Characters: Shin Angyo Onshi
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MunsuVoiced 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.
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
- Action Girl
- Bad Ass
- Bare Your Midriff
- Battle Butler: In a weird sort of way...she kinda is.
- BFS: That's one hell of a sword she's got! And that...claw....thingy.
- Bodyguard Crush: Has one on Munsu, and later Aji Tae.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Break the Cutie
- Death Glare: When she sports one of these, you are fucked.
- The Dragon, to Aji Tae.
- 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.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Honor Before Reason: Although, Munsu calls her out on her bullshit. She cries.
- 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.
- The Lost Lenore: Hers is Mongryong.
- 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.
- Not Quite Human
- 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.
- One Woman Army: She can dispatch Munsu's Ghost Brigade with ease.
- The Quiet One
- Rapunzel Hair: Her glorious rapunzel hair.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- She's Got Legs
- Shrinking Violet
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: After her training, she can also use ki.
- What Beautiful Eyes: Mong Ryong certainly feels so.
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.
See Aji Tae's Forces.
Aji Tae's Forces
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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: And the inversion.
- Bad Ass
- Big Bad
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Back in the days of Jushin, no one really expected the scrawny Aji Tae to be almost like a God.
- Body Horror: Some of his powers qualify as this.
- Brought Down to Normal: This is what happens whenever he faces off against Munsu, as long as he still carries the disease with him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Starts off as this, what with his pet duck and all...
- The Corrupter
- Curbstomp Battle: Whenever Aji Tae gets into a fight, it isn't even this. It's more like a case of There Is No Kill Like Over Kill taken Up to Eleven. With a mere thought he can make any creature, living or dead, explode into mush. That said, if he's not delivering the carnage, he's on the receiving end of it, thanks to his Achilles' Heel.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Drunk with Power
- Mr. Fanservice: One of the reasons why Sando becomes attracted to him. He's just damn good looking!
- Evil Overlord
- For the Evulz: He has no real explanation why he does the terrible things he does. Only that he's a demon who enjoys pain and suffering.
- God Is Evil
- 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.
- Hannibal Lecture: Loves to lecture Munsu.
- I'm a Humanitarian: How he killed Hae Mo Su, Emperor of Jushin.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Master of Illusion: He can take on the form of anyone.
- Not So Invincible After All: For all his amazing powers, it is still possible to kill him.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Physical God: By Jushin's destruction, he's already become one.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- One-Winged Angel: A fairly literal example.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: His power is so vast that no real mortal can even perceive it.
- 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.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Winged Humanoid
Baron Lou Ells
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
Aji Tae's familiar, assassin and "bodyguard". A sexy ninja-esque woman who is actually a man-eating panther - only Aji Tae apparently sees her as a human. Something of a rival to Chun Hyang.
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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Has earned the title of "Ran", the strongest and most respected swordsman in Jushin.
- Ax-Crazy: The guy knows how to let loose...
- Bad Ass: Unbelievably so!
- Bad Boss: He seemed to enjoy slaughtering his own guards for the hell of it...
- Big Damn Heroes: Cemented his status as this in the Battle of Kaidaten.
- 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.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Humanoid Abomination: What Aji Tea turns him into by the end.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk <-> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It really depends on who he's with at the time, or what his mood is like for that matter. When he's feeling Ax-Crazy, he'll slaughter anyone and everyone in his way with a smile just for the hell of it. When he's feeling honorable, he's awfully considerate of the dead. Munsu tends to call him out on this.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Mercy Kill: Munsu grants him this by his request.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Perpetual Frowner
- Sword Beam: Essentially what the Saruhyondo is.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the war against Kaidaten, the moment he got the Saruhyondo, he decapitated Kaidaten and ended the whole war.
- Tranquil Fury: In battle, he's either Ax-Crazy, or this. If it's this, you are Deader Than Dead.
- Our Zombies Are Different: When he's revived by Aji Tae, he's a poster boy of a zombie on the outside. However, he still retains his memories, reasoning, and intelligence.
- Wave Motion Sword
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.
- Affably Evil
- Bad Ass: Implied to have all of Aji Tae's powers at his disposal. Too bad he never got a chance to show them off.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form is spectacularly freaky to behold.
- Honor Before Reason: As a human, he allowed Lou time to finish his "masterpiece" before he killed him. Proved to be his undoing, in a fashion.
- Knight Templar: Was a devout and religious man at first who sought to kill anyone who practiced black magic.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Can summon undead cadavers.
- Non-Action Guy: His only fight in the entire series was the initial scuffle he had with Munsu back in Pretinica. And even that mostly consisted of Munsu running away scared shitless.
- One-Winged Angel
- 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.
- Affably Evil: Extremely polite, even to those it tortures.
- 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."
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the most powerful sorcerers in Jushin.
- Ax-Crazy: Even more so than Wonsul.
- Bad Ass: Very powerful (likely second only to Mito). Munsu was largely on the losing end of their fight.
- Bad Boss: Not quite to Won Sul's level though.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As hinted in the above trope, he finds Won Sul's wanton brutality counterproductive to their drug operation.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Has to hold an annual ceremony where it sucks the life out of another "beautiful young person", to maintain it's human form.
- I Am a Monster: Saw itself as this - Munsu slapped some sense into it, and gave it a place in his army. Ironically, it becomes something of a monster once it joins Aji Tae's forces.
- Killed Off for Real
- Summoner: Arguably the second best in Jushin, right behind Mito.
Aji Tae's "spy." A demon who can disguise herself - she made her first appearance disguised as a doctor, "assisting" Yeong Sil and Bang Ja on how to cure mandrake effects.
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.
The Sambyeolcho(Legendary General) Jung Son
The 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.
- The Ace: The most revered hero of Jushin's past.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- 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...
- BFS: His sword radiates with his killing intent.
- Blood Knight: The only reason why he chose to be resurrected. He doesn't give a shit about ideals, life or death. As long as he gets to fight and kill, he's satisfied.
- The Stoic
- Really 700 Years Old
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Munsu's reaction when the guy pulls out his BFS.
Commander of Sambyeolcho's left patrol. He was responsible to capturing and transporting Bang Ja, Yeong Sil, Tae Yu and Su.
Commander of Right patrol of the Sambyeolcho. He is mute due to an old battle injury, and as such Pyo does most of the talking for him.
Que Ta Chun/Kaidaten
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
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.
- A Mother To Her Men
- 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.
- Driven to Suicide
- Heroic Bastard: She likes to think she's a hero. Munsu disagrees.
- Knight Templar Big Sister: For Kye Wol Hyang.
- Justified Criminal: Again, she likes to think she's this.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Revenge: The whole business between her and Munsu, the reason being the circumstances that surround her "death" actually her sister's, Kye Wol Hyang's death.
- Revenge Before Reason:.. and boy does she go out of her ways to even the score with Munsu. It does not end well for her.
- The Heart
- Non-Action Girl: She has no real martial arts skills, but still has managed to amass a powerful crew willing to put down their lives for her simply due to her spirit and charisma alone.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to reveal so much as a single detail about her without spoiling the entire Hwalbindang arc.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- 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.
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
- Action Survivor
- An Arm and a Leg
- Bad Ass
- 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.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He also loves Hong Gildong, but supports her relationship with Bae Ryong, his best friend.
- Master Swordsman: Strangely, he himself admits that he isn't the strongest member of Hwalbindang.
- Summoner: Becomes a rather skilled one thanks to Mito, capable of summoning Won Hyo's' strongest familiar.
- The Quiet One
- Took a Level in Badass: After training under Mito, he can use very high-level magic.
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.
The youngest member of the group - he's in charge of keeping an eye on Miss Hwang while she was held captive in their ship. A typical Cat Boy
with cat-like behavior and mannerisms.
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.
A man looking for a good time, he joined the Hwalbindang on that pretext alone. He assaults the gold vault along with Insu and Dorso.
A big guy who joined the group to feed his village, capable of channeling his ki through his voice. He's none too bright.
Marlene von Lucid
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
- Action Girl: An even bigger one than Chun Hyang!
- Bad Ass: Even in a World of Badass, she manages to wholly stand out as a girl not to be fucked with.
- Big Damn Heroes: Jumps right in the nick of time to off Gallimard as he was about to kill Chun Hyang moments after she killed Aji Tae.
- Blood Knight: She's not interested in sides or politics, only a good fight. Unless it's pure evil, like Aji Tae.
- Combat Stilettos
- Daddy's Girl: She still very much loves her dad, and is implied to have similar feelings for Munsu seeing as he spent more time with her than Urias did.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Defrosting is a bit strong. But she does join the good fight in the end.
- Honor Before Reason: Why she ultimately spares Chun Hyang.
- The Rival: To Chun Hyang, naturally.
- Royal Rapier
- 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.
- Lady of War
- One Woman Army
- Wild Card: Up until the last few chapters, she never actually joins any one side - preferring to look for strong opponents, whoever they may be.
- And living up to Wild Card status, she's the one who ends up killing Gallimard - the last vestige of Aji Tae's power, with one blow.
The Queen of Pretinica, she welcomed Munsu upon his arrival as Jushin's ambassador with open arms - unlike the other nobles - and found his stories of wars waged against monsters fascinating.
- Bilingual Bonus: While she doesn't reveal it at first, she's shown to be quite fluent in the eastern languages.
- Cool Old Lady
- 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 High Queen
- Shout-Out: Quite obviously a homage to House Windsor of England.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
General Urias von Lucid
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.
- Big Good
- The Cavalry: Brings Pretinica's entire armada to Munsu's aid against the final battle.
- Cool Old Guy
- Four-Star Badass
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He hides it by acting the part of The Stoic.
- 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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
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.
Baron Lou Ells
See Aji Tae's Forces.
See Aji Tae's Forces.
Hae Mo Su
The emperor of Jushin and Munsu's best friend. He gave Munsu the three-horse Mahai and appointed him as an Angyo Onshi.
- 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Only comes across this way when with Munsu. Aside from that, he's a generally Reasonable Authority Figure.
- 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 Templar Emperor: 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Right at the moment he met Aji Tae for the first time.
- Nice Guy: Probably one of the few truly good-hearted characters in the series.
- Posthumous Character
- Power Trio: With Kye Wol Hyang and Munsu in their childhood. He's The Smart Guy to Kye Wol Hyang's The Chick and Munsu's The Big Guy.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Retired Badass: Used be an Angyo Onshi prior to playing politics. One of the reasons he did this was to slap Munsu out of his bandit life.
- The Power Of Friend Ship: Once invoked this to save Munsu from ruining his life as a bandit.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
Kye Wol Hyang
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.
- Break the Cutie: And how. Goddamn it, Aji Tae.
- Face Death with Dignity: Tried to, but cruelly subverted. After going through the mess of putting a bullet through her head, she realized that she was by then a zombie, thus she couldn't even die. Kye died by running herself through Munsu's sword, her head half blown off, in tears and broken-hearted at Munsu becoming a Broken Pedestal in her eyes.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: To Munsu, even after she's dead! It helped him get over his Heroic BSOD and gave him the courage to face Aji Tae.
- 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.
- The High Queen: She was made Hae Mo Su's queen before her death.
- Ill Girl
- Posthumous Character
- Rape as Drama: By Hae Mo Su, who's actually Aji Tae in disguise.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Spanner in the Works
- Suicide by Cop
- The Lost Lenore
- Spoiled Sweet
- The Ojou: And a Spirited Young Lady by nature.
- Our Zombies Are Different: She herself didn't realize until much later that she's been dead for some time, and it was Aji Tae's magic keeping her "alive."
- Together in Death: Munsu goes to where she and the others are, after his death.
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.
- Action Girl
- Badass Normal: While she doesn't actually participate into many of her own fights, the fact that she's an Angyo Onshi alone qualifies her.
- Badass Army: For a while, her four-horse Gaksi unit easily trumped Munsu's phantom soldiers, both in efficiency and in that they can actually fight against monsters.
- Cool Big Sis: To Su later in the series, and a considerably lesser extent to her Bang Ja Eul Paso.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies in Aji Tae's massive, final blast wave.
- Manipulative Bitch: She has absolutely no qualms resorting to tactics just as dirty or dirtier than Munsu's to get the job done.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat: Her cowboy hat is her signature style.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Disguises herself as a man at one point.
- The Tease
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.
- Anti-Villain <-> Anti-Hero
- Bad Ass: Oh yeah. What Wonsul does with swords, he does (did) with polearms.
- Blood Knight: Compared to Wonsul, who was struggling with both post-traumatic stress and keeping his killing instincts in check, Paso wholly embraced them. One of the reasons he joined Aji Tae
- Cool Shades
- The Gunslinger: After joining Aji Tae, he opts to fight with firearms.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Heroic Sacrifice: Blows up half of Aji Tae's remaining forces with a suicide bomb.
- Jerk Ass: Nope, he ain't a Jerk with a Heart of Gold either. He's just an old fashioned jackass.
- 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.
- The Atoner: What he became after he defected.
- Ax-Crazy: Essentially forced himself to become one of Aji Tae's psychotic lackeys just so he wouldn't kill him.
- Bad Ass: The greatest martial artist in Jushin's history. Nuff said, right?
- The Big Guy: The tallest character in the series. He's also pretty brawny too.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Definitely a complete weirdo when he isn't a total Bad Ass.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Just about the only character who can match Dorso in raw strength.
- 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.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Munsu calls him out on his tendency to rapidly change allegiances.
- The Smart Guy
- 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.
- Bad Ass
- Badass Grandpa: Holy shit. Anyone who pisses him off learns this the hard way, especially Lou.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Can lift boulders four-times his size.
- Cool Old Guy
- 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.
- Person of Mass Destruction