This page describes the characters in ''Anime/HellGirl''.


[[folder:Hell Girl and Co.]]

!!'''General tropes'''

* AffablyEvil: Ai's teammates have a fairly even-minded opinion of humankind, 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}}s: Aside from Kikuri, they're actually pretty decent folks aside from their job.
* ClarkKenting: They don't put on any disguise to infiltrate into their clients' lives (e.g. pretending to be a classmate/teacher/etc.), even when they pose as a number of different roles at the same time. Justified, since they are able to prevent mortals from recognizing them. It becomes a plot point in the third season.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The minions' straw doll forms are different colors: black for Wanyuudo, red for Hone Onna, blue for Ichimoku Ren and yellow for Yamawaro.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Played with. They aren't happy when an innocent gets sent to Hell, but have no choice in the matter. Additionally, while their job is to send people to hell, they are contemptuous of deliberate human cruelty; for example, in episode 1, they're disgusted that AlphaBitch Aya Kuroda, who stole the money Mayumi Hashimoto was entrusted with and forced her into EnjoKosai to make it back, is writing off her behavior as "kid stuff"; and for another example, in episode 16, they sound very angry when telling off Yuki for how she treated her sister Yumi.
** Played Straight in one instance where Ichimoku Ren attempts to prevent a child from sending her own mother to Hell because the mother is already Hellbound due to a previous covenant with Ai, only succeeding when the mother chooses to commit suicide in order to spare her from doing so.
** Hone Onna before she assumed her doll form, directly expressed a particular amount of disgust and anger at a girl claiming to be a fortune teller, who sent an innocent man to hell after being bullied into it by a popular girl in her school to avoid being an outcast.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: 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.
** As well as stalling for time when the would-be victim is on their deathbed. One may only send someone who is still (technically) alive.
*** This is also the only confirmed instance of a character going to Heaven, though, like Hell, it is never seen.
** And in one case, physically stopping a moving vehicle to prevent revenge when the covenant was impossible, after the contract had already been invalidated and there was no obligation to stay.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Ai's minions are often shown with different jobs as they observe a prospective client and the corresponding target before the string is pulled.
* NotSoStoic: Inverted. They are not allowed to have their emotions interfere with their job, but act normally around each other.
* {{Punch Clock Villain}}s: Very much so. Ai ferries people to hell because [[spoiler: that's where her parents will go if she doesn't]]. Her assistants stay with her out of [[UndyingLoyalty loyalty]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Ai is at least 400 years old. Her first three companions came from various periods of feudal Japan.
** Technically speaking, Ren was 100 years old exactly when he was 'born'. Except, replace "born" with "transformed from a katana".
* SleepModeSize: Their straw doll forms are basically this when someone's not using them to sell their soul for revenge.
* StealthHiBye: They can go between the sunset realm and the world of the living by just vanishing and will often disappear when some random object or person moves in front of them.
* TrueCompanions: Ren outright says that their little group is like family to him. In season 3, Yuzuki asks Ai who Ren, Honne Ona, and Wanyuudo are to her. Ai says they're her nakama.
* UndyingLoyalty: 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 Ichimoku Ren and Yamawaro, it's because she saved them from a lonely existence.
* {{Villain Protagonist}}s: They are the main characters and their job is to carry out revenge on others' behalf and ferry people to hell. [[AntiVillain That doesn't mean they are evil, though.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: They can do this to varying degrees.

!!'''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: Creator/MamikoNoto (Japanese), Creator/BrinaPalencia (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.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In her backstory, she was ostracized and bullied by the people of her village. [[spoiler:It's implied that this is why she was chosen as a HumanSacrifice - the townspeople just wanted to get rid of her.]]
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Appearance-wise, Ai is a beautiful, doll-like girl with long, black hair who shows no emotion.
* BenevolentBoss: She does care for her minions in her own quiet way and they love her right back.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: 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.
* BrokenBird: Long ago, she was a normal girl. Then [[spoiler:she and her parents were BuriedAlive as a sacrifice and she was betrayed by her cousin when he helped to bury her. Her spirit full of hatred returned to get her revenge and her soul was punished by being forced to become the Hell Girl]]. Now she rarely shows any emotion.
* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler:How she and her parents died.]]
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: [[spoiler:She returns to the mortal world in this form at the beginning of the third season.]]
* CastingAShadow: One of her powers.
* CreepyChild: Even before she became the Hell Girl, she was known by most of the villagers as the monster girl who has strange powers.
* CreepyMonotone: When not interacting with her minions.
%%* CryCute
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:More than 400 years ago, Ai was a human girl living in a remote village near the mountains. She was frequently bullied by other kids, and her only friend was her cousin Sentaro. At the age of seven, Ai was selected to be the HumanSacrifice. However, her parents secretly asked Sentaro to care for her as she lived in the mountains. A few years later, Ai was discovered when a group of boys followed Sentarou into the mountains. Ai and her parents were captured and BuriedAlive as punishment. The villagers forced Sentaro to be the first one to shovel ground to the hole. Sentaro's betrayal brought forth an immense hatred in Ai. As the villagers buried her, she vowed to hate them forever even if she dies. A short time later, Ai returned as a vengeful spirit to exact her revenge by burning the entire village to the ground in her wrath. The Master of Hell then captured her parents and made a pact with her: in exchange for her parents not being sent to Hell, Ai should become the Hell Girl to carry out others' revenge as a punishment for her own revenge.]]
%%* DarkMagicalGirl: In appearance only.
* DealWithTheDevil: Her duty is to offer these and carry them out.
* DemonOfHumanOrigin: Ai was originally a normal human girl. During her dying breath, [[spoiler:she cursed the villagers that sacrificed her and her parents to their mountain gods. That same night, she came back to life and burned the whole village down, killing everyone in it.]] After that, she was sent to hell, and the Lord of Hell forced her to take the job of Hell Girl or else she and her loved ones would suffer in hell eternally. The job comes with a powerful set of powers, and over the course of 400 years she gains enough mastery of it to be able to confront the Lord of Hell.
* DyingDeclarationOfHate: [[spoiler:In the final moments of her life as a human, Ai vowed to hate the villagers that killed her and her parents forever, even after her death.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: To contribute to her creepy image as the Hell Girl, Ai has long black hair and ghostly pale skin.
* EmotionSuppression: Despite coming off as an EmotionlessGirl, Ai ''does'' have emotions, but she must repress them in order to carry out her job as the Hell Girl.
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Her cousin and OnlyFriend Sentaro betrayed her when he gave in to the pressure of the townspeople, did nothing to save her and her parents and even helped the villagers to bury her alive.]]
* TheFerryMan: She ferries people to Hell in a similar manner to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Charon]].
* FlowerMotifs: 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.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler:{{Revenge}}. She killed the villagers who used her as a HumanSacrifice. Unfortunately for her, [[EverybodyHatesHades the spider]] noticed and made her the Hell Girl as [[IronicHell punishment]].]]
* GodivaHair
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: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.]]
* HimeCut: It's meant to give her the air of a traditional {{miko}}... but in a rather dark and unsettling sense.
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: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 [[IronicHell punishment]].]]
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:She was forced to become the Hell Girl as punishment for burning her village down in revenge for her death.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Upon returning to life as a demon, she burned her village down and killed everyone in it.]]
* KissingCousins: It's implied she had romantic feelings for her cousin Sentaro, [[spoiler:which made his betrayal even more painful for her.]]
%%* LittleMissBadass
* MeaningfulName: 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 Creator/MamikoNoto herself sings.
* NotSoDifferent: After burning her village down in revenge, she insists that she did nothing wrong.
* NotSoStoic:
** The first instance of a person being sent [[ForTheEvulz for no reason whatsoever]], has her usual lines in the ferry scene spoken in an audibly-cracking voice. Then she reaches "this is vengeance", and has to pause before finishing the rest.
** Whenever she finds something related to her past, Ai lets her buried emotions and old resentment get the best of her.
%%* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* ParentsInDistress: [[spoiler: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}}: Among other duties, Ai ferries damned souls to eternal torment.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair flows down to her waist, and is longer than any one else's in the series.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She has been the Hell Girl for four centuries.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Her SailorFuku has these colors.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Her blood-red eyes are her most striking feature. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Red eyes, really pale skin, supernatural nature, troubled past and an emotionless demeanor that can be quite unsettling.
* SailorFuku: Wears a black one when not in her ceremonial kimono.
* TheStoic: She is forbidden from showing emotions by [[spoiler:the spider]].
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: A variation. She's definitely ''onryo''-inspired, but she's less scary most of the time because her hair doesn't obscure her face.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: 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 TrueCompanions during their heartwarming moments. Also, she can show sympathy to her clients, especially those who were betrayed by others. [[spoiler:This is because betrayal featured strongly in the incident that led her to become the Hell Girl]].
* TranquilFury: She is quiet and wouldn't raise her voice, even when she's on a vengeful rampage against the people who made her angry.
* UnmovingPlaid: The patterns on her kimonos. In the third season you can see the objects in the pattern float back and forth.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: There was a time in which Ai was a sweet and innocent little girl. After [[spoiler:the villagers sacrificed her and her parents to their mountain gods, her cousin betrayed her and]] she was forced to become the Hell Girl, Ai became an EmotionlessGirl that keeps her emotions and pain hidden most of the time.
%%* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry

->Voiced by: Creator/TakayukiSugo (Japanese), Creator/RBruceElliott (English)

Ai's first assistant. His can appear as a fiery wheel or as an elderly gentleman wearing a fedora. He also serves as Ai's transport to banishment victims.
* BadassGrandpa: Usually appears as an old man while investigating the human world, but he is still a demon who is strong enough to bare handedly stop a moving truck.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* BaldOfEvil: Subverted. He's an agent of Hell, but he is otherwise a very moral person.
* BerserkButton: 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: 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.
* TheBigGuy: He's the only one of Ai's assistants who is shown to have SuperStrength.
* BigOlEyebrows: Larger than anyone else's, at least.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* EyesAlwaysShut: In his human form, though we do see them open during a flashback of how he met Ai.
* NiceHat: A fedora, in contrast to to his casual Japanese attire.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: While Hone Onna's name while she was alive is known, Wanyuudo is only known by his nickname since he is a tsukumogami.
* PlayingWithFire: He can appear as a giant fiery wheel with his face as a hubcap. In his human form, he can throw fireballs.
%%* ScarfOfAsskicking
* SkintoneSclerae: Shown to have these in a flashback.
* SuperStrength: ''Futakomori'' shows him stopping a speeding truck.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: He can transform into a giant fiery wheel. During banishments he can transform into any object with wheels.
* WasOnceAMan: Inverted. Before getting turned into a yokai, he was the left wheel 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: Creator/MasayaMatsukaze (Japanese), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (English)

Ai's second assistant. He appears as a young man, though he can transform into a blue straw doll when he needs to deliver vengeance. Can transform into a large eye, which he often uses to spy on the humans.
* BerserkButton: Abusive relationships, and when the Hell service is used on people who don't deserve it.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He can act this way towards some of the clients.
* {{Bishonen}}: Has an appearance of a handsome young man, and has occasionally used seduction to get information from female clients.
* EyeSpy: He can project his eye anywhere he wants, and this makes a very useful spying tool.
* FacelessEye: He can spy on people by projecting an eye onto any surface or simply appearing as a giant eye.
* GreenEyes: A shade of yellow-green, which is striking amongst the regular Japanese populace. His large eye is also this color.
* HotTeacher: He is a science teacher in the third season.
* LouisCypher: Ren Ishimoto.
* PeekABangs: His hair covers the part of his face where his left eye would be.
* SympatheticSentientWeapon: As a tsukumogami, he was a sword that became sentient after one hundred years. Because he was still an inanimate object, he was ForcedToWatch as people used him as a weapon of both war and murder. He had been left behind after a battle and was stuck there until Ai found him.
* VillainTeleportation: He can use his eye for this rather than just teleporting like the others.
* TheWallsHaveEyes: He normally spies on people from walls and ceilings.
* {{Youkai}}: A tsukumogami, though the name and the eye may be a reference to [[ Mokumokuren]].

!!'''Hone Onna'''
->''"Have you learned your lesson yet?"''

-->Voiced by: Creator/TakakoHonda (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.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's tall, dark-haired, beautiful, graceful and aloof.
* BerserkButton: 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.
* CoolBigSis: To one client especially.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DemBones: Being based off the mythical youkai of the same name, she can make any part of her skeleton visible.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Hair black like the night and skin pale like a ghost. A look fitting for a {{Youkai}} made from several resentful souls.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: In season 3, we discover that she has many female students fawning over her and vying with each other for her attention.
* HairDecorations: She has at least one hairpin, comb, and ribbon in her "true" form. With each season she seems to add more.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: In her backstory.
* HotTeacher: She is a gym teacher in the third season.
* IconicOutfit: 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.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: On her default outfit.
* KnifeNut: She is a very skilled knife thrower.
* LouisCypher: Anna Sone.
* MeaningfulName: Tsuyu, the name she had back when she was human, is based on Otsuyu, the name of the Honne Onna of a popular Japanese tale.
* MsFanservice: She has worn a nurse outfit more than once.
* NightmareFace: When she shows her skull. Done more effectively in the live-action adaptation.
* ThePowerOfHate: It was the hatred of other betrayed women that made her into Hone Onna.
* ReflectionlessUselessEyes: Her eyes don't reflect any light to emphasize she's a {{Youkai}}.
* UnkemptBeauty: Notably with her loosened kimono and slightly disheveled hairstyle.
%%* {{Youkai}}

->Voiced by: Creator/KanakoSakai

A mysterious little girl introduced in the second season. She delights in annoying others.
* BrattyHalfPint: Very much so, though Yamawaro keeps her in check in season 3.
* CreepyChild: Mostly in season 2.
* CreepyDoll: 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.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:The spider possesses her at the finales of the second and third seasons.]]
* FlowerInHerHair
* KickTheDog: She is directly responsible for a couple of [[CruelTwistEnding Cruel Twist Endings]] in ''Futakomori''.
* KidsAreCruel: 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 wife's medical care banished the person blackmailing him over it, so she made the wife forget him.
* MeaningfulName: It's a reference to Kikuri-hime, the Shinto goddess in charge of communicating with Yomi, the land of the dead.
* PurpleEyes
* SupernaturalIsPurple: Very much so.
* TokenEvilTeammate: While the others are AffablyEvil and PunchClockVillains, Kikuri is never a kind girl and is more sinister than they.
* {{Troll}}: Enjoys bothering the other minions and occasionally people she meets in the world of the living.
* RunningGag: In the third season, Kikuri has a wind-up key on her back, which needs to be re-wound repeatedly.
* UnwittingPawn: From ''Futakomori'' onward, [[spoiler:the spider is using her to observe Ai's actions]].

->Voiced by: Creator/HekiruShiina

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. [[spoiler:At the end of the fourth season, he becomes Michiru's first assistant when she becomes a Hell Girl.]]
* BlowYouAway: He has some control over wind.
* {{Foil}}: To Kikuri. Where Kikuri is bratty and immature, Yamawaro is very polite and stoic.
* IntriguedByHumanity: Shown to be this in his backstory. It's what caused him to approach Hikaru's parents and start to live a normal life. He eventually starts working for Ai for much the same reason.
* {{Keigo}}: He has a rather polite speech pattern.
* MushroomMan: 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.
* TheFaceless
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: 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.
* SheWhoMustNotBeSeen: 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. In the live-action series, she opens the sliding door at one point and nobody is visible behind it.


[[folder:Other Characters Introduced in Season 1]]

!!'''Hajime Shibata'''
->Voiced by: Creator/YujiUeda (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.
* BumblingDad: 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.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler: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. Ai and her minions haven't seen him either, so he's not in Hell, but that's all we know.]]
* TheGhost: [[spoiler:From Season 2 onward. He disappeared after writing a book about Ai, and not even his daughter knows where he is.]]
* FailureHero: 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.
* InspectorJavert: He can be aggressive in trying to keep people from using the Hell Correspondence.
* IntrepidReporter: His job until Tsugumi starts having visions.
* MarriedToTheJob: This is what made his wife start cheating on him.
* PermaStubble
* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: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.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: 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.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His attempts to stop people from making deals with Hell Girl can fall into this.

!!'''Tsugumi Shibata'''
->Voiced by: Creator/NanaMizuki (Japanese), Creator/LuciChristian (English)

Hajime's young daughter. She is able to see through Hell Girl's eyes.
* AgeLift: The anime introduces her as a little girl, but in the live-action adaptation she's already a teenager.
* BlessedWithSuck: See ForcedToWatch below.
* TheCameo: She is seen as a slightly older schoolgirl near the end of the second season [[spoiler: when she tells someone about the book her father Hajime wrote before he disappeared.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Her hair and eyes are both brown.
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler:It's revealed to be this with Yuzuki.]]
* FirstNameBasis: With her own father. Some of their interactions actually make them seem more like siblings.
* ForcedToWatch: 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. [[spoiler:She keeps this ability as an adult.]]
* GirlishPigtails: Usually, though she's known to have different hairstyles from time to time, such as OdangoHair.
* HairDecorations: A round barrette to pin her braid. [[spoiler:Before the school nurse was officially revealed to be an adult Tsugumi in season three, this was the viewer's hint to her identity.]]
* LettingHerHairDown: [[spoiler: She wears it this way as an adult.]]
* MissingMom: Her mother died in an accident after an argument with Hajime, while Tsugumi was still a toddler. [[spoiler:This becomes a plot point in the finale of the first season.]]
* SchoolNurse: [[spoiler:In the third season, she is the nurse at Yuzuki's school.]]
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler: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 YouCantFightFate.]]
* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: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.]]
* TragicKeepsake: Her mother's earrings, which she wears on a pin.

!!'''Ayumi Shibata'''
->Voiced by: Creator/HitomiNabatame (Japanese), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (English)

Hajime's dead wife. When he caught her cheating on him, he chased her away, resulting in her dying in a car crash.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:It's heavily implied that she drove into the pole on purpose, after Hajime refused to forgive her or let her see Tsugumi.]]
* ParentalNeglect: [[spoiler:Hajime accused her of this when she went out with the man she cheated on him with at night, leaving Tsugumi alone.]]
* PosthumousCharacter
* YourCheatingHeart: 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: Creator/JunFukuyama (Japanese), Creator/GregAyres (English)

A TV psychic who actually has powers and claims to have broken out of hell.
* AssholeVictim: Boy, is he ever.
* AxCrazy: Hinted at.
* DeadpanSnarker: Always ready with a biting remark.
* ForegoneConclusion: He gets ferried to hell at the end of his episode. While this happens, he swears to break out again.
* IronicHell: While being ferried to hell, he is tortured by demonic representations of people he murdered.
* MindRape: Does this to the PhonyPsychic who eventually sends him to Hell as well as to Hajime.
* NotSoDifferent: He thinks that he and Ai are similar. He's right, but not in the way that he thinks. [[spoiler:While they both have supernatural powers, their abilities are quite different. The similarity lies in the fact that they avenged their own deaths by killing those responsible. Ai is [[DeathGlare visibly angered]] when he brags about it.]]
* PsychicPowers: He has telepathy and telekinesis among others. His powers allow him to see the Hell Girl when she appears.
* SelfMadeOrphan: He claims his parents and teachers murdered him first and that he killed them in revenge after breaking out of hell. This monologue gets him a DeathGlare from [[TheStoic Ai]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Different subtitles render his name differently.
* UnreliableNarrator: Regarding his backstory.

!!'''The Spider'''
->[[spoiler:Voiced by: Creator/HidekatsuShibata (Japanese), Creator/JohnSwasey (English)]]

A bizarre-looking spider that hangs around the hut in Ai's sunset realm.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: [[spoiler:He is the Lord of Hell himself.]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:He is able to possess Kikuri and is presumably able to see through her eyes.]]
* EverybodyHatesHades: [[spoiler:He is the Lord of Hell.]]
* EyelessFace: He doesn't have eyes on his head like normal spiders and instead has eyes on his abdomen.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Three on his back.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler:In his first meeting with Ai, he appears as a spider, then possesses the jellyfish floating over the gates of hell, suggesting that they are [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith avatars]] of a [[PhysicalGod far more]] [[GodOfEvil powerful being]].]]
* GodOfEvil: [[spoiler:He gets so little screentime that whether he actually is this or not is up to interpretation.]]
* IronicHell: Considers [[spoiler:making Ai the Hell Girl]] a form of this.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* SatanicArchetype: [[spoiler:Subverted. He rules over Hell and make deals for people's souls, but is a lawful being in that there are strict rules about who may be sent to Hell and may just be doing his job.]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: At the end of season one.

!!'''Sentaro [[spoiler:Shibata]]'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiToyonaga (Japanese), Creator/JasonLiebrecht (English)

Ai's cousin and only friend.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Builds a temple on the place where Ai was buried.]]
* BullyHunter: He went after anyone who made Ai cry.
* DeclarationOfProtection: He promised to protect Ai after [[spoiler:she was selected as a HumanSacrifice, which made his betrayal more painful for her]].
* KissingCousins: Implied with Ai.
* OnlyFriend: To Ai.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: He was forced to betray Ai by the villagers, who blamed them both for the famine that was making them starve.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only villager besides Ai's parents that didn't make Ai's life hell.

!!'''The Villagers'''

The people who lived in Ai's village when she was alive, 400 years ago.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: They made an innocent girl's life a living hell for no reason.
* AssholeVictim: They paid dearly for their horrible mistreatment of Ai.
* BuriedAlive: How they sacrificed Ai and her parents.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: As they buried Ai and her parents alive, her hate for them because of their cruelty toward her became so powerful that it allowed her to come back to life as a demon and slaughter them all.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath / KarmicDeath: Burned alive in their homes by the young girl they tormented without end and ultimately killed. Needless to say, they deserved every second of it. And the one-way express trip to hell they very likely got afterwards.
* HumanSacrifice: They held a tradition of killing children to appease a mountain god.
* InfantImmortality: Defied. Ai spared no one except Sentaro, who was running away at the time, when she burned down the village.
* KidsAreCruel: And teenagers, and adults, and elders...
* KillEmAll: Their ultimate fate at the hands of Ai. Good riddance, too.
* PosthumousCharacter: They are all dead in the present day and their role in Ai's backstory is told via flashback in Episode 25.
* ReligionOfEvil: Sacrificing their own children to a mountain god? One gets the impression that they weren't great people even before Ai was born.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: They ostracized Ai because she was believed to have supernatural powers. Their final and most monstrous act of cruelty toward her--burying her alive along with her parents and forcing her beloved cousin to betray her--[[ThePowerOfHate made her hate of them so strong]] that she transformed into a demon, clawed her way out of the grave they dug for her, and sent the village up in flames, taking them with it.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Just a peaceful Japanese farming village that sacrificed little girls to please their mountain god and indirectly created Hell Girl as we know her. Nothing to see here.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Although we see them die, their fates after death are unrevealed and it is unknown if they went to hell (although they probably did).
* WouldHurtAChild: Would ''kill'' a child, in fact. The village had a policy of sacrificing young girls to their mountain god to ensure plentiful harvests. Ai was the last of them.

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!!'''Takuma Kurebayashi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/AyumiFujimura

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."
* AgeLift: He's very young in the anime, about primary school age (or middle school, at most). The manga turned him into a high schooler.
* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Ai couldn't bring herself to do this to him.]]
* FrameUp: Good heavens. After being falsely accused of murder, people who use the Hell Correspondence blame the resulting disappearances on him.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:From Ai, which was why she couldn't bring herself to ferry him to hell.]]
* RedBaron: Subverted. People began calling him the Devil's Child for things that aren't even his fault.

!!'''Hotaru Meshiai'''
->Voiced by: Creator/FuyukaOura

The younger sister of the detective investigating Takuma. She befriends him after finding out that he isn't responsible for the disappearances around town.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:After her brother gets banished, she tried to banish Takuma and then drown herself so she can join them in hell.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: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.]]
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: 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''.]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:When her brother is banished, she accesses the Hell Correspondence. She thinks that with Takuma gone, things in her hometown will calm down.]]
* OnlyFriend: To Takuma.


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!!'''Yuzuki Mikage'''
->Voiced by: Creator/SatomiSato

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.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Yuzuki goes to heaven after Ai becomes Hell Girl again.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Much like Tsugumi, she can tell when Ai is about to make a contract, but is unable to do anything about it.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Her backstory. She was an adorable CheerfulChild living happily with her parents; then her father - a bus driver - died in an accident while on duty and she and her mother wound up as pariahs because it was ruled that the accident was his fault. They were eventually driven out of town and took refuge in a shrine, where Yuzuki's mother succumbed to an illness. [[KillTheCutie Left alone, Yuzuki herself died of either starvation or]] [[DeathByDespair a broken heart.]]]]
* CallBack: A fairly obscure one in the final episode. [[spoiler:Yuzuki's Hell Girl kimono has a [[UnmovingPlaid flower pattern]] that was displayed on Ai's kimono at the beginning of season two's credits.]]
* CastingAShadow: She is able to do this after [[spoiler:replacing Ai as the Hell Girl]].
* DeadAllAlong
* ForcedToWatch: The same way as Tsugumi, though for an entirely different reason.
* HairDecorations: That one little barrette at the side of her bangs.
* InnocentBlueEyes: [[spoiler: When she finally embraces her destiny as the next Hell Girl, they turn red just as Ai's had been.]]
* InvisibleParents: She talks to them over the phone from time to time, but they're never seen. [[spoiler:The reason they're never seen is because, in reality, they're just as dead as she is.]]
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: Played with. Ai is shown where Yuzuki's reflection should be, revealing her presence and connection to Yuzuki.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Subverted. [[spoiler:For one thing, she didn't live long enough to make it to middle school, let alone high school.]]
* ScrewDestiny: She tries so hard to stop people from using the Hell Correspondence, but fails every time. [[spoiler:She also couldn't avoid becoming the next Hell Girl.]]
* SoulJar: For Ai for the first half of ''Mitsuganae''. They still have a supernatural connection after they are separated.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: [[spoiler:After becoming Hell Girl, she tries to banish Azusa to avenge Akie. She nearly got sent to hell for it, saved only by Ai intervening and becoming Hell Girl again.]]
* YouCantFightFate: No matter how hard she tries.

!!'''Akie Takasugi'''
->Voiced by: Kanae Oki

Yuzuki's classmate and best friend.
* AttemptedRape: Azusa sends a man after her while Akie's taking a shower. Luckily, [[PapaWolf her father saves her.]]
* DraggedOffToHell: Azusa sends her to hell to punish her father.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: She's not affiliated in the Hell Girl business in any way, and serves as the only link Yuzuki has to a normal life.
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Somehow, she returns from Hell in order to be Yuzuki's servant after Yuzuki takes over as Hell Girl.]]
** Subverted - [[spoiler: it's not actually her, just an illusion created by the spider.]]

!!'''Azusa Mayama'''
->Voiced by: Creator/RyokaYuzuki

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Pretended to befriend [[spoiler:Akie]], with every intention of betraying them.
* DealWithTheDevil: She sent [[spoiler:Akie]] to hell to [[spoiler:make her father suffer for covering up a crime. This comes back to bite her when Takasugi's maid does the same to her.]]
* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Mr. Takasugi's maid is ultimately the one to banish Azusa and avenge Akie at the end of the finale.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She cares very much for her ailing father, and spends her free time tending for him. [[spoiler:This is why Akie's father couldn't bring himself to send her to hell.]]

[[folder: Other Characters introduced in Season 4]]
->Voiced by: Misaki Watada

A new character introduced in the fourth season who has apparently lost her memory. She is trying to convince Ai that her work as Hell Girl is wrong. [[spoiler:As of the end of the season, she has agreed to become a second Hell Girl with Yamawaro as her assistant.]]
* AdultFear: [[spoiler:First your child is blamed for the accidental death of three bullies who tried to kill your child. Then, she disappears without a trace for days and no one in the village would help you to search for her. And when you finally find her, exhausted but alive, you get locked in the same place your child was and the place is set on fire...]]
* BrokenBird: Michiru was a genuinely sweet and happy young girl, until her father angered the landowner and it all went downhill from that moment.
* ColorContrast: Michiru's clothes, eyes, and hair are green in contrast to Ai's RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver, signifying Michiru's opposition to the Hell Correspondence. [[spoiler:And she gets a green kimono as a newly-minted Hell Girl, which is still fitting since she is still far kinder and more personable with clients than Ai is.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Michiru had a good life and loving family until her father [[spoiler:angered the landowner by being held in higher regard than the landowner himself. When the landowner's son tried to drown Michiru in a pond but drowned himself, Michiru is blamed for the incident and her whole family was shunned. It wasn't enough for the villagers though, so they locked Michiru in a shed with no food or water for over ten days. When Michiru's parents finally found her, the villagers murdered Michiru's father in front of her and then set fire on the shed to kill Michiru and her mother for good. With her dying breath, Michiru cursed them and burned the entire village to the grounds. Even worse, she's now just as damned as Ai is for taking revenge.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfHate: [[spoiler:Powerful enough to burn the entire village and every single villager.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Ai. For all their similarities, Michiru [[spoiler:is a noticeably kinder Hell Girl than the cold and distant Ai and still seems to have faith in humanity]].
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Michiru's neighbours lock her family in a shed and set it on fire, hoping to get rid of them for good. It ends VERY BADLY for them as Michiru, with her dying breath, uses said fire to kill every single villager.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:She's like both Ai and Takuma in different ways. Like Takuma, she was persecuted and shunned for deaths she didn't cause. Like Ai, she and her family were murdered by their persecutors and both cursed their murderers with their dying breath. Both acts killed everyone in their communities and they're both damned for their vengeance.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Her eyes turn red when she finally becomes a Hell Girl.]]
* TheConscience: She's trying to be this, telling Ai that what she's doing is wrong and once telling one of Ai's clients that she doesn't need the Hell Correspondence.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Cute and lovable human girl, who even said that she will keep always smiling because smiles make people happy. [[spoiler: It all crashes down after she is blamed for the death of three bullies who died while trying to drown Michiru in the pond]].