Characters: Hell Teacher Nube
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Meisuke Nueno ("Nube")
- Badass Teacher: If you don't leave his students alone you'll regret it.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Self-evident. He even wiggles them in the OP.
- Body Horror: His left hand in itself. Specially when he loses control of it and Baki's powers almost consumes him. Hiroshi, Kyouko and Tamamo have to Time Travel to the origin of the Oni Hand to figure out a way to save him in the present.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's goofy, friendly, outgoing and extremely silly. But he's a very good educator (both in the classroom, in Phys. Ed., and in field trips,) devotes his life and health to his students, and is so knowledgeable about the spirit world that people travel from afar to seek his advice. Oh, and there's the whole "badass exorcist with supernatural powers" part, too.
- Catch Phrase: "LEAVE MY STUDENTS ALOOOOOOONE!"
- Chivalrous Pervert: He lusts over Ritsuko and more than one pretty lady, but never over his students and women younger than he is. In fact, he rejects Yukime's affections because of their nine-years age difference, and lectures Izuna when he thinks she's into Enjo Kosai. And while he's undeniably attracted to good-looking women, he keeps himself firmly in check and upholds his devotion to Ritsuko or to Yukime, when they finally become a couple, and he all but stops ogling women after that point.
- Determinator: He will never give up when his students are in danger.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: No one but Minako-sensei and his Disappeared Dad call him "Meisuke". Everyone refers to him as either "Nueno-sensei" or "Nuubee".
- Hot-Blooded: Very passionate and impulsive.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died when he was young. His father's disillusionment with people (he was the resident exorcist and helped everyone with generosity; they refused to help when his wife fell ill) caused him to grow cold and hardened and he abandoned his son while he sought fame and power.
- Perpetual Poverty: So much that once he was haunted by Binbougami, the god of poverty.
- It's also mentioned that he could make a great living if he used his Demon Hand for his own purposes; however, he willingly forfeits it because he wants to give a good example to his students and likely to not follow Jikuu's example. At most, Nube uses said hand to rig the local pachinko machines — since kids under 18 aren't admitted in pachinko parlors, they can't see him cheating.
- Red Left Hand: And it's actually red —oni look, on the surface, like muscle tissue and grayish purple sinew.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He's the can for Baki, the outrageously powerful and evil Oni who eats human souls for kicks.
- Weirdness Magnet: Lots of trouble and supernatural and supernatural trouble gathers around him, and, unforunately for him, his students.
- Book Dumb: Takes pride in it!
- Expy: Of another Hiroshi.
- Hot-Blooded: Very passionate, too.
- Idiot Hero: Granted, he's a kid, but he's rash, immature, naive, and impulsive.
- Missing Mom: She died when he was five.
- New Transfer Student: The first official chapter of the manga. The first pilot ("Hell Teacher Nubo") had him as a regular student, but the anime took its plot and made him a transfer student again.
- Parents as People: His dad is almost never seen since he works as a truck driver and often has to go outside Tokyo, but Hiroshi does care for him. His mother died when he was less than five years old, as said above.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His most frequent outfit is a t-shirt with the sleeves rolled all the way up to the shoulders.
Voiced by: Rumi Kasahara
- Apologetic Attacker: When she abducts and almost kills Ritsuko. She's doing it only after being mentally broken by Ippon Datara, so she apologizes all the way through it and repeteadly tells her victim things like "I'm so sorry", "it's not your fault", and "I wish there was another way to do things!".
- Back from the Dead: After refusing to kill Ritsuko and being tortured to death by Ippon Datara, her body melts in snowflakes. Later she reappears, but with Trauma-Induced Amnesia and it takes quite the effort to give her her memories back. (And the manga implies that she never truly remembered everything in her past, but was happy to make a new life for Nuubee and herself.)
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's the rare case of a CGJ who actually wins. Though it's not before much Character Development and heartbreak.
- Fille Fatale: Introduced as one. She intended to either drag him by force with her or kill him, but when she commited the mistake of threatening his students and he fought her off, her love became more genuine.
- First Girl Wins: Chronologically speaking. Although Nube of course didn't see her that way when he first met her.
- An Ice Person: She's a yuki-onna, therefore, she has ice and snow-based powers.
- Lethal Chef: Of the Alien Lunch variety. She gets better when she figures out why humans can't eat frozen chunks of ice.
- Likes Older Women: Is in love with Nuube, who is nine years older than she is.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: After a very, very cruel Breaking Speech from her Ippon Datara, she almost does this to Ritsuko. She backs off at the last moment. And the poor girl pays for it dearly.
- Plucky Girl: She never gives up, either on Nuubee's affection or in her will to protect her friends.
- Mystical White Hair: In the manga, her crystalline white hair indicates that she's a yuki-onna and has ice based powers. In the anime, howver, her hair is sometimes light blue.
- Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Nube after he saved her from being shot to death by a cruel hunter when she was no older than 12.
- Tsundere: Again, a "B" type, but she gets more frustrated at Nube than angry at him.
- Woman in White: She dresses in white.
- Youkai: Again, she's a yuki-onna.
- Badass Teacher: Even as an educator, she's badass.
- Birds of a Feather: She relates to young Nuubee because she also was tormented by youkai when she was a little girl.
- Dragged Off to Hell: By the evil spirits possessing the young Meisuke.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save little!Nuubee when he was first haunted by spirit-devouring youkai. Later, when she merges with Baki and assists Nuubee in sealing the Oni in his hand. It would take Nuubee YEARS to find a way to release her so she can properly die in peace.
- Magic Skirt: Her skirt upholds her modesty despite its... almost non-existent length.
- The Obi-Wan: To Nube.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The Oni Baki ate her soul when she was dragged to Hell. It came back to bite him when she manifested inside Baki while the later was about to kill an adult Nuubee, and thus she became the crux for sealing the oni in her former student's hand.
- Sexy Mentor: To Nuubee, as she's a beautiful woman with a really nice figure.
- Woman in White: She dresses in white. In the anime, only her blouse is white (her skirt is dark blue).
- Balloon Belly: In one story arc.
- Big Breast Pride/Buxom Is Better: She loves her large chest, tries to flaunt them whenever she can, and brags about them to her flat-chested rival Kyouko.
- Cursed with Awesome: Playing around with astral projection turned her into a bona fide Rokurokubi: the "long-necked woman." While it frightened the hell out of her and her classmates when it first manifested (she feared Nube would kill her) now she thinks it's cool and has learned to use it to her advantage, from playing pranks on people to extending her neck across town which saved her life once, extending her neck so far into the air she couldn't hear the instant-kill cry of the mandragora.
- Dumb Blonde: Less about being Book Dumb and more about her amazing lack of common sense.
- Expy: Of another Miki, though more In Name Only
- Gag Boobs: They're so big they make her classmate Kyoko self-conscious about her own lack of endowment.
- Gossipy Hen: While she loves gossip and info, she takes care to not hurt people too much about it. When her friends think that she leaked some very important secrets (which she didn't) and shun her, she almost has an Heroic BSOD and then goes searching for the culprit.
- Hopeless Suitor: She has a very slight crush on Hiroshi, but it's rarely invoked. In a Bad Future chapter, she marries him, and gets very upset when Kyoko (who has skipped several years of her lifetime) cries over this revelation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's selfish and mischievous, right up to the point where she might hurt her friends. Once said friends are in danger, she does her best to help.
- Ms. Exposition: She likes to keep up to date with yokai and obake, and is happy to frighten her schoolmates with the latest urban legend (the scarier the better.) Even Nube has tapped her for information on obscure entities (by pressing her head and clicking it like a buzzer.)
- Plucky Girl: Genre Blind and selfish as she is, she's not the kind of girl who gives up easily.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girly to Kyoko's Tomboy (One of two).
- Too Dumb to Live: Oh where to begin with this one? Were it not for the timely interventions of Nube, she'd be dead 1000 times over.
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka
Voiced by: Megumi Urawa
- Cheerful Child: See below. He acts much younger than his age, but it's shown as enderaring most of the time.
- The Napoleon: One of his hew berserk buttons is his lack of height.
- Older Than He Looks: He's the same age as everyone in his class, but he looks (and often acts) like a pre-schooler.
- Only Friend: To Ai
- Sentai: Adores these shows.
Noriko "Noro-chan" Nakajima
Voiced by: Ginzou Matsuo
Voiced by: Emi Uwagawa
- Book Worm
- Ill Girl: So much that the Ayumi we see in the manga is a sort-of astral projection: she's permanently bedridden at home, but Nube taught her how to use her budding spiritual powers to create an image of herself that can go to school and have a normal education.
- Breakout Character: Nube artist Takeshi Okano and writer Shou Makura teamed up again in 2007 to create a brand new manga based on her later exploits, Reibai Izuna.
- Enjo Kosai: When he thinks she's into it, Nuubee lectures her.
- Fille Fatale: Seems to be one.
- Honest John's Dealership: She swindles other people with exaggerated claims of her psychic powers.
- Kid with the Leash: An experienced trainer of kudagitsune, fox spirits that live in tubes (or pipes, or pens, or any kind of narrow cylinder.) She generally uses them for day-to-day tasks, but can also wield them offensively if needed, and was once chosen to care for a legendary kuda because of her skill raising them.
- Miko: Defied since she left her shrine and family way too early.
- Ms. Fanservice: So much that her own Tube Foxes lampshade it, showing up with signs saying "FANSERVICE" when they have to cover her assets. Her spinoff manga takes this Up to Eleven.
- Playing with Fire: A whole episode is dedicated to her developing pyrokinesis. And it's hilarious. Until there's a chance that she might burn herself to death.
- Naked People Are Funny: When she goes through her first crush, her fire powers react and....hilarity ensues. Repeteadly.
- Superpower Meltdown: When her pyrokinesis first manifests, Nube and the kids worry that she will lose control and literally melt from it. It almost happens.
Voiced by: Hitomi Oikawa
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tallest than the average sixth-grade girl, has long black hair, and doesn't interact lots with people. The other kids think she's beyond their reach and treat her like a princess, admiring her from afar but not approaching her.
- Elegant Classical Musician: She plays the violin, and well enough to win several contests.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: When she's possessed by a spirit that feeds on her anxiety upon both being a shoplifter and hating how the world sees her. At first it's just an eye on her hand, but soon they extend all over her.
- Fan Disservice: As said above, the demonic eyes extend all over the body of a cute young girl.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Painfully aware of how everyone else thinks she's some unreachable Golden Girl, when in reality she desperately wishes to get close to others.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Until she meets and befriends Makoto.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses.
- Ojou: Only daughter of a stinking rich family, apparently associated with either the zaibatsu or the keiretsu businesses groups. She seems to be the Ice Queen type, but is actually Spoiled Sweet.
- Stepford Smiler: During her introductory arc.
The Mountain God
- Body Horror: What he does on the people of a nearby village towards the end of the manga.
- Jerkass Gods: For someone who's supposed to be a god, he's a total dick.
- Overprotective Dad: Yukime's. According to him, Yukime's mission is only to be a yuki onna and keep the natural balance of her home; when she fell for Nube and went to the city, she broke said balance.
- Parental Marriage Veto: And holy shit HOW.
- Batman Gambit: He tells Yukime that, to finally earning her right for a normal life with Nube, she had to kill a beautiful woman (like Ritsuko). This was a lie: what he truly wanted was to mentally destroy her so she'd turn back into the cold yuki onna she used to be and he'd be able to take her back to the mountains.
- The Dragon: To the Mountain God
- Breaking Lecture: Destroys all of Yukime's self-worth with only words.
- Kill It with Ice: Tortures Yukime via freezing her in place, then stabbing her with icicles
- Knight of Cerebus: And how.
- Jerk Ass
- Manipulative Bastard