Characters / Noragami

The characters of Noragami.

    open/close all folders 

Main Characters

    Yato 

Voiced By: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yatonoragami_5229.png

The titular stray god and the main protagonist of the series. Yato is a seldom acknowledged god who wishes to raise enough money to build his own shrine, thereby clawing his way into fame and fortune as Japan's most revered.
  • Above Good and Evil: What he views gods as, himself included.
  • Adorkable: He got this in episode 4, when he thought the mascots in a famous park were real animals.
  • Absurd Cutting Power: His Zan (rend) power gives him this, allowing him to cut so precisely that he can separate a person from their memories. It's unknown whether other gods can do it. So far he's only been able to use it with Hiki (Nora) and Sekki (Yukine).
  • Alternate Character Reading: Yato's real name is Yaboku. "Yato" is how Sakura misread his name and Yato has kept that name ever since.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: When he was a child, Yato didn't understand what was wrong with killing people as he only knew it made his "father" happy. Sakura was the one who taught him the difference between right and wrong and shaped him up into who he is today.
  • Anti-Antichrist: Yato was created by his "father" to be a god of evil, calamity and disasters that would bring pain and destruction to the world. Yato, for his part, hates the idea, tries to stay away from his "father" and prefers to take jobs to help people in trouble.
  • Anti-Hero: Yato tends to consider himself Above Good and Evil and mostly does whatever is requested of him. He becomes more heroic after the Yomi arc, where he resolves to be like Ebisu and make people happy as a God of Fortune.
  • Awesome McCool Name: His full title, Yatogami, is extremely similar to Yato-no-kami, which means "God of the Night Sword"
  • Badass: He still lives up to his former title as a God of War. Except he isn't actually. He's a God of Calamity.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He becomes very attached to Hiyori as she helps him several times and she gives him the emotional support and care nobody had offered him before. Also, she was the first person ever to make a shrine for him.
  • Beergasm: He always enjoys his booze.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hiyori.
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT HURT HIYORI.
  • Big Eater: Doesn't come by much food very often, but when he does...
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Yato is introduced as an arrogant, nameless god with little to no followers who really wants money so he can build himself a shrine. Later on, however, the reason he wants a shrine is painted in a far more sympathetic light when we begin seeing his backstory and it's implied by Yato himself that nobody would ever build a shrine for him, so he wanted to build one himself.
  • Bishōnen: He's quite pretty for a penniless stray god.
  • Book Dumb: Subverted. When he takes over Hiyori's body, he easily solves a math question in front of the entire class.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Underneath his goofy exterior, Yato hides a lot of melancholy and loneliness from hundreds of years of not having anyone who really cares about him. After meeting Hiyori, her kindness and support make Yato finally seek comfort from someone else.
  • Bumbling Dad: He usually acts as the goofy, irresponsible dad that Yukine eventually comes to love, but not exactly respect.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He acts like a goof most of the time, but is good at what he does (severing ties between individuals) and actually has a host of other unrelated talents, like drawing and weaving clothing.
  • Butt Monkey: Yato gets paid almost zero respect from anyone. His own Shinkis just barely tolerate him.
  • Byronic Hero: A charismatic, ambitious, self-centered, arrogant but ultimately good-natured man who is haunted by a dark past which involves him repeatedly committing murder and other dirty work.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Nora's Cain. Besides his Shinki, she was his sister figure that was raised along with him, but their current relationship is complicated.
  • Character Development: After everything that happened with Ebisu, he cut off all ties with his father and is trying to reform.
  • Character Tic: His hands get sweaty anytime he fights.
  • Childhood Friends: He has known Nora since they were children and they were raised together as siblings.
  • Color Failure: Happens anytime someone disrespects him. Which is often.
  • Cooldown Hug: He gives one to Hiyori in order to stop her transformation into an ayakashi.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: After he starts falling for Hiyori he becomes this, but as a comedic example. He casually threatens to use Sekki on any other boy Hiyori might know (calling it "pest control").
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: On a bad day, they're outright Glowing Eyes of Doom with Hellish Pupils. You should start running then.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts silly and easygoing most of the time, but is deadly when serious.
  • Cute and Psycho: As a kid he was, happily murdering people and keeping their ears as "souvenirs" like it was a fun game. Happens when your "father" is a psycho as well. He grew out of it because of Sakura.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He has killed Shinki in the past, and is infamous among the other gods as having once been ruthless and violent. He seems to be the reason why Nora is a stray in the first place. His first Shinki was Sakura. And because of his father's manipulations, she turned into a monster and he had to personally kill her.
  • Dirty Kid: As a kid, he liked to grope Sakura's breasts and sometimes called her "boobs".
  • Distressed Dude: Played with. Nora and his father kidnap him and have him return to his old ways for a time, but his life isn't in danger and he realizes that if he just does as he's told for a while, he'll earn back his freedom and return to Yukine and company soon enough.
  • Divine Date: He's an immortal god who falls in love with a mortal human girl.
  • The Dreaded: He is known as the Magatsuhinogami, the god of evil, calamity and disasters.
  • Dual Wielding: After Yukine changes shape into two swords.
  • Experienced Protagonist: While he doesn't act like it, Yato has been alive for centuries and has been around the block a couple times, having shot a lot of dogs acting as a wetworks man.
  • Expy: Formerly an incredibly powerful warrior who killed people but left that life behind to serve as a goofy wandering bum who falls in with an Action Girl and a Bratty Half-Pint. One might be inclined to see shades of Himura Kenshin in there.
  • Freak Out: Yato when working for his father with Nora, starts freaking out when he wonders how long it's been. Wondering if Hiyori has forgotten him.
  • Goal in Life: He aspires to raise enough money to build his own shrine. His true goal is to never be forgotten.
  • God of Evil: Formerly. To be precise, he was a 'god of calamity', an assassin-god tasked with carrying out evil wishes against others (which usually involved killing a whole lot of people). He prefers to distance himself from that for obvious reasons.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His known Shinkis so far have all been bladed weapons, prominently being Sekki and Hiki.
  • Hellish Pupils: His pupils slowly elongate towards cat-like slits when he's having a Glamour Failure. 'Hellish' fits because that usually means he's really pissed off, and you never want a god mad at you.
  • Heroic Vow: Once he accepts a job or responsibility, he sees it through and never backs out. He later promises to stay with Hiyori and make her the happiest girl in the world.
  • Hidden Depths: Yato is an unexpectedly talented artist, and a dab hand with multiple crafts.
  • Hitman with a Heart: When Nora returns and abducts him to do some jobs for father, it turns out Hiyori's influence has turned him into this, with Yato expressing much more reluctance when killing people.
  • Homeless Hero: Since he's a god very few know, Yato doesn't have a temple or a house of his own. He usually sleeps in the streets or crashes at Kofuku's place.
  • Hot God: If his fangirls are of any indication. He's a slender, attractive guy with Icy Blue Eyes that everyone considers beautiful, and combine that with past!Yato, and you have a god that has a whole fandom drooling.
  • Hypocrite: Explored. He chastises Yukine for bad behaviour that he cheerfully engages in himself... because if he does it, it won't turn him into an Eldritch Abomination. On the other hand, his reluctance to practice what he preaches means that his pupil is way less interested in heeding his warnings.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: One of his most prominent features. His eyes are typically sharp and cool, especially in flashbacks before the events of the series.
  • Idiot Hero: Despite appearing to be one at first glance, his goofy nature conceals a very serious individual with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: Yato frequently fantasizes about life as a grossly wealthy god. He would drive around in a limousine, with countless worshippers and a harem of Shinkis.
  • Immortal Immaturity: His childish love of Capypers puts him in this territory. He thinks the mascots are real animals instead of people in costumes.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: In the beginning he's arrogant, and acts like he's high and mighty. But hides guilt over a horrid past. He grows out of the superiority part when Ebisu is killed.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Anime only.
    "You, who would desecrate this land of the rising sun! With my advent, I, the God Yato, shall lay waste with the Sekki and expel thy vast defilement!"
  • It's All About Me: Yato has something of a god-complex and is very self-centered. He expects Yukine to obey his every command and does not pay his opinions any mind. This trait eventually tones down considerably, though Yato still remains rather self-important.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Yato later becomes worried that Hiyori will always be in danger so long as she remains tied to him, and repeatedly considers cutting their ties and wiping her memory so that she can live a normal life.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He advertises himself as a "delivery god," but he's basically this. Other than his supernatural duties, some of his more mundane jobs include finding a lost cat and fixing a leaky pipe. He's even authored some raunchy doujinshi about Bishamonten — which Kazuma has bought and collected.
  • Jerkass Façade: At his base, Yato is a serious and noble god, but he seems most happy when acting like an arrogant, fame-hungry buffoon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite rude, full of himself, and can come off as greedy, but Yato really does want what's best for the people he helps, and cares for his friends.
    • A prime example is Chapter 1, when Tomone/Mayu quits. Yato could have easily ignored her, forcing her to either be a Nora or stay with him. Instead he willing freed her despite being defenseless without her, and her being quite rude to him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • He lives his life in a cycle. At times, he'll be in public taking any job he can. But other times, he takes jobs from his Father with Nora. Those jobs usually entail this.
    • Yato cutting off Kugaha's hand was very brutal. But Kugaha did spend an entire arc being an unbearable monster.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: He was forced to kill his first own Shinki and older sister figure Sakura after she turned into an Ayakashi because he revealed her true name.
  • Knife Nut: Tomone (Mayu) took a form of a dagger as Hanki. It was also Sakura's form as Ouki.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: He and Hiyori tend to act like a married couple with Yukine as their surrogate child.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • His relationship with Nora; they were raised together and she was his sister as much as she was his Shinki. However, during the present times, Yato is rather uncomfortable around her.
    • He had a more genuine version of this with Sakura. She acted as a loving sister who taught him good things about the world his "father" wouldn't let him know.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Afraid that Nora may target her if he doesn't, Yato tells Hiyori to stay away from him and blocks all of her calls... and then proceeds to constantly pester her on Twitter.
    Hiyori: Does he want me to bother him or not!?
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Hiyori. He is a several hundred years old god, while she is a human teenager.
  • No Sympathy: For people who give up on life and commit suicide. Yato sees them as weak, and wasting a life a Shinki would have loved to live.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: They're way too pale and bright. The show draws attention to them when it wants to underline just how ancient and inhuman he is.
  • Papa Wolf: Exhibits this more than a few times towards Yukine, refusing to replace him and generally trying to keep him out of harm's way when he isn't in sword mode.
  • Parental Substitute: Yato, in many ways, grows into a paternal figure towards Yukine.
  • Perpetual Poverty: When you make only 5 yen per job, no matter how big, you're not getting rich anytime soon.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Yato coldly states that people who want to quit and die should do just that, but chooses to save a man from committing suicide so that Yukine wouldn't have to see it.
    • Another example is Yukine. When Yukine was still a major jerkass, everyone suggested that Yato disown him. Yato refused out of sympathy from Yukine's memories and the fact if Yukine didn't mature, he would become an Ayakashi.
  • Physical God: Something he has to constantly remind people.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Well, causes him a lot of problems. He clams up when it comes to his dad, although he gets a little better by explaining it to Yukine and Hyori. However, it's Bishamon of all people who call him out on it and points out how much grief would have been avoided if he had explained things clearly to her.
  • Professional Killer: He's is the supernatural version of this, or used to be as a God Of Calamity. Nora and his Father acted as his controllers who gave him the jobs, and had the habit of occasionally forcing him back into this job now and then, despite his attempts at retirement.
  • Razor Wind: He is capable of unleashing this while wielding Yukine.
  • Really 700 Years Old: As a god, he has a long lifespan and has been around for centuries despite appearing to be in his late teens to early twenties. Naturally, his wardrobe has changed a lot to match the times, going from a yukata, to denim (with roller skates!), and finally to his current tracksuit.
  • Samurai Ponytail: He had this in his past, although a very short one. After some arcs and his hair has grown so he keeps it that way again.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: He wears a white, slightly ratty one. For some reason.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: He'll do anything to get clients. Anything.
    • Deconstructed. His desperation for clients is a result of an innate fear of disappearing. He has few believers and thus has a very unstable existence; due to the way gods' existences work, there's a very low chance he'd reincarnate if he were to die. Advertising himself as a "delivery god" is Yato's way of breaking away from his Father as well as his own past of killing others.
  • Ship Tease: With Bishamonten, frequently, to Yukine's and Hyori's frustration. Even Bishamonten and Yato lampshade it in chapter 62.
    "You and me both, honey!! This is one ship that will never sail!!"
  • Shoot the Dog:
    • He is sometimes forced to slay innocent spirits after they are possessed by the Ayakashi. He reasons that once a spirit is overcome, destruction is their only salvation.
    • Yato's killing of Bishamon's Shinki was also a mercy killing. All of her Shinki except for Kazuma were corrupted beyond saving, so his only option was to kill them or let Bishamon die.
    • Yato's killing of Sakura, his first Shinki was this as well.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Nora when they were children. They would go "play" by brutally slaying tons of people to keep their "Father" happy. That was until Yato met Sakura and stopped enjoying his "playtime" with Nora.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: What his relationship with Bishamon eventually becomes after she finds out he killed her Shinki to save her life.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's quite arrogant for a poor, mooching god with next to no worshippers.
  • Smells Sexy: Hiyori finds Yato's scent very alluring, to her embarrassment.
  • Smug Super: Out of battle, he enjoys boasting about his god-like abilities and is extremely full of himself.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played for laughs, but he becomes this for Hiyori. He calls her and sends her text messages about every ten minutes and pesters her on twitter. Hiyori has to have him blocked to make it stop. He also cracks her phone and likes to break into her room while she's asleep. Turns out Yato does this out of fear that Hiyori will forget about him if they lose contact for a long time. Which is later proven to be possible.
  • Stepford Smiler: His happy-go-lucky, goofy demeanor hides a lot of pain and insecurities.
  • The Stoic: He used to be one when Kazuma asked for his help killing all the Shinki of the "ma" clan.
  • Tears of Joy: He becomes overwhelmed when Hiyori gives him a tiny shrine she made for him in chapter 26.
  • Theme Naming: The given names of his Shinki all end with 'ne'. This is most likely in the memory of Sakura, who's real name was Tamanone.
  • Tranquil Fury: He becomes enraged during his fight with Rabou, but he does not lose his composure.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Some of his antics may veer him in this direction, especially during the anime OVA.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Yukine after the latter's Character Development. While they keep bickering, fighting and insulting each other, Yukine is clearly his best friend and most reliable ally.
    • Also with Daikoku. Daikoku is constantly insulting him, but he's one of the few real friends Yato had from before meeting Hiyori and Yukine.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Yato eventually becomes Yukine's father figure of sorts. While Yato often acts like a total goofball, Yukine is more serious and snarky.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a child, Yato only wanted to be praised by his "father" and everything he did, from killing people to bringing him "souvenirs" from his victims, was to make his "father" happy. Now, that feeling has completely vanished and Yato just wants to stay away from his "father".
  • We Used to Be Friends: Once, he and Nora were as close as family. Now, Yato just wants to avoid having to use her and see her as much as possible.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Hiyori.
  • Yandere: Shows traits of it towards Hiyori, although Played for Laughs. Among some other creepy stuff, he casually asks Hiyori to tell him the name of every other guy she knows so he can do some "pest control".
  • Yes Virginia: An extra chapter shows that he believes in Santa Claus. As it turns out, Santa does exist, and there's more than just one. The Santa that visits Yato and co. is a 32 year old woman.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Angering Yato too much will have him regress to his former days as a God of Calamity, making him much more fierce and powerful in battle.

    Hiyori Iki 

Voiced By: Maaya Uchida (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hiyorinoragami_4417.png

An ordinary middle school girl who has the unusual ability to see Yato. After nearly dying while saving Yato, Hiyori is left on the border between the human world and the afterlife, with her spirit frequently leaving her body. Hiyori is the daughter of a wealthy family and is a passionate fan of pro-wrestling.
  • Achilles' Heel: Hiyori's "tail," which anchors her spirit to the realm of the living. Should it be severed, Hiyori will die. It also causes excruciating pain if it is tugged roughly.
  • Action Girl: Thanks to the enhanced strength her spirit form provides her, Hiyori can put up a decent fight against the monstrous spirits.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has brown eyes in the manga, but they're pink in the anime.
  • Astral Projection: Her spirit form, essentially. She is completely invisible to humans, and is able to phase through objects like a ghost would, but there are also times when she can interact with her physical environment.
  • Audience Surrogate: As the ordinary girl being introduced to Yato's magical world, Hiyori is meant to be this.
  • Base Breaker: An interesting in-universe example. After Yato took over her body for a day, half of her school's student body loves her and the other half hates her.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Yato.
  • Break the Cutie: Yato's dad nearly did. He used controlled Ayakashi to control patients in her father's hospital causing riots with her mom even getting hit in the head and damaging her father's career with Hiyori blaming herself for this.
  • Bring It: She says it to Yato's dad. Unfortunately he decided to attack her family instead.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Hiyori's kindness helps Yato face his hidden melancholy and loneliness and he soon starts to seek comfort in her.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She likes to announce the names of wrestling moves as she uses them.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She downright refuses to admit she likes Yato as more than a friend.
  • Cat Girl: Her spirit form has a cat tail and she has some cat-like mannerisms.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Hiyori mentions that she is a huge fan of pro-wrestling, so naturally she knows how to pull off some insane fighting moves.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She throws herself in front of an oncoming bus to "save" Yato, a complete stranger to her, and insists on helping with every case Yato gets.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild example, she was not happy when Yato called Kofuku his "girlfriend". As well as gaining demon eyes when Yato sort of kissed Bishamon.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Yukine.
  • Cute Bruiser: In her spirit form, Hiyori gains a lot of strength and can kick some serious ass.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Hiyori reveals she is unsure of what she wants to do. While she doesn't mind becoming a doctor and her parents aren't putting any pressure for her to become one either, she isn't sure if that is what she really wants to do. She later resolves to become a doctor to fix her family name damaged by Yato's father's actions.
  • Determinator: If Yato or Yukine are in trouble, she will go to any lengths to save them, no questions asked.
  • Devoted to You: She eventually becomes the object of adoration to Yato, which (although Played for Laughs) can reach Stalker with a Crush levels.
  • Divine Date: She's a mortal human girl who falls in love with the god Yato.
  • Easy Amnesia: In episode 12, she regains her lost memories of Yato and Yukine by smelling Yato.
  • Education Mama: She gives private lessons to Yukine and makes sure he takes his education very seriously, even though he's, you know, dead and studying won't do anything for him.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone knows about her feelings for Yato.
  • Fangirl: Of pro-wrestling. Her favorite wrestler is Touno and she worships him like a god.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Yato and Yukine. At first, she only follows them around so Yato could cure her spirit problem, but over time, she comes to care for both of them like family, and the three risk their lives for each other repeatedly.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair this way when she's not at school.
  • Girly Bruiser: A very girly and cute young lady who is also a surprisingly strong wrestler in her spirit form.
  • Has a Type: Despite her denials, Hiyori seems to have a thing for worthless people. In chapter 58 when the gods were pairing humans together, each time she was paired up with someone it was either homeless hobos or gambling addicts. Curiously, they all had a trait of Yato's.
  • The Heart: She acts as this for the main characters trying to defuse the harsh situations between them.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She claims Yato is just her friend to her brother, he was not fooled.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Passing out at random and constantly being beset upon by monstrous ayakashi is not something Hiyori is terribly fond of.
  • In a Single Bound: Her jumping power is greatly increased in her spirit form.
  • It's All My Fault: Hiyori blamed herself for Yato's father attacking her families' hospital when she told him she would face him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • In the anime, Nora takes away her memories of Yato and later her memory continues to fade so she forgets Yukine. She manages to recover them.
    • In the manga she starts to forget about Yato due to not seeing him for a while due to how the far side works, it isn't till she sees Yukine again that she fully remembers
  • Like an Old Married Couple: She and Yato tend to act like a married couple with Yukine as their surrogate child.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She treats Yukine like a younger brother and he eventually comes to view Hiyori as an older sister figure he cares about a lot.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Yukine notes that Yato and Hiyori's brother are very similar; they're both worthless, carefree guys who talk without thinking and don't want to be what their parents expect from them.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Yato becomes so dependant of Hiyori's emotional support that spending two months away from her almost literally drives him insane.
  • Lust Object: Yukine tends to have perverted thoughts about Hiyori, to Yato's dismay since Shinki's impure thoughts bring pain to their master. After his Character Development, he stops lusting after Hiyori and starts thinking of her as a sister figure.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Yato. She is a human teenager and he is a several hundred years old god. Yato's father berates Hiyori for making Yato rely on her when she'll die long before him.
  • Nice Girl: She's very kind and gentle, immediately trying to befriend Yukine during his initial confusion as Yato's Shinki.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Yato seems to think so, when setting up her perfect matches, they are either gambling addicts, homeless or easily tricked. Yukine noticed there was a pattern.
  • The Nose Knows: She can track the scents of Gods while in her spirit form.
  • Oblivious to Love: She does not seem to notice Yukine's crush on her, and treats him like a younger brother. Also seems to be unaware of the "effect" she seems to have on Yato in later chapters.
  • Ojou: She comes from a well-off family of doctors.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: Just a normal middle school girl who one day encounters a god on the street and becomes a human-spirit hybrid after getting run over by a car to save him.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Her first kiss was stolen by Yato's "father". She didn't take it well.
  • Sleepyhead: Anytime her spirit leaves her body, it is left asleep. Her spirit also leaves at random times, potentially leaving her collapsed right in public.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Her family is made up of doctors, and they even own a few hospitals. Despite being more than well-off, Hiyori is nothing short of kind and considerate. It should also be noted that she isn't spoiled by her parents either. While her mother is overprotective, her father expects her to do chores for money when she runs out of her monthly allowance supporting Yato and Yukine.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Her mother and maternal grandmother possess the ability to sense the presence of beings from the Far Shore. Hiyori inherits this ability, as does her brother but it's more potent — being able to actually see gods and shinki.
  • Super Strength: Only while in her spirit form. She displays strength and agility similar to Yato's.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The story is told through Hiyori's perspective, though the tale is really Yato's.
  • Team Mom: She acts as the loving and supporting, yet stern mother of the little "family" formed by her, Yato and Yukine.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Inverted. Hiyori is a fairly girly girl, but she also happens to be a huge wrestling fan.
  • Tsundere: Type B towards Yato. She is nice to nearly everyone, but is far more likely to be annoyed with him.
  • Uptown Girl: Her family is more than well-off, while Yato makes only 5 yen per job and usually has to sleep at the street.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Ayakashi are naturally drawn to her spirit form, wishing to corrupt her exposed soul.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Yato.
  • Wistful Amnesia: After being separated from Yato for a long time, Hiyori starts to lose her memories of him. Hiyori can still sense she's forgetting about someone really important to her, someone she never wanted to forget and wanted to stay by her side forever.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She likes to mimic the special moves of her wrestling hero, Touno.

    Yukine 

Voiced By: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yukinenoragami_2020.png

A young boy spirit who is enlisted as Yato's newest Shinki (Divine Weapon). His weapon form is a hiltless katana with a blade as white as snow.
  • Absurd Cutting Power: His blade form is ridiculously sharp; sometimes cutting things that were in the general direction of Yato's swings. This sharpness can only be tempered by experience on the Shinki's part.
  • Abusive Parents: It's implied that his home life before dying was not particularly pleasant and might've been difficult.
  • Adaptational Badass: The team's confrontation with the Gods over Ebisu is much longer in the anime, Yato has Yukine cut through the Gods' Fantastic Nuke, quartering their magic circle] and scattering the clouds in the process!
  • Adaptational Heroism: During the time he was stealing from people, it was toned down in the anime. For example, he does not steal from Hiyori like he does in the manga.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: For most of the part, he acts like a troublesome and disrespectful younger brother to Yato.
  • Bad Liar: "I found it..."
  • Barrier Warrior: Like all Shinkis, Yukine is capable of putting up a "borderline" barrier that Ayakashi spirits cannot pass through.
  • Body Horror: When Yukine sins so much that he begins shifting into an Ayakashi, his back sprouts a mass of demonic eyeballs and he gradually becomes more monstrous-looking.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He starts out as this, being an extremely rude, disrespectful troublemaker that abuses his abilities to steal and bring Yato trouble. He thankfully gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: After Yato begins using Nora again, Yukine becomes upset with Yato, but the two eventually make up.
  • Brutal Honesty: He tends to say whatever's on his mind, usually to Yato's exasperation.
  • Came Back Strong: After Bishamon kills him in his weapon form, he revives and evolves into twin blades due to his loyalty to Yato.
  • Character Development: When we first met Yukine, he was a total brat. He regularly stole and was just unpleasant to be around. After his punishment, he reformed. Although still quite mouthy, he cared for Hiyori and Yato. He worked to repay all that he stole. As well as becoming very loyal to Yato, sacrificing himself to save Yato without a second thought.
  • Character Tic: Despite his name, Yukine gets cold and shivers rather easily.
  • Cowardly Lion: He is intimidated by powerful adversaries like Bishamon, but fights to the best of his ability, regardless.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: In a non-romantic way for Yato. He is always annoyed when it looks like Yato likes Nora better than him being more in line of a child wanting more attention from their parent.
  • Crush Blush: He is attracted to Hiyori and blushes whenever she touches him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He always seems to have a smart remark ready, usually at Yato's expense.
  • Dirty Kid: His perverted thoughts about Hiyori tend to bring Yato pain. He eventually gets better.
  • Equippable Ally: He can shift into a sword form.
  • Ghost Amnesia: He can't remember his past life before dying. Good thing considering what happens if he manage to remember it...
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A non-romantic example, but he is not happy that Yato has a Nora. And constantly compares himself to her.
  • Happily Adopted: One could say that Yato and Hiyori are Yukine's surrogate parents due to his young age. With Yato calling Yukine his boy multiple of times with Hiyori acting like an Education Mama at times.
  • Heel Realization: The point of being "punished," and Yukine does realize that his actions have hurt not only him, but Yato, Hiyori and everyone around him as well.
  • Human Weapon: He encounters this problem with Yato, who at times treats Yukine as nothing more than a weapon for his use.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He envies the living, wishing he could do normal things like go to school or play with friends.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Hiyori at one point allowed Yukine to live with her as opposed to sleeping at shrines with Yato. Yukine struggled with the "innocent" part in which caused Yato pain.
  • Invisible Jerkass: He abuses being undetectable by humans to steal for his own benefit. He gets over with though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post-Character Development. He still can be snarky and abrasive, but he's a really good guy who would readily sacrifice himself for his friends.
  • Kid Sidekick: To Yato. He's his Shinki while still being a kid in his early teens. This causes trouble due to Yukine's hormones and rebellious nature corrupting both of them until Yukine is forced to mature.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Hiyori. They form a close sibling-like relationship after his Character Development.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "sound of snow," and his original spirit form resembled a tiny snowflake.
  • Mouthy Kid: He doesn't pull his punches when it comes to expressing how pathetic he thinks Yato is.
  • Named Weapons: His weapon name is "Sekki."
  • Number Two: Since he's Yato's only active Shinki, Yukine is, by default, Yato's Guidepost: his most trusted aide.
  • Power Tattoo: After being contracted, Yukine bears the kanji for "snow" on his collarbone.
  • Precocious Crush: He has one on Hiyori, at first. However, his feelings were based mostly on lust and sexual urges and once he starts to mature, he gets over his crush on Hiyori, coming to see her as an older sister/mother figure instead.
  • Primal Fear: He is terrified of the dark. He sleeps with a desk lamp on and a table on its side between him and Yato to block the light on Yato's side of the room.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Yukine does NOT react well to Kazuma attempting to force him to spill what he knows about Father.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He becomes this to Yato after his Character Development. Yukine still likes to make fun of him and insult him, but he truly becomes extremely loyal to Yato to the point he won't hesitate to sacrifice himself for him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He does not like hurting others, and has stated repeatedly that he does not want to fight Yato's battles.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Yukine is actually a really powerful Shinki, but his lack of experience and immaturity makes it difficult to Yato to bring out his true potential.
  • Sour Supporter: Yukine initially dislikes the fact that Yato essentially forced him into servitude, though they eventually come to accept one another.
  • Sticky Fingers: He developed into an opportunistic thief early on, swiping money from people if given the chance. He later outgrows this.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: A young Shinki with amber eyes.
  • Synchronization: As Yato's Shinki, the two are connected on a spiritual level. Also, anytime Yukine performs a sin of any kind, Yato feels a sharp, stabbing sensation which gradually corrupts his soul and will kill him if unaddressed.
  • Tears of Remorse: As he confesses to all of his crimes during his "punishment."
  • Teens Are Monsters: Deconstructed, as Yukine's spiral down illustrates what it takes for a confused youth to commit heinous acts.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Yukine's animosity with Yato affects how effective he is in combat. The more frustrated Yukine is, the more dull his blade is.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He is one of the few Shinki to change shape. The only other one known is Kazuma.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his punishment, he is much nicer.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After Suzuha died, he continued to tend to the Sakura tree that Suzuha used to.
  • Tsundere: He's abrasive and disrespectful to Yato most of the time, but Yukine eventually grows to really care about him and becomes his loyal Shinki. Lampshaded by Yato in Chapter 45.
  • Undying Loyalty: Eventually becomes very devoted to both Yato and Hiyori. This is shown the best when his Shinki form evolves as a proof of his absolute loyalty to his master.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yato after his Character Development. They argue and fight like a pair of brothers, but there's no doubt Yukine is Yato's best friend.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Yukine is far more serious and snarky than Yato, who eventually becomes Yukine's father figure of sorts.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: After becoming friends with another Shinki, he feels this. And like Yato, he is scared that one day Hiyori will grow up and forget him.

Gods & Shinki

    Tenjin 

Voiced By: Toru Okawa (Japanese), Sean Hennigan (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tenjinnora2_63.jpg

The famous God of Academics. He is often sought out, or appears before Hiyori and Yukine when his wisdom is needed.
  • Chick Magnet: Believe it or not. He can literally have high school girls fawning over him after speaking with them for less than five minutes.
  • Foil: To Yato. Tenjin is essentially everything that Yato wants to be: beloved throughout Japan, with several successful shrines, and living the good life. Unlike Yato, Tenjin is calm and mature, rather than brash and foolhardy. He is well respected and takes care of several Shinkis, whereas Yato can just barely handle Yukine. Tenjin is also a lot less merciful when it comes to handling Shinki that act out of line. Yato, on the other hand, nearly died because he refused to turn his back on Yukine.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although Tenjin is a very kind and honest god, he sets stern rules for himself and his Shinki. One of them being that if a Shinki betrays him, they are not given a second chance and are cast out. He also doesn't offer sympathy to stray Shinki.
  • Good Luck Charm: Tenjin himself is one, bringing good fortune to those who pray to him in all things academic related.
  • Not So Different: From Yato. He was originally a murderous spirit. The people who feared being killed by him deified him in order to placate him. Eventually he reformed.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Despite his sage-like disposition, he loves to flaunt his wisdom and impress school girls.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: When he's not wearing his god's clothes, he's dressed as this.
  • Theme Naming: The given names of his Shinki all end with 'yu'.

    Mayu/Tomone 

Voiced By: Asami Imai (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

Yato's former Shinki. She currently serves the academic god, Tenjin. Her former name while serving Yato was "Tomone." Her weapon form is a dagger.
  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't sugarcoat her words when describing her former relationship with Yato.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Yukine, and most young people in general.
  • Happily Married: In her former life before dying, although she does not remember it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When she was a human she was able to save her daughter's life
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her annoyance with Yato, she willing helped him during Yukine's purification.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Her bickering with Yato is perceived as this by Hiyori.
  • Line in the Sand: When Daikoku asked for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu was the only one of Tenjin's Shinki to step forward.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Demands Yato end his contract with her, unable to stand working with him. This left Yato weaponless until he met Yukine.

    Tsuyu 

Voiced By: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)

Tsuyu is the spirit of a plum tree who has lived with Tenjin for 1,000 years. She is not a shinki, but rather stays with Tenjin out of a lasting love.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She has served as a protector to her beloved Tenjin's shrine through the centuries they have spent together.
  • Cool Big Sis: She seemed to have gotten along very well with Sakura, and when she was troubled Tsuyu advised her.
  • Eternal Love: Has loved Tenjin for a really long, long, time.
  • Facial Markings: She has a red mark resembling a plum blossom located on the middle of her forehead.
  • Hime Cut: The ideal hairstyle to match her miko attire.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji characters of her name are comprised of the words 梅 - "plum", and 雨 - "rain".
  • Nature Spirit
  • Plant Person: Being the spirit of a plum tree she can communicate with other trees or plants.
  • Purple Eyes: To show her nature as a tree spirit.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches down to her knees.

    Kofuku 

Voiced By: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kofukunoragami_5228.png

The bubbly and energetic, but naturally irresponsible God of Poverty. Though she goes by the name Ebisu, a famous God of Fortune, Kofuku just uses the moniker to conceal her status as a poverty god.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kofuku (Little Luck) is later revealed to be a nickname given to her by Daikoku, since he found the name Binbougami (Goddess of Misfortune) to be too harsh.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a Poverty God, Kofuku has always been hated and scorned by humanity. The heavens also forbidden her to have a Shinki, so Kofuku was all alone until she met Daikoku.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She causes poverty-inducing bad omens wherever she goes, but Kofuku herself is very sweet and bubbly.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Turns out she's the cause for ending Japan's bubble era.
  • Beta Couple: With Daikoku. They're the simpler couple with less problems to contrast the more dysfunctional main couple, Yato and Hiyori.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her thought process is rather odd, often disregarding consequences when making decisions.
  • Cuddle Bug: Kofuku loves to get touchy-feely, especially with Hiyori.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Occasionally visible. A reference to her immaturity.
  • Death Seeker: At times she wishes she died so Daikoku could raise her as a daughter as he really wishes he could have been a father.
  • The Ditz: She isn't really smart and her own Shinki calls her a helpless idiot.
  • Dude Magnet: She can easily seduce guys.
  • First Name Basis: Prefers to be called Kofuku rather than by titles.
  • The Gadfly: She enjoys getting reactions out of Hiyori, usually by snuggling her, or even playfully scaring her with ominous tales of Yato's past.
  • Genki Girl: She typically behaves in a child-like manner, and is energetic and playful.
  • Hot Goddess: She's very attractive and can easily seduce unwitting humans.
  • Idiot Hair: She always has one curly strand sticking up.
  • Immortal Immaturity: She is a goddess and Yato says she is way older than she appears, but Kofuku acts like an immature child that can't take care of herself and usually needs her Shinki to babysit her. It's implied she acts like this on purpose to be like the child Daikoku wants, but can never have.
  • The Jinx: As a God of Poverty, Kofuku spreads bad luck onto anyone she meets.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Her and Daikoku are essentially married.
  • Love at First Sight: The moment she first saw Daikoku she thought he was really hot and made him her Shinki.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Hiyori, "Hiyorin." And calls Yukine, "Yukki."
  • Nice Girl: By fair one of the most selfless individuals in the series. She lets Yato and Yukine crash at her residence for much of the manga and anime for starters.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Kofuku Glomps Hiyori only seconds after meeting her and likes to get uncomfortably close to people.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kofuku isn't quite as oblivious as she seems, and is actually capable of being serious when she wants to be.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Bishamon visits Kofuku, and asks if she knows where to find Yato. Kofuku calmly says, that what happened between Bishamon and Yato is none of her business, but if Bishamon kills Yato, Bishamon better watch her back.
  • One Born Every Minute: She easily buys into Yato's lies and often provides him with money, although this may be tied to her role as a God of Poverty.
  • Opposites Attract: With Daikoku.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her ability to summon hordes of Ayakashi makes her extremely dangerous. The damage summoning gloom can do is enough that she can threaten Bishamon with it.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her outfit is predominantly pink, and Kofuku is fittingly very girly.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A classic example, her hair being as sweet and bright and she is.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The happy-go-lucky and carefree girl to contrast Daikoku's serious and grounded guy.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Hiyori is surprised by Kofuku's cute appearance, as Ebisu is traditionally depicted as a male in Japanese mythology. Subverted in that Kofuku is not really Ebisu, but is merely a nickname she employs to hide her status as a Poverty God.
  • Shipper on Deck: A YatoXHiyori fangirl.
  • Troll: She has a tendency of bring up subjects just to annoy her friends. Even sending Hiyori a photo of Yato kinda kissing Bishamon just to annoy her
  • Your Cheating Heart: Parodied. Daikoku is basically her husband, but Kofuku likes to pretend she has an "affair" with Yato and she also went to "play around" with one of Yato's clients.

    Daikoku 

Voiced By: Daisuke Ono (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daikokunoragami_300.png

Kofuku's intimidating, but loyal Shinki. His weapon form is a paper fan.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Daikoku is a good guy, but since he's the Shinki of a Poverty God, his primary ability is opening up gloom, which causes Ayakashi to begin spawning en masse.
  • Beta Couple: With Kofuku. While not perfect, they act like a relatively happy married couple and they sure have it easier than Yato and Hiyori.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Kofuku's. He frequently has to keep her out of trouble, or from causing trouble.
  • Combat Hand Fan: His weapon form.
  • Cool Shades: He wears black sunglasses while in his "formal" attire.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: A comedic example, he is noticeably annoyed if any male talks to Kofuku. He acts like her husband and even thinks of Yato as an adulterer, due to his "relationship" with Kofuku.
  • Enemy Summoner: His fan form is capable of creating gloom that summons swarms of Ayakashi. A dangerous ability in the hands of someone as irresponsible as Kofuku.
  • Equippable Ally: He can shift into a paper fan.
  • Face of a Thug: He's actually a decent guy when you get to know him, but he can be intimidating when he wants to be.
  • Friend to All Children: Daikoku apparently has a soft spot for children, though everyone makes him out to be a pedophile.
  • Ironic Name: Daikoku’s name is derived from the Shinto god named Daikokuten, the god of wealth and one of the Seven Lucky Gods. Daikoku is the Shinki of the Goddess of Poverty.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be rough, but is very reasonable, and despite what he says, he really does care about Yato. A good example is when Kazuma stays over as Bishamon exiled him, Daikoku threats to hurt him, if Kazuma doesn't ... eat his fill.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Daikoku desires to be a father, but is unable to produce children as a Shinki.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Him and Kofuku are essentially married.
  • Meaningful Name: Daikoku means "Great Blackness," a reference to his ability of summoning gloom.
    • In later chapters, we find out that he's named after Daikoku, one of the Seven Lucky Gods. This helps in her pretending to be Ebisu, as Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired together.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Everyone makes him out to be a pedophile due to his fondness of children.
  • Opposites Attract: With Kofuku.
  • Parenting the Husband: A gender-reversed example with Kofuku. They are not actually married, but Daikoku is basically Kofuku's husband. However, her childish and ditzy attitude results in Daikoku also acting as her babysitter. It's implied Kofuku does it on purpose to let Daikoku act like the father he always wanted to be.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Daikoku can be very intimidating but he wears a light pink shirt and does the majority of the housework such as cooking, cleaning, and gardening.
  • Restraining Bolt: He tries to keep Kofuku from running amok and causing poverty.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The serious and grounded guy to contrast Kofuku's happy-go-lucky disposition.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Likes to unwind with a cigarette, and can pull off frightening faces with one in his mouth.
  • Tears of Joy: He gave big ones when Yato, Yukine and Hiyori return form Bishamon alive.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kofuku, of course.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Yato; he regularly insults Yato but honestly cares about him.
  • Willfully Weak: Daikoku doesn't want to be a blessed regalia like Kazuma or Yukine, as Kofuku getting even stronger would probably destroy the country.

    Bishamon/Vaisravana 

Voiced By: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Elizabeth Maxwell (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bishanorgami_9243.png

A God of War, among which she is considered the most powerful. She holds a personal vendetta against Yato for killing one of her Shinki in the past.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is silvery white in the manga, but the anime depicts her as a blonde.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She takes in helpless spirits as her Shinki, even if they have no combat use. She provides for and protects them, even though having many Shinki overtaxes her own soul.
  • Badass: Widely considered the Strongest War God and for good reason.
    • Badass in a Nice Suit: What she normally wears, when not using any of her Shinki.
    • Has become her normal attire ever since she tried to get her life back on track after her run-in with Yato.
  • The Baroness: A powerful War Goddess with dominatrix-style clothing. You wouldn't want her as your enemy, but she's a loving master to her Shinki.
  • Bathing Beauty: Originally due her large number of Shinki, she bathed in herbs to keep up her strength, after the death of the Ha clan she stopped doing this.
  • Battle Ballgown: While only seen in the manga, she has a Shinki that acts as powerful armor and a long, fancy skirt.
  • The Beastmaster: One of her Shinki, Kuraha, takes the form of a lion.
    • In the past she had a giant eagle and tiger, as well.
  • The Berserker: In her second fight with Yato, she is so overcome with rage she loses any reason and just attacks him
  • BFS: A shinki of hers, Yugiha, is the size of the Buster Sword.
  • Boobs of Steel: The strongest war god, and the most endowed.
  • Broken Bird: Losing her former Shinki clan to Yato left her in quite a poor mental spot.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Tsuguha doesn't exactly cover much. Yato lampshades the ridiculousness of wearing what is effectively a bulletproof bikini and jacket.
  • Character Development: A major part of Bishamon's character arc is taking responsibility for her actions. She pushes herself into a corner by taking on more Shinki than she can handle, and cannot bring herself to disown them despite the danger. When the 'Ma' clan was wiped out, she blamed Yato, and did not acknowledge her own failing. When she learns of Kugaha's betrayal, Bishamon finally accepts her responsibility. She maturely takes away the names of her Shinki to protect them, exiles Kugaha peacefully, and the Shinki that she couldn't protect are mercy killed, this time by her personally.
    • She also gradually re-evaluates her relationship with Yato, eliminating much of the petty vindictiveness which characterized interactions between both of them.
    • She even begins acknowledging her old Fatal Flaw, namely the Poor Communication Kills trap she fell into in the past and tries to go out of her way in avoiding it and trying to warn those around her away from it.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Yato killing her Shinki is what incurred Bishamon's wrath. It's also inverted in that Bishamon became dramatically more generous and took in many more Shinki than she can handle, as if trying to make up for what she lost.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: It just barely covers her, and paves the way for plenty of Panty Shots.
  • Determinator: In her second fight with Yato, she is even more corrupted than Yato was when Yukine was being punished, but continued to fight. Even after she is emotionally and physically exhausted, she still finds the strength to euthanize her Shinki after the fight.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She may still be annoyed with Yato, but she's very unhappy with Kazuma when he tries to go and coerce information about Yato's dad from Yukine using a spell and chews him out for it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Rage. Father exploits this when she finally meets him, goading her into creating a situation where Heaven will try to kill her rather than him.
  • Gender Flip: Bishamonten is traditionally depicted as a male in Japanese lore.
  • The Gun Slinger: Two of her Shinki transform into guns.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Aside from her grudge against Yato, she is very kind. Fully becomes this when she lets it go.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Stated to be this among other gods following the Kugaha incident and later Tsuguha's death due to regaining her human memories, something gods are expected to never allow to happen. Later she is seen as Heaven's enemy due to releasing a Hafuri Vessel that turned against Heaven to kill Yato's father.
  • Hot God: Oooh yeah, and the manga loves to remind you of it.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: One of her armor-type Shinki gives her a Battle Ballgown that would not look out of place in an illustration of the famous French saint.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Intimidating and incredibly unpleasant if you're on her shit list, Bishamon is also one of the most honorable characters in the show and willing to learn from her mistakes when called out regarding them. Not to mention the large number of Shinki she's taken in over the years who are devoted to her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When she puts two and two together about Yato's Dad, her anger is less about spite and more about how Yato's horrific case of Poor Communication Kills led to so much grief which could have been avoided.
  • Mama Bear: Cares for and is incredibly protective of all of her shinki. Even more so after Yato killed off the 'Ma' clan.
  • Mercy Kill: She euthanizes her Shinki that were corrupted thanks to Kugaha.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She takes in helpless spirits as her Shinki, even if they have no combat use. She provides for and protects them, even though having many Shinki overtaxes her own soul since they were made by her own life.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her normal outfit consists of an open coat that exposes her bra, and a mini skirt. She also has a lot of bath scenes in the manga.
  • Obviously Evil: She's not but even she admits when using Nana, the Hafuri Vessel that turned against Heaven, makes her look like this. That's the reason why Nana doesn't have the 'Ha' name like anyone else.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The root of her problems. She and her shinkis put on happy faces to prevent the other from worrying, but this prevents any problems from being solved. She also brought this trope to Yato after she confronts him about his problems with that trope as well.
    • After exiling Kugaha, to avoid this, she starts trading a diary with all of her Shinki to keep in touch.
  • Purple Eyes: Fierce and striking. Likely a reference to how Purple Is Powerful.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's longer than her entire body.
  • Revenge: Her conflict with Yato is fueled by her thirst for vengeance after he killed one of her Shinki in the past.
    • It turns out Yato killed a CLAN of her Shinki, of which Kazuma was the only one left alive.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Her hatred of Yato is so strong she becomes willing to endanger her Shinki and her life to kill him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Yato wouldn't put it past Bishamon to kill Yukine or Hiyori just because they are associated with him.
    • He's proven right in chapter 16, when Yukine accidently is transported to her home. Her first action is to shoot him.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: What her relationship with Yato eventually becomes after she finds out he killed her Shinki to save her life.
  • Stepford Smiler: Bishamon and her Shinki (minus Kazuma), which is the cause of a lot of her problems. She constantly insists she's fine even when she's not, and deflects their concerns, while they hide their problems from her because they might physically affect her.
  • Stripperiffic: Her normal attirein combat, consists of an open coat that exposes her bra, a mini skirt, belt and gun holster, and long boots, all of which are her Shinki.
  • Theme Naming: The given names of all of her Shinki end with 'ha'. She previously ended her Shinki's names with 'ma'.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Chooses Good when she and the rest of the Seven Lucky Gods sided with Ebisu instead of letting the Heavens punish him.
  • Walking Armory: She possesses multiple Shinki, and can quickly alternate between weapons during battle. Her arsenal includes a whip, a pair of guns, and a lion, among others.
  • War Goddess
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Kazuma on his Knight Templar approach after finding out he tried to force Yukine to tell him about Father, stating that in their current situation they need to strengthen their ties to the people on their side instead of alienating them. Given that their enemies would be the heaven itself, she really needs all the help she could get now.
  • Whip It Good: Kinuha, one of her Shinki, takes the form of a powerful whip.
  • World's Best Warrior: Considered to be the most powerful of the war gods.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her Shinki, especially Kazuma. Even when her Shinki of the 'Ma' clan corrupted to an assimilated Ayakashi, she still begged Yato not to kill them, calling them good children.

    Kazuma 

Voiced By: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kazumanoragami_2566.png

One of Bishamon's Shinki. He can take the form of a flowery earring that allows Bishamon to analyze her opponents.
  • Awesome by Analysis: It is shown that he also makes calculations for Bishamon's other Shinki, greatly increasing their combat effectiveness.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always dressed professionally with a suit and tie.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Yukine, whom he becomes a mentor to.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He has a duty as Bishamon's Shinki, but also respects Yato.
  • Cooldown Hug: Gave one to the blight-afflicted Bishamon after taking a strike meant for Yato.
  • Covert Pervert: He looks like a serious and composed man, but he's secretly hoarding Bishamon's photos and has some eromanga based on her from Yato.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for laughs, when Yato showed up in front of Bishamon after kissing her (long story), he had a knife ready.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When nearly every Shinki of the 'ma' clan was beyond saving, he asked Yato to kill them to save Bishamon's life. Even worse, when accusations started flying between the members of the 'ma' clan, Kazuma's close friend and mentor Touma was falsely accused of causing the blight and killed by the other Shinki as he watched.
  • Equippable Ally: As a Shinki, Kazuma can shift into an earring form.
  • Enemy Scan: His primary function is to track and size up Bishamon's enemy and make calculations on how effective her attacks will be.
  • The Exile: After Bishamon learns that he has helped Yato, she cannot bring herself to take away Kazuma's name, but instead casts him out as a stray.
    • After Bishamon exiled Kugaha, Kazuma rejoined Bishamon as lead Shinki once again
  • Expy: He looks shockingly similar to Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist. They even have the same seiyuu. They're similar personality wise too, being the voice of reason to a being with immense potential for destruction, with the twist that in Yukio's case, it's not needed and in fact doesn't come from a good place like Kazuma, who does his duty truly out of care, loyalty, and love for Bishamon.
    • Also perhaps may evoke images of Matt from Death Note, particularly in his interactions with Bishamon (who could be seen as Girl!Mello.)
  • Foreshadowing: Why his name ends with 'ma' rather than 'ha' like Bishamon's other Shinki.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Kazuma starts blaming himself for Suzaha's death, despite not being the cause. He even blames himself for the death of both Bishamon's Shinki clans, calling himself a curse.
  • Immortal Immaturity: An interesting case of this. He acts kinda mature, if he had been a teen-aged boy. Around Bishamon however can he act like a horny teenager who's in love with his Hot Teacher.
  • Knight Templar: Starts veering into this when he kills Tsuguha (who had turned into an ayakashi due to regaining her human memories) and subsequently uses a spell to try to force information about Father out of Yukine, shattering their trust in the process.
  • Megane: Always wears his signature glasses.
  • Mr. Exposition: Skills, backstories, you name it, Kazuma can probably fill you in on it in great detail.
  • Nice Guy: He is very compassionate and kind to pretty much everyone.
  • Not So Above It All: He was a serious character when he was first introduced. Later chapters say otherwise.
  • Number Two: Of all Bishamon's Shinki, Kazuma holds the most authority.
  • The Paralyzer: He is capable of restraining and immobilizing an individual.
    • This is actually a power all shinki have, as long as they know the name of the person/shinki they're targeting. However, his Enemy Scan ability means he can use it against anyone, while most shinki can only use it against targets they are familiar with.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The bespectacled Kazuma is Bishamon's trusted advisor, and his primary Shinki function is making calculations.
  • The Spock: Very calm and calculating.
  • Taking the Bullet: Took a blow from the raging Bishamon to save Yato. He survives.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Bishamon.

     Kuraha 

Voiced By: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)

One of the many Regalia that serves Bishamon.

    Ebisu/Hiruko 

Voiced By: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/detail_ebisu_img01.png

The real Ebisu this time. He tries to buy off Yukine from Yato and has the highest reincarnation rate of any god due to his... unconventional hobbies.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: His reincarnation is this to a tee, although young he has a strong understanding of Japan's economy but is incredibly naive and innocent too.
  • Anti-Hero: His dabbling in naming and controlling Ayakashi has gotten him in lots of trouble with the heavens. But he does it because he believes it could benefit the mortal world and it's people.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Ebisu has died many times in the past, but has consistently been reborn thanks to his great number of worshippers. He is again killed for his pursuit of the forbidden mage art, and is subsequently reborn as a young boy with no memories of his past life.
  • Born Lucky: As a god of Fortune, Ebisu has incredible luck, as seen in chapter 52 where after walking across a street, he fell and a truck nearly runs him over but he survives with no injuries as he fell right under the truck.
  • Determinator: His will to become a mage and control Ayakashi has caused him to die countless times, but he won't give up until he succeeds.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Bishamon's arms. In the anime, Yato's.
  • A Father to His Men: While he can come off as aloof and uncaring, he really does care for his Shinki's well being. Most, if not all, of his Shinki are strays; Some noted to be abandoned by their gods. He doesn't care about any of that though, or the stigma that comes with keeping them as he granted them a home.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: Ebisu tries to buy Yukine from Yato, seeing the potential young Yukine has, which Ebisu deems he's wasting by sticking with Yato.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Yato.
  • Non-Action Guy: He himself is not a fighter, and his Shinki are clothes that control his movements when he needs to evade attacks and defend himself.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Since he knows he will just be reincarnated again if he ever bites it. Subverted when he is fatally wounded, Ebisu realizes that he doesn't want to die.
  • Not So Different: A rare positive example. He was the first child of Izanami, who cast him away when she became evil. He considers himself to be like a Nora because of this, and is thus one of the few gods in the setting to welcome them into his care and treat them equally to his normal Shinki.
  • Parental Abandonment: He is the son of Izanami, who cast him away due to a deformity like in the myths. It is the reason why he's so accepting to Noras, as he was abandoned like them.
  • Parental Substitute: Gives off this vibe towards Yato. In any case, he's a better father figure to Yato than his real father ever was. Even after Ebisu reincarnates. When he learns about who killed his previous incarnation and how Yato is connected to him, he readily forgives Yato.
  • Pet the Dog: His reincarnation doesn't hold any grudges when Yato explains how he's connected to the previous Ebisu's murderer.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As the god of wealth, he won't hesitate to throw his vast fortune around to get what he wants, including trying to buy off powerful Shinki. The latter part may be subverted as he offered to buy Yukine in order to find out how easily tempted he and Yato were.
  • Secret Test of Character: His offer to buy Yukine off of Yato also doubles as a test to see how easily tempted Yato and Yukine are by money.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Both he and his Shinki wear suits.
  • The Stoic: He shows next to no emotion at all times, regardless of what's happening around him. His reincarnation subverts this.
  • Super Strength: One of his Shinki, Houki, takes the form of gloves which gives Ebisu enhanced strength and combat prowess.
  • Theme Naming: His Shinki's given names all end with "mi".

     Kunimi 

Voiced By: Kanehira Yamamoto (Japanese), Brian Mathis (English)

One of Ebisu's main battle Shinki. He currently serves as Ebisu's lead Shinki.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Due to the child Ebisu having a habit of wandering off and getting lost, Kunimi has his job cut out for him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He is a rare possession type shinki that takes control of Ebisu's movements and fights for him.
  • Not So Stoic: He generally has a calm demeanor but in light of watching over the child Ebisu, his reactions tend to be more expressive, such as panicking when the latter gets lost or when Ebisu won the most popular god, he was clapping and crying tears of joy.
  • Number Two: To Ebisu after the previous head shinki Iwani was forced into exile.
  • Parental Substitute: After Ebisu's latest reincarnation as a child, he acts as a protective parent rather than a servant.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ebisu. He frequently worries about his master's safety and health.

    Izanami 

Voiced By: Hibiku Yamamura (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)

The Queen of the Underworld.
  • Badass: Barely fazed by Bishamonten's arrival to save Yato and easily restrains the Goddess of War with hair before calling ravenous spirits to devour the two.
  • Cute and Psycho
  • Dem Bones: Her true form is a decomposing living skeleton.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Whoever casts their eyes on Izanami sees her in the likeness of the person they feel most comfortable with.
  • Hates Being Alone: She hates ruling over the Underworld all by herself and when people come by, she will do anything to keep them from leaving.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Having to live alone in the Underworld, Izanami is desperate for friends and she will do anything to keep those she wants to befriend from leaving her. The very reason she created the brushes that control ayakashi was to have friends who would never leave her.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She does not take it well when people reject her "friendship" and try to escape.
  • Prehensile Hair: Izanami's hair appears to be her personal weapon while having some tracking capability. Her hair's grip affects not only gods, but also their shinki, leaving them unable to fight back.
  • Yandere: If Izanami wants to befriend you, she won't take no for an answer. If you try to run away, prepare for hordes of flesh-hungry Yomi chasing after you.

     Takemikazuchi 

Voiced By: Shinya Hamazoe (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

A god of thunder/swords. He was dispatched to kill Ebisu.

  • Blood Knight: He is bored with the peaceful times heaven had and even thanked Ebisu for causing trouble because it made his "war god blood race".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Was jealous that Yato and Bishamon managed to attain a Blessed Regalia and he didn't.
  • Jerkass: He's an antagonistic prick who delights in his station as a popular god, taking every opportunity to insult people he sees as beneath him such as Yato and Ebisu.
  • Kick the Dog: He gleefully insulted Ebisu, referring to him as "spineless" and said it suited him since his mother had discarded him because he had no bones.
  • Shock and Awe: Takemikazuchi's Shinki Kiun is a thunder blade that can take on the form of a dragon. Takemikazuchi uses Kiun to create lightning strikes and move at incredible speeds.
  • Worthy Opponent: He views Yato as one after fighting with him.

    Sakura 

Yato's first Shinki other than Nora/Hiiro. Before serving Yato, Sakura was Tenjin's Shinki before she was dismissed. She was the one who shaped up his current character.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Sakura broke bad when Yato revealed her real name and she regained her memories of her past life and her death.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Named Sakura, introduced in a rain of cherry blossoms and related to death as a Shinki. Yato mourns for her every time spring comes in for that reason.
  • Cool Big Sis: She was this to Yato, acting as a loving sister while teaching him about the joys of life. She had such a huge influence on his life, that Yato sees Izanami as a mix of her and Hiyori.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Regaining her past life memories corrupted her soul and turned her into an Ayakashi. Yato was then forced to kill her.
  • Hair Decorations: Two beads she wears on a sidetail.
  • Heroic BSOD: She had a major one when Yato used her to kill someone.
  • Hime Cut: To go with her Miko attire and to highlight the noble class life she lead in her past life.
  • Knife Nut: As Ouki, she takes a form of a kusungobu (Japanese ritual knife), in which used to commit seppuku.
  • Kill the Cutie: She was a really kind and loving girl that Yato adored, but after Yato was forced to reveal her true name, she turned into an Ayakashi and he was forced to kill her.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Yato. After her meeting with Tsuyu, she decided to act as a loving older sister figure to teach him the difference between right and wrong.
  • Morality Pet: To Yato. Before meeting her, he thought nothing of human life and only wanted to make his father happy. Sakura taught him the value of life and the best parts of his current self are thanks to her.
  • Nice Girl: She was very kind-hearted, polite and caring.
  • Posthumous Character: After revealing her true name, Sakura turned into an Ayakashi and Yato had no choice but to kill Sakura with Nora.
  • Rape as Backstory: Heavily implied. Sakura was apparently raped by bandits before they killed her, and she mentions that her body had been their "plaything".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Sakura's influence really made Yato have second thoughts about his murderous lifestyle.
  • Theme Naming: Since Sakura's death, all Yato's future shinkis (Tomone/Mayu and Yukine) receive the 'Ne' clan name. It is to honor her, in which her name when she was still alive was Tamanone. Giving a loose soul a family name alongside a Shinki's name is a first step of becoming a proper god, in which also begins Yato's dream to become a proper god outside being an evil god who uses a clanless-named Nora.

Antagonists

    Nora 

Voiced By: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/noranoragami_7401.jpg

A mysterious Shinki girl that has some sort of history with Yato. She is a stray Shinki ("Nora"), one that has either been abandoned by her god, or ran away. Her weapon form is a hiltless katana. The name she received from Yato is Hiiro.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her malevolent actions suggests a villain, but no one, save perhaps Yato, can be certain of what she wants.
  • Ax-Crazy: A far more sedate and calculating version than most, but yeah, Nora is definitely not playing with a full deck.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe example. After Yukine resoundingly fights her off, Nora loses her effectiveness, a fact not lost on "Father" who compliments Yato on choosing his Shinki well.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: She can somehow, creepily, conjure these for herself.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Yato's Abel. They were raised as siblings and they were once very close. Nora still cares about him in a Yandere way, but she wants to get rid of anyone that gets in her way to Yato.
  • Childhood Friends: Nora has known Yato since both of them were children and have more or less grown up together.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Yato. Nora shows signs of jealousy towards Yato's relationships with Yukine and Hiyori and she will do anything to get them out of the way.
  • The Corrupter: She repeatedly tempts Yato into returning to his former dark days, beckoning him to wield her once again and serve his "Father."
  • Cute and Psycho: She looks like a sweet and adorable young girl. Her personality is closer to that of a psychotic, horrible monster
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the anime, knowing how important being remembered is to Yato, she attacked Hiyori and took away her memory of him. Nora also made it so that Hiyori will continue to waste away until she becomes a blank slate in the event that Yato still refuses to return to his God of Calamity status.
  • The Dragon: The loyal servant of Yato's "father" and the most prominent villain after him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has short black hair paired with ghostly pale skin and every time she shows up the atmosphere becomes filled with creepiness.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Yukine. Both are seemingly young Shinki who have been named by Yato, with the ability to assume a katana form. Their personalities and motivations, however, are completely different.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Has an innocent appearance and always speaks in the same sweet tone. She's anything but sweet and innocent.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Nora speaks to Yato as if she is an old, close friend of his. She also constantly makes his life a living hell.
  • The Heavy: She shows up as a prominent antagonist in nearly all story arcs and usually takes more direct action than Yato's "Father".
  • I Have Many Names: Her entire body is painted with countless names.
  • Jerkass: With the exception of Yato, she is unrepentantly cruel towards nearly everyone. She even openly mocked Bishamon's trouble in front of Kazuma. Who just asked for help to save Bishamon
  • Kick the Dog: She specializes in this.
    • She sets ayakashi on Hiyori because she "doesn't deserve" to be associated with Yato.
    • She even sics them on Suzuha, whom we had only gotten to know, successfully killing him, seemingly without reason.
    • She also besets Yato with ayakashi twice without explanation.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The second she shows up all the comedy in the scene basically dies. Painfully.
  • Lack of Empathy: She does not comprehend why Yato cares so much for Hiyori, believing such sentiments are weak.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She's basically Yato's sister and they even were raised together. However, the feeling is rather one-sided on Nora's part and her "affection" for Yato is really twisted.
  • Making a Splash: She can summon and manipulate water.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Meaningful Name: One of her names is Furuhime (Rain Princess), referring to her water abilities.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nora is not her real name, but a title all stray Shinki wear. The name Yato gave her is Hiiro. But Father calls her Mizuchi.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She is almost always seen smiling.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Hiyori notes her to be rather striking, and she has short black hair paired with pale skin.
  • The Rival: Essentially, she is Yukine's rival. Both want to be Yato's one and only Shinki, and work tirelessly to prove their individual worth.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Yato when they were children. They would go "play" by brutally slaying tons of people to keep their "Father" happy.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Her body is covered with the tattoos of countless Shinki emblems, hinting at her history of drifting and having had many wielders.
  • Villain Team-Up: She works as aid to several antagonists.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Mostly on Yato's side, who is extremely wary of Nora. Nora's feelings towards Yato are much more complicated.
  • Woman Scorned: She is NOT happy when Yato takes away the name he gave her.
  • Yandere: Her obsession with Yato only serves to to show how completely insane she is. She won't hesitate to literally throw Yato to the wolves if he ever tries to leave her and their "Father".

    Kugaha 

Voiced By: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/detail_kugaha_img01.png

One of Bishamon's Shinki, and her team's medical physician. Though he presents himself as kind and loyal to his god, Kugaha is anything but, intending to overthrow Bishamon and take possession of the War God's power. To reach this end, Kugaha has enlisted the aid of Nora.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Yato manages to sever his right hand.
  • Arc Villain: His schemes serve to complicate the Yato vs. Bishamon story arc.
  • Attention Whore: Yato states the reason for his plan was he wanted more attention from Bishamon. Like a child wanting attention from their parent.
  • Break Them by Talking: He is very good at this. His speech drove Suzuha to the Despair Event Horizon and nearly did the same to Bishamon.
  • The Bus Came Back: He is eventually defeated by Yato and has his name revoked by Bishamon. However, rather than kill him, Bishamon chooses to teleport him away. He later reappears while Yato is stuck in the Underworld to challenge Yukine's skill as a Shinki, and is eventually named and taken in by Tenjin, but as a captive.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Kugaha usually presents himself as respectful and polite, all while wearing a faintly audacious smile.
  • Humiliation Conga: His plan to kill Bishamon fails, Yato cuts off his hand, gives him "The Reason You Suck" Speech, his name is stripped from him, and he is teleported away into the sky where he proceeds to free-fall back to earth.
  • Hypocrite: He hates how Bishamon takes so many Shinki not useful in battle. But his form is a scale.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kugaha is trying to ruin the greatest War God, he needs to be as sneaky and underhanded as possible. His plots are indirectly responsible for exiling Kazuma.
    • He is able to play off a Shinki's worries, giving him an absolute advantage in battles between Shinki, even if the opposing Shinki being stronger as shown in his battles with Kazuma and Yukine.
  • The Medic: He's very skilled at creating herbal concoctions, which help ease Bishamon's pains.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He completely (and most unnecessarily) strips naked for everyone to see to confirm he is free of guilt markings. Kugaha has a surprisingly good figure.
  • Slasher Smile: When he knows he's winning, his crazy grin will show it.
  • Smug Snake: Kugaha is extremely arrogant and condescending, always looking down on others and never feeling unjustified.
  • The Starscream: He intends to kill Bishamon and take control of the God of War when she is reincarnated, thereby claiming her power for himself.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Bishamon took him in and gave him a home and a name, he still betrays her without remorse.
  • Villain Ball: After Yato and Bishamon end their fight peacefully, Kugaha comes out and demands they keep fighting, apparently forgetting that Yato is still armed and angry.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Kugaha is the only thing keeping Bishamon's health in check, so naturally he commands a great deal of respect from Bishamon's other Shinki. Little do they know Kugaha's true intentions.

    "Father" 

Voiced By: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

An enigmatic entity known to Yato and Nora only as "Father." He holds great power over Yato.
  • Abusive Dad: Of the emotion and verbal kind. He refuses to see Yato as anything else but a God of Calamity and puts him down when he tries to do good things. He's no better to Nora; he was the one who forced her to become a stray by giving her off to Yato and he would punish her whenever he thought she was a "bad girl".
    • What's more, according to this post on tumblr He's a horrifyingly realistic portrayal of how abuse has a negative impact on children.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Yato loathes him and "Father" is hellbent on making life a living hell for him and his friends.
  • Badass: He may be a smug, devious utterly amoral man, but Yato's father is this. He's a human whose effectively immortal with his Body Surf stchick, manages to manipulate Gods with the ease of a film director handling actors, and when he first goes up against Yato in his current form, dominates the battle with Yato not landing a single hit on him.
  • Berserk Button: Yato implies that his attempts to escape "Father's" influence is this for him.
  • Big Bad: He's actively trying to take Yato and Yukine and is in conflict with the gods.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While acting polite in front of "friends" and strangers, he is actually sadistic and fickle, able to harm another human being without the flinch of an eye just to test out his abilities.
  • Body Surf: According to Yato, he's a human who survives by constantly changing bodies via a technique similar to divine possession. Currently he's inside one of Hiyori's classmates, Kouta Fujisaki.
  • Can't Live Without You: Yato believes "Father" is most likely his life line. Since Yato was actually born from his father's wish, he fears that if his father dies, he might disappear too.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in his Motive Rant when he explains why he does what he does to Bishamon. The images in that section of the chapter suggest that he was a normal guy who suffered an experience which made him lose all faith in the Gods and humanity and turned him into the callous sociopath that he is today.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When Hiyori called him out on how he made Yato suffer, he conducts a colossal case of this by destroying her father's career, nearly driving her to the point of madness and trying to force Yato to kill her.
  • The Dreaded: Yato fears his "Father" more than anyone else.
  • The Faceless: In flashbacks, his face is never shown.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dear Lord the man wears his contempt for those around him on his sleeve. Half his dialogue with Yato consists of slimy put-downs, oblique insults and a lot of mockery.
  • Forceful Kiss: He steals Hiyori's first kiss. Yato is understandably pissed when he finds out.
  • For the Evulz: In chapter 60 he explains that he torments people "for fun" due to holding both gods and humans in contempt, and after living for centuries he has nothing better to do than troll them.
    • Although, afterwards, he briefly drops the smugness and implies, that an event in the past caused a Start of Darkness which made him lose his faith (if any) in the Gods and turned him into the sociopath that he is today.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The first meeting he has with Yato during the present day events of the manga is this in spades. He reintroduces himself to Yato in his new form, takes him to the apartment he's living in, and they play video games, with Father talking and Yato burning a red hot Death Glare into the back of Fujisaki's neck.
  • Hate Sink: To the point that his Fandom Nickname is "Trash Dad".
  • Hidden Villain: He is mostly discussed by Yato and Nora, but never shown in person. It is not until much later that his physical appearance is shown.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Just as contemptuous of mankind as he is of Gods. Chapter 50 is his attempt at using this to drive Hiyori to the point of madness. He fails.
  • Jerkass: Holy shit, he is. When Hiyori finally detects him, he chews her out with barely restrained vitriol and takes troll like glee in mocking her relationship with his son. And that's not mentioning the asshole of a father he is to Yato.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't usually give a toss about those around him, whether it be his son, daughter or Hiyori and her parents, as he violently demonstrates in Chapter 50.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manages to screw over the Gods and get Ebisu roasted by lightening in his place. But the main victim has to be his son who despite his best efforts, ends up as a pawn in many of his plots.
    • His new target is Bishamon. Knowing that she wants him dead, when he's finally hunted down by her, he ensures the situation is choreographed in such a way that the Heavens declare Bishamon a traitor and try to kill her, all the while goading the war god towards her death.
  • Motive Rant: Gives a slightly smug one to Bisha in Chapter 60, which then becomes bitter when he rages about how the God's get a free pass for their mistakes due to their worshipers forgiving them regardless of the scale of their misdeeds.
  • Older Than He Looks: His true appearance. He's not a god, and he is older than Yato. Currently he appears as a teenager due to possessing a student.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: For all the abuse he heaps on Yato, the man still wants him kept alive, and so when the heavens attempt to kill Yato and Bishamon, the latter who wants him dead, Father carefully uses a combination of goading and co-opting Hiyori in an attempt to keep Yato out of the fray while he still has a chance and lure Bishamon to a convenient death.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: A major league one. At the end of the day, he's nothing but an overgrown brat who has fun bringing trouble to those around him and can't stand when things don't go his way.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: In Chapter 60, he lets his cheerful demeanor break for a moment and bitterly rants about how gods are able to get a free pass for their mistakes and misdeeds due to the willingness of their worshipers. Rather significantly, he does this over flashbacks of himself in the past tearfully hugging a woman over the rotted skeleton of a corpse.
  • Sadist: He's the embodiment of this trope. The very reason he created Yato was to have a god that would bring people the suffering and destruction he enjoys so much.
  • Start of Darkness: Some of the images in Chapter 60 when he delivers his Motive Rant are of him in the past tearfully holding an unnamed woman and appearing to Rage Against the Heavens suggesting he suffered a bad experience when he was younger, which robbed him of faith in anything and turned him into the sociopath he is today.
  • Smug Snake: Incredibly arrogant and despicable. Every single being seems to be a mere plaything to him.
  • Troll: Many of his actions mirror those of real-life internet trolls, from fake dating accounts to SWATing to malicious negative PR.
  • Truly Single Parent: Yato was born from his father's wish. A mother wasn't needed.
  • Unnamed Parent: He is only known as Yato's "father".

    Rabou 

Voiced By: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rabou_9556.jpg

A mysterious and powerful God of Calamity. Rabou is said to grant dark wishes of people. His speciality entails killing Ayakashi, people, and even Gods. He is one of the many Gods that employ Nora as a Shinki.
  • Ax-Crazy: Based on his smile after killing people, we can safely say he's this.
  • Badass: In his first fight with Yato, he overpowered Yato.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Rabou is perfectly aware of how his life is a dead end road.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Nora (called Furuhime when using her) in the anime.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When he absorbs Ayakashi into his empty left eye socket, he gains a crimson eye with a completely black sclera.
  • Blood Knight: He seems to enjoy fighting and killing, and even smiles when Yato comes close to injuring him in battle.
  • Canon Foreigner: Rabou does not appear in the manga, only the anime.
  • Canon Immigrant: While he doesn't appear in the manga, he does appear in a manga special.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Absorbing Ayakashi is logically a dangerous idea. However, Rabou sustained his God form by placing a life threatening curse on himself. Even if Yato had not killed him, he did not have much time left.
  • Death Seeker: He pursues Yato in the hopes that his fellow God of Calamity will give him a wonderful fight to the death. Rabou has pretty much given up on living after hundreds of years of being forgotten, and wishes to be killed by the only person who remembers him.
  • Deity of Human Origin: He used to be a human warrior, but after he was killed, those who feared him deified him into a God-like entity.
  • The Dreaded: The few people that know of Rabou fear him for his ability to carry out death wishes.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is incapable of understanding why Yato has cleaned up his act and is not a psychopathic killer like him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Yato. Both are sword-wielding Gods of Calamity with obscure origins. Both have a history with Nora, but Yato has chosen to try turning over a new leaf and do honest work. Rabou continues to kill, and even thrives on it.
  • Eyescream: He's missing his left eye.
  • Expy:
  • Killed Off for Real: Yato fulfills Rabou's death wish and kills him. Because no one will remember him, this ends Rabou's existence.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Him entering the fray fills Yato's heart with dread.
  • The Last Dance: His fight with Yato.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Noragami