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Characters: Monster Rancher
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    The Searchers 

The protagonists of the story, a group seeking to find and unlock the Phoenix.

Genki Sakura

Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Andrew Francis (English)

Our excitable Hero, 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.

  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a fan of the games, and then goes inside one.
  • 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.
  • Brown Eyes: Which are stated to be very clear and honest.
  • Character Development: He's pretty rash and dumb in the first season, but by the third he's grown into a seasoned fighter and mature young man who's learned the value of strategy as well as strength.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Japan only.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown eyes, brown hair.
  • Determinator: Is he ever.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Gets separated from the others a few times, typically to set up his Big Damn Heroes return.
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He really wanted to visit the world of Monsters.
  • Jumped at the Call: He may not have been expecting to be sucked into the game world, but he sure doesn't have any issues with it. Particularly the second time around.
  • Just a Kid: Gets this reaction at first.
  • Keet: As his name states, he's full of boundless energy.
  • Kid Hero: Stated to be 10.
  • Meaningful Name: He even tells the others outright "[My name] means energy, and I've got lots of it!"
    • His last name, Sakura(佐倉) is a homophone with the word Sakura(桜) which means cherry blossoms, which are a symbol of death and rebirth.
  • The Power of Friendship: Firm believer in this, and very good at rallying the others.
  • 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.
  • Trapped in Another World: Much to his delight.
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem fighting female monsters.

Mocchi

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Janyse Jaud (English)

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.

Holly

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.

Suezo

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English)

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.
  • Doomed Hometown: We see how it was destroyed in episode 8.
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: Given that he's basically a giant eyeball on a single leg, he'd be in real trouble if this wasn't in effect.
  • 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.
  • Oculothorax: Just an eye on a tail.
  • Spoiled Brat: Holly tended to coddle him when they were younger, and didn't focus too hard on making him learn how to fight.
  • Tail Slap: His primary move.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Even while remaining The Chew Toy.

Golem

Voiced by Naoya Uchida (Japanese); Richard Newman, Doc Harris (English)

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.

Tiger of the Wind

Voiced by Kazuki Yao (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)

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.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite the above, he'll still leap to protect Gray Wolf when he's in danger.
  • Break the Haughty: Tiger is humiliated by Captain Dino and Hare, the former in Tiger's debut episode and the latter in Hare's debut episode. He pays them both back for it.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Had to deal with the same problem Mocchi faced during the third season. He didn't take it well.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Gray Wolf's Cain.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: As demonstrated in a scene cut from the dub.
  • 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.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Takes a while to warm up to the Searchers, but when he does, it stays.
  • Desert Bandits: Introduced leading a band of these.
  • Deus Exit Machina: During "Tiger Meets His Match"; leads into a Really Dead Montage before his Faking the Dead plot is revealed via Big Damn Heroes.
  • The Dreaded: In his introductory episode, as well as some episodes afterward. His reputation alone scares people.
  • Every Scar Has A Story: His first encounter with Moo ended with him getting a nasty slice across his face and his brother's abduction.
  • Glass Cannon: Very powerful, but taken out fairly quickly.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He can be particularly ruthless and brutal in battle and he won't hesitate to kill if needed. Not to mention he's arrogant and overconfident at times.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Especially around Hare.
  • An Ice Person: His Blizzard attack.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Standoffish and proud, but fiercely loyal to his friends.
  • Loveable Rogue: Of the thief variety.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Pride is his biggest issue, along with his temper.
  • Noble Wolf
  • Not So Different: See Hare's entry below.
  • 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.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a scar cutting across his face, which remained even after his Heroic Sacrifice and rebirth in a Mystery Disc.
  • Shock and Awe: His lightning attacks.
  • Taking the Bullet: Did it for Genki in the beginning of the 25th episode. This was also an example of a Deus Exit Machina to keep him out of the fight scenes for the other characters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Treats Hare with disdain and takes any opportunity to insult him, yet will leap to his defense as easily as he would the rest of the team.

Hare

Voiced by Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese), Samuel Vincent (English)

A Trickster who pulls a fast one on Tiger, then tries to con the rest of the group. When that doesn't work out quite the way he expected, he apologizes and cheerfully joins the team, acting as The Smart Guy — though his arrogance and overconfidence works against him sometimes.

  • Achilles in His Tent: "Underground Adventure".
  • 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.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His fighting style.
  • 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.
  • Loveable Rogue: Of the Con Artist variety.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Pride and Greed.
  • Not So Different: Notice all the tropes he shares with Tiger?
  • Playing with Fire: Via his Dragon Kick.
  • Shipper on Deck: Of Fairy Hare and Wild Hare.
  • The Smart Guy: Hare usually makes the team's plans.
  • 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.

The Phoenix

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.

  • All Myths Are True: The myth about it is perfectly accurate.
  • Big Good: It serves as inspiration to the Searchers and is the only one capable of stopping Moo.
  • Empty Shell: Its soul split into five monsters, leaving its body soulless.
  • Living MacGuffin: It has no real personality, but is very important to the plot.
  • Playing with Fire: Uses fire in beam attacks.
  • Phoenix: Right there in the name!
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Specifically, sealed in ice.
  • Soul Jar: Its soul was split into five monsters.
  • Super Soldier: It was created to end the Last War and defeat Moo.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The Phoenix's body was found, but its soul resides in five monsters—specifically Suezo, Mocchi, Golem, Tiger, and Hare.

    Moo and his Followers 

Moo

Voiced by Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Paul Dobson (English)

An ancient evil whose origins are Shrouded in Myth, Moo has risen and begun terrorizing the land once more. He has the power to corrupt monsters, signified by wearing his crest.

Pixie/Granity

Voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese); Saffron Henderson, Janyse Jaud (English)

One of Moo's Big Bad Four, his strongest generals. She has a serious grudge against humans, having seen them abuse and mistreat monsters for so long.

Big Blue

Voiced by Hiroyuki Yokō (Japanese), Ward Perry (English)

A Golem/Tiger hybrid and Pixie's personal bodyguard, a towering golem whose tiger sub-breed lends his stone skin an icy appearance. Stoic and stalwart, and completely loyal to his Master Pixie.

  • An Ice Person: Appearance-wise anyway.
  • Battle Butler: Serves Pixie loyally and aids her often in battle.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Also loves Pixie.
  • Golem: Of the icy variety.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Along with Pixie's.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Pixie is fatally wounded, he voluntarily fuses with her to ensure her survival, even though it means sacrificing his own existence in the process.
  • Mighty Glacier: Serves to brunt several of the Searchers' attacks.
  • Palette Swap: Looks exactly like Golem, but with a Tiger's blue and white coloring.
  • The Stoic: Often quiet and shows little emotion.

Gali

Voiced by Kaneto Shiozawa and Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English)

The second of Moo's Big Bad Four, a mysteriously floating mask and cape with seemingly nothing supporting them.

  • Floating Mask: His face is this.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Not Good: Has a noble color scheme and appearance, but is definitely evil.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Destroys the castle with his Gali Hurricane.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: When Genki manages to chip part of his mask in an attack, he goes ballistic and turns into a whirlwind that, while trying to get the Searchers, sucks in his own troops.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: He feeds the heroes food and water. The meal isn't rigged, but he uses the distraction to sucker-punch them.
  • The Stoic: Often speaks in a completely flat tone.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During which he becomes Not So Stoic.

Joker

One of Gali's followers and a Master of Illusion who enjoys entrapping his victims with his magic before dealing the final blow.

  • Master of Illusion: He creates these to lure the Searchers into a trap.
  • Monster Clown: As in the games, he's a floating reaper-like figure with a clown mask for a face.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wields this, and also attacks with the hilt of the weapon.

Gray Wolf

Voiced by Daiki Nakamura (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English)

Tiger of the Wind's little brother, who was abducted by Moo and transformed into one of his Big Bad Four. A vicious hunter who exults in his own heartlessness.

Undine

Voiced by Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese), Kelly Sheridan (English)

A beautiful water nymph who oversees a lake. Hides her crest of Moo underneath a mantle and approaches Golem, befriending him.

Naga

Voiced by Kazuya Kobayashi (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English)

The fourth of Moo's Big Bad Four, and the monster responsible for razing Holly and Suezo's Doomed Hometown.

General Durahan

Voiced by Kenyū Horiuchi (Japanese), Lee Tockar (English)

A set of Animated Armor who maintains an army of his own monsters, frozen and kept on hand for whatever tasks he cares to set them upon. While he works for Moo, he secretly plans to overthrow him.

Lilim

Voiced by Haruko Takahagi (Japanese), Janyse Jaud (English)

Durahan's right hand woman, specifically a Pixie/Joker mix. More conniving and evil than Pixie, and she seems to have her own agenda...

Mum Mew

Voiced by Keiko Han (Japanese), Pauline Newstone (English)

A vain Mew/Pixie type who appears in Season 3 under Durahan. She often buys exercise gadgets to look her best and one-up Poison.

Poison

Voiced by Miki Nagasawa (Japanese), Janyse Jaud (English)

A perky, special-breed Pixie serving under Durahan in Season 3. She has a rivalry with Mum Mew for Durahan's affections.

Gobi

Voiced by Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Paul Dobson (English)

A Golem/Henger hybrid serving under Durahan in Season 3. Frequently the subject of mistreatment.

    Others 

Allan

Voiced by Ryō Naitō (Japanese), Matt Smith (English)

A trainer who cruelly abuses his giant Worm by repeatedly whipping and terrifying it. This bites him hard during "Eternal Worm".

Monol

A mysterious monster that appears to be a simple black slab. Remembers the history of the world, and relates this to the Searchers after they unlock him. Has a tendency to randomly fall asleep.

  • Apocalyptic Log: A living one.
  • 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.
  • Sleepy Head

Falcon

A powerful red Dragon with a deep grudge against Moo.

Captain Horn

A Suezo/Tiger hybrid who brazenly defies Moo by continuing to sail with his crew of Rockies (all Suezo/Golem types).

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Holly.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: In the English dub, raided a town for its supply of milkshakes.
  • 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.
  • Pirates: Though they don't do much pirating.
  • Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Colt

Voiced by Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Kelly Sheridan (English)

An Adventurer Archaeologist: She explores the various ruins of the world along with her pet toucan, Joy.

Baku

A Big Friendly Dog who lost his owner to Moo's forces. The subject of a tear-jerking episode.


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