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Masane Amaha/ Yasuko Ohara
Click here  to see Masane when using the Witchblade.
Click here  to see Masane's second Witchblade form.
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)

The current host of the Witchblade. She has a six-year-old daughter named Rihoko.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Masane's only 23 at the start of the series. Rihoko is six years old. That means that Masane would have been seventeen years old when she had Rihoko. Justified later in the series because she's not Rihoko's biological mother.
  • Antenna Hair: Masane has two cow licks on the back of her head that perpetually stick up.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Not that modest for a mom when you think about it.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Her sclera also turn black while transformed. Partially subverted in that, while Masane's violent and aggressive when using the Witchblade, she's definitely not evil; and as the show goes on, she gets a handle on her murderous impulses.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Her main weapon, an extendable blade on her right forearm. She gets a second one when in her Super Mode.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After she releases Riko into Reina Soho's custody (Riko's biological mother) , she loses the will to fight and refuses to get out of bed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In episode 26, Masane sacrifices herself to destroy all of the X-Cons.
  • Identity Amnesia: Masane doesn't remember anything about her life before the Great Quake. Masane Amaha isn't even her real name; it's a fake name the government assigned her after she was rescued. Even after Takayama shows her where she grew up, she still doesn't remember anything.
  • In a Single Bound: Masane can jump really far and really high when transformed. This gets upgraded to Flight in her Super Mode.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Melony" or "Masamune".
  • Jerkass Façade: When the social worker convinces her that giving Riko to her biological mother would be better for her, she acts coldly towards Riko in order to make easier for Riko to leave her. After Riko leaves with the social worker, she bursts into tears.
  • Legacy Character: The newest Witchblade wielder.
  • Mama Bear: Masane will go through hell and high water to protect Riko.
  • Man Child: At first, her daughter Rihoko acts like the adult and she acts like the child.
  • Punch Clock Hero: Initially, at least, Masane only fights X-Cons in order to pay the bills.
  • Second Love: To Takayama, his first being Reina.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She wears a lovely white dress in episode 10 when Takayama forces her to attend a company award ceremony. Unfortunately, her manners remain the same.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When her Witchblade is activated.
  • Super Toughness: Masane once took a tank shell to the chest; while it blew her across the room, she was completely unharmed and her only reaction was to smirk and laugh. She can still be harmed by Cloneblade users and powerful X-Cons, however.
  • Tsundere: Type B, towards Reiji Takayama.
  • The Unchosen One: She was actually never meant to have the Witchblade and her sync values with it are very poor. The witchblade is instead using her as a sort of intermediary host while waiting to jump to it's real target, Riko.

Rihoko "Riko" Amaha
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)

Riko is the only child of Masane Amaha.
  • Happily Adopted: When Reina reveals that Riko is her daughter, she says that Masane is her real mother and doesn't want to leave her.
  • The Heart: She is able to put everyone in a good mood.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her full name is actually "Rihoko", but everyone calls her "Riko".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Masane. Her mother constantly states that Riko is her whole world, which proves true when Masane goes through a major Heroic B.S.O.D. after Reina takes custody of Riko.
  • Nice Girl: She is sweet, polite, and friendly.
  • Supreme Chef: She is constantly praised for her cooking skills.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She has to be, considering her mom's not the most responsible person around.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple Hair. She gets it from her mother.

Douji Group Industries

Douji Group Industries is a huge corporation that is headed by a board of directors and Bureau Chief Reiji Takayama. Douji's primary focus is researching and developing special weapons, such as Witchblade and the I-Weapons. They are also responsible for the presence of X-Cons that rampage through Tokyo at night. Before the Great Quake, they possessed the Witchblade. In the past, Douji Group Industries collaborated with the NSWF on researching the Witchblade. The product of these research was the Cloneblade, a copy of the original Witchblade.

While Douji Group Industries and the NSWF were working together on the Witchblade, one of the NSWF's top scientists, Reina Soho, was sent to aid them in their research. However, Reina stole the Witchblade from Douji Group Industries in an attempt to gain its' power. Once Reina's betrayal was discovered, both Douji Group Industries and the NSWF sent agents in to retrieve the Witchblade.

The Witchblade awoke during this time and the resulting power surge resulted in the Great Quake, a massive earthquake that devastated Tokyo and killed millions of people. After the Great Quake, Douji focused its' attention on retrieving X-Cons, which were malfunctioning machines that escaped during the Great Quake.

Reiji Takayama
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)

Takayama is the head of the Special Section in Douji Group Industries, which manufactures weapons and researches weapons like the Witchblade. He hired Masane Amaha to dispose of X-Cons. He first appears to be a cold and ruthless man who only cares about his job, but this is not actually the case.
  • Missing Mom: His mother died giving birth to Takayama.
  • Parental Neglect: His father was always at work and rarely spent time with him.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Riko's biological father.
  • The Stoic: He rarely allows his emotions to show even when he's in danger.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Initially, he acts rudely towards Masane, but later on starts to develop romantic feelings toward her.

Masaya Wado
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)

A work colleague of Takayama's who works as the Director of Bio Division at Douji Group Industries. He's known Takayama since college and sees him as a hated rival.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently he has an unusually strong physical constitution that gives him the uncanny ability to hold his liquor.
  • Kick the Dog: He uses his servile aide as a Sacrificial Lamb for one of his experiments.
  • The Rival: Considers himself this to Takayama.
  • Smug Snake: This is his undoing because he tries so hard to be a Magnificent Bastard, but he keeps fucking up royally because as Badass Normal Reiji Takayama puts it, "He's always looking for shortcuts." This winds up biting him on the ass in an cruelly ironic way.

Hiroki Segawa
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)

Takayama's right hand man who is always professional and prepared. He loves power and frequently switches sides depending on who has the most power.

Yuusuke Tozawa
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)

A free-lance photographer investigating the "Pulverizer Murders"; a series of murders of NSWF employees. While investigating the murders, he discovers the existence of the Witchblade and NSWF's connection to the murders.

The National Scientific Welfare Foundation is a government agency led by Tatsuoki Furumizu. Like Douji Group Industries, they are interested in the Witchblade and seek to capture Masane for research purposes. They have managed to create a working replica of the Witchblade, called the Cloneblade, and created a series of clones called "Neogenes" to wear it.

Tatsuoki Furumizu
Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)

Head of the NSWF and father to Neogenes.
  • Big Bad: From the beginning of the series onwards, he and his organization pose the preeminent threat to Masane and her daughter, Riko. However, this is ultimately subverted given that he is later killed 5 episodes before the series finale by his "daughter", Maria, who subsequently seizes control of the NSWF.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Only Reiji's eyebrows are larger than his.

Reina Soho
Click here  to see Reina when using the Cloneblade.
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

One of the first Neogenes that Masane encounters and a top NSWF scientist.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts out emotionless at the beginning, but after she gains custody of Rihoko she starts showing emotions, including maternal feelings for her daughter.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Lady".
  • Lady of War: Unlike her assistant Shiori, she never loses control of her emotions in battle.
  • Mama Bear [[spoiler:Reina will go through hell and high water to protect Riko. Whether it means killing Nora, her "sister" or
from the psycho second generation Neogene Maria]].

Shiori Tsuzuki
Click here  to see Shiori when using the Cloneblade.
Click here  to see Shiori's second Cloneblade form.
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)

Reina's assistant and the second Neogene that Masane encounters.
  • Attempted Rape: She was just about to do this to Takayama before her Super Power Meltdown went critical.
  • Ax-Crazy: With the possible exception of Maria, she is definitely the most violent and depraved of the Witchblade bearers.
  • Bi the Way: Possibly, given the above.
  • Blood Knight: Aside from basking in the presence of her beloved Reina, nothing gratifies Shiori more than senseless brutality and the thrill of fighting to the death.
  • The Dragon: To Reina.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Diva".
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Even more so than the other Witchblade bearers.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She's obsessed with Reina, her employer, though the 'Psycho' aspect of this trope doesn't really come into play until she starts suffering her breakdown.
  • Sanity Slippage: While she never was sane to begin with, she begins losing all semblance of sanity when the Cloneblade begins to consumer her (i.e: going so far as to slaughter people indiscriminately before having sex with their bodies and attempting to rape the object of her infatuation's former lover.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She volunteers to clean up Reina's office just for the sake of kissing her mug which has her lipstick on it. Additionally, she can't resist groping Reina's buttocks when the object of her infatuation tends to her injuries in an NWSF infirmary.
  • Super Power Meltdown: Her Cloneblade gets damaged during her first real fight with Masane and starts breaking down, turning Shiori into a vicious and uncontrollable psychopath before finally killing her in a spectacular fashion.

Click here  to see Nora when using the Cloneblade.

Voiced by: Saori Yumiba (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)

Tatsuoki Furumizu's assistant.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: It's relatively subtle, but while transformed Nora's hair forms itself into long appendage like the legs of a spider.
  • The Dragon: To Father.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Spider", and for good reason. Not only does she look a little like a spider while transformed, a lot of her attacks and tactics evoke spiders as well.
  • Prehensile Hair: Her main weapon. Nora can do a lot of things with that hair of hers, such as forming it into tendrils with which to swing off obstacles or impale her opponents, and she can also fire strands of it like needles
  • Wolverine Claws: She can extend her fingers into a set of really long blades.

    Witchblade Comics 

Sara Pezzini
Click here  to see Sara under the control of the Dark half of the Witchblade.

One of The current wielders of the Witchblade in the comics, Sara was a police officer for the NYPD, and was a mom on top of that, was a Private Detective in Chicago, now a Sheriff.

  • Can't Stay Normal: Three times Sara has given up The Witchblade to live a normal life, but she is first forced to reclaim it from Ian, then she needs it to save her life after giving birth to hope, and then she is force to reclaim it from a serial killer who has part of The Witchblade.
  • Combat Tentacles: She uses these to throw around her opponents e.g. Gerald, Dani.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Dani and eventuly to her own sister Julie.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
  • Dating Catwoman: Subverted - She did date Kenneth Irons for a brief time, but that was well before they became enemies, played straight with her relationships with Ian and Jackie.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played straight in between "First Born" and "War of the Witchblades", where Sarah reclaims half of the Witchblade from Dani after Hope is born. Only, it's the half tat is the Darkness-lite, and it starts to drive her literally crazy, leading to the aforementioned war.
  • The Dragon: In "War of the Witchblades" she serves as Tau'ma's dragon.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In "War of the Witchblades" she is a greater threat Tau'ma who is a Non-Action Big Bad.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Taking the Bullet: In Witchblade issue 1 she leaps into the path of the bullets in order to project her parter Michael Yee, however both she and Michael are mortally wounded and Sara only survies by bonding with The Witchblade and becoming it's host.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In "War of the Witchblades" she is being manipulated by Tau'ma.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Loses it in "War of the Witchblades" when the Angelus appears.
  • Wall Crawl: Uses the Witchblade to climb up walls.
  • Wolverine Claws: She can extend her fingers into a set of really long blades when she has the Witchblade.

The Witchblade
Click here  to see The Witchblade when it takes a humanoid form.

The Witchblade is the offspring of the primal forces of the universe, the Darkness and the Angelus. It is male and generally chooses a female host. It is semi-organic and reacts supernaturally to threats. It is able to grant its host a variety of weapons and can heal the wearer.

  • Adaptive Armor: It can become a body armor and weapon at the same time. The amount of armor that comes out of the Witchblade to protect the host will always depend on the level of threat. For example, if the host is fighting a mere mortal, there will be less armor wrapped around the host. But if the host is fighting enemies at the level of demons, it will form more armor to protect its host.
  • Balance Between Light and Darkness: It acts as a balance between the Light (The Angelus) and the Dark (The Darkness), it hosts also have to be balance between the Light and the Dark, as the Witchblade tells Katarina that it rejected her because she wasn't balanced bewteen the Light and the Dark.
  • Blood Knight: It craves battle.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Witchblade can form many different types of weapons. It can form swords, spears, guns, shields, and wings.
  • Healing Factor: The Witchblade can heal its hosts when they are injured.
  • Healing Hands: The Witchblade can heal other people when they are injured.
  • Hybrid Power: The Witchblade itself is a living weapon that has been used by females, and some males, over the generations. It was the offspring of the Darkness and Angelus. It has the power to create a blade, fire energy beams, create wings for flight, and can cover the host in body armor, most of the time. It also doesn't have any of its parents' weaknesses; The Darkness can't function in light, while the Angelus can't fight in the dark.
  • Mundane Utility: Being a superstrong cosmic warrior comes in darn handy for moving furniture.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Witchblade will eat your arm if you're not a worthy user (or if you're a man unless you are Ian Nottingham or Gerald Irons who have both been wielders of the Witchblade).
  • Palette Swap: The Witchblade can changes its colour scheme giving wielders different coloured weapons.
  • Photographic Memory: The Witchblade can recall any moment of it's past wielders' lives.
  • Yandere: Every time Sara rejects the Witchblade it tries to make Sara its host again, and if it can't have her as its host it tries to kill her.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: The Witchblade has elements of both the Darkness and Angelus, therefore acting as a balance keeper between the two.

Danielle Baptiste
Click here  to see Dani as wielder of the Angelus.
Danielle Baptiste is the daughter of Police Captain Peyroux and Gus Baptiste. She is a classically trained ballerina whose life is turned upside down upon meeting Sara Pezzini, wielder of the Witchblade. She also wielded the power of the Angelus.

Michael Yee
Michael Yee was Sara Pezzini's partner before she got the Witchblade.

Joe Siry
Sara's former captain when she served at the 18th Precinct. He was the partner of Sara's and Julie's dead father, Detective Vincent Pezzini, who he killed to protect Sara from Irons.

  • Da Chief: Sara's former superior officer when she worked at the 18th Precinct.

Jake McCarthy
Jake McCarthy is a former partner to Sara Pezzini.

  • Demonic Possession: He was possessed by a demon's spirit with him and is taken as the demons vessel.
  • Driven to Suicide: After he is taken as the demon's vessel. Sara battles him and the evil spirit and weakens them. Jake temporarily regains his senses and kills himself, to prevent taken as a host again.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows about the Witchblade but Sara doesn't know he knows or so he belives.

Kenneth Irons
The very rich CEO of Irons Industries, and very long lived. His ultimate obsession is trying to find and own the Witchblade, and he cares not who or what stands in his way.

Ian Nottingham
Irons's right-hand man.

  • An Ice Person: While the bearer of The Glacier Stone he has a body made of ice.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He's already a pretty competent warrior, but getting the Witchblade definitely gave him more of a boost as well as getting the Witchblade and the Darkness at the same time, later he was empowered by The Blood Sword, then by The Blood Sword and The Glacier Stone.

Julie Pezzini
Julie Pezzini is the younger sister of Sara Pezzini, wielder of the Witchblade. She was a model and seems to love everything about living in the fast lane, not taking the time to stop and smell the roses. She originally had a really bad habit of breaking into Sara's apartment and freeloading whenever she came into town. Her lifestyle sometimes brought her into conflict with wrong people.

  • Put on a Bus: Jake was eventually forced to arrest Julie for drug trafficking sending her to jail.
  • Secret Keeper: Unlike her sister, Julie knew that Joe Siry killed Sara's and Julie's father, Detective Vincent Pezzini, in order to protect Sara from Irons. She also knows about the Witchblade.
  • The Teetotaler: After being in prison she stopped drinking alcohol.

Tora No Shi
Tora No Shi is assassin for hire former bodyguard of Kenneth Irons.

Patience/ The Magdalena
Patience is the latest in the line of women known as the Magdalena, wielders of The Spear of Destiny who are descended from Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene and once holy protectors of the Catholic Church.

The Curator/The Survivor
Click here  to see massive spoiler The Survivor.
An old man who maintains an antique and curio shop in Manhattan.

Gerald Irons
The son of Kenneth Irons, and very long lived. His ultimate obsession is trying to find and own the Witchblade, and he cares not who or what stands in his way.

Click here  to see Sabine as bearer of the Wheel of Shadows.
Sabine was a lieutenant of the Angelus Warriors. In hopes to be the next Angelus she became the wielder of Wheel of Shadows instead.

  • Time Master: The Wheel of Shadows allow her to control time, though not travel back in time.

Aphrodite IV
The fourth in a series of human-like androids, Aphrodite IV is an assassin who (almost) never misses a target.

  • Enemy Mine: Worked with Sara to capture a scientist, Aphrodite IV betrayed Sara and kills the scientist.
  • Legacy Character: She is the fourth in a series of Aphrodite androids and the latest bearer of one of the thirteen Artifacts called The Coin of Solomon.

Finch and Dani
Click here  to see Finch as bearer of The Angelus.
Finch is a dancer at the school Dani Baptiste taught at in New York. Finch later becomes Dani's roommate and has expressed romantic feelings for her.

An old mysterious figure, who is the Curator's brother that knows a lot about the artifacts. Unlike his brother who wants to keep the balance intact, Tau'ma is on the side of Darkness and had manipulated Sara Pezzini in the War of the Witchblades.

Katarina Godliffe
Click here  to see Katarina as bearer of The Witchblade in 1175.
A former wielder of the Witchblade in Medieval times (from 1175 to 1178),Worked with Medieval Spawn to fight against Lord Cardinale. She was from York in North Yorkshire in North East England, now a sheriff in the Faerie realm and now one of the current wielders of the Witchblade in the comics.

  • Brought Down to Badass: Without the Witchblade she is a Badass warrior.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The Witchblade appears as one when she wielded it.
  • Child Soldiers: From age 12 she was a member of a Lord Marigold's army because of a debt her father James Godliffe owned Lord Marigold, she left the army when her father James Godliffe died becuse her father's death cleared the debt.
  • Dirty Cop: She was taking bribes from Toio Mulranny.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: What she did before meeting Sara.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared as a picture in Kenneth Irons collection of pictures of Witchblade wielders, then appeared in the Medieval Spawn/Witchblade mini-series before becoming a character in the Witchblade comics.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Witchblade, like all wielders which later rejected her however, at the end of part two of Absolute Corruption she once again wields part of the Witchblade.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She's already a pretty competent warrior, but getting the Witchblade definitely gave her more of a boost.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Katarina: "That's it then gave you everything I had. All of me."
    "Katarina Godliffe. Shire Reeve of Bel Gadreyel. Bearer of the Witchblade. Do make good use of it."
  • Legacy Character: A former wielder of the Witchblade from 1175 to 1178, at the end of part two of Absolute Corruption she once again wields part of the Witchblade.
  • Load-Bearing Hero: Holds up a pillar so Sara can go back through the portal.
  • The Mean Brit: She is both mean and British being born near York in North Yorkshire.
  • Meaningful Echo: "I'm going to get Medieval on your ass"

    Witchblade Live Action 

Sara Pezzini
Played by: Yancy Butler

The current holder of the Witchblade and a NYC police detective.

  • Bi the Way: Stated outright in one of the episodes. It may have been her messing with Jake, however.

Kenneth Irons
Played by: Anthony Cistaro

The CEO of Vorschlag Industries. He covets the Witchblade.

  • Bad Samaritan: He is more than happy to assist Sara if he thinks it will help him achieve his goal of controlling the Witchblade.
  • Back from the Dead: He's trying to achieve this during most of season 2.

Ian Nottingham
Played by: Eric Etebari

Irons's right-hand man.

Danny Woo
Played by: Will Yun Lee

Sara Pezzini's partner, who dies in the first episode.

Jake McCartey
Played by: David Chokachi

A rookie cop, and Sara Pezzini's partner following Danny's death. He is actually an undercover federal agent.

Alternative Title(s): Witchblade Takeru