Our excitableHero, who gets transported to the series world by a prototype game, something he takes extremely well, all things considered. Brash and impulsive, but his boundless energy and enthusiasm can prove catching.
Badass Normal: Being only human, he obviously doesn't have any special attacks like monsters. That doesn't stop him from fighting right alongside them. Later subverted, he's is seen focusing energy in order to attack, as well as transferring it to others and putting it into his attacks. Later on it is shown he can launch Combined Energy Attacks and, in the last two episodes focus the energy of everyone they know, combining the bodies of several of his friends and reviving the Phoenix.
Dub Name Change: The dub changes the Japanese on the envelope Genki receives in Episode 1. Now in English, the mail address lists him as "M. Genki" of "Allenville". However, the dub dialogue never changes Genki's family name, nor does it ever suggest that Genki doesn't live in Japan.
Face Death with Dignity: Best illustrated during "Magic Stone Mayhem" when most of the Searchers are cornered and about to be executed via firing squad; while everyone else flinches, he just stands there glaring.
Foreshadowing: Could he actually be part of the Phoenix? Not exactly.
Hope Bringer: Helps inspire Golem, Tiger, and Hare to fight Moo.
Rollerblade Good: His rollerblades were sucked into the game along with him, and he grows very adept at fighting with them on (though he doesn't need to wear them to rumble. They just provide a very good speed boost for him. Plus, you know, impacts connect a lot harder with wheels on).
Super-Strong Child: For a pre-teen, Genki can carry Pixie or Holly without effort, fight monsters with his fists, and carry huge rocks over his head. It's never clear if this is his own strength, or something has to do with being inside a video game / another dimension.
Vocal Evolution: Voiced by then child actor Andrew Francis in the English dub, puberty hit Francis hard between the second and third seasons, but his deeper voice worked well with Genki's emotional maturity at that point.
A cute pink monster unlocked from Genki's game disc. While the others are initially concerned that bringing along a newly born monster on such a dangerous quest isn't the best idea, Mocchi grows into one of the team's best battlers, as well as Genki's best friend.
Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (Japanese), Maggie Blue O'Hara (English)
A young woman who has been searching for the legendary Phoenix with the help of her best friend Suezo and the Magic Stone, a mysterious pendant which acts as a sort of magical compass, pointing out the way they should travel. Acts as The Heart of the Searchers — all of them have joined her quest, and she in turn keeps their very different personalities from clashing to the point of tearing the team apart.
Action Girl: While she doesn't charge into battle all the time like Genki, she does defend herself and her friends several times.
Holly's partner/best friend. She tends to spoil him quite a bit and didn't really focus on training him to fight; as a result, he isn't as strong as his species can be, though that doesn't stop him from doing his best to protect her.
Berserk Button: Holly. Suezo will try to take on anyone he sees as a problem for her.
Can't Catch Up: Suezo struggled with this; even Mocchi was able to quickly surpass him. This was mainly due to Suezo having serious difficulty with the mental powers his species tends to be better known for. Even after his Day in the Limelight episode where he managed to learn Teleport, he still couldn't catch up and had his skills mostly Played for Laughs.
Butt Monkey / The Chew Toy: Generally on the end of some mistreatment. Not one episode goes by in which Suezo isn't harmed in some way in a humorous manner (typically after being thrown into the air and somehow forgotten).
Cowardly Lion: The most likely member to panic during fights, yet still usually willing to stand his ground.
Fastball Special: Notably, he was the one who came up with having Golem lob him into the air to give him a good look around. He quickly decided he wasn't too fond of that idea after being dropped/forgotten the first few times.
Kiss of Death: A rarely-seen move; it was cut from the dub except for one instance when it missed.
Large Ham: He and his (sub-)species are easily the most expressive characters in the series. It helps that they have have the chops to literally chew the scenery with.
Teleporters and Transporters: In general, Suezos should have the ability to teleport as one of their attacks. Alas, Suezo himself could never concentrate hard enough to do it. He finally gets the teleport attack, but is not very good at it.
A Gentle Giant who lives in a clearing in the forest and is known as the 'enigma'. While he is the largest and most physically imposing of the Searchers, he is also the most compassionate and prefers to avoid fighting. During most battles, he acts as the team's Stone Wall. Don't piss him off.
A wolf bandit who steals from travelers in order to support his pack of wild and stray tiger hybrids. When that doesn't end well, he joins the Searchers in order to get revenge on Moo. Very proud and stubborn.
Aloof Big Brother: Acted like this towards Gray Wolf to make him toughen up. It sort of backfired, given that Gray Wolf developed an inferiority complex instead that Moo magnified into full-blown Green-Eyed Monster. Also acts as one towards Genki.
Dark and Troubled Past: His brother Gray Wolf was captured by Moo and taken away, ultimately becoming one of Moo's Big Bad Four. Tiger is not aware of this last part until much later. He doesn't take it well.
Ineffectual Loner: Tries to keep an emotional distance from everyone, and attempts to leave the group several times after learning what his brother's become. Also takes off alone during "Tiger Meets His Match", and is seemingly killed for it, though it thankfully gets Subverted.
Irony: Tiger of the Wind was defeated by Hare farting, in a scene cut from the English dub.
Promotion to Parent: While his parents are never shown, he and his little brother have fended for themselves for their whole lives with Gray Wolf turning to his big brother for protection when he needed it.
Backstory: His past wasn't explored until the middle of the third season, making it a source of Fanfic Fuel. For the record, it turned out he used to be part of a Two Guys and a Girl team of thieves who stole from Moo, but lost both of his partners when one of their targets was actually a trap.
Bindle Stick: Carries this; sometimes it holds tools the group uses for adventuring. Its contents weren't revealed until his Backstory finally came out late in the third season.
Fartillery: Scenes with his Gas attack were cut from the English dub.
Gasshole: Hare is the main source of fart jokes, thanks to Gas: a move that's only used handful of times, but it tends to be quite effective in each appearance.
Heroic BSOD: Goes through a couple of these, but the best instance would be during "Tiger Meets His Match": upon seeing what appears to be Tiger's Lost Disc, he goes into a Thousand-Yard Stare before snapping into Unstoppable Rage.
Innocently Insensitive: Can be this at times. While trying to get Golem on Horn's ship, Suezo lets out Golem's fear of water. Hare laughs at this, at which Holly tells him to shut up.
Killer Rabbit: Looks harmless, but can be a very competent fighter.
Let's Get Dangerous: Step 1: Make plan and assure friends it will work because you're a genius. Step 2: See plan fail. Step 3: Improvise.
Love Triangle: Part of it. In the past, Wild Hare believed that he and Fairy Hare were a item and in jealousy, turned evil and plotted to tear them apart.
Miser Advisor: Downplayed, Hare tends to be the one thinking about spending and raising money. Of note is "Underground Adventure", were Hare provides a cost-effectiveness analysis of going over a mountain. This leads to Tiger claiming that Hare is Only in It for the Money. Hare admits that was his original intent, but became genuinely concerned as he became part of the team.
Too Clever by Half: Knows he's smart, but sometimes his plans don't work out like he expects.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Loves to tease and trigger Tiger's temper, but just as quick to defend him.
A legendary bird monster who fought Moo long ago, the Phoenix can turn bad monsters to good and revive lost Mystery Discs. While now the stuff of legends, Holly believes it exists, and finding the Phoenix is the object of the Searchers' quest.
Orcus on His Throne: Played with. Most dialogue implies he just sits in his castle all day while his minions conquer the world. He didn't know anything about the Searchers till one of his messengers told him, which prompts him to get off his throne so he can use the magic stone to find his original body, but after they escape, he doesn't bother with them even though they're searching for the one thing that can stop him. Justified in that case since he was at least doing something, finding and planning to rejoin his original body. Subverted when he does that, as he immediately goes to kill the Searchers.
Taking You with Me: His last word with the Phoenix. Realizing that the two of them are opposites fated to battle each other as long as they exist, he determines that the only way their battle will ever end is if both of them die, so he intentionally causes a Mutual Kill.
Made of Iron: While she appears to be a Squishy Wizard, especially in the first fight with her, Pixie is quite durable. In the season 2 finale she has her wings chopped off by Moo, is shocked repeatedly with the last time being continuous, is dropped to the snowy ground, and manages to hang on long enough for Big Blue to fuse with her.
Pinky Swear: Genki does this to her during "My Name Is Pixie".
Save the Villain: Her rematch with Genki and the Searchers ends with Genki attempting this when the ruins start coming down on their head.
Heel-Face Turn: Like all monsters revived by the Phoenix, he was freed from Moo's influence and met the searchers again during a monster tournament. Despite some initial suspicions, both parties parted on good terms.
If I Wanted You Dead...: With the No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine, when Genki questions if the food he offers them is poisoned, he says if he wanted to poison them he would have poisoned the water they drank outside, claiming that would easier than poisoning food, but the Searchers figure that if he did poison the water then they would have noticed by that point.
Knight of Cerebus: His appearance towards the end of season 2 marks an end to the comic relief episodes with things going From Bad to Worse even after his death since because of him Moo still got the magic stone. Also a literal knight.
Large Ham: Has a tendency to refer to himself in the third person while shouting his lines.
The Faceless: While Monols can make faces in-game, this one does not.
Mr. Exposition: He often tells the Searchers past events, providing the backstory of Muu and the Phoenix. Justified that all the events happened so long ago that to Holly and everyone else that it is myth and legend.
The Monolith: To further the Shout-Out to the movie 2001, Monol's debut episode has the searchers find his disk in the desert. Later, all the characters are facing the slab outside similar to the "apes discovering the Monolith" scene.
No Fair Cheating: During the Old Maid game he played with Suezo in order for The Searchers to gain passage on his ship. He notices the cards reflections off Suezo's eye and gains the advantage up till the last hand. Suezo finds out at the last minute and forces him to pick the last cards with them face down. He chooses the old maid then had Suezo do the guessing game himself. Suezo's about to pick the correct card but Horn licks the ink off it to prevent him from winning. Hare however, knowing a thing about cheating, sees through it easily and shows the Searchers, forcing Horn to concede.