still a lot of things she has to learn about this world...
- Forced to Watch: When Westcott orders Ellen to mortally wound Shido, Tohka is unable to do anything due to the barrier separating them from her. She eventually snaps and transforms into her Inverse Form.
- Full-Name Basis: Uses this only on Origami to show her enmity towards the latter. If Origami makes a move on Shido (and it happens a lot), Tohka will barge in and call Origami by her full name before going Clingy Jealous Girl mode.
- Genki Girl: After she warms up to Shido, she's much more lively, sometimes too enthusiastic for her own good.
- Girly Run: At times, like in Episode 8.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her dress, hair and eye are predominantly purple, and she's a bonafide Lady of War when fighting seriously.
- Hair Decorations: Her red ribbons while not in Spirit form, and a purple, butterfly-like ribbon while donning her Astral Dress. Said purple ribbon becomes edgy in design when in Inverse Form.
- Idiot Heroine: She's the most prominently featured Spirit in the story, despite most of the volumes being dedicated to the capture of other Spirits, and one of the strongest fighters. Of course, her airheaded personality is often at the helm of lighthearted moments.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: In the OVA, she takes a naked picture of herself in a photo booth and gives it to Shido, because Reine told her that anytime she takes a picture she should strip naked to do so. Unfortunately he brought said picture to school, and accidentally drops it, and apparently forgot about it until that point.
- Insecure Love Interest: Despite Shido's reassurances, she sometimes feels she's not good enough for him, and worries he'll get tired of her antics and leave.
- Is It Something You Eat?: Constantly, as a result of being both a Big Eater and a Fish out of Water.
- Lady of War: Has an elegant Astral Dress which comes with a Battle Ballgown, hence the codename "Princess". She's also very skilled with her Sandalphon, which she swings around with unparalleled grace.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The most extreme case among the Spirits who aren't originally humans. She doesn't even remember her own name, creating a lot of Fish out of Water situations throughout the story. When Tohka takes on her Inverse Form, she temporarily forgets that she ever knew Shido, or that he gave her name for that matter, essentially reverting to her pre-Heel-Face Turn state. After Shido kisses her, she remembers him, but at the same time has no memory of what just happened there.
- New Transfer Student: At the end of Volume 1, Ratatoskr fills her an application to be in the same school as Shido. The disguise is so great that the AST ends up dismissing her as not being the Princess they were chasing up until then.
- No Name Given: Until Shido does.
- Not So Different: Tohka outright acknowledges that she could have ended up just like Kurumi, had Shidou not been there to save her when she needed it.
- Odd Name Out: Her Angel, as compared to the other Spirits'. It's the only one that doesn't end with the suffix -el (though from the looks of it, neither will the first Spirit's Angel). This trope is dropped when Origami is turned into a Spirit, wielding an Angel called Metatron.
- Purple Eyes: Along with Curtains Match The Windows, it's a clear indication that she's a supernatural being. Her Inverse Form's eyes are of a lighter shade of purple, making them especially prone to shining brightly.
- Purple Is Powerful: In line with her overall colouring theme and the implications behind it, she's one of the strongest Spirits featured in the story.
- Purple Is The New Black: Her Inverse form's Astral Dress is of a noticeably darker purple than her usual attire, and it has more sinister connotations, in line with the cause of her Inverse Form's activation. She also channels dark energy throughout the entire DEM building, and black clouds gather around her as she winds up for one of her tremendously powerful attacks.
- Rank Inflation: Her threat level as a Spirit is stated to be AAA-class, higher than Yoshino and Miku, who are B-class and A-class respectively. But then, her Inverse Form is taken up to SS-class, the highest threat level seen so far, even surpassing Kurumi's S-class. Only a Origami-turned-Metatron is able to nearly match her in terms of spirit mana during their rematch in volume 10, both normal and Inverse.
- Rapunzel Hair: It's about thigh-length.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Origami's Blue. If Origami is in the picture, expect Tohka to engage in verbal warfare at the tip of the hat, often having something to do with Shido.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge/Unstoppable Rage: Goes ballistic when she she thought Origami killed Shido. And again when Ellen was about to kill Shido, this time tapping into her Superpowered Evil Side.
- She Is the King: When she gives in to her Superpowered Evil Side and becomes utterly enraged, Isaac Westcott calls her the Demon King.
- Stripperiffic: Her Inverse Form's Astral Dress is noticeably skimpy, featuring an Absolute Cleavage that bares most of her skin down to her midriff, and a see-through effect that exposes her Zettai Ryouiki.
- Supernatural Is Purple: She's mainly clad in purple, is a supernatural being called a Spirit, and nearly all of her abilities leave purple trails in their wake. It's taken a bit further in her Inverse Form, which turns her into the most powerful Spirit seen so far.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When Ellen stabs Shido from behind, in front of her, and is about to finish him while he's down, her emotional stability goes down the drain and she transforms, showing for the first time just how dangerous an Inverse Form can be; not only does she scoff all of Ellen's attacks, but forces the latter to retreat, before turning her attention to Shido and Miku. It takes a kiss from Shido to bring her back to normal. note
- Sword Beam: Her main form of attack as a Spirit. Becomes even more impressive when she uses her Angel for her Finishing Move Halvanhelev. Her Inverse Form ups the ante and, with a single slash from the Finishing Move Paverschlev, creates a Sword Beam so powerful that it not only wipes out most Kurumi clones and Bandersnatch drones fighting in the vicinity, but also cleaves a very large portion of Tenguu City.
- Sword over Head: Once in Volume 1. And multiple times in Volume 7.
- Technicolor Eyes: Her eyes are purple with a small hint of gold.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She really like kinako (roasted soy flour) bread.
- Tsundere: Type B. She's usually sweet towards almost everyone, especially Shido, but try to flirt with the latter and you have a straight-up Clingy Jealous Girl and Violently Protective Girlfriend.
- Undead Tax Exemption: While some characters comment on her background, no one seems to bring up her being a Spirit while she's in the same class as Shido, including Origami, oddly enough. The novel explains why: Reine gave Tohka such a detailed background that Origami's superiors up to the highest ranks were not convinced she is the same being as the Spirit known as Princess and have denied her every attempt to investigate her directly as she apparently has all the paperwork on file that she is nothing more than a normal citizen much to Origami's frustration.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She will attack anyone stupid enough to threaten Shido.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: She doesn't know why seeing Shido kiss Yoshino (it was on accident) felt so painful.
- Wingding Eyes: In the OVA, her eyes become starry when she shows her new phone to Shido.
- The Worf Effect: While she's consistently shown to be one of the strongest Spirits in a straight-up fight, Ellen easily defeats her twice, making a point about the latter's status as the world's strongest Wizard. She hands one to Ellen instead upon the introduction of her Inverse Form.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A for her school uniform. She also wears this under her Astral Dress. It's more noticeable on her Inverse Form's version of the Astral Dress due to the see-through effect.
Yoshino and her puppet Yoshinon
The second Spirit to appear. She's very shy and relies on her Hand Puppet
Yoshinon to communicate with others. She causes rain to fall whenever she appears, which is part of her ability to control the three states of water. Mainly uses ice attacks though. Shido seals her powers at the end of Volume 2, and later lives in an apartment specifically built for sealed Spirits.
Code name: "Hermit"
Angel: Zadkiel (Puppet
Astral Dress: El
- Animal Motifs: Rabbit. Her raincoat's hood sports bunny ears, and her puppet Yoshinon is also rabbit-like. Her Angel Zadkiel even takes the shape of a massive ice hare.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Much like Tohka, Yoshino becomes a little friendlier thanks to Shido being nice to her rather than trying to shoot her on sight.
- Berserk Button: Implying to Yoshinon that Yoshino and Yoshinon are separate is sure to rile Yoshinon up, if Yoshino hasn't warmed up to you yet.
- Blank White Eyes: During the search for Yoshinon, Yoshino's stomach starts to growl, and Shido asks if she's hungry. She tries to deny, but it growls again, making her blush and display these in embarrassment.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the anime, when it suddenly starts raining during Tohka and Shido's first date in Episode 3, you can see Yoshino in front of the arcade they take shelter in. Naturally, the following episodes focus on her as the second Spirit Shido meets.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Yoshino is a good example as she is almost never seen without her hand puppet Yoshinon, and woe betide the people around her when she accidentally lets go of Yoshinon.
- Covert Pervert: Considering some of Yoshinon's comments...
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair with matching eyes.
- Dandere: Yoshino plays this trope straight, being shy except when around Shido (and even then, she sometimes struggles to speak). Her puppet Yoshinon on the other hand completely inverts it.
- Dark Horse Victory: Wins a date with Shido over Tohka and Origami who had been competing with each other for most of the session. To be fair, Yoshinon had declared earlier on that Yoshino would win, though that was likely said in jest.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Iori Nomizu sings the second and third ending credits (as well as Yoshino's own end-of-arc song), and is also part of the band "sweet ARMS", which does the opening song for both seasons.
- Eyepatch of Power: Yoshinon, as well as Yoshino's Angel Zadkiel. The latter is a straight example in that its strength and resilience are enough to ward off the AST more than once.
- Fragile Flower: She's much more passive than the other Spirits and has trouble articulating full sentences at first, largely relying on Yoshinon to do the talking for her. This changes as she warms up to Shido, and later volumes has Yoshino converse with him without using Yoshinon.
- Gratuitous English: At the very end of episode 5 of the anime, Yoshinon says "To be continued!"
- Hand Puppet: Yoshinon.
- An Ice Person: While she's said to be able to manipulate all three states of water, this is the main application of her Spirit powers, whether it's bringing up a large blizzard, freezing her opponents' feet or shooting stalactites.
- In the Hood: Her Astral Dress is a greent raincoat, its hood decorated with bunny ears.
- Making a Splash: Implied since she's said to be able to manipulate the three states of water, though she's never been seen using any water-based moves, other than the fact that it rains every time she comes into this world.
- Mini-Mecha: Zadkiel is, interestingly enough, controlled by Yoshino through an interface on its back.
- Nice Girl: A very friendly young girl at heart.
- Nice Hat: Wears one after her powers are sealed. Her rabbit-eared coat is pretty neat also. In fact, it's stated that she likes wearing cute hats.
- Only One Name: One of two Spirits who doesn't have a last name, the other being Natsumi.
- Power Incontinence: Suffers this even more so than other Spirits; if anything happens to Yoshinon, Yoshino's mental state becomes unstable and she ends up either causing rain (at best) or freezing stuff around her (at worst). Also, it rains whenever she comes into this world.
- Power Limiter: Sort of. Yoshinon calms her down enough for her not to use her powers on others.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In a single person. Yoshinon is the outspoken fellow while Yoshino is a shy girl.
- Reluctant Warrior: Doesn't even fight back against the AST if she can help it.
- Shrinking Violet: While her Hand Puppet has an outspoken personality, Yoshino herself his quite shy around people.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: In addition to being An Ice Person, she's extremely shy and soft-spoken. She deals with this by communicating through her hand puppet Yoshinon whenever the situation calls for a more extroverted approach.
- Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick: Yoshinon, being the talkative personality of Yoshino, spends a large amount of its screentime making sarcastic comments on anyone and everyone.
- Tender Tears: When she's reunited with Yoshinon thanks to Shido. After that, whenever something happens to Yoshinon...
- Third-Person Person: Yoshinon always refers to itself as "Yoshinon".
- Token Mini-Moe: She's the second one to be introduced in the story after Kotori, with her shy attitude making it more appropriate than Kotori's. Later volumes has her contending with Natsumi's true form as well.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The third Spirit to appear, and the most brutal so far, having had a kill count of over 10000, and one of the few Spirits so far in the series to actively kill people with her powers rather than by spacequakes alone. She kills her targets by dragging them into her shadow, "eating" them, thus replenishing her lifespan so she can cast her powers.
Code name: "Nightmare"
Angel: Zafkiel (Clock
Astral Dress: Elohim
- Vigilante Woman: She takes matters into her own hands to kill rapists and animal abusers.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: She's the first Spirit that is against Shido trying to help her. On top of that, she also manages to prevent the other characters he's relied on up to that point from helping in their usual fashion.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The reason she kills so many people is for the sake of gaining enough power to travel back in time and prevent the first spacequake which claimed 150 million lives.
- Wild Card: Though she ceases antagonizing Shidou and his friends after her arc as well as helping out on occasion, i.e. helping Shidou rescue Tohka in volume 7 and granting the new made Spirit Origami's wish to send her back five years so that she can kill the Spirit that killed her parents, and even choosing to merely drain her victim's time as opposed to killing them and taking all of it, she essentially is just going along with her own whims. She essentially stops killing people just to keep a low profile so she can restore her time after draining it in her battle with Efreet, she helps Shidou essentially to have him be a distraction while she searches for info (which even admits upfront), and she grants Origami's request to see whether or not someone can change the past, since that's her goal as well. She also sends Shidou back five years to help Origami after the latter comes back a broken wreck due to killing her parents.
- The Worf Effect: She gets hit hard with this at the beginning of Volume 4 (Episode 10 of the first season) just to show that her powers aren't up to snuff in the face of Efreet!Kotori's Superpowered Evil Side.
- Yandere: Downplayed even though most fans consider her to be a "true" Yandere. What sets her apart from most archetypes (like Yuno for example) is that her murderous actions are solely based on replenishing her depleting Life Energy above anything else and even then, she is only interested in Shido because of his power. Not because she's overly attached to him out of jealousy.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Or rather, the Second Spirit is imprisoned elsewhere by the DEM. And the Second Spirit? The key to finding the actual target, the First Spirit. During the events of Volume 6, she helps Shido rescue Tohka, but only because he makes a good distraction so she can find the Second Spirit. She fails, though.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Under her Astral Dress.
Left: Kaguya. Right: Yuzuru
Twin Spirits who appear in Volume 5. They were originally one entity, but for reasons unknown got split into two: Kaguya and Yuzuru. These 2 have very distinctive personalities, and the original personality is gone. They cause a storm every time they appear.
The duo have been fighting 99 times to determine who is the real Yamai, with 25 wins each and 49 draws. On seeing Shido, they decided that their 100th and final battle will be to see who can seduce Shido first.
Code name: "Berserk"
Angel: Raphael (Bow
Astral Dress: Elohim Tzabaoth
The twins share the following tropes:
- Archer Archetype: Their Angel's true form is that of a bow, which uses Kaguya's El Re'em as a gigantic arrow, and Yuzuru's El Nahash as the bowstring. The actual bow is formed from both twins' unique wing.
- Blow You Away: Both have control over wind, and are introduced by brewing a hurricane when fighting over who's the real Yamai for the 100th time.
- Braids of Action: They both have braids only Kaguya has hers wrapped in a bun and Yuzuru has hers in a ponytail.
- Chained by Fashion: Their astral dresses have manacles on one leg and one arm, with broken chains. The positioning shows that they were originally chained to each other.
- Clingy Jealous Girls: Towards Shido.
- Combination Attack: They can do these in battle. Or when playing beach volleyball. Or seducing Shido. Also, this is how they manifest the bow El Kanaph, which is the true form of their Angel. They pull one off with Yoshino in book 9, blowing away an AST team that dropped their territories to avoid Yoshino freezing them.
- Cry Cute: When they finally admit to each other that they want to live on together. Kaguya plays it much straighter than Yuzuru.
- Early-Bird Cameo: They briefly show up in the OVA, playing Breakout in the arcade. Amusingly enough, both are wearing their Astral Dresses.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: They engage in this when they first appear before Shido episode 2 of season 2.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Both girls privately tell Shido to pick the other one in episode 3 of season 2, because they care deeply about the other girl, and want them to live on and sacrifice their own body/spirit in the process. Fortunately Shido offers them a third option, and his decision allows both of them to survive.
- The Immodest Orgasm: When Shido applies suntan lotion on them at the beach.
- Lightning Bruisers: The Ratatoskr data book gives them very high stats all around (with the highest being their agility), with the exception being intelligence (though nowhere as low as Tohka). This is quite appropriate for their threat level as AAA-class Spirits. It's also said that their Astral Dress doesn't give them much defence, but also that it wouldn't matter given their power over the wind.
- Literal Split Personality: It's what they are, being originally halves of the same Spirit.
- Lovely Angels: Their weapons notwithstanding, they're almost always fighting together after they join Shido's harem.
- Ms. Fanservice: They're Spirits with a very revealing Astral Dress, and they're properly introduced in the middle of a Beach Episode arc. Naturally, they get the lion's share of volume 5's fanservice.
- New Transfer Students: They join Shido's school (though they're not in his class) in the middle of Volume 5, right in the middle of a field trip. Naturally, Reine has to make up an explanation to Tamae on the spot.
- Not So Different: Both Yamai girls appear to hate each other quite a bit, but Shido finds that they can also work quite well together when they have to.
- Ojou Ringlets: They both got them and they are really long. Probably because they look like cyclones of course.
- Power Gives You Wings: They each gain one wing when they manifest their Angels. These two wings form the two limbs of their Angel's actual form, a bow.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Kaguya is brash and hotheaded, while Yuzuru is calm and speaks in Terse Talking, not unlike a certain twins with the same illustrator.
- Power Incontinence: A storm appears whenever they do.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kaguya is the Red and Yuzuru is the Blue. Their Astral Dresses, to an extent, are coloured in a similar manner; Kaguya's is purple and Yuzuru's is blue.
- Shameless Fanservice Girls: Both of them are quite forward in their attempt to seduce Shido.
- Stripperiffic: Their Astral Dresses really stretch the definition, given they bare so much skin and wouldn't look out of place with a stripper / dominatrix outfit.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: They decide on this by agreeing to share Shido at the end of Volume 5, the rest of his harem notwithstanding. Of course, they're not about to share him with the other girls if they could help it.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Their Astral Dresses has them wear knee-length boots with either a microskirt (Yuzura) or short shorts (Kaguya).
Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcutt
First appears in Volume 6. She is shown to be an Idol Singer
, with her Spirit power being a magic voice. Hates guys a lot (girls don't fare much better; she sees them only as slaves fit to serve her), so Shido had to crossdress just to approach her. It works; Miku ends up becoming really fond of "Shiori".
Code name: "Diva"
Angel: Gabriel (Organ
Astral Dress: Shaddai El Chai
- Affectionate Nickname: Gives one to Shido after falling for him, calling him "Darling" in all subsequent encounters. The rest of the girls are not amused.
- Bi the Way: The "bi" part is only with Shido, but she still would want to hug girls and still does appreciate women even after her Character Development.
- Broken Bird: Like Kotori, she used to be a regular human girl. She was an up and coming idol, but turned down a producer's offer to do This and That. As a result, he spreads false rumors of a scandal about her, and her agency ends up dropping her as a client, along with her former fans turning against her. She attempted to restart her singing career, but then lost her voice. At one point she even considers suicide, but is stopped when Phantom shows up and makes her a Spirit, thus allowing her to regain her voice, along with the ability to manipulate people with it. Once she regains her voice, she uses it to become a popular idol again, though she retains her intense hatred for men due to her previous experience with them from before.
- Career Resurrection: In-universe example, after Phantom gave her her magic voice she returned to being an Idol Singer, this time using her real name instead of Tsukino Yoimachi.
- Compelling Voice: She's able to make people do what she wants with her voice.
- Cry Cute: When Shido keeps his word and saves her from danger, she stops putting on a haughty attitude towards him and simply breaks down in tears, realizing he is the kind of person she was looking for all this time.
- Curtains Match the Window: Light indigo hair and eyes.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: For a measure of letting up her hatred against men and general callous attitude when it comes to using her powers, at least; soon after telling Shido the circumstances as to why she's a Broken Bird, Shido says he'll protect her if she's ever in danger, like he would for Tohka, which she doesn't believe. Then when it really happens, courtesy of Tohka's Superpowered Evil Side, he keeps his promise, and she later trusts him enough to let him seal her powers by the end of Volume 7.
- Despair Event Horizon: After falling out of favor in show biz, and losing her voice while attempting to restart her singing career, she seriously considered suicide. Only the appearance of Phantom and it giving her a singing voice again stops her.
- Dissonant Serenity: Her first interaction with Shido has her letting him know just how much she hates him... all while having a gentle smile on her face. Only in the text though; the illustration shows her having a disgusted look.
- Does Not Like Men: She has a Freudian Excuse for it, given how most of her fans as Tsukino Yoimachi were male and quickly turned away from her after a false scandal stemming from her refusal to do This and That with a producer. She does, however, eventually warm up to Shido after the turmoil of Volume 7.
- Driven to Suicide: Before the Phantom approached her and turned her into a Spirit.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Pre-Heel-Face Turn, she believed that everyone was just looking out for themselves if it really came down to it. But Shido tells her that he wants to rescue Tohka no matter the costs, and she initially refuses to believe him due to past experiences with other men. However, when she later asks several people/spirits who are familiar with Shido regarding his saving Tohka, they all unanimously agree that Shido would put Tohka before his own life. This causes her to gradually reconsider her hostile stance towards him.
- Evil Diva: Pre-Heel-Face Turn.
- The Glomp: Gives one to Shido at the end of volume 7.
- Hair Decorations: No matter her clothes, there's always at least a small flower-shaped hair clip in her hair. Her Astral Dress adds a big crescent moon to the clip, as well as what appears to be white lilies.
- In Volume 8, her removing of said clip so Shido would have something to remember her with if she disappeared gives him the final clue for identifying who Natsumi disguised herself as.
- Heel-Face Turn: She eventually warms up to Shido after he goes through a lot to try and protect her.
- Idol Singer: She was actually one before becoming a spirit, though loses her voice at the time. Phantom later shows up and gives her the ability to sing again, which she exploits beautifully to her advantage.
- If It's You, It's Okay: To Shido at the end of Volume 7. She even calls him "darling"!
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: When she tells "Shiori" that she can make the entire world love her if she chooses to, he replies that he would hate her even more, because her power doesn't work on him. This causes her to tell him that she only wants him more now because of that.
- I Was Just Passing Through: She comes up with several excuses for why she chooses to help Shido save Tohka and fight Inverse Tohka.
- Jerkass: She sees the Tenguu theatre, where she had never performed before. And she's in the mood to sing. However, there is a large crowd of people in her way. What does she do? Cause a spacequake to get rid of the crowd. She does get better though.
- Lack of Empathy: She's basically a borderline sociopath.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Her behaviour when there are cute girls around surely counts.
- Magic Music: Her Spirit powers grant her power over anything related to sound, and given her tenure as an idol, she prominently uses her music to her advantage.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: One of the basic applications of her powers has her simply making a shout to knock her opponents flat, or even outright block incoming attacks.
- Mind-Control Music: She has an organ that she can use to to brainwash people with.
- Oh, Crap: For a moment, when she has exhausted the last of her powers against Inverse Form Tohka and can't use them anymore. When her opponent is about to target her next, she forces a laugh and resigns herself to an imminent death... then Shido saves her.
- Panty Shot: One illustration in Volume 8.
- Psycho Lesbian / Schoolgirl Lesbian: What's she introduced as. Later volumes has her flirting with the other Spirits, particularly Tohka.
- Sore Loser: She just can't accept losing to teamwork.
- Stage Name: Went by the stage name Tsukino Yoimachi, until her Break the Cutie moment.
- The Tease: Her flirtatious nature with Shido, as well to other Spirits, gives even other teasers like Origami or Kurumi a serious run for their money in this department.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: In Volume 7, she reveals her circumstances for becoming a Spirit to Shido after the latter told her he found some clues about her past as the idol singer Tsukino Yoimachi. She's Trying Not to Cry at the end of it.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was previously known as Tsukino Yoimachi, an up and coming idol. As soon as she turned down a producer's offer to do This and That, though, false rumours spread to discredit her, and her audience eventually turned away from her. At one point, she lost her voice and nearly contemplated suicide, before Phantom came in and answered her anguish with the power of a Spirit.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Cover her mouth and she's completely helpless.
- Wingding Eyes: Sports this in Date A Live Encore Volume 2 when saw Tohka in swimsuit◊ during Tennou Festival, coupled with Perverted Drooling.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Closer to violet, but still counts.
Click here to see her true form
A Spirit who makes her first appearance in Volume 8. Shido's the first non-AST person she met. Things were going well in his attempt to seal her powers. Then she sneezes, causing a flash of light, and her getting angry at him because he saw something about her that she didn't want him to see (he actually didn't get to see anything). She takes the form of Shido and makes advances on all his acquaintances in school before being found out by Tohka and Origami, after which she escapes and issues Shido photos of 12 people close to him, and challenges him to find her out before they all disappear.
Code name: "Witch"
Angel: Haniel (Broom
Astral Dress: Adonainote
- Berserk Button: Don't catch sight of her true form. After losing the game she made for Shido, Natsumi releases everyone she captured, but inadvertently shows her true form in front of the main cast, which causes her to go berserk and change them into 9-year-old children before escaping again.
- Cry Cute: When Shido and other Spirits saves her and all of them forgive what she did before, as well praising her actions. Coupled with Tender Tears.
- Cute Witch/Token Mini-Moe: Her true form is that of a young girl around the same age as Yoshino. It's something she's rather not show to people, and promptly punishes Shido and the rest of the main cast for it, turning them into 9-year-old children before making her escape.
- Fountain of Youth: Turns the main cast into 9-year-old children once they catch sight of her true form.
- Magic Mirror: Her Angel can take the form of a mirror with which she can trap her targets inside.
- Master of Disguise: Thanks to her shapeshifting powers, she can turn into whatever she wants. During Volume 8, she disguised herself as Yoshinon, Yoshino's puppet, though the farce is only revealed when Yoshinon was able to react to something Yoshino couldn't, and that Yoshinon knew of its time in Origami's house; both of which were impossible since Yoshinon was a Split Personality of Yoshino, meaning it couldn't know anything that Yoshino didn't, and that outside of Yoshino's control Yoshinon was nothing more than a puppet.
- Overnight Age-Up: It's revealed that she did this to herself; her Hot Witch façade is a fake.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Shido sees her true form. Twice.
- Shapeshifting: Her Angel's main power in a nutshell. She uses this several times on herself in volume 8, practically confusing the main characters in the process. Then, there's the fact that she can also transform other people into whatever she pleases.
Shido's foster younger sister.
Loves her Chupa Chups lollipops. Commander of the Fraxinus
. Her personality depends on the ribbons she's wearing: she acts like a perfectly normal girl her age when she's wearing white ribbons, but switches to a Dominatrix
when she's wearing black ribbons. Nevertheless, she still cares deeply for Shido.
- The Captain: As improbable as it is, she's the commander of the Fraxinus ship, and directs Ratatoskr's operations when it comes to Shido dating Spirits.
- Catch Phrase: "Now, let's get this date started." to kick off each "mission".
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Shido when Mana's around. She also doesn't take him telling her that he loves her...like a sister...too well.
- Coat Cape: Has the habit of wearing her red commander jacket like this.
- Cry Cute: Has her moments, such as When Shido had a real chance of getting Killed Off for Real in the process of saving Yoshino. It's coupled with Cry into Chest when Shido comes back from his "mission".
- Curtains Match the Window: Red eyes and hair bordering on coral.
- Dominatrix: Has domineering tendencies when wearing her black ribbons, though it's mostly Played for Laughs on Shido or Kannazuki.
- Fiery Redhead: She's quite hotheaded and can alternate between both Tsundere types depending on the ribbons she wears. It's taken to a litteral level when she reveals herself to be the Spirit codenamed Efreet.
- First Episode Spoiler: She's revealed to be the commander of the Fraxinus in the first chapter/episode. The fact that she and Shido are Not Blood Siblings can also count as this in the light novel.
- Freudian Slip: While having an argument with Mana regarding who is the better younger sister to Shido, Kotori lets out that blood siblings can't marry.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sports long twintails, and is among the youngest characters in the story.
- Hair Decorations: Her ribbons. They determine her personality depending on the colour. Horns also stick out next to her ribbons when in Spirit form.
- Idiot Hair: Has a noticeable forelock of hair in all appearances.
- Important Hair Accessory: Her ribbons, more to show her switching personalities rather than Character Development, though. She'll be the nice little sister with her white ribbons, or the sadistic commander with her black ribbons. This is because when Shido bought her the black ribbons for her 9th birthday, he made her promise to be a strong girl as long as she wears them. Guess it worked too well.
- Improbable Age: She's the commander of a Cool Ship in Ratatoskr at the age of 14.
- Insane Troll Logic: Her reasoning for making Shido date a Spirit falls on this: to make them harmless, they must come to love this world. Ergo, make them fall in love with you, and they will view the whole world as beautiful! However, she has some basis for this, as he sealed her powers when she awakened as a spirit years earlier, though she was unsure of how he did it then.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Date A Live: Rinne Utopia assumes you've read up to volume 4 (i.e. finished watching the anime's first season), as it makes no secret about Kotori's identity as a Spirit.
- Little Sister Heroine: When we first meet her, Kotori is this Turned Up to Eleven. Shido even calls her his "cute little sister". It then gets subverted when we meet her other personality.
- Not Blood Siblings: The Itsukas adopted Shido when he was young. Although Shido still doesn't think of her as a Love Interest, her feelings for him don't seem limited to "little sister" level.
- Oral Fixation: She often has a lollipop in her mouth when in "commander mode".
- Out Of Character Is Serious Business: She acts like the typical younger sister when we're first introduced to Kotori and Shido, with her freaking out when he claims he'll be infected with a virus that causes him to uncontrollably tickle torture her if she doesn't let him sleep ten more minutes. When he spots her later in the episode after the spatial quake, she's speaking to him in a much different tone and manner than when they were at the house. This is when he finds out that she's actually the commander of the Fraxinus for the Ratatoskr organization.
- Parental Abandonment: Both her parents are working overseas, and there is no mention of them coming back anytime soon.
- Phrase Catcher: To Shido, she's his "cute little sister". Regardless of the ribbons she wears.
- Rapunzel Hair: Waist-length twintails.
- Shana Clone: Small, Tsundere (type A or type B depending on the color of her ribbons), Rapunzel Hair, Grade S Zettai Ryouiki, a fondness of lollipops and a literal Fiery Redhead to boot. She even has an Idiot Hair just like the original.
- Spit Take: When she first sees Shido and Tohka go on a date.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Lollipops, which according to the light novel carry the Chupa Chups brand.
- Token Mini-Moe: A downplayed version given most characters are around 16. She's 14 years old, and is even introduced as a Little Sister Heroine, though she has to contend with Yoshino and later on Natsumi's true form, who hilariously messes around with her.
- Tsundere: Strong type A or mild type B depending on her ribbons (black or white).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's very weak towards horror-related things.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S, except her Astral Dress.
Click to see Efreet (spoilers)
Volume 3 reveals that she is the Spirit codenamed Efreet, having been turned into one by the Phantom, who then told her to kiss Shido to seal her powers. This was how she learned about Shido's ability to seal Spirits' powers. She takes them back to save him from Kurumi in Volume 3, then has them sealed again in Volume 4.
Code name: "Efreet"
Angel: Camael (Halberd
) / Megiddo (Cannon
Astral Dress: Elohim Gibor
Tropes applying to her Spirit form:
- An Axe to Grind / Blade on a Stick: Her Angel's default form is that of a massive halberd. It can morph into a cannon strong enough to vaporize several of Kurumi's clones, and make a dent in her clock-based powers.
- Ax-Crazy: When she taps into Efreet for too long, she starts giving in to bloodlust, nearly killing Kurumi with a maniacal grin before Shido's pleas bring her back to her senses.
- Blood Knight: As Efreet, she slowly starts losing control of herself and practically begs for a good fight, taunting a defeated Kurumi about how disappointing of a performance the latter put up.
- Evil Redhead: The bloodlust-stricken Efreet is easily as much of a threat as the Ax-Crazy Kurumi, although Shido manages to seal Kotori again.
- Healing Factor: Shido's Healing Factor comes from her, who in turn got it from Phantom. She demonstrates just how ridiculous this ability is by shrugging off just about everything Kurumi throws at her before writing her off with her Angel.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her Astral Dress is a kimono worn loosely around the shoulders.
- Meaningful Name: Her Angel's name means "the severity of God", and her Astral Dress is Hebrew for "Almighty God". Considering just how brutal her victory over Kurumi's Superpower Lottery was, there's no contesting its rightfulness.
- Playing with Fire: Her Spirit powers give her control over fire, and nearly all of her attacks are punctuated with violent flame bursts.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As soon as Kotori's personality gives way to the bloodthirsty Efreet, she violently flashes glowing red eyes.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Her Efreet persona nearly consumes her with bloodlust, and it's implied later on that her Efreet Spirit form may have its own Superpowered Evil Side.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Her Angel can change forms, from a Halberd to a BFG.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: A classic example; she nearly loses control of herself shortly after defeating Kurumi, and only Shido's pleas to stop snapped her out of it. This got so out of hand that she had to be confined like a Spirit, shortly before starting her own date with Shido.
- Wreathed in Flames: When her powers are active, Kotori is accompanied by a blazing inferno.
Voiced by: Aya Endo
(Japanese), Barrett Nash (English)
The analysis officer onboard the Fraxinus
. She never gets Shido's name right, and his name is the only one which receives this treatment from her. Becomes Shido's assistant homeroom teacher and physics teacher early on, to facilitate his training
. Always looks sleepy.
- Artistic License – Biology: Reine claims that she hasn't had any decent sleep for 30 years, after consuming an entire bottle full of sleeping pills, saying they weren't effective enough.
- Christmas Cake: If she really is over 30 years old. Though it doesn't seem to bother her.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot:
- She admits herself that if she had told Shido that Kotori's affection towards him had been at the max all along, most of Volume 4's schtick wouldn't have happened.
- In Ars Install, if she just paid attention to the glitch she found at the beginning of the game, Shido probably wouldn't have been trapped in a coma.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: One of two indications that makes her claims of not having slept in 30 years seemingly credible, with the other being putting unreasonable amounts of sugar in her coffee.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: She's the go-to person for helping Shido out, and will often do things necessary to help him in his mission to seal the Spirits powers. Though Kotori is on the ground occasionally, Reine is often the only one who provides support for Shido on the ground, while the rest of the Fraxinus crew provide typical Mission Control support aboard the ship.
- In-Series Nickname: Shin for Shido. She doesn't seem to have any problem getting anyone else's name right.
- The Insomniac/The Sleepless: Hasn't slept for 30 years, or at least she claims. Might be Truth in Television.
- Marshmallow Hell: Gave Shido this in order to calm down in Episode 10 after he became anxious unto the other people involved in the battle.
- Meganekko: Of the Purely Aesthetic Glasses variety, seeing she's seen with them just as much as without.
- Mission Control: Zigzagged. She is occasionally aboard the Fraxinus, but of all the crew, she's the one that's most often in the field working with Shido, such as when he ran into the Yamai twins.
- Motherly Scientist: Acts as a surrogate parent towards some characters, mostly Shido, Tohka, and Yoshino. In one episode, she even plays therapist to Tohka to help her with her feelings for Shido.
- Older Than She Looks: Reine looks really young for someone who's been more than 30 years old. Then again, her most noticeable features would be her baggy and sleepy eyes.
- Only Sane Employee: Considering her commander's age and attitude, her vice-commander's masochism, and the rest of the crew's incredible incompetence. And even she is Not So Above It All at times.
- Spit Take: A delayed one, when she first sees Shido and Tohka go on a date.
- The Stoic: She rarely expresses emotion or energy, and most of her interactions are deadpan.
Vice-commander of the Fraxinus
, and a big masochist. When the crew has to make Dating Sim
-esque choices, his choices, made purely to fuel his masochism, are the ones being shot down the most.
Despite his masochism, he's revealed to be very
good at using the Realizer, which really came in handy when the Fraxinus
got attacked. With this skill, he was the former ace and captain of the AST squad when Ryouko was new to the team. He defected to Ratatoskr to find a suitable master he can serve under, and he found one in Kotori. However, he left a wish to be reinstated in case he changed his mind.
- The Ace / The Captain: Formerly of the AST when Ryouko was just a recruit. Also, when Kotori places the Fraxinus under his command, he shows just how capable he is at directing the crew.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer / Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts extremely perverted, but when push comes to shove, he's a very competent commander, as seen during the Arbatel's attack on the Fraxinus.
- Butt Monkey: Kotori gives him the short end of the stick every single time, mainly due to his hammy and perverted demeanour.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's quite dedicated to his commander Kotori, but at the same time has no qualms declaring his fantasies about her, which puts him on the receiving end of her sadistic streak.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He even admits to having crossdressed before.
- Large Ham: He's the most bombastic member of the Fraxinus' crew, openly admitting his masochist tendencies and his desire to be punished by Kotori. Surprisingly, he shows scant moments of analytic calmness when the situation calls for it.
- Lolicon: If his perversion towards Kotori is any indication.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His shoulder-length hair goes in hand with his effeminate looks.
- Noodle Incident: While in the AST, he gave his subordinates Cool And Unusual Punishments. According to Ryouko, punishment for first timers was having to cosplay, second timers was having to cosplay and step on him. We don't find out what the punishment for third timers was; all we know is that it's one Ryouko really doesn't want to remember.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the filler Hot Springs Episode, when he's trying to convince Kotori to go to the hot spring to stay in top condition. Kotori doesn't buy it, of course, and makes him dig a hole and refill it over and over as punishment. As a Brick Joke, he digs up a hot spring at the end of the episode.
Kyouhei: I have no idea what you mean. I have no desire to install several surveillance cameras there. Would someone like me actually fill a hot springs with lenses so I could stare at every inch of that hard, tight body at my discretion, especially that backside?
- Too Kinky to Torture: He might as well exist as Kotori's punching bag. Though he's not too big on the idea of castration or death.
- Tranquil Fury: During the fight with the DEM ship in episode 4 of season 2, while he throws out some perverted dialogue, he is so eerily calm and issues orders so specific that the rest of the bridge gets a bit nervous. The fact that said orders also help them defeat the enemy ship helps.
The rest of the Fraxinus crew
Members of the Fraxinus
crew who participate in the decision making process when the Dating Sim
choices come up.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: "Boss" Mikimoto's introductory phrase Mahal kita is Filipino for "I love you".
- Ironic Nickname: "Bad Marriage" Kawagoe, who has been married and divorced five times, has been given the title "Master of Love".
- Otaku: "The Dimension Breaker" Nakatsugawa, the man with a hundred waifus.
Elliot Baldwin Woodman
The founder and benefactor of Ratatoskr Machinery, Mr. Woodman appears in Volume 8 to interrogate the captain of the Arbatel
. He's said to use an unconventional method of communication and conversation, and is revealed to have once worked alongside the current DEM managing director, Isaac Westcott, before some incident 30 years ago made him defect from the DEM and start his own organization.
- Big Good: Kotori, and by extension the rest of the Fraxinus' crew, answers to him, and he opposes Westcott's plans.
- Defector from Decadence: Left the DEM to lay the foundations for what would eventually become Ratatoskr. He outright states that Westcott is his main reason for doing so, although Woodman seems to be still on friendly terms with him.
Karen Nora Mathers
Mr. Woodman's secretary, and Ellen Mira Mathers' older sister. Appears alongside the former in Volume 8.
Anti Spirit Team (AST)
A girl who's top in beauty, brains and brawn. Shido's classmate, and has very
strong feelings for him, for reasons unknown. Is a member of the AST, and holds the rank of Master Sergeant. Due to the death of her parents to a Spirit, she hates Spirits very much, to the extent of wanting to kill them on sight.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and while she's not exactly evil, she's not a pleasant person and her strong hatred for Spirits make her a dangerous Anti-Hero.
- You Killed My Parents: This is the reason why she is so hell-bent on fighting the Spirits. After seeing Kotori's powers in action, she immediately suspects and tries to eliminate her. Turns out that wasn't the case, and that it was another Spirit who did it. Volume 10 reveals that spirit was herself.
- You Shall Not Pass: She delays Bayley and her DEM team from kidnapping Shido and Tohka during a festival in episode 6 and 7 of season 2. By herself.
- Zettai Ryouiki: While dressed up as a Meido when Shido visits her. Also when she's in her CR-Unit, as well in Spirit form.
Major spoilers below
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At the end of Volume 9, Origami's intense thirst for revenge against the Spirits made her turn to Isaac Westcott, who was coincidentally looking for a capable fighter. Using new and improved Combat Realizers, she fights the Spirits once again in Volume 10, only to brought down by Tohka. It is then, in her defeat, that she pleads for even more power, prompting the enigmatic Phantom to make its appearance, granting her a Sephira crystal that turns her into a powerful Spirit.
Code name: "Angel"
Angel: Metatron (Crown
Astral Dress: EHYHnote
Tropes applying to Origami's Spirit form:
- Attack Drone: "Kadour - Sword of Light" has Origami break up her formation of light pillars and send them individually after her opponent, each gaining a will of their own.
- Barrier Warrior: One of her Angel's abilities makes her pillars of light surround her, blocking any incoming attack.
- Beam Spam: Her main form of attack, "Shemesh - the Sun", has her make the surrounding pillars of light spin around her and gather light particles, releasing them as a rain of energy blasts. This proves problematic for Tohka, who, as a close range warrior, can't even get near her for a good part of the fight.
- Cool Crown: Her Spirit form's Astral Dress has a large golden headdress which looks like a crown that's twice as large as her head. Similarly, her Angel's default form, Metatron, possesses several pillars of light that surround her and, when put together, resembles a giant crown. This changes into a black, spiky halo once Origami takes on her Inverse Form.
- Empowered Badass Normal: While she was a Badass Normal at the start of the story, Volume 10 elevates her to new heights by turning her into a Spirit capable of rivaling Tohka at her strongest.
- Hard Light: Her pillars of light are described as feathery and golden.
- Light 'em Up: Origami's newfound Spirit powers allow her to generate pillars of light and change their formation depending on which attack she's winding up. She can fold them into wings for flying, send them individually after the opponent, or even use them defensively.
- Light Is Not Good: Her mental state after Phantom turns her into a Spirit with control over Light couldn't be any worse; she deduces that Phantom, due to its association with Kotori's empowerment, might be responsible for her parents' deaths, and promptly goes on a crusade against the mysterious entity, even crossing time five years into the past to do it.
- Power Gives You Wings: One of the abilities of her Angel Metatron, "Mal'akh - Heavenly Wings", allows her to fold her pillars of light into wings and fly around at great speeds.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: After sinking into despair and tapping into the even more powerful Inverse Form, Origami's shoulder-length bobcut grows down to her waist.
- Stripperiffic: While her Spirit attire as Metatron is quite tame by Spirit standards, her Inverse Form follows Dark Tohka's trend, baring her shoulders and midriff, as well as making her dress more skimpy.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Origami is able to turn herself into light and warp away to a safe location, although Tohka deduces that she can't use this continuously since the destination is predictable and unlikely to avoid a large attack.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a skilled, if reckless, AST Wizard to an extremely powerful Spirit within the span of Volume 10. By the end of that volume, she also taps into her Inverse Form, becoming just as dangerous as Tohka's own Superpowered Evil Side.
- Walking Spoiler: This Spirit form is the culmination of Origami's desire to become stronger, something which was granted by Phantom's Sephira Crystal, another major spoiler when talking about how some of the Spirits were originally human.
- Wave Motion Gun: "Artelif - Crown Cannon", in which the pillars assemble into a circular motion and fire a beam of pure light.
- You Are What You Hate: Not only she becomes one of the Spirits she hates so much, she's the Spirit who killed her own parents in the first place.
Current captain of the AST squad. Kyouhei Kannazuki was the captain when she was new to the team.
Voiced by: Misato (Japanese), Felecia Angelle (English)
Shido's real sister. She was transferred from the DEM to the AST, where she holds the rank of Second Lieutenant, callsign Adeptus 2, to aid the Anti-Spirit efforts. She underwent a procedure to strengthen her body, making her a Wizard, and in exchange has only 10 years to live. In Volume 6, she is revealed to have defected to Ratatoskr, having been informed of this truth.
- Action Girl: And a pretty badass one at that. She's stated to have killed at least one spirit (although it later turns out to be one of Kurumi's lesser clones), and saves Origami from Bayley's group in season 2 singlehandedly.
- Arch-Enemy: She and Kurumi are constantly at each other's necks. Even when Shido tells her they have to work together with Kurumi temporarily, Mana begrudgingly accepts to assist.
- Beauty Mark: Under her left eye.
- Child Soldier: Par for the course for most Wizards recruited by the AST / DEM, but it's exacerbated by the fact that she has no memory of her past except for a pendant which holds a photo of her child self and a young Shido.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Shido when Kotori is around, as she can't stand the fact that Shido has joined an organization with lots of contact with the Spirits and criticizes Kotori for it.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her Japanese voice actress, Misato, is one fourth of the band "sweet ARMS", which performs both opening songs.
- Heel-Face Turn: She defects to the Ratatoskr's side after finding out what DEM did to her body.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Mana forgot who her brother was. The only clues she had of him were a photograph of him and that she remembered calling him "onii-sama".
- Long-Lost Relative: She's Shido's real sister.
- Mercy Kill: After seeing Bayley's sorry state after exerting herself too much just to pilot the Scarlet Licorice, Mana reluctantly kills her, but not before falsely reassuring that Westcott will acknowledge her.
- Super Soldier: She specifically underwent augmentations to become a Wizard, and it shows when she's able to mop up anything that's not a Spirit or Ellen, living up to her rank as Adeptus 2.
- The Glomp: She is fond of doing this to Shido.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like Shido, down to the hair color and eyes.
- Your Days Are Numbered: She has only 10 years left to live, having undergone a procedure to strengthen her body enough to fight on par with Spirits. She's not told of this side-effect until Volume 6, and when she learns this, she defects to Ratatoskr.
A girl new to the AST
who idolises Origami. She holds the rank of Private in the AST. Is also in Shido's school and in the second year, but having skipped one grade is one year younger than her peers. Is Tamae's cousin. She's the main heroine of the spinoff manga Date A Strike/Date Ast Like
Mildred F. Fujimura
A mechanic in the AST (transferred from DEM) who holds the rank of Sergeant First Class. She's often seen with Mikie. Has the nickname "Mily".
Deus Ex Machina Industries (DEM)
Sir Isaac Ray Peram Westcott
The managing director of Deus Ex Machina (DEM) Industries, a corporation based in England, and the only known industry able to manufacture Realizers. His aim is to get Spirit powers to rewrite the laws of reality. The true meaning behind this is unknown.
- Axe Crazy: Despite being a very composed man, he has an incredibly warped mind.
- Affectionate Nickname: Ellen and Woodman both call him "Ike".
- A God Am I: He invokes attaining godlike power as part of his plan to rewrite the world, after which he'd declare himself as the new world's "evil".
- Ambition Is Evil: He will do everything to achieve his goal.
- Arch-Enemy: He and Woodman have been hostile to each other ever since Woodman left him and Ellen at some point. He also feels this way to Shido during Volume 7 (episode 10 of season 2), though nowhere as intense as with Woodman.
- The Antichrist: He wants to rewrite the world according to his image. However, in the process he mentioned that he would make the world upside down, with him as the "evil".
- Bad Boss: He treats his subordinates, even the loyal ones, as disposable pawns in his grand scheme. He even ditches them at one point!
- Big Bad: While he was relatively out of the picture for the first four volumes or so (the entirety of the anime's first season minus his involvement with Mana and Origami's new weapons), once he makes his appearance, it's made clear that he harbours ill intent towards the Spirits, and slowly overrides the story's basic Excuse Plot.
- The Caligula: While he's the Managing Director of DEM Industries, he never shows concern for his subordinates and even the company. Anyone who dares to oppose him will lose their lives.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Admits that he loves war, chaos, annihilation, destruction, and the deaths of women and children, and he'd do anything to create a world of despair.
- Chaos Is Evil: His end goal is to use the power of the Spirits' Inverse Forms to plunge the whole world into endless chaos and destruction.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: One of his fetishes. He also goes on a long and detailed list on what he would do Tohka in order to push her to the brink, like electrocution, oxygen deprivation, peeling her nails, ripping out her teeth, and trample her dignity as woman.
- The Corrupter: He is primarily responsible for wooing Origami over to his side, using her hatred of Spirits to his advantage. He also arranged for her leave of the AST and also cut all her ties of friendship in Raizen School.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of Deus Ex Machina Industries. On one hand, he was the one who invented the Realizers. On the other hand, he wants to seek and harness all of Spirit powers so he can rewrite the laws of reality according his own image.
- Dissonant Serenity: Arguably his scariest trait. He´s raving on about destruction and chaos, but he´s always polite and gently smiling, and never lose his posture.
- Evil Brit: He's the head of a company based in England, and he himself holds the title of "Sir". He's also the emerging Big Bad of the story.
- Evil Former Friend: He shares a history with Woodman, having worked together alongside Ellen prior to the beginning of series.
- Evil Laugh: He breaks into a sinister cackle after pushing Tohka over the edge and seeing her Inverse Form with his own eyes.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is polite to a fault, especially to the other members of DEM's board of directors. However, after Roger Murdoch tried to remove Westcott from the post of director of the DEM, he and the other members who voted to remove him had their arms cut off by Ellen, and after his true identity was discovered, he was called a "monster" within his own company.
- Greed: He's really obsessed about harnessing the powers of a Spirit's true form.
- Hate Sink: Antagonists like the AST and Kurumi commit questionable acts in the story, but end up relegated to the background or are revealed to be justified in their actions, however extreme they are. This man, on the other hand, actively cultivates the image of someone who wants to be as evil as possible, starting with his total lack of care for his own subordinates (far from being saints themselves), then his plans for creating what amounts to dystopia. Every single one of his appearances is taken seriously, and he has ordered multiple Kick the Dog moments since his introduction.
- Icy Blue Eyes: A bit dark on the colouring, but his eyes are of a dull blue that give away the fact that's he's a cunning and sinister schemer.
- Karma Houdini: He committed many atrocities within the span of his appearances, but has always come out unscathed from all possible punishment.
- Kick the Dog: He orders Ellen to murder Shido in front of Tohka, forcing her transforming into Inverse Form while he maniacally cackles, joyfully celebrating his efforts. And if that wasn't enough, he planned to kill Shido for the second time so all of Spirits he sealed would Invert as well. He even gleefully tells Woodman that he will use the Spirits' power for his so-called "dearest realization".
- Knight of Cerebus: Once he starts meddling with the protagonists, particularly Tohka, the story progressively becomes more than just a race to seal the most Spirits.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Against Inverse Form Tohka, he retreats along with Ellen as she had been injured in an earlier fight and thus wasn't fighting at her full strength.
- Lack of Empathy: Most, if not all, of the Wizards under his command express unwavering loyalty towards him. He still treats them like disposable pawns.
- Manipulative Bastard: He subtly manipulates everyone to get what he wants. First, trying to murder Shido just to evaluate Inverse Form Tohka's power. Then, when Murdoch and a few other DEM executives conspire to remove him by all means necessary, he indirectly forces Shido and the Spirits into foiling the assassination plan, given they had to prevent said plan from causing any harm to the city.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "he who laughs" in Hebrew. After he successfully making Tohka despair and transform into Inverse Form, you can guess what he'll do next.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's not exactly a fighter, so he leaves the dirty work to Ellen and other DEM Wizards.
- Obviously Evil: Corrupt, uncaring, has a pale white skin, loves chaos and destruction, treats his subordinates as disposable pawns, as well has a godhood delusional. Compared with other antagonists like Kurumi or AST, so far he's the one and only antagonist who have such selfish and greedy, as well diabolical motives.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His desire to plunge the world into a endless state of chaos and destruction is not the only thing that he really wants. His goal in itself is to turn the whole world into a "hell" thus also lead humanity to destruction.
- Older Than They Look: He's described as being around 30 years old, but Origami notes that he gives off the impression of an experienced veteran. Mr. Woodman also states that he left the DEM 30 years ago due to a fallout with Westcott.
- Orcus on His Throne: Since he's not a fighter, he send his Wizards to seek and capture the Spirits identified by the AST, while he sits around at the DEM headquarters.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Despite being the managing director of DEM, he's quite childish and egotistical.
- Reality Warper: He aims to rewrite the laws of reality with the power of the Spirits' Inverse Forms.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a jet-black suit with a white tie in all appearances.
- The Sociopath: Completely uncaring of the rest of DEM, he uses underhanded means for assessing how far he is from achieving his own goal, which amounts to the creation of Hell on Earth.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's either Peram, Perham or Pelham.
- Straw Nihilist: Claims he's not worth anybody's life or even his own.
- To Create A Playground For Evil: His desire is to make the whole world upside down, in order to fill the world with pure chaos and destruction for his fun.
- The Unfettered: Nothing matters to him as long as he reaches his goal; innocent lives, his subordinates, and even his own organization, all of these are expendable.
- We Have Reserves: The DEM Wizards that are completely loyal to him are little more than moving pieces for his interests / goals, although he's said to gauge them according to their value as well.
- White Hair, Black Heart: One of the few people to sport white hair in the story, and a clear-cut villain at that.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": He constantly uses the word "rewrite" as the pretense for "cataclysm".
- You Got Spunk: He says he enjoys people that are willing to attack him. When he found out that Murdock was trying to kill him, Westcott smiled and said if he ever got back to England, he would congratulate Murdock.
Ellen Mira Mathers
The secretary of Sir Isaac Westcott, and the strongest Wizard in the world
, callsign Adeptus 1. Is very loyal to his cause, and has vowed to never lose to any opponent.
- The Ace: She's by far the most competent human fighter introduced, and completely dominated Tohka during their first fight, even breaking her Sandalphon in the process.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Her depiction in the anime is more prim and proper than the wild, battle-hungry appearance she sports in the novel.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The most competent fighter, as well the most boastful and arrogant character in the series.
"Nothing alive on Earth can beat me..."
- Ax-Crazy: Her calm and analytical façade gives way to a bloodthirsty, murderous and battle-crazed persona once she enters the battlefield.
- Barrier Warrior: Unlike most AST / DEM Wizards, she's able to concentrate a field around a specific target, which she promptly uses to subdue a captive Tohka in case the latter's temperament gets out of hand. In her battle suit, it's powerful enough to deflect a Wave Motion Gun from the Fraxinus.
- Blondes Are Evil: Pale blonde hair befitting for the ruthless and condescending right-hand of the Big Bad of the story.
- Blood Knight: Even moreso than Efreet!Kotori and Kusakabe (though the latter is Played for Laughs). When the opportunity arises, she is very eager to fight a powerful opponent. In fact, she even made a vow to ''never lose to anyone'', not even "an atrocity that kills the world" (referring to the Spirits).
- Boobs of Steel: She's really well-endowed, easily bigger than most of the Spirits. And she's the first human to outright defeat a Spirit at full power.
- Butt Monkey: Trying to trail her target during the school trip has the unfortunate effect of being on the receiving end of Ai, Mai and Mii's antics. Such as falling into a sand trap, or getting hit by a stray pillow. In "Ellen Mathers' Strongest Day" short story, her vacation time also ruined by the same trio.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to her older sister's Abel, Karen Nora Mathers. Both of them are the secretary to their respective organization's leader, with Westcott being the Big Bad and Mr. Woodman the closest thing to a Big Good.
- Combat Pragmatist: Even though she expresses a slight dislike for it given her love for one-on-one duels, Ellen's not above teaming up with Jessica to bring down Mana under Westcott's orders.
- Didn't See That Coming: After defeating Tohka in a one-on-one match, she did not expect Shido to activate his powers and summon Sandalphon by himself, but is pleased nonetheless, suggesting that she'd capture both him and Tohka.
- The Dragon: Towards Westcott. There is not a single thing she will do without his approval.
- Friends with Benefits: According to Chapter 2 of Volume 5, it's hinted she and Wescott sleep together at some point, prior to the series. This is removed in anime version.
"All the more, she was a woman that had rumors of being Westcott’s mistress."
- Instant Armor: She's able to call forth her Combat Realizer outfit when engaging a Spirit, a privilege made possible by DEM's cutting edge technology. Origami post-Face-Heel Turn can also conjure her CR unit to fight Tohka, Miku and the Yamai twins.
- Laughably Evil: Despite being The Dragon to Westcott's Big Bad, she's subjected into Ai, Mai and Mii's antics during the Yamai Tempest arc and the "Ellen Mathers' Strongest Day" short story.
- Narcissist: She believes that she's invincible, claiming no one can defeat her.
- Pride: She never stops claiming herself as the world's strongest Wizard, no matter the condition it is. Even when defeated, she never admits her losses.
- Psycho for Hire: She enjoys fighting with stronger opponent (particularly Spirits), while at the same time she wants to satisfy her superior's ambition.
- Psycho Supporter: Again, towards Wescott. She's willing to do everything to realize her boss' ambitions, even if it means involving innocent lives in the process.
- Purple Eyes: One of the few characters to have purple eyes, and she's one of the few humans capable of outmatching a Spirit.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The boastful and arrogant Red to her older sister Karen's calm and collected Blue.
- Resistance Is Futile: Suggests that she'd rather capture Tohka, and later Shido, without any resistance on their part.
- Sexy Secretary: How she presents herself when accompanying Westcott whenever the latter goes on formal meetings. This gets ramped up in the anime due to her Adaptational Attractiveness.
- Smug Super: She has the habit of looking down on Spirits, particularly Tohka, because she has the power and skill to subdue them very quickly. It's taken to its logical conclusion when she confronts Tohka in her Inverse Form, where her skills are no match for the Superpowered Evil Side's brute strength. She shows her arrogance again in Volume 10 when she warns Kotori and the Fraxinus' crew to not underestimate the power of herself and her own personal airship, the Goetia.
- The Sociopath: Aside for her Blood Knight tendencies, she has no qualms about killing anyone who gets in her and Westcott's way, whether they be enemy or ally.
- Sore Loser: Even though she's capable of curbstomping Tohka, she doesn't want to accept her losses when her first effort to kidnap Tohka failed. This also overlaps with Never My Fault, given she'd rather blame it all on others than to assume responsibility for her blunder.
- Super Soldier: The most powerful within a squad of soldiers who underwent augmentations to be able to fight on par with Spirits.
- Undying Loyalty: Once again, towards Westcott. No matter what happens, she never stops showing her pride, joy and loyalty to him.
- Villain Teleportation: When she retreats along with Westcott after the appearance of Inverse Form Tohka, she uses her Wizard powers to warp away the both of them to safety.
- Worf Had the Flu: She invokes this in regard to her fight against the newly-spawned Inverse Form Tohka, as she had been injured earlier on by Origami and thus wasn't fighting at her fullest, her wound even opening up during said fight.
- World's Strongest Man: Stated repeatedly by the narrative and herself to be the strongest Wizard in existence, and demonstrated by her effortless handling of Tohka.
- Kinda subverted somehow, she's only defeat Tohka in sealed state, but not when she's in Inverse Form. Even she capable to make Natsumi trembled in fear, it should be noticed that Natsumi's power isn't suitable for combat.
- Worthy Opponent: Praises Origami in Volume 7 for being the second person to be able to wound her.
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida
(Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)
The leader of the DEM squad transferred to the AST as part of a secret mission to capture Tohka Yatogami (codename "Princess") and Shido Itsuka. She's also one of the strongest Wizards in the world, callsign Adeptus 3. Killed in combat by Mana Takamiya by the end of Volume 7.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Her death is meant to expose the delusion of loyalty most DEM Wizards have towards Westcott, who treats them like pawns on a chessboard. Even Mana angrily lampshades this.
- Always Second Best: She obstinately refuses to admit that Mana's skills as a Wizard are superior, and claims that the callsign "Adeptus 2" should've been hers.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Even when she's outmatched by Mana and her own body is starting to wear down due to the Scarlet Licorice's severe strain, she still tries to shoot her opponent, forcing Mana to Mercy Kill Jessica.
- Ax-Crazy: She's just as much of a nutjob as Ellen in battle, being previously a torturer before becoming a Wizard. But when she gets to pilot the Scarlet Licorice, she channels too much magic energy through her brain, making her barely able to utter anything other than crazed laughters or calling Mana's name repeatedly when the latter arrives on the battlefield. For comparison, Origami was able to pilot a similar prototype (and a flawed one at that) without suffering psychological breakdown.
- The Berserker: When outfitted with the Scarlet Licorice, Jessica discards what little rationality she has and starts unleashing an endless barrage of attacks towards Mana. This comes back to bite her in the ass once her body can no longer sustain the severe strain imposed upon her by her CR unit.
- Blood from the Mouth / Tears of Blood: After piloting the Scarlet Licorice for too long, blood starts coming out from her mouth and eyes, indicating just how drastic the strain on her body is.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She openly admitted that she likes carnage and massacre. When she was about to attack a event with countless civilians, she had a smile on her face, and during Shido's rescue mission in DEM's Tengu building, she even killed a few of her teammates.
- Evil Redhead: Dark red hair, and one the few characters in story who are completely off their rockers. Not only is she a sultry woman with a penchant for violence, she also has admitted to killing people throughout her career as a Wizard.
- Killed Off for Real: She's the first named character in the story to die on-screen; in the following volumes, Westcott comments that he'd like to find a replacement for her, which he finds in Origami.
- Let Them Die Happy: Just before she dies, Mana falsely reassures her that Westcott truly cares about his subordinates, which obviously isn't the case.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Chides Mana for being an Asian girl who managed to attain the rank of second strongest Wizard.
- Psycho for Hire: Like the rest of Wescott's loyal followers, she's willing to do anything to please her boss, innocent lives be damned.
- Torture Technician: Her previous occupation before becoming a Wizard.
A mysterious entity who gave Kotori and Miku their Spirit powers, as well as told Kurumi about Shido. Its appearance and motives are unknown.
Raizen High School
Voiced by: Kaori Sadohara (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)
Shido's homeroom teacher who's quite dedicated to her job. She's very anxious to get married.
- Christmas Cake: 29 and still single. It gets to the point where she's very sensitive to words like "proposal" and "marriage".
- Do It Your Self Theme Tune: Kaori Sadohara is the fourth member of "sweet ARMS", which does both opening songs, and she herself sings the second season's ending theme.
- Meganekko: Not many named characters wear spectacles in the series, and among them, she's a cheery teacher.
- Older Than She Looks: Being cutesy and childish at times often obfuscates the fact that she's approaching her thirties.
- Sensei-chan: Her students even call her "Tama-chan".
Voiced by: Anri Katsu
(Japanese), Nick Haley (English)
Shido's classmate. He has a 2D girlfriend who looks a lot like Kotori, and he apparently likes the real thing as well. Shido has had to brush him off quite a few times
- Ambiguously Bi: Ai, Mai and Mii have heard rumours about him "swinging both ways". Between his unnervingly chummy attitude with Shido and his obsession with dating sim girls, the cloud thickens. In Volume 8, however, when Natsumi shapeshifted into Shido and made a move on him, Hiroto was very disturbed.
- Bromantic Foil: He gets very chummy with Shido, although most of the time it's just to boast how his relationship with his 2D girlfriend is going.
- Demoted to Extra: While he never had much presence in the first season, he's almost never seen at all in season 2, and barely has any speaking roles when he is seen.
Ai Yamabuki, Mai Hazakura, Mii Fujibakama
From left to right: Ai, Mii, Mai
Ai voiced by:
Risako Murai (Japanese), Jamie Marchi
Mai voiced by:
Kayoko Tsumita (Japanese), Leah Clark
Mii voiced by:
Midori Tsukimiya (Japanese), Monica Rial
Three girls who appear occasionally. Shido's classmates. They become Tohka's friends some time after she transfers into Shido's school.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Ai is the blonde, Mii's dark blue hair could be considered "brunette", and Mai is the redhead.
- Catch Phrase: In the anime, they mostly appear just to comment on something going on (usually situations involving Shido), with Mii saying "Gross" or "Lame" at the end.
- Curtains Match the Window: All three of them have matching eye and hair colours.
- Cuteness Proximity: The three absolutely Squee when they meet Yoshino.
- The Leader: Ai, who leads the gang wherever they go and is almost always the first to start sentences.
- Meganekko: Mii.
- Punny Names: Their names are a pun on I, My, Me.
- Shipper on Deck: They support Shido/Tohka.
- Spanner in the Works: Their antics end up tripping up Ellen's attempts to trail Tohka during the school trip.
- Those Two Guys: They're minor supporting characters that are rarely seen separately from each other.
Click here to see Ruler (spoilers)
The eponymous character originating in Date A Live: Rinne Utopia
, Rinne Sonogami is Shido's childhood friend, whom she goes to the Itsuka household every morning to wake him up and prepare his lunch.
- Canon Immigrant: She makes her first novel appearance in the 11th volume. However, it is merely a form that the Phantom takes on to communicate with Shidou.
- Childhood Friend: A traditional depiction of one for Shido, and little else is known. At least, until her story arc reveals that she's actually a Spirit who created a "Groundhog Day" Loop to save Shido after he got accidentally killed by an enraged Tohka, slipping into Shido's world as his Forgotten Childhood Friend at the same time.
- Code Name: "Ruler", attributed to her Spirit Form.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair with a darker shade for her eyes. It's averted for her Spirit form, though, seeing her eyes glow red.
- Determinator: She'll do anything for Shidou, literally anything. Lampshaded in Rinne Bathtime, where she said that she will do and become anything for Shidou with a straight face, Origami is even amazed by her words when she hears it directly from Rinne's mouth and that's saying something.
- Harem Nanny: She takes this role quickly after she appears.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To Shido, in any route that isn't hers. She'd be quite happy if Shido chose her, but at the same time wouldn't mind if he found happiness with the other girls.
Rinne: If Shido wants me, then I'll gladly give my everything to him. To become his lover, kiss him, have sex with him, marry him, give birth to as many babies as he wants, grow old together with him. But, even if Shido chooses someone other than me, I won't mind. If Shido thinks to marry Tobiichi-san, I'll bless him with all my heart. Of course, it also applies for other person as well. Even if Shido chooses Tohka-chan, Kotori-chan, Yoshino-chan or perhaps someone that I don't know. Of course, I don't mind if he doesn't choose to be with anyone, or even if he chooses everyone I'll support his wish. I'll do anything for Shido's happiness. If Shido wishes it, I'll grant any of his wish. I don't mind becoming his childhood friend, his lover, his wife, his younger sister, his older sister, his mother, his daughter, his superior, his subordinate, his enemy, his nemesis or even someone unrelated to him. As long as Shido is happy, I'm satisfied....Oh sorry, it seems I got too worked up by myself. But it is true that I don't mind whoever Shido chooses.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name (凜祢) is a play on word with 輪廻 (also read as "Rinne"), a Japanese term of Samsara, a concept of reincarnation/rebirth cycle in several South Asian religions, particularly Buddhism. Considering her Eden ability based from this concept, this is not surprising.
- Rapunzel Hair: As Ruler, her locks are around waist-length, and one braid even reaches to her knees.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As... well, you know.
- Ret Gone: The true ending of the game where Shido gets his powers back, while Rinne disappears.
- Story-Breaker Power: Her mana density is said to be equal to the First Spirit, and indeed if she would lose control of her power, the whole of Japan would be destroyed. She also managed to defeat Tohka, Yoshino, Kotori and Kurumi (and Origami) all at once.
- Walking Spoiler: Her Ruler form shows up whenever Shido reaches a Bad Ending that isn't Kurumi's, triggering a Reset Button in the process, and is integral to the climax of Rinne's own route. Also, her eyes have whitened pupils, which is a sign of Spirit powers. Even her first light novel appearance is not what it seems, as it's only a form Phantom adopts in Volume 11 to communicate with Shido.
- Yandere: In order to restart the world, and prevent his death, she murders Shido. This occurs as one of the bad ending endings in each of the other heroine's endings. Her power, called Eden, allows her to create and manipulate her world so that she can keep Shido alive no matter how many resets it takes. Unfortunately the key to resetting Eden is Shido's death in that reset.
An original character made for Date A Live: Arusu Install
. While testing out the new game called "My Little Shido 2" developed by the Fraxinus
's crew, Shido gets trapped in the virtual world after meeting her since the characters inside the game are based on the people Shido has met.