Characters: Hell Girl

This page describes the characters in Hell Girl.

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General tropes

  • Affably Evil: Ai's teammates have a fairly even-minded opinion of human kind, and happily support their co-workers, students, and friends in their many, many jobs. It almost makes you forget what their real job is.
  • Anti-Villain Protagonists: Aside from Kikuri, they're actually pretty decent folks aside from their job and they get about as much focus as Hajime and Tsugumi.
  • Clark Kenting: Justified, since they are able to prevent mortals from recognizing them. It becomes a plot point in the third season.
    • Ai often masquerades as one of her clients' classmates in the manga and reveals herself after they enter a name into the Hell Correspondence.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. They aren't happy when an innocent gets sent to Hell, but have no choice in the matter.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite their efficiency and cruelty in sending people to hell, they can be quite kind-hearted and sympathetic to the turmoil of others. Not often, this may include gentle nudges to use Hell Correspondence if they believe it would save the person from further suffering.
  • Not So Stoic: Subverted. They are not allowed to have their emotions interfere with their job, but act normally around each other.
    • Especially notable in one instance where a woman tricked a teenage girl into helping her, then mortally wounded the girl. Hone Onna actually sounds angry while banishing the woman to Hell.
  • Punch Clock Villains: Very much so. Ai ferries people to hell because that's where her parents will go if she doesn't. Her assistants stay with her out of loyalty.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Sleep Mode Size: Their straw doll forms are basically this when someone's not using them to sell their soul for revenge.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: They can go between the sunset realm and the world of the living by just vanishing. They will often disappear like this.
  • True Companions: Ren outright says that their little group is like family to him. In season 3, Yazuki asks Ai who Ren, Honne Ona, and Wanyuudo are to her. Ai says they're her nakama.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Wanyuudo, it saved him from running until burning into hell, for Hone Onna, it's because Ai helped them regain their humanity. In the case of Ichmoku Ren and Yamawaro, it's because she saved them from a lonely existence.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can do this to varying degrees.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Ai's minions are often shown with different jobs as they observe a prospective client and the corresponding target before the string is pulled.

Ai Enma

"O pitiful shadow lost in the darkness
Bringing torment and pain to others
O damned soul wallowing in your sins is time to die."

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

The titular Hell Girl. It is her duty to offer a devil's deal of vengeance to any who access the Hell Correspondence. If the "customer" accepts, she ferries the target of that person's vengeance to Hell. As part of the deal she will also ferry the "customer" to Hell after he or she dies.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In her backstory. She was ostracized by the people of her village because of her strange powers - such as the ability to bring a dead butterfly back to life. It's implied that this is why she was chosen as a Human Sacrifice - the townspeople just wanted to get rid of her.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Anti-Villain
  • Benevolent Boss: She does care for her minions in her own quiet way and they love her right back.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Ai's job as the Hell Girl forces her to repress her emotions to the point where it's very hard to make her angry... God help you if you actually succeed.
  • Broken Bird
  • Buried Alive: How she and her parents died.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: She returns to the mortal world in this form at the beginning of the third season.
  • Casting a Shadow: One of her powers.
  • Creepy Child
  • Creepy Monotone
  • Cry Cute
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Dark Magical Girl: In appearance only.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her duty is to offer these and carry them out.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She does have emotions, but she must repress them in order to carry out her job as the Hell Girl.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her cousin and Only Friend Sentaro unintentionally betrayed her by doing nothing to save her and helping to bury her alive.
  • Flower Motifs: Lycoris, also known as red spider lilies. They're closely tied to the theme of death, growing near cemeteries and meaning "Those who cannot return" in flower language.
  • Ghostly Goals: Revenge. She killed the villagers who used her as a Human Sacrifice. Unfortunately for her, the spider noticed and made her the Hell Girl as punishment.
  • Godiva Hair
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When she refuses to transport the soul of Takuma Kurebayashi, whose life situation somewhat mirrored her own. As a punishment she becomes mortal and later dies while trying to defend the boy from violent townspeople.
  • Hime Cut: It's meant to give her the air of a traditional miko... but in a rather dark and unsettling sense.
  • Human Sacrifice: Her backstory; Ai was meant to be this as a little girl, but with Sentaro's help she was able to stay alive even when abandoned in the mountains - until the villagers found out and took it upon themselves to bury her alive along with her parents. In revenge, she rises from her grave and burns down her village, and is made into the Hell Girl as punishment.
  • Ironic Hell: She was forced to become the Hell Girl as punishment for burning her village down in revenge for her death.
  • Kissing Cousins: It's implied she had this with her cousin Sentaro.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Meaningful Name: Enma is the Buddhist god who rules the underworld. Ai is that word for love, probably. It's deliberately always written in kana, so we can't be sure which meaning of ai her parents had in mind. There are hints that the "indigo" meaning is significant: the second season finale is called "Aizome" ("dyed in indigo"), as is the end theme, which Mamiko Noto herself sings.
  • Not So Different: After burning her village down in revenge, she insists that she did nothing wrong.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different
  • Parents in Distress: The Lord of Hell is holding the souls of her parents hostage, ensuring she does not go against her duties as Hell Girl. Their souls are freed at the end of the second season.
  • Psychopomp: She ferries people to Hell in a similar manner to Charon.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Really 700 Years Old: She has been the Hell Girl for four centuries.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her Sailor Fuku has these colors.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her blood-red eyes are her most striking feature. In life, she actually had brown eyes, but they turned red the moment she swore her revenge upon her village as she and her parents were buried alive.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Red eyes, really pale skin, supernatural nature, troubled past and an emotionless demeanor that can be quite unsettling.
  • Sailor Fuku: Wears a black one when not in her ceremonial kimono.
  • The Stoic
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: A variation. She's definitely onryo-inspired, but she's less scary most of the time because her hair doesn't obscure her face.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She appears emotionless at first glance, but Ai is actually forced to repress her emotions in order to carry out her job as the Hell Girl. She allows herself to show a more caring and compassionate side around her True Companions during their heartwarming moments. Also, she can show sympathy to her clients, especially those who were betrayed by others. This is because betrayal featured strongly in the incident that led her to become the Hell Girl.
  • Tranquil Fury
  • Unmoving Plaid: The patterns on her kimonos. In the third season you can see the objects in the pattern float back and forth.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry


Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)

One of Ai's assistants. His can appear as the mythical youkai of the same name or as an elderly gentleman wearing a fedora. He also serves as Ai's transport to banishment victims.
  • Badass Grandpa: His default form.
  • Bald of Awesome
    • Bald of Evil: Subverted. He's an agent of Hell, but he is otherwise a very moral person.
  • Berserk Button: Thoughtless and unjust crimes, such as a father allowing his daughter to be raped for humiliating him, when it wasn't at all her fault.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He does this for the above-mentioned girl in the second season, scaring off her would-be rapists by charging at them in wheel form.
  • The Big Guy
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Larger than anyone else's, at least.
  • Brown Eyes: A flashback to when he first met Ai reveals his eyes to be brown, fitting with him being the most down-to-earth of Ai's minions.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Eyes Always Shut: In his human form, though we do see them open during a flashback of how he met Ai.
  • The Lancer
  • Nice Hat: A fedora, in contrast to to his casual Japanese attire.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: While Hone Onna's name while she was alive is known, Wanyuudo is only known by his nickname since he is a tsukumogami
  • Playing with Fire: He can appear as a giant fiery wheel with his face as a hubcap. In his human form, he can throw fireballs.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Skintone Sclerae: Shown to have these in a flashback.
  • Super Strength
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can transform into a giant fiery wheel. During banishments he can transform into any object with wheels.
  • Was Once a Man: Before getting turned into a yokai, he was the left weel of a carriage during the Heian Period. After the carriage was destroyed and burned, he became a fiery wheel monster.
  • Youkai

Ichimoku Ren

"Actually... I saw it."

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

One of Ai's assistants. He appears as a young man.

Hone Onna

"Have you learned your lesson yet?"

Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Jennifer Seman (English)

One of Ai's assistants. Her appearance is that of an attractive woman in a blue kimono. When interacting with humans, she normally wears a formal suit.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, dark-haired, beautiful, graceful and aloof.
  • Berserk Button: Thanks to how she became a youkai, people betrayed by loved ones.
    • An episode involving a woman who manipulated and eventually murdered a girl shows that she doesn't like betrayal in general.
  • Cool Big Sis: To one client especially.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was originally a young woman named Tsuyu, who was sold into prostitution by her lover to pay off his debts. When she tried to plot an escape for her fellow prostitute Kiyo, she betrayed her and had her killed. When her corpse was thrown into the river filled with bones, the spirits fused with her body, becoming Hone Onna.
  • Dem Bones: Being based off the mythical youkai of the same name, she can make any part of her skeleton visible.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Subversion; while they reflect her unhappy origins as a youkai, she is the more expressive in the group.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Hair Decorations: She has at least one hairpin, comb, and ribbon in her "true" form. With each season she seems to add more.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In her backstory.
  • Hot Teacher: She is a gym teacher in the third season.
  • Iconic Outfit: While in the world of the living, she usually wears a business suit that is the same shade of red as her straw doll form. Ai wears it during one of Futakomori's Hell Banishments.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline
  • Knife Nut: She is a very skilled knife thrower.
  • Louis Cypher: Anna Sone.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has worn a nurse outfit more than once.
  • Nightmare Face: When she shows her skull. Done more effectively in the live-action adaptation.
  • The Power of Hate: It was the hatred of other betrayed women that made her into Hone Onna.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Notably with her loosened kimono and slightly disheveled hairstyle.
  • Youkai


Voiced by: Kanako Sakai

A mysterious little girl introduced in the second season. She delights in annoying others.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Very much so, though Yamawaro keeps her in check in season 3.
  • Creepy Child: Mostly in season 2.
  • Creepy Doll: Averted. In the third season, she possesses a wind-up doll and is no creepier because of it. Her having to be wound up again is a running joke.
  • Demonic Possession: The spider possesses her at the finales of the second and third seasons.
  • Flower in Her Hair
  • Kids Are Cruel: In season 2, she would sometimes go out of her way to make people who made contracts with Ai regret it while they were alive. Case in point: a man who stole money for his girlfriend's medical care banished the person blackmailing him over it, so she made the girlfriend forget him.
  • Meaningful Name: It's a reference to Kikuri-hime, the Shinto goddess in charge of communicating with Yomi, the land of the dead.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Very much so.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the others are Affably Evil and Punch Clock Villains, Kikuri is never a kind girl and is more sinister than them.
  • Troll: Enjoys bothering the other minions.
  • Running Gag: In the third season, Kikuri has a wind-up key on her back, which needs to be re-wound repeatedly.
  • Unwitting Pawn: From Futakomori onward, the spider is using her to observe Ai's actions.


Voiced by: Hekiru Shiina

One of Ai's assistants. He was introduced in the third season and had the appearance of a boy. Most of the time, he keeps Kikuri from bothering the other minions.
  • Blow You Away: He has some control over wind.
  • Foil: To Kikuri.
  • Keigo: He has a rather polite speech pattern.
  • Mushroom Man: Before he met people, he was a mass of mushrooms with a human face. One of the people he lived with cultivated the fungus for an elixir of life, so he still has fungus inside his body despite appearing human.
  • Youkai

Ai's "Grandmother"

"Ai, I'm leaving your nagajuban right here."

Voiced by: Eriko Matsushima (Japanese), Juli Erickson (English)

A kindly old woman hidden behind a sliding door who only speaks to Ai. All that is seen of her is the silhouette of an old woman with a spinning wheel.
  • The Faceless
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She only ever talks to someone other than Ai twice. The first is when she gets Hajime to stop Ai from giving Tsugumi the straw doll. The second is when she thanks Ai's minions for all they've done for Ai.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: The audience never gets to see her true appearance. The only character who actually does see her freaks out, suggesting that this is a good thing.

    Other Characters Introduced in Season 1 

Hajime Shibata

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)

A bumbling reporter who has made it his mission in life to stop Hell Girl. A book written by him appears in the second season.
  • Bumbling Dad: At times, he seems like an older brother to Tsugumi rather than her father. It's clear that in some areas he still has plenty of growing up to do.
  • The Ghost: From Season 2 onward. He disappeared after writing a book about Ai, and not even his daughter knows where he is.
  • Failure Hero: This guy MAY have had one success in the whole time he tries to keep people from pulling the red string (the ending of that episode involving the daughter of his old friend and their failing farm was ambiguous). Sure the youkai will take some action to keep him from interfering, but in the vast majority of the cases he's either too late or else he says the wrong things that just end up ticking off the curse doll owner by coming across as very preachy.
  • Inspector Javert
  • Intrepid Reporter
  • Married to the Job: This is what made his wife start cheating on him.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Near the end of the first season, Ai tried to kill Hajime and Tsugumi because they are descendants of Sentaro. When that didn't work, she tried to bully Tsugumi into banishing Hajime to hell. It is also possible that Ai simply mistook Hajime for Sentaro.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A thorough believer in this, unfortunately for him this series deconstructs it. The people he tries to stop, can't relate to him telling them that killing is wrong. They're often in great emotional pain that's RECENT and have their intended target taunting them constantly about it, or they know that they're trapped in a 'kill or be killed' situation and having a complete stranger who doesn't know the context only alienates them from his point of view. It gets to the point that even his daughter dismisses him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His attempts to stop people from making deals with Hell Girl can fall into this.

Tsugumi Shibata

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

Hajime's young daughter. She is able to see through Hell Girl's eyes. In the third season, she is the nurse at Yuzuki's school.
  • Age Lift: The anime introduces her as a little girl, but in the live-action adaptation she's already a teenager.
  • Blessed with Suck: See Forced to Watch below.
  • The Cameo: She is seen as a slightly older schoolgirl near the end of the second season when she tells someone about the book her father Hajime wrote before he disappeared.
  • Disappeared Dad: From the second season onward. It's revealed that Hajime and Tsugumi gradually drifted apart and lost touch; and in Season 3 she confides to Yuzuki that she no longer has any idea of where he is. She does recall that he simply became "tired" of trying to stop people from condemning themselves to hell in the name of revenge.
  • Dead Person Conversation: It's revealed to be this with Yuzuki.
  • First Name Basis: With her own father. Some of their interactions actually make them seem more like siblings.
  • Forced to Watch: She is somehow able to see through Ai Enma's eyes as the Hell Girl meets with her clients, and she uses this ability to help Hajime track the clients down. She keeps this ability as an adult.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Usually, though she's known to have different hairstyles from time to time, such as Odango Hair.
  • Hair Decorations: A round barrette to pin her braid. Before the school nurse was officially revealed to be an adult Tsugumi in season three, this was the viewer's hint to her identity.
  • Memento Macguffin: Her mother's earrings, which she wears on a pin.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died in an accident after an argument with Hajime, while Tsugumi was still a toddler. This becomes a plot point in the finale of the first season.
  • School Nurse: As an adult in Season 3.
  • Screw Destiny: In season three, Yuzuki believed Tsugumi's visions meant that she was fated to become the next Hell Girl, and she had managed to escape it.
    • Subverted. She lets it hang for an episode or two, then tells Yuzuki that she was never intended to be the next Hell Girl and You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Ai tried to kill Hajime and Tsugumi because they are descendants of Sentaro. She then tried to bully Tsugumi into banishing Hajime to hell. It is also possible that Ai mistook Hajime for Sentaro.

Ayumi Shibata

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

Hajime's dead wife. When he caught her cheating on him, he chased her away, resulting in her dying in a car crash.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's heavily implied that she drove into the pole on purpose, after Hajime refused to forgive her or let her see Tsugumi.
  • Parental Neglect: Hajime accused her of this when she went out with the man she cheated on him with at night, leaving Tsugumi alone.
  • Posthumous Character
  • Your Cheating Heart: She began cheating on Hajime when his work began taking up most of his life. He caught her cheating on him with a man he was investigating.

Gil de L'enfer

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

A TV psychic who actually has powers and claims to have broken out of hell.

The Spider

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

A bizarre-looking spider that hangs around the hut in Ai's sunset realm. He is the lord of hell and the one who gave Ai her job as Hell Girl.

Sentaro Shibata

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

Ai's cousin and only friend. He ran away after being forced to help bury Ai alive.

    Other Characters Introduced in Season 2 

Takuma Kurebayashi

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura

A boy who lives in the town of Lovely Hills. He is blamed for murdering his mother and assaulting his father due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time in both cases. When people begin disappearing around town, the townsfolk blame him. As the disappearances continue, people begin to fear that he has supernatural powers and begin calling him the "Devil's Child."
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Ai couldn't bring herself to do this to him.
  • Frame-Up: Good heavens. After being falsely accused of murder, people who use the Hell Correspondence blame the resulting disappearances on him.
  • Not So Different: From Ai, which was why she couldn't bring herself to ferry him to hell.
  • Red Baron: Subverted. People begin calling him the Devil's Child for things that aren't even his fault.

Hotaru Meshiai

The younger sister of the detective investigating Takuma. She befriends him after finding out that he isn't responsible for the disappearances around town.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After her brother gets banished, she tried to banish Takuma and then drown herself so she can join them in hell.
  • Driven to Suicide: After attempting to banish Takuma, she wades out into a lake so she can freeze to death and be with Takuma in hell. She survives, but is hospitalized.
  • Freak Out: When Kikuri brings her to Ai's hut, she looks behind the sliding door and gets a good look at Ai's "grandmother." She runs away in terror. Then Kikuri drags her behind the sliding door again.
  • Heroic BSOD: When her brother is banished, she accesses the Hell Correspondence. She thinks that with Takuma gone, things in her hometown will calm down.
  • Only Friend: To Takuma.

    Other Characters Introduced in Season 3 

Yuzuki Mikage

Voiced by: Satomi Sato

A middle school student who gets possessed by Ai Enma. As a result, she has the ability to see the grudges avenged by Ai in much the same way as Tsugumi did. It goes downhill from there.

Akie Takasugi

Voiced by: Kanae Oki

Yuzuki's classmate and best friend. She gets banished to hell halfway through the season.

Azusa Mayama

Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretended to befriend Akie, with every intention of betraying them.
  • Deal with the Devil: She sent Akie to hell to make her father suffer for covering up a crime. This comes back to bite her when Takasugi's maid does the same to her.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Mr. Takasugi's maid is ultimately the one to banish Azusa and avenge Akie at the end of the finale.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Why Akie's father couldn't bring himself to send her to hell.