These are the cast members of Utawarerumono. As always, beware of spoilers especially in how the page itself is organized: Characters are listed in the order they are either recruited or when not applicable the order in which they are encountered.
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.
Royals Who Actually Do Something — Hakuoro, once he takes over the country by force. After that he's a very responsible leader, but not afraid to kick ass when necessary. On the other hand, the other emperors also tend to take a very hands on approach to war and politics.
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 heavily implied Death Is Cheap takes effect and that the sane half is reborn to rejoin Eruruw.
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.
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!
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.
A pharmacologist and physician 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.
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: A passive-aggressive version. She doesn't actually interfere with any other girls; she expresses her jealousy by unexpectedly becoming angry or closed-off when another girl flirts with Hakuoro. Hakuoro recognizes this is abnormal behavior for Eruru but doesn't recognize it as "jealousy", so he's usually confused when it happens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before her home country of Nan-Tunku was invaded by Shakukoporu, Karura 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.
Charles Atlas Superpower - Considering it takes over five ordinary guys to carry the sword she hefts without breaking a sweat, and the fact she's so stupidly overpowered she smashed a boulder with just one swing, she pretty much qualifies.
Super Strength — And how. She has such incredible strength that she kept breaking the swords she used in a single blow, eventually requesting her own sword, one that would be unbreakable. The sword in question is taller than she is and can barely be carried by six grown men. She swings it one handed half of the time.
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.
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.
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.
Fluffy Tamer: She makes pets of the tiger cub of a forest god and an extremely rare little squirrel creature that shoots lightning...seemingly within moments of meeting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The original Samurai General of Kenashikourupe, a calm and collected warrior with considerable intelligence and a master of the halberd. Though initially an enemy towards Hakuoro, his life is spared and he becomes Hakuoro's general, serving him loyally and faithfully throughout the story.
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.
Beware the Nice Ones — She doesn't seem to fight all out most of the time (see below spoilers) but when she does can be extremely dangerous.
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.
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.
Son of the feudal lord of Yamagira Village and nephew of the region's king, Nuwangi grew up in Yamagira village, where he befriended Eluluu and had a childhood crush on her, but moving off to live with his father evidently spoiled and corrupted him. He disdained the simple life of Yamagira's villagers and delighted in tormenting them by exerting his "importance" over them. He was ultimately responsible for inspiring Hakuoro to lead the rebellion that saw his father and uncle dead and their kingdom toppled.
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 — In the games. Crazy as it sounds, Eruruw DID eventually convince him a Heel-Face Turn was in order. Too bad he was beheaded by bandits hoping for reward money from the heroes before he could try.
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.
Pet the Dog: There is exactly one example of Nuwangi behaving as something other than a prick. When a soldier ends up killing Tusukuru, the woman who helped raise Nuwangi, Nuwangi angrily scolds the soldier since he didn't want Tusukuru dead. It doesn't help him save face at all with the angry villagers.
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.
What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime. After he is captured near the end of the first miniarc, Eluluu begs for his life to be spared and he runs off into the woodlands. And nothing is ever heard of him again.
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.
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.
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.
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: Believes that the people of his country exist just to serve his whims. He also spends important funds on maintaining his hair, and constantly has parties when he should be ruling the country.
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.
Laser-Guided Amnesia — Given all the crap she has gone through by the time this kicks in, this is basically one of the best things that could have happened to her.
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 thinks like the red light district of a city.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds — By the end, she's being completely manipulated into fighting against the world, most of whom seem to hate her people. In the anime, she loses her kingdom and sees her closest friend and bodyguard slaughtered, so her mind is completely shattered and she reverts to infancy.
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.
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.
Disney Villain Death: In the game, when our heroes have to face both Hien and Hauenkua in a boss battle, after beating Hauenkua, Hauenkua falls off a cliff to his/her death. Hien is then defeated normally.
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.
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.
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.
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: Makes it through the story, but dies during the timeskip to the epilogue.
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.
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.
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.