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Characters: Princess Mononoke

Ashitaka

Voiced by: Yoji Matsuda (JP), Billy Crudup (EN)

  • All-Loving Hero: The voice of peace between the humans of Iron Town and the animals/spirits/deities of the forest. Without him the movie would have been much shorter and very bloody.
  • Archer Archetype: While a skilled swordsman, his truly badass feats are performed with his bow. He also proves himself perfectly capable of living alone in the wilderness without other people.
  • Bad Ass Normal: Even before receiving the curse, Ashitaka manages to kill an enormous boar demon singlehandedly.
  • Better as Friends: Zig-Zagged. While San does come to reciprocate his feelings, at the end, they realize that neither of them could give up their present life styles for each other, and the two part, promising to still meet each other every so often.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A kind, heroic, and respectful young man. You do not want to make him angry.
  • Big Brother Instinct: During the demon attack at the beginning of the film, Ashitaka the pacifist is initially very reluctant to attack and spends quite a while trying to pacify Nago. When he sees the demon boar charging towards Kaya, however, he doesn't hesitate to shoot it square in the eye.
  • Bishōnen: See his Chick Magnet section.
  • A Boy And His Elk: Yakul is his closest friend.
  • Cassandra Truth: Continuously warns the people of Irontown and the forest Gods that violence won't solve anything. They all ignore him.
  • Chick Magnet: All of the ladies of Irontown (sans Lady Eboshi) immediately take a liking to Ashitaka.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His cursed arm causes him much pain and even made him an outcast. On the other hand, it gives Ashitaka something similar to super human strength.
  • Last of His Kind: The last prince of the Emishi.
  • Love at First Sight: Towards San. He gets that "awe struck" look in his eye and calls her "beautiful" when they speak to each other for the firs time.
  • Mark of the Beast: His curse manifests as a large, nasty scar which starts on his arm and spreads throughout his body.
  • Martial Pacifist: Ashitaka is a pacifist in a world where humans and nature are at war. The funny thing is Ashitaka actually aims to be a Badass Pacifist, but what keeps him from reaching that is the fact that he will kill you if you leave him no other choice.
  • Memento Macguffin: The crystal necklace that he gets from Kaya for good luck and so he won't forget her. He later gives it to the wolves, as a token for San.
  • Nice Guy: Doesn't want a war to start between humans and forest spirits? Check. Killed a boar spirit when it head towards his younger sister, Kaya? Check. Has a deep respect for the forest spirits, that may be only second to San? Check.
  • One-Man Army: A few action scenes has him take out his opponents, even though there's more of them by about 10 or more.
  • Red Right Hand: In a more literal sense than usual. The curse makes his hand appear red as time goes on. Otherwise, this Ashitaka averts it.
  • Shirtless Scene: Gets a few: when crosses a lake with Yakul, helps the women of Irontown, and in the climax.
  • Tranquil Fury: When striding slowly in to break up the fight between San and Lady Eboshi.
  • Warrior Prince: See his Badass Normal section and that he was the Prince of the Emishi Clan.
  • The Wise Prince: He's an All-Loving Hero prince with a bad case of Cassandra Truth.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After being curesd by a forest God, Ashitaka is banished from his home.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Along with the above trope, Ashitaka will eventually die from the curse implanted on him. Luckily, he is able thanks to the Forest Spirit.

San

Voiced by: Yuriko Ishida (JP), Claire Danes (EN)

  • Action Girl: Willing to take on an entire village of people armed with swords and guns.
  • Badass Adorable: An Action Girl with a Wild Child mentality.
  • Better as Friends: Zig-Zagged. While San does come to reciprocate Ashitaka's feelings, at the end, they realize that neither of them could give up their present life styles for each other, and the two part, promising to still meet each other every so often.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Hates humans even though she is one. Justified given how she was raised by her adoptive wolf family from infancy because her parents left her to be eaten by them.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair doesn't even reach her chin.
  • Breakout Character: San pretty much stole the entire movie.
  • Facial Markings: San has three red "fang" markings on her forehead and both her cheeks.
  • Forest Ranger: With her adoptive wolf family, San looks after and protects the forest from greedy humans.
  • Friend to All Living Things: San definitely qualifies since she's a Nature Lover and Forest Ranger.
  • Happily Adopted: San even casts away her human heritage in favor of being like a wolf.
  • Human Sacrifice: How her parents gave her up - after Moro caught them trespassing in the forest, they threw the infant San at her feet and fled.
  • Intimate Healing: When San feeds a wounded Ashitaka, who is too weak to even chew, by chewing up the meat for him and then transferring it from her mouth to his.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has a strong hatred for humans, but she deeply cares for her adoptive wolf family, and later Ashitaka.
  • Jungle Princess: She is referred by Iron Town as "The Princess of the Vengeful (forest) spirits". She dresses the part.
  • Nature Heroine: Provides the page image.
  • Nature Lover: Has a deep respect for the forest and those who live in it.
  • Not Good with People: Has a distrust of other humans due to being raised in the forest.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents literally threw her to the wolves.
  • Raised by Wolves: She was raised by the wolf goddess Moro.
  • Red Baron: "Mononoke Hime" means "the princess of vengeful spirits". Not knowing her real name, the villagers call San "Princess Mononoke" out of fear.
  • Red Is Heroic: The red fang markings. Although, she's more of an anti-hero: While Lady Eboshi and her followers are desecrating the forest and the spirits, San's method of murdering them all isn't exactly a great solution.
  • Secondary Character Title: San's nickname is the name of the film, but she's the deuteragonist.
  • Tsundere: Has elements of it. For example, when Moro comments that Ashitaka wanted to share his life with her, San angrily responds that she hates him like she hates all humans. A few seconds, one of her brothers comes to give her a necklace from Ashitaka. San puts it on.
  • Wild Child: A strong love for nature combined with a fierce looking appearance? She definitely qualifies.

Lady Eboshi

Voiced by: Yuko Tanaka (JP), Minnie Driver (EN)

  • Affably Evil: She's actually a great woman to be friends with. Too bad she's defiling a sacred forest to get what she wants.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Gets her arm bitten off by Moro.
  • Anti-Villain: She is overall a rather considerate leader, kind to lepers, prostitutes and the disenfranchised and has her town's best interests at heart. Her violence, arrogance and antagonism are rather understandable when you consider how she is being proverbially roasted by wild animal gods on one end and by other warlords on the other.
  • Badass Boast
    Eboshi: Now watch closely, everyone. I'm going to show you how to kill a god. A god of life and death. The trick is not to fear him.
  • Badass Normal: Able to buy up the bond of every brothel girl she meets and gives them a new and better life in Irontown. Also, she kills gods.
  • Big Good / Big Bad: Depending on your point of view in the film's Grey and Grey Morality. Lady Eboshi generally cares for the people of Irontown and they in turn look to her as beacon of hope as sorts. But, she's also the one after the Forest Spirit.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: See her Heel Realization section.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She kills the Spirit of the Forest with her own gun.
  • Evil Brit: Voiced by English Minnie Driver (Jane Porter from Tarzan).
  • Heel Realization: After seeing the destructive result of her actions post-climax, she promises to change for the better and rebuild Irontown.
  • Hime Cut: When she's in her battle wear, her hair is right above her eyebrows
  • Iron Lady: A non-royal, power-wielding, tough-as-nails woman.
  • Ironic Echo: "If you cut off a wolf's head, it can still bite you." And so it does.
  • Knight Templar: Emphasized when she doesn't want to listen to anyone's reason but her own.
  • Lady of War
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Pet the Dog: She's not as cruel as she'd seem, since she takes in lepers and prostitutes and people who have nowhere else to go.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: One of the palest characters in the film.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Lady Eboshi never breaks a sweat. Even after she loses her arm.

Yakul

  • Cool Pet: A red Elk that can make huge leaps and won't leave you? Definitely qualifies.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Ashitaka's faithful red elk.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter what, whether it was being shot down or treading on sacred ground or even threatened with being eaten by wolves, Yakul always stuck by his master.

Moro

Voiced by: Akihiro Miwa (JP), Gillian Anderson (EN)

  • Crossdressing Voices: Has a male's voice in the Japanese dub, despite being female
  • Face Death with Dignity: In sharp contrast to Nago and later Okkoto, who went insane and turned into a demon after being shot by a poisoned bullet, Moro is calm and accepting of her inevitable demise. Even when San begs her to go to the Forest Spirit to be healed of the bullet wound, Moro replies that she's lived long enough.
  • Intellectual Animal: Moro is probably the wisest and most rational of the forest spirits.
  • Killed Off for Real: She receives the touch of death from the Forest Spirit near the end of the film.
  • Last Breath Bullet: Her decapitated head charges forward and chews off Eboshi's arm after she's killed.
  • Mama Bear: "Give me back my daughter, demon!"
  • Noble Wolf: She is a protector of her pack, of the forest, and adopted San when her parents abandoned her.
  • Physical God: Is a wolf Goddess and is very big wolf at that.
  • Talking Animal: A very de-whimsified version. She is able talk through some type of telepathic way, since her lips don't move in sync with her words.

Jiko Bou

Voiced by: Kaoru Kobayashi (JP), Billy Bob Thornton (EN)

  • Acrofatic: Shown to be very fast and agile, especially in his fight
  • Affably Evil: He just never stops being so pleasant and personable, even when he's vaguely threatening you. Or trying to kick your ass.
  • Anti-Villain: Wants to kill the Forest Spirit for money. Outside of his greed he really isn't antagonistic.
  • Evil All Along: He doesn't appear to be a bad guy when we first meet him.
  • Gonk: A fat, short man, with a huge mole on his face.
  • Karma Houdini: He helps with getting the head away from Forest Spirit, but doesn't die from his wrongdoing.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Jiko really doesn't mean any harm, he only does it because the King ordered him to.
  • Smug Snake: Shows shades of this when he talks to his lackies that the best way to get what one needs is to let someone else do the dirty work.

The Spirit of the Forest

Okkoto

Voiced by: Hisaya Morishige (JP), Keith David (EN)


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