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Characters: Magi Kou Empire
Ren Royal Family
The Kou Empire (煌帝国 - Kō Teikoku
) is a large military nation, considered one of the most powerful in the current era because of the number of Dungeon Capturers and armies that it controls. The empire is also described as very aggressive, using any reason to attack another nation.
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The ruling family of the Kou Empire. Thus far there have been only two Emperors: Hakutoku, who was murdered in a revolt and was later succeeded by his younger brother Koutoku. Gyokuen
, who was married to Hakutoku, ended up marrying her brother-in-law after becoming a widow
. She is now the Third Emperor, after taking power from her stepson and the true heir, Ren Kouen
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: The princes (excluding Hakuryuu) certainly aren't.
- Arranged Marriage: The princesses are expected to get married to form alliances to benefit The Empire.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: All of them, with the exception of the six princesses between Hakuei and Kougyoku, are Dungeon Capturers of at least one dungeon. They're also royalty and, with one or two exceptions, full-fledged generals in Kou's army.
- Badass Family: Six dungeon conquerors.
- The Beautiful Elite: The "ugliest" of them shown is a borderline Bishōnen.
- Big Damn Heroes: Five of Kou's six metal vessel holders get together to aid Alibaba and Aladdin against the Medium.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Thanks to the presence of Gyokuen and post-character development Hakuryuu. Without those two, they're actually more or less normal as far as their relationships with each other go. It's just how they treat the world and the people in it that's fucked up.
- Deadly Decadent Court: Only because of the inclusion of a large number of members of Al-Thamen. The Royal Family (save Gyokuen and Hakuryuu) and their personal retainers are actually a close knit bunch.
- The Emperor: The second emperor, Koutoku.
- The Family That Slays Together: Particularly evident in the Magnostadt arc, where they work incredibly well together as a team. Except Hakuryuu, who doesn't show up.
- Family Theme Naming: The first emperor's children have "Haku" (white) in their names; the second emperor's have "Kou" (red). Each father named their children after their own names (Hakutoku and Koutoku).
- The royal ladies are so far named after precious stones (e.g. jewel, crystal, ruby).
- More Colourful Theme Naming: The Ri family have "Sei" (blue) in their names, and the Shuu family have "Koku" (black). Also potentially the Ka family, since the "Ko" in Kobun means yellow.
- Five-Man Band: The Ren Siblings. Be very afraid.◊
- The Leader: Kouen.
- The Lancer/The Smart Guy: Koumei.
- The Big Guy: Kouha (wields a huge scythe-slash-hammer) and Kougyoku. Both of the Cute Bruiser variety.
- The Heart: Hakuei, being the most compassionate of all her brethren, also prefers to unifying the world under Kou Empire based on peaceful negotiation. And Kougyoku, based on the recent arc, because of her good will and naivety.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Hakuryuu, as he doesn't go to help his siblings in their time of need and is working with Judar.
- The Good King: First Emperor Hakutoku. His eldest nephew claims to even be jealous of Hakutoku's youngest son, Hakuryuu, for being the child of such a great man.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: They're set up as antagonists, but they're not nearly as bad as Al-Thamen or even the horribly racist Magnostadt.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Justified; the males of the royal family have harems to ensure the birth of more heirs. Considering Hakuei and Hakuryuu were adopted into their uncle's family, the Kou siblings, without them, are seven sisters and three brothers.
- Missing Moms: The mothers of the Kou branch children are never mentioned, except from Kougyoku's (a prostitute) and Kouha's (a concubine who went insane for yet unknown reasons). We also know that Kouen and Koumei share a mother, but not what became of her.
- No Name Given: Five of the six princesses between Hakuei and Kougyoku (the other princess is named Kourin, but that's all we know about her).
- Princess Classic: The six princesses between Hakuei and Kougyoku. They were all married off to enforce Kou's political alliances, while Hakuei and Kougyoku are unwed Dungeon Capturers.
- Royally Screwed Up: Subverted, as most of the family is actually quite normal, with the exceptions being Gyokuen and Hakuryuu.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Three of the crown princes and two of the crown princesses are actual generals in the Imperial Army. Four princes and two princesses, including the aforementioned generals, are dungeon conquerors.
- Rule of Three: Each emperor had three sons.
- Siblings in Crime: And Kouen aims to keep it that way if he possibly can, claiming he hates quarrels between siblings.
- Thicker Than Water: The Royal Family is very close. Aside from Gyokuen, who's an omnicidal bitch, and Hakuryuu, who only cares for his elder sister.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Almost all of the Kou siblings are first introduced in ways that would make it seem that they are crazy, omnicidal, warmongers. But after their introduction, they have all proven to be far better than that. Hakuryuu on the other hand is introduced as a sweet if overly serious kid and it goes down hill from there.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The elder brothers' philosophy.
First Prince of the Kou Empire, and exalted Supreme General of the Western Subjugation Army. He is the owner of three metal vessels, and is thus far the only person other than Sinbad to have conquered more than one dungeon.
- Affectionate Nickname: Kouha shorts his name to "En".
- Aloof Big Brother: How he comes across though, if anything, it has more to do with his lack of social skills and busy agenda than with any outright apathy towards his younger siblings.
- Ambition Is Evil: In this universe, wanting to take over the world by force is kind of evil. In a kind of subversion, Kouen only really wants to conquer the world to put an end to war and so that he may use all of the world's knowledge to find out what the "King Vessel" is.
- Badass: Oh, hell yes.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He is not one for idle conversation, leaving that to Koumei, but he is probably the second most powerful Djinn user in the whole world.
- Big Brother Instinct: His best trait has to be his care, protection, and concern for his younger siblings and family.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kougyoku. He encouraged her to become a Dungeon Conqueror and helped her train.
- Also implied to have been one to Kouha considering that he escorted him into his first dungeon and gave him advice on being a Dungeon Conqueror.
- Additionally, he may have been one to Koumei when they were younger. Certainly explains why all three of the aforementioned royals have such overwhelming Big Brother Worship towards him.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 182, he and his household arrive to bail Magnostadt, the Reim Empire, and Kouha out of the mess they're in.
- Blood Knight: In his first appearance, he's pleased when Judar announces that he has declared war against Sinbad.
- Characterization Marches On: In his first appearance, he had a constant Psychotic Smirk and got excited at the prospect of war with Sindria. He even indulged in a bit of an Evil Laugh. Come his second appearance, he's become The Stoic Perpetual Frowner who treats war and conquest as a necessary, not enjoyable, endeavor. Eventually, he reveals himself to actually lie between the two: for the most part, he treats war and conquest as a chore, but when something piques his interest, he becomes a straight-up Blood Knight who is more than capable of letting out a good number of Slasher Smiles.
- Cluster F-Bomb: He delivers a good one in Chapter 190.
- The Emperor: He's not officially the emperor, but he is his father' heir, but given how he controls the vast majority of the Kou Empire's armies and six of the eight Djinn that the Kou Empire has conquered are loyal to him, he may as well be. But when Koutoku dies his rightful title as the next Emperor is usurped by his stepmother Gyokuen.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sinbad. See Foil.
- Evil Redhead: He's not evil per se, but he is opposing our protagonists and he is quite ruthless.
- Fiery Red Head: No, really! When he gets fired up, he starts dropping Cluster F-Bombs left, right, and center.
- Foil: Kouen is the quiet, serious, crown prince who values his family. Cheerful, goofy Sinbad was born into poverty but became rich, founded his own kingdom and is a Knight Templar for the whole world.
- For Science!: He wants to Take Over the World as a way to find out what the "King Vessel" is.
- Four-Star Badass: He's the general of a very large army and the conqueror of three dungeons.
- Genius Bruiser: He doesn't just possess overwhelming power, he knows how to use it in conjunction which his surroundings to either enhance the destructive power of his Djinn or replenish his Magoi.
- Goatee of Evil: Subverted in that he's not nearly as evil as he first appears, just incredibly ruthless.
- Healing Shiv: A pendant attached to his sword makes it function as one because of the Djinn Phenex's healing power.
- Kick the Dog: Telling Alibaba to look down while talking to him, since Alibaba lost his kingdom.
- Kissing Cousins: He has quite a bit of Ship Tease with Hakuei.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In Chapter 182.
- Little Bit Beastly: His Agares Djinn equip has a lion's tail, claws, and ears.
- Lust: Kouha reveals to Aladdin that his brother En is actually a very "greedy for knowledge" person. He's willing to take over the world, take monsters down, and swear his heart out with just knowledge in his mind. Not for riches, or fame, or glory, but for knowledge.
- Magma Man: Can use the natural magma in the ground to recharge his Magoi.
- Manipulative Bastard: Once he discovered Hakuryuu's desire to kill him and Gyokuen; he used his Djinn Phenex to cast a spell that, whenever Hakuryuu's conviction to kill them solidified, Phenex would appear and then make Hakuryuu experience severe pain as so to prevent that from happening.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In Chapter 191, Kouen keeps calm even after the skin on his face, torso and legs was MELTING OFF, exposing the muscles beneath.
- Meaningful Name: It means Red Flame, appropriate since he favours his flame Djinn.
- Not So Different: Per Chapter 212, Kouen and Sinbad. Both are more than willing to dirty their hands and use morally questionable methods to protect their countries. And both have used Djinn that allow them to influence people without them knowing it.
- The Only One I Can Trust: He's savvy enough to know that in a big (and growing) empire and organization, it's inevitable that somebody is going to betray you eventually; but when asked if that means he doesn't trust anyone, his answer is "I trust my brothers".
- Pet the Dog: When he sees Hakuryuu for the first time after he had come back from Sindria; Kouen claps him on the shoulder and praises him for conquering a dungeon, even though Hakuryuu had disrespected him by not bowing upon Kouen's return.
- Playing with Fire: The Djinn whose powers he uses the most, Astaroth, is a powerful Fire Djinn.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He genuinely cares about his country's future, and to a somewhat lesser extent, that of the rest of the world.
- He even gives Alibaba some good advice about ruling a country, that even though there may be people and organizations in your country you dislike or even hate, you should consider them as much your countrymen as anyone else.
- Red Baron: The "Flame Emperor."
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. Beneath his first impression as a ruthless tyrant, he is actually a huge history nerd.
- Slasher Smile: When engaged in a worthy battle.
- Sleep Mode Size: Inverted. He shrinks to a child's body when equipped with Agares.
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Has this vibe while surrounded by his Household Vessels.
- The Stoic: His typical demeanor is one of bored disdain.
- Not So Stoic: A minor example. Turns out, Kouen is actually kind of self-conscious about not being able to express himself properly in front of others, thinking that he must be "boring" because of that.
- All hell breaks loose in Chapter 190 when he gives into bloodlust against the Black Djinns.
- In Chapter 210, he laughs for the first time in-story (and apparently in living memory). His subordinates are so shocked they consider it Dissonant Laughter.
- Take Over the World: His goal. He believes that with the world under one rule, there will be no more war.
- Technicolor Fire: Astaroth's extreme magic conjures white flames which last for eternity unless Kouen orders it to disappear.
- Thicker Than Water: He wants his family's help in his plan of Take Over the World but he also respects his siblings enough to not force them into it.
- The Ugly Emperor's Hot Son: Have you seen his father?
- Warrior Prince: Kouen's incredible aptitude when it comes to this trope just makes Gyokuen usurping the throne all the more outrageous.
- We Can Rule Together: He wants to keep his family together with him while ruling the whole world. He later makes the same offer to Alibaba, requesting that Alibaba break his ties with Sindria and become Kouen's right hand man.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Apparently uses wrestling moves to punish Koumei's laziness.
Ren KoumeiSecond Prince
of the Kou Empire. Kouen's personal advisor.
- Accidental Truth: Confused by Alibaba's refusal of a royal harem, he says that he sounds like a virgin. Alibaba's silence then confirms that Koumei hit the nail on the head. He properly apologizes.
- Affectionate Nickname: Kouha shorts his name to "Mei".
- Badass Cape: His Djinn Equip includes a mantle covered in stars that billows dramatically when he unleashes full power.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Especially in Chapter 208, where he dozes off in the middle of a conversation only to be slapped awake by Kouen, lies that his shoulder got dislocated to avoid talking with Alibaba, mumbles about the weather, and then reveals that he's just as ruthless as his brother.
- Big Brother Instinct: When Kouha and Kougyoku are badly injured by the Medium, Koumei drops a mountain on its head.
- Big Brother Worship: Calls Kouen "my brother, my king".
- Brilliant but Lazy: Being the foremost military strategist of the Kou Empire at only 26 (implied to be at his brother's insistence), he's too tired and demotivated to even dress himself in the morning.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: Subverted in that his older, multiple-dungeon capturing brother is all kinds of Badass and a Genius Bruiser, while Koumei complains all the time.
- Combat Hand Fan: Subverted. His metal vessel is a feather fan, like Hakuei's, but it disappears when he goes into Djinn Equip.
- Drama Queen: When trying to shun his responsibilities he has a tendency to overreact to Kouen's abuse. In the past he claimed to have a chronic disease so he didn't have to leave his room.
- Geek Physique: Befitting his pen-pusher lifestyle, he's frail, skinny, and has bad posture. Particularly evident when compared to the strapping Kouen.
- Generic Cuteness: Kouha outright calls him "ugly". At worst, he's somewhat unkempt.
- Hand Behind Head: When embarrassed. Or happy. Or annoyed. Or tired...In other words, he does it a lot.
- Horned Humanoid: Gets curly ram horns courtesy of his Djinn Equip.
- Keigo: Unlike his brothers, Koumei always speaks using very polite, formal language, even to people of much lower standing that himself.
- Let's Get Dangerous: And how! For a guy who constantly claims that his Djinn isn't suited for battle, he sure doesn't have any trouble throwing down when push comes to shove. When his Badass Family is struggling against the Eldritch Abomination they're fighting, Kouen puts Koumei in charge of coordinating their attacks. Cue a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown made possible by him teleporting his siblings to positions from which they can exact maximum damage (Hakuei blasts the monster into the sky with wind, where Kouha is waiting to knock it back down with his hammer—directly onto Kougyoku's water spear). As if that weren't badass enough, Koumei then reveals he can merge all their separate magics (via teleportation) into a multi-elemental attack. And for the kicker, when all of that is insufficient and his little brother and sister go down, he picks up an entire mountain and throws it at the Medium.
- Light 'em Up: Dantalion grants him light magic, which has so far manifested as star constellations.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Almost down to his waist. It's just a shame he never seems to brush it.
- Meaningful Name: It may be a reference to another lazy, brilliant, fan-carrying Chinese strategist, Zhuge Liang, whose Japanese name is 'Koumei'.
- Modest Royalty: Alibaba comments that he lacks an air of self-importance.
- Non-Action Guy: Prefers the intellectual side of military affairs and, according to him, his Djinn is not very potent in battle.
- Only Sane Man: So far, he and Hakuei seem to be the most normal out of the entire family, not that that's saying much.
- Peek-a-Bangs: To make him look gloomier.
- Pet the Dog: He likes to feed pigeons in his spare time, and seems to worry about his younger siblings.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In Djinn Equip his red hair turns black.
- Running Gag: The war councils always seem to run over, leaving him as a sleepless wreck.
- Scars Are Forever: A mundane example, but bears some acne scars on his face.
- Sleepy Head: Has perfected the method of napping while standing upright and keeping his eyes open. Kouen reminds him that this is nothing to be proud of.
- The Strategist: The first time he reveals his magic, he uses it to teleport the Black Djinns' attacks so that they take each other out. He then directs collateral damage away from the city his country is trying to conquer.
- In Chapter 208, it's revealed that he's the one who created the laws of the Kou Empire's General Government system, which rid Balbadd of its status as an autonomous republic.
- Token Wholesome: One of only a few men (the rest of whom are middle aged) whose Djinn Equip doesn't bare his chest, though Word of God still thinks he looks cool.
- Then again, this might have to do with the fact that he's somewhat malnourished.
- Teleportation Spam: His Djinn equip creates gates that teleport anyone or anything that goes into one out another. He uses it once to cut off the top of a mountain and drop it on his enemy.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: He wants to make the people's lives better in the future, despite his methods making others miserable in the present.
- Workaholic: Tends to lose himself in strategizing so that his sleeping and eating habits (and thus his appearance) suffer as a result.
- Weaponized Teleportation: Frankly, if it weren't for Koumei combining everyone's attacks, they would never have beaten the Medium.
- You Must Be Cold: A brotherly example, where he gives an injured and exhausted Kouha his outer robe to wear after the gruelling battle with the Medium.
Third Prince of the Kou Empire.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: A minor example towards Koumei.
- Ax-Crazy: The kid really, really enjoys killing people.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Kouha never was expected to be anyone important in Kou thanks to his rather low position in his family's hierarchy and his eccentric, violent personality, but his older brothers never treated him badly nor stopped believing in him, making him fanatically loyal to both. One of the ways he tries to live up to their expectations of him is his tendency to recruit the social outcasts of the Kou Empire into his personal army, and believe in them the way his brothers believed in him, and give them the chance to become better people when nobody else would give them the chance.
- Benevolent Boss: Although he loves to beat his attendants when they make mistakes like messing his clothes (not that they mind, they love when he does it), he is in actuality this. He formed his own army by recruiting the rejects of society: failed experiments, people so low on the social ladder even slaves got more respect than them, exiles. He did this, despite knowing that anybody with any power in the empire besides his family would look down on him for it, because he could identify with them and the fact that the Kou Empire never thought anything of them, and he wanted to take them with him when he created a place where people like him could be respected.
- The MAGI Illustrated Encyclopedia reveals that his favorite way of spending a day off is by appreciating his subordinates. There's no doubt that Kouha is an excellent boss!
- BFS: Wields a blade bigger than his own body. As if that isn't enough, it can extend, being a metal vessel.
- Big Brother Instinct: When Kougyoku gets injured by the Medium, Kouha gets pissed off.
- And, earlier, he shows irritation when Kougyoku appears to be friendly with a possible enemy.
- Big Brother Worship: He thinks the world of Kouen and Koumei. He is especially loyal to Kouen.
- Blood Knight
- Cute and Psycho
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- A Father to His Men: Not only will he fight tooth and nail for any one of his men, he knows every single one of them by name.
- Heroic Bastard: Much of his inferiority complex comes from the fact that his mother is not the same as his elder brothers', but a concubine who, furthermore, went insane. He may be an Ax-Crazy psycho, but as long as you're not an enemy to him and his brother, Kouha is a very decent guy who cares a lot about his subordinates, who are social rejects that he took under his wing.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He thinks himself to be inferior than Kouen and Koumei because his mother was different from theirs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes across as more than a bit psycho and he can be extremely hostile and aggressive towards enemies of his brother, and let's not even get into his undeniable ax craziness, but on the flip side, he's extremely dedicated to his family and a loving father to his men who took in the dregs of society that everybody else shunned.
- Nice Hat
- Nightmare Fetishist: When he says that he likes women who are unique... He sure means it.
- Odd Friendship: With Aladdin. At one point, Kouha is even seen braiding his hair.
- Older Than He Looks: Does he look 18 to you?
- Pet the Dog: Surprisingly enough, he does become friends with Aladdin in their short time together and did enjoy his company.
- Most of his army are a bunch of social rejects that he took under his wing. Also he knows every single one of them by name.
- The "Magi Character Encyclopedia" revels that he is very worried about his mother, who we know lost her sanity for yet unknown reasons.
- Sinister Scythe: His Djinn equip's weapon.
- Slasher Smile: Whenever his bloodlust is aroused.
- The Tease: When Junjun says that she has abandoned any hope of finding a husband, Kouha invites her (and Reirei) to come to his room that night. This has apparently happened several times before, it's just that Junjun's heart is not ready yet.
- Teens Are Short: Especially when compared to his elder brothers, Kouha is positively diminutive. Even Kougyoku, his younger sister, is taller than him.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kouen. His army feels this way towards him as well.
- Unstoppable Rage: He got PISSED OFF when Black Djinn came out of nowhere and killed 2/3 of his army.
- You Need to Get Laid: Insists that Meihou, one of his attendants, needs to find a wife and have lots of children as quickly as possible. He also says that Junjun and Reirei should find husbands, though he's perfectly happy to take care of them himself.
- Zettai Ryouiki: His balloon shorts and over-the-knee shin guards.
First Princess of the Kou Empire. She is a dungeon capturer and the general of the Northern Station Corps, she is a kind and wise King Candidate.
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
(Japanese), Trinity Lee (English)
- All-Loving Hero: Although still duty bound to expand the Kou Empire, she would rather do so through mutual friendship than bloody conquest.
- Badass Adorable: Being a kind-hearted and beautiful young Lady of War and all.
- Badass Army: Not only is her personal guard composed of the Kouga Clan cavalrymen, but every single one of them is also a household vessel user. Let that sink in for a while.
- Badass Princess: Not only is she a princess, but she's a general in the army.
- Beauty Mark
- Berserk Button: Threatening Hakuryuu. See Big Sister Instinct below.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Sister Instinct: To Hakuryuu. You do not threaten him in her presence.
- And also towards her attendant, Seishun, as she was furious when he was hurt in battle.
- Towards Kougyoku too; as during the battle with the Medium, she generally stayed near Kougyoku. Later, when they're all out of magoi, she is shown helping Kougyoku to remain airborne.
- Blow You Away: The specialty of her Djinn Paimon.
- Cain and Abel: After the events of Chapter 244, she unknowingly becomes the Abel to Hakuryuu's Cain.
- Close-Call Haircut: When she refused to use force against an attacking Kouga Clan member to show her goodwill.
- Combat Hand Fan: It's her metal vessel and the perfect weapon for her Djinn's wind magic.
- Cool Big Sis: To Hakuryuu.
- Also, non-literal examples in her interactions with Seishun, Aladdin, Kougyoku, and others.
- Feather Motif: To associated her to her Blow You Away powers and her position as one of the White Sheeps of her family.
- Good Is Not Soft: She is a kind-hearted idealist, but make no mistake that does not make her naive or weak.
- Kissing Cousins: There's quite a bit of Ship Tease between her and Kouen.
- Lady of War
- Lethal Chef: According to Seishun and Hakuryuu.
- A Mother to Her Men: She's a great boss, who cares for her army and feels very proud of them. And just like Kouha, her favourite way to spend a day off is by appreciating her subordinates.
- Nice Girl: The only person in her family to fully qualify for this trope.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: While doing the Djinn Equip her hair turns white.
- Princesses Prefer Pink
- Promotion to Parent: Hakuryuu says he sees his sister as more of a mother figure than their own mother.
- Proper Lady
- Rapunzel Hair
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Very notable considering the REST of her family.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Her introduction is leading her men in subsuming a warrior village into the Kou Empire; which in her case means negotiating for a peaceful assimilation that will allow said village to keep their heritage and culture.
- Scars Are Forever: Willingly received a scar on her left cheek to stop a genocidal war. Mind you, much like one Himura Kenshin, this scar actually makes her more adorable.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Stripperiffic: Her Djinn equip. You have to wonder how you can't see her panties or why her bodice isn't slipping off with all that wind she conjures up.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's basically her mother's twin sister.
- Technical Pacifist: Originally tries to persuade Baba's village to peacefully surrender to the empire before her men backstab her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Kougyoku's Girly Girl, though Hakuei is more feminine than most examples.
- Took a Level in Badass: The first time we see her she can barely use her djinn before running out of Magoi, and only has one member in her household. The next time we see her she is able to use full djinn equip and has one-hundred members in her household.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Quite literally; She refuses to block or counter an attack made by a villager in the hope of calming down the clan and finding out what really happened.
- White Sheep: She's not just one of the nicer members of the Ren Royal Family (the second being post-Character Development Kougyoku) and actively trying to unite the world via peaceful ways but she was completely oblivious of the fact her own mother being the killer of her father and elder brothers.
Eighth Princess of the Kou Empire. As the youngest she doesn't hold much political power, and though she would rather live her life as a warrior, she will more likely get into an arranged marriage to benefit the Empire.
- Absolute Cleavage: In her Djinn equip, not that she's well-endowed enough for you to really notice.
- Action Girl: Her personality almost does a complete 180 when on the battlefield.
- Animal Motif: Word of God says that asides from her butterfly hairpin, her hair loops are also meant to be reminiscent of wings.
- Arranged Marriage: As the youngest princess, it seems that her purpose is to marry anyone who the Emperor needs her to. Say, Ahbmad Saluja. In Chapter 210, Kouen suggests one between her and Alibaba as part of his plan to make Alibaba swear allegiance.
- Badass Adorable: Very.
- Badass Princess: Though she would much rather people consider her as a general before as a princess.
- Bedmate Reveal: On the last night of Sinbad's visit to the Kou Empire, Kougyoku woke up in Sinbad's bed with him naked and assumed the worst, but Sinbad swears he didn't do anything to her. Ka Kobun was actually trying to set up Sinbad in order to force him to marry Kougyoku.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt her family or her friends.
- The reason she bothers to fight against Ugo is because he seriously injured Judar.
- After the Medium wounded Kouen and Alibaba, she went berserk and punched it full of holes. Hell she managed to damage it when Kouen and Alibaba couldn't even touch it!
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Morgiana's Betty and Alibaba's Archie.
- Big Brother Attraction: She seems to admire Kouen a little too much, blushing in his presence and getting jealous of his closeness to Hakuei.
- Big Brother Worship: Towards Kouen.
- She's also shown to hold Koumei and Kouha in high regard, though not to the same extent as with Kouen.
- Blood Knight: She doesn't consider her place to be the palace, but the battlefield because of how much she loves fighting for the thrill of it and the respect she earns from it.
- Characterization Marches On: The way she acts in her introduction chapters is vastly different compared to the later persona that she became after Sinbad stepped in and ended her rampage.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Of her brother Kouen and Sinbad, but has become less so towards the latter since she admitted to herself that he'll never correspond her feelings for him.
- Combat Haircomb: Her metal vessel is a hairpin.
- Cry Cute: Despite being a Badass Princess, she is prone to crying when embarrassed or frustrated.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair with pink eyes.
- Cute and Psycho: Implied in the manga, but the anime outright shows that she can be quite psychotic, when able to fight to her heart's content. You can't deny that Kouha and Kougyoku are siblings.
- Of course, her psycho tendencies tend to only come out in battle.
- Daughter of a Whore: Which allows her to bond with Alibaba by having similar pasts.
- Defiled Forever: Believing that Sinbad deflowered her, Kougyoku breaks down when she sees him and demands a duel with him, claiming that if he denies to fight with her, she will kill herself and if he accepts, she will kill him and then die.
- Fiery Redhead: Half the time.
- Four-Star Badass: She was made a general after the battle with the Medium. She admits it's just a decorative title, but it's better than being a princess no one listens to.
- Girly Bruiser: She is very cute and naÔve, but on the battlefield she is a force to be reckoned with.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She's jealous of Hakuei's gracefulness and close relationship with Kouen.
- Hair Decorations: It double functions as a weapon too!
- Heel-Face Turn: She is the one who wounded Ugo enough that he disappeared from Aladdin's flute permanently, after all. She becomes much nicer, and befriends the protagonists not long after.
- Hey, You!: Even after they become friends, she never calls Alibaba by name. Averted in Chapter 189, when they meet again and she calls him by his name with a smile.
- High Heel-Face Turn: And probably due to Sinbad.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Sinbad. Kougyoku eventually admits that she knows he will never take her seriously.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Mainly because she is naÔve, and believes the best of everyone; even Judar.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Very combat-driven despite (or perhaps because of) being a princess, and wants desperately to be taken seriously as a warrior. Sadly, most people keep insisting her only purpose is to get an Arranged Marriage.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her life at the palace has been very lonely and she's too socially awkward to get close to people on her own, so she wishes to find more friends. Her wish is granted when she visits Sindria, and somehow manages to befriend her former enemy Alibaba.
- Japanese Honorifics: She refers to Judar, Hakuryuu and Alibaba with the suffix "chan."
- Kick the Dog: Her first appearance involved her incapacitating Ugo. It doesn't get much worse than that. She does get better however, becoming a good guy and even befriending Alibaba.
- Lady of War: The first person to do any significant harm to the "Medium". The same Medium that Alibaba and Kouen couldn't even land a hit on.
- Swordsmanship is listed as both her special skill and her hobby, so she was this even before capturing a dungeon. Though she does complain that Koubun goes too easy on her (a sentiment shared by Judar, albeit in a slightly different way).
- Lonely Doll Girl: As a child, with dolls she'd apparently made herself.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Given that her older brothers are all busy with their own matters, her sisters have all been married off to foreign lands, and she's too timid to start a conversation with the more approachable Hakuryuu or Hakuei, she's a lonely princess most of the time. Not to mention there's her status as a bastard child, which makes some people keep their distance from her.
- Love at First Sight: She fell in love with Sinbad the moment she met him. She even says that he is her First Love.
- Making a Splash: Her Djinn's powers.
- Manchurian Agent: Sinbad has been using her body to spy on Kou's affairs without her knowledge.
- Mind Control: Mind controlled by Sinbad's Djinn, Zepar.
- Not So Different: With Alibaba who also is a prince born of a prostitute, which prompts her to ask him to be friends.
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Power Dyes Your Hair: While using her Djinn Equip, her hair turns blue.
- Princesses Prefer Pink
- Rapunzel Hair: Going down past her waist, despite her having it tied up.
- Royal Brat: Appeared to be one at first glance, but she grew out of this image after her debut. Showing us that she is just a Spoiled Sweet princess.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: The ladylike Kougyoku we all know and love is the result of Kobun's efforts. When he was made her attendant, he found her as a total mess.
- Shrinking Violet: Whenever she's not being Tsundere or a Yandere.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: In regards to her hopeless crush on Sinbad.
- Spoiled Sweet: She honestly believes that the Kou Empire and Sindria can and will co-exist in peace.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Usually suffers from this, since most people keep insisting her only purpose is to get an Arranged Marriage.
- Stripperiffic: Her Djinn equip. So much that she was reluctant to show herself in such "degrading clothes" in front of Sinbad.
- Technicolor Eyes: Sweet pink eyes.
- Tender Tears: After realizing that she has no hope with Sinbad.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Hakuei's Tomboy. Though she leans more into the tomboyish side as she is a dungeon conqueror who wishes to be a warrior, rather than just a pretty doll whose fate is to be married off to benefit the Empire. Compare this to Hakuei's more feminine mannerisms and hobbies.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she was a child, Kougyoku was a mess with no self-confidence; Kobun's encouragement and later Judar's, were what made her into the fine and powerful princess she is today.
- She is shown to be a lot more powerful against the Medium, than she was when pit against Sinbad.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The first time we see her she not only incapacitates Ugo, but even attacks Aladdin and his friends. Pretty much every time she shows up after that, she becomes much nicer and friendlier.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fruit, in general, but she's shown in extra comics to be particularly fond of peaches.
- Tsundere: Type A towards everyone, but especially Sinbad. Initially.
- Unknown Rival: A mild example of the sisterly sort with Hakuei. It's particularly noticeable as Hakuei, if anything, acts more like a Cool Big Sis towards Kougyoku.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Aladdin since he doesn't fully forgive her for separating him from Ugo yet.
- Also, with Judar. He frequently makes fun of her, and she is prone to snapping at him, but it's clearly shown that they care about each other. Heck, Kougyoku only engaged Aladdin and friends in battle because they severely injured Judar.
- White Sheep: Like Hakuei, she is more interested in peaceful co-existence than global domination. That said, she is a lot more interested in proving herself in battle than Hakuei.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Because of her loyalty to her brother Kouen, her crush on Sinbad, and her friendship with Alibaba, she wants them to forget their differences and fight together and honestly thinks her wish is becoming reality after the battle in Magnostadt when actually things are getting more complicated and tense between them. Which causes Alibaba to wish she was someone he could hate, since it would give him more incentive to turn down an Arranged Marriage with her.
- Woman Scorned: The reason why she was so mad at Sinbad when she arrives in Sindria, was because she thought that he had his way with her, and didn't even bother to say hello to her.
- Yandere: Becomes this for a short while, but it's Played for Laughs.
The mother of Hakuryuu and Hakuei, and stepmother of Kouen, Kouha, Koumei and Kougyoku. She was married to Hakutoku, but after he and their eldest sons were killed, she ended up marrying his younger brother Koutoku. After Koutoku passed away she usurped the throne, making her the current ruler of the Kou Empire. She is a member of Al-Thamen and it is later revealed that she is also a Magi from King Solomon's court, Arba.
- Braids of Action: She has a couple of small, circular braids at the sides. She had two long braids before, when she was Solomon's Magi.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Killed her first husband plus two of her own sons, then it's implied she also killed her second husband. Not to mention that she is the Magi who originally betrayed Solomon.
- Crocodile Tears: Her tears are as fake as they come.
- Deflector Shield: She is capable of using a very powerful, bolg.
- Evil Stepmother: To Kouen, Koumei, Kouha, and Kougyoku, although she is also their aunt by marriage.
- Foreshadowing: A very subtle one, almost imperceptible, from the anime. Her seiyu, Miki Itō, was the voice of the female Magi at Solomon's Court in Ithnan's flashback. Later on, we found out she was that Magi, Arba.
- Hair Decorations
- Happily Married: In Hakuryuu's flashbacks, we see how Gyokuen had absolute faith in Hakutoku and seemed incredibly sad and pained after his death. Of course that's not the truth at all.
- Hot Consort: Of the First Emperor, enough to make his brother want to marry her immediately after the former died.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: She appears to have these, but in reality they are Icy Blue Eyes.
- Magic Staff: Used one in her time as a Magi, and gets it back when she reveals her true identity.
- Master Swordsman: Claims to be have been the best during her time in Alma Torran and backs that up.
- Meaningful Name: It means Jewel of Many Colours. Fitting her personality.
- Offing the Offspring: She caused the deaths of two of her sons, has threatened to kill Hakuei and almost murdered Hakuryuu with her own hands.
- Not to mention that she killed her surrogate daughter Sheba, her fellow Magi in Alma Torran.
- Older Than She Looks: Does she looks like a woman in her late forties?
- The Usurper: After Koutoku dies, she states that it was his will for her, rather than rightful heir Kouen, to become Emperor.
- Vain Sorceress: Word of God says her lovely, youthful appearance is artificial.
- Villainous Incest: After her second husband dies, Gyokuen gets very touchy-feely with her nephew and step-son Kouen. She gives off similar vibes in Chapter 148, but this time with none other than her biological son. Exactly one hundred chapters later it dives straight into full-on Parental Incest when she french kisses Hakuryuu while straddling him.
- Walking Spoiler: Several times over, actually.
- Wicked Witch: She's able to use magic, and she's a member of Al-Thamen; no wonder why Hakuryuu calls her a witch.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A beautiful loving wife and a kind mother, who is stronger than she looks. While the latter is quite true, the former two are a far cry from the truth.
Hakutoku and Koutoku
Ren Hakutoku and Ren Koutoku
Hakutoku was Kou's First Emperor and the first husband of Gyokuen, father of Hakuyuu, Hakuren, Hakuei and Hakuryuu. He and his two oldest sons, Hakuyuu and Hakuren, were killed during a revolt, ten years before the start of the story, orchestrated by remnants of Kou's defeated enemies.After his death, his younger brother Koutoku inherited his position as the next Emperor and married his widow.
- Cain and Abel: Koutoku conspired with Gyokuen to kill his older brother.
- The Faceless: We only ever see Hakutoku's silhouette, but according to the official guidebook Hakuyuu inherited his looks...Which is weird considering that all the "Haku-children" are identical to their mother.
- The Good King: Hakutoku is described to have been one by his daughter and oldest nephew, both of them look up to him and his ideals.
- Evil Redhead: Koutoku, who is hungry for power and desires to expand his kingdom.
- Happily Married: Hakutoku and Gyokuen appeared to have a very happy marriage, based on Hakuryuu's flashbacks. Of course it turns out that it wasn't the case at all, as Gyokuen planned his death.
- Parental Substitute: Koutoku adopted Hakuei and Hakuryuu and allowed them to keep their respective ranks (First Imperial Princess and Fourth Imperial Prince). While both of them do refer to him as "father", it's most likely because of some kind of royal protocol than a close relationship.
- Posthumous Character: Hakutoku.
- The Stoic: Apparently, Hakutoku was like this.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Koutoku is not the kind of man you would imagine a woman like Gyokuen would marry.
Hakuyuu and Hakuren
Ren Hakuyuu and Ren Hakuren
Hakutoku and Gyokuen's oldest children, Hakuyuu was the former Crown Prince and Hakuren worked as his advisor. They were killed along their father during a revolt, ten years before the start of the story, orchestrated by remnants of Kou's defeated enemies. The truth is that the revolt was originated by Al-Thamen, meaning that they were killed by their own mother.
- Beauty Mark: Just like their mother.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Hakuryuu in particular.
- Dies Wide Open: Hakuren's state at death in the anime, though not the manga.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Hakuren was the Foolish to Hakuyuu's Responsible.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Played with. After graduating to Good Is Not Nice and having Took a Level in Jerkass after the Umm Madaura arc; when Hakuryuu confronts his mother and then Kou Empress Gyokuen in the Imperial capital, she observes how his eyes have now "gotten sharper", just like those of Hakuyuu's and Hakuren's were. While these two brothers were undoubtedly good people, that their eyes were sharp was more as an indication of their cynicism and understanding of Gyokuen's true colours and nature.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Hakuyuu, with the last of his strength, stabs himself to soak little Hakuryuu in his blood, so that he can protect him somewhat from the fire around them.
- Keet: Hakuren, who is always drawn in the official art and color pages as smiling and cheerful.
- The Stoic: Hakuyuu, just like his father.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: Hakuyuu's last words to little Hakuryuu are how he regrets that he and Hakuren couldn't stay alive, but asks that Hakuryuu carry on his mission to avenge them.
- Posthumous Character: They died before the start of the series.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While both of them died a decade before the series started and only appear in a couple of Hakuryuu's flashbacks; their deaths were ultimately what led Hakuryuu to devote his life to avenging them, by killing his mother, and deciding to destroy the Kou Empire from within. Not to mention that it allowed Al-Thamen to completely solidify their influence within the Kou Empire, and resulted in it becoming even more aggressive and expansive than before, under Koutoku.
- Strong Family Resemblance: They both take after Gyokuen. Hakuren is noted to be the child that looks most similar to their mother. And apparently, Hakuyuu also takes after his father.
- Take Up My Sword: Hakuyuu, right before he breathes his last, tells Hakuryuu that he must avenge them and their father by killing the perpetrator of their assassination - their own mother, Gyokuen.
- Warrior Prince: Both of them were this for the Kou Empire.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Both of them died ten years ago, and we barely get to know them even in Hakuryuu's flashbacks.
Kou Empire Household and Retainers
Seishuu is one of Kouen's Household Members of his Djinn Astaroth. He is very tall and his hair is made of snakes. He and Seishun, Hakuei's attendant, are brothers.
Voiced by: Hiromu Miyazaki
Kin is part of Kouen's Household Members of his Djinn Phenex. Kin has the appearance of a huge and robust man. He has a pig nose, a round face, and a bushy moustache.
Voiced by: Takehiro Hasu
Shuu is part of Kouen's Household Members of his Djinn Agares. Kokuton has a bull-like appearance; lion-like hair, a tail and his entire body is covered in fur.
Voiced by: Sota Arai
Shou is part of Kouen's Household Members. Shou has a dragon-like appearance, and has a tail, scales all over his body and sharp teeth.
Voiced by: Shintarou Oohata
Chuu'un is the assistant of Koumei Ren and a member of his household.
Junjun, Reirei and Jinjin
Three witches who are completely loyal to Prince Kouha. Along with Meihou, they are his principal aides.
Voiced by: Aki Nagao (Junjun), Yui Shoji (Reirei), Sakiko Kawai (Jinjin) (Japanese)
- Bandaged Babe: The three of them always wear thick bandages on different parts of their bodies.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: After they were thrown away and left to rot, Kouha came to them and said that he needed some magic users. He bandaged them, clothed them, and appointed them. Since then, they are at Kouha's side and serve him with loyalty.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Reirei is voluptuous (but not fat), Junjun is thin, and Jinjin is short.
- Blindfolded Vision: Junjun can apparently see perfectly well despite her bandaged eyes.
- Body Horror: Implied to have happened to all of them, due to being experimented on in the past.
- Dark and Troubled Past: They were experimented on, in an attempt to create artificial magicians, but when it failed they were considered monsters, and thrown away. Kouha then took them in.
- Defiled Forever: Junjun and Reirei feel this way, and say that with the state their bodies are in, no man would want to marry them. Kouha begs to differ.
- Dude Magnet: Kouha says that Jinjin, who is child-like and never smiles, has always been popular with men.
- Emotionless Girl: Jinjin. It particularly stands out in an extra where she is seen with her boyfriend, whom she plans to marry, and doesn't even bat an eyelid.
- Freakiness Shame: Junjun says that with the dreadful state her body is in, she has no right to be near Kouha. On the other hand, Kouha finds her charming because of it.
- In Love with Your Carnage: In the anime, they were delighted at seeing their beloved and strong prince butchering thieves left and right.
- I Owe You My Life: The three of them owe Kouha their lives.
- Luminescent Blush: Junjun whenever she gets excited, especially when Kouha abuses her or when he praises her.
- The Mole: Since the three of them are magicians, they were able to stay in Magnostadt and deliver information to Kouha.
- Rapunzel Hair: All three of them.
- The Stoic: Jinjin. She's only shown fear/surprise once, when Kouha is out of Magoi and more Black Djinn appear.
- Subordinate Excuse: Junjun has an obvious crush on Kouha. Reirei too, to a lesser extent.
- Tender Tears: Junjun is prone to cry, particularly when she is separated from Kouha and when again they are reunited.
- Those Three Girls: Always seen together, often with Meihou as well.
- Too Kinky to Torture: At one point, Junjun messes up Kouha's clothes, so he starts slapping her, but she gets turned on instead. Then Reirei and Jinjin ask to be next.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kouha. Junjun is the most enthusiastic about it.
He is a soldier of the Kou Empire's Western Subjugation Army under Kouha Ren. His ancestors were supporters of a failed revolt, they were exiled for it and lived all this time in the wilderness. At some point Kouha came and invited him and the rest of his clan to join his army.
- I Owe You My Life: The place where he and his clan were exiled was so hostile that they could barely manage to plant some crops to eat. Thanks to Kouha, their lives have all improved significantly since then.
- Those Two Guys: As one of Kouha's main retainers, he always appears with Junjun, Reirei and Jinjin.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kouha.
Ren Hakuei's attendant and one of her household vessel users. Hakuei considers him as one of her "old friends" and they have a close relationship. He and Seishuu are brothers.
Ren Kougyoku's attendant and also part of her household.
- The Chew Toy
- Easily Forgiven: Somehow Kougyoku forgave him for setting up the (possibly) most traumatic event of her lifenote .
- Enigmatic Minion: Tried to manipulate Kougyoku into first marrying Abhmad, but when that failed he tried to get her to marry Sinbad, all so he could be an attendant to their child and rule Balbadd or Sindria, respectively. His plan failed.
- Facial Markings: Implied to be a tattoo of sorts. He's sometimes even drawn with glasses to poke fun at them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does act like the occasional asshole as seen above, but when it comes down to it he really does care for Kougyoku. Whenever he appears in an omake, there is a high chance he will end up chasing Judar off for poking fun at her.
- It's also worth pointing out that in his schemes, he tried to set Kougyoku up with the guy she was crushing on.
- Karma Houdini: Even when everyone finds out that he tried to set up Sinbad, he barely even gets a reprimand. In fact, the whole thing is played for laughs and promptly forgotten.
- Manipulative Bastard: Tries to be one, but failed. He has heart-reading power, he knows that Every Man Has His Price, but what he didn't get is Everyone Has Standards, especially if they're more loyal to your supposed target than you.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He took advantage of Kougyoku's crush on Sinbad and Sinbad's ladykiller reputation to try and frame Sinbad for having deflowered Kougyoku; in order to compel them to marry, form an alliance and thus help him gain influence over Sindria.
- The Medic: He's the one who tends to Judar's wounds after he got roughed up by Ugo. It's his power as a household vessel user.
- Nice Hat
- Only Sane Man: He's the one who keeps reason around Kougyoku. While secretly plotting to gain control through her future child.
- Parental Substitute: Though he's only a few years older than her, he acts a bit like one to Kougyoku.
- Papa Wolf: He can be pretty protective of her. He's frequently chasing off Judar and blowing a fuse whenever Kougyoku's being messed with.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Used to be this, before he met Kougyoku. See Social Climber below.
- The Reliable One
- Sarcastic Devotee: Sometimes, to Kougyoku.
- Social Climber: In his flashbacks, we learn that he got to be Kougyoku's attendant via butt-kissing. He also wants to grasp more power via Kougyoku marrying into a foreign royal family, and pulling her child's strings. Even so, he also was good-hearted enough to try to hook her up with her crush Sinbad when he got the chance for a win/win situation.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kougyoku, though his way of showing it is... weird.