Voiced by Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), by Jason Douglas (English)The primary "hero" of Shin Angyo Onshi and one of the few Angyo Onshi left after the destruction of Jushin. Accompanied with his True Companions, Bang Ja and Sando, he strives to destroy evil and corruption, along with confronting his arch-nemesis, the one responsible for the destruction of Jushin, Aji Tae.
Broken Pedestal: To Won Sul, who used to idolize him. In the back story, his Heroic BSOD effected by Aji Tae's Mind Screw-y impersonation and take-over of Hae Mo Su's identity momentarily caused him to become this in Kye Wol Hyang's eyes, when he decided to give up on saving Jushin and just wanted to run away with her. Aji Tae tempted Kye to kill Munsu on ground of him being no longer worthy of her love, but she killed herself instead and snapped Munsu out of it.
Cannot Spit It Out: When it came to his feelings for Kye Wol Hyang, the legendary general of Jushin behaved like a timid schoolboy who could not find the courage to ask the girl he liked out for a date. His fellow Phantom Brigade soldier once called him out for this and gave him advices that pretty much boiled down to "just get to third base already".
This is an interesting case of Laser-Guided Karma: Following the war against Kaidaten, it was Munsu himself who promised his Ghost Brigade that he will never let them fight against any monsters ever again. And seeing as the Phantom Soldiers are a supernaturally reincarnated Ghost Brigade... ...Well, shit.
Deal with the Devil: In contrast to Aji Tae's account that Hae Mo Su and Munsu only rose to the top of Jushin thanks to his granting Hae Mo Su's wish to become Emperor when they first met, Munsu declared that it was actually his wish that was granted back then - he was also present when Hae Mo Su made the wish, and secretly prayed for Hae Mo Su's wish to be realized.
Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kye Wol Hyang. The universe as a whole just doesn't seem to ship this pairing. Let's count: they were together for half their lives and yet remained only friends even after they'd fallen in love. Kye Wol Hyang tried to push the matter but Munsu let too much personal feelings get in the way (his Cannot Spit It Out mentality in regard to himself and Like Brother and Sister in regard to her, Hae Mo Su in his opinion being a better suitor, his Shell-Shocked Veteran phase after the Kaidaten war), so none of that really got anywhere until they both got out of Jushin. Then, when Kye finally got him to confess and right at the moment they started to make love, Pretinicia soldiers barged in and declared him a wanted criminal of Jushin (thanks to Aji Tae's manipulation), forcing him to go into hiding for two years. During that time, Kye became Queen in a loveless marriage with Hae Mo Su. When they finally met again, Munsu just failed a coup d'etat big time and left disoriented as a result of Aji Tae' mind-screwy plot, and Kye just surviveda shot to the head after being raped by Aji Tae. Then she died by running herself through Munsu's sword.
The Mourning After: To Kye Wol Hyang. The love he still has for her and the sorrow at her death take up a good chunk of his characterization.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The whole tragedy of Jushin started with him bringing Aji Tae to court and introducing him to Hae Mo Su. And he might be the one whose wish unbound Aji Tae's seal in the first place.
Chun Hyang (Sando)
Voiced by Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), by Nancy Novotny (English)A beautiful woman with prodigious fighting skill. She acts as Munsu's "Sando", or bodyguard. When she was kidnapped by a corrupt lord who wanted to make her his personal bodyguard, her lover embarked on a futile quest to become an Angyo Onshi. He died in the process, but not before making Munsu aware of her plight. After Munsu frees her, she decides to become his bodyguard in memory of her dead lover, and takes the title "Sando" as her new name. Halfway through the story however, her purpose becomes corrupted by Aji Tae as she is made into his servant.
Does Not Like Shoes: Partly because she's almost Made of Iron, and partly because she's extremely nimble on her toes. Her combat style involves a ridiculous amount of jumping and scaling, so it makes a bit of sense for her to go barefoot.
That said she still wraps up her feet during their stay at Mt. Chilgap. Something of a bit of foreshadowing in that she's not as invincible as she seems, as that is the proven case in just a few chapters ahead.
The Ingenue: Strong sense of honor aside, her socialization with Munsu, Mongryong and just about everyone else suggest that she has a Woman Child mentality. Her Gaiden chapter confirms this fact —- she was literally born just months before she met Munsu.
I Just Want to Be Badass: As she finds herself increasingly outclassed by other badasses who come her way and threaten Munsu's well-being (Marlene, Dorso, Tae Yu, just to name a few). She eventually leaves Munsu's side to train under Mujang (who tutors her as a favor to Aji Tae), not knowing that it was Aji Tae's ploy to keep her from returning to Munsu and brainwash her into forgetting him.
Magical Girlfriend: Explained in the Gaiden. Mongryong found her fall down from the sky, naked, childlike and couldn't speak a word of human language as she was born just minutes earlier from a flying dragon. He took her home, fed her and taught her the basics of human interactions. Then he discovered she had the ability to kill monsters and they fell in love.
Fridge Horror: She was gonna be married to Mong Ryong. Her true nature aside, think for a second what it would look like to other people, since Mong Ryong and Munsu are possbily the only two characters who see her as a human.
Stripperiffic: With a hefty dose of Rule of Sexy to 'justify' it. There's no logical reason for her to keep wearing the bondage-esque outfit she was forced into in her introductory chapter. She does so anyway.
The Unreveal: Sando's true form appears to be that of some sort of demon, but only Munsu sees it in the end.
An unnamed bang ja which had served two Angyo Onshi, Aria and Munsu. As their bang ja, he acts as their servant. His duties including preparing foods and also helping his masters in their efforts as Angyo Onshi.
Dark and Troubled Past: Had to watch his original Onshi and his Bang-Ja get beheaded and have their heads displayed on spikes. If anything, this made him even more determined in being a servant.
Happiness in Slavery: Munsu...essentially treats him like complete shit 90% of the time. He even throws him into Won Sul's penitentiary just to be rid of him. Yet he's still completely giddy with the fact that he gets to be his servant.
The central antagonist of Shin Angyo Onshi. He is a black-winged demon who was responsible for Jushin's destruction, alongside many other mishaps throughout the series. Leading a band of supernatural fighters, heroes from the past, demons, and powerful black magic practitioners from the western country of Pretinica, he aims to conquer the known land and reshape it to his own bidding.
Achilles' Heel: The biggest weakness that his omnipotence has is the fact that Munsu received some of it when Aji Tae transferred him Kye Wol Hyang's disease. In short, Munsu is the only person who can utterly beat the senseless fuck out of him without Aji Tae's powers affecting him.
Making eye contact with his target seems to be a requirement for his power to work. Munsu realizes this when Aji Tae misses Yeongsil's kick by an inch and steps on his cloak to prevent him from seeing Sando's attack from behind. This is what finally kills Aji Tae.
Adorkable: Acted that way back in the days of Jushin as part of his cover.
Affably Evil: His sheer charisma and aura is second to none.
A God I Am: For once, an actual villain whose powers are practically on the realm of gods. Others act haughty and on behalf of ambition, but Aji Tae can actually back up his Hannibal Lectures.
Good Hair, Evil Hair: Back when he was "one of the good guys", he sported short brown hair and round glasses. When he made his position known, his hair grew out much longer and wilder, and became white.
Irony: His grand plan at first to get rid of Munsu was to transfer Kye Wol Hyang's disease to him, and have it slowly eat away at him. He never expected this to be Munsu's immunity to his powers... There's also the fact that it was Sando who killed him, someone whom he put so much effort and manipulation into.
Villainous Breakdown: Has two of them: First one, when he realizes his powers don't work on Munsu and promptly gets beat the shit out of him. Second one is after he kills Munsu, but freaks out over the fact that his corpse is still standing and still giving him the Death Glare.
A nobleman of the western country of Pretinica, Lou Ells is in fact a practiotioneer of traditional black magic and a mass murderer to boot, having killed 321 people for a ceremony upon first meeting Aji Tae. He has had a hand in corrupting many of Aji Tae's servants and acts as his right hand and confidant. He was also primarily responsible for corrupting Gallimard, and is also thought to be one of the masterminds behind Aji Tae's gambit involving transfering Kye Wol Hyang's disease over to Munsu.
The Quiet One: She only has a few lines throughout the whole series.
A central character in the series - he first appeared as a primary antagonist during the Melting Path arc, working directly under Aji Tae as a prison warden, but is further expanded upon within flashbacks. Midway into the series, he is revived by Aji Tae as a zombie for the singular purpose of keeping Munsu alive, temporarily becoming his and Bang Ja's companion to make up for Sando disappearance.
Ambiguously Gay: There are serious implications he was in love with Munsu by the time they're traveling together.
Clingy Jealous Guy: Might've started even before that. From flashbacks, Wonsul was never terribly taken with Kye Wol Hyang (or Aji Tae for that matter), and was visibly hurt when Munsu flatly denied his request to accompany him to Pretinica, saying he "didn't want another guy with him." Then there's the whole issue with Hong Gildong; Won Sul wouldn't even entertain the idea that Kye Wol Hyang was still alive, as opposed to Munsu's initial shock.
Cool Sword: His sword, the Saruhyondo is actually nothing but a dragon-shaped hilt. His killing intent is what manifests an invisible, shape shifting sword. When he's revived as a zombie, he loses this ability, and instead has a normal blade fitted onto the Saruhyondo.
Curbstomp Battle: Pretty much no one is capable of taking him on in a fair fight other than Sando. His fight against Insu and Joy is reduced to pretty much this.
Failure Knight: Is practically torn inside-out over what happened between Munsu and Aji Tae, and somewhere deep down also blames himself for ultimately siding with Aji Tae.
Conflicting Loyalty: The biggest part of his character is where his loyalty lies: For Munsu out of admiration, or Aji Tae out of fear.
A "paladin" of Pretinica, tasked with capturing and executing anyone who tampers with "God's domain" - aka, witches and black magic practioners. A just and pious man who sought to pass judgment onto Lou Ells, he was instead corrupted by his black magic and driven insane. Following that, Aji Tae seemingly "assimilated" him into himself then spat him back out. In the end, Gallimard turned into a winged demon - the very same one that Aji Tae is - loyal and devout to him as well. Despite supposedly having all of Aji Tae's powers for himself, he never actually used any other than summoning and controlling the dead.
Undying Loyalty: Being a demon of the same species as Aji Tae, he shares a bond to him unlike anyone else, including complete loyalty.
Sanity Slippage: For a while, he didn't understand what was happening to him following Lou's spell, causing him to go completely insane. It was only after Aji Tae's visit that he got better. ...In a fashion.
A former high ranking sorcerer of Jushin, under the direct command of General Munsu. A demon as well as a hermaphrodite, Won Hyo received any sort of acceptance and compassion from Munsu, and held a great deal of reverence for him. After the fall of Jushin, Won Hyo snapped and become broken, and thus began to serve Aji Tae as city lord of the town overlooking the Melting Path Penitentiary, alongside Wonsul.
Ambiguous Gender: Won Hyo belongs to a species of demons that are essentially unisex. In the Japanese/Korean version, Won Hyo is referred to by other characters as "she", while in the French and German publications, it's a "he."
A warrior who has dedicated his entire life to the martial arts. Why he has joined Aji Tae's side is unknown, but it assumed so he can find stronger opponents and hone his skills. For a time, he acted as Chun Hyang's master, teaching her hapki.
Bad Ass: So much so, it's not even funny. On top of being able to smash mountains with a single swing of his sword, he's just about the only character other than Aji Tae capable of engaging Jung Son in combat.
Big Damn Heroes: Saves Munsu's ass the second before Jung Son was about to cut it off.
(Legendary General) Jung SonThe greatest hero of Jushin's past, and the first General to receive the title of "Legendary" - nearly 500 years ago. Is also the one who coined Jushin's battle cry "Absolute Jushin!" He has allowed Aji Tae to resurrect him so he may experience the thrill and joy of battle again. Despite Jushin (past tense) being littered with his statues, in turns out he's really not much of a hero - just a bloodthirsty maniac.
Bad Ass: Holy. Fucking. Shit. A minute is all it took for Munsu to realize that he stood naught a hell's chance in even remotely being a match for the guy. It's been made fairly evident that he's the second most powerful character in the series, right after Aji Tae. That said, Mujang still ended up being a fair match for him.
Badass Boast: Coined the battle cry "Absolute Jushin!" Not that he really cares about it anymore...
An ally greatly respected by Aji Tae. She is in fact Kaidaten, a great and powerful demon hive mother that engaged Jushin in a now-famous great war over 10 years prior to the start of the story. At the war's conclusion, Wonsul single-handedly won them the battle when he threw Saruhyondo and beheaded her. But Aji Tae being Aji Tae, he opted to resurrect her instead and start the war all over again. Despite her great power and control over mindless hordes of demons, she is in fact an innocent child that approaches everything as if it were a game.As irony and fate would have it, Kaidaten was also quite possibly the first friend Wonsul ever made as a child, when she engaged him in a night-long game of hide-and-seek. That night was also the night that demons started showing up in the world, and the night Chun Hyang fell to earth.
Irony: She was the first friend Won Sul ever made as a child. Yet he was the one who landed the decisive blow against her, without even realizing who she was.
See Main Characters.
"Kye Wol Hyang"/Hong Gildong
A mysterious woman who calls herself Kye Wol Hyang - Munsu's supposedly dead lover - and leader of a group of martial artists who work as Robin Hood-like bandits, taking money from the rich so that they can provide for the poor. She has one hell of a grudge against Munsu, and to exact her vendetta, she is willing to put all her other plans on hold - simply for the sake of making him suffer.Her true identity is that of Hong Gildong, Kye Wol Hyang's illegitimate and identical half-sister. Whereas Kye Wol Hyang lived a life of luxury, her family was never acknowledged and lived a life of poverty; despite all this, the two sisters had a good and loving relationship. After her sister died - apparently by Munsu's hand - she swore to make the world a better place, and formed the Hwalbindang, but also secretly swore bloody revenge on Munsu.
Angsty Surviving Twin: Subverted, at first. Even as a bastard child, she never resented her position due to her relationship with Kye Wol Hyang. The angst never really came until Munsu showed up in Kimhae. That said they're not exactly twins, as Gildong and Wol Hyang are merely identical stepsisters.
Barefoot Poverty: Unlike Kye Wol Hyang, she grew up into break poverty. That said, she never once hated her sister for it.
Break the Haughty: Gets one, when Munsu tells her that her deeds, while apparently righteous, are still criminal.
Characterization Marches On: She initially appears beside the Kimhae palace chamber standing tip-toe on tree branches, then proceeds to speedily hop away ninja-style back to her ship with Insu and Joy. Later she's stated to be physically weak, only knowing the bare minimum of martial arts.
Dead Person Impersonation: When she talks to Munsu, she takes over the identity of her dead sister Kye Wol Hyang. Munsu realizes it pretty much right away though.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Starts off as this; she genuinely wants to help other people and her determination is why ki attacks don't have any effect on her. When Munsu points out how far off the deep end she's gone, she goes completely nuts.
The Hwalbindang's strongest fighter, the group's second in command as well as Kye's/Gildong's lover. Studying with Tae Yu the art of hapki under Mujang, the two got sick and tired of him and prompted to run away, where they both met her and together decided to create the Hwalbindang - a group of bandits who steal from the rich and give to the poor.While both of them had feelings for her, only Baek Ryong acted on them and the two became lovers. Easily the most rational and merciful member of the group, yet wholly capable of retaliating with lethal force if his enemy refuses cooperation.
Bodyguard Crush: To Kye Wol Hyang a.k.a Hong Gildong, which she reciprocates.
Crossdresser: Despite being a complete Bad Ass as well as heterosexual, his robes look very much feminine, not to mention he wears golden bell anklets.
His clothing style as a whole is largely inspired by ancient India, where it was actually the men who wore revealing, flowing robes while women wore traditional saris. Also, absolutely everyone went barefoot then and wore anklets.
The first person recruited by Gildong to form the Hwalbindang, followed shortly by Ryong. Moved by her selflessness and willing to help the needy, he uses his sword and hapki skills to aid her desire in creating a better world. He too eventually fell in love with her, but unlike Ryong he never expressed them, knowing that she instead already reciprocated Ryong's feelings.During the battle in Kimhae, his limbs were accidentally blown off by Cheol, but survived along with Su with the help of Mito. Having nowhere else to go, he opted to train with Mito in becoming a summoner not to exact revenge on Munsu, but instead to help kill Aji Tae for killing Dorso.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being an extremely skilled hapki user, he's a touch odd - he likes to change subjects of discussion rather abruptly, and in the middle of fighting tends to go off into bizarre tangents, reminiscing into great detail of some experience or another.
Enemy Mine: Teams up with Munsu, the one responsible for the fall of Hwalbindang, to fight against Aji Tae.
The first member of the Hwalbindang to appear. He was chasing Eul Paso through the woods to catch him - having previously caught Hwang - as well as to deliver a message to Munsu from their leader. Or, he was supposed to - he was having too much fun to remember that last bit.During the battle of Kimhae, he was sent to retrieve the gold from their vaults along with Joy and Insu.
Bad Ass: Dayum. Guy manages to knock out Chun Hyangand put up a decent fight against Yeong Sil.
A westerner with few allegiances who only joined the group for a quick buck and some thrills. He aids Gildong in kidnapping the lord of Kimhae, and later assaults the gold vault with Insu and Dorso.
Bad Ass: The second strongest member of the Hwalbindang after Baek Ryong - he can channel his ki into his daggers to shapeshift them into spiked whips capable of skewering anything. Too bad his opponent was an undead and zombified Wonsul.
In what is surely a case of Anachronism Stew, his style is modeled after the "afro warrior" stereotype created during the 1970s Kung-Fu boom. In summation, he's a guy dressed in a 1970's pastel suit, platform shoes with an afro and slick sideburns in a pseudo-fictional setting that is very much set in the late 1800s.
A famous swordswoman who came from Pretinica seeking a challenge in the foreign land of Jushin, involved in an attempt at invading Chillgap with a western mercenary army. She fought with Chun Hyang during that battle, but their fight was interrupted with Munsu's intervention. Later however, she soundly defeated her and put her entire existence and will into question - ultimately prompting Chun Hyang to join Aji Tae's side.As fate would have it, her main reason for coming to Jushin was to find her old swordsmanship instructor, Munsu himself.
Spanner in the Works: Practically no one even knew she was in Jushin apart from Sando. Considering she literally came out of nowhere and killed Gallimard right before he was about to kill Sando, she meets the end requirements.
Hidden Depths: Easily sees through both Hart's lies and Kye Wol Hyang's tears and feint happiness. She also senses beforehand that something is amiss regarding the political situation in Jushin as well as the King's sudden arrival.
The General of Pretinica's army and Marlene's father. Following the events of the plot set in motion by Aji Tae and Baron Lou Ells, he personally assisted in giving Munsu a safe asylum in Pretinica. During this time, he also asked of him to take care of Marlene in his stead and help her hone her swordsmanship.
Absent Parent: He wasn't around a whole lot for Marlene's childhood. That said, they still have a loving relationship.
Bait and Switch: While it initially looked he was ordered to hunt down Munsu following Aji Tae's scheme, he was in truth ordered by the Queen to help him lay low. He also helped Munsu since he wanted him to raise Marlene in his stead.
Odd Friendship: Many find it strange to discover that Munsu's only friend while he was on the lam in Pretinica was the stoic, no-nonsense general of their entire army. Their friendship pays off big time in the final battle.
Marlene's companion and escort during her time in Jushin. He died protecting her from one of Chun Hyang's attacks. It turns out that in the past, he played a similar role for Munsu as escort and translator during his time in Pretinica. It was implied that he wholly knew the situation and relationship between Marlene, Munsu and Urias.
Be Careful What You Wish For: If you, like Aji Tae, thinks that it was child Hae Mo Su's wish to become Emperor that Aji Tae granted in exchange for being released from his seal, then Hae Mo Su is just as much guilty of the shits that went down in this series as much as Munsu or Aji Tae.
Deal with the Devil: When he came across a sealed Aji Tae in a cave, the devil Aji Tae asked to be free in exchange for granting Hae Mo Su a wish. He promptly told him he wished to become the Emperor of Jushin. According to Aji Tae, it was thanks to his supernatural aids that Hae Mo Su and Munsu managed to rise up the ranks in Jushin and became the two most powerful men, but in light of Munsu's account of the wish-granting ceremony transpired in that cave, it becomes dubious as to who exactly made the deal, Hae Mo Su or Munsu.
Dogged Nice Guy: He's also in love with Kye Wol Hyang, but mostly respects her feelings for Munsu and gives them chance to be with each other.
The Good King: Until after Munsu retires from military service and travels to Pretinica as an ambassador with Kye Wol Hyang. In his best friend's and love interest's abscene, he becomes a..
Knight TemplarEmperor: who orders mass murders of poor civilians and slum villages to make Jushin a more beautiful country. But it was actually Aji Tae in his disguise.
Munsu's dead lover, who appears to be the source of his illness. She was allegedly killed by Munsu, but in truth committed suicide with his sword. Her step-sister Hong Gildong blames her death on Munsu.
All Love Is Unrequited: From the way Munsu still loves her and remains heartbroken over her death in the present we know this isn't true, but there was a time when he kept rejecting her on the grounds of Hae Mo Su being a better suitor (by that time he already retired from the army), which caused her a great deal of stress. When he saw her suffering from her deadly illness, every effort of pretension got thrown out the window though.
Heroic Sacrifice: By killing herself and not Munsu as per Aji Tae's advice (which supposedly would restore her body's original condition... but Aji Tae was probably lying anyway), she screwed up Aji Tae's spell in its entirety, causing Munsu to be immune to Aji Tae's exploding magic.
A fellow Angyo Onshi like Munsu. She is vain, suspicious and manipulative but all around a just person at the end of the day. Carries two two-horse Mahai bound by into one, effectively functioning as a 'four-horse' mahai.
A former soldier of Jushin who used to be in the White Tiger division, a group of soldiers specializing in polearms and spears. He became Aji Tae's lackey after the fall of Jushin, having given up his spear in favor of firearms. After facing Munsu and Miss Hwang, he was coerced into becoming Miss Hwang's Bang Ja and continued traveling with her.
Almighty Janitor: He used be high up in the ranks in Jushin's army, but afterwards despite his skill, he was nothing more than a miniscule lackey for Won Hyo and Wonsul. Hell, even after joining Miss Hwang he was still nothing more than a valet. All given, he's still extremely dangerous and skilled in combat.
More Dakka: He used to be a master of the polearm, but these days prefers to get the job done with a Thompson and old fashioned dynamite.
Torture Technician: One of his specialties while working at the Melting Path Penitentiary, the other being rounding up and/or executing escapees.
The greatest martial artist and Tae Kwon Do master in Jushin. Like Eul Paso, he too was a colored soldier under Munsu's command as well as engineer. Out of everyone, he was the first one who started noticing strange happenings around Aji Tae, and was also the first one to have joined him - purely out of fear and dread. Some time after, he ran away and went into hiding working with Master Mito, continuing making inventions that would make people's lives better. Most of them don't.
Anti-Hero: He was the first to join Aji Tae out of fear. And was also the first to defect out of horror.
Gadgeteer Genius: On top of being the greatest martial artist in Jushin, he's also its greatest inventor. That said, half of his inventions don't work or just outright blow up. Some of them however even Munsu adopts into his strategy.
Oh Crap: He was the first to discover Aji Tae's abilities. Though, this didn't really kick in until after he invented his telescope and decided to use it to spy on Aji Tae during Munsu's retirement ceremony. Aji Tae was roughly half a mile away from the telescope as he was looking through it - Aji Tae simply glances at him and tells him to "Stop staring." Yikes.
A blacksmith who lives on Mt. Chillgap with Yeong Sil, said to be the only smith able to forge and repair Mahais. Munsu visits him to repair his Mahai after Wonsul sliced it in half. During Jushin's past, he was the greatest summoner alive as well as a direct advisor to Hae Mo Su. Despite this, Munsu never actually met him (or even knew about him) until after he visited Chillgap.He later takes on Tae Yu as an apprentice summoner and begins teaching him high-level magic in preperation for the war against Aji Tae.
Disability Superpower: He lost his eyes in an encounter with Aji Tae. That said, he already had crippling eyesight due to diabetes so it made no difference to him - his other senses by that point had already been honed beyond normal.
Irony: He uses this as his proof that Aji Tae is far from completely omniscient: He attempted to blind a man who was already blind.
Miniature Senior Citizen: Do not let his short stature fool you. This old man will gladly give you a new asshole if need be.
The Obi-Wan: First to Hae Mo Su, than to Munsu and Tae Yu.