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The World-wandering Ascetic
the main character of the story, is just an average high school student. However, his world is turned upside down when he discovers that he is already dead and does not have much time before he disappears. Fortunately, Yuji is a Mystes who contains a treasure known as the Midnight Lost Child (Reiji Maigo). The treasure inside him restores his Power of Existence every night at midnight. With the Midnight Lost Child, Yuji has the possibility to live on like an average human as long as he makes sure that his Power of Existence does not run out before midnight. Yuji is kind person who puts others before himself. This often draws much confusion and annoyance from Shana, as prior Torches from Shana's experience exhibited selfish attitudes. However, Yuji's compassion and empathy sow the seeds of attraction between him and Shana.
- Accidental Pervert: Yuji falls out of the closet a bit too early while Shana is changing.Shana: I should have hit him at least ten more times.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He has brown eyes in the light novels, but they are blue in the anime.
- Additionally, his flame in the final battle with Shana received a dye job, going from a black flame that represented the influence the Snake of Festival had on him to an azure flame that contrasts with Shana's crimson.
- The Ageless: The final light novel confirms this after he becomes a complete existence, courtesy of Leanan-sidhe's Unrestricted Spell, Grammatica.
- Angst? What Angst?: Invoked. He cares more about people being sad because of him dying than of death itself. To be exact, he's even glad that death would turn him into a Ret Gone, because of his nature as a torch. He does angst about his own identity twice or thrice, but usually whenever he's worried, it's about everybody but himself, who's the resident Tomato in the Mirror.
- Battle Couple: With Shana.
- Berserk Button: You better not harm Shana or even stand in the way of his relationship with Shana. When Wilhelmina attempts to make Shana give him up by force, Yuji nearly kills her with Blutsauger. Later on, Hecate tries to pull a Murder the Hypotenuse on a depowered Shana, only to be intercepted by Snake of the Festival Yuji.
- Brainy Brunette: During most the fight scenes, he's usually the one overseeing Shana's move and detecting flaws in enemy Crimson Denizens.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Prior to meeting Shana, he was a completely average guy in terms of athletics and (implied) academics. When he starts applying himself to aid Shana in protecting the world from dangerous Crimson Denizens, he is revealed to be exceptionally cunning and possesses a keen analytical mind.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Invoked once in manga; in the light novel and anime, Yuji is a rather odd case as he is aware of Shana's feelings for him and was waiting for her to spit it out just to make sure. It's ironically subverted as after Shana confirms her feelings with her love letter, Yuji, who merged with the Snake of Festival, confesses his feeling for her almost in every chance he gets.
- Cast from Hit Points: As the Mystes of the Midnight Lost Child, Yuji can lend his power to Shana, and later, cast his own Unrestricted Spells, using his very existence as long as he doesn't use up all of his existence in a day.
- Chewing the Scenery: When Yuji freaks out and begins screaming in custody of Zarovee. Justified in that he's trying to attract Tanaka's attention, who he knows can alert Margery and Shana to what's going on.
- Defusing The Tykebomb: From the moment Yuji meets Shana, he tries to change her original worldview as the "perfect Flame Haze" and even gives her a name. Eventually, Yuji's influence changes Shana, making her think of herself as more than just a Flame Haze.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: His motives as a whole. During his time as part of the Battle Couple, and the third and final part of the story.
- Eternal Love: With Shana since they're both ageless by the end of the story.
- First-Name Basis: With Shana. Granted, she only has one name, but he doesn't use Honorifics when addressing her.
- Good Is Not Nice: Yuji breaks the Crimson Denizen Zarovee's neck with his bare hands! And after he joins the Snake of the Festival, he brutally beats Shana in battle (temporarily traumatizing her) and then imprisons her, drives Margery past the Despair Event Horizon, and demoralizes the Flame Haze army arrayed against him to the point that they prove easy prey for his followers.. Most of his actions are largely pragmatic in nature, but some of them have no reasonable explanation other than Yuji being a dick.
- Yuji actually began as a Nice Guy. He ends up as this instead after becoming disillusioned about being able to end the war between Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens.
- Guile Hero: While he isn't as capable in combat as Shana, Yuji shows a great amount intelligence and logic that helps him think up smart strategies to fight off his enemies.
- The Heartless: Yuji's silver flame is, in fact, an accumulation of all of Margery Daw's rage, grief, hate, and pain against the Silver which motivated her into becoming a Flame Haze.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His main love interest turns out to be Shana, who definitely wins with her fiery red hair. Bonus points for her hair color being actually part of her name.
- Idiot Hair: Despite being smart.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: At first, his desire is to become stronger in order to fight alongside Shana.
- Immortality: Considering that it replenishes his existence every night, the Midnight Lost Child will make him live forever. In the manga, he freaks out for a moment when Shana casually informs him that the previous Mystes of Midnight Lost Child lived for three hundred years. It only takes him a moment later to change his mind and considers this a good thing because it means he can stay with Shana forever. Once he becomes a solid existence at the end of the story, he no longer needs the Midnight Lost Child to be ageless.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Shana and Alastor refer to him as an "it" at first, due to only seeing him as a Torch.
- Jade Coloured Glasses: Becomes this over time after realizing that the Flame Hazes are fighting a Forever War against the Crimson Denizens. This eventually leads him to make a contract with the Snake of the Festival, determined to change their fates, along with Shana's.
- Jumped at the Call: He figures that he's going to disappear soon anyway, so he should help Shana protect Misaki City while he can.
- Love at First Punch: Shana gets him run through with a sword when they first meet. Granted at that point it didn't give him pain because of his Torch status it still count as traumatizing. It didn't stop Yuji from blushing when Shana got closer to fix him up.
- MacGuffin Super Person: The Mystes with the Midnight Lost Child, which Bal Masqué desires and the Flame Hazes want to make sure they never get.
- Magic Kiss: In the second-to-the-final novel (final episode of the anime), Yuji becomes a solid existence thanks to a spell activated as a result of kissing Shana.
- Manly Tears: Sports these during the final episode◊ of season 3, after angsting over how he will never be forgiven for the ruthless actions he took to change the fate of the Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens.
- The Matchmaker: He tried to be this for Ike and Yukari, hoping that them getting together would keep Yukari from disappearing, but failed.
- Meaningful Name: His father later reveals that Yuji actually had an older brother who died at birth. Thus, in memory of the first baby and from the parents' wish, the second baby was given the name Yuji, which means "Second (child) who shall live long".
- Literal translation of his name also could be 'Tranquil Second Child' and his last name Sakai refer to slop from Hirasaka.
- Mission Control: His role in the Battle Couple.
- Nice Guy: At first. Then after becoming involved with Shana and the Snake of the Festival, not so much.
- While Yuji is a Nice Guy in all of Shakugan no Shana's media incarnations, the anime tends to overemphasize his Nice Guy traits, while the original light novels and manga establish that he has pretty ruthless streak. Incidents that indicate this, such as Yuji trying to kill Wilhelmina when her guard is down in retaliation for her trying to kill him, are downplayed or even omitted. This makes Yuji's joining the Snake of the Festival rather more jarring in the anime.
- Non-Action Guy: At first, he's got next to no ability and is often in Shana's way when fighting the Crimson Denizens. Then he gets the Blutsauger, and merges with the Snake of the Festival in the final part of the story.
- Oblivious to Love: Lampshaded by himself. He had to get Hayato's help to realize Kazumi's feeling toward him and is still very oblivious to Shana's love.
- In the novels, it's clear that he's not that oblivious to Shana's love, but he's rather waiting for her to take the first step, just to be sure... which is weird, since it's traditionally the man who's expected to take this step.
- One Head Taller: Than Shana.
- One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: Yuji is a Torch, which means that he's supposed to disappear when his Existence runs to zero. However, because of the Treasure inside him, he can keep restoring his Existence indefinitely.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Or so he thinks in the first episode before reality hits him hard.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy: His relationship with Shana, at least early on. Yuji is a kind-hearted and sensitive Non-Action Guy, while Shana is a tough Tsundere monster fighter who has No Social Skills and at first, she doesn't care about anything or anyone, only thinking about fighting.
- The Protagonist: Most of the story is told from his viewpoint, although it often shifts to Shana.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Shana's Red.
- Ret Gone: After merging with Snake of The Festival, Yuji disappears in the same way a Torch would. All his belongings disappear and all of his human friends (save Yoshida, Keisaku and Eita) forget him, even his mother forgets about him, sadly and innocently enjoying her newborn baby as her "only" child. The only thing that didn't disappear was Shana's and Kazumi's letters.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: At first.
- Snot Bubble: Has one during the Shana-tan omakes.
- The Spock: In the Yuji-Shana-Kazumi Love Triangle.
- The Strategist: Yuji discovers the secret behind Friagne's Dance Party weapon, the secret behind Sabrac's invulnerability and how to defeat him, how to end the Forever War and save numerous humans, Flame Hazes, and Denizens, and finally how to return all the humans of Misaki City whose existence had been devoured.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Shana. Yuji is an average guy who mostly relies on his intelligence and analysis skills to help Shana in battle, while Shana is a tough monster fighter who was raised to be the perfect Flame Haze.
- Supporting Protagonist: Until he becomes Snake of the Festival.
- Token Good Teammate: Originally, Shana and the other Flame Hazes cared more for preserving the balance over protecting innocent lives. Yuji was the only one who cared about protecting people, but his influence turns Shana, and, to a lesser extent, Margery and Wilhelmina, to his way of thinking. And then, when he merges with the Snake of the Festival and leads Bal Masqué, he (and the Snake) are the only ones to care about protecting human lives. The rest of Bal Masqué's leadership, the Trinity, could care less about humanity, and one of them, Hecate, is notorious for casually murdering humans.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He has to find out that he's a torch, the outburning flame of a person who lost the majority of his/her lifeforce to a Tomogara. Usually that would mean that he's doomed to be become a Ret Gone, but a MacGuffin is protecting him from this fate.
- Took a Level in Badass: A few of them, actually.
- Unstoppable Rage: In one of the novels, Yuji goes completely insane, and brutally attacks and almost kills Wilhelmina with Blutsauger after the latter's attempt to make Shana give up on him by force.
- Useless Protagonist: At first.
- Weak, but Skilled: In contrast to Shana's Unskilled, but Strong, Yuji is not that strong, even after becoming capable of beating the tar out of a Crimson Denizen. This gets turned around when he becomes the Snake of the Festival.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Shana. They end up in a romantic relationship at the end of the series.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Subverted. Shana tells him right at the start of the series that he's going to burn out soon, but thanks to the artifact inside him that continuously refills the depleted power of existence that sustains him, he is free to continue doing whatever. note Averted at the end, where a spell from Leanan-sidhe returns him to a state of complete existence.
At the end of the second part, Yuji, whom Shana and Kazumi both harbored feelings for, suddenly vanished on Christmas Eve, only to return with the assistance of a powerful Crimson God called the Snake of the Festival. This time, he is determined to change Shana's fate as a Flame Haze, revealing that he ultimately chose her over Kazumi.
Tropes applying to Yuji in Part III
- Abduction Is Love: He sees curbstomping, capturing and depowering Shana as the best way to protect her while he builds a new world. While he does see it as a way to "protect" her, it also prevents Shana from attempting to stymie his plans, and Shana being alive means that Alastor cannot seek out a new Flame Haze, a Flame Haze that would not be averse to using Alastor's Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
- The Antichrist: As the Snake of the Festival's host, although he subverts it because his motive is to Save the World by means of creating a duplicate world where the Denizens can live without consuming humans to survive so he can live with Shana in peace.
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: From Volume 16 (third anime season) and onwards, he becomes a mix of both due to becoming a Hero Antagonist for the sake of changing Shana's fate, and being perfectly aligned with the Snake of the Festival, himself an Anti-Villain.
- The Atoner: What he tries to become by the end of the series.
- Batman Gambit: Snake of the Festival Yuji is one step ahead of the Flame Hazes the entire third season, and the only reason that the Flame Hazes partially succeed in their goals is because the Crimson Denizens entreat him to allow them to.
- Big Bad: Eventually becomes the greatest enemy of the Flame Hazes after ascending as Snake of the Festival and leading Bal Masqué. In truth, not only are his and the Snake's intentions noble, but they're completely right in believing that their plan will save the world. Which really makes them the Big Good instead.
- Big Bad Friend: To Shana once he merges with the Snake of the Festival, although it's consistently made clear that his and the Crimson God's intentions are well-intentioned.
- Bishōnen: As part of his new look, his lengthened hair is mostly swept back, revealing himself to be quite handsome.
- Breaking Speech: He made an epic one against the Flame Haze army, taking away their purpose to fight Crimson Denizens. The Flame Hazes are shaken to the point they retreat in hysteria, thus marking Bal Masqué's victory.
- Marchosias of all people lampshaded it as Yuji dropping a bomb on them, and it would take a while for them to get back to their feet.
- Byronic Hero: As the Snake of the Festival and a card-carrying example: Morally questionable? Check. Largely concerned with personal interests? Check. Disrespect of common authority? Check. Defined by conflict, inner and outer? Definitely. Guilty of crimes? Definitely. Tall, Dark, and Handsome? Oh yeah. An exile? Definitely. Intelligent? He's a strategist. Cynical and self-destructive? Definitely.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His Mystes flame when he's merged with the Snake of the Festival is of a distinct black color. However, he himself is siding with the Big Bad (who isn't even evil to being with) for good intentions.
- Dark Messiah: As the Snake of the Festival, he very determined to break the system the Flame Hazes live in, although it's later revealed to be for their best interests.
- Domestic Abuser: His treatment of Shana after she's held captive in the Palace of Stars gets very close to this. Although he doesn't mean to.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His looks as the Snake of the Festival◊ sometimes look near-identical to Hildegard◊.
- Easily Forgiven: Downplayed. By the end of the series, Yuji ended up killing thousands of Flame Hazes and Outlaw-associated humans in order to end the Forever War, but Shana has the guts to forgive him and tell him that she still loves him in spite of it all. However, he's also well aware that the surviving Flame Hazes and those who still know him won't be as charitable, which is what drives his desire to make right by them.
- Evil Costume Switch: For this final part of the story, he gains a dark red set of armor and a hairstyle change, all to reinforce the fact that he's changed, and is siding with the Snake of the Festival. Subverted in that his motives are not so evil, after all.
- Evil Overlooker: The main page's picture foreshadowed Yuji's eventual rise to the status of Big Bad. Or so it seemed.
- Evil Overlord: To Bal Masque after his ascent into becoming the Snake of the Festival. Or so it seems...
- The Extremist Was Right: It turns out, the Snake of the Festival's plan to create a new world (a self-styled paradise for the Crimson Denizen) was mostly free of consequences, unlike what Alastor and the Flame Hazes feared would turn out.
- Face–Heel Turn: After he joins Snake of the Festival and turns against the Flame Hazes, although there was no other choice for him to fulfill his goals to finally be with Shana.
- Fallen Hero: After merging with the Snake of the Festival, although it is subverted because both of them have genuinely good intentions.
- Foil: To Shana as the Snake of the Festival. Both have a contract with a Crimson God and are extremely obstinate towards their goals. Yuji even lampshades it as the reason they fell in love with each other.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Began as an Ordinary High-School Student. After getting involved on how to end the war between Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens, he willingly merged with the Snake of the Festival and overall became more ruthless in his approachs.
- A God Am I: As Snake of the Festival, he starts believing he has the right to destroy and reform the world as he pleases. He does not want to destroy the world, nor does he destroy the world. The Flame Hazes feared that the Crimson Denizens would lack restraint and devour humans even in their paradise Xanadu (which would have limitless Power of Existence) and would destroy the world, but the Crimson Denizens were willing to compromise despite having won; after living for so long with humans, the Denizens gradually came to change their ways, and subconsciously wished for a paradise where they didn't need to feed on human existences, something which the Snake of the Festival couldn't go against.
- Good All Along: His intentions, as well as the Snake of the Festival's, are revealed to be genuinely good from the onset of the final part of the story.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: By the end the story, he's gone from a Supporting Protagonist to a Fallen Hero (and a very powerful one at that), then back to being a misunderstood hero when all is said and done, and Shana forgives him for his reckless actions.
- Hellish Pupils: He flashes these at times when the Snake of the Festival temporarily takes over to speak out.
- Hero Antagonist: From volume 16 onward to until when the Forever War ends, and he finally reunites with Shana.
- Heroic Willpower: As several characters note, Yuji manages to take his Tomato in the Mirror and the whole "being dead" thing, which would cause any normal person to have a Heroic B.S.O.D. on the spot, calmly enough that it freaks other people out.
- Innocently Insensitive: Yuji has an awfully difficult time understanding that he completely traumatized Shana after curbstomping her. He sincerely doesn't get why she becomes so upset when he tries to get close to her afterward.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After merging with the Snake of the Festival, he becomes a bit rough in his methods, though he still means well.
- Kick the Dog: During the course of the third part, he drives Margery Daw towards the Despair Event Horizon by revealing to her just what she had been chasing after all this time. And then, there's what he does to Shana while she's captive in the Palace of Stars.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair has become very lengthy, and he's overall more handsome than his previous appearance.
- Love Makes You Evil: Eventually it was revealed why Yuji was so willing to become Snake Of The Festival; with his godly powers he planned to make a new Earth, a mirror of the current one, where existence flows infinitely and Denizens never have to feed on humans, which would make Flame Hazes unnecessary, and allow beings like him and Shana to live in eternal peace. However, as it turns out, he's the good guy all along. The Flame Hazes, while they have good intentions, are misguided. There are no genocides, all deaths are the result of the war. As much as Yuji likes the Flame Hazes, they are trying to kill him and his followers, who turn out to actually be right about the whole saving the world thing.
- Must Make Amends: He sincerely believes that after all the atrocities has has committed, he has to pay his dues and make right by the people he wronged. Shana and Alastor are quick to forgive him, but he's aware that others won't be as charitable.
- '90s Anti-Hero: His new outfit straight up extends the length of his hair (sometimes giving it prehensile powers), and, when combined with the massive Blutsauger, certainly makes him reminiscent of the trope.
- Physical God: Even without the Snake, Yuji is one, though he does not yet know how to use his power to its full potential. Thanks to Hecate's synchronization with him, Alastor confirmed he has the power of a Crimson Lord. And then Yuji gets Grammatica. We never get to see its full potential, since he just literally learned to use it within the last hour of the series, but it's basically a spell that can become any other spell by structuring the composition of a spell, similar to how language works. So if he had a bit more experience and mastery of it...
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His hair grows to ridiculous proportions in his new appearance as the Snake of the Festival, and it can be used as a weapon.
- Pragmatic Hero: After becoming Bal Masqué's leader, his tactical genius is put to good use when it comes to fighting the Flame Haze's army, and he rarely loses a chance to incapacitate Shana and her companions in the first half of the third season.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Subverted in that he isn't actually evil, but Yuji ends up putting Shana's training to use against the Flame Hazes, as the leader of Bal Masqué.
- Rapunzel Hair: As Snake of the Festival, his hair usually waist-length, but since it's able to stretch as a weapon...
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His new attire gives him a black chesplate with red outlines, but it's subverted since he's not exactly evil.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Over at Xanadu, he does atone by trying to have the Humans and Denizens coexist, but he often ends up becoming a target of aggression, getting involved in fights and often on the run.
- Rousing Speech: He deliver two to Bal Masqué's Denizens.
- Screw Destiny: One of his motivations as the Snake of the Festival. He refuses to accept the fact of Shana and the other Flame Hazes being trapped in a Forever War against Denizens.
- Sharing a Body: With Snake of the Festival, and yet it didn't change Yuji that much — by his own words, "there's no one in his body but him". Shana and friends however insist that the one before them is Snake of The Festival, not Yuji, a claim which turns out to be false all along.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: His new look could make him pass for a handsome young man.
- Threat Backfire: Sort of, as while Yuji didn't threaten Shana in final season he implied it in regards to Alastor as with holding Shana captive and being the closest person to her Alastor who is the counterpart and equal of Snake of Festival is rendered powerless. This backfire spectacularly against Yuji when Shana throw back the same threat to Snake of Festival to maintain Yuji's avatar status, as if not because of Yuji she will not think twice to summon Alastor to stop them.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: During the course of the story's final part, he's incredibly more rough in his actions, having two noticeable Kick the Dog moments to boot.
- Tragic Villain: There was no other choice to fulfill his goals other than pull a Face–Heel Turn.
- Tsurime Eyes: At times after becoming Snake of the Festival, in sharp contrast to his usual Tareme Eyes.
- The Unfettered: After merging with the Snake of the Festival, he sets many plans in motion to achieve his goal of changing Shana's fate, no matter how many Flame Hazes die and regardless of Shana's own opinion.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Creating Xanadu is his ultimate solution to end the Forever War between the Flame Hazes and the Crimson Denizens, which would allow him to finally be together with Shana.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: As the Snake of the Festival. There wasn't any other choice to fulfill his dream to live on with Shana forever in peace other than doing a Face–Heel Turn and joining the Bal Masque in order to accomplish his goals.
- Yandere: Almost plays it Up to 11 because he believes he has the right to destroy and reform the world as he pleases so he can live with Shana together in peace even though he doesn't intend on doing it nor even though about it in the first place. It's eventually averted by the end of the series.
- Younger Than He Looks: Despite looking like a handsome young man in his Snake of the Festival attire, he's still very much the same 15-16 years old Yuji.
Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter
- Absolute Cleavage: Demonstrates this twice with her Badass Longcoat. Once after beating up Yuji for dropping in while she was changing, and again when her school uniform is slashed neatly down the chest by Sorath.
- Academic Athlete: She's the best athlete in the school and gets perfect grades without ever needing to study.
- The Ace: She's considered the most powerful Flame Haze, and is the best student and athlete in the school.
- Action Girl: The standout case for the series.
- Action Girlfriend: She's one to the (initially) Non-Action Guy that is Yuji Sakai, and she's famous for it.
- A-Cup Angst: An exceptionally mild version. She only indicates twice that she might be dissatisfied with her breast size during the entirety of the anime. A side story in the novels has her showing blatant irritation toward Margery flaunting her own large chest, leading to the two Volleying Insults.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Shana was found originally in Hong Kong, likely making her this in ethnicity. She even (unwillingly) wore a qipao during her training prior to being a Flame Haze.
- Anti-Hero: Initially.
- Badass Adorable: This is a little girl who goes up against monsters capable of devouring the existence of humans, and is one of the best fighters at that.
- Badass in Distress: While being kept captive by Snake of the Festival Yuji.
- Badass Longcoat: Shana frequently forgoes the sleeves and wears it as a Badass Cape. It's technically a fragment of Alastor's wing, and contains Hammerspace where she stores weapons.
- Bandage Babe: When she became a Flame Haze, her body was covered in bandages.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Pulled this off in a flashback when she awakens to her abilities. Deconstructed because catching a blade with one's bare hands naturally leads to injury and she is shown visibly injured.
- Bathing Beauty: She doesn't need to bathe at all, since she can just use Alastor's "purifying flame" to cleanse herself. She just spends an hour or so every day soaking in hot water because she enjoys it.
- Battle Couple: With Yuji.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted Yuji to become stronger so he could fight by her side. While he was quickly becoming a competent fighter due to her, Wilhelmina, and Margery's tutelage and the large amount of Power of Existence he possessed, he eventually became much more powerful by merging with the Snake of the Festival and it didn't go at all as she expected.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Kazumi's Betty.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Her Catchphrase. "Urusai, urusai, urusai!"note
- Blade Reflection: The Trope picture. It also crops up a lot in official artworks, namely the final season's second ending credits, which has a reflection of Yuji as the Snake of the Festival.
- Bodyguard Crush: As part of her duty as a Flame Haze, Shana must look after Yuji because of the Midnight Lost Child inside him.
- Break the Haughty: Snake of the Festival Yuji utterly beats Shana down, captures her and seals her powers; ALL OF THIS after he already confessed his love for her and is still confessing at any time given. She got better.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She either stops talking of her own will, or is cut off by a Moment Killer.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Shana refuses to strip in front of Yuji, showing she sees him as more than a Torch (a mere "thing").
- Catchphrase: Whenever she gets frustrated, she'll shout "Urusai, urusai, urusai!"note Her chibi form in the omake uses a childish, slurred form of this. Enough to qualify as a Shout-Out when done by her VA in similar roles (see Pigeonholed Voice Actor).
- Chaste Heroine: Since she was merely raised for combat, Shana knows little to nothing about romance and sexuality. She didn't even know about kissing until Chigusa explained it to her. At one point, she starts asking everyone how babies are made, which makes for some really awkward moments...
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Shana doesn't take it well when Yuji hangs out with Yoshida or Konoe but can't bring herself to openly show affection for him. What's more, she once thinks of cutting Yoshida down while the latter is frozen in a Fuzetsu.
- Clothing Damage: Shana ends up partially or completely naked all the time.
- Crucified Hero Shot: When Sorath and Tiriel caught her in episode 12.
- Curtains Match the Window: When she's in Flame Haze mode, her hair and eyes turn red.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: As Alastor's Flame Haze, she is able to materialize Alastor in the living world, causing widespread damage in a large area. However, casting the spell costs an enormous amount of Power of Existence and it will likely kill the Flame Haze. Shana uses this spell once, but manages to survive thanks to having enough Power of Existence (this is in the anime season 1, where it is used as a climax much later after they fought and killed Friagne.)
- In the manga and the movie, Shana is depicted as the Great One of Alastor, that is a being with exceptional capacity as a vessel, able to hold the whole of Alastor's being, even when forcibly summoned after Shana gets shot by Friagne using Trigger Happy.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Grade A Zettai Ryouiki wouldn't work otherwise.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Sort of. She "becomes" Yukari Hirai after she fades away by absorbing her remaining Power of Existence, thus preserving everyone's memories about her and making them recognize her as Yukari.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Shana starts off cold and not caring for anyone. She sees herself as 'just a Flame Haze' and Yuji as 'just a Torch'. After some heartwarming from Yuji she comes to realize that he is more than just a torch and warms up to him.
- Deuteragonist: She is of equal importance as Yuji in regards to the plot, although the latter is ultimately the one driving the story forward.
- Devoted to You: Yuji becomes so obsessed with her that he willingly becomes Snake Of The Festival so he can create a world in which he can live peacefully with Shana.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Although compared to other anime Tsunderes she doesn't beat Yuji up too much; she still gets to beat him up more frequently in the manga.
- Dramatic Drop: Shana drops the cell phone she's using when Margery informs her over the phone that the immensely powerful Crimson Lord they sensed entering Misaki City is Yuji, who had been missing for several weeks.
- Empathic Weapon: Nietono no Shana, due to containing Tenmoku Ikko's spirit.
- Eternal Love: With Yuji since they're both ageless.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally, but only when she activates her Flame Haze powers. Normally, her hair is dark black-brown.
- First-Name Basis: With Yuji.
- Flaming Hair: While normal in form, when she activates her Flame Haze powers her hair is colored like a blazing flame with ember-like sparks flying off.
- Flaming Sword: Being the Flame Haze of the Flame of Heaven, Shana can set the Nietono no Shana on fire.
- Foil: She and Yuji, as lampshaded by the latter.
- Both are the contractees to not merely Crimson Lords, but Crimson Gods.
- Both are motivated by love for one another; Shana's goal is to redeem Yuji, while Yuji's is to create a future where Shana can find peace and avoid becoming a casualty of the Forever War.
- Both are leaders of their respective factions; Yuji as leader of Bal Masqué, Shana as leader of the Flame Haze making a last-ditch effort to thwart Bal Masqué's plans.
- Both have had enormous influence on the other's development; Shana becomes kinder and more empathetic under Yuji's influence while Yuji becomes more ruthless and aggressive under hers.
- Both wield unique swords; Shana's Nietono no Shana can cut through virtually anything, even that held to be indestructible, while Yuji's Blutsauger can, when infused with Power of Existence, cause injury to anyone it merely touches.
- Both are immortal.
- Both are hit by Just a Machine, with Shana being a Flame Haze, a "hunting tool," and Yuji being a Torch, a normally impermanent copy of a dead person.
- Both, over the course of the story, find and define their identities, acknowledging and embracing "what" they are (a Flame Haze, a Torch), while also transcending it.
- Friendly Rivalry: Develops this with Kazumi later.
- Fun Size: Shana-tan.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in pigtails sometimes.
- Godiva Hair: Several times when she stands up in the bath.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Yuji as the Snake of the Festival puts her in fancy dresses, including an Elegant Gothic Lolita one while he keeps her captive in Seireiden.
- Goofy Print Underwear: The first episode of Season 3 shows that Shana wears panties that have a rather childish anime character on the seat.
- Gratuitous English: This happens when she corrects the teacher during English class. The sentence "That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet" can just barely be understood.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: She comes to understand and accept her feelings for Yuji when Kazumi confronts her and tells her she's going to confess to him and pursue him more actively.
- Hammerspace: Her Badass Longcoat can appear out of nowhere, and she keeps her sword in it. Of course, it is explicitly magical.
- Hates Being Alone: Realizes this in the first fight she enters without Yuji since she met him.
- Hot Wings: She gains a pair of fiery wings relatively early on. It's worth noting that many Flame Hazes and Denizens can fly unaided.
- I Can Change My Beloved: After Yuji becomes Snake of the Festival, she makes her goal to defeat him and redeem him in order to be with him.
- Idiot Hair: Despite being an excellent student. She's a bit of a Leeroy Jenkins at first, but becomes more strategic later.
- Ignored Confession: At the end of Season 1, Shana confesses to Yuji that she loves him when they think they are going to die, but he barely heard it and considers it so unlikely that he thinks he's probably misheard it.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: To Yuji after he becomes Snake of the Festival. However, at the end it's subverted since he wasn't being controlled.
- Image Song: EXIST, Blue Sky & EXIST II.
- Immortal Immaturity: Her age is unknown, but she certainly doesn't behave much more mature than most Adorably Precocious Child examples. Part of it is due to her sheltered life.
- In a Single Bound: Before she gets wings.
- Indifferent Beauty: While this series have its share of beautiful girls, Shana is acknowledged as a very beautiful girl by Crimson Denizens she 'hunted' and they note it in rumors they circulate on her. She doesn't care, which is pretty understandable due to how she was raised as perfect vessel for Alastor.Friagne: "Flame Haze of Nietono no Shana. How beautiful you are, just like the rumor."
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Shana used to strip naked in front of others and let Alastor purify her with fire instead of bathing. Fortunately Sophie Sawallisch managed to shame her out of it before she met Yuji.
- Insistent Terminology: She was originally a bit irritated with Yuji's naming her "Shana." After she begins to fall in love with him, and especially after she accepts her feelings for him and openly comes to value him (though confessing her love remains an issue for a while), she insists that she be called both the "Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter" and "Shana."
- Japanese Pronouns: Regularly uses omae, which is out of the ordinary for a girl of her (apparent) age. By season 3, when she's become open about her feelings for Yuji, she addresses him with the more polite anata.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be a rather big insensitive jerk and her usual treatment of Yuji doesn't help. Justified due to limited social interaction. She's a good person deep down, which becomes more obvious thanks to Yuji and Chigusa.
- Katanas Are Just Better: A nodachi, to be precise.
- The Kirk: To Wilhemina's Spock and Margery's McCoy. In the Yuji-Shana-Kazumi Love Triangle, she's The McCoy.
- Lack of Empathy: Initially, Shana considers Torches to be "things," and even when dealing with humans, doesn't see any reason why they should matter to her. This causes her a fair bit of grief, particularly when she fails to take Yuji's feelings into account, despite him mattering very much to her indeed.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Tactically, she's not a Leeroy Jenkins, but strategically she is. While she plans her actual, immediate combat moves quickly but carefully, her default solution is to attack the enemy directly until she kills them. That is not always an option. There's a reason why Yuji is usually the one to figure out how to actually defeat the enemy (Friagne, the Aizen twins (to a degree), Sabrac, etc.).
- She does get better by the third season, largely due to the fact that after the Flame Hazes' defeat by Bal Masqué at the Palace of the Stars, only she and a handful of Flame Hazes are able and willing to continue the fight. These Flame Hazes look to her for leadership, and she does an admirable job in formulating a plan to alter Xanadu's creation to prevent Crimson Denizens from eating humans in the new world. Unfortunately, Bal Masqué's strategist Bel Peol anticipated such a plan.
- Legacy Character: The second Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter after Mathilde Saint-Omer.
- Lethal Chef: Her original attempts to cook, even under Chigusa's supervision, were disasterous. Eventually she learns better.
- Lie to the Beholder: Thanks to having absorbed Yukari Hirai's remaining Power of Existence, normal people perceive Shana as Yukari despite them looking nothing alike.
- Little Miss Badass: She's among the shortest characters in the cast, but it belies her nature as one of the most powerful Flame Hazes in the story.
- Love Is a Weakness: At first, her feelings for Yuji caused her great frustration and angst, distracting her and making her lose battles. Alastor and Wilhelmina attempted to kill him because of this.
- Mentor Archetype: She begins training Yuji to fight Crimson Denizens after the latter learns he'll not being disappearing like most Mystes and Torches. This backfires on her spectacularly when Yuji ends up putting that training to use against the Flame Hazes, as the leader of Bal Masqué.
- Ms. Fanservice: Shana has a few issues with keeping her clothes on during the series and has at least two Furo Scenes.
- Mundane Utility: She mentions that she doesn't need to bathe, since she can just use Alastor's "purifying flame" to cleanse herself.
- Named Weapon: Her nodachi, Nietono no Shana.
- No Social Skills: She was raised for combat, and Alastor and Wilhemina failed to see the importance of anything besides that, not even a name. As a result, Shana is unaware of many social norms and doesn't know how to interact with people very well.
- Odango Hair: When she puts on a yukata.
- One-Note Cook: She only makes melonpan.
- Only One Name: Aside from her moniker as the "Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter", she is only known as Shana (and that's only recently).
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her ultimate technique, which allows her to materialize Alastor. Even without resorting to this, she's strong enough in II that she can incinerate several square miles of Misaki City, and only gets stronger from there.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy: Shana is a tough Tsundere monster fighter who has No Social Skills and at first, she doesn't care about anything or anyone, only thinking about fighting. She inevitably falls in love with the kind-hearted and sensitive Non-Action Guy Yuji.
- Playing with Fire: True to her moniker, she's one of the most powerful Flame Hazes, and fights with extremely fiery Unrestricted Spells.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Black to red, usually accompanied with embers.
- Power Fist: Made of fire no less.
- Power Gives You Wings: After her second fight against Margery Daw, Shana gains a pair of wings although she wasn't able to use this spell without Yuji in range at first.
- The Power of Love: Feels that Yuji's presence gives her a power boost: "I feel stronger because Yuji's here; I can do anything!"
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is almost as long as her body.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Yuji's Blue.
- Sacred First Kiss: An entire episode is devoted to explaining to her the "milestone" nature of this. She reacts as expected.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Shana is the penultimate Flame Haze, but her training left her crippling ill-equipped to deal with life when it came to things besides combat. While there are some humorous consequences to this (such as her innocently asking Yuji and his family how babies were made), the trope is played very seriously as well. In the early story arcs, her incomprehension of her growing feelings for Yuji caused a lot of angst and frustration on her part.
- Samaritan Relationship Starter: She began to see Yuji as more than a mere Torch after he allowed her to use his Power of Existence to restore the places that were destroyed in the Fuzetsu barriers in his school so she wouldn't use his classmates instead. Since all the Torches Shana had met before Yuji exhibited selfish attitudes, this left quite an impression on Shana.
- Sarashi: In a few episodes.
- Shana Clone: The original flavor.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She impresses Yuji when she puts on a dress that Chigusa gave her.
- Shower of Angst: In the beginning of the third season, she takes a shower while she is sad about Yuji's mysterious disappearance.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Yuji because he's such a Nice Guy.
- Sitting on the Roof: Does this after her first day in Yuji's world, waiting for Friagne to return so that she can fight him again.
- Sociopathic Hero: Originally, due to being raised as the "perfect Flame Haze", Shana didn't care at all about people, considering preserving the balance the only thing that mattered. She would even casually use human lives to restore the places that were destroyed in the Fuzetsu barriers. Yuji's influence makes her care more about people.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Yuji. Shana is a tough monster fighter who was raised to be the perfect Flame Haze, while Yuji is an average guy who mostly relies on his intelligence and analysis skills to help Shana in battle.
- Sweet Tooth: Melon bread in particular, but any sweet food in general. In manga omakes depicting Shana's first encounter with Sophie Sawallisch, Sophie attempted to find a nickname for Shana (this occurred before she encountered Yuji and was dubbed "Shana" by him). She fires off a series of pet names and notices that Shana reacts to some of them, only to realize that she's responding not because she likes the names, but because some of them have sweet connotations like "Candy". Shortly after, Shana responds to a coming ice-cream truck with such seriousness that Sophie at first assumed that Shana somehow sensed a Crimson Denizen that escaped her notice.
- In the manga, Yuji offers her coffee, which she promptly spits out proclaiming that she's never tasted anything so bitter...after Yuji had emptied several packets of sugar into it.
- In the first episode of Shakugan no Shana S, Shana consumes several pounds of ice cream. She was in Yuji's body at the time, and Yuji's body doesn't quite have the same tolerance for so much junk food as Shana's.
- They Call Him "Sword": In an interesting twist, her sword has a name, but she doesn't. So Yuji names her after her sword.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Again, she's one of the shortest characters, and has a pretty nasty temperament at first, often beating up Yuji.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Kazumi's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: In gym class, she wears her hair in a ponytail.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's mostly a no-nonsense Action Girl, but even she has her bouts of girliness.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She softens up a bit later in the series after continuous interaction with Yuji, Chigusa and Kazumi.
- Town Girls: The Neither to Wilhelmina's Femme and Margery's Butch.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Melon bread. She's rarely seen eating anything else, and the few times she smiles is before and while eating the stuff.
- Tsundere: So much so that she is the Goddess of Tsundere. Also justified, see What Is This Thing You Call "Love"? below.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Tykebomb: She was raised with sole motive of becoming a Flame Haze.
- Unscrupulous Hero: At first. While Shana chooses fights Crimson Denizens in order to preserve the balance, she didn't care about protecting people and wouldn't hesistate to sacrifice lives in order to complete her missions.
- Unskilled, but Strong: A partial subversion in that she received training from Wilhelmina, but her fighting style basically boils down to rushing in and beating their enemies in straight forward battle.
- Vague Age: It's not clear exactly how old Shana is. She became a Flame Haze outside of a very modern-looking city, she's small and flat (the light novels describe her as looking like an 11-year-old) and can be rather childish, but it's never specified how old she was when she stopped aging or how many years she has been a Flame Haze. Still, she makes herself pass as a high school student with a childlike body.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?:
- Essentially being a Tykebomb solely raised for combat is skimpy when it comes to romance; never even being taught what love was helps explain why she reacts to her obvious feelings the way she does.
- Less humorously, this trope was a major issue in the early part of the series, where her growing feelings, which she did not understand, caused angst, frustration, and self-doubt that Margery and Friagne ruthlessly exploited in their fights with her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Afraid that Yuji was distracting Shana from her purpose as a Flame Haze, Wilhelmina attempted to kill him and remove the Midnight Lost Child. Shana was not pleased about this.
- When She Smiles: Yuji comments that her smile is beautiful in the manga.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Yuji. They Do.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Somewhere between grade B and grade A. She even wears her black stockings in gym class.
Flame of Heaven
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Technically, he resides within Shana herself but uses a pendant as his mouthpiece.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form, depicted in the movie as a giant, bat-winged minotaur Wreathed in Flames. Of course, he has the power to burn everything in his wake.
- Foil: Has two of them:
- Marchosias: Whereas Alastor is a Consummate Professional who sees hunting Crimson Denizens as his solemn duty, Marchosias is a Blood Knight who's hunts for, well, the thrill of the hunt. Alastor (at first) sees little point in fostering Shana's humanity and is reluctant to encourage Shana's relationship with Yuji. Marchosias will go out of his way to ensure Margery Daw develops bonds with others and is a gleeful Shipper on Deck for Margery and Keisaku. Futhermore, Alastor is Shana's mentor and a father figure whom she greatly respects, while Marchosias is Margery's partner and frequent target of her (frequently deserved) abuse.
- Snake of the Festival: They are both Crimson Gods who are hosted by contractees, both who are or become the respective leaders of their factions. Both have an extremely potent power, a Divine Summoning, that requires a ritual and sacrifice to activate. But while Alastor is aligned with the Flame Haze and has a duty to prevent the Crimson Denizens from accomplishing their desires, the Snake of the Festival is aligned with the Denizens and his purpose is to fulfill their desires. Their Divine Summonings have opposite purposes as well; Alastor's Heaven-and-Earth Sundering is a technique of ultimate destructive power, whereas the Snake of the Festival's Ritual-Grounding can create virtually anything.
- God Is Flawed: Alastor does have his short comings. His emphasis on raising Shana to be the perfect Flame Haze meant that Shana was very ignorant of human interactions and relationships. The worst example of this was how Shana used to strip naked in front of others and let Alastor purify her instead of bathing, something Sophie Sawallisch managed to shame her out of (thankfully before she met Yuji).
- God Is Good: He and the Snake of the Festival are the closest thing to a Physical God in this universe, although Alastor does his best to prevent the Crimson Denizens from devouring the power of existence, making him a clear-cut benevolent being.
- Leitmotif: Alastor
- Meaningful Name: Alastor is one of Zeus' epithets, particularly in his form as the avenger of evil deeds.
- Not So Stoic: In the manga, usually for comedy. He even joins Shana in teasing Yuji over his mother's pet name ("Yu-chan") for him.
- Overprotective Dad:
- Acts a little bit like this towards Shana at first. He wanted Chigusa to stop talking to Shana about matters such as kissing, knowing about the emotional conflict her growing feelings for Yuji cause. Chigusa talked him out of it.
- Alastor specifically opposes Shana's relationship with Yuji, believing both that Love Is a Weakness that will distract Shana from being the ultimate Flame Haze, and that Yuji is flat out not worthy. Eventually he changes his tune after Yuji manages to impress him as a fighter and leader.
- Parental Substitute: To Shana. He's the one who raised her in her second life. He also poses as her guardian.
- Physical God: His power is such that he, the Snake of the Festival, and the God of Guidance Shaher, are put on a tier higher than the rest of the Crimson Lords.
- Playing with Fire: All Crimson Denizens and Flame Hazes count to an extent, but Alastor and his contractors are notable for Unrestricted Spells revolving around fire.
- Shipper on Deck: He eventually comes to approve Shana's relationship with Yuji. In Season 2, right before seemingly killing Sabrac, he tells Shana that he wouldn't have interfered with her had she decided to tell Yuji that she loved him.
- Worthy Opponent: The Snake of the Festival views him as this.
- Balloon Belly: Gains a big one in no Shana-tan Final Destruction 2.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Played straight in one of Shakugan no Shana-tan OVAs, where she casually blocks Shana-tan's sword with her fingers.
- Betty and Veronica: Betty to Shana's Veronica.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She's entirely too shy to ask Yuji out, and continually stumbles over her tongue. Lasts until Episode 19.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She often makes bento for Yuji — which is an ability that Shana will not have.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Shana eventually.
- Hair Decorations: Her cute white ribbon and two pair of red hairclips. But in some episode she wear something else cuter like on the episode where Ike confesses to her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to do this by using a Treasure Tool that would use up her existence to summon the Crimson Lord Pheles to the battlefield. Although it turns out that it is the singleminded dedication one must have in order to be willing to die that summons Pheles, and her death is not actually required.
- Hidden Buxom: Kazumi obviously has Hammerspace for her breasts, as she barely seems to have any in her school uniform, but they're huge in her swimsuit.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She wishes for powers in order to be with Yuji.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Realizing that her feelings for Yuji would be dwarfed by Shana's, she still wishes for Yuji to find his own happiness.
- The Kirk: In the Yuji-Shana-Kazumi Love Triangle.
- Luminescent Blush: Especially when she's with Yuji.
- Ms. Fanservice: When in her swimsuits.
- Nice Girl: Ike rattles off her 'nice girl' qualities such as 'loyal' and 'attentive' immediately before realizing he's in love with her.
- Oblivious to Love: Never realizes of Ike's feelings for her until he confesses.
- The Rival: To Shana for Yuji. They eventually get on better terms.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Female version: The girl who couldn't get the guy...
- Shrinking Violet: She's shy, bashful, and needs Ike to give her a push to say anything to Yuji. She gets bolder as the story goes on.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Even she doesn't know what a Plucky Girl she is. She's a Shrinking Violet who doesn't have the nerve to confess to the boy she loves, but in the clutch, she has the nerve to invite a Crimson Denizen who had just tried to kill Yuji to the Autumn Festival to show her what love is, and later be willing to sacrifice her life to summon that Denizen into battle.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Just like Shana she likes Yuji because he's such a Nice Guy.
- Tareme Eyes: Round eyes to show her sweet and friendly nature; another contrast with Shana.
- Through His Stomach: Usually to show her affection for Yuji, but sometimes for friends, such as Ike and Shana.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Shana's Tomboy.
- Yandere: Played for Laughs in the Shana-tan omakes.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Averted with him simply confessing to Yoshida.
- The Chew Toy: This guy can not catch a break.
- A Day in the Limelight: The theme park episode in the second season, though mostly just to get chewed on.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Kazumi, with the latter being lovestruck with Yuji.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Hayato cares more for Kazumi's feelings than his own, enough that he helps her get closer to Yuji. He eventually was tired with Yuji's Selective Obliviousness over this and tells him that he's being rude and cruel. And then there's the opening of the second season...
- Locked Out of the Loop: Never learns about Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens.
- Love Epiphany: One morning he's wondering why Yuji doesn't hook up with Kazumi. He rattles off her good qualities absent-mindly while preparing for school. The snap you hear is not his pencil case closing but the gears clicking in his head!
- Matchmaker Crush: He has feelings for Kazumi despite he is helping her get Yuji.
- Only Sane Man: Where Yuji's romantic affairs are concerned, he's this. He can tell that there's a Love Triangle going on and that Yuji's hurting the girls' feelings, though he doesn't quite realize just how dense Yuji is.
- Serious Business: His frankly ludicrous level of planning for the theme park visit; that entire episode is largely poking fun at how seriously Ike takes things in general. The dramatic battle music even plays when something goes wrong.
- Shipper on Deck: Favors Kazumi x Yuji. Also, really wants Yuji to pick a girl already instead of bouncing three of them.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She makes snacks for the leads and dinner too. This earned her envy from Wilhelmina.
- Good Parents: She clearly loves Yuji and helps him with his relationship troubles.
- High-School Sweethearts: She and Kantaro got married while they were still students, due to an early pregnancy.
- Housewife: She takes care of the Sakai household.
- Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Not to her husband, but to Alastor. She convinces him to let Shana adapt to society and accept her feelings for Yuji.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Throughout the entire story, she never catches on with the nature of Shana and her son Yuji's predicaments.
- Parental Substitute: Serves as one to Shana until Wilhelmina comes back. After Yuji disappears, Shana becomes a Child Substitute instead, as Chigusa needs to have someone around to parent. She does hesitate on giving her The Talk, mostly because she thinks it should be Wilhelmina's place (she's not aware just how bad Wilhelmina's parenting is).
- Shipper on Deck: Encourages Yuji x Shana from both ends; she gives Yuji (platonic) relationship advice, invites Shana to dinner, explains the signifiance of kisses and puts her in a dress to show off to Yuji.
- Teen Pregnancy: Deconstructed. Chigusa and Kantaro were still students when she became pregnant with an infant son, who died from complications during pregnancy. Teen pregnancies are dangerous. Later, they had Yuji, who did survive.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Alastor remarks how nothing fazes her; she's always cheerful and has snacks prepared. A 'Crowning Moment' would be when he called Chigusa to tell her not to talk to Shana about romantic matters and she talks him out of it while remaining polite and flattering and not-quite-disagreeing with him.
- High-School Sweethearts: He and Chigusa got married when they were still students, due to an early pregnancy.
- So Proud of You: His attitude towards Yuji, who he sees is maturing tremendously. Feeling that Yuji is ready, Kantaro has a heart-to-heart talk with Yuji about responsibility and also informs him that he had a twin brother that did not survive childbirth.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: His work keeps him overseas for months at a time. He's so absent, that when he returns for a visit Shana mistakes him for an enemy.
Lonely Rich Kid who, along with his friend Eita, becomes Margery's retainers\henchmen. He's rich, and his house becomes Margery's by extension, and both he and Eita have a thinly veiled crush on her, albeit his is stronger.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: He sounded appropriate in season 1, but his English voice actor changed for season 2 and beyond and he fell into this.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He was 'meh' before meeting Margery and discovering the truth of the world. After that he jumped at a call he never got to assist her in battle and near the end of the first season, tells Yuji he'll leave Misaki city with him. "There's nothing for me here."
- Dogged Nice Guy: Margery pretty much commandeers his home, drinks his home dry of alcoholic beverages daily, and generally tends to be really high maintenance. However, he keeps his mouth shut and helps her (as a Mission Control) with her job as a Flame Haze due to being deeply in love with her. She tries to keeps him at arms length with her Dark and Troubled Past, but this epically backfires, and by the end of Season 2, she's rather aware he hasn't given up. It all pays off in the end and he and Margery become an Official Couple in the third season.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Kisses Margery while she is in an Angst Coma. It turns out she was actually awake, but he didn't know that.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: He spends all his after school time training so he can join the fight.
- Jumped at the Call: Eagerly helps Margery with her Flame Haze stuff; so eagerly she produces a sword he could never hope to lift to demonstrate the difference between them. Instead, he shifts his training to picking it up.
- Likes Older Women: The woman he loves is physically about twice his age (in reality she is hundreds of years older than him).
- Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this to Margery after she loses any other purpose in life after discovering the truth about the Silver.
- Lonely Rich Kid: He's not deprived of friends, but he does have a small social circle.
- May–December Romance: With Margery. A rare example that's also Mayfly–December Romance; biologically, Margery is well into her twenties at the youngest, and could easily be in her thirties.
- Mayfly–December Romance: Margery will almost certainly outlive him.
- Mission Control: For Margery. Wants to be more.
- By the second season, he even considers becoming a Flame Haze himself just to be better able to support her.
- Non-Action Guy: Hates this status, and wants to be more proactive than Mission Control.
- The Resenter: To Yuji, albeit due to the fact he resents not being action capable like Yuji. Actual hatred for Yuji himself is not present.
- Subordinate Excuse: Though it was initially a barely hidden sexual attraction at first for both himself and Eita, he started gaining true feelings for her.
- Those Two Guys: Along with Eita.
- Amazon Chaser: His introduction to Margery was her beating up thugs. Afterwards, he has a goofy look on his face and asks for premission to call her 'elder sister'.
- Beta Couple: With Ogata.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time, only opening them when the situation is dire or during a tense conversation with Yuji as the Snake of the Festival.
- Freak Out!: Has a pretty bad freak out when Margery seemingly killed Ogata. Since they where in the Fuzetsu the damage could be undone. However the event ended up mentally scarring him quite severely.
- Insult Backfire: Margery was afraid she insulted him after offhandly mentioning to someone else that he was her 'minion'. Instead, he was happy!
- Mission Control: Like Keisaku, he provides tactical information to Margery.
- Mistaken for Gay: In the first season's OVA, while visiting a hot spring Tanaka and Keisaku race each other up a set of stairs, which, unbeknownst to them, local tradition says guarantees marriage between any two people who go up it together. Ogata, who is crushing on Tanaka, is understandably upset about this and Hilarity Ensues for the rest of the episode as she tries to derail Tanaka and Keisaku's budding "relationship".
- Opt Out: He decides to never deal with Flame Hazes after seeing Margery kill Ogata in Unstoppable Rage (Ogata got better). It doesn't stick for long, though he finally goes through with it near the end, explaining that he trusts Snake of the Festival Yuji's plan to save the world, and throwing away the Phlebotinum that allows him to operate inside a Fuzetsu as a sign of his faith.
- Those Two Guys: Along with Keisaku.
tomboyish, extroverted, and very social. She often suggests that the group do things together when everyone else is too shy.
- Applied Phlebotinum: After Margery accidentally kills her. She was able to get better because they were inside a Seal.
- Beta Couple: With Eita.
- Back from the Dead: In the final novel, she is revived by Kazumi, who uses her memories of Yukari as well as the fragment of her power of existence that Shana took in order to assume her identity.
- A Death in the Limelight: In the light novel series, Yukari starts off "dead," with Yuji coming to class and finding that Shana had replaced her shortly after learning the truth of the world. In the anime, viewers meet Yukari in the first episode, get a glimpse of her personality and characteristics (such as a crush on Ike), and see her consumed in the attack that reveals to Yuji the Secret War between Flame Hazes and Denizens. The bulk of the second episode revolves around Yuji trying to ensure that her rapidly diminishing Torch is remembered by someone.
- Expy: She somewhat resembles Yukari Tatsumiya from Doomed Megalopolis, both in looks (bar the animation style, obviously) and the role as a tearjerking victim of supernatural influences. Her first name is directly taken from her, while her surname comes probably from a character named Hirai from the same work.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: She shows Yuji the reality of the world, spurs him to let her enjoy her last days, and then after her Torch fades and Shana takes her place she is never mentioned again. Justified, considering Yuji wasn't really close to Yukari and her crush was on his friend, not him.
- Ret Gone: Semi-averted. She would have disappeared completely after her Power of Existence was consumed, if Shana didn't take her identity, thus preserving everyone's memories about her.
- Shipper on Deck: In the movie, she supports Yuji/Kazumi because if they got together she could get closer to Ike.
A transfer student who bears an absolute resemblance to Hecate. She develops a bond with Yuji, which bothers Shana and Kazumi. She is actually the Faux Vessel of Hecate, sent to collect emotions and memories to enable Hecate to control the Silver, which in turn would control the Statue of Pride, which was meant to be the Snake of the Festival's host prior to Yuji and Shana destroying it.
- Canon Foreigner: Konoe is an anime-exclusive character. Neither she nor her plot appear in the light novels.
- Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: To Yuji, all the time because she's an apparition sent by Hecate to monitor him. Non-romantic example, but the other characters think it is.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's usually seen chasing birds and butterflies, when she's not spilling her books on the floor and wondering why they won't come up again.
- Empty Shell: Starts out as this, for good reason: she's a Faux Vessel of Hecate created to collect memories and emotions.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: He can cut Fecor's Magnesia with the Nietono no Shana. A feat that no Crimson Lord has ever matched.
- Badass Normal: If you think about it; a single Mystes (which is merely a Torch that contains a Treasure Tool) able to strike fear into the hearts of Denizens and even Lords.
- Death Seeker: He wanders Japan searching for someone worthy of Nietono no Shana.
- The Dreaded: Among Crimson Denizens.
- Implacable Man
- Katanas Are Better
- Sealed Badass in a Can: His spirit stays in Nietono no Shana, and can manifest physically if needed.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: He made Nietono no Shana, after all.
- Walking the Earth: And looking for a fight.
- Abusive Parents: His father tried to sacrifice him for a useless Power of Unrestraint to gain eternal youth.
- Devoted to You: Pheles is hopelessly obsessed with him, and will do anything to get him back.
- Eternal Love: He created the Midnight Lost Child so he could become immortal and be with Pheles forever. They managed to be together for 200 years.
- Fusion Dance: In the finale, he and Pheles combine their existences and give birth to Justus.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As mentioned above, helped invent the Midnight Lost Child and invented bandages that cancel out Sabrac's deadly Stigma. Unfortunately, the latter did not stick.
- Hannibal Lecture: A rare non-evil example. After being released from the Midnight Lost Child, Johann delivers one to Snake of the Festival Yuji. Ironically, Johann is not criticizing Snake of the Festival Yuji's goals, which are noble, or even the means by which he's trying to achieve said goals. He condemns Yuji as too selfless and too logical. Johann rebukes Yuji for not trusting enough in the power of love and emotions, and for his intent to separate himself from Shana as penance after the creation of Xanadu. He disagrees with Yuji's belief that in order for everyone else to have happiness, he by necessity needs to sacrifice his own. He'd rather Yuji forego the penance (which ultimately does happen) and be with Shana.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Johann Faust.
- Sealed Good in a Can
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Pheles. Pursued by the relentless Sabrac until he succeeded in mortally injuring Johann, which forced Pheles to place Johann's soul in the Midnight Lost Child. The Midnight Lost Child, being a Treasure Tool, relocated to a new Torch, Sakai Yuji, setting the stage for the entire series. When Pheles attempts to force Johann and Yuji to switch places (Johann would take Yuji's Power of Existence and have a body, while Yuji would be locked within the Midnight Lost Child), Johann convinces Pheles to let him go. In the final light novel, Johann is released from the Midnight Lost Child (without harming Yuji) and he finally is reunited with Pheles, who he merges with to create the infant being Justus.
- Wife Husbandry: A gender-reversed example with Pheles. After Pheles murdered his father when he was a child, she raised him while they wandered the world together until he created the Midnight Lost Child.
Chanter of Elegies
- Absolute Cleavage: During the Beach Episode (water park technically).
- Action Girlfriend: Her arrival to Keisaku's life gets him involved with the world of the Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens, but he isn't as useful in battle as he would like to and his feelings seem unlikely to be reciprocated until the third season.
- The Alcoholic
- Angst Coma: She spends the beginning of Season III in one, after Snake reveals to her what the Silver actually is.
- The Archmage: According to several individuals, she is widely known for her brilliance with Unrestricted Methods (spells).
- The Baroness: The Sexpot type but has the Rosa Klebb age trait, even though she's Western European (possibly British or German), not Eastern European. She gets better.
- Bears Are Bad News: Her fighting form is some sort of cross between a bear, a wolf, and a wolverine. It's also purple.
- Blood Knight
- Broken Bird
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being a lazy, drunken sot with a penchant for nursery rhymes, she's one of the most effective Flame Hazes once she gets off the couch, is the undisputed expert on Unrestricted Methods, and is nearly as effective as Yuji when acting as a team commander.
- Byronic Hero
- Canis Major: Her fighting form is a giant wolf
- Catchphrase: Whenever Marchosias gets on her nerves, she'll punch the grimoire and say "Odamari, baka Marco." ("Shut up, stupid Marco.")
- Cool Big Sis: Sure, she's jaded, cynical, and drinks herself retarded whenever she's not doing anything else, but she also has a fair bit of insight to offer (she is Really 700 Years Old, after all), and does come to care for the rest of the cast at least a bit.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dark and Troubled Past: The reason she drinks so much. She was once a daughter of a landlord in medieval times, but after countless betrayals, her father was killed and she had ended up in a brothel. She gained a chance to avenge for her misery and humiliation on her enemies, only to see them be destroyed by the Silver. Her fury from being stolen of the last reason to live had attracted the attention of Marchosias.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Shana defeating her starts her Heel–Face Turn.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Somewhat.
- Devoted to You: Keisaku has unbelievable patience in regards to Margery. He gets her hangover medicine whenever she drinks herself half stupid, he often helps her onto the couch or into bed after she nearly collapses from her booze drinking, and whatever she wants he does without fail. In short, he is VERY devoted to her for good or ill.
- Doppelgänger Spin: One of her signature moves early on.
- Femme Fatale
- Femme Fatalons
- Gag Boobs: During the festival because of her open kimono.
- Godiva Hair: In her flashback when she first meets Yuri.
- Heel–Face Turn: She's introduced as an enemy for Shana and Yuji, but ends up becoming their ally.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She suffers a mental breakdown after Snake of Festival Yuji explains to her that the Silver is actually a projection of her emotions, a mirror of her hate towards everyone who abused her and has done the things Margery secretly wanted to do to them on her behalf. Her realization of her feelings for Keisaku is the only thing that save her from crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- Hot Librarian
- I Choose to Stay: She is one of the few Flame Hazes who don't go to Xanadu at the end. She says it's because there are still some Denizens on Earth to fight, but actually it has more to do with staying with Keisaku.
- Insult of Endearment: She continues calling Shana "chibijyari" (can be translated as "pip-squeak" or anything else denoting how short Shana is) even after they become allies.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: She is named after one and uses them for her spell chants.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even after she becomes an ally of Yuji and Shana, she remains rather cynical and acerbic.
- The Lad-ette: She enjoys alcohol, likes fighting, and is hygienically challenged and cheerfully ignorant and aggressive.
- Lady Drunk
- Love Epiphany: After Snake reveals to her what the Silver actually is and nearly crossing the Despair Event Horizon, she realizes of her feelings for Keisaku and they give her a reason to live.
- May–December Romance: With Keisaku on the outside. Margery is Really 700 Years Old and looks in her mid-twenties at the youngest, and he's only 15 years old.
- Mayfly–December Romance: With Keisaku.
- The McCoy: To Wilhemina's Spock and Shana's Kirk.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Multiple Head Case: Her multi-headed werewolf form.
- Mundane Utility: She shrugs off her heavy drinking, telling her Lord she can just use the flame to make herself sober if she needs to fight.
- Naked First Impression: She was naked when she first met Yuri.
- Nominal Hero: Initially, while she's a Flame Haze she doesn't care at all about people or protecting the balance. She only cares about picking fights and finding the Silver.
- Odango Hair: In the water park episode.
- One-Winged Angel: Her fighting form.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To the Silver.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Her Toga power cloaks her body with a second body, that of a massive bipedal wolf made of purple flame. Toga's final form is that of a several-story, multi-headed wolf.
- The Power of Hate: Her hatred for Crimson Denizens is her reason for being (until a certain point, at least). She does not distinguish between good Denizens and evil Denizens.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses
- Rapunzel Hair
- Scary Shiny Glasses: At times.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Calls Yuri out of his idealism and naivete.
- Sociopathic Hero
- Specs of Awesome
- Squishy Wizard: She's the best spellcaster in the Crimson World, but in combat, she relies on transformation spells rather than a weapon and is not very durable. Sabrac easily knocked her out with Splash Damage from his mega-blast in II-20.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In her first appearance, she cares about nothing but battle and revenge. By the end of the second season, she's willing to prioritize saving human lives over her hunt for the Silver, something very few Flame Hazes would worry about.
- Town Girls: The Butch to Shana's Neither and Wilhelmina's Femme.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Unscrupulous Hero
- Unstoppable Rage: When Yuji casts a fuzetsu during Pheles's attack, revealing his silver flame. She goes absolutely insane.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Marchosias.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Again, in the semi-Beach Episode.
Specialist of Everythingnote
- Action Girl
- Arch-Enemy: With Sabrac.
- Bandage Babe: Literally, which she uses as weapons.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A distinctive, heavily-burdened Meido is occasionally shown trudging through exotic locales without any explanation; she eventually appears in the main setting and is introduced as an important character. In the movie, she walks past the camera (and turns to look at it) in two news reports in the span of a day — one in the Gobi Desert and one on Mount Everest.
- Combat Tentacles: Her ribbons.
- The Comically Serious
- Emotionless Girl: She always speaks in a monotonous manner and has nearly no expression. Although that doesn't mean she's completely devoid of emotions.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Pheles, to an extent.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves
- Heartbroken Badass: Wilhelmina was in love with Merihim, a Crimson Lord who in turn was in love with Mathilde Saint-Omer, Shana's predecessor as the Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter, who was in love with Alastor. Merihim died using up his existence in one last duel with Shana (to test her skills as the new Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter), never returning Wilhelmina's affections, even platonically. Part of Wilhelmina's resentment towards Yuji and distaste for Shana's budding relationship with him is her fear that Shana might end up like her.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When Wilhelmina thought Shana died using her ultimate technique, she could not stand on her own. More humorously, she enters one when Yuji, in Shana's body (something she was unaware of), unabashedly proclaims that "she" loves her. While this is true, Wilhelmina's stoicism and Shana's Tsundere traits meant that this was never openly stated by either of them. Wilhelmina is frozen in shock, not sure how to respond, when Yuji and Shana make their get away before she can deduce their body swap.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mathilde.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Merihim, who himself was a Hopeless Suitor towards Mathilde.
- I Am Your Opponent: Wilhelmina declares this when she must buy time for others during battle.
- Lady of War
- Lethal Chef: You'd expect that Feminine Women Can Cook, especially if she's a Meido, but Wilhelmina can't do much more than operate a microwave or a stew pot.
- Limited Wardrobe: She always wears a maid's uniform. Lampshaded in the third season, which shows that she has several identical maid uniforms.
- Mask of Power: Tiamat's transformed form. Changes form for no apparent reason between the first and second seasons.
- Meido: The first thing she does upon encountering Shana again is to clean her apartment (which had become dusty from disuse while Shana was living with Yuji).
- Ninja Maid
- No Social Skills: Like Shana, she has no experience in the human world, and shows this by putting the coaster on top of her tea instead of beneath it.
- Overprotective Mom: She highly disapproves Shana's relationship with Yuji and dislikes Yuji as an overprotective mother might dislike her daughter's boyfriend. She even attempted to kill Yuji because she viewed him as a distraction for Shana and in the light novels, she tries to make Shana give up on him by force.
- Parental Substitute: Is the closest to a mother figure that Shana has ever had, and practically raised her from childhood. For example, Shana's love of melon bread? It's her fault.
- In the finale, she becomes this to Justus, Johann and Pheles' child.
- Parents as People: Wilhelmina does her best to raise Shana, but she simply doesn't know how. She can train Shana and provide her with melon bread, but she can't help Shana with emotional support, she can't cook for her, and can't help her grow as a human being because she never learned to live as one herself.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Tiamat's ribbon-adorned mask form achieves a very similar visual effect.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- The Spock: To Shana's Kirk and Margery's McCoy.
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's cold, aloof and distant, coming off as entirely emotionless. It's clear she cares about Shana in her own way, though. She also she could never openly admit her affection towards Merihim, and referred to him as a "detestable person".
- Swiss-Army Superpower: She has one power (aside from the basics like flight and creating seals): she can create ribbons. She is versatile enough with that one power to have earned the moniker "Specialist of Everything."
- Town Girls: The Femme to Shana's Neither and Margery's Butch.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Gingered Pork. Hail Pork.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Unscrupulous Hero: Like Shana, her first priority is maintaining the balance. Individual human lives don't matter to her (except for people she cares about personally), and early on, she tries to kill Yuji because "the Mystes" is a distraction to Shana. Unlike Shana, while she comes to respect Yuji as a person, her morality really doesn't change all that much over the course of the series.
- Verbal Tic: ~de arimasu. "Indeed" in the dub.
- Tiamat also has a habit of adding short two-word comments to Wilhelmina's sentences.
- Worthy Opponent: Sabrac says that she is the only opponent who truly makes his blood boil.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink.
Khamsin Nbh'w note
Mobilizer of Ceremonial Equipment
- Ambiguously Brown: Definitely has a Middle-Eastern appearance, complete with brown skin and dark hair, but his procedence is obscure. Given the references, he could be Egyptian or even Hindi.
- Badass Adorable: Just tell me not.
- Bash Brothers: Temporarily with Rebecca.
- Braids of Action: Has a single braid.
- Crossdressing Voices: Averted in the Funimation dub.
- Disappears into Light
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has scars across his mouth and under his eye, and some scars more around the torso.
- Humongous Golem: He can summon armor in the form of a towering one made of rocks.
- Immortal Immaturity: Difficult to tell given his reserved nature, but he looks clearly a lot Wise Beyond His Years than a normal child of the age he looks like.
- In the Hood: Is never seen without his hoodie over his head, though in the light novel he switches to a straw hat given by Kazumi.
- Meaningful Name:
- Khamsin's name comes from an Arabic word designating hot, sandy winds. However, his surname ("Nbh'w", also transliterated as "Neb-Khau") is a royal title from the ancient Egypt. Both allude to his exotic, desert-related character, while his surname alludes to his being a prince.
- Behemoth is the name of a mythical land monster in the Book of Job.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In his human form he is outheighted even by Shana, but his rock golem spell turns him into a literal Big Guy.
- Simple Staff: His Treasure Tool, Mekest, resembles a huge metallic column, which he swings around like a staff.
- The Stoic: Very serene and collected.
- Taking the Bullet: He shields Kazumi and Hyakki Yakou van from a barrage of fireballs, getting badly burnt in the process.
- The Unpronounceable
- Verbal Tic: Adds "ah" at the beginning of every sentence. Similarly, Behemoth starts every sentence with "mhmm".
- Warrior Prince: In his backstory.
- You Shall Not Pass: In the final battle, during Kazumi's escape with Pheles and Johan, he stays behind to protect her from Dantalion's mechas. It ultimately gets him killed.
Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter
- Action Girl
- Badass Cape
- Blade on a Stick
- Curtains Match the Window
- Divine Date: With Alastor.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally.
- Flaming Hair
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died using her ultimate technique, though she was already mortally wounded.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wilhelmina.
- Idiot Hair
- Lady of War
- Magic Contract Romance: With Alastor.
- Magic Knight
- Playing with Fire
- Posthumous Character
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Shipper on Deck: Merihim and Mathilde made an agreement that whoever lost the battle between the two of them would do whatever the other wished. Mathilde considered using this promise of Merihim's to force him to accept Wilhelmina's feelings.
- Tsurime Eyes
Scatterer of Sparkling Light
- Action Girl
- Bash Brothers: Temporarily with Khamsin.
- Blood Knight: A more low-key example than others, but she's always spoiling for a fight.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Having a Blast
- The Lad-ette
- Ore Onna
- Meaningful Name: Balar is a variant of Balor, the name of the king of the Formorians in Irish mythology with a giant eye in the middle of his forehead.
- Pretty in Mink: Her fur-lined jacket.
- Running Gag: Early on — being showered by fire sprinklers triggered by her explosions.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Upon hearing about Shana and Wilhelmina's troubles, she takes off to help them, despite the Outlaws in general refusing to intervene.
- There Was a Door: She tends to blast doors rather than opening them.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Undying Loyalty: Rebecca takes her friendships and promises very seriously. After Wilhelmina saved her from a Rinne, Rebecca forced her to accept that she owed her one. Centuries later Rebecca would repay this debt by choosing to help Wilhelmina save Shana rather than staying with Outlaw to coordinate the war effort as both were ordered to.
- Working with the Ex: At some point in the past, she and Ernest Flieder were in a relationship until she jilted him. While the two still talk frequently when present in the same place, Rebecca refers to him as "pretty impostor" and disdains his tendency to eschew face-to-face confrontation for traps. When Flieder holds Keisaku Satou hostage to compel Wilhelmina to report in to Outlaw, Rebecca is the one that frees him, taking on Flieder in the process.
Braider of Trembling Might
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (JP), Pam Dougherty (EN)A Great War veteran and the supreme commander of the Flame Haze Army. She is bound to "Thunder Blade of Banishment" Takemikazuchi, who expresses his will through the divine vessel Donner, a blue-star shaped cross on Sophie's veil. Her flame itself is not flame at all, but lightning.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the commander of the Flame Haze army, and she one-shots Decarabia.
- Cool Old Lady
- Elemental Kick: Her most destructive attack is a lightning-infused flying kick.
- Meaningful Name: Takemikazuchi is the name of a Japanese god of thunder.
- Mentor Archetype: While Alastor, Wilhelmina, and Shiro taught Shana how to be a Flame Haze, their single-minded focus on combat left her woefully inadequate when it came to social skills and norms. Sophie set about rectifying this and taught Shana basic social skills and encouraged her to be more open to her emotions. Ultimately, Yuji would have an even greater impact than Sophie when it came to causing Shana to embrace emotions and view herself as more than just a Flame Haze, but Sophie laid some groundwork for it. Thus, Shana came to see Sophie as her primary source of advice when it came to emotions (while Yuji caused her to open up to her emotions, the personal nature of Shana's emotions, especially since it concerned him, precluded her going to Yuji for advice).
- Never Mess with Granny
- Pyrrhic Victory: Sophie's killing of Decarabia, and her victory over his forces in general, awesome though they were, was this. Due to Decarabia's enormous amount of power, Sophie had to use most of her energy to kill him. This proved unfortunate, since Decarabia was not performing a Last Stand, but a Delaying Action. Sophie and the Flame Hazes were left exhausted from their fight with Decarabia and his soldiers, which is precisely when a much larger Bal Masqué army arrives. The ensuing battle turns into a rout so devastating for the Flame Hazes that, with the exception of Shana and a few like-minded individuals, the Flame Hazes are knocked out of the war.
- Shock and Awe: Unusually, her "flame" takes form of purple lightning.
- Stern Nun: She is not a nun, but wears a coif and has the attitude.
- Tsurime Eyes
Guardian of Steady Passage
- Cool Old Guy
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Four-Star Badass
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a large scar on the left side of his face which literally erases his left eye and cheek.
- Meaningful Name: Zirnitra is the Wendish black dragon god of magic.
- Old Soldier: He wears a WWI-era German uniform and behaves like a veteran soldier.
- Ridiculously Fast Construction: His specialty. In the beginning of the attack on Seireiden, he creates a fortress in span of several seconds.
- Worthy Opponent: Enemy general Haborym viewed him as this.
- You Shall Not Pass: He stalls the Crimson Denizens to allow the Flame Haze army to retreat.
Archer of Aurora
- Cool Plane: She uses a plane made of fire for transportation.
- Energy Bow: One of her Powers of Unrestraint, Bow and Arrows of Aurora, turns her Divine Vessel into the tips of one of these, which fires energy arrows. Her other Power of Unrestraint, Gripen's Howl, fires arrow-like energy beams from flying platform, which also takes the form of an arrowhead made of energy.
- Genki Girl
- Guilt Complex: She made her contract with Outreniaia and Vetcherniaia when she and her scientist father were attacked by a Crimson Denizen. Her father pushes her off a mountain in a desperate attempt to save her, which is when Outreniaia and Vetcherniaia appear. She's so mesmerized by the Crimson Lord's aurora power that she arrives too late save her father, and witnesses his being devoured. So traumatized is she by the experience that she developed a mental block from using her power to its full potential.
- Hair Decorations: Two arrowhead-shaped accessories, which are also her contractor's vessels.
- Meaningful Name: Outreniaia and Vetcherniaia come from the names Utrennyaya and Vechernyaya, both epithets to Slavic goddesses both named Zorya. Zorya Utrennyaya is the Morning Star, while Zorya Vechernyaya is the Evening Star.
- Mentor Ship: It is implied that Chiara has feelings for Sale. The guide book Shakugan no Shana no Subete Kan states that following her and Sale's journey to Xanadu her name became "Chiara Toscana Habichtsburg"...
- Legacy Character: The successor of the title "Archer of Aurora". The previous holder was Karl Berwald.
- Ramming Always Works: One of her attacks is ramming the enemy with her Cool Plane. She chopped Mammon in half with that.
- Split Personality: Sort of — her contractor is a Crimson Lord with two personalities who use separate (albeit complementing) vessels.
Puppeteer of Devilish Skills
Voiced by: Shinobu Matsumoto (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)The Flame Haze contracted to "Gorgeous Hanging Strings" Gizo, who expresses his will through the divine vessels Länge and Saite, a pair of wooden crosses.
- Artificial Human: His contract was not one he entered into willingly, it was an artificial one created by Dantalion. Thus, he is an "artificial" Flame Haze.
- Cowboy: He has the appearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times. Dealing with Dantalion will make you that.
- Embarrassing Nickname: According to Dantalion, Sale's true Flame Haze title is "Crystallization of Self-Research Experiment 13261, Invincible Combination Superhuman." He finds it very embarrassing.
- The Gunslinger: While not actually using firearms, Gizo's vessel is dual marionettes that Sale used to keep in holsters.
- Marionette Master: Gizo's vessel is a pair of puppeteer's crosses, and Sale uses puppeteer strings to manipulate his surroundings.
- Meaningful Name: Gizo is a spider and trickster from Hausa mythology.
- Mentor Archetype: Was this to Chiara. She is now his partner.
- Mentor Ship: It is implied that Chiara has a crush on him. The guide book Shakugan no Shana no Subete Kan states that following his and Chiara's journey to Xanadu, Chiara name became "Chiara Toscana Habichtsburg"...
The Four Gods of Earth
A group based in the Americas consisting of four powerful Flame Hazes who protect the American continent from attacks of Crimson Denizens.
- The Dreaded: The Crimson Denizens and Lords shat in their pants as soon as they made their way to the battlefield in Misaki City. Sophie Sawallich also initially feared that if they decided to side with the Snake of the Festival's ideals, it would spell doom for the Flame Haze army.
- Leitmotif: "Raisons du monde".
- Neutral No Longer: Initially, they don't join any of the warring sides. It changes when one of them is killed by Bal Masqué.
- The Nicknamer: They use special titles for themselves and their Crimson Lords, different from their "standard" ones.
- Nonindicative Name: They are not gods, and neither are their contractors; "The Four Gods" only references the Theme Naming.
- One-Man Army: All of them have wield tremendous powers through their contracts, easily killing hundreds of Crimson Denizens in their wake.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Their contractors are named after Aztec gods: Tlaloc, Quetzalcóatl, Tezcatlipoca, and Chalciuhtlicue.
Invoker of Brightened Dew
Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano (JP), Charles Campbell (EN)The Native American Flame Haze contracted to "Drum of Exceptional Love" Tlaloc, whose will resides in a a squarish-shaped stone medal as his divine vessel. He and his contracted Crimson Lord are widely feared by many Denizens, calling him a "monster". In all four, he is the least excelled in combat and fighting.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Field Power Effect: His Unrestrictied Spell Tlalocan, which covers an area with heavy rain, allows him to Flash Step freely inside its limits, and turns slain Denizens into trees.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He stays to fight Sydonay to allow others to retreat, despite losing an arm earlier.
- Meaningful Name: Tlaloc is the Aztec god of rain and agricultural fertility.
- Reluctant Warrior: He is said to be the least willing and able to fight of the Four Gods.
- Sacrificial Lion: He is killed by Sydonay, causing the other Gods of Earth to enter the war.
- Super Speed: When inside Tlalocan barrier.
Summoner of Star River
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (JP), Andrew Chandler (EN)The Native American Flame Haze who runs the Outlaw disguised as a news agency in New York. He is contracted to "Flute of Enlightenment" Quetzalcóatl, whose will resides in a stone medal with engravings as his divine vessel.
- Badass Creed:We are the stars.
We are the singing stars.
We are the stars who sing with dazzling light.
We are the birds.
We are the birds who show disapproval.
We fly the sky free.
Therefore, we, the stars and the birds...
...Turn into a burning galaxy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He is first seen in Season II, in Margery's flashback.
- Death from Above: His Unrestricted Spell, which rains falling stars upon his enemies.
- Meaningful Name: Quetzalcoatl is the Aztec god of the morning star, among other things.
- The Slow Walk: When he enters the battlefield in Misaki.
- Playing with Fire/Star Power: His Unrestricted Spell.
Evoker of Demon Horde
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)The Native American Flame Haze who is contracted to "Pipe of Hesitation and Fear" Tezcatlipoca, whose will resides in a pointed stone medal as his divine vessel. He runs one of the Outlaw branch in the United States after the clash between the Four Gods of Earth and fellow Flame Hazes known as the Civil War.
- Artificial Limbs: He has a wooden leg prosthesis.
- Blood Knight
- Dark Is Not Evil: Although he seems to be a little evil in the classic sense.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Eyes Always Shut
- Meaningful Name: Tezcatlipoca is the Aztec god of night sky, night winds, hurricanes, enmity, discord, rulership, sorcery, war, and strife, among many other things.
- Smug Super: Looks down on normal humans, referring to them as "commoners".
- Weapons That Suck: The Dead, his army of clay soldiers, can devour their enemies and multiply themselves.
- Zerg Rush: The Dead, again.
Waver of Great Billows
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Apphia Yu (EN)The Native American Flame Haze who is contracted to "Bell of Cleansing Flutter" Chalciuhtlicue, whose will resides in a undulating contour-shaped stone medal as his divine vessel.
Leader of Spirits
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Sean Michael Teague (EN)A Ukrainian immigrant who lost his family to a Crimson Denizen attack while crossing the Atlantic to immigrate to the United States during the late 19th century, he formed a contract with the Crimson Lord Valac, "President of Reptiles". He slew the Crimson Denizen responsible for his family's death, so a lust for revenge never developed within him. He became an agent of East-edge, leader of New York City's Outlaw branch. After a year of service as a Flame Haze, he met Margery Daw and attempted to become her partner, only to be killed fighting Sydonay and the Crimson Denizen Annaberg, who were being hunted by Margery.
- Accidental Pervert: When he first meets Margery, he sees her naked because she was using the Purification Flame to clean her body at the moment.
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Apologises a Lot
- The Beast Master: Yuri's Power of Unrestraint is the ability to control insects and other small animals.
- Knife Nut: Valac communicates to him through his family heirloom, a dagger, which he also uses in combat.
- Meaningful Name: Valac, as Volach, is a demon from the 15th-century Munich Manual of Demonic Magic that has the form of a boy with angel wings that rides upon a two-headed dragon.
- Posthumous Character
- Skilled, but Naïve: Margery views him as such, and there is some truth to this. She shuns his attempts to become her partner until the end, at which point he bravely but recklessly attacks the much more experienced and powerful Hero Killer Sydonay, resulting in his death.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- Trial by Friendly Fire: After being severely injured by Sydonay, he is caught in the crossfire between the Crimson Lord and Margery Daw, who ruthlessly fired Power of Existence at him save her own skin due to the fact that was she obsessed with obtaining her revenge on the Silver, even at the price of killing her ally and admirer.
Transposer of Corpses and Bodies
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Mark Stoddard (EN)A Flame Haze of English descent and the leader of the Tokyo Outlaw branch. He is contracted to the Crimson Lord "Arts and Crafts of Application" Brigid, whose will resides in Ambrosia, a divine vessel in the form of a rose. In a reversal of the usual Flame Haze-Crimson Lord dynamic, Flieder generally acts as the senior partner, being mature and confident whereas Brigid is child-like and timid.
- Combat Pragmatist: Despite being a powerful Flame Haze, Flieder eschews straight-up fights if he can, preferring to hide underground while tricking his enemies into attacking explosive duplicates of himself. This has earned him the derisive nickname "pretty impostor" by Rebecca Reed.
- The Dandy
- Doppelgänger Attack: One of Flieder's Powers of Unrestraint is to create duplicates of himself from the soil. Explosive duplicates to boot.
- Four-Star Badass: Is put in charge of the Tokyo Outlaw branch and manages to protect it from Bal Masqué's assault for half a day until the attack on the Castle of the Stars forces Bal Masqué to withdraw.
- Intangible Man: One of his Powers of Unrestraint allows him to control the density of his body, which he tends to use make himself incorporeal.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is willing to resort to unsavory tactics to carry out his mission (such as holding Keisaku hostage), but he is ultimately dedicated to protecting the balance of the world from Crimson Denizens.
- Meaningful Name: Brigid is the Irish goddess of spring and fertility, among others things.
- Something About a Rose: Brigid's divine vessel, Ambrosia, is a rose.
- Take a Third Option: After the Flame Haze Army's defeat in the battle of the Castle of the Stars, he and another Flame Haze capture the Denizen Rofocale, servant of the Crimson God Shaher, in the hopes that the former can contact the latter. The "why" is not explicitly made clear, but it is likely he was hoping to convince Shaher to issue a mandate that the Crimson Denizens would be compelled to obey.
- Working with the Ex: At some point in the past, he and Rebecca Reed were in a relationship until she jilted him. While the two still talk frequently when present in the same place, Flieder refers to Rebecca as "Stupid Bomb" while she refers to him as "pretty impostor." When Flieder holds Keisaku Satou hostage to compel Wilhelmina to report in to Outlaw, Rebecca is the one that frees him, taking on Flieder in the process.
Contracted Crimson Lords and Gods
Claws and Fangs of Violation
- Blood Knight
- The Hyena
- Large Ham
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "My [adjective] [noun], Margery Daw!"
- Meaningful Name: According to 16th-century demonologist's Johann Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, Marchosias is a demon in the form of a she-wolf.note The Ars Goetia identifies Marchosias as male, ascribes to him the title "Marquis of Hell," and describes his form as being chimaeric, but primarily lupine. Naturally, the Crimson Lord Marchosias' manifestation is that of a giant wolf made of purple flames, and Margery Daw's Toga form, despite looking vaguely ursine, is an enormous bipedal wolf.
- NO INDOOR VOICE
- Shipper on Deck: He is much more approving of his contractor's growing feelings than any other Crimson Lord, and at times is more in favor of Margery having a relationship with Satou than Margery herself is.
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: At least in appearance (though again, Crimson Lords reside within their Flame Hazes, and their divine vessels are how they communicate).
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Marchosias and Margery regularly abuse each other verbally, but when Shana defeats Margery after she attempts to kill the Crimson Denizen Lamies, he threatens to kill Shana and Yuji if they harm her.
Crown-and-Sash of Fantasies
- Cool Mask
- Deadpan Snarker: Her short statements are often quite pithy.
- Hair Decorations
- Mask of Power: When engaged in particularly difficult battles, Persona can be transformed into this by Wilhelmina, with numerous prehensile, extendable ribbons flowing out from it. This means that Wilhelmina does not have to construct said ribbons like she normally has to, and the explosions that these ribbons cause (the ribbons can channel Power of Existence and then detonate) are greater than the ones she constructs herself.
- Meaningful Name: Tiamat is a primordial goddess of the sea and sea serpent in Babylonian mythology.
- Terse Talker: Her usual manner of speaking is to add short comments after Wilhelmina's sentences.
- The Quiet One: She bears the nickname (not to be confused with her "true name," the "Crown-and-Sash of Fantasies") "Great River of Reticence."
- The Stoic
Snake of the Festival
God of Creation
Voiced by: Show Hayami (JP), Bruce Carey (EN)Along with his peer Alastor, the Snake of the Festival is the most powerful of the Crimson Gods. The leader and founder of Bal Masqué, he attempted to create a paradise for Crimson Denizens with unlimited Power of Existence to feed on. Fearing that his plan would disrupt the balance and destroy both Earth and the Crimson Realm, an army of Flame Hazes and Crimsons Lords defeated him, sealing his body in the Abyss. His followers continued to work relentlessly for three thousand years to restore him, with the Midnight Lost Child often being at the crux of their plans. This causes several clashes between Shana, Yuji (who carries the Midnight Lost Child within him), and their allies and Bal Masqué.
- Affably Evil
- Batman Gambit: Snake of the Festival Yuji is one step ahead of the Flame Hazes the entire third season, and the only reason that the Flame Hazes partially succeed in their goals is because the Crimson Denizens entreat him to allow them to.
- Big Bad: Or not.
- A God Am I
- God Is Evil: When he first appears (merged with Yuji), the Snake of the Festival appears to be this, particularly due to his ruthless nature and due to the fact that Shana and the Flame Hazes are the protagonists. However, the final light novel reveals that God Is Good, just not nice.
- Good All Along
- Guile Hero
- Hero Antagonist
- Hero with Bad Publicity: At least with the Flame Hazes.
- Large Ham: Courtesy of Show Hayami.
- Leitmotif: Le Serpent De Ceremonie.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Meaningful Name: Before he cast it aside, the Snake of the Festival's name was Fu Xi, the name of a Chinese culture hero with the face of a man and body of a snake who co-created humanity alongside his wife.
- Motor Mouth
- Physical God: Both when merged with Yuji, and even more so with his original body.
- Red Baron: His nicknames include "Black God", "Monster that breaks Heaven and swallows Earth", and "God out of a fairy tale".
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Actually Sealed Good in a Can
- Sharing a Body: With Yuji Sakai.
- Split-Personality Merge: While Yuji and the Snake are not technically split personalities, they fulfill this trope pretty well.
- Storybreaker Power
- The Extremist Was Right
- The Maker: He is the God of Creation, and he's capable of creating powerful Treasure Tools and entire worlds (though Earth and the Crimson Realm were not created by him).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Crimson Denizens and Lords
- Affably Evil
- Arch-Enemy: Margery may view Silver as her archnemesis, but Sydonay and Margery often end up fighting each other whenever the two are present in the same battle.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The General.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Berserk Button: Harming Hecate will earn you his violent and undivided attention.
- Blade on a Stick
- The Brute: Far from stupid or malicious, but he's the most action-oriented of the Trinity.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Shades
- Corrupt the Cutie: Inverted. "Hecate you are pure and unsoiled. Please stay that way."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares a lot about Hecate.
- Four-Star Badass: Sydonay is the leader of Bal Masqué's armies.
- Hellish Pupils
- Hero Killer
- Meaningful Name: "Sydonay" is a variant name of the infamous Asmodeus, a demon who first appears in the Book of Tobit, considered non-canonical by Jews and most Protestants and deuterocanonical by Catholics and Orthodox Christians. According to Jacques Collin de Plancy's demonological manual Dictionnaire Infernal, Asmodeus is a chimeric being.
- Morph Weapon: His Treasure Tool, a spear that can change shape and size at will.
- Overprotective Dad: Even if they're not related, all his talk of keeping Hecate 'pure' and his focus on her safety make him sound like a father that wants his daughter to stay an innocent little girl.
- Papa Wolf: To Hecate.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Reincarnation: The Snake of the Festival spends most of his time sleeping while waiting for the Crimson Denizens' desires and faith to grow strong enough to awaken him so that he might grant their wish. Each time, Sydonay (if he has perished) and the rest of the Trinity (if the other members of the Trinity have perished) are reborn to prepare the way.
- Smoking Is Cool: Most likely unaffected by tobacco, too.
- Suicide by Cop: After the successful creation of Xanadu, Sydonay decided to stay behind, both to help Sakai Yuji, as well as to die so he can be together with Hecate.
- Together in Death: With Hecate.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
Nice Hat, a staff and a white cape, who controls the movements of Seireiden, the base of the Bal Masqué. Melancholic and quiet, frequently lamenting herself as "empty", she habitually prays, but to nothing in particular, which Bel Peol finds odd.
- Becoming the Mask: After absorbing her fragment Konoe, Hecate ended up developing genuine feelings for Yuji.
- Character Development: Gained quite a few feelings, most notably love, following contact with Yuji as Konoe (but not like that).
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kind of cuckoo, between her praying tendencies and her emotionlessness, and most of the time just sits off the field. However, she is one of the most powerful Denizens short of a Crimson Lord, and her attacks are terrifyingly powerful.
- The Dark Chick
- Emotionless Girl
- Heroic Sacrifice: In order to fully awaken the Snake of the Festival's power so that he might create Xanadu, she has to sacrifice herself. It is not without some hope, as her spirit resides with her master until the time comes for her to be reborn.
- Hopeless Suitor: Hecate also joins the loser side about the same time she starts developing strong feelings for Yuji. That was when he already became Snake of the Festival and had only Shana in his mind.
- Humanity Is Infectious: She creates a fragment, or faux vessel, of herself known as Konoe Fumina. Konoe's job is to experience emotions as a human, which, after absorbing Konoe back into herself, Hecate can use to control a version of the Silver (Tyrant II) who in turn controls the Statue of Pride. By absorbing Konoe, she does more than "collect" her emotions, she feels them for herself. Konoe's attachment to Yuji causes Hecate to redirect her attack on him, and later enables Shana to land a killing strike on the Silver, as described below.
- Light Is Not Good
- Meaningful Name: Hecate is a Greek goddess associated with, among other things, magic, witchcraft, and sorcery.
- Morality Pet: To Sydonay. It's hard to think of him as 'evil' when he dotes on Hecate.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: She attempts this on a powerless Shana in the third season.
- Nice Hat: So nice, it's the current trope picture.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While Konoe was gathering memories and feelings during Season 2, she was fascinated by birds and kept having them land on her hands. After Hecate transfers said feelings/memories and the stolen Midnight Lost Child into the Statue of Pride, cue a Curb-Stomp Battle between it and Shana/Yuji. Unable to get close enough to attack, Shana tries one last attempt by flying towards the statue. During that attack, the statue sees Shana like a little bird, which causes the it to reach out with its hand instead of attacking her. Shana and Yuji then use this opportunity to reclaim the Midnight Lost Child and leave Hecate wondering what the heck just happened.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt
- Psychic Link: She has one with with the Snake of the Festival, and is capable of contacting him even when he's trapped in the Abyss. Her praying? That's her communing with him. It is through this link that the Snake of the Festival passes on the instructions for the Psalm of the Grand Order, the impossibly complex spell (composed of 82 lesser spells) that serves as the blueprint for Xanadu.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Pale skin with short blue hair? Check. Emotionless Girl? Check. Non-human nature? Check. Eventually comes to understand emotions better, as well as developing feelings for the main character? Check.
- Reincarnation: The Snake of the Festival spends most of his time sleeping while waiting for the Crimson Denizens' desires and faith to grow strong enough to awaken him so that he might grant their wish. Each time, Hecate (if she has perished) and the rest of the Trinity (if the other members of the Trinity had perished) are reborn to prepare the way.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl
- Simple Staff: Her Treasure Tool, Trigon.
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Together in Death: With Sydonay.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Judge of Paradoxes
- The Baroness
- Blue and Orange Morality: Unlike most Denizens (indeed, most antagonists in general), she enjoys the obstacles that come against her plans, feeling that overcoming challenges makes life interesting.
- Chain Pain
- The Dragon
- Eyepatch of Power: The missing eye was used as the seal for the Snake of the Festival's real body.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Meaningful Name: Bel Peol is possibly named after Baal Peor, who, according to the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, was a Moabite god associated with Mount Peor. The name possibly translates to "Lord of the Opening," which, given Bel Peol's role in opening the gate sealing the Snake of the Festival's body, fits quite nicely.
- Ms. Fanservice: Less so than Margery.
- Power Nullifier: She can use her chains to suppress others' abilities, such as Shana's Flame Haze powers or Kazumi's Giralda.
- Reincarnation: The Snake of the Festival spends most of his time sleeping while waiting for the Crimson Denizens' desires and faith to grow strong enough to awaken him so that he might grant their wish. Each time, Bel Peol (if she has perished) and the rest of the Trinity (if the other members of the Trinity had perished) are reborn to prepare the way.
- The Strategist
- Third Eye
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (JP), Brad Jackson (EN)A Crimson Lord assassin infamous for killing Flame Hazes, he was hired by the Bal Masque. As a hobby, he collects bladed weapons, from swords to katanas, and he actively used them in fights, a la General Grievous.
- Arch-Enemy: With Wilhelmina.
- Blood Knight: Not as boisterous as other examples, but lacking a purpose to call his own he deliberately "hires" himself out to anybody who will give him a fight.
- Choosing Death: Sabrac deliberately allows himself to perish in the Abyss after seeing the Snake of the Festival's true body, despite having been provided with the means to save himself by Bel Peol.
- Cool Mask
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sabrac throws Wilhelmina around like a rag doll and severely injures Shana before Yuji figures out how to defeat him. In his second battle with the Flame Hazes (that we see in the series), he inflicts brutal damage on the Flame Hazes (the three Flame Hazes involved being among the most powerful alive) before losing his will to fight upon viewing the overwhelming power of the Snake of the Festival.
- Despair Event Horizon: Realizing his (relative) impotency when compared to the Snake of the Festival, he chooses to die in the Abyss, the void between Earth and the Crimson World. At the same time, he enjoys his feeling of despair, realizing that it finally caused him to understand and connect with Mare.
- The Dreaded
- Dual Wielding: Sabrac uses twin swords, summoning replacements as they are broken.
- The Faceless
- Fighting a Shadow: He fought against the group the first time by spreading his true presence across the city, then sending fragments of himself to attack Wilhelmina.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: He has permanent glowing eyes (but other than that, no visible face).
- Hero Killer: Sabrac was about to deal a killing blow to Wilhelmina and was only prevented from doing so when Pheles and Johann swooped in and rescued her. He was responsible for the mortal injury of Johann, which forced Pheles to place Johann within the Midnight Lost Child. In each of his defeats, it took the combined power of some of the most powerful Flame Hazes to beat him, and in the final defeat his loss was due mainly to his being distracted by the Snake of the Festival's emergence.
- It Only Works Once: Sabrac alters his Stigma so that Johann's countermeasures no longer affect it.
- Implacable Man
- Power Nullifier: His Unrestricted Spell Stigma is applied to his swords, which nullify a Flame Haze's Healing Factor on any wounds caused by said swords. Stigma actually causes the wound to rapidly worsen as well. Wilhelmina and Shana use bandages specifically devised by Johann to cancel out Stigma, but by their next encounter Sabrac has altered Stigma (now called Stigmata) so that the bandages no longer work.
- Professional Killer
- The Quiet One: When outside of combat.
- The Stoic: Not necessarily by training or inclination, but because he inherently finds it difficult to experience emotion. Ironically, he wants to feel emotion, in order to better understand his fallen friend Mare. The most emotion he shows during the series is when Wilhelmina reveals that Johann discovered away to counter Stigma, whenever he's around Dantalion (whom he loathes, and even then it is a very reserved loathing), and as he lays dying.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Doesn't merely throw his swords, but rockets numerous swords at his enemies.
- Underestimating Badassery: Sabrac tends to emotionlessly chide himself whenever his opponents manage to surprise him due to his underestimating them.
- Villainous Friendship: With Mare.
- Worthy Opponent: Sabrac views Wilhelmina as this, though she views him with loathing and even a bit of fear.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: What Stigma inflicts on others.
Caprice of Beauty
- Blow You Away
- Cleavage Window
- Curtains Match the Window
- Even the Girls Want Her: When she goes to the festival, several girls coo over her beauty.
- Faux Action Girl
- Fingerless Gloves
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Wilhelmina, to an extent.
- Fusion Dance: In the finale, she and Johann combine their existences and give birth to Justus.
- Green Eyes
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Pheles cruelly manipulates Yoshida and betrays Wilhelmina's trust in order to find out how to free Johann from the Midnight Lost Child, which would result in Yuji's death. Upon finding out that Sabrac altered the Keeper on the Midnight Lost Child (which prevents others from tampering with it) for Bal Masqué, she instead attempts to summon Johann from within the Midnight Lost Child (switching places with Yuji). Instead, she ends up summoning the Silver, who partially emerges from Yuji and spears her through, nearly killing her.
- Leitmotif: La Visiteuse.
- Manipulative Bitch: As befits her title, she's more than willing to pretend to be redeemed by The Power of Friendship if it'll get her what she wants.
- Meaningful Name: "Pheles" comes from "Mephistopheles," the cunning and manipulative demon from the Faust legend who later became associated with the devil.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Scarf Of Asskicking
- Shoulders of Doom
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Johann.
- Theme Naming: Named after Mephistopheles from the story of Faust.
- Wife Husbandry: Inverted, as she raised Johann, not the other way around. This also wasn't the intention of raising him, as the two only fell in love once Johann reached adulthood.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair.
Mad Scientist of Bal Masque. He's disliked by most Denizens.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Sale.
- The Evil Genius: He makes all those huge unrestricted systems. The Sacred Chapel in the first season? His design.
- Evil Plan: Conducts tremendously dangerous experiments with Power of Existence....so he can see what happens. He's so nutso Alastor remarks that it wouldn't be out of character for him not to have a plan at all.
- Expy/Captain Ersatz: His appearance is basically an unholy combination of Alexander Anderson and The Doctor.
- For Science!: He seems to have no qualms about blowing up the universe as long as he gets to watch.
- Gratuitous English: In the anime, he likes using this while... commenting... on the situation.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He is killed by an explosion from his own robot (which he himself set to self-destruct), launched at him by Sale.
- Idiot Hair: After returning to the Seireiden at the end looks like he got a bad afro.
- Large Ham: He sounds ecstatic while gesturing to machines and scary glasses glint.
- Light Is Not Good
- Mad Scientist: He doesn't care if his experiments succeed or fail, as long as they do so spectacularly. He looks just like a creepy mixture of Alexander Anderson and The Doctor.
- Meaningful Name: Dantalion is a Great Duke of Hell in the Ars Goetia whose domain in the arts and sciences.
- No Indoor Voice
- This Is Gonna Suck: Moments before his death.
- Truly Single Parent: To Sale.
- Ax-Crazy: He desperately wants to gather enough power of existence to give his Rinne Marianne life so she doesn't disappear without his power. What makes him this trope is his methods and the fact that after Marianne tried to pull a Heroic Sacrifice (it didn't work) he still thinks he's stroking her in his arms.
- Collector of the Strange: He collects Hougu.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Death Dealer: His "Regular Sharp" artifact.
- Evil Plan: As the first major villain, it's his plan for Misaki city that starts the plot. He wants to collect the city's power of existence so Marianne can exist without his power and they can live forever together.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Hero Killer: Notorious for killing Flame Hazes.
- Immortality Seeker: Singlemindedly focused on obtaining "eternity," not just for himself, but his Rinne Marianne.
- Light Is Not Good
- Marionette Master
- Meaningful Name: According to the 15th-century grimoire known as the Heptameron, or Magical Elements and the 17th-century MS Harley 6482 (Rudd manuscript), Friagne is an angel, specifically an angel of the fifth Heaven ruling in the East on Tuesday.
- One-Hit Kill: His artifact "Trigger Happy" forces the targeted Flame Haze to unleash their Crimson Lord, killing them in process.
- Power Perversion Potential: Rinne are unstable existences created by Crimson Denizens to serve them. Marianne was once an ordinary doll until Friagne came across it in Turin in 1848, lusted for it, and gave her life as a Rinne.
- Starter Villain: While he's not the first Crimson Lord Shana has faced in her lifetime, plot-wise, Friagne is the first villain to present a major threat to Misaki City and the first to be defeated by Shana in tandem with Yuji. Once he's dispatched, he along with Marianne are never heard from again. Only the ring and altar he leaves behind would prove significant to the plot later on.
- Yandere: He wants to make it so his Rinne Marianne can live without needing his power. This combined with the nature of his kind means he won't shy from wiping devouring an entire city at once nor getting to fights with Flame Hazes on purpose. Though this has caused him to become a bit Axe-Crazy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- You Have Failed Me: Defied. Marianne thinks he will do this but he consoles and comforts her instead.
Sorath and Tiriel
He-Who-Loves-Himself (Sorath), She-Who-Loves-Others (Tiriel)
Tiriel voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Jocelyne Loewen (Geneon), Apphia Yu (Funimation) (EN)A pair of blonde, blue-eyed villains who start sloppily making out any chance they get without care for their surroundings (which leads to an aesop for Shana about what love really is).
- All Take and No Give: Tiriel gives Sorath anything he wants so she can keep him pleased even if it means giving up her life for him while Sorath only cares about getting what he wants and as long as Tiriel can give it to him he doesn't really care about what happens to her.
- BFS: Sorath is the original owner of Blutsauger.
- Brother–Sister Incest: In a negative, even downright disgusting light. Considering what they are, though, genealogy may be a moot point.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Tiriel in the manga. She won't allow Sorath to even think about another girl.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Tiriel dresses in such a style.
- Evil Plan: Sorath wants to steal the Nietono no Shana; Tiriel wants to help him do this. She couldn't care less about the sword but it appears that the plan is of her design.
- Make-Out Kids: They're always sloppily making out any chance they get without caring one bit about how awkward and squicky it is for people around them. Shana comes to understand that this type of relationship is shallow and entirely physical and not true love.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: They are a downplayed trope in this manner, Sorath (Feminine Boy) and Tiriel (Masculine Girl). Sorath's more sensitive and submissive compared to Tiriel but Tiriel is nothing if not feminine in her manner of dress and Sorath is the one swinging a sword around.
- Meaningful Name:
- Sorath is the name of the demon of the sun associated with the number 666 in 19th-century occultist Francis Barrett's The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer.
- Tiriel first appears in Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy as the intelligence of the planet Mercury; it's also eponymous name of the exiled king with an incestuous attraction to his daughter in "Tiriel," a poem by William Blake and an early part of his Mythopoeia.
Merihim / Shiro
- And Now You Must Marry Me: During the Great War, he fell in love with Mathilde Saint-Omer, who simply saw him as a Worthy Opponent. They made a deal that the loser in their fight had to do whatever the victor wanted. Merihim hoped that by winning, Mathilde would have to return his love (as well as join Töten Glocke).
- Bash Brothers: When he served Töten Glocke, he was one half of a team known as the "Pair of Wings." The other half of the team was a Crimson Lord dragon known as Illuyanka.
- Dem Bones: As Shiro.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows
- Heel–Face Turn: Mathilde defeated Merihim in battle and made him promise to train her successor. Due to his love for her, and a previous agreement that the loser had to do whatever the victor wanted, Merihim agreed.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When Shana pranks him into falling into a pit filled with tomato paste, Merihim flashbacks to when he was covered with the mortally-injured Mathilde's blood, and he absolutely loses it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He uses a lot of his Power of Existence saving the-girl-who-would-be-Shana from Orgon, though his death was inevitable. He used up the very last of it dueling the new Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter to test her skills.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Illuyanka, a draconic Crimson Lord, until Illuyanka was killed by Wilhelmina.
- Hopeless Suitor
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Love Redeems: His Heel–Face Turn stemmed from his love for Mathilde. He promised to no longer devour humans to sustain his existence, which ultimately causes his collected Power of Existence to dwindle until he uses up the last of it in one final battle.
- Meaningful Name: "Merihim" is one of the many variants for Meririm, which, according to Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, is the prince of the power of the air referred to in Ephesians 2:2, chief of aerial fallen angels creating thunder and lightning, corrupting the air, and spreading pestilence and other evil.
- Posthumous Character: He is only seen in flashbacks.
- The Power of Love: Merihim, as he lays dying, teaches Shana about this.
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever
- White Hair, Black Heart
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Ron Halder (Geneon), Jerry Russell (Funimation) (EN)A Crimson Denizen that jumps from world to world to avoid the notice of Flame Hazes. His policy of only feeding on Torches that are about to burn out anyway has earned him the title of 'Corpse Collector'. In the first arc this makes him a direct threat to Friagne's Evil Plan. Further, he informs Yuji of it and encourages him to stop it.
- Anti-Villain: He eats Torches but only the ones that were about to go out anyway and gives advice to Yuji.
- Body Surf: "He" is actually the Crimson Lord Leanan-sidhe, and "his" body is actually that of a Torch that she uses in order to hide her existence, allowing her to travel and collect Torches without being pursued by Flame Hazes or Denizens.
- Cool Old Guy: He looks like somebody's grandfather and just as wise.
- Nice Hat: A classical Victorian hat for a gentleman.
- The Mentor: The wise old mentor figure for The Protagonist.
- Red Baron: 'Corpse Collector' is used as often as his name.
- Sharp Dressed Man: With a hat and cane to boot.
- Shipper on Deck: For Yuji and Shana.
- White Sheep: A rarity among Crimson Denizens in that he respects the balance of the world. By feeding on flickering Torches, his impact is zero.
- Body Surf: The old man that Lamies is introduced as is only the latest of many bodies she's used.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Disturbed Doves: Doves appear around her when she returns to her original form.
- Love Redeems: Long ago, Leanan-sidhe fell in love with a human artist. He unfortunately caught her consuming humans one day, which led her to cease consuming humans. The artist made a painting of her, but it was destroyed in a fire. Her goal is to gather enough Power of Existence to hopefully one day activate a Power of Unrestraint that would restore the artist's painting of her.
- Meaningful Name: The leannán sí is a beautiful fae woman from Celtic folklore who takes a human lover, typically an artist, and serves as their muse (which usually ends in madness and death for the artist).
- Sentient Phlebotinum: During the Great War between the Flame Hazes and Töten Glocke, Leanan-sidhe was key to the renegade Crimson Lord Asiz's plan to resurrect his deceased Flame Haze Tis. By placing Leanan-sidhe in a Treasure Tool known as the Nachtigall, massive amounts of Power of Existence could be placed within her, while simultaneously compelling her to perform a special Power of Unrestraint that would revive Tis.
- Woman in White
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has violet hair.
Officer of Boundless Seas
Voiced by: Kiyohito Yoshikai (JP), Jeremy Inman (EN)A brilliant strategist and powerful Crimson Lord, Decarabia was supreme commander of Bal Masqué's armies during the Second Great War. When Snake of the Festival Yuji, the Trinity, Sabrac, Dantalion, Dantalion's assistant Domino, and the Crimson Denizen Rofocale travel into the Abyss to retrieve the Snake of the Festival's body, Decarabia is left in charge of the Castle of the Stars when the Flame Haze Army attacks. He is slain defending the Castle of the Stars against the Flame Hazes, but his actions buy enough time for Haborym's army to arrive.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the most powerful of the Crimson Lords, Sophie Sawallisch uses up most of her power killing him.
- Barrier Warrior: Can cast protective shields on his soldiers when he enters the field himself.
- Breath Weapon
- Comm Links: Decarabia can detach scales from his body through which he can communicate. They also allow him to cast Powers of Unrestraint.
- Delaying Action: Despite it putting him in serious risk he decided the risk was worth it to allow Haborym's army to arrive in the nick of time.
- Four-Star Badass
- Heroic Sacrifice: While he doesn't intentionally die, he risks and ultimately loses his life to stall the Flame Haze Army long enough for Bal Masqué reinforcements to arrive and save the Castle of the Stars.
- Kraken and Leviathan
- Meaningful Name: Decarabia first appears in the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum as an earl or king of Hell; the Ars Goetia calls him a Great Marquis of Hell and associates him with the pentagram (which is part of Providence's spell insignia).
- Pocket Dimension: His Power of Unrestraint, Providence, enables him to conceal himself within a spell insignia, which from within takes the appearance of an endless ocean.
- Teleport Spam: Can do this, and does do this during the battle for the Castle of the Stars.
Voiced by: Itaru Yamamoto (JP), Scott Freeman (ENG)A Crimson Lord and leader of one of Bal Masqué's armies, and a most feared foe of the Flame Hazes. He leads one of the forces tasked with destroying Outlaw, and later shows up right on time during the battle for the Castle of the Stars to turn the tide of the battle and the war itself against the Flame Hazes. Afterwards, he fights SouthValley during the battle of Misaki City. He is one of the first Crimson Denizens to travel to Xanadu.
- Advantage Ball: His Power of Unrestraint, Burning Fields, is a near-literal version of this. All of his soldiers within the field's effect are empowered and encouraged by it.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- The Cavalry: Shows up right in the nick of time to save the Castle of the Stars from the Flame Haze Army.
- Cool Mask: Two of them.
- The Dreaded: The Flame Hazes refer to him as "the utmost among the utmost dangerous of Denizens."
- The Faceless
- Field Power Effect
- Four-Star Badass
- Gas Mask, Longcoat
- Meaningful Name: Haborym is a variant name for Aim, who, according to the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and Ars Goetia, is a three-headed Great Duke of Hell who sets cities, castles, and great houses on fire. Appropriate, considering what the Crimson Lord Haborym does to Samuel Demantius' castle.
- Multiple Head Case
- The Stoic
- Warp Zone: Burning Fields serves as this for him. He can teleport to any location within his Power of Unrestraint's area of effect.
- Worthy Opponent: Views Samuel Demantius as this, to the point that he actually regrets his death.
Dashing Earthly Fiend
Voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (JP), Phil Parsons (ENG)A Crimson Lord who serves as a Wanderer, or warrior, for Bal Masqué. His partner is the Jaeger Pirsoyn, with whom he as a close friendship. One of Bal Masqué's most powerful soldiers, he leads the organization's strike against the Tokyo branch of Outlaw, and later participates in the final battle in Misaki City. For is loyalty, he and Pirsoyn are selected to be the first Denizens to journey to Xanadu.
- An Arm and a Leg: Ribesal loses an arm fighting EastEdge. Being a Denizen, though, he must merely consume more Power of Existence to regenerate it.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Looks like a humanoid beetle.
- Defeat Means Friendship: A mild case. Ribesal is at first offended that Bal Masqué's leader is Yuji, a "mere" Mystes. When Snake of the Festival Yuji effortlessly stops his attack and praises him, Ribesal bends his knee before him, acknowledging him as his leader.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Ribesal's Treasure Tool, Dark Pearls of Seven Treasures, are a number of orbs attached to his torso that can detach and transform into duplicates of himself.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Unlike some Wanderers, who look down upon Jaegers, Bal Masqué's scouts, Ribesal is protective and respectful towards Pirsoyn. When the Snake of the Festival rewards him with being the first to enter Xanadu, he is hesitant to leave without Pirsoyn by his side, prompting Bel Peol to summon his partner.
- Meaningful Name: His name comes from Rübezahl, a giant from German, Polish, and Czech folklore.
- Undying Loyalty: To Snake of the Festival Yuji, after the latter demonstrates his power. He even remonstrates Pirsoyn for expressing a derogatory attitude towards Yuji. He is repaid for his loyalty by being the first Denizen to travel to Xanadu, along with Pirsoyn.
Cup of Corrupting Indulgence
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (JP), Lara Woodhull (ENG)A Jaeger, or scout, for Bal Masqué. He takes the form of a small child, but is an exceptionally dangerous Denizen. His partner is Ribesal, and the two participate in the battles at Outlaw's Tokyo branch and Misaki City. Both he and Ribesal survive, and are the first Denizens to enter Xanadu.
- Ambiguous Gender: The light novels do not identify whether Pirsoyn is male or female, but according to the Japanese Wikipedia article on the Denizens, he's a male.
- Badass Adorable
- Brown Note: Pirsoyn's Power of Unrestraint Daimōn takes the form of a mist that causes insanity in whomever it touches. The Flame Haze that are affected by it have killed each other.
- Creepy Child
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ribesal. Ribesal refused to depart for Xanadu until Pirsoyn is summoned to join him.
- In the Hood
- Meaningful Name: Pirsoyn is a variant name of Gusion, a Great Duke of Hell from the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and the Ars Goetia.
Golden Palm of Wishful Demands
Voiced by: Masayuki Kato (JP), Chuck Huber (ENG)A Crimson Lord and one of Bal Masqué's generals, he participated in the Ancient War during the Snake of the Festival's first attempt to build a Crimson Denizen paradise. He fought Chiara and Sale in Egypt when they attempted to delay Harborym's Western Outlaw Destruction Army. He fights the two again during the battle of Misaki City, where they succeed in severely injuring him. He refuses rescue in order to use his power to prevent Dantalion's out-of-control, self-destructing Iron Giants from destroying the Mandala Shrine of Ruling Celebration, seemingly necessary for bring about Xanadu's creation. He loses his life in the process.
- Four-Star Badass: He's a general in Bal Masqué.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Being a Crimson Lord, this is not necessarily fatal, but what happens after does kill him.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Meaningful Name: Mammon comes from a Semitic word for money or wealth and is used as such in Matthew and Luke in association with greed; in the Middle Ages it became personified as the demon of wealth and greed.
- Selective Magnetism: His Power of Unrestraint, Self-Indulgent Coveting Palm, allows him to attract and repel objects. He used this power to attract Dantalion's self-destructing Iron Giants to himself to protect the Mandala Shine of Ruling Celebration.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Sort of. He dies to protect the Mandala Shrine of Ruling Celebration, which is not actually necessary to create Xanadu, serving merely as a decoy. His sacrifice, however, does continue the charade long enough for the real plan to go into action.
- Villainous Valor: For a given value of "villain," given the setting's Grey and Gray Morality.