Yuji, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Mac Guffin Guy: 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.
Nice Guy: At first. Then after becoming involved with Shana and the Snake of the Festival, notsomuch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yandere: A subtle one at first, especially in the novels towards Shana. Becomes a full-fledged one and almost plays it Up to Eleven after becoming the Snake of the Festival 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.
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 It'd be tricky if that wasn't the case since he's the protagonist. 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.
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.
Easily Forgiven: By the end of the series, Yuji has been incredibly ruthless and killed thousands of Flame Hazes and Outlaw-associated humans in order to end the Forever War. However, Shana forgives him and tells him that she still loves him spite of what he did. Unfortunately others, especially the surviving Flame Haze and those who still know him, notso much.
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.
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.
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.
A God Am I: As Snake of the Festival, he starts believing he has the right to destroy and reformthe 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.
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.
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.
Pragmatic Hero/Pragmatic Villain: 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.
Reformed, but Rejected: Over at Xanadu, he doesatone 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shana is the female lead and a Flame Haze. In the beginning of the show, Shana is solely concentrating on her duty as a Flame Haze. Fighting all the time she doesn't even bear a name. One day, during another fight, Shana meets Yuji. Because of the Treasure Tool inside him, she decides to stay to keep a close watch at him and takes the identity of his classmate Yukari Hirai. She sees Yuji as nothing more than another Torch though, an object interesting only because of its status. However she slowly opens up to him, coming to think of him as an actual person. Going through many different battles together, Shana eventually comes to fall in love with Yuji. Yuji eventually names Shana after her Sword, Nietono no Shana. Shana has a funny habit of saying 'Urusai' ('Shut up!') three times in a row whenever Yuji makes a remark which disturbs her way of seeing things. Also Shana is very fond of melon bread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catchphrase: Whenever she gets frustrated, she'll shout "Urusai, urusai, urusai!"note "Shut up, shut up, shut up!" 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 instead of bathing. Fortunately Sophie Sawallisch managed to shame her out of it before she met Yuji.
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 Epiphany: She realizes her feelings for Yuji are romantic during a confrontation with Kazumi.
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.
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. Especially evident when it's shown that she doesn't know about kissing. At one point, she starts asking everyone how babies are made, which makes for some really awkward moments...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Crimson Lord to whom Shana is bound. He expresses his will through a pendant as his divine vessel, called Cocytus. Alastor is considered to be one of the strongest of all Lords or Denizens; in fact, he is one of the true Gods of the Crimson Realm, the God of Atonement. But even so, he tries to keep the Denizens from consuming Power of Existence. Alastor is like a father-figure to Shana and cares for her, as he had watched over the future Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter as she grew up.
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.
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.
Parental Substitute: To Shana. He's the one who raised her in her second life. He also poses as her guardian.
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.
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.
Yuji's friend since Junior High School. Carries the title "Megane-man" ("Glasses Man"). He is secretly fond of Yoshida; however, as Yuji's loyal (and best) friend, he is the one who helps her to show her feelings toward Yuji.
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.
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.
Yuji's mother. She can seem gentle but she's strong and very intelligent. Her husband, Kantaro, works outside the country. Chigusa remains ignorant of Shana's and Yuji's true nature, but becomes a source of good advice for Shana on matters where Alastor can not counsel her. The Crimson Lord himself acknowledges and bows to her wisdom after a phone call between the two of them when he posed as Shana's guardian.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: Chigusa and Kantaro were still students when she became pregnant with Yuji and his twin, who did not survive long after his birth.
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.
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.
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.
Yuji's father. His business keeps him away from home months at a time, but he maintains an excellent relationship with his wife and son despite this fact. He rarely announces his visits, preferring to surprise his family instead. Despite some brief confusion upon first meeting him, Shana comes to admire him and see his relationship with Chigusa as a role model for her own developing relationship with Yuji.
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.
A somewhat (one friend) 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.
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 asist 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: Has unbelievable patience in regards to Margery. He gets her hangover medicine whenever she drinks herself half stupid, he often helps onto the couch or into bed after she nearly collaspes from her booze drinking, and whatever she wants he does without fail. In short, he is VERY devoted to her for good or ill. It all pays off in the end and he and Margery become an Official Couple in the third season.
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.
By the second season, he even considers becoming a Flame Haze himself just to be better able to support her.
By the third season, he attempts to join Outlaw, the Mission Control organization for Flame Haze in general. Unfortunately, they decide to hold him hostage in an attempt to convince Wilhelmina to report in and not to go rogue.
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.
She was Yuji's classmate. In the light novel series, she starts already dead. In the anime, she dies when Friagne's Rinne Marianne appears on her way home and killed everyone in the vicinity of the attack, except Yuji, who is rescued by Shana. Shana makes a Torch of Yukari, and everyone who was involved, that same day. Unfortunately, her flame burns out on the next day and her existence disappears as a result. In both versions, Shana uses the remains of Yukari's existence to shift the perception of others' identification of Yukari Hirai as herself.
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 to find Shana in her place. 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.
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.
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.
Rei Ayanami Expy: In appearance only, as Konoe is very open with her emotions, simplistic and innocent though they might be.
The former Mystes and one of the creators of the Midnight Lost Child. The Midnight Lost Child was created to ensure eternal life for Johann and to enable Pheles to cease consuming humans. However, due to a fight against the Bal Masqué's assassin Sabrac that severely wounded Johann, she sealed her lover into the Midnight Lost Child. She was unaware that Sabrac had also placed a piece of Bal Masqué's Xanadu-creating spell (Psalm of the Grand Order) and a version of the Silver (Tyrant I) into the Hougu simultaneously. The Midnight Lost Child then transported itself into Sakai Yuji, who is currently possessing it.
Abusive Parents: His father tried to sacrifice him for a useless Power of Unrestraint to gain eternal youth.
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's 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.
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.
Margery is a tall, "well-endowed", and mature blonde Flame Haze with a drinking habit. She uses the book Grimoire, which is the divine vessel through which Marchosias, to whom she is bound, expresses his will. Her main powers focus around chanting spells and turning into a werewolf. She casts spells by chanting "Improvisational Poems of Slaughter".
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.
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.
A young lady that wears a maid's uniform all the time and the one who took care of Shana during the girl's training. She is bound to "Crown-and-Sash of Fantasies" Tiamat, whose will resides in the divine vessel Persona, which shifts forms between a headband, and a mask when in battle.She is one of the great Flame Hazes from the age of the Great War, fighting alongside her friend, Mathilde Saint-Omer (the previous "Flaming-Haired, Blazing-Eyed Hunter"). Her ability is the power to control an infinite number of ribbons which appear from around her. Wilhelmina, who always speaks in an overly formal and polite manner, has nearly no expression.
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.
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 BSOD: 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.
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.
Contracted with "Steadfast Sharp Peak" Behemoth whose will resides in the divine vessel Sabia (the bracelet he wears), Khamsin is supposedly one of the oldest Flame Hazes in history, but looks like a young boy that hasn't reached his pre-teens yet. Unlike most Hazes, Khamsin acts as a Tuner, dispelling the distortion caused by battles between the Flame Hazes and Denizens.
The Matchmaker: 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.
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.
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).
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.
The veteran Flame Haze bound to "Peaceful Shield of One's Scales" Zirnitra, whose will resides in the divine vessel Tábor, a thumb-sized silver cup. He is known by alias of Sirotci and is the one who coins the name "Flame Haze Army" during the Great War.
A young girl who holds a contract with a Crimson Lord with two personalities named Outreniaia and Vetcherniaia, "Forerunner of Daybreak" and "Successor of Twilight", respectively. Her choice of divine vessels, named Zorya, is two arrowheads that she uses as hair accessories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 least excels in combat and fighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skilled, but Naive: 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.
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.
The Crimson Lord to whom Margery is bound. He expresses his will through the divine vessel Grimoire, which takes the form of a book. He talks wildly, makes comments without remorse, and often teases Margery, often earning a retaliatory punch. He does genuinely care about her, however, perhaps not in the form of friendship, but as a companion in battle.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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. Ultimately, Yuji is convinced by the Snake of the Festival, speaking to him from within the Midnight Lost Child (possibly due to Bal Masqué's inserting their spell Psalm of the Grand Order into the Treasure Tool), to merge with him and help him accomplish the establishment of Xanadu, pitting Yuji against his beloved Shana.
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.
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.
Entitled "General", he stayed outside of the Bal Masque, preferring the freedom to do as he pleases, with "personal bodyguard" as his hobby. Upon finding the Midnight Lost Child, he's returned to the Bal Masque, leading the Denizens in their war with the Flame Hazes. A shapeshifter, he usually looks like a tall, middle-aged man with sunglasses and dark-colored suits.
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.
Entitled "Priestess", Hecate is a small girl with a 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.
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.
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.
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.
Entitled "Strategist", Bel Peol is a tall, three-eyed woman with an eyepatch over her right eye. Scheming and manipulative, she holds no qualms with sending off her subordinates to die, but she can inspire loyalty in many, all the same.
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.
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.
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.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He lures Yuji, Shana, Wilhelmina, and Margery Daw into a single location where he unleashes a devastating surprise attack on them through two levels of decoys. The first level of the decoy was the Crimson Denizen Zarovee's luring them to a relatively small spot with the hope of having the more powerful Denizen Bifrons unleash his own surprise attack to destroy them. Turns out, this was the second level of the decoy, as Sabrac's attack had a much wider area of effect than Bifrons'. When Shana and company manage to separate Sabrac from his massive reservoir of Power of Existence, he uses a Treasure Tool provided by Bel Peol (Gordian Knot) which allows him to escape while tricking Shana and the others into thinking that Shana's killing strike succeeded. Then, after discovering the Flame Hazes now have a countermeasure to his spell Stigma, he recreates it in a more powerful form known as Stigmata, upon which the countermeasure does not work. Later, when Wilhelmina, Khamsin, and Rebecca pursue Snake of the Festival Yuji and the Trinity into the Abyss, he confronts them on a part of the Path of Pilgrimage infused with his Power of Existence. They cannot separate him from this reservoir, because it would cause that part of the Path of Pilgrimage to collapse, sending them to their deaths in the Abyss. This also prevents Khamsin from using the surrounding environment to form his Ceremonial Equipment, the HumongousGolem armor (for a while, anyway, before Sabrac neutralizes that as well). In the same battle, he uses a Rinne copy to get the drop on Rebecca, severely wounding her. Ultimately, the Flame Hazes only prevail because the Snake of the Festival's body emerges from its prison, distracting him long enough for Rebecca to blast Sabrac into the Abyss. Even then, Sabrac would have survived, had he not chose to die.
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.
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 an rescued her. He was responsible for the mortal injury of Johann, which forces 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.
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 specially 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.
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.
A green-haired Denizen that isn't aligned with the Bal Masque, Pheles fell in love with a man named Johann. Forged the Midnight Lost Child with Johann so she doesn't need to consume other humans' power of existence; she can get enough to survive from Johan without him being in danger of disappearing. She's also friends with Wilhelmina, whom she once saved from a trap set by Sabrac.
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.
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.
A powerful Crimson Lord. Unlike other Crimson Lords and Denizens, he doesn't associate with the organizations like Bal Masqué.
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.
Evil Plan: As the first major villian, 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.
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.
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 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.
One of the Nine Eternal Divine Scales, the nine great Crimson Lords that served as the inner circle and commanders of the organization of Töten Glocke. He was crazily in love with the previous "Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter", Mathilde Saint-Omer, who in turn, loved Alastor. After her death, he hid his last portion of Power of Existence which would be used for the last purpose; to test the successor of "Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter" and changed his shape into the skeleton known as Shiro. He trained Shana along with Wilhelmina and was eventually defeated by her.
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.
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 BSOD: 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.
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.
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."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.
Anti-Villain: He eats Torches but only the ones that were about to go out anyway and gives advice to Yuji.
Cool Old Guy: He looks like somebody's grandfather and just as wise.
Nice Hat: A classical Victorian hat for a gentleman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jeager 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.