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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.
  • Absolute Cleavage
  • 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.
  • Action Mom
  • 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.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Her main weapon, an extendable blade on her right forearm. She gets a second one when in her Super Mode.
  • Brown Eyes
  • Conveniently an Orphan: In episode 14, it's revealed that Masane lived in an orphanage for seventeen years and no records of her family were ever found. Her real name is Yasuko Ohara.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Masane has brown eyes to match her brown hair.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Masane may turn into a bloodthirsty killing machine with yellow eyes and black sclera, wild red hair that she can form into impaling tentacles and blades on her fingers when using the Witchblade, but a villain she most definitely is not.
  • Gag Boobs
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Masane's eyes glow yellow while she is transformed.
    • 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.
    • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When her Witchblade is activated.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl
  • 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.
  • Messy Hair
  • Most Common Superpower: Her breasts are so large; she's referred to as "Melony" (in the English dub) or "Masamune" ("undefeatable breasts") by her friends.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Her hair turns red when she uses the Witchblade. When she transforms into her Super Mode, her hair instead becomes white.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: It also gets noticeably longer when she transforms. Doubly so for her Super Mode.
  • Prehensile Hair
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unkempt Beauty

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

Riko is the only child of Masane Amaha.

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.

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.

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.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite displaying charm and paternal warmth when interacting with the public and his "children", he is actually a very cruel and cold-hearted individual who has no regard for the well-being of those who serve him.
  • In-Series Nickname: He is called "Father" by his Neogenes and the children of the city.
  • It's All About Me: As a consummate narcissist he cares about no one but himself.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the key secrets behind his personal success is the extent which he can effortlessly charm and deceive others around him without any semblance of regret. This is made most apparent by the manner in which he wields authority over his powerful but largely naive Neogene daughters by callously exploiting their desire for parental affection.
  • Narcissist: In distinct contrast from the kindly and humble persona he presents to the public, Furumizu is in reality an egocentric megalomaniac who believes that his genes embody the best humanity has to offer.
  • Mommy Issues: He believes his mother is responsible for his sterility and seeks to create a new one to end his shame.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Stoic: Even when his plans are frustrated, he perpetually maintains a serene and calm demeanor up until the time of his death when he undergoes a rather disturbing emotional breakdown.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His charming and friendly nature is just an act.

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.

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.
  • Gray Eyes
  • 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.
  • Battle Butler
  • 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
  • Sexy Secretary
  • The Stoic
  • Wolverine Claws: She can extend her fingers into a set of really long blades.

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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.

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 that it rejected her because she wasn't balanced bewteen the Light and the Dark.
  • Blood Knight: It craves battle.
  • Breast Plate
  • Clingy MacGuffin/Clingy Costume
  • Clothes Make the Superman
  • 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: Everytime Sara rejects the Witchblade it tries to make Sara its host again, and if it can't have her as it's host it tries to kill her.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: 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 froms Irons.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

    Witchblade Live Action 

Sara Pezzini
Played by: Yancy Butler

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

Kenneth Irons
Played by: Anthony Cistaro

The CEO of Vorschlag Industries. He covets the Witchblade.

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