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Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)Initially the unnamed protagonist of the series, he is found gravely injured in the forest by Eruru, a local of the area. Eruru and her grandmother nurse him back to health over the following few days, but he is unable to remember his name or who he is. Even without a history, Hakuoro becomes a well respected member of the village community where he was found. He is given the name of Eruru and Aruru's late father by their grandmother after he helps rid the village of an angry and rampaging tiger deity.
- Amnesiac Hero: Hakuoro wakes up in the home of a strange girl who is treating his injuries after finding him collapsed in the forest. For some reason, she has a tail and animal ears, but acts confused when he asks about them. He's given the name Hakuoro by her grandmother, who seems to view him the same as the original Hakuoro, her son. He never remembers anything until it starts getting very late in the story, however, he has a variety of useful skills that instantly make him a leader figure among his friends.
- Butt Monkey: If the situation isn't a large diplomatic event or the middle of a dark point in a war, Hakuoro will generally be treated like crap. He'll even be dragged into situations completely against his will and then abandoned or threatened. Whenever someone does something wrong, he's usually the one to be punished for it.
- Cool Mask
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: The earliest scene in the game is Hakuoro going somewhere he really shouldn't have. The man who attacks him tells him he probably should have listened to the instructions to stay out. Hakuoro blacks out and when he awakens he's already wearing his mask that came from the giant fossil. Of course, that awakening wasn't the beginning of the game either.
- Deal with the Devil: Contracts sworn in his name will grant you some boon such as power or influence, but you apparently have to swear your soul to serve him. Subverted in that unlike Diy he does not appear to demand anything from those who show themselves willing to make such a contract. He even breaks the contract he has with Eruruw so she'll stop following him, but she doesn't.
- Death Seeker Rather sad variant. Hakuorou is actually the sane half of a Physical God who is partially responsible for the whole plot, and when he and his Evil Twin are trapped in the same body, he traps the madness half in the same physical shell as himself so the Badass Crew of retainers he built up can destroy his monstrous power forever, or at least for a REALLY long time. The good news is that it works out rather well, and it is heavily implied Death Is Cheap takes effect and that the sane half is reborn to rejoin Eruruw.
- Defeat Means Friendship: So long as he doesn't kill you.
- Fighting Your Friend: Hakuoro himself is the final boss of the game, since he has been re-fused with Diy as part of a gambit to have "The One Being Sung" sealed away and cause no more trouble. Naturally all our heroes, his friends, are very upset about this. He still tries to beat you since the god is no longer just Hakuoro.
- Flash Step: Near the end of the game Hakuoro's real abilities are unlocked. He starts teleporting around the battlefield.
- Forgot the Call: Hakuoro was pretty important before he lost his memory, though only a few people ever recognize him. Some of those who do also avoid letting him know who he is.
- Four-Star Badass
- The Good Emperor
- Humongous Mecha his Eleventh Hour Superpower basically looks like an Eva Unit from Neon Genesis Evangelion crossed with Godzilla.
- Identity Amnesia: After being found gravely wounded in the forest, he has no idea who he is. The emperor of Kucca Kecca claims that he is a villain of their nation, but he's wrong. He is in fact the Amnesiac God Witsalnemitea. Technically, he's actually only half, but most people don't know that he and the god of the Shakukopor are two halves of the same being.
- Improbable Weapon User: Hakuoro fights using an iron fan. It's a real weapon, but it was often used a supplementary weapon used for its ability to cool off the warrior or signal to allies.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Hakuoro has moderate growth rates for all three of his stats. He does have a high number of potential attacks, though, and he's a required unit for every map except the last, so his stats will still end up very high.
- Last of His Kind: Hakuoro is the last original human, though he's also a god, sort of. To the surprise of the last humans before him, he showed that interbreeding with the new breed of humans that apparently had a bit of animal DNA spliced into them was possible. Subverted in the sequel.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he goes One-Winged Angel.
- Literal Split Personality
- Mask of Power: Copying his mask also appears to grant some degree of immortality and super strength. Worked well for the scientists until he turned them all into jelly. Not so much for the Shakukopor.
- Mercy Rewarded: He spares the life of Mutikapa's cub even though the cub could grow up to be another Mutikapa. This overwhelmingly turns out to be the right move—in the anime this is how he wins over Aruru's affection, and in the anime and game it results in Aruru gaining a giant pet to help her "Daddy" with!
- Parental Substitute: Aruruw declares Hakuoro to be her father. He goes along with it and generally spoils her rotten.
- Physical God
- Reincarnation: He actually isn't and it's never implied that he is, however, it's highly likely that part of the reason the villagers are so quick to trust him is due to the close resemblance he bears to the original highly respected Hakuoro, Eruruw and Aruruw's father (he's even wearing their father's clothes since those were the only male clothes Tusukuru had available). Teoro in particular seems to automatically treat him like this at first.
- Renaissance Man: Blacksmithing, chemistry, agriculture, tactics, statesmanship, politics, hand to hand combat, archaeology, hunting... Not much he can't do.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Such an incredible rampage that the sane part of his mind asked his surrogate daughter to seal him to stop his rampage, but she could only split him in two and put his two sides to sleep for long periods of time followed by catastrophic battle with himself.
- The Smart Guy: Hakuoro is far from the strongest person in his group, but he's exceptionally skilled in all sort of things from politics to chemistry to agriculture and can generally think his way through a problem.
- Spit Take: When Kamyu and Aruruw play Hide and Seek, the latter hides inside Mukkur's mouth. When Hakuoro realizes where she was, tea spews everywhere.
- We Cannot Go on Without You: Along with Eruruw, the other priority target is Hakuoro himself. If he dies, you lose the map.
- What's Up, King Dude?: Hakuoro doesn't like too much formality, but his retainers regularly abuse the hell out of him.
Eruruphysician in training. She finds Hakuoro unconscious in the woods while scrounging for herbs. Her name comes from a flower that exists only within the fiction of the story. Her and her sister, Aruru were orphaned when their mother died giving birth to Aruru and their father for unknown reasons. She lives with her grandmother as an apprentice.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: At the end of both the game and the anime, to Hakuoro. He reciprocates, but by then it's too late, he has to be sealed away so his evil half won't screw up the world.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Aruruw can make friends with Mukkur, but Eruruw can terrify him into submission. She also has a bit of a nasty temper in general thanks to her jealous streak.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Made all the more maddening in that they live in dangerous times and Hakuro's next moment alive could be his last... Then his time does run out.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Eruruw's defining characteristic is her jealousy. She frequently gets angry at Hakuoro for things that are completely out of his control.
- Deal with the Devil: With Hakuoro. She isn't held to it, however, except for healing his wounds. Which she would have done anyway. In fact, this deal with the devil is why Hakuoro didn't accept Eruru's feelings at first, because he mistakenly thought the only reason Eruru loved him was due to the compulsion of the pact. So he's surprised when, after releasing Eruru from the pact, Eruru still shouts that she loves him anyway.
- Dogged Nice Girl: Type 2.
- Expressive Ears
- Failed a Spot Check: Eruruw never noticed that her grandmother would sometimes leave in the middle of the night to go visit Yuzuha, so she's very worried when she finally catches on. Even Hakuoro knew before her. She also fails to notice Aruruw walk in, talk to her, eat all the food she made and then wander off.
- First Girl Wins: In more ways than one. Eruru's the first person Hakuoro ever met since losing his memories because the first memory he has is of waking up with Eruru nursing him back to health. In the game, she's also the first person Hakuoro has sex with because they were both drunk. She's the first girl who's recruited into Hakuoro's party; the only other party member who gets recruited before her is Teoro, who isn't a girl. And Hakuoro and Eruru end up the official couple at the end.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after one of two flowers in Utawarerumono's universe that always grow side-by-side.
- The Medic: In fact, in the game, she's an unusual variant of this trope in that she literally cannot do anything but heal others, since her "attack" is her healing. Even her "special technique" simply means she heals even more.
- Please Don't Leave Me: At the end of the game, she begs Hakuoro not to go, since Hakuoro is mistaken: Eruru didn't fall in love with Hakuoro because of the contract, she fell in love with him for him.
- Tomboy: Eruruw tries to act all ladylike, but she's not very good at it. She's kind, but also temperamental and was raised in a village where she was expected to pull her own weight.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)The young head of a small clan that lives deep in the forest near Yamagira, Oboro supported his clan by living as a brigand.
- Butt Monkey: If he appears in a non battle scene, something bad will happen to him at the end of it.
- Dual Wielding: His preferred fighting style.
- Idiot Hero
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the game, this is indirectly how Hakuoro ends up having sex with Oboro's sick little sister Yuzuha. Oboro isn't really able to ask directly and gets himself very drunk while he begs Hakuoro to please fulfill Yuzuha's wish. No matter how much he respects Hakuoro it's not very easy to say "Please have sex with my sister and get her pregnant."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Let's see...brash, abrasive, quick to anger, loud mouthed, itching for a fight eternally, yet equally eternally loyal, caring, brave, compassionate, and cares for the people dearly.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Oboro is incredibly overprotective of Yuzuha, including attempting to kill Hakuoro at one point when he points it out. Oboro even knows that he's right, but is too volatile to calm down and be reasonable.
- The Lancer: To Hakuoro. Which is why Hakuoro trusts Oboro to become Emperor in Hakuoro's stead when Hakuoro is sealed away at the end. Although Oboro ends up trying to learn more about the kingdom by traveling in it, temporarily leaving the position to Benawi.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Oboro is initially murderous towards Hakuoro when it comes to his sister, but when Hakuoro proves to be a natural leader and uninterested in her he lets it go. Eventually, Yuzuha tells Oboro that she wants to bear Hakuoro's child, so Oboro has to try to convey that to Hakuoro despite his overprotectiveness.
- Noble Fugitive: It's implied that Oboro and Yuzuha are the last surviving members of a destroyed house that had the family of the archer twins as their vassals. Yuzuha still keeps the speech patterns from back then while Oboro is a bandit.
- Rags to Royalty: He ends up the nominal leader of the country at the end of the game, though he generally leaves the actual responsibilities to others.
Dori & Gura
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (Dori — both twins in the OVA), Nancy Novotny (series) (Gura) (English)Identical twins, these are Oboro's most devoted vassals. While they pale in importance to their master as the series goes on, they are still dauntless fighters.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's hard to be certain whether Dori & Gura are male, female, or even one male and one female. It doesn't help matters that the anime lacks the game's scene where they explicitly tell Hakuoro that they are boys, always portrays them with their tails exposed (which the first five or so episodes portray as something only women do — indeed, until episode 6 is seen, it's easy to believe that only women have tails), and their voice is quite hard to place as either masculine or feminine.
- Black Comedy Rape: In both the anime and the game, there is a scene where they ply Oboro with sake and then end up naked in bed together. And in the game, there's a second scene where Oboro passes out and they eagerly accept the task of dragging him back to his room.
- Color-Coded Characters: Dori - Blue. Gura - Red. Surprisingly averts Red Oni, Blue Oni.
- Single-Minded Twins
- Talking to Himself: Averted in the dub of the anime.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: On Hakuoro in the game, and they seem rather disappointed to hear that he doesn't want them to prove they are men.
KaruraKarura was a princess of the royal family. When young, she covered the escape for her brother Derihourai and their servant, Katumau during the invasion. Karura spent the remainder of her adolescent life up to the present day in captivity before eventually escaping, killing her captors aboard the transport ship she was on. She is found at the crash site of the vessel surrounded by the bodies of the crew.
- Abhorrent Admirer: In Suwonkas. He cultivated a garden full of her favorite flowers in the bodies of his enemies just for her. She is far from being impressed.
- Action Girl: Competes with Touka over being the main Action Girl of the series.
- The Alcoholic: It honestly seems that Karura functions on sake alone. She becomes even more playful and will tease anyone in her range, and also flirt with Hakuoro. Getting her to feel a buzz can take up to several barrels.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Karura speaks in a proper and very refined manner no matter her mood. She is just as polite when she's enjoying sake or cleaving through soldiers. This is a hint of her past as a princess.
- Badass: Bar none. Her first scene in the anime involves her tearing her way out of a sinking slave vessel, swimming to shore, then killing all of the slavers herself before collapsing and that was just her introduction.
- BFS: A custom-built sword that is build like a wedge and is so heavy that only she and those of similar strength can lift it.
- Blood Knight: Karura is a nakwan - a slave fighter/mercenary. She thinks nothing of killing when on the battlefield and relishes a good fight - provided that the enemy can put up an actual fight.
- Bodyguard Crush: It's no secret that she is attracted to Hakuoro.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the most buxom of the female cast and is the physically strongest fighter in Hakuoro's group. In the anime, she splits a heavy wooden gate with just a single swing. In fact, many things don't last through the first swing...
- Chained by Fashion: The collar around her neck that she kept from the slavers as a reminder to herself that even the strongest can be brought low.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Considering it takes over five ordinary guys to carry the sword she hefts single-handedly without breaking a sweat, and the fact she's so stupidly overpowered she smashed a boulder with just one swing, she pretty much qualifies.
- Childhood Friends: Averted with Urutori. When they were younger, they hated each other's guts and fought every time they saw each other. They are on good terms now and will share a drink with each other from time to time.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: She can easily carry Hakuoro around Bound and Gagged.
- The Gadfly: She naturally teases those she likes which causes Eruru, Hakuoro, and Touka no small amount of grief for various reasons. Being Hakuoro's official bodyguard only gives her opportunities to tease them more.
- Glass Cannon: Moreso in the game as Karura isn't the most durable unit and it's hard to raise her defense, but it costs only thirty points to raise her attack. In the anime, she's closer to a Lightning Bruiser, emphasis on 'brusier', who is fast enough to compete against Touka.
- Groin Attack: Suwonkas tried to claim Karura for his own. He's a eunuch now.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: When not fighting or sleeping, Karura can usually be found guzzling some sort of alcohol.
- Hidden Depths: According to her story, she's a warrior who loves to fight. When not fighting, she's lazing around, drinking sake. That is all she wants to be known as but as we eventually find out, there's quite a bit more to Karura than meets the eye.
- The Juggernaut: Who else can punch a mook's head clean off? Getting her to stop involves one of two things - running out of people to kill, or Hakuoro telling her to stop. Even getting stabbed in both arms doesn't slow her down at all.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Karura doesn't want to help the rebellion in Na Tunku, no sir, Hakuoro just keeps dragging her into things. Don't mind the part where she had to drug and kidnap him to make him come along.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her personalized sword is too heavy for even Kurou to lift with both arms, yet she can swing it about with just one. She's also fast enough to keep up with Touka in battle.
- The Mistress: She really wouldn't mind fulfilling this role for Hakuoro.
- Mook Horror Show: She puts on one nearly every time she fights with bodies flying everywhere
- Ms. Fanservice: Provides the most blatant instances when she disrobes on two occasions - both times with a smile.
- Super Strength: Being a Giriyagina, Karura has the strength of a dozen strong men. It makes it hard to use a regular sword properly, as her anime duel against Benwari can attest to. In terms of gameplay, she has very low upgrade costs when it comes to her attack compared to more balanced fighters like Touka and starts with a score of 38, which is very high that early.
- Overly Long Name: Her full name is Karurauatsuurei, a former princess of Na Tunku.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Karura, or her real name as seen above, was a daughter of the former rulers of Na Tunku. It goes quite a way in explaining her general manners and general demeanor.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When asking for Hakuoro's help with Na Tunku, Karura puts on a formal dress and lets her hair down. Hakuoro is stunned by how much of a change a simple dress could make.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In-Universe example. She drops a much needed one on the young leader of the Na Tunk resistance, Derihourai, after he mocks a dead man for being too weak and becoming a traitor note . She punches Derihourai in the face, asking him why did he think that there were so few of the Giriyagina left despite them being the physically strongest race. According to her it's because they were too strong and gave no thought to the weaker ones beneath them, which ultimately led to their downfall. He doesn't get it so she punches him again into unconsciousness.
- That Man Is Dead: Her reaction when one of her faithful retainers recognizes her much to his sadness. During the Nan-Tunku arc where the cast intervenes in a civil war brewing in her home country, she often says, "You are mistaken. I am just a simple woman named Karura," when they address her by her old name.
- The Tease: She teases everybody to a degree but keeps the actual flirting to Hakuoro alone.
- Wolverine Claws: Karura prefers to use the massive chunk of blunt metal she calls a sword, but she's also capable of causing her claws to extend outward so she can tear people apart with her bare hands.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Which she keeps in a braided ponytail most of the time.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Sasha Paysinger (English)Eruru's younger sibling. Her name is also from a fictional flower, one which thrives in close proximity to Eruru, thus giving them the title of "sister flowers". Her personality is strongly antisocial towards strangers and requires some positive impact in order for a friendship to be fostered.
- Ambiguous Innocence: She's very cute and disarming, but she has absolutely no problem with her tiger eating people alive.
- Badass Adorable: She's an extremely cute little girl who rides a massive tiger she can command to maul you to death! And in the game later gets a tiny animal creature that can shoot lightning as the "finisher" to Aruru's combo.
- Expressive Ears
- Fluffy Tamer: Aruruw is a little girl with no physical or magical ability, but she DOES have a massive quasi deity to ride around on.
- Friend to All Living Things: Aruruw doesn't get along with people, but she adopts what appears to be the child of a minor god in the form of a tiger as well as a rare ferrety creature with lightning powers. She can apparently communicate with them.
- Glacier Waif: When riding her giant pet tiger, she functions as a defensive character. She herself may be a thin little girl, but the tiger's like a friggin' tank!
- Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes, like when she mentions that her pet tiger "feels sorry for" Eruru since Eruru has such small breasts.
- Kuudere: She acts like this to anyone who first meets her...but do something she likes (such as eating honey with her in the game, or sparing Mutikapa's cub in the anime) and she'll open up and start talking.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after one of two flowers in Utawarerumono's universe that always grow side-by-side.
- Morality Pet: Sort of. By sheer virtue of being an adorable little girl calling Hakuoro "Daddy", she manages to make Touka back off and stop thinking of Hakuoro as the enemy.
- Near-Death Experience: She got better. Twice.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Upon learning at the end of the game that Hakuoro can only save the world from endless war by being sealed away along with Dii, Aruru's reaction is to start sobbing, calling Hakuoro a liar and begging Hakuoro not to go with tears running down her face. Given Aruru's usual quiet attitude this is rather unusual for her, showing just how loyal to Hakuoro, her "Daddy", she really became.
- Reverse Psychology: Aruruw points across the field and tells Nuwangi that Eruruw definitely isn't over there. Hakuoro is briefly confused because she really isn't that way, but when Nuwangi 'cleverly discovers the lie' he figures out what she was doing. Nuwangi walks right into the manure spread over the field.
- Shrinking Violet: Aruruw is very shy until she gets to know you, after which she becomes very affectionate.
- Spoiled Sweet: Emphasis on the "Sweet" here. Aruru's used to getting what she wants, and she likes being patted on the head or laying in Hakuoro's lap. That said, she is also unquestionably nice and once her loyalty and affection are won, she bonds with people very quickly.
- Talks to Squirrels: Aruruw can understand her tiger and the ferret critter's intentions.
- Stone Wall: She has the easiest time building up defense in the game.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She'll do just about anything for honey. She seems to enjoy eating honeycombs, bee larvae and all, as well. And in the game, if you too are willing to eat raw honey, larvae and all, you will instantly become friends with Aruru, as both Hakuoro and Kamyu can attest.
- True Blue Femininity: Always seen in white and blue clothing.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Master of the sword and the pen.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's blue to Kurou's red.
- Honor Before Reason: He doesn't complain when he's imprisoned by his Bad Boss for losing a battle, and returns to his service without question for the final battle. He also insists on his boss performing a ritual suicide in the face of imminent defeat.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He's aware of what a stupid jerkass the emperor is, but he swore his loyalty and he means to stick to it. In fact, in a twist on this trope, even killing the emperor was done out of blind loyalty — the emperor was about to face justice in the form of revolutionaries crucifying him, which is an extremely slow and painful way to die. Benawi spares the emperor that fate by killing him in a quick way, by stabbing him.
- Seppuku: He acts as the second to the emperor after the war is lost. When Hakuoro arrives, he also intends to kill himself but instead is pressed into service.
- Straight Man: To everyone else.
- White Stallion
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's a large, muscular man who uses his size to brag and intimidate his opponents.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Follows Benawi's command with little question no matter what.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's red to Benawi's blue.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Oboro become this.
Voiced by: Kaya Miyake (Japanese), Sofia Mendez (series), Genevieve Simmons (OVA) (English)A member of the Evenkuruga tribe, Touka is exceptionally skilled with a sword due to her heritage.
- The Atoner: After Touka is captured and Kucca Kecca defeated, she tries to offer Hakuoro her life. He sets her free instead, but she wants SOME form of punishment, so she swears herself to his service in atonement for killing dozens of his soldiers. If he hadn't agreed, she would have killed herself right then and there.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch her doll if you value your face intact.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor.
- Cuteness Proximity: Touka melts when Aruruw calls her Touka onee-chan.
- Genius Ditz: She's an excellent fighter. Too bad she tends to be rather ignorant about anything else than fighting or bodyguarding.
- Honor Before Reason: This isn't technically true...as reason never enters the atmosphere.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: She shows up to defend the bridge linking the two halves of Kucca Kecca, but after being beaten she starts showing off and cuts through most of the cords herself. She nearly falls to her death as a result as well.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl
- Stupid Good: Touka is too wrapped up with honor and righteousness to bother with asking questions like "Hey, what does this Rakshain dude actually look like?" Because he probably didn't wear an indestructible mask over most of his face.
- Unwanted Assistance: Touka's attempts to guard Hakuoro are all incredibly annoying. She stares at him when he's trying to sleep, she follows him into the bath and bathroom, makes everything way too tense and tests his food for poison, which takes so long that the food is all gone by the time she declares it safe.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English)Princess of the Onkamiyamukai, sent to the newfounded kingdom of Tuskuru to act as its official mediator.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Two words - gravity control. She doesn't seem to be a fighter at all (see below spoilers) but when she does, she is an extremely dangerous spellcaster who is used to battle.
- Childhood Friends: Averted with Karura. When they were younger, they hated each other's guts and fought every time they saw each other. They are on good terms now and will share a drink with each other from time to time.
- Mama Bear: At the end of her game-only miniarc with the baby, she starts to summon all her power against the main cast and is only stopped when Hakuoro's godly side partially takes over, commanding her to stop.
- Overrated And Underleveled: She's supposed to be incredibly powerful, but is actually mediocre at best. She isn't available often enough to build her stats up, but even if they were her attack and defense level slowly and start out low as well. It only costs 20 points to raise her magic defense, but magic defense is useless.
- Winged Humanoid: Her entire race has wings and act as peacemakers amongst the other races.
- Witch Species: She's a trained magic user, as is her little sister.
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Serena Varghese (English)Urutori's little sister, a childish girl who, uniquely amongst her people, has black wings.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- The Ojou
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kamyu's eyes turn red when she starts drinking Hakuoro's blood.
- Reincarnation: The royal blood in Kamyu is very strong, making her a reincarnation of Mutsumi, Hakuoro's adoptive daughter from his days as the Iceman. How Mutsumi's bloodline was passed along is unclear given that most of her body was gone by the time she met Hakuoro.
- Winged Humanoid
- Witch Species
- You Gotta Have Silver Hair
Temporary Party Members
Voiced by: Hiroaki Ishikawa (Japanese), Mike Vance (English)Nicknamed "Pops", this burly, axe-wielding man is the good-hearted, braggadocious "headman" of Yamagira Village and forms a fast friendship with Hakuoro.
- Amazon Chaser: Sort of. His wife isn't a warrior, but she's very assertive and wears the pants in the family.
- An Axe to Grind: Weapon of Choice in game and animation.
- Sacrificial Lion: He only makes it maybe a third of the way through the story.
Voiced by: Masayuki Kato (Japanese), Nomed Kaerf (English)Karurauatsuurei's younger brother. After he was rousted from his position as prince of the country, he formed a group of rebels named the Kenam in order to overthrow the current emperor Suonkasu. The country of Tuskuru aids him in his conquest on a request from Karura. After the defeat of Suonkasu, he is elected its emperor and re-names it after his sister.
- Jerk Ass: Before some character development doled out by Karura's fists.
- Last of His Kind
- Love at First Punch: After Karura kicks the crap out of Derihourai, he asks Hakuoro for her. Of course, considering she somehow reminds him of his sister, why he wants her could be interpreted charitably.
- Punched Across the Room
- Warrior Prince
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (Japanese), Charles Campbell (English)Elderly warrior of the Evanguruga, sworn to the service of the Kunnekamun emperor.
- Badass Grandpa: Defeats Karura, probably the strongest person in the cast, with utter ease using the power of...
- Cutscene Power to the Max: By the time you get him, he simply won't be very effective because you haven't had the chance to build his skills yourself.
- Deal with the Devil: He made one a long time ago for the Av Kamiw. Near the end, he breaks the contract to attack Diy.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Heroic Sacrifice: Overlaps with Tear Jerker.
- Overrated And Underleveled: He kicks Karura's ass in a fight, but not only are his stats aside from HP pathetically low for how late in the game you get him, but they also grow slowly as well.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Bait and Switch: To paraphrase Nuwangi's hammy self-introduction from the game, "I am the Emperor...'s brother...'s son! I am the Emperor's nephew!"
- Childhood Friend Romance: It's his own fault that he fails utterly — he somehow fails to realize that acting like an asshole doesn't impress Eruruw. When he's finally burned the absolutely final bridge between them and Eruruw just wants to see him leave so he won't be killed outright, she admits that when they were younger she did love him, meaning he has himself to blame even moreso than it seemed before.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: After being defeated and captured, Hakuoro asks Eruruw what to do with him. She tells him she never needed fine things and that everything he has done was completely pointless. Horrified, possibly because she had to tell him about ten times before it sunk in, he leaves and wants to try to end the war. However, bandits attack him intending to present his head to Hakuoro's party for a reward, unaware that he was let loose intentionally.
- Lack of Empathy: Nuwangi somehow started to believe that being a complete asshole to everyone Eruruw likes would make her think he's cool. She has no idea what he's thinking.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, Nuwangi setting off the civil war by bringing soldiers who kill Tusukuru leave the villagers completely unwilling to accept him back, though he wasn't doing himself any favors before that either. When he's finally defeated, Eruruw tells him to just leave because she can never forgive him, but still doesn't want to see him die.
- Never My Fault: A variation, in that he's not responsible for the direct action but did in fact create the conditions that led to it. Nuwangi brings soldiers to the village to terrorize them, and Aruruu throws a stone at him. One of Nuwangi's soldiers responds by attacking Aruruu, but Tusukuru steps in the way and is killed with a fatal wound. Nuwangi berates the soldier for killing Tusukuru, but the villagers turn on Nuwangi anyway since it's Nuwangi's fault the soldiers were there in the first place.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's incompetent, but extremely vicious. He's much more dangerous in boss battles than you'd think because his knife hurts, and story-wise he's the one who kills his father Sasante after Sasante repeatedly insulted both him and his mother.
- Patricide: In the game he killed his own father when the latter considered he had no more use of him.
- Spoiled Brat: He used to be a member of Eruruw's village, but was recalled to his father's palace and raised in luxury, turning him into this.
- That Man Is Dead: An example that blows up in his face. Nuwangi at one point tells the villagers that he's not the same person as he was before. The villagers reply that they know he's not the same as he was before—before, Nuwangi at least had some backbone.
- Threshold Guardians: Nuwangi is one. Hakuoro committed himself to helping the village prosper out of gratitude for them having taken him in. Nuwangi has so much power (relative to the villagers, at least) he ends up creating conditions where unless Hakuoro does something drastic, the entire village will be crushed. Hakuoro's decision to have the village start a rebellion against Nuwangi, Sasante, and Inkara begins a chain of events that leads to Hakuoro becoming Emperor.
- Ungrateful Bastard: It turns out Tusukuru helped raise Nuwangi—he used to be a very sickly baby, and Tusukuru had to help burp him and change his diapers and everything. Needless to say Tusukuru takes it very poorly when the now-grown Nuwangi calls her a hag, so she embarrasses him in front of everyone by publicly announcing everything she did for him as a baby. Although Nuwangi apparently has at least enough gratitude to get mad at the soldier who kills her.
- Villainous Breakdown: After the village rises up in rebellion thanks to his own stupidity and his father tells him to go die so he can escape, Nuwangi snaps and stabs his father to death.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime his fate is never revealed after Eruruw has him spared and he runs off into the woods.
- Yandere: A rare male example. He's obsessed with Eruruw, and deludes himself into thinking Eruruw would be happier living in luxury with an asshole like Nuwangi rather than a life of poverty with kind and friendly villagers. He also takes it very poorly when he learned that Hakuoro is living in the same home as Eruruw.
- Adipose Rex: Sasante and Inkar are both fat and ugly.
- Fat Bastard
- Offing the Offspring: Sort of. In the game when he was cornered he told Nuwanagi to get out and act as bait so that Sasante himself could get away. And to top it all of he said that he could have new kid at any time and called both Nuwanagi and his mother useless to the end. This causes Nuwanagi to flip out and kill him.
- Starter Villain
- Stout Strength: Sasante declares himself the finest warrior in the land. While Benawi would probably scoff at that if he ever bothered to contradict his rulers, he does easily defend himself against Oboro.
- Stupid Evil: Sasante raises taxes on the village, demands imaginary back taxes and then removes the village's primary source of income.
- Verbal Tic: Nyamo
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the game he tries this on Nuwanagi, but ends up killed by him instead.
InkaraNuwangi's uncle and the emperor of the country.
- Adipose Rex: Sasante and Inkar are both fat and ugly.
- Bad Boss: To Benawi.
- Dirty Coward: He rules the country incompetently, spends their taxes on his hairdo, slaughters a neutral village just to make a point, throws a glass in Benawi's face hard enough to break the glass when Benawi contradicts him...and when the people revolt, rather than face justice, he tries to run away, once again thinking only of himself. He doesn't get the chance, Benawi kills him as an "assisted suicide" which would arguably be less painful than being crucified to death, which is what the revolutionaries were planning.
- Fat Bastard
- Funny Afro: Which, unusually for this trope, is actually a significant part of his character, since he thinks it's more important to maintain his hair than his people.
- The Hedonist: Loves to eat lots of delicious food and play with beautiful women. Portrayed negatively in this case, of course. In fact, just before Benawi insists on "assisting his suicide", Inkara begs that he doesn't want to die...because there's still so much delicious food to eat and so many beautiful women to play with!
- It's All About Me: Inkar abuses the hell out of his country and lives the ultimate hedonist lifestyle. He sends his men to die without a single thought for their wellbeing. When his actions finally catch up with him, he protests to Benawi that he doesn't deserve to die because he hasn't done anything wrong.
- Karmic Death: He isn't actually killed by the revolutionaries; he's killed by his own subordinate, Benawi, whom he bossed around and abused. Interestingly, however, it's not because he was a bad boss that he's killed. Ironically, he's betrayed and killed because Benawi was being noble, since Benawi was giving him a less painful death than he would have received at the hands of the revolutionaries. In a case of karma, the selfish emperor who didn't care who he harmed is finally killed by someone who killed him for his sake, to spare him unnecessary pain.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Hakuoro's revolution would not have gone as smoothly as it did if Inkara hadn't destroyed a neutral village just to make a point, and thus pissed off the other villages in the country, causing them to unite behind Hakuoro.
- Stupid Evil: Inkar is just as stupid as his brother. Faced with Hakuoro's rather small group consisting of a village and a few bandits that used to be nobles and their retainers, he decides the most prudent course of action is to go burn down a neutral village and make everyone unite against him.
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Nomed Kaerf (episode 22), John Gremillion (episodes 23-26) (English)A mysterious Onkamiyamukai often seen together with Yuu.
- Big Bad
- The Chessmaster: And his chess pieces are whole countries.
- Literal Split Personality: He is the other half of Hakuoro.
- Not So Different: Diy points out that everything Hakuoro has done has been as destructive as what he does. Sure, the country of Tuskur prospered, but only by exploiting technology they shouldn't have yet at the expense of all their neighbors.
- Physical God
- Social Darwinist: He manipulates countries into going to war with each other because he thinks that humans can't evolve or grow unless they're constantly in battle, which would weed out the weak.
Kuya AmururineurukaThe emperor of Kunnekamun.
- A Child Shall Lead Them
- Antiquated Linguistics: Kuuya's speech is rather archaic in some respects, including rare pronouns like Sonata (second person polite) and yo (first person, very dignified) which causes Hakuoro to assume that she's male until she takes off her hood.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: After being beaten she agrees to give up, but seeing the death of Genjimaru causes her mind to snap and regress to an infantile state.
- I Thought It Meant: Kuya attempted to give Sakuya to Hakuoro as a mistress but described her housework skills as "Toko jouzu", literally "bed skilled" instead of "Toku jouzu" which is more appropriate. It becomes something of a running gag that she only thinks she knows what she's saying in regards to things like the red light district of a city.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Kuuya is very sheltered, but completely fails to realize it herself. She asks how many women Hakuoro keeps at hand, mentions that she likes to play with girls herself and then goes on to talk about how fun hide and seek is. It goes downhill from there.
- Puppet King: Kuuya should be the ruler of her nation, but she appointed one decent general and one ax crazy one and then lets them do whatever they want because she's weak.
- Samus Is a Girl: Hakuoro assumed she was male from her speech, but she's actually a girl and pretty cute at that.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: She has a breakdown after a nasty series of events that includes Genjimaru sacrificing himself for her. She regresses to an infantile state and forgets almost everything.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: One of the final antagonists when people just won't leave Kunnekamun alone. Eventually, she decides that since people won't quit attacking her people, she'll beat them to the punch and just start attacking everyone.
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)One of Kuya's nobles, he argues that they should use the Av Kamiw to unite the countries so that their people will no longer be oppressed.
- Lawful Stupid: Hien willingly invites destruction on the land simply because someone else swore a contract that he feels is binding on himself, even betraying his actual ruler in the process. Possibly subverted in that may just be making excuses for his own inferiority complex.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Subverted or played straight as you choose to interpret it. He follows Kuuya into a war he does not really approve of, but after she has agreed to stop fighting his master by this point is Diy.
- Took a Level in Badass
- Axe Crazy
- Blood Knight
- Dirty Coward: When Hakuoro taunts Hawenka by calling him a coward, the latter gets suspiciously angry. As soon as Hakuoro turns the battle around by turning into his godly form he starts cowering in fear.
- Disney Villain Death: Hawenkwa goes mad, is struck by Hien as a Mercy Kill and then backs up off of a cliff.
- Expy: The red Humongous Mecha, bishonen appearance, frequent giggles and tittering, utter love of carnage and being a miserable coward when it appears the fight may actually be turning against her makes for easy comparisons to Dilandau, from the Vision of Escaflowne.
- Jerkass: Even to his/her own side
- White Hair, Black Heart
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Serena Varghese (English)The first of the Onkamiyamukai ever created, and somehow possessed of strong psychic powers. She was responsible for sealing away Witsalnemitea when he went on a rampage that the human part of his mind rebelled against, and may partially have been responsible for causing it to split into the two components that became Hakuoro and Dyii. Her spirit was somehow bound to the Onkamiyamukai and would occasionally reincarnate, her vessel being marked by the same black wings that she bore in life.
Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda (Japanese), Marcy Bannor (English)Chieftain and healer of the village of Yamagira, and grandmother of Eluluu and Aruruu, she is responsible for healing Hakuoro's injuries and later gives him her son's clothes and name. She also bestowed the metal fan (or "lucky charm") that is Hakuoro's signature weapon. Dies saving Aruruu from being cut down by a swordsman, thus instigating Hakuoro's revolution.
- Cool Old Lady
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies shielding Aruruw from the attack of a soldier who is apparently okay with stabbing small children.
- Take Up My Sword: She asks Hakurou to take care of the village and her granddaughters.
- Taking the Bullet: When a particularly cruel soldier tries to kill Aruruw, she jumps in front of the blade.
- Babies Ever After: Only in the game. In the anime, she dies offscreen between the ending and the epilogue. In the sequel Yuzuha's daughter Kuon is the main heroine
- Eyes Always Shut: Except in certain artwork.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Yuzuha's sex scene reads like this. Hakuoro behaves as a perfect gentleman throughout the whole thing, no unpleasant stimulus is involved, and they both have a good time (Yuzuha even hugs him while they do it). This is a marked difference from Eruruw's sex scene (they were both drunk), Karura's sex scene (she drugged him), Kamyu's sex scene (she magically paralyzed him), and Touka's sex scene (she used superior strength to force herself on him). Only Urtoriy's sex scene is as "nice" as Yuzuha's.
- Ill Girl: Yuzuha requires regular treatment from Tusukuru to stay alive. She's also blind. She dies offscreen before the epilogue soon after giving birth to Hakuoro's child, Kuon.
- Keigo: Yuzuha is very polite and formal, contrasting her rough bandit of a brother.
- Love at First Sight: Only without, you know, the seeing part. In the game, there's more explanation provided as to why; it's because the way Hakuoro walks is "earthy" and that makes Yuzuha more comfortable (since she can't see, so Hakuoro has enough "presence" that she can talk to him easily). Hakuoro doesn't seem to really ever realize.
- Morality Pet: Subverted! When she first appears, it's to show how nice and caring Oboro can be given that Hakuoro first meets Oboro as an antagonist, which is this trope...except that Oboro still comes off as a prick even after Yuzuha is introduced as his morality pet because he keeps Yuzuha cooped up in her room all the time, and she has to chew him out off-screen before he becomes genuinely nice.
- Noble Fugitive: It's implied that Oboro and Yuzuha are the last surviving members of a destroyed house that had the family of the archer twins as their vassals. Yuzuha still keeps the speech patterns from back then while Oboro is a bandit.
- What the Hell, Hero?: An off-screen version at that! Early on, a bit after Hakuoro and Yuzuha meet, Oboro explains that Yuzuha finally called him "selfish" for always keeping her in her room. That's why Yuzuha eventually comes to stay with Hakuoro and his friends so Yuzuha can live out the rest of her life having fun instead of staying cooped up in a room.
- Shipper on Deck: Hakuoro/Eruruw
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)Custodian and teacher of Kamyu and Urutori.
- Buttmonkey: Munto is rather frequently abused, such as having all the feathers plucked from his wings after he offers some to the merchants and shoppers.
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)Granddaughter of Genjimaru, her grandmother and/or mother was a native of Kunnekamun and so she does not appear to be of the same species as he is.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Benevolent, nonmalicious variant, but only in the game. She requests her own grandfather cut the tendons in her legs so she can never move or of walk without help again just to prove she will never betray Hakuorou.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Despite her age, she proves absurdly mature where it counts.