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"You made two mistakes: you killed a lot of people to achieve your goals; and you picked a fight with ME."
Our beloved Anti-Hero
, Lina is a young Black Magician Girl
from the land of Zephilia. She is known throughout the world as the "Queen of Destruction", "Dragon Spookers" (because she can apparently frighten dragons to the point that they side step her "out of sheer revulsion" - which actually does happen in the pilot) and "Enemy of All Living Things" due to her short temper and skill with Dragon Slaves. Lina usually pursues power and riches for herself, but gets dragged into saving the world along the way.
- Action Girl
- A-Cup Angst: Does NOT like to be reminded of her small bust.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Compared to many flat chested characters, she is rather ample. Strangely enough, though, her bust seems to shrink every season.
- It's understandable though when you consider the amount of time she spent hanging around Naga prior to the series proper. Amelia certainly didn't help matters any.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the anime her hair is bright red/orange but in the original manga (covers at least) her hair was more brown/auburn than red/orange.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Lina was one of these to her older sister Luna... at least, until she used her magic to sell pictures of Luna in the bath, after which she learned a healthy respect for Luna (more like terror of her) and never crossed her again.
- Anti-Hero: Compared to Amelia, who's all about justice.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Alternates between this and Nominal Hero. She regularly exhibits behavior that could be considered villainous, such as stealing, threatening people for imagined slights, and being generally careless about collateral damage, but she also does heroic deeds for their own sake. Just as often, however, her motivations are purely selfish.
- Badass Adorable
- Balloon Belly: Happens on occasion in the anime, but never to particularly noticeable levels... despite the sheer quantity of food she can put away.
- Berserk Button: Has a ton and the most reoccurring one was her flat chest.
- The worst one of all to press, which basically guarantees she'll want to kill you, is to threaten or kill children around her. Zuuma finds this out the hard way when he kills his son right in front of Lina; she utterly loses her temper and uses the Ragna Blade without chanting beforehand. In season 1, when Rezo turned a child to stone temporarily, she got angry enough to go willingly into Rezo's trap. In the novels, when Gaav "killed" a child in front of Lina, she made a vow to go kill the Demon Lord, when up till that point, she had been terrified of facing him at all. And in NEXT, well... see Wouldn't Hurt a Child.
- Big Eater: Lina's primary defining vice can easily be said to be gluttony, to the point she regularly eats, in each meal, enough food for at least three or four people... and often tries to steal food from her friends' plates while she's eating. Justifiable; casting spells in the Slayers setting burns up calories, meaning the more magic a wizard uses (and the more powerful the spells), the more food they need to eat. Lina's tendency towards flashy, high-powered spells at the slightest provocation is, well, fuel to the fire.
- Black Mage: Lina's self-proclaimed specialty is in the usage of Black Magic. She still fits under this trope because the Slayers take on such magic is somewhere between Black Mage magic and Black Magic proper — that is, though the magic is fueled by negative emotions and is drawn from the most powerful Demon Lords, it's treated by humans as simply "magic that is only usable for offense", much like how White Magic is "magic only usable for healing, defense, and purification".
- Catch Phrase: "Ichika bachika!" ("Do, or die!") and the Dragon Slave incantation.
- Chekhov's Skill: Lina's exasperated comment in the first book that using a Mazoku's own power against it is like saying "Hey, help me kill you" turns out to be important in the last book, where Luke-Shabranigdu wants to die.
- Cute Little Fangs: More prominent in the later seasons. Just look at her picture.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite the fact she has a terrible reputation, and brings it on herself due to her actions, she really isn't evil so much as self-centered thoughtless, and immature. She definitely isn't really a villain.
- Disney Death: Around episodes 24-25 of Season 1.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Is a big believer in returning threats, insults, and general annoyances with far more serious "punishments", such as blowing up a whole restaurant because somebody split her food.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: An Embarrassing Title. Lina was honored by the Zephilia Sorcerers' Guild with the official title of... Lina the Pink.
- Expy: Interestingly, the novel illustrator Rui Araizumi has said that Lina's appearance was modeled on young Audrey Hepburn.
- Fiery Redhead: Has always been a quick-tempered hot-head, but actually started out as more of a brunette; got more orange-y as the anime went on
- First-Person Smartass: Her narration in the novels.
- While she is well-meaning, kind (namely to children) and willing to fight for causes, she is also portrayed as being incredibly sociopathic and reckless, especially in regards to her magic use and greed. Even with all of her positive traits, it can still be unnerving to see how poorly she treats either regular villagers, Gourry, Amelia, or Sylphiel. In the original novels, she lacks those sociopathic tendencies. Also, later seasons of the TV series have her react like a switch in regards to her small bust line; not so much initially.
- Friendship Denial: Denies that she and Naga are or were friends. Claims that Naga was her sidekick while Naga thinks the other way round.
- Generation Xerox: Her mother was also a sorceress with a small bust, who got together with her swordsman partner.
- Good Is Not Nice: Oh yes. She accidentally nuked a village she was trying to save and shrugged it off as nothing.
- Good Parents: As shown, Lina isn't the most morally upstanding member of society, and it is implied that the avatar of goodness, Luna, is even worse. However, her general store-running parents are implied to be kind and upstanding, and it's shown with her father in one of the Slayers Special novels: after testing him, it's he who suggests that Gourry find something or someone important to protect.
- It's also worth noting that Lina herself is the only one among her allies to have both parents alive and well, a given considering that she is The Protagonist!
- Greed: A defining character trait of hers: gold and food are what drives her.
- Guile Heroine: She blows up minor problems; the bigger ones she outsmarts.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The only sure-fire ways for her to not be pissed off at you are to A) have some uber-rare item that's worth loads or B) offer her lots of food.
- The Heroine: She's the main good guy but definitely not the traditional type.
- Heroic BSOD: Has a short one in NEXT after Gourry is abducted and brainwashed, and then another when she thinks that she's killed a little girl.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: This is a girl who, in the very first anime episode, blithely starts haggling with the mayor of a village to kill a dragon (which she set loose in the first place, albeit accidentally), while that dragon is tearing the village apart around them. She then vaporizes the village because the dragon deliberately stepped over her, thus proving that her newly discovered nickname was warranted.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Lina's been arrested and tried for "being Lina Inverse". Justified due to her habit of picking fights with people over petty reasons, willingness to steal, and her habit of slinging around really destructive spells in populated areas with no thought for collateral damage.
- Hypocritical Humor: Lina forces a boy to pamper her as punishment for trying to pickpocket her. She then makes a comment that stealing is bad and that crime doesn't pay. The others face faulted, commenting she's the last person to say that since she herself steals recklessly from bandit gangs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kind of a stretch, but as much of a Jerk Ass as she can be, she does have a softer side; she keeps Gourry around, once intended to teach Amelia, and after all the terrible things that happened when she and Zelgadis first met they still traveled together as well.
- Let's Get Dangerous: the Catch Phrase "Ichika pachika" means she isn't going to fiddle around with slapstick and fireballs anymore, and will now try heavy magical artillery, a dangerous tactics, or a Dragon Slave.
- Lovable Rogue: In her own mind, first and foremost. In-universe, her avarice and self-centered nature means most think of her as being more just plain annoying.
- She is more of this in the novels, where she is less reckless in her use of magic and isn't dismissive of people the way she is in the anime.
- Magic Knight: She carries a sword, though her magical power far exceeds her swordplay abilities.
- Munchkin: An example of this as an actual character; NEXT is about finding stronger spells and better tools, mostly because the up-coming threats wouldn't have been stopped by a simple Dragon Slave.
- Person of Mass Destruction: With a corresponding reputation.
- Precision F-Strike: From NEXT: "That bitch! She has the nerve to defy me and even brought up my weakest point!"
- Playing with Fire: Aside from pure Black Magic spells, Lina's favorite go-to spells are Fireball, Flame Arrow and, to a lesser extent, Fire Shamanism being her usual choices. Non-anime material even says she has a sorcerer's affinity for spells oriented around heat and light.
- Red Baron: Has quite a few, including "The Bandit Killer" and "The Natural Enemy of All That Live". There's also "The Dragon Spooker", and even Lina doesn't understand what that means (it means dragons step past out of clear revulsion). Later in the episode, a dragon does exactly this. A prequel movie includes 'Dragon Nester', which is a crack at her small breasts.
- The Magnificent: Her least well known name is also the only offical one; "Lina the Pink".
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Zelgadis' blue.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Lina looks attractive in a nice dress.
- Skinship Grope: Does this to Amelia in the Hourglass of Falacies fanservice manga when both are asleep.
- Third-Person Person: Occasionally addresses herself by her full name ("the beautiful/smart/talented Lina Inverse").
- Too Dumb to Live: When the group spent an episode trying to catch a lake dragon for food ingredients because Lina wanted to eat dragon cuisine. She was excited to have some, but the chef told her that it will take one to six MONTHS to cook it, since preparingit any other way could be fatal. Lina, however, was impatient and actually tried to eat some of the raw meat straight up, not caring if she does die because she was hungry now. The others were forced to physically drag her out of the restaurant and to the next destination.
- Tsundere: Type A: mostly tsun-tsun, but she has dere-dere moments.
- The Unchosen One: Her older sister Luna is the chosen Hero, despite Lina being the one battling all of the evil cosmic beings.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gourry, which eventually evolved into Belligerent Sexual Tension despite the author's initial intent.
- And with Naga, in spades.
- Wave Motion Gun: The Dragon Slave is a mage's alternative.
- Why Did It Have To Be Slugs?: They are one of two things she's afaid of.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The mere thought can send her into BSOD's, as it happened in NEXT, when she's attacked by an Undead Child from Sairaag and Lina "kills" her with a knife without looking. Sylphiel has to give the panicking and screaming Lina a Cooldown Hug to calm her down, reminding her that the poor little girl was already dead.
An archetypal example of the Idiot Hero
, Gourry is Lina's jellyfish-brained traveling companion. A descendant of the legendary Swordsman of Light, he wields the ancestral weapon. Gourry may have poor memory, but he is an excellent swordsman, and a match against even the powerful demons of the Slayers
world. Gourry met Lina by accident, after a somewhat confusing first meeting, and decided to just hang around with her afterwards because he had no place else to go. Lina would never admit it, but she enjoys having him along.
- Alliterative Name
- Badass Normal: He doesn't know a single magical spell at all, and is officially too absent-minded to ever learn one, but he is the most powerful swordsman in the known world. Even with a regular sword, he can perform insane feats of skill — in fact, come the loss of his Sword of Light, he has to keep stopping in the middle of a fight because his mundane swords break under his strength.
- The Big Guy: Tallest character, human or otherwise, in the reoccurring cast.
- Big Eater *and* Extreme Omnivore: Regularly goes toe to toe with Lina when it comes to eating and is just as likely to steal food from her plate as she is to steal food from his. Ironically, while he can't stand the thought of eating fish whole the way Lina does (pointing out in disgust that eating the "guts" the way she does means also eating the grubs she used for bait), he has no problems with eating orc-meat dishes which had Lina gagging in disgust.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Apparently came from one. Word of God states the reason Gourry became a wandering mercenary was because he'd run away from his family with the Sword of Light in an attempt to stop the in-house feud over who would inherit it. Unfortunately it seems that he wasn't successful and in fact only worsened things; Kanzaka has implied Gourry's entire immediate family is now dead.
- Bishōnen: He has no trouble attracting women with his good looks.
- Bodyguard Crush: When they first met he thought Lina was a lost schoolgirl, so he proclaimed himself her bodyguard. The crush came later.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Happens to him at the end of NEXT and lasts about two episodes.
- Chick Magnet / Even the Guys Want Him: The second happened once when he cross-dressed in the first season; he immediately attracted a prideful guy. Thankfully, because of it, the heroes got a ship and got to go where they needed... but when Gourry lost the dress, the guy was still in love with him!
- Conveniently an Orphan: Debatable, but if his side story in one of the Slayers Special novels and Kanzaka's interviews are anything to go by, his whole family might be dead.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally, Gourry seems just a bungling moron. If he needs to reveal his skills, though...
- Deadpan Snarker: In the novels Gourry has a surprisingly sharp tongue. He was like this in the first season of the anime but then Flanderization hit and this aspect of him now only comes up once in a blue moon.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted; he lacks common sense, but has sharp insight, excellent battle intuition, and high morals. As far as knowing about topics like magic and history, a mercenary raised in a family that specializes in swordplay probably never had the opportunity to learn the things that Lina, Zelgadis, and Amelia had learned, and their own learning environments (Lina's sorceress mother, Amelia the princess of a kingdom specializing in White Magic, and Zelgadis being raised by a priest) attribute to that.
- Gourry's also very protective of the Sword of Light, and keeps a careful eye on anyone who might want to steal it; especially Lina. She's tried several times to trick him into giving it to her by claiming he made a promise to do so, but this is one of the few areas where Gourry's rather cloudy memory never fails him.
- Genius Ditz: Despite how oblivious he seems, there's nothing he doesn't know about sword swinging, and he occasionally pulls moments of considerable insight — such as revealing he knew Xellos was a Mazoku all along.
- Got the worst of it. In the original novels, while he genuinely does not know or choose to remember a lot of topics in regards to magic and magic lore (which makes some sense in hindsight - he's a swordsman), and lacks tact, his "dumbness" is largelya facade that he often uses to tease others. The same can be said on his knowledge of women - he even makes an inappropriate joke to prevent Lina from getting sexually assaulted in the third novel. His genuine stupidity in the anime gets to the point that his importance to the team is almost entirely relegated to being muscle with a magical weapon, and occasionally Lina's Living Emotional Crutch. Some of the more recent manga adaptations and spin-offs have chosen to scale back on the stupidity, but not by much.
- Idiot Hero: Much moreso in the anime, though.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Although not a magic-user, Gourry makes up for it with his incredible swordplay skills, especially when using the Sword of Light.
- Laser Blade: The Sword of Light.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Nice Guy: You can't get much nicer than Gourry. This guy has a big heart. He's very willing to help people if they seem to be in need. In fact he started traveling with Lina in the first place because he mistook her for (much to her chagrin) a helpless girl who needed an escort.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever happened between him and Sylphiel in Sairaag. At the most, he ate dinner she made at her house once and he remembers it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Only in the original novel series, but see Too Dumb to Fool.
- Out of Focus: Of the four main protagonists, his backstory is the least fleshed out, despite being the second one introduced and the second most prominent in the entire franchise next to Lina; what was thought to have been a hint at part of his ancestry was ret-conned (see Jossed above).
- Rapunzel Hair: One of the longest-haired characters in the series.
- Say My Name: Name any media. He'll shout for Lina at least once.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When mind-controlled by an enemy in Next he took on the entire party at once, showing much greater control of the Sword Of Light and shrugging off everything short of a Ragna Blade, which only stunned him.
- Super Senses: Gourry's skills as a mercenary are so well honed that he is often the first one to notice and/or react to any impending danger, such as sneak attacks.
- Too Dumb to Fool: Regarding Xellos's nature as a Mazoku. It was so obvious to him that he thought everyone else knew it too, and thus didn't bother mentioning it. He renders everyone speechless when it comes to light.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lina. See her entry for more details.
- Word of God: Many things about him have been spoken by Hajime Kanzaka in interviews, namely about his never-mentioned background. Noteworthy life events include a messed-up family that fought over who should possess the Sword of Light, and his running away at the age of 17 with it and living as a mercenary. Later, when Gourry had become so fed-up with the weapon that he was prepared to throw it away, he met a man who convinced him to instead put it to a good purpose. About a few days later Gourry ran into Lina, who he would dedicate his life to being a guardian for. The man, according to Kanzaka, was Lina's father.
- Kanzaka also noted that Gourry is capable of casting magic with power rivaling that of Lina's, but his poor and extremely selective memory would prevent him from doing incantations.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: At the least, he's reluctant when he must fight one.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
(Japanese), Daniel Cronin (English; up to episode 10), Crispin Freeman
(English; episode 18 onwards and in the Slayers Premium
From a young age, Zelgadis was apprenticed to his grandfather Rezo, eagerly assisting the Red Priest in pursuit of his many goals with a young man's zeal to aid a relative he idolized. Zel asked Rezo for power, in order to help seek out the Philosopher's Stone, and Rezo gave him power, alright
: he transformed Zelgadiss into a chimera, sorcerously fusing him with a stone golem and a low-level monster called a brau demon to become a mystically powerful, hyper-strong stone-skinned monster. After following him for several years as a loyal servant, Zel ran into Lina, performed a Heel-Face Turn
and has been trying to restore his human body ever since. He has the least interest in Lina's little group (to the point he eventually wandered away and was never seen again in the original novels), and usually tends to accidentally cross paths with them whilst searching for cures, often needing to be bribed into tagging along by appealing to his desire to be rendered human again.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the novels and the Slayers Premium movie (which takes after the novels' character designs), Zelgadis' skin is a bluish-green color; in the anime, it is periwinkle blue.
- Anti-Hero: A mix of Unscrupulous and Nominal Hero like Lina. He doesn't really care about anything other than curing himself (and says so), and will do criminal things like raiding libraries and busting into tombs in search of magical lore, but he can do the heroic thing if properly motivated.
- Berserk Mode: Only in the novels; he wasn't just serving Rezo there, but he was also his berserker. Rezo would make him do gruesome tasks by his own hand, and in the novels, Zelgadis clearly regrets doing them. He is this briefly in the anime, but not to the same extent that he was in the novels and, if he was, it's heavily implied that he never knew about it because Rezo was forcing him into doing it through mind control.
- Bishōnen: Despite being a chimera, Zelgadis is quite handsome.
- Byronic Hero: Zelgadis's potential for compassion clashes with his melancholic nature and tendency towards self-absorbtion. At a few points, he wonders and worries over his reputation of being "the dark-hearted sorcerer".
- Conveniently an Orphan: Word of God put out that both of his parents are dead. Rezo murdered them out of fear because they were growing suspicious of his experiments, and they were concerned about Rezo's intentions for their son.
- Cursed with Awesome: The curse placed on Zel has given him Super Strength, Super Speed (seen in the first series), Nigh Invulnerability and enhanced magical ability, but it's also made him a hideous freak and almost completely unable to swim since his body's composition will literally make him sink like a stone. He desperately wants To Become Human.
- In Evolution-R, it's revealed that he could have lived with it, if he hadn't discovered that he was being used as a guinea pig in Rezo's quest to cure his sight.
- Cute Monster Guy: Zelgadis doesn't look very human, and thinks of himself as a monster (and being a magical hybrid of creatures means he's technically right), but he's not unattractive and, arguably, his "monstrous features" are actually part of his charm.
- Celibate Hero: Discussed briefly a few times in the novels and in some interviews. In the novels, he mentions once the painful things that would happen to a woman if he got intimate with her, and Kanzaka himself mentions this in interviews, thusly justifying it on a physical level.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's the most sarcastic, flat-toned character in the series.
- First Name Basis: Word of God has stated Zelgadis' last name (Greywords) in interviews, and the only time it's ever mentioned in canon is by Filia in episode 1 of Slayers TRY.
- His reason to cure himself was flanderized, oddly enough. In the novels, it is for atonement; he did terrible things under Rezo's command and, though misreble about being an outcast, holds hope into fixing what he's done (something more addressed in side stories). In the anime, it's mostly because of how he looks (to a radical point to where he refuses to change into any kind of swimwear), and it's largely his motive as to why he conveniently runs into Lina and sticks around with her. Other adaptations don't really address his reason to find a cure, weirdly enough.
- Flying Brick: He's supernaturally strong, Nigh Invulnerable (it takes a headshot from a cannon to merely knock him out), and he flies. Through the use of magic for that last aspect, admittedly. You could also say that he's pretty much literally a brick since his body is made of rock.
- Good Is Not Nice: Equally as nasty as Lina, but in different ways. He isn't above using black humor and giving threats like "It's been a while since I've killed someone!" or the like, and while he doesn't steal, he's fully capable of taking on a job, facing Lina, and intending to defeat and/or kill her if it meant succeeding.
- Grumpy Bear: Most cases. He's the last member to usually go along with the cast and it's a rare sight to see him smile.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Does not like having his "cursed" body and intents to rid himself of it.
- Incest Is Relative: For a while, it was thought Rezo might be both Zelgadis's grandfather and great-grandfather. This turned out to be a translation error.
- Insult Backfire: He's been called a "Heartless Sorcerer/Mystic Swordsman". He likes the sound of it..
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Jerkass: It varies.
- On the Jerkass side, you have: throwing Lina at Rezo in an attempt to distract him, several times refusing to back down from a fight if a job pulled him into conflict with Lina, making grim jokes towards opponents, and so on.
- On the other hand, you have: giving moral boosts to the team and anyone who needs it, risking his life (sometimes even paying for it) to jump in and save Amelia, getting turned into a doll because the only other option was literally grabbing either of his female teammates' asses, and so on.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Perhaps what he would've been if Rezo hadn't cursed him.
- Made of Iron: Well, stone. It is occasionally noted by Lina that the stone skin he hates so much has saved his life many times.
- Magic Knight: Balances swordplay and magic well and has a special spell in which he channels magic through his sword.
- Mr. Fanservice: Despite having green-grey skin studded with stones, he's rather handsome.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Amelia after the first arc of novels. Notable because he and she are major characters in all other media, whereas their replacements were mostly novel-exclusive. He also doesn't appear in the Knight of the Aqualord manga.
- Raised by Dudes: Implied, given that Rezo was the one who raised him after he murdered his parents, and his most steadfast companions before meeting Lina were a fish man, a werewolf, and two older men.
- Red Mage: His strongsuit is Shamanistic Magic, he can perform some Black Magic and knows the basic healing spell in White Magic, and is a decent swordsman, being able to match an overpowered and possessed Gourry.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Lina's red.
- Ship Tease: With Amelia; the two are generally more touchy than the others, with there being many moments where, out of fright, Amelia or Zelgadis can be seen holding one another. Zelgadis has also held Amelia close to him especially at the end of NEXT where he grabbed and held her twice when she was fatally wounded, usually when he's just jumped in to save her, and he turned pink when she spoke about giving him CPR after he nearly drowned once.
- The Spock: Tends to be the most rational one when it comes to planning (albeit not always).
- Straight Man and The Comically Serious: So, naturally, he gets the most humiliation heaped on him.
- Teen Genius: Though he's implied to be around 16~18 around the time the first novel comes out and about 21 when the first anime series is out.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Moreso in the anime than the novels; his appearance doesn't warrant as many reactions as the viewer would expect, given what he's established about it. The one notable time it actually is is during a flashback. It also makes less sense because he gets negative reactions in the novels, and there are far more chimeras that appear there. To be fair, though, the anime first shows him covering himself up to such an extent where only the tips of his fingers and his eyes are exposed.
- The Worf Effect: A way of noting a more powerful enemy's strength is his or her ability to severely injure Zelgadis, who is normally invulnerable to mundane attacks. This also tends to come into play to display the extent of Lina's magical power, namely during the battle with Gaav and her usage of the Ragna Blade spell against Kanzel in the anime.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has no qualms whatsoever.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Has light purple hair, and a flashback in the fifth season notes that he had it as a human; however, some sources say that his human hair is actually brown.
Amelia Wil Tesla Saillune
Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (Japanese), Joani Baker (English; episodes 11-13), Veronica Taylor
(English; the rest of the series), Luci Christian
(English; Slayers Premium
A young princess (younger by a few years in the anime than the novels, actually) who initially mistakes Lina as a champion of justice!
and begins travelling with her out of a desire to do good. Lina finds her annoying, but puts up with her because having a member of the Saillune (Seyruun in the English version) royal family around is handy when the restaurant bill comes due. Amelia, for her part, admires Lina's strength of character, courage, and free lifestyle, and seems to almost regard her as a self-adopted big sister.
- Action Girl
- Anti-Hero: Starts out as a barely-there Type I and steadily grows out of it.
- Badass Princess
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She's the only one in the main four to not wield a bladed weapon, and refuses to do so.
- She only wields a weapon twice, both times in in rather dire situations: in the final episode of the first season, she uses Gourry's Sword of Light to channel the Ra-Tilt, and in the final episode of TRY, she reluctantly uses one of the five Dark Star weapons (which the Sword of Light is one of) to fight off Valgaav.
- The reason for her refusal? Her mother was assassinated right in front of her and her sister.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In the finale of Evolution-R, she literally tries to punch out Shabranigdo, and equally literally breaks her arm doing so. Sadly, she doesn't actually accomplish anything by doing this.
- If her buttons are pushed, or she's convinced it's the right thing to do, she can be just as nasty as Lina.
- The Chew Toy: In early seasons of the anime, and taken to ridiculous levels in the Slayers Premium movie.
- The Chick: Action Girl variety; she also serves as The Heart.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Displayed in varying degrees from media to media. She is one to an extreme when she appears in the anime, but it visibly subsides overtime.
- Combat Medic: Best with White and Shamanistic Magic, and is quite powerful physically, despite her refusal to fight with weapons. Her healing powers are not as strong as Sylphiel's, but the latter was trained as a more traditional healer. To wit, when Amelia sustains a fatal wound in Slayers NEXT/novel 7, Zelgadis and Lina's recovery magic can't heal it, but when Zelgadis suffers from a similar wound, Amelia's seen healing him fine by herself and succeeds.
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- Daddy's Girl: Adores her father.
- Double Take: When a woman resembling Naga walks by during a crowd scene in the first season.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Second Princess of Saillune/Seyruun/however you want to spell it
- Her love of justice became such a defining trait in the anime and early manga that, for a while, she became reviled by a lot of fans. In the novels, it is treated as an ideology and as an emotional barrier of sorts, and it's entirely justified: the end of novel 4, where she is introduced, has her upset at how her cousin was killed, and about how murder in her family is not an uncommon thing. Her naivite and tendency to trust others blindly is also cranked up in many adaptations. It will come off as odd for someone reading the novels after watching the anime that she actually hates Xellos almost as much as Zelgadis does.
- Genki Girl
- Good Hurts Evil: Amelia once debilitated Xellos with sheer unbridled perkiness.
- Good Is Not Nice: Amelia doesn't share the same self-centered selfishness that most of her companions have, but her being sheltered and her black-and-white moralities make up for it, as she is prone to acts of bad judgment and self-righteousness. Indeed, Lina herself refuses to teach Amelia the Dragon Slave spell when they first meet because she can easily see Amelia going even more overboard with it than Lina herself does — and Gourry immediately sees her point when Lina explains why she won't ever teach Amelia that particular spell. Several times, she judges people by first impression, but this varies from each medium (she gets off to a better start when meeting Zelgadis in the novels than in the anime). Still, she's much better at being good than Lina or Zelgadis are. As the seasons go by, she becomes more likely to be "not nice" in that she's willing to go along with Lina's self-centered and/or crazy schemes without protest, such as using Zelgadis as a human anchor, than she is to be "not nice" by acting stupidly.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With her dad. And even with Zel, since she's that short.
- I Have the High Ground: But she has trouble with the landings...
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- In the Name of the Moon: She loves to make elaborate speeches about Justice and Good and how they will always triumph over Evil.
- Justice Will Prevail: She says it at least three times in the first episode of Next alone.
- The Lady's Favour: At the end of the third anime season, she gives one of her amulet bracelets to Zelgadis, and he's seen with it during the ending sequence.
- Love Freak: Again, she harmed Xellos once with how perky she was.
- Missing Mom: Assassinated when she was little.
- Modest Royalty: Outside of her palace affairs, obviously.
- Morality Pet: Zel definitely shows his softer side better around her.
- Nice Girl: Amelia's got her bad points, and she's not afraid to crack heads when she needs to, but she's generally the nicest member of the party — Gourry is equally affable and easy going, but she's not prone to making oblivious comments that insult people the way he does.
- Politically Active Princess: When not out adventuring with the rest of the gang, she often acts as Seyruun's envoy to other kingdoms.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Her tunic has pink touches on it, and both her collar and bracelets are pink. The dress she usually wears for royal duties is a frilly pink one.
- Put on a Bus: See Zelgadis' entry above.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As naive and Wrong Genre Savvy she can get, she loves fighting alongside her companions, and it is shown several times that she actually tries to be a competent leader and diplomat.
- Shipper on Deck: In Slayers NEXT, we find out she's an in universe Lina/Gourry fangirl.
- Ship Tease: With Zelgadis.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Amelia/Ameria (the latter is canonical in Japan, but there are both Japanese fanworks and official art books that use the former)
- Spoiled Sweet: Not wholly spoiled, but she will only use her royal assets in times of crisis for her friends' benefits. Notably, it's Lina who usually takes advantage of her status, such as ursurping her fortune to pay off her meals.
- Stepford Smiler, coupled with Angst? What Angst?: Even through the death of her mother, the absence of her sister, and the betrayals of her uncle and cousin, Amelia holds her head high. However, the former two are still great sources of grief for her, serving as a reminder of the betrayal that shakes the Saillune royal family.
- Took a Level in Badass During the final fight in Evolution-R, she uses the Visfarank spell to amazing effect against Shabranigdo and punches the Big Bad.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: The cute, well-endowed daughter of an ogrish hulk of a man who looks like a bandit.
- White Magic: Her specialty, though she also learned a little Black Magic from her sister (and wanted to learn the Dragon Slave from Lina)
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: It's hard to find an idealist of any measure outside her family. However, given the setting, she can avert the 'inevitably broken' part of the trope by weaponizing her idealism. See Good Hurts Evil.
- Woman in White
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Amelia tends to treat the world as if she's a protagonist in a common Magical Girl show. Among other things, she is heavily convinced, initially, that Lina Inverse is a shining bastion of purity and goodness (Whenever she's not being directly presented with evidence to the contrary, at least). This is mostly averted in the novels.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Her hair is described as being "raven-colored" in the novels, but it is always colored as a stylized purple. All animated adaptations followed suit with this; however, it is straight-up black in the Super Explosive Demon Story manga.
- You Shall Not Pass: Says this to Shabranigdo while punching him! "I won't let you! You shall not go one step further!"
Xellos the Priest
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
(Japanese), David Moo (English; in NEXT
), Michael Sinterniklaas
(English; in Revolution
), Kurt Stoll (English; in Slayers Premium
Created over a thousand years ago during the Dark Lord's Resurrection War (or "War of the Monsters' Fall" if you go with the anime translation), Xellos is the loyal servant of the Greater Beast Zelas Metallium. He is twice as powerful as any of the other Priests or Generals due to the fact that he was created without a General counterpart, and one of the most powerful demons in the world overall. He loves deception and his true motivation is often impossible to determine, though he's usually following some mysterious plan on behalf of his master. Note that he gave himself
the title of 'Trickster Priest'; that should give you ample warning as to what kind of person he is.
- Affably Evil: It's sometimes hard to believe he really is a sadistic, heartless, genocidal Eldritch Abomination, but he is.
- Anti-Hero (Type V): Shades of this in the anime. He is not a hero by any stretch of the imagination, but his goals often coincidence with Lina's.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Filia, a golden dragon. Naturally they hate each other.
- Bishōnen: Gifted at dressing up as a woman.
- Catch Phrase: "Now that is a secret!" or "Sore wa Himitsu desu~!" Also later used by the same voice actor in Houshin Engi.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It's very hard (if it's even remotely possible) to tell exactly whose side he's on at any given moment. He's very much like a prototype for Jack Sparrow, right down to the fact that he can trick you even if you know he's lying.
- Curtains Match the Window: In the anime both his eyes and hair are purple.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He introduces himself as The Trickster Priest. Even when they know he's manipulating them or setting them up for a trap, he STILL succeeds in doing so.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: One of the Golden Dragons in Slayers NEXT refers to him as "Beastmaster Xellos" in the dub. The title "Beastmaster" actually belongs to his mistress, Zelas Metallium.
- Enigmatic Minion: To the Dark Lord Zelas Metallium, one of the five lesser Dark Lords under Ruby-Eyed Shabranigdo, who is more enigmatic then her minion is in the anime — aside from the occasional mention of her title (variously given as "Lord Beastmaster" and "Greater Beast"), her sole appearances are brief, faceless cameos in the openings of NEXT, TRY and Revolution and in the epilogue of Slayers TRY.
- Eyes Always Shut: A measure of his mood. When they are closed, he's the mischevious Trickster Priest. When they open, someone's about to suffer.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Played with. Xellos wouldn't exactly be counted as nice, but he has mercy-filled moments and, like near the end of NEXT with Gaav, he'll act more on Lina's side and assist her in battle.
- Kick the Dog: His torture of Valgaav reminds us he's a villain. Although, given the fact Valgaav is out to destroy the world and a heartless monster in his own right, it's not as if Valgaav doesn't deserve a little of that treatment.
- Killer Rabbit: Xellos's human form is hardly imposing, and his true form (which is only explicitly stated to be such in the novels and is only glimpsed a few times in the anime) is basically a man-sized long and thin blackish-purple cone standing on its pointy end.
- False Reassurance: Xellos is an absolute master of deceiving people without technically lying. Notable examples include "I absolutely will not use the Claire Bible manuscript for evil purposes" (He destroys it) and "Lord Hellmaster did not tell me his plan." ( He figured it out on his own).
- Good Hurts Evil: He is physically hurt whenever he's around people with overly positive emotions, such as Amelia, but this only comes into play during TRY.
- Manipulative Bastard: Again, he maniplulates everyone by grapping their motivations.
- Morphic Resonance: Both his human form and his cone-like true form share the color scheme of black and purple.
- Noble Demon: Emphasis on the "demon" (that's literally what he is after all). He never lets anyone forget that he's an evil mazoku, but, at the same time, doesn't engage in wanton cruelty or murder.
- For instance he once failed to accomplish a goal because he chose to save Filia. She bought his excuse that he did it just to screw with her because she thinks he's Always Chaotic Evil but for an 'evil monster focused on the Evil Plan' it doesn't make sense to abandon The Plan to have simple fun.
- Not So Above It All: Xellos generally regards himself as unflappable and above the antics of the Slayers team. However, he seems to genuinely lose it when Filia (and, in Revolution, Lina) refers to him as "namagomi" in the Japanese dub (which roughly translates as "garbage" in English).
- It Amused Me: He spends a lot of time just screwing around with Lina and co.. particularly Lina herself and Zelgadis.
- Perpetual Smiler: Save for the rare occasions where he's genuinely pissed off or surprised, he's always smiling.
- Purple Eyes: He is the "Mysterious Priest" after all. Also he's special in being the only General/Priest in one.
- Reliable Traitor: The heroes know they can trust him to help, so long as doing so aligns with his own interests. No one knows what those interests are, exactly, but he hasn't killed them yet, so...
- Ship Tease:
- With Filia; the most famous example is the 'bridal carry' during the fight with Valgaav.
- He's been known to hit on Lina a few times, such as kissing her on the cheek in NEXT.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Aided by the fact he can teleport and go invisible/intangible whenever he pleases.
- Story-Breaker Power: While Lina could probably defeat him if she tried hard enough, he's definitely much stronger than she is normally. He just never does anything.
- Token Evil Teammate: In a group of of Anti Heroes, he's a genuine villain.
- Troll: Generally only seems interested in screwing with other people, regardless on whose side they're on. It actually helps the team somewhat, as it means he's just as much a threat to their enemies as he is to them.
- Xanatos Gambit / Gambit Roulette / Indy Ploy: Impossible to tell. What he says is at odds with what he does, and what he seems to do is at odds with the final result, but he never seems upset upon "losing". Is it all part of The Plan, or is he just making up as he goes along? It's a secret.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair Justified in this case; he's a mazoku and as such his human form is an illusion.
Filia Ul Copt
A high-strung member of the Golden Dragon race, she replaces Sylphiel in Slayers TRY,
acting as a guide for the party in the Golden Dragons' quest to stop Dark Star Dugradigdu. As a member of a race siding with Ciefeed
, the god of the Slayers
World, she comes to blows with Xellos frequently, often for comedic relief.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Xellos and more or less why XelFi is one of the more loved pairings in the series.
- Blondes Are Evil: Well, not evil per se, but her attitude and naivite creates a lot of friction for everyone around her, even putting them in danger several times (including the final battle, where she is reluctant to kill the Big Bad). This also contrasts with her innocent, Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold portrayals in the opening and closing songs.
- Break the Cutie: Firstly done humorously, by forcing her to travel with the rather self-centered, impulsive and irresponsible Slayers crew. Then done seriously when she is forced to confront the fact that the Golden Dragons of the temple she belongs to are not the Saintly Church she believed them to be as they are willing to sell out an entire other world simply to ensure their world remains unscathed and having massacred an entire race of dragons to try and claim the magical weapon they believed they should be the ones to possess. When the poor girl learns that, she's so horrified that she almost crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created exclusively for the anime's third season, TRY, which was completely original material.
- The Comically Serious: In the beginning, she was the only one who took the mission seriously, meaning she frequently had stress attacks with how laidback and casual the others were over the matter.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Both in-universe and out of universe. Filia is a Golden Dragon, but spends most of the time transformed into a human form, for the convenience of her companions and of the viewers, who might find it harder to relate to a dragon.
- Glamour Failure: Her dragon tail shows when she is upset.
- Good Shepherd: She's a Priestess of Ceipheid, but even though her arrogance mars the image, she's still a heroic character.
- Guest Star Party Member: She's only present for the third season.
- Holier Than Thou: Being a priestess from what she thinks is a Saintly Church, she takes a dim view of the Anti-Hero vagabonds she has to travel with. After learning the Awful Truth she becomes more humble.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her specialty in magic.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Less innocent than 'naive' about how the world works.
- Lawful Stupid: Reaches this at times due to her Holier Than Thou attitude. Otherwise, her alignment waivers between Lawful and Neutral Good.
- Morphic Resonance: Her both forms share the same hairdo and the pink bow.
- Na´ve Newcomer: It's obvious that she hasn't had much contact with humans.
- Put on a Bus: Once TRY is over, she is never mentioned again in any other media; this also applies to the other characters originating from that season except Jillas, who is mentioned in Revolution as the engineer behind Seyruunian cannons.
- Secret Test of Character: Does this to Lina and her party in the first episode in order to prove themselves worthy of saving the world. Although she was testing their fighting skill more then their character.
- Ship Tease: With Xellos. See his entry.
- Spot of Tea: Serves as a Running Gag.
- Straight Man: The butt of jokes; usually from Xellos.
- Tsundere: Type B. She usually is "dere-dere" and only goes into a crazed "tsun-tsun" fueled by her Holier Than Thou mentality when Xellos is around.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Due to her cloistured temple life. She gets broken a little bit but comes out mostly intact.
- Woman in White: Her priestess robes are white and she delivers the Call to Adventure.
Pokota (Prince Posel Korba Taforashia)
Prince of Taforashia, currently searching for a cure to the Durum sickness that basically wiped out his father's kingdom.
OVA/Novel only characters
Naga the White Serpent (Princess Gracia Ul Naga Saillune)
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura
(Japanese), Kelly Manison (English), Eva Kaminsky (English; As Nama in Evolution-R.
A flaky, sometimes obnoxious, drunkard, scantily clad sorceress, Naga was Lina Inverse's first travelling partner, with whom Lina gladly parted ways before she eventually met up with Gourry Gabriev. Unbeknownst to Lina, Naga is the First Princess of Saillune and thusly Amelia's older sister.
After her Missing Mom
was murdered by an assassin, Naga became a Rebellious Princess
vagabound wandering the world and learning Black Magic
. She soon declared herself Lina's rival and began following her around.
- Aloof Big Sister: Amelia's. Though she lacks the typical personality, she's her prodigiously talented older sister who became a wandering drifter after a falling out with her father.
- An Ice Person: Naga's primary attack spells of choice are Freeze Arrow and Freeze Bullet (the Water Shamanism counterparts to Flare Arrow and Fireball). Her greatest non-Golem-related spell is a Water Shamanist spell of her own creation which causes a continual cascade of Freeze Arrows to rain down over a target area. Unfortunately, she can't shut it off once it starts.
- Awesome but Impractical: The Spikes of Villainy on Naga's costume. They look really cool, but a Running Gag is that she stabs herself in the face when she casts Freeze Arrow.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite getting treated as a joke most of the time, Naga is on of the most powerful white mages in the setting, almost comparable to Lina in black magic.
- Canon Immigrant: Inverted, if she and Nama are indeed the same person.
- Cat Smile: Complete with a Cute Little Fang when she laughs.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her apperance she's not a villain.
- The Ditz: Just as bad s Gourry, if not worse thanks to her near Suicidal Overconfidence and her compulsion to meddle in Lina's affairs...
- Genius Ditz: But just as Gourry is an expert swordsman, Naga is still a high caliber sorceress capable of casting powerful and complicated spells, and even created one of her own. And being a princess, she must know a thing or two about royal etiquette.
- Easter Egg: The royal crest of Saillune, seen briefly in one or two episodes, incorporates a white serpent. Also several references in the TV series to Naga, such as a woman resembling her passing by during a crowd scene in the first season, and Lina casting one of Naga's signature spells (Zelas Gort) in the second.
- Fainting: Naga faints at the sight of blood, a result of walking in on her mother's assassination... as well as the resultant bloodbath when the assassin tried to complete his mission and take out his real target, Naga herself, only for Naga to kill him with a spell of her mother's creation. That spell? "Chaos String"
- Foil: She's a rather skilled practicioner of White Magic, even mastering the powerful spell "Flow Break" (which dispels everything except white magic), and in contrast to Lina she relies primarily on Water and Earth shamanism spells to attack.
- She's also incredibly busty compared to the flat chested Lina.
- Friendship Denial: Lina was NOT her friend! She was a rival, no, wait, a sidekick!
- Gag Boobs: Naga is typically regarded as the bustiest woman in the Slayersverse, and numerous sight-gags are based on how stacked she is — including one scenario where her breasts almost pushed her off of the narrow ledge she was trying to cross.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Lina actually nicknames Naga "goldfish poop" for following her around like... yeah.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: she's the only main Slayers character who is not only a Big Eater, but also a hard drinker.
- The Lancer: Only ever travels with Lina when she's by herself and serves as her immediate foil.
- Memento MacGuffin: The reason Naga goes around in that Stripperiffic costume all the time is that it used to belong to her mother and is her last keepsake.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Noblewoman's Laugh: By and away her most defining feature. Literally taken Up to Eleven when she gets 10 clones and all them start laughing.
- Noodle Incident: Why Naga stopped traveling with Lina shortly before she met Gourry is never explained.
- The Scrappy: In universe, Lina hated traveling with her, which is why they've already separated by the time the series begins. Whenever the two have to work together again Lina is incredibly annoyed.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Stripperiffic: Oh yes.
- Third-Person Person: As Nama in Evolution-R.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Probably even better looking than Amelia.
- Unknown Rival: Naga truly believes herself to be Lina's "strongest and greatest rival", and is quick to refer to Lina as being Naga's rival or even her sidekick. Unfortunately for her, though a legitimately talented and powerful sorceress, she's still not quite at Lina's level of power and, more importantly, is much, much flakier. While Lina can't forget about Naga, as hard as she tries, nobody else seems to have ever heard of her.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Lina. Very vitriolic.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair