"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever."
Touta is a 14-year-old boy and the protagonist of UQ Holder!. Two years ago, his parents supposedly died in a car accident. At the start of the series, he is being taught by the mysterious Yukihime, who turns out to be the legendary vampire Evangeline. After being attacked by a bounty hunter, Touta is forced to drink her blood in order to save his friends and becomes an immortal. The pair state their basic and conflicting impressions of immortality and then set out on an adventure. He views immortality as a blessing.
Amnesiac Hero: Touta has no memories from before the "car accident".
Had his left arm chopped off by a bounty hunter who was going after Yukihime/Evangeline. His other arm is cut off after he stands back up, but then they both regenerate.
It became a bit of a running gag with him. He loses both his arms during the Admission Test to UQ Holder; one only briefly, the other for a longer period of time. He also lost an arm and a leg during the incident in which his parents were killed.
Badass Family: Considering his apparent grandfather was Negi (with Chao being his eventual daughter if he really is related to Negi). Also, Evangeline A.K. McDowell (A.K.A. Yukihime) is his adopted mother.
Bratty Half-Pint: He tends to come off as bratty because of his cocky and impulsive personality and many have acknowledged he seriously needs to learn some discipline.
Contrasting Sequel Main Character: A complete 180 in regards to Negi - he's a teenager who's very self-confident, and has none of the anxiety that plagued 10-year-old Negi's growth. In this respect, he's much more like a typical Shounen protagonist than Negi.
First Episode Resurrection: Two years before the story began, Touta was already on the verge of death and was saved by Yukihime. In the first chapter, by drinking her blood he recovers from having his heart impaled.
Good Thing You Can Heal: He adapts his fighting style to his Healing Factor quite quickly, allowing himself to take hits that would cripple or kill a mortal in order to create openings he can use.
Happily Adopted: While he and Yukihime are shown to have butt heads when they first started living together about two years before the story starts, by the time the story begins, though they still butt heads occasionally, Touta considers Yukihime to be the only family he has.
Healing Factor: Can reattach severed limbs or, if the limbs are destroyed outright, regrow them. If a limb is severed and kept away from him without being destroyed, he'll have to go without it. Vampiric immortality is such that pretty much no wound will kill you and can be regenerated from, but only if the magical flow between limb and body is severed via destruction.
Hot for Teacher: He certainly finds Yukihime attractive and has expressed a desire to see her naked, but he admits to Kurou that he doesn't really care. When he sees her true little girl form for the first time, he blushes and gets awkward, causing her to revert to the familiar form and just make things worse since her clothes no longer fit. Now everyone thinks he has a Oedipus complex.
In the first chapter, his only goal is to leave the village and reach the space elevator. In the second chapter, Yukihime is surprised that he no longer has any desire to learn martial arts, since the only reason he was learning in the first place was to earn the right to leave the village.
His ultimate goal, as it turns out, is to play backup singer for an unnamed friend in a concert at the top of the elevator. Not the humblest of goals, perhaps, but Yukihime (who is used to epic, sprawling goals involving the fates of entire worlds) certainly finds it a bit pedestrian.
Idiot Hero: He gets called an idiot a lot and never thinks things through enough. For instance, he told Yukihime that he had no interest in seeing her "old granny's body", despite knowing exactly what kind of temper she has and exactly how powerful she is. Needless to say, he got his ass kicked.
Ignore the Fanservice: He's pretty much immune to Yukihime's body after years of living with her, and when Karin gets her clothes torn off in chapter 13, he does not comment on it at all.
I Just Want to Be Special: Since he lacks ambition and dreams, he wants to do something huge and become someone important, although he doesn't know how.
I Just Want to Have Friends: He seems to have a strong desire to make as many friends as possible. As seen when he forces Kuroumaru to become his friend after losing their fight and when he decides to become friends with the members of UQ Holder despite not knowing anything about them.
Immortality: He hasn't aged in two years and can survive quite a bit of abuse now, including regrowing both arms and surviving decapitation.
Instant Expert: In terms of Ki use Touta is capable of learning any move in a very short amount of time, sometimes just by observing the skill in use.
Not Growing Up Sucks: His major concern regarding immortality is that he won't grow up, his voice won't deepen, he will never be bald, never get fat and never get wrinkles. To Yukihime's bafflement, who fails to see what's wrong with the last three.
Shirtless Scene: Has occurred numerous times in the manga so far, in fact, its easier to count the number of chapters where he never takes/loses his shirt. Its also the primary source of Fanservice in the series.
Shonen Hair: He has spiky dark brown hair like the stereotypical shounen protagonist.
Spin-Offspring: He's part of the Konoe family and was apparently close enough to call Negi 'gramps', though it's not clear if they were actually related.
Supreme Chef: His cooking is so good that even Karin acknowledges him as a great chef.
Would Hit a Girl: He says Yukihime taught him gender makes no difference on the battlefield.
You Leave Him Alone!: He either gains or reactivates his vampirismnote Yukihime already saved him once from fatal wounds in the only way she could when a bounty hunter attempts to capture Yukihime and kill his friends. He drinks her blood, regenerates and fights off the bounty hunter.
Kuroumaru is a shinmeiryuu swordsman of a demon species that is gender-neutral until they choose one upon turning sixteen. As a member of a clan that hunts the undying, he was sent on a suicide mission to kill Evangeline due to being immortal himself, but upon losing to Touta in a fight, he agrees to be friends with them instead.
Ambiguous Gender: During early chapters, it's not clear whether Kuroumaru is physically male or merely wishes to be perceived as that gender. Later Karin assumes Kuro is biologically female but identifies as male. It is eventually revealed Kuroumaru is actually genderless till "he"(Male pronouns are being used because Kuromaru has so far expressed an intention to be male) turns 16, at which point Kuromaru can choose to become permanently male or permanently female.
Bash Brothers / Battle Couple: This is an actual part of his dilemma over whichever gender to choose once he turns 16 according to his tribe's tradition. Karin insists that Kuromaru would better fit as Touta's girlfriend, but Touta himself later reassures that he'd always see "him" as a friend on equal standing.
Berserk Button: Asking about his gender and calling him a girl is a good way to get him angry.
Cursed with Awesome: He hates his cursed body even though it made him immortal because it also made his clan hate him and left him with body and gender issues.
Defeat Means Friendship: Touta makes a bet with Kuroumaru that Kuroumaru has to do whatever Touta says if Touta wins a bout between the two. When Touta does win, his only request is Kuroumaru becomes his friend (and sign a contract formally establishing such).
Expy: Of Setsuna Sakurazaki from Negima!. He's a cool, easily flustered but overly serious shinmeiryuu practitioner with self-image issues who hunts his own kind, has been cast off from his family and has an androgynous build with a black side ponytail. He's also from a demon bird tribe and has Ship Tease with a cheerful, careless Konoe.
Friend Versus Lover: In a single person. Kuromaru can't decide if he wants to be male or female because he can't decide if he wants to be Touta's Bash Brother or Touta's girlfriend.
Green-Eyed Monster: He becomes upset when he hears about Touta's admiration and desire to learn shundo from Kaito. Karin can easily tell he's jealous.
Healing Factor: Can regenerate damage dealt to his body. It's not as powerful of a healing factor as the vampiric type, but it's more flexible. However, if he takes too much damage too quickly, he'll be temporarily crippled while his body hastily attempts to keep up with the damage.
Hero-Worshipper: After hearing that Jinbei has lived for over a thousand years without any kind of healing ability, he begins worshiping the guy, causing Touta to sarcastically note that if Touta is the kind that believes lies too easily, then Kuroumaru is the type to get swept up in cults.
Hunter of His Own Kind: He's a member of a clan that hunts immortals, but because he is one himself the clan sent him off after Evangeline and told him not to return until he killed her.
Immortality: He has a cursed immortal body that can quickly recover any wounds as long as it registers.
No Biological Sex: He's a member of the same tribe as the Yatagarasu, who don't have a gender until they reach the age of sixteen and decide on one. Because of his immortality it may or may not come to pass.
Peek-a-Bangs: One eye is normally covered by his long bangs.
Van Helsing Hate Crimes: After chatting casually with Touta and making friends with him, upon seeing his lack of reflection he instantly attempts to kill him.
Yukihime aka Evangeline
Not bad for a 700 year old, ten year old.
Her true appearance.
Yukihime is Touta's teacher and guardian, who is in reality the notorious vampire sorceress Evangeline A.K. McDowell, but also an ally and master of Touta's (alleged) grandfather, the legendary Negi Springfield. Two years ago, according to his dying parents' wish, she saved Touta's life with her vampiric powers. After a bounty hunter attacks her and Touta, she vampirizes him and the pair set out. After the end of Negima!, she seems to be all alone again after seemingly outliving its cast. She views immortality as a curse.
Action Mom: Adopted or not, Eva still effectively serves as Touta's mother - and she pulls no punches on anyone, especially when the boy himself may be in danger.
Really 700 Years Old: Though she seems like a young woman, she was actually born in the middle ages.
Shameless Fanservice Girl: In order to test Kuroumaru and Touta, she agrees to make a bet with them. If they can get the towel off of her, they can look at her naked all they like. If they can't... well, they'll probably be impaled with giant ice spears, but they're immortal anyway right?
Transplant: The same ol' Evangeline from Mahou Sensei Negima!, and she's the very first sign that UQ Holder! is indeed a Stealth Sequel. She's not the only returning character, as Fate Averruncus comes back as the titular organization's main enemy (according to the Numbers, at least).
Who Wants to Live Forever?: She's become disillusioned with immortality after apparently outliving most of her friends from Mahora. Touta seems insistent on snapping her out of it, though.
The real OG
Jinbei is the current leader of the UQ Holders, but because he angered Yukihime a few years back, he got dropped into an underground cave where the group tests potential applicants and was forgotten. Unlike Kuroumaru, Touta or Yukihime, he actually has a very weak form of immortality: After eating the flesh of a merperson, he ceased aging, but lacks any kind of high level regeneration or enhanced durability.
The Ageless: His form of immortality pretty much only stops him from aging.
Badass: Appears to have been a warrior for centuries without ever falling in battle, unlike his former companions.
Big Damn Heroes: As part of the group accompanying Evangeline in order to stop Strong Hand's capture of Touta, he personally fights and overwhelms Nagumo.
Super Speed: Took off Touta's arm before he really noticed what was going on.
Stoic on the outside, Psycho on the inside
A member of UQ Holder who is cursed with the inability to be harmed or to die. Yukihime says that her form of immortality will probably leave her as one of the last people alive. Karin seems to hold Yukihime in high regard and hates Touta for being so close to her.
Blessed with Suck: Those who know of the nature of her immortality assume it's a curse. It was actually intended as a blessing; someone extremely powerful loves her too much to let her die. Unfortunately, whatever that entity is, it can't stop her from feeling pain.
Blood Knight: She decides not to rip a man apart only because Yukihime would get mad.
Clothing Damage: It wouldn't be a Ken Akamatsu work without it, but unlike other works Karin doesn't care or even react.
Cold-Blooded Torture: Back in the 1400's she was suspected as a witch and subject to many inquisition style torture techniques before finally being burned at the stake, her form of immortality means that while she was not physically damaged she felt every excruciating second. Xingzai Chao's interest in her is because he can torture to his hearts content.
Dual Wielding: Her Hammer in one hand and her Katana in the other.
Feel No Pain: Inverted. It is impossible to injure her but she still feels pain where the injury would be. This become a key point, as the immortal hunter who fights her in the shower room uses grappling techniques and a vibration knife, which pretty much bypass her Nigh-Invulnerability.
Full-Name Basis: She consistently calls Tōta by his full name, for some reason.
Given Name Reveal: Her name was apparently revealed in Chapter 20 as Ist Karin Haute.
A Glass in the Hand: The most obvious indicator that she's getting angry, and likely to be a Running Gag with her, as she's broken at least two glasses on-panel before she could actually deliver them to Yukihime, and she even (without realizing it until after the fact) destroyed a ball that some children were playing with in this manner!
Holy Hand Grenade: She has holy-element attacks as part of her "curse." It's the first clue that her immortality is a blessing, not a curse; if it was a curse, she wouldn't have access to that type of power.
Joshikousei: The more professional version seems to be her battle uniform.
Ikkuu Ameya is one of the more social members of UQ Holder. Though he looks like a young man, he is actually in his 80s. On the other hand, over seventy years was spent in a coma, giving him a mental age that is actually younger than Touta. Thus, he can claim to be 85, 13 and 24 depending on context. Though referred to as a cyborg, he claims to have a completely mechanical body into which his brain was uploaded.
Arm Cannon: His cybernetic arms can transform into them, even oneshotting Strong Hand's Spider Tank with it.
Beware the Nice Ones: He always puts on a polite expression, even when he's about to beat Kirie's would-be murderer.
"Mister, please refrain from touching our young princess. Otherwise you will have hell to pay."
Big Damn Heroes: As part of the group accompanying Yukihime to stop Strong Hand's attempted capture of Touta, he single-handedly shoots down the enemy's Spider Tank with ease.
Eye Beam: Can shoot a small laser from his eyes to blast off Xingzai after pummeling the latter with his fists.
Pile Bunker: His right arm is shown to be able to transform into one during one of Kirie's "saves", while trying to take on Fate Averruncus. The latter simply stopped him with one hand and twisted the weapon so hard, it literally snapped Ikkuu's body in two.
Younger than They Look: He is technically 85 years old, but due to the coma he is only mentally 13, making him younger than Touta. In addition, he purposefully chose his body to make him look around 24.
Dont forget to save your game.
UQ Holder's largest financier. Though she looks quiet and meek in public, in private she's aggressive and hostile. She has the ability to set what she refers to as a Save Point ahead of time in order to avoid death.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Around most people, she's at the very least quiet. When she gets Touta alone she suddenly becomes a little tyrant.
Immortality Hurts: While she wont stay dead, death is still a very painful experience for her.
Magic A Is Magic A: Ikku brings up the possibility that Kirie's save spell doesn't actually send her back in time, but to an alternate timeline/dimension, that when she dies her memories are sent to alternate Kirie, while the original timeline continues but with Kirie being dead. Fans of the old series will find this something to think about as that's what happened with Asuna.
Save Scumming: Her immortality essentially allows her to do this, but she must play out the events leading to her death as close as possible otherwise it may cause the Butterfly Effect.
Save Point: The exact nature of her immortality; she lits up a small fire, after which she mutters "Save Point". This allows her to respawn back in time at that particular mound (along with anyone who touches her when she dies), essentially creating a miniature "Groundhog Day" Loop.
Sempai Kohai: She's supposed to be the sempai to Touta, but he just calls her Kirie"-chan", much to her annoyance.
Shout-Out: Her immortality works by making a small burning mound, and respawning there whenever she dies, similar to the protagonist of Dark Souls.
Taken for Granite: This or anything that will prevent her from dying is her ultimate weakness, because she will only go back to her save point if she actually dies.
The Ojou: Her wealth is said to be in the "hundreds of billions", and she lives in UQ's penthouse suite.
Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Underneath that Shrinking Violet front is a short-tempered girl who bosses Touta around, berating him for his ditziness and brash behaviour (all of which incidentally cost her six lives).
Thanatos Gambit: Due to how useful her immortality is, her killing herself is a viable combat strategy, especially if she's about to be incapacitated instead. In one of her previous "saves", she successfully pulled this on Fate Averruncus before his petrification spell was complete.
A private contractor / mercenary force hired to oust refugees living in the slums protected by UQ Holder. Three of them, all Immortal Hunters, proceed to attack the slums, but are intercepted by Touta, Kuroumaru and Karin.
A blind swordsman who leads the attack force on the slums protected by UQ Holder.
Eyes Always Shut: He's blind, so it's justified. Subverted once he opens them and stops messing around, teleporting Karin away to the Moon.
Flash Step: Instantly goes from carrying Kaito away to appearing in front of Touta and Karin once he gets new directives from his sponsor. Even Touta is caught off-guard.
Iaijutsu Practitioner: He's able to draw his sword in a flash, and performs a quick series of slashes on Karin, although the latter comes off unscathed and claims it couldn't have been a worse matchup for him.
I Am Not Left-Handed: Just when Karin thought she disarmed him, he pulls out a small item which teleports Karin away to the Moon.
Magnetic Weapons: His sheath has an electromagnetic coil that, when charged, fires out his katana. This allows him to perform quick-draws faster than physically possible.
The Resenter: Big time. Twenty years prior to the series, he was chasing the Mage of the Beginning, only to be forced to get rescued by Negi's party, which ultimately led him to despise the idea that only other immortal beings are able to fight hostile ones on equal footing.
Teleporters and Transporters: Through the use of a small item, he is able to warp away individuals into a far away location, which he does to neutralize Karin, sending her 384,400 km away from Earth and into the Moon.
Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Believes that all immortals are dangers to humanity and must be destroyed. He especially hates Negi Springfield, not only for being a very powerful immortal, but also for making Nagumo feel humilated in needing his help.
A martial artist and a member of Werewolf Tribe skilled at hunting Immortals. He's a master of instant movement, which he unknowingly teaches to Touta before revealing his true colors as a mercenary, engaging the hero in a fight soon after.
Badass Teacher: Teaches Touta his instant movement technique, then later appears to kick his ass, along with Kuromaru, as part of his mercenary job.
Flash Step: His instant movement technique allows him to move at absurdly high speeds. He teaches this to Touta too, and ends up fighting clashing with him during Strong Hand's assault on the slums.
Get It Over With: Constantly taunts a berserk, Magia Erebea-powered Touta to kill him after he's defeated, even though the latter insists on not doing it.
Holy Hand Grenade: Right at the start of his encounter against Touta and Kuromaru, he seals the former by puncturing him with several finger pokes in the shape of a cross, after which he uses a small rosary to blast Touta unconscious up until he comes back with the power of Magia Erebea.
Lightning Bruiser: Despite being very muscular in his werewolf form, he has no trouble outspeeding Kuroumaru and Touta.
Would Hurt a Child: He's perfectly fine with trying to murder Kirie on the basis that she's an immortal.
Ala Alba (spoilers)
A former member of UQ Holder and comrade of Negi Springfield, Fate Averruncus now works against Evangeline's organization as their true enemy, and is widely renowned as the greatest wizard in the solar system.
Badass: Par for the course when considering just how powerful he was in Negima!, although here he's claimed the title of greatest wizard in the solar system. Even if it was one of Kirie's previous "saves", Fate is shown to utterly wreck UQ Holder's Numbers in battle without so much of an effort on his part.
Big Bad: The default one presently, as UQ Holder's designated true enemy.
Bishōnen: Sports the same early-twenties look he had when putting on the age-deceiving pills in Negima!.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The ruthless strength he demonstrated in one of Kirie's "saves" was, to put it bluntly, overkill, even against immortals. During the encounter proper, he pulls a similar feat on Touta, despite being caught off-guard by the latter mastery of the Gravity Blade. However, he overlooked Kirie's de-petrification magic app, which allows her to carry on her mission and successfully warp him to UQ Holder's headquarters.
Face-Heel Turn: Despite having made a Heel-Face Turn near the end of Negima! to help Negi with his plan, as well as being shown supporting him in a flashback twenty years prior to UQ Holder!'s story, in the present he has turned against UQ Holder and is currently looking to capture Touta Konoe, both for reasons unknown. Additionally, it seems he has taken over the leadership of Ala Alba.
Knight of Cerebus: Strong Hand's gritty presence in the first arc looks downright tame compared to the ominousness that he's exuding. Just from one "save", Kirie was able to tell that Fate's arrival was bad news.
Sadistic Choice: Presents Touta with either joining Fate's side, or see the latter petrify everyone, including his childhood friends, who just happened to be at the same location.
Taken for Granite: His usual powers, unchanged from the previous manga, mainly consist of turning foes into stone, sometimes shattering them in the process. His signature Aionion Petrosis spell is especially nasty for Kirie, who can't come back to her previous save point as being petrified doesn't count as a death.
Transplant: If Evangeline wasn't an obvious enough example, then Fate's presence is even more concrete proof of the series taking place in the same universe as Negima!.
One of the members of world saving team, Ala Alba. Tsukuyomi Iwai is a Shinmei-ryū swordswoman and a cyborg. Because she shares the same name, she's implied to be Tsukuyomi from Mahou Sensei Negima!.
Black Eyes of Crazy: Par for the course for most experienced Shinmei-ryū swordswomen. In her case, she flashes them when Ikkuu is at her mercy.
Dark Action Girl: She's a skilled fencer, and is noted to have far more experience than Ikkuu, another full-body cyborg.
Dual Wielding: Fights with a hiltless katana and a short sword, much like Tsukuyomi in Negima!
Robot Maid: Ikkuu notes during his fight with her that she is completely robotic. Additionally, she initially catches him off guard while posing as a maid.
Slasher Smile: Flashes a wicked grin while she casually pierces Ikkuu with her sword.
A member of Ala Alba under Fate's command. Engages Kuromaru in a fight during Fate's arrival at the bottom of the space elevator.