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.
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.
Heroic BSOD: 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.
Jerkass Fašade: 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.
Punch Clock Hero: Initially, at least, Masane only fights X-Cons in order to pay the bills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)
Ax-Crazy: After the Cloneblade begins to consume her, she loses all inhibitions and becomes dangerously unhinged, murdering people indiscriminately, having sex with her victims' bodies, and attempting to rape the object of her infatuation's former lover.
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.
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 spectacularfashion.
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
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.
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.
Wolverine Claws: She can extend her fingers into a set of really long blades when she has 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 & 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, and the witchblade tells her it rejected her because she wasn't balanced bewteen the Light and the Dark.
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.
Yin-Yang Bomb: Witchblade has elements of both the Darkness and Angelus, therefore acting as a balance keeper between the two.
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.
Ballet Dancer: In the old universe she was a Ballet Dancer and her teacher even asks her to teach some Ballet classes.
Bi the Way: Has dated both David Worthy (Gerald Irons) and Finch.
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.
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 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: After War of the Witchblades she and Dani leave New York for New Orleans.
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.
Squishy Wizard: Can perform magic and summon demons but in physical combat he has no skill.
Summon Magic: Can summon demons out of his head, possibly because of the tattoo placed there.
Villain Teleportation: He can also transmute himself into a ball of light, also that gives him power of flight.
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.
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.
Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared as a picture in Kenneth Irons collection of pictures of Witchblade wielders, then appeared in 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.
Fish out of Temporal Water: A result of living in the Faerie realm for 900 years, for example when someone mentions Nicki Minaj she thinks Nicki Minaj is the Queen of America and she doesn't know how to work a moblie phone.