Voiced by: Yuko Sato (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN), Gabriel Gama (Latin American Spanish)
The main protagonist. Yoh wants to become Shaman King to fulfill his promise to his fiancée, Anna Kyoyama. In the anime, Anna saved Yoh and because of this he promised Anna that he would make her the Shaman Queen when he becomes the Shaman King. In the manga, it is Yoh who saved Anna. Yoh is also the human side of Hao/Zeke Asakura, an immensely powerful shaman who reincarnated himself in order to be able to participate in the Shaman Fight. His spirit partner is Amidamaru and as one of the five elemental warriors he owns the Spirit of Earth.
All-Loving Hero: Yoh tells Manta in chapter 1 that no one who can see spirits could be a bad person. This belief never changes, even when he encounters the Big Bad. This what drives Yoh to save Hao after the Shaman Fight is over. Lampshaded by Anna:
"Normally the warriors want to defeat the evil king and save the captured princess, but Yoh and the others are trying to save this bad king. Because the princess is Hao. He was captured by an evil king called hatred and has become obsessed with it."
Determinator: Yoh is a self-professed slacker and only wants to win the Shaman Fight so he can live an easy life. His signature line is "Everything will work out." He also never gives up. Ever. Not even when he gets sent to Hell. Not even when the Big Bad becomes the Shaman King! His catchphrase takes on entirely new meaning by the end of the series.
Even the Guys Want Him: Well, Faust and Ryo do get awfully handsy with him in the later parts of the anime, so take that how you will.
Good Twin: Given that Hao's an Onmyouji, it's very likely that Yoh is Hao's severed Yin half, peaceful and kind. Yoh still had to undergo a small Heel Face Turn in his childhood, due to reasons mentioned under Not So Different.
Heroic Safe Mode: After being defeated by Faust Yoh goes through mental training to avoid being overcome by his emotions. As a result, whenever there is a crisis he still acts casual and barely shows any disturbance. Almost lampshaded in late part of the series when Chocolove states he is not a human for not reacting to Ryu and Faust receiving terrible wounds in the fight against Ren's team.
Love at First Punch: No literally; when he and Anna first met, he gawked at how cute she was — she on the other hand told him to get out of her way and go drop dead. Even though she frightened him, he still couldn't help but admit he still finds her kinda cute.
Not So Different: We get a little peak in on Yoh's early years in the first Shaman King Zero special. We find him speculating that it would be best if he didn't become Shaman King, because he would probably end up killing all the humans himself.
Useless Accessory: His headphones are such an integral part of his character that seemingly every villain calls him "headphones" at one point or another, but he stops using them after the first few chapters.
Supposedly he has them in the first place to block out other people's thoughts. How headphones help avoid mind-reading is another big question. In reality they belong to his father and he stole them so he could feel closer to him.
Warrior Therapist: Happens so much that Manta actually believes he is a genius when it comes to helping others during a fight. However, Anna claims that's just Yoh following his heart.
What the Hell, Hero?: Everything Yoh does always gives these types of reactions but what could probably be the worst is that he takes coffee with the Big Bad, Hao! Most of his friends react horribly to this.
Manta Oyamada (Mortimer "Morty" Manta)
Voiced by: Inuko Inuyama (JP), Pete Zarustica (EN), Laura Torres (Latin American Spanish)
Manta is an intelligent child who can see spirits, but cannot use their powers like his best friend Yoh Asakura can. He is very expressive and a bit panicky. He physically resembles a Koropokkur (known as "minutians" in the English anime), and has been mistaken for one on several occasionsIn the anime, during the Shaman Tournament, Manta became a shaman, his spirit is Mosuke, Amidamaru's best friend who forged Harusame (Sword of Light in the anime). He is however not capable of maintaining spirit form for very long because he's so young and untrained, he runs out of furyoku. His ghost combines with his laptop, when he's unable to escape dangers, and forms a hammer. This can also be seen as a parallel to the relationship of Amidamaru and Mosuke as Amidamaru are spirit partners with Manta and Yoh respectively.
Ascended Fanboy: In the anime only. Manta becomes a shaman with Mosuke as his spirit partner.
All of the Other Reindeer: Even without shaman powers which ostracizes almost anyone in the series, he's bullied for being small.
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Tara Jayne (EN), Anna Lucia Mendez (Latin American Spanish)
Anna is Yoh Asakura's fiance and the best disciple of his grandmother. She is a spirit medium. Her special ability is channeling spirits even from the "other side". She "tortures" Yoh in his training in order for him to win the Shaman Tournament and for her to become Shaman Queen, as he promised to her when they were children. She is also very powerful despite of her looks.Aggressive and decisive, Anna is a pragmatic person who, to most, appears cold and harsh. However, she has shown that she genuinely cares for those important to her, especially Yoh; she's determined to becoming "Shaman Queen" and wife to Yoh, the first person who accepted her unconditionally and became her friend.
Broken Bird: As explaine in the manga As a child, Anna had intense mind-reading abilities that she couldn't control. She was able to hear the negative thoughts of other people, leading her to hate them. The combination of her shamanic powers and hatred unintentionally created demons that would attack people. Poor Anna lived in fear of her own abilities until she met Yoh, who helped her overcome the demons.
Cry Cute: Sure, she's a VERY hard-ass Tsundere. The two times she cried in canon, though? Holy crap...
Defrosting Ice Queen: In the flashback chapters when we witness Yoh and Anna's first meeting, young Anna is very cold to Yoh, saying he's lame and that she cannot believe he's her future husband. When Yoh promises to become the Shaman King for her, Anna begins to warm up to him.
Expy: Anna is originally from creator Hiroyuki Takei's previous series Butsu Zone, as well as her own manga, Itako no Anna.
Hikikomori: Before she met Yoh. Her reishi (mind-reading ability) was so out of control that she was constantly bombarded by the negative thoughts and emotions of people around her, so she confined herself to her room as much as possible.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She seems like a no nonsense hardass at first taking advantage of Yoh and giving him merciless work. Deep down, we eventually see she's got a good, heroic and caring nature, even though she does sometimes try to deny it.
Pregnant Badass: It's implied that she and Yoh slept together in Chapter 77, and given Hana's age by the time of the Sequel Series Shaman King Flowers, this means he had to have been conceived during the tournament. This means that Anna is pregnant for two thirds of the manga series, though it's unknown if she was aware of it herself.
Pretty Freeloader: She takes advantage of her engagement to Yoh in order to do nothing that hasn't been paid for by someone else, usually Yoh or Manta. In her defense, Anna considers the Training from Hell menus she organizes for Yoh as well as making sure that he follows them as a good enough payment. And boy, does it pay fruits.
A shaman from China. His spirit partner is Bason, the ghost of a Chinese warlordand as one of the elemental warriors he owns the Spirit of Thunder.He is serious, logical, and emotionally aloof. He has become like this because of how he was raised. Because of his father (uncle in the english anime) Tao En, Ren had adapted a deep hatred towards humanity and a strong yearning to eliminate them all. He also believed that his spirit companion, Bason, was only meant to be used as a tool and to treat him as a friend would only result in the spirit taking advantage over him. Ren's anger and hatred came from his father. Forced to train and study at a very young age, Ren had his childhood stolen from him. He hated Tao En for all of his suffering.Ren tries hard to maintain a tough and confident exterior and is aloof, but deep down would risk his life for his allies. Ren is a particularly impatient person with a very short temper, and isn't afraid to hurt the source of the anger.
Abusive Parents: Yuan did some serious psychological damage to his kids. Aside from turning Ren into a killing machine who only responds to anger, he was raised around corpses, and taught spirits are to be used as tools rather than assisted as partners.
Accent Adaptation: Sort of. Ren didn't particularly have a different accent in the original Japanese version but 4Kids decided to give Ren, Jun and nearly everybody else in the Chinese family a British Accent. But they didn't for Lyserg.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: There's some shades of this. Physically tough due to brutal training from his childhood (and equally brutal training for himself) and is able to learn Mikihisa's combat movements from watching him. Also arrogant and a bit of a dick.
Babies Ever After: In the epilogue, he had a son named Tao Men. The mother was implied to be Iron Maiden Jeanne.
Cool Horse: He uses one for hyoui gattai (channeling Bason's own horse) in tandem with Bason during his final bout against Yoh in the Shaman Fight preliminaries. After that it's Put on a Bus.
Cool Sword: The Hou Rai Ken (Jewel Thunder)/Sword of Lightning (given to him by En) is Ren's second medium. It still takes the form of a giant guan dao or a giant Bason (sometimes wielding a giant guan dao), though.
Spell My Name with an S: Is it Ren or Len? note Technically it's "Lian", but since Lian is a Chinese name, it's hard for Japanese speaking characters to pronounce it. For readers who know neither language natively, it simply comes down to whether you prefer Japanese or Chinese authenticity.
An Ainu shaman from Hokkaido. Horohoro's main goal in the Shaman Fight is to save the Koro Pokkuru "Minutians", a tiny spirit people. As part of this goal, he intends to plant a vast field of Butterbur. In the English anime, he is described as from "the Northern Woods" instead of from Hokkaidō. His guardian ghost is Kororo "Corey". Also in the manga, he becomes the third strongest of the Five Elemental Warriors and gains the Spirit of Rain. His furyoku is 120,000 (as seen in Chapter 276). This, oddly, makes him "technically" stronger than both Yoh and Tao Ren, who have more importance in the series than he does, who have only 108,000 and 100,001 furyoku respectively.Horohoro is good natured and cheerful, but he gets serious in dangerous situations. He argues constantly with his teammate Ren, and they do not seem to get along at all. However, it is shown that he really does care for him when, in the manga, he tells Yoh Asakura that if he can't save Ren, as his friend, Horohoro would never forgive him. Horohoro is also very secretive about his past not willing to talk about it even to his friends. It is later revealed that Horohoro's real name is Usui Horokeu. Horokeu is the Ainu word for wolf, a divine animal in their culture.
Foreshadowing: He tanks a direct hit from Hao's Spirit of Fire in Hao's first appearance and shows no ill effects. Towards the end of the series we find out that Horohoro is the Elemental Warrior of Water.
Hot-Blooded: "When a person exposes himself to an extreme cold... he becomes extremely hot!"
Let's Get Dangerous: He wipes the floor with two divine-class shamans; directly after they defeat his teammates Ren and Chocolove - who were both explicitly stated to be stronger than Horohoro at the time.
Nature Hero: Justified, since he is Ainu, a culture that highly reveres nature and sees gods in many natural things.
Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (JP), Matthew George (EN), Jose Antonio Macias (Latin American Spanish)
An African-American shaman from New York who wants to be the Shaman King so he can spread comedy and laughter in the world. The only problem with that is... he's not very funny. His spirit partner is Mic the Jaguar his mentor's spirit partner while he was in the Shaft Gang, later obtains Pascal Avaf, and as one of the elemental warriors owns the Spirit of Wind.
Disability Superpower: Gives up his sight to atone for his sins, which has the side effect of highly enhancing his spiritual energy, to the point of turning him into the strongest shaman of the group by the later portion of the manga. Didn't happen in the anime, though, as the background involved was cut.
Lyserg, who was born in London, England, is also a dowser, a person who is able to find a person or persons using his special abilities. Lyserg uses his Crystal Pendulum for dowsing and Oversouls. He channels his Oversoul into his dowsing pendulum, allowing it to become a rope dart. His method of fighting with it consists of using high speed attacks that come out too fast for his opponent to react against.At first, Lyserg joins with Yoh Asakura and the others, but later joins the X-Laws, a group dedicated to destroying Hao. When Lyserg joins them he is unsure about the ways the X-Laws try to eliminate Hao. Though Lyserg holds great hatred for Hao, Yoh's own philosophies and personalities keep him from crossing the line. Lyserg abandons his spirit Morphine for a time for an angel spirit called Zeruel in the anime, but in the manga they are inseparable. Finally, he rejoins Yoh's team. He is among the five elemental warriors and outside Hao Asakura, he is the OFFICIAL owner of the Spirit of Fire.
Beware the Nice Ones: Usually, he is very cute and a nice boy... but you're in for a real storm if you get him angry.
Broken Bird: Bad enough losing his parents to Hao. But then his friend, who had taken him in, has a mentor whose involved in criminal activity and he's forced to kill the two out of self defense. And then his desire for revenge leads him to join the X-Laws, believing that his friends aren't determined enough.
A German shaman who, as his name indicates, is the only living descendant of the famous Dr. Faust. Johann Faust VIII is usually a very detailed and patient person who thinks scientifically unless the matter concerns his beloved Eliza. He does not tolerate any kind of insult towards her.Faust is the embodiment of dedication; he has given up everything for his wife and is willing to do anything, no matter the costs to protect and take care of her. It is this single-mindedness and selflessness that gives him his great strength in the Shaman Fight. Beyond all emotional suffering and somewhat gothic moods, his greatest strength comes from his pure heart; pure because he knows that he only lives to love and protect his dear Eliza.Faust is a slightly insane but incredibly brilliant medical doctor who delights in saving lives. Naturally, his work reveals facts of his personality. He cures one of his opponents after their shaman fight, an illness that many doctors have given up on previously. Because Faust had devoted much of his time to seeking cures for illnesses, he is utterly devastated when he is unable to save Eliza and goes as far as attempting to resurrect her.
Bad with the Bone: Most of his work as a necromancer requires bones of the deceased, including his oversouls.
Berserk Button: Faust is a master of Dissonant Serenity and takes all kinds of insults thrown at him in stride. But the moment you insult his beloved partner Eliza? That is the moment the guy will completely flip his shit and go Ax-Crazy on you.
Early in the manga in which he debuted, it was mentioned he killed his first opponent in the best two out of three matches, with the implications it was due to having said button pressed.
Blond Guys Are Evil In his first appearance, Faust is pretty terrifying. He mellows out later, though.
Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN), Jorge Ornelas (Latin American Spanish)
At the start of the story Ryu is a gang leader who is always on the lookout for the Best Place (The Sacred Hang in the English anime; His gang is known as the Dead Enders).In the manga, he is seen to first have a grudge against Yoh for slicing his hair off (this is a running gag throughout the first part of the series) and then discovers that Yoh is a Shaman, and can work with spirits. He goes off to his gang's new 'hang' which is the run down Bowling Ally, where he breaks down and believes he's useless. He gets possessed by Tokagero who is out for revenge on Amidamaru. The possessed Ryu breaks into the museum, and steals Harusame, at the same time kidnapping Manta.He confronts Yoh and Amidamaru, and orders Amidamaru to integrate with his master so they can fight. He tricks Amidamaru into attacking Harusame and fights back with a technique called Tokage Kenpo (Lizard Style). Tokagero mocks Amidamaru saying that the same blade that was supposed to save his life will take his life instead. After remembering how much Harusame meant to his friend Mosuke, Amidamaru breaks Harusame and Tokagero is surprised. Yoh says that Tokagero had already lost, because of Amidamaru's commitment to Mosuke. He tells him that he should just move on. Tokagero refuses. Ryu's gang then attack him, and tell Ryu to fight back.Soon after, Tokagero pulls out a knife and tries to kill Ryu, but the painful stress of two souls fighting each other makes him unable to control Ryu's body. Having no other option, Yoh offers Tokagero to possess him, which he does. After saying it was foolish, Tokagero tries to kill Yoh, but realizes that he can't bring himself to do it, and after receiving trust from Yoh he doesn't need to take revenge. This ends the struggle, and later Ryu becomes a shaman due to the experience.
Anime Hair: It starts off as a massive pompadour, and only gets more and more ridiculous each time it's damaged.
Expy: A former gang-leader Jerk with a Heart of Gold with epic hair and affinity for blades, whose parents are not present and who later joins a gang of (significantly) smaller kids in order to fight a greater force? The TeddyExpy is really obvious.note If you've ever played MOTHER, that is.
Heel-Face Turn: Though how soon it happens depends on the media. In the manga it happens after the Tokagero incident. In the anime, it happens during Manta's fight to get a wooden sword for Yoh (in the manga, he originally frought Ryo for it. In the anime its just against a random thug and Ryo comes to his aid).
Tamao is a shy girl who is in love with Yoh Asakura, even though she knows that Yoh is engaged to Anna Kyōyama. Initially, she is so shy that she uses her sketchbook and points to pictures in order to tell people what she wants to say. Orphaned at a young age, she was brought to the Asakura family by Yoh's father, Mikihisa Asakura and trained as an ascetic monk. In recent KanZenBan, it was revealed that Tamao attended Shinra High right after Yoh and the others went to America.Tamao's specialty is her ability to perform divinations. She is also an ascetic, like Mikihisa; her spirits are Konchi, a kitsune, and Ponchi, a tanuki. Tamao is named for Tamao Nakamura. When the manga ends the Asakura family owns a resort were Tamao works and lives. Tamao also acts as the mother of Yoh's only son Hana/Han while Yoh and Anna travel the world. She also became an Enka Singer.
Took a Level in Badass: Holy cow, does she ever. After the events of the original story, it turns out that Tamao has been left in charge of affairs while Yoh and Anna are busy Walking the Earth, and has grown so powerful she can summon godly spirits like the Daitengu. (Heck, while we're here, the Shaman King Remix special teases that she spent some time as a Delinquent in high school).
Horohoro's/Trey's little sister, who trains him in a similar manner to Anna's training of Yoh. Pirika later becomes friends with Anna and Tammy.Though not shown in the manga or anime, the author has stated that Pirika's partner spirit is Torara, a Marimo or Torasanpe as said in the Ainu language. Torara was said to have saved Pirika from drowning at an early age, and since then they became partners. Torara can manipulate water, but is very shy, and for that reason he did not make a debut in the manga or anime.
Ren's older sister and a dao-shi (spellcaster), who can re-animate corpses. Her(guardian ghost/zombie) is Lee Pai-Long (Lee Bailong), a famous movie star in Hong Kong who died seventeen years ago. She uses Jufu talismans to control her guardian ghost, but after she battles Yoh Asakura and Amidamaru and loses, she lets Bai-Long obey her commands only if he wishes to when she realizes that spirits have hearts too, and they just cannot be controlled.
Jeanne is an 11-year-old young girl from France and powerful shaman in her own right, Jeanne is the leader of the X-Laws. Her title of Iron Maiden refers to the fact that she spends nearly all her time inside an iron maiden in order to increase her strength by keeping her in a near death state. She rarely leaves it unless she is desperately needed, believing her suffering will bring justice to the world. Her iron maiden, however, was crushed most likely beyond repair.She is known for her red eyes, pale hair and delicate appearance. She is extremely charismatic; in the English anime Tamamura calls her a "princess" after hearing her speak for the first time.
Cycle of Vengeance: She somewhat starts one. She kills an Egyptian shaman who while arrogant, everyone who knew him says he was a good man. When the victim's brother shows up, he's looking for vengeance. Then, in Flowers, the families of the other 2 members of that team go after Jeanne's son.
Fake Ultimate Hero: Turns out in the manga, she's just a sickly orphan girl with enormous spiritual power that came under Luchist and Marco's care. They lead her to believe she was the Messiah in the hopes of having enough power to take down Hao. Considering the guidance she was given and that fact that one of her mentors turned on them, no wonder her views on good and evil are so messed up.
Knight Templar: She views Hao as the ultimate evil, and anyone who doesn't side with her is an enemy, whether they help Hao or not. She does show sadness over such divisions, but doesn't do anything to stop it.
When Yoh refused her offer to join the X-Laws, she said she'd have to punish him later. And knowing her, that probably means getting strapped into medieval torture device over souls. And this was after she even stopped Marco from going all aggro on Yoh, claiming he has done nothing wrong.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is way too much on this side to even be considered a hero. Never seeming to consider the fact that most groups who don't join her might have their own reasons that don't involve the X-Laws (or just the fact they don't have the power needed to fight Hao, the guy has been known to crush shaman with little to no effort). But no, it's either "with us or against us", no room for compromise.
Wrong Genre Savvy: She truly believes that she is the All-Loving Hero (Yoh Asakura has that role) or at LEAST the Big Good (She has only one-half that role, the other half belongs to Lady Saigan Sati the leader of the Gandhara group).
The defacto leader of the group, whose authority is overruled only by Jeanne herself. He helped found the X-Laws with the shaman Luchist Lasso, who would later fall under the influence of Hao Asakura.Marco Lasso is extremely loyal to Jeanne, and will stop at nothing to achieve what he believes will bring about Jeanne's ideals of a world free of corruption and evil. Like Jeanne, he tends to see issues in black and white; either something is good or evil. Those who join the X-Laws are considered good and those who do not are automatically evil and with Hao Asakura.Because of his utter and complete devotion to Jeanne, he is the most devastated when Jeanne's attempt to destroy Hao by opening the Gate of Babylon fails. However, while the other X-Laws go to challenge Hao and avenge Jeanne's defeat, dying in the process, Marco becomes the only survivor (not counting Lyserg, who leaves the group to help Yoh).As Yoh Asakura prepares to defeat Hao, Marco chooses to follow Jeanne's lead and places his faith in Yoh in hopes that Yoh will achieve what the X-Laws failed to do.The manga reveals details from his past left unsaid in the anime. Marco was originally an entrepreneur who worked with cars and a close friend of Luchist, the leader of the X-Laws at the time. Marco's company was on the verge of creating a new sports car, but gave up when Hao apparently destroyed his house and killed his entire family. Marco was driven to attempt suicide, but eventually chose the path of revenge.
A former member of the Canadian Special Forces and the only female member of the X-Laws, other than Iron Maiden Jeanne. In the anime, she is shown to be more sensitive than Marco and she appears and returns Morphine to a disillusioned Lyserg in the hopes that he will leave that group and not be killed as the rest of the surviving X-Laws attempt to defeat Hao. In the manga, however, she is the first member of Team X-III to be killed by Hao.
Action Girl: Was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces before joining the group.
Cool Big Sis: Was less of a Jerk Ass than Marco in the anime, to the point of telling Lyserg to take Morphine back.
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN), Monica Villaseñor (Latin American Spanish)
The main antagonist, Hao Asakura is a member of the Asakura family. Hao failed to win his first Shaman King tournament but was able to reincarnate with full awareness of his past life in time to participate in the next tournament and again for the current tournament.In his second life, Hao was reincarnated as a member of the Patch tribe and was successful in taking control of the Spirit of Fire, an elemental spirit that embodies the essence of one of the five elements of nature. Currently Hao was reincarnated as identical twins, with his soul split between Yoh and himself. Following his rebirth, Hao escaped from the Asakura family with the help of the Spirit of Fire.In the months leading up to the tournament, Hao began to kill the prospective competition while gathering an entourage to assist him in winning the current Shaman King tournament.
The Chessmaster: Firmly set as this in the sequel series since he's God, though he's done little to change the world with his power. Instead, he's having fun manipulating Yoh and Anna's son into representing himself and leading his team.
Evil Plan: In both the anime and the manga it's to win the Shaman Tournament and acquire the Great Spirit/King of Spirits. His motives vary between the two.
From Nobody to Nightmare: In a sidestory, it's revealed that Hao started out his story as a weak little kid whose mother got killed because locals thought she was a demon in disguise. Look at him now.
Hero Killer: Not counting the possible thousands of Shamans during the two Shaman Fights, he's killed Lyserg's parents, the majority of the X-Laws and later Yoh and friends, though the latter gets better.
Not to mention the other Shaman teams and a group of spirits For the Evulz during Yoh's travels to Patch Village.
I Have Many Names: Hao Asakura is actually the name given to him by the emperor of Japan a thousand years ago. He was born with the name Asahi Douji, and nicknamed Mappa Douji (Mappa is another reading of the kanji of his first name) by the demon Ohachiyo.
Invincible Villain: The guy is pretty much untouchable. Only Anna was able to harm him and that was with a slap and only because he let her. His mother does the same in the climax as punishment for the whole "destroy humans" plot.
Mommy Issues: Hao's Start of Darkness is ultimately rooted in his mother's murder. Resolving this is also how he is temporarily dissuaded from murdering humans. Now go and re-read all the entries regarding him and Anna.
Reincarnation: Thanks to a deal with Enma he can reincarnate every 500 years (just in time for the Shaman King fight), so even if he's killed, he'll come back even stronger. In his first life, he became perhaps the world's greatest [[Useful Notes/Onmyodo Onmyouji]] and wrote the Tome of the Shaman, which is used by several characters to send their OSes to the next Evolutionary Level. In his second life, he appeared as a member of the Patch tribe, which is implied to be how he got his hands on the Spirit of Fire. In his third life, well, you've been reading the story, haven't you?
Start of Darkness: Covered in side stories. The first and primary part was, of course, the murder of his mother, after which he met Ohachiyo and took the power to control spirits from the little demon. The second part was the betrayal of his fellow onmyoudo student Daitaro, who was forced to undergo a Face Monster Turn by their masternote The giant oni Daitaro-boshi heavily resembles Asakura Hana's Dark Oni, likely making the latter a Call Back, after which he fell beyond his Despair Event Horizon and challenged Daitaro to a fight — either Hao would win and the DB would be no more, or the DB would win and Daitaro and Hao would go off to destroy the world together. No points for guessing how that last one turned out.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the manga. His brother Yoh knew that he doesn't have any friends. He spent 900 years in Hell and the worst part is that the 100 years he spent in the outside world were more unbearable than his time in Hell. Even among his followers, they mainly follow him BECAUSE of his power and never truly got to KNOW him. Combined with the Reishi it is no wonder he became what he is.
Brought Up to Eleven in Zero where we learn more about how he became such. After Ohachiyo abandoned him due to displeasure at Hao's thirst for revenge, Hao was picked up by an onmyouji named Tadatomo, and eventually became friends with another monk named Daitaro. However, during an exorcism ceremony, Tadatomo turned out to have been experimenting on Oni and had them enter Daitaro's body, turning him into what looked like Hana's Dark Oni. After learning about Tadatomo's Freudian Excuse for it, Hao completely lost it.
World's Strongest Shaman: No one is else is even close, which is why he (and almost everyone else) treats his victory as a foregone conclusion. Even at the end of the series, the 5 Elemental Warriors put together don't measure up to half of his strength.
You Got Spunk: One of the main reasons he is so interested in Anna.
Yoh's father, an ascetic priest working as a spy and messenger for the Asakura family and Tamao's master. He's also the leader of the Kabbalahers, a Shaman Fight team consisting of himself and the two children who control the Golem, Redseb and Seyram Munzer.
Cool Mask: He wears the mask out of shame for his failure during Hao's rebirth.
Millie is voiced by: Miyako Itou (JP), Amy Palant (EN)
Sally is voiced by: Inuko Inouyama (JP), Dania Cericola (EN)
A team of five female shaman of fairly weak ability who appear only in the anime. They initially attempt to hinder and take advantage of Yoh and his friends during the second round of the Shaman Tournament. Yoh holds no malice or ill-will towards them, unlike some of his friends. They eventually become allies of Yoh towards the end of the series.
Know When To Fold Them: They manage pretty well during the tournament but then are pitted against Hao and more then likely will be killed if they go up against him. Yoh manages to convince the group to forfeit, sparing their lives.
Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Lilly was a victim of this once her powers were revealed. The girls's shared flashback shows her breaking down in tears when she finds insulting messages written on her classroom's board.
Child Prodigy: Mannoko again. She's five years old, but she's a master at computers. Because of this, she's the one in charge of software development at her father's company. She loves to rub this in Manta's face, despite not liking the job itself.
Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Mansumi would much rather Manta take over his company, rather than hang out with shamans and spirits. Keiko isn't much better with this trope, and explicitly wishes for Manta to stop being friends with Yoh.
Huge Girl Tiny Guy: Keiko's only as tall as the average woman, yet she towers over Mansumi.
Muggles: The Shaman Fight is of no concern to these folks whatsoever.
One Steve Limit: Averted with Keiko, who shares her first name with Yoh's mother.
Strong Family Resemblance: Mansumi and his two children all share the same facial features, hair color, and short height. Keiko, on the other hand, looks like a relatively normal person with short, dark hair.
Amidamaru is a samurai who died during the Muromachi period 600 years ago and is now Yoh's guardian ghost and best friend. He is very powerful and wise but quite taciturn and extremely devoted. He was greatly known for killing several hundred soldiers during a battle. For many years it was believed that he'd turned rogue, and tried to kill the emperor. It turns out that he'd only tried to protect his best friend Mosuke. He is the original handler of the legendary sword named "Harusame", meaning "Spring Rain", a sword forged by Mosuke, who also appeared in the anime and manga as a spirit.
The Aloner: For over 600 years while waiting for Mosuke, and he would have been there for another 600 too. Now that's a true friend!
Badass: While Yoh usually gets all the focus, he manages to beat his Blood Knightcounterpart after the timeskip without even going into Intregration or Over Soul, easily in his pure ghost form.
Butt Monkey: He is as much as a Badass as he is made fun of.
The Comically Serious: A lot of time, the situation is funny BECAUSE he is putting a serious and "cool" expression after being made fun of.
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), David Brimmer (EN), Salvador Delgado (Latin American Spanish)
Bason is the ghost of an ancient Chinese warrior who serves Ren faithfully and obeys him without question. In the English anime and manga Bason calls Ren "Master Len," while in the Japanese version he calls Ren "Bocchama," which means "Young Master." It was only after Ren's Character Development that he came to value Bason as a true friend.
Also known as "The White Dragon", Lee was a Kung Fu movie star who was murdered by the Tao family to be Jun's guardian. He is a thinly-veiled reference to Bruce Lee, who died under suspicious circumstances. Technically, he is not a spirit, but a living corpse reanimated using Jun's "ofuda" or talismans. However, he can be considered to be serving a similar purpose, since he protects Jun and perpetually hangs around her.
Bruce Lee Clone: He looks like the dude, he was a movie star when he was human, and he's a martial artist.
Kororo is a Koropokkoru (a race of tiny people in Ainu folklore whose name means "little people under butterbur leaves"), known as Minutians in the English anime. Surprisingly cute, she is Horohoro's spirit ally.Her name in the English anime version sounds similar to "Kōri", which is the Japanese word for ice and also the element that Horohoro's attacks are based off.
An Ice Person: Normally it's just her power that's ice cold, but don't even think about making her mad.
It Only Works Once: When she made the deal to become a Koropokkoru, she was allowed to regain her true form once and only once, in the time of her choosing before she's stuck in Koropokkoru form for good. It isn't until Horohoro finally divulges his past to the group that she chooses to do this.
He is the Guardian Ghost of Wooden Sword Ryu. Though Tokagero always talks about being a nasty villain, he is actually a big softie.When he was sill alive, Tokagero was a thief that was born into poverty. He was later killed by Amidamaru unceremoniously. In the modern age, Tokagero attacked Yoh and his friends in order to get revenge on Amidamaru, who does not recall him at all. Through Anna's research, they learn that he is an obscure historical figure who was killed by Amidamaru. Tokagero possesses Yoh's friend Ryu and uses him to steal the Harusame (Sword of Light) from the museum and attack Yoh and Amidamaru. The fight that ensues forces Yoh and Amidamaru to break the Harusame in order to save Ryu's life.Yoh appeals to Tokagero and allows him to possess him instead of Ryu, who is just an innocent bystander, because Yoh believes that Tokagero is not as evil as he claims. Tokagero does so, with the supposed intention of killing Yoh in the process, but finds he does not have the heart to and leaves Yoh's body peacefully. He becomes a good guy, , bonding with Ryu properly at a later date. He eventually takes on a Yamata no Orochi theme in his Giant Oversoul form.
Heel-Face Turn: Originally a vengeful ghost who wanted to kill Amidamaru and his current host, now a fellow Butt Monkey with Rio.
Eliza was/is Faust's wife, she worked as a nurse until she was murdered by robbers who broke into the Faust's home. Eliza's death led her (now extremely depressed) husband to dig up her skeleton from her grave and enter the Shaman Tournament to bring her back to life. But when Faust joined Yoh's group, Anna brought back the spirit of Eliza to be reunited with her husband as his Guardian Ghost. Her "Giant Oversoul" form is a giant bat-winged version of herself. After Faust and Eliza reunited, both of them became heavily devoted to Yoh.
Came Back Wrong: Faust's refusal to accept his wife death lead him to pursue the necromancer's arts of his famous ancestor. This works little better than it would in Fullmetal Alchemist.
Diabolus ex Machina: Sure, Eliza, let your neighbor and Victorious Childhood Friend become a doctor and cure you! Then marry him and work as his right hand nurse! Nothing can go wrong, right! ...Right? Enjoy being shot to death by a burglar breaking into the clinic the night it opened, sweetie.
Soulless Shell: It is heavily implied that the "Eliza" we see at first is merely her skeleton, which Faust has dressed up and is putting through the motions of wifely affection (such as elaborate walking hand-in-hand moments). Bringing this up in front of him is a good way to push his button.
A pixie-like spirit who is Lyserg's guardian spirit. She loves eating sweet-tasting things. She absorbed the Archangels to assume her "Giant Oversoul" form (in the anime). Her original name was edited for being a reference to the drug morphine.
Guardian Angel: Becomes one in the anime, after absorbing the essence of the X-Laws Archangels in order to save the souls of thier fallen masters.
You Have Failed Me: Lyserg tells her this pretty much word for word just before he ditches her.
Mic the Jaguar
Chocolove's main spirit, a jaguar owned by his previous mentor, Orona until his pupil's former gang kills him. He is often used for his master's lame yet effective pun theme attacks. Later when combined with Pascal Avaf, he can use wind to erode anything into a desert.
Beast Man: What he does when combining with Chocolove.
Panthera Awesome: Awesome as a giant winged mechanical jaguar in the anime. In the manga, it combines with an Olmec spirit named Pascal Avaf to make Chocolove the strongest of the Five Elemental Warriors.
Evolutionary Levels: As they consume spirits, the elemental spirits are said to grow in size and power. The Spirit of Fire gives us the primary example, having a baby form (which appears in a flashback), a standard form (which it takes in the beginning of the main story), and a second form (which it takes after consuming enough souls). In a vision of Hao's past life, it's revealed he managed to get the Spirit of Fire to its fully adult form.
Golden Super Mode: In the anime, Hao is able to upgrade the Spirit of Fire by joining it to the Great Spirit, which gives it a Palette Swap.
Olympus Mons: Said to be of no equal except the Great Spirit itself.
Phlebotinum Muncher: Again, these guys grow in power by eating other spirits. (The Spirit of Fire indicates this by revealing his Fangs Are Evil). This may or may not be the case within the Great Spirit itself, as it can be assumed the GS has enough power to allow the five spirits to assume their main forms without having to eat anyone.
Token Evil Teammate: The Spirit of Fire, being Hao's primary spirit ally. There's no real word on how the Spirits themselves took this.
Top-Heavy Guy: The five spirits tend to have relatively short or spindly legs compared to their main bodies.
Great Spirit (King of Spirits)
The strongest and most ancient spirit which the Shaman King unites with, and the whole purpose of the Shaman Fight. It's physical form is of a massive swirling pillar of furyoku. All spirits come from it and return to it upon death.