If you want to know more about the characters of X1999
, this is the place.
It is to be noted that characterization and purpose are often different whether it's the manga, the TV series or the film. If the main trio, the premises and the whole plot in general are grossly the same from one media to another, the support cast often sports notable differences as you will see.
As always with Character pages, SPOILERS AHEAD!!
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Kamui ShiroThe Hero
of the series is a dark-haired teenager whose destiny is to fight for the eventual fate of Earth: either it is destroyed to be reborn without humanity, either it shall live on as it is. In short, he is a stock Messiah
After living his childhood in Tokyo, making friends with Fuma
and his sister Kotori
, his mother, Toru Magami
, towed him away to Okinawa (Right around the time their mother Saya gave birth to the first Shinken and died in the process
) so they could live in peace until she decided to end her life so she could postpone the impending disasters that Kamui would face and died in a fire.
After coming back to Tokyo, he gradually meets the Dragons of Heaven, fighting with Arashi, Sorata and Mauve Shirt
Daisuke, Aoki's nephew. Behaving like a Jerkass
at first, he only does so in order to keep people away
, knowing beforehand that his fate will be far from all pink, sparkles and flowers. After meeting Princess Hinoto
and eventually bonding with his fellow Dragons, he tries to recuperate his Shinken, an Empathic Weapon hidden in the body of Tokiko Magami, his aunt, unbeknownst to everyone.
Despite his rather classical characterisation
, Kamui still keeps the spotlight to himself due to his own complex personality. His frail and scrawny appearance (perhaps for Yaoi-slash
purposes) seems almost a joke in comparison to his crushing responsibilities. Yet, his reactions are pretty realistic and quite akin to the ones a Real Life
teenager would display.
Tropes associated with Kamui Shiro:
- Angst Coma: Right after losing to Fuma and being unable to stop him from horribly killing Kotori.
- Break the Cutie: Like many other characters, but even more so for being The Chosen One. To put it on perspective: the sensitive and broken but still determined Kamui that we know? He's the result of all the horrible shit poured on him, leaving him unable to put on his Jerkass Façade anymore.
- Destructive Savior: At first he gave no shits about leaving quite the mess in his surroundings, and Saiki thought he wasn't The Chosen One because of this.
- The Chosen One
- Empathic Weapon: The Shinken.
- Heroic BSOD: Upon beholding the deaths of Kotori and Sorata (TV series only), the former causing him to enter an Angst Coma.
- Take a Third Option: Does this in the anime So Kamui doesn't want to kill Fuuma, yet cannot afford to be defeated and killed in battle? He will let Fuuma injure him... then he'll his life eneegy to create said barrier and entrust Fuuma with his wish to protect the world. And it works.
- Jerkass Façade: Initially so he could drive people away from in order to protect them. This was specially true in regards to the Monous. They didn't really buy it.
- Messianic Archetype
- You Killed My Mother: At first, his purpose was to investigate the reasons behind his mother Tohru's strange death and few else. The truth he uncovers is... more complicated than he expects.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes a Dragon of Heaven having realized what he wanted to protect those dear to him. After Kotori died and Fuuma had his Face-Heel Turn, he was terribly broken... and once he came back, he bonded properly with the Dragons of Heaven, showing them the kindness he either repressed or didn't know he had in him.
The taller and stronger childhood friend of Kamui is actually destined to be his Evil Twin
of sorts, depending on who Kamui chooses to side with.
Both Fuma and Kotori, his sister, lived happily in Tokyo and were friends with Kamui until their mother Saya
died a horrific death upon giving birth to the first Shinken
. Fuma then went to High School and became a famed basketball player. Upon meeting Kamui again, he tries to rekindle with him but, since Kamui wants to protect him, his attempts meet an icy response. After Kamui makes his choice, Fuma makes a major Face-Heel Turn
and goes to Kanoe
in order to take his place amongst the Dragons of Earth.
Tropes associated with Fuma Monou:
The resident Shrinking Violet
is Kamui's childhood friend and who has a (reciprocated) crush on him.
Like Fuma, Kotori was scarred for life upon watching the gory death of her mother. However, unlike Fuma and Kamui, she doesn't fight physically. Psychologically/physically
fragile and pretty much defenseless
, Kotori lives her life quietly and peacefully in the family shrine, but she snaps and breaks down
upon seeing the birth of the second Shinken out of Tokiko Magami's body
As foreseen by Hinoto and Kanoe she ends up being the wedge between Kamui and Fuma, and her brother eventually captures, crucifies, kills and dismembers her in front of Kamui. (In the anime, she's "only" crucified and killed). Her soul is then collected by Kakyou, who comforts her in her last moments before going to Heaven; her body is buried in the CLAMP Campus by the Dragons of Heaven
Tropes associated with Kotori Monou:
- Angst Coma: In the film. And sorta happens in the anime, since unlike in the manga she spends almost all the time asleep after being mentally broken, and she's more or less sane while in said Dream Space.
- Barrier Maiden: She is unknowingly the guardian of the world's peace. This puts her in quite the risk.
- Break the Cutie: Oh dear. And for worse, the breaking process comes from years ago. And only finished with her death.
- The Chick
- Cynicism Catalyst: Inverted for Kamui. Before her death he is apathic, at most, to his role in the End of the World. While he does take a side before her death, it's the event itself that makes him determined to protect his loved ones that are left (Fuuma included), and, thus, to embrace his role as a Dragon of Heaven.
- Dream Weaver: In the manga and TV series. In The Movie she spends some time in a dream-like state, but it's not clear if it's the same power or just a trance.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her flowing golden locks underline how she's sweet, innocent, and associated with symbols of purity.
- Ill Girl: Has a severe heart condition, thus she sometimes has seizures and fainting spells.
- The Ophelia: She loses her mind after seeing the horrific birth of the second Shinken. It's subverted in the anime series: She does break down and collapses, but spends almost all the time until her death pulling her Dream Weaver stunts and remains mostly grounded, so to say, as she does so.
- Person of Holding: Only in The Movie. She has one of the Shinkens inside her body, and Fuuma murders her via pulling it out of the poor girl's stomach with his bare hands. In front of Kamui, Hinoto, Arashi and Sorata, who had just tried to help her run away.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Shrinking Violet: Though not to Fragile Flower degree.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Hence her fate.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Kamui but subverted at one point. He did love her, they made a Childhood Marriage Promise and had she not died, maybe they'd be together or at least would be very close.
- Waif Prophet: Like Kakyou and Hinoto.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Sweet-tempered, serious, booksmart, discreet and rather shy. She was more outspoken and with a little more of steel under her silky hand in the TV series: Kamui shows her his Jerk Ass Facade but she still tries to re-befriend him, telling him about her own dream of becoming a kimono designer able to use indigo dye, which is Serious Business in Japan.
Dragons of Heaven: The Seven Seals
, upbeat, goofy Lancer
of the Dragons of Heaven talks with a distinctive Kansai
Despite being taken from his parents at an early age and destined to die for the woman he loves
, he constantly acts friendly, generous and protective, especially towards Kamui and his initially unresponsive
crush, Arashi. Raised and trained by Buddhist monks in the Koya shrine, he primarily uses thunder and light-based attacks as well as some holy magic.
He eventually meets his fate in both the anime and the film, to protect his beloved Arashi
. The manga also hints a similar end for him, as he's last seen trying to confront Hinoto on his own, without knowing she's been taken over by her Enemy Within.
Tropes associated with Sorata Arisugawa:
- Badass: Especially if Kamui or Arashi are threatened, in which case he'll be ruthless.
- The Big Guy: in the Dragons of Heaven group as a whole. Which, in the movie and the TV series, extends to Big Guy Fatality Syndrome.
- Bi the Way: It is made pretty obvious that Arashi is his one true love and he also comments on Kotori's cuteness in the manga, but he gets pretty flirty with Kamui in the early chapters of the manga. He even comments while Kamui and Arashi are on either side of him how grateful he is to be between "two beauties".
- Bromantic Foil: He's one to Kamui in the early parts of the manga, right before it went From Bad to Worse.
- Comfort Food: He manages to make Kamui eat his homemade and excellent food when he's in a VERY low point, and Arashi compliments him on it since it means he's helping Kamui to get better from his terrible ordeals.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Flirty, kinda irresponsible, has a bit of a roving eye for ladies (and Kamui). But he's also a loyal friend and an effective fighter, and he genuinely cares for everyone around him and specially his dear Arashi.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Toyed with. He is brash, sometimes dorky and considered to be kinda crass sometimes, but people don't seem to think he's actively stupid. Not to mention the fact that he's a powerful fighter capable of casting quite powerful holy spells (like a shikigami) mean that he's laidback and cheery, but very capable of being serious when needed.
- Kansai Regional Accent. Which comes from the fact that the Kouya shrine is located in Wakayama, one of the prefectures in the Kansai area.
- The Lancer: To Kamui.
- Love at First Sight: He falls head over heels for Arashi upon meeting her. More exactly, he decides that if he is destined to die for the sake of a woman, it better be for a pretty one; he's impressed by Arashi's Aloof Dark-Haired Girl looks, decides she should be the one and approaches her, and as the story progresses they fall in love for real.
- Nice Guy: And this is one of the reasons Arashi falls for him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Many times in battle. You wouldn't think that this super happy guy is a powerhouse in battle? You're wrong.
- Plucky Comic Relief: An effective one.
- Sexy Priest: Despite being a Buddhist monk, he still qualifies.
- Supreme Chef: Is seen cooking in the videogames (and teaching Arashi to do so).
- Shock and Awe: A good part of his powers are chanellized through lighting bolts.
- Warrior Monk
Beautiful but dark
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara
(JP, film and CD dramas), Ryoka Yuzuki
(JP, TV series), Teresa Gallagher (EN, film), Lia Sargent (EN, TV series)
, frigid and distant
, this Lady of War
is one of the first to arrive in Tokyo and meet the Princess Hinoto.
Orphaned at a young age, she was found in the streets and then raised by Miko
priestesses (who actually were the friends of her Missing Mom
, a former comrade of them) and eventually became the Hidden Priestess of the Ise temple. A very skilled swordswoman with the ability to summon her sword from her left hand
. She initially coldly rejects the rather forward propositions of Sorata but, like Kamui, she gradually warms up to him
and reciprocates. But consummating their love implied losing her powers and sealing up her lover's fate, like it apparently happened to her own mother in the past.
. Ultimately, she performs a massive Face-Heel Turn so she could untie Sorata from his obligations of protecting her and thus dying for her
In the anime, she goes to the Dragons of Earth of her own will
but in the manga Dark Hinoto's machinations are the cause of her betrayal
. In the anime, however, she comes back to the Dragons of Heaven after Sorata dies for her anyway.
Her terminal fate is different in the film than in the TV series: Sorata fulfills his destiny and dies for her in battle, but then Fuma kills her too
Tropes associated with Arashi Kishu:
- Action Girl
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has the traditional image of a beautiful miko and is very cold and detached at first. Sorata falls for her attitude.
- Badass: One able to hold her own alone against Kamui himself deserves the title, especially if she's female!
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Thanks to Sorata's upbeat personality and witnessing how shit goes down the fan around their circle.
- Emotionless Girl: Initially.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Specially in the TV series. There was no other way for it to end actually. It also has a side dish of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
- Hime Cut
- Keigo: Her speech patterns are extremely polite, and in the CD-dramas she uses very old-fashioned words while writing a letter to her adoptive mother, the lead Miko of Ise Jingun.
- Lady of War
- Miko: And from Ise Jingun, one of the most famous shrines in the whole country.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her early childhood was tough to say the least, as after her parents's early deaths, she spent a while as a Street Urchin until the Ise priestesses found her and took her to the shrine.
- Protectorate: Of Sorata, whether she agrees to or not. She extends this to him, which is the basis for her Face-Heel Turn.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with the cheerful and sweet Sorata spits in the face of All Girls Want Bad Boys.
- Virgin Power: In the manga, she loses her powers upon making love with Sorata. It should be noted that her Missing Mom, also a Miko from Isse Jingun, went through the same process after she ran away from Ise with Arashi's father (a university student) and lost her virginity to him.
Like his Arch-Nemesis
, Seishirou Sakurazuka, he hails from another CLAMP
work: Tokyo Babylon
where his origins are explained with more details. Appearing as a stock Bishōnen
, he mourns his dead sister Hokuto, who was killed by Seishirou.
Unlike the other Dragons of Heaven, he is rather reluctant to join the group and mostly goes on his own story arc that is actually the end of the one he started during Tokyo Babylon
. Nevertheless, he significantly helped out during Kamui's massive Angst Coma
and succeeded in healing his soul and bringing him back, becoming a sort-of Big Brother Mentor
to him from then on. His final showdown
with Seishirou Sakurazuka leads to tons of Ho Yay
and Foe Yay
. In battle, he uses a mix of soul magic and arcana that he channels in special paper cards.
His end is very different, depending on the media. In the Manga, he inherits the powers and responsibility of the Sakurazukamori
; in the film both die
and in the TV-series their relationship is established and he ends up in a catatonic state for having killed his lover, but he ultimately gets better
Tropes associated with Subaru Sumeragi
- Angst Coma: In the anime, he falls into this few after killing Seishirou. With some prodding from Hokuto's soul, he wakes up right before Kamui and Fuuma's final duel.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: And how
- Badass Longcoat: As seen above
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kamui, very much so. Once he helps Kamui deal with the trauma of Kotori's death and Fuuma's Face-Heel Turn, they become quite close, and in the anime this becomes so strong that once he returns from his post-Seishirou's death Angst Coma, he helps Kamui in his last fight and almost goes Taking the Bullet for him.
- Cherry Blossoms: Part of his magic.
- Demoted to Extra: In the movie, he and Seishirou kill each other off rather... fast and unceremoniously in the opening scene.
- Destructive Romance and Star-Crossed Lovers: With Seishirou.
- Eye Scream: Upon battling Fuuma. It turns out that Subaru's Wish was related to this.
- Ineffectual Loner: Subverted. He is actually effectual, and later he bonds with Kamui yet never fully becomes a part of the group.
- Magical Queer
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Seishirou.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Has one when he drives into Kamui's mind to help him return to consciousness; being hit with a psychic backlash coming from Kamui's bitter memories causes Subaru to bleed from his ears.
- Smoking Is Cool: Subverted: When 'Seishirou' does it, it's cool. When Subaru does it, he gets lectured about the health risks — by Seishirou himself, nonetheless.
- Straight Gay: Just like his lover.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Took a Level in Badass: Remember that shy, frail-looking kid from Tokyo Babylon? He always was badass, technically speaking. He just changed his attitude after all the Break the Cutie, and now is one of the most powerful members of the whole cast.
- Yaoi Guys: With Seishirou, oh yeah!
A devoted Catholic call-girl
, Karen appears sporadically at first before taking a more active role in the plot. She appears as a redhead bombshell who always smiles and supports the Dragons of the Heaven as much as she can.Gifted with pyrotechnics
, she is usually aloof towards everyone despite her benevolent disposition and her sensitivity. She forms an unrequited crush
on Seiichiro Aoki and never acts on it out of respect for his wife Shimako and child Yuuka.
In the anime she eventually sacrifices herself to save Seiichiro from Yuto but dying with their enemy
, while she still lives on in the manga, and in the movie she also pulls a Taking You Withme — but with Shougo Asagi instead.
Tropes associated with Karen Kasumi:
A petite, fresh and naive
14 years-old girl that often lightens up the mood and is never seen without her spirit dog, Inuki, that is invisible to regular humans.
Bullied all her childhood long because no one could see her dog but her, she has sworn to never accept a man who couldn't see her pet. Ironically, the first man to see Inuki is none other than a Dragon of Earth: Shiryu Kusanagi. She immediately falls for him
. She can turn Inuki into a sword when in battle and her pet will do anything to protect her. Upon battling Satsuki Yatoji in the anime, she loses her dog and gets horribly depressed
. After getting a Hannibal Lecture
from Fuma and Satsuki, she is eventually able to revive Inuki while Fuma steps down
In the film, she dies along with Yuto and Kusanagi, in Kamui's arms
. In the anime, both Kusanagi and her survive after Kusanagi's Heel-Face Turn and it is hinted that they remain together
Tropes associated with Yuzuriha Nekoi:
- Action Girl
- A Girl and Her Dog
- All of the Other Reindeer: Was shunned by her schoolmates all her childhood, long due to her special abilities. She didn't mind that much.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In the anime, to Kusanagi. Helps a lot in his Heel-Face Turn.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the anime and in the manga, Fuma meant to kill her but her will to live alone was enough to repel him and she could eventually revive Inuki.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Genki Girl: A mild version of this. She is cheerful and happy-go-lucky, but not to the point of being unable to focus on serious things.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Kusanagi who is easily twice her weight and towers high over her..
- Joshikousei: Subverted. Despite being involved with an older guy, her schoolgirl status, although obvious, is never brought up as part of why he likes her, nor is it ever alluded to otherwise in story.
- Meaningful Name: An invoked subversion: the "neko" in "Nekoi" means "cat," and her family uses it deliberately to obfuscate their affiliation with dog spirits.
- Magical Girl: Variation. She has all the characteristics but doesn't use actual magic.
- May-December Romance: With Kusanagi, who is more than twice her age.
- Meet Cute: Her first meeting with Kusanagi in the anime and the manga fits this, slow motion, white feathers of fate and all. Also a case of What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?.
- Naïve Everygirl
- Plucky Girl: So much that a new Inuki is born and Fuuma refuses to kill her specifically thanks to her strong will.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Subverted mid-story. She wears it all the time but Kusanagi buys her a new set of clothes once hers are too dirty to be worn.
- Sprouting Ears: Perhaps due to her relationship with dogs.
The least seen member of the Dragons of Heaven, thirty-something Seiichiro Aoki is the oldest of them. Married with a child, he is also a Wind Master who tutored his nephew Daisuke Saiki
After discreetly and amiably divorcing his wife Shimako in order to protect her and their child Yuuka from the disaster of the upcoming battles, he works as a journalist and manga editor in his daily life. He bounds specifically with Karen upon interviewing her for a manga and comes to help her when she goes in his stead to battle Yuto Kigai, alas to no avail
. He uses his power over wind in battle.
He appears as a tall, handsome brown-haired man in his mid-30's with glasses. Does that physical description look familiar?
In the movie he dies in a Taking You with Me fashion alongside Nataku
, but he's still alive in other media.
Dragons of Earth: The Seven Angels
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue
(JP, film and CD dramas), Michiaki Furuya (JP, TV series), Nigel Whitney (EN, film), Ezra Weisz (EN, TV series)
A very mannerly
and well-groomed blond
Public Service clerk, Yuto is one of the most amoral and cynical
of the Dragons of Earth. Not much is known about him except that he is pretty happy to work for the Dragons of Earth
. Additionally, he playfully flirts with his protegee Satsuki and sleeps regularly with Kanoe. In battle, he uses a long rope with a dagger at the tip that he uses like a whip
His end is pretty similar in each of the three media. And none of them are pretty
. (Except the manga, that is. For now, at least...)
Tropes associated with Yuto Kigai:
- Affably Evil: Very well-mannered and proper- one of the nicest, friendliest people you have ever met, yet almost completely amoral.
- Badassand Child Duo: He's the Badass and Satsuki is the teenage girl.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: See above.
- Badass Longcoat: Which makes him look like a pimp according to Sorata...
- Badass Bureaucrat: Works in the public service, uses water and his Weapon of Choice.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Too nice and polite to be good.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Or at least almost amoral.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Chivalrous Pervert: Sleeps with Kanoe and flirts with Satsuki, but doesn't take advantage of the latter's crush on him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dragon: To Kanoe.
- Kill It with Water and Making a Splash: Cut and pasted over to Kakyo stand-in Shogo in the film, but is the crux of his supernatural powers in the anime and manga.
- Morality Pet: Subverted. His CD drama track reveals that Yuto has a little sister named Tomoe (in fact, said drama is presented as a message in her phone's answering machine), but even when the guy does genuinely love her and shows remorse for not being in contact with her, he still will continue in his villain ways.
- Replacement Goldfish: Satsuki seems to be, for him, a stand-in for Tomoe. Though his feelings may have been a little less platonic in the anime series, as he dies remembering one of their chats.
- Subordinate Excuse: To Kanoe.
- Whip It Good: His Weapon of Choice.
Along with Subaru, he hails from Tokyo Babylon
and plays the end of his own story in X1999
. A one-eyed Bishōnen
and Badass in a Nice Suit
, seldom seen without his Cool Shades
, he and Subaru are established Yaoi Guys
Like Subaru, Seishirou is not actually close to his fellows and pretty much follows his own path. However, his role in the awakening of Kamui and Fuma was determinant. He is also the murderer of Hokuto Sumeragi, Subaru's sister and holds an interesting
relationship with his mom, Setsuka. He mostly takes on Subaru, his former lover and current Arch-Nemesis
, and uses an evil version of his powers which often includes Cherry Blossoms
He dies telling Subaru his true feelings for him. Or so we suspect.
Tropes associated with Seishirou Sakurazuka:
- Affably Evil: A little like Yuto.
- Arch-Nemesis: To Subaru.
- Bury Your Gays
- Cherry Blossoms
- Cool Shades
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subaru's, in all continuities.
- Dissonant Serenity
- Dying Declaration of Love: Dies upon declaring his love to Subaru. Possibly.
- Eye Scream: The reason for the Cool Shades.
- Evil Counterpart: To Subaru.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: To a degree, considering his Cool Shades.
- Mommy Issues: Oh, Seishirou.
- Oedipus Complex: His relationship with his mom, especially in the CD dramas. No evidence about sexual encounters, thankfully, but the Sub Text is heavy. And he DID kiss her on the lips when he killed her, in the manga.
- Self-Made Orphan: Apparently standard practice in his family, considering the Sakurazukamori stuff. More exactly, Setsuka says that the Sakurazukamori can only be killed by the person they love the most, and who will become the Sakurazukamori in their place; in Setsuka's case, this person was Seishirou, so...
- Serial Killer: What the Sakurazukamori does.
- Straight Gay
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- The Other Darrin: Goes through this twice. Takehito Koyasu voices him in Tokyo Babylon, then Tōru Furusawa succeeds him in the X movie and CD dramas, and finally Otoya Kawano succeeds both of them in the TV series.
- Yaoi Guys: With Subaru.
A nerdy-looking Emotionless Girl
, highschool/college-aged Satsuki is the youngest of all the Dragons of Earth and the only female of the group
aside of Kanoe. She always looks serious and is absolutely uninterested by the mundane world, finding solace only with her computers.Born in a very wealthy family
, she manifested her powers at an early age
and can connect herself directly to computers by letting them invade her body with their cables. She spends most of her time connected to her giant PC, the Beast, that she got from Kanoe and that stripped her from the last remnants of interest in humans
. She thoroughly lectures Yuzuriha upon battling her and kills her spirit dog when she cannot give her a satisfactory answer
. She also develops feelings for Yuto who is amused by her crush, even though he openly sleeps with their shared boss Kanoe and doesn't really encourage her advances. This drives the Beast mad with envy
. She uses the Beast for reconnaissance purposes and uses him to control electric cables as offensive weapons.
In the movie and anime, Satsuki dies upon trying to help Yuto (against Fuuma in the first, against Seiichiro and Karen in the second), impaled by the many cables of the Beast who refuses to lose her to anyone
Tropes associated with Satsuki Yatoji:
- All Love Is Unrequited: The closest to affection that she ever seems to feel is for Yuto, who's much older and seems to treat her as a stand in for his sister Tomoe.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's pretty, dark-haired, and emotionless.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She vastly prefers computers over interacting with other people, and seems to be annoyed when people try to interact with her. She also has a distinct Lack of Empathy as shown by her interactions with Yuzuriha. Asperger's?
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: And in her case, your body as well.
- Dark Action Girl: Satsuki doesn't fight with her hands and legs, but she can control massive cables VERY effectively if she wishes to do so. I.e., in The Movie she uses said cables to gravely injure Sorata during her fight against him and Arashi.
- Emotionless Girl: Due to her complete disinterest towards human beings as a whole.
- Evil Genius
- Hollywood Nerd-Type II.
- Kick the Dog She literally kills Inuki in front of Yuzuriha when she failed to answer why killing humans is "bad".
- Loners Are Freaks: Subverted. Despite her dismissive behaviour, she is appreciated by her fellows and other people in general.
- Motive Rant: Upon battling Yuzuriha.
- The Ojou: A huge Ice Queen type.
- Replacement Goldfish: May be one for Yuuto, if we take his CD drama track in consideration.
- Self-Made Orphan: In the TV series, she kills her Education Papa because he controls her life WAY too much, using her powers to arrange his death in a car accident.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: In the movie, she screams and snaps when Yuto is brutally killed by Fuuma. She also does this in the TV series before dying
- The Spock: A quite classical example.
Nataku aka Kazuki Toujou
, cybernetic clone of the dead granddaughter of a local scientist, Nataku has pretty much no personality
other than that of a lost child. Or so we're led to believe.
He appears as your usual white-haired Bishōnen
He is first seen as being sustained in a glass chamber. After heading out to steal the Shinken from Kyogo Monou, he eventually joins the Dragons of Earth. Upon seeing just how much Fuma ressembles his father (the son of his creator), he immediately takes him as a father figure and loves him unconditionally. He fights several times against Kamui, Yuzuriha and a switched Kusanagi
, and in the manga he also fights Karen and Aoki
. He mainly uses fabric tendrils in battle.
He eventually dies upon merging with Fuma and becoming part of him to heal him from the damage done by Sorata upon defending Arashi
, in the anime. He and Aoki kill each other in battle in the film, and in the manga he dies at Fuma's hands while shielding Karen - partially because he interpretes His Only Wish as partly dying by Fuuma's own hand ("the hand of the person he loves the most aka 'his father figure") and partly protecting Karen ("the person most important to him aka his mother figure", due to Nataku and Karen having sorta bonded right before his death.)
Tropes associated with Nataku:
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Justified. He is supposed to be genderless due to his Gender Flip.
- Emotionless Boy
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: In the manga, it turns out he isn't that emotionless. Specially during his fight/talk with Karen, where she listens to his backstory and tells him that yes, he has a heart, and he should follow it. This leads Nataku to shield Karen from Fuuma — at the cost of his own life; as said above, Fuuma interprets a part of Nataku's wish as "to die at his hands."
- Facial Markings
- Flat Character: Due to his status as a clone.
- Gender Flip: Was originally a girl but was turned into a boyish (but still genderless) figure upon being cloned.
- Hermaphrodite / No Biological Sex: It's a bit ambiguous which one Nataku is, but he clearly doesn't have a conventional gender of biological identity.
- Ill Girl: Kazuki Tonjou, his original persona, was a very sickly little girl who was also very attached to her scientist father. Since she was destined to become a Dragon of Earth but died of illness before her time, when Nataku was created as Kazuki's clone by her Mad Scientist grandpa, Dr. Tojou told him about Kazuki's truncated destiny as a Dragon of the Earth and sent him off to Kanoe and Co. so he could fulfill it in her place.
- Meaningful Rename: Sort of. When Nataku reveals his origins to Karen during their fight, she takes to call him "Kazuki" aka the name of his past original self. In fact, after his death, she screams "KAZUKI!" out loud, and as Fuuma cradles Nataku's lifeless body and explains his wish, he also calls him "Kazuki".
- Pietà Plagiarism: Twice. Fuuma cradles him while explaining his wish, then Karen hugs him while mourning.
- Taking the Bullet: His manga death. More exactly, Fuuma puts his arm through Nataku's torso when he's shielding Karen with his own body, and the injuries Nataku sustains end up killing him.
The bulky, towering and Badass
Air Force agent is actually a Technical Pacifist
who is inherently linked with the spirit of Earth. His characterisation is the most uneven between all three media of X1999
In both the anime and manga, he is actually the least aggressive and asocial
of all the Dragons of Earth. He is the most reluctant to participate in the end of the world but joins in regardless even though he doesn't share his views with everyone else. His enemy Yuzuriha Nekoi develops romantic feelings for him.
In the anime, he protects Yuzuriha from his fellows
various times and ultimately switches side
. In the manga, she confesses to him, and he accepts her feelings, though he doesn't openly return them.
In the film, he is the most aggressive and violent of all
and is nothing more than a Blood Knight
who simply wants to kill the Dragons of Heaven. His relationship with Yuzuriha doesn't exist. He ends up dying bloodily
at the hands of the recently awakened Fuuma.
In battle, he mostly uses brute force and is able to shatter the ground open with one punch.
Tropes associated with Kusanagi Shiyu:
A frail and comatose guy that seldom comes to his senses in the real world and spends most of his time in Comaland
where he dreams about the future, a constant sad look on his face. A dreamseer like Hinoto, he was sequestrated for a long time by ill-intentioned politicians
During one of his dreams, he meets Hokuto, Subaru's twin sister and falls in love with her. Upon seeing her eventual fate in his dreams, in the anime he breaks out of his coma and tries to save her but is shot by his jailers and put in a never ending coma.
He also befriends Kotori
in the dream space, comforting her in her last minutes of life, possessing her fatally injured body so she won't be in pain, and then watching her soul go off to Heaven
In the manga, he is convinced to join the Dragons of Earth by Fuma after trying to prevent the murder of Kotori.
In the anime, Fuma coerces him to manipulate Hinoto's dreams so as to mislead her predictions. But he eventually turns on Fuma on the urgings of Kotori and Hokuto. He eventually dies peacefully in his sleep and leaves for Heaven with his beloved Hokuto.
Tropes associated with Kakyo Kuzuki:
- Adventures in Comaland: All the time.
- Ascended Extra: A roundabout example. In the manga he's among the last Dragons of Earth to appear, so much that The Movie had Shougo to fill in the blanks. In the anime, however, he is both the narrator and The Protagonist of the OAV, telling the viewers how his life has been and how he sees the world.
- Dream Weaver: The crux of his powers.
- The Fatalist
- Ill Boy: Was already sickly, then was in a coma for years.
- Inter Generational Friendship: Strikes one with Kotori, in the dream space. He goes as far as possessing her body briefly as she dies to take her horrifying physical pain into himself and have some words with Fuuma, and then he says goodbye to her in the dream scape as she goes to Heaven, becoming the depositary of her Famous Last Words and a tender kiss on the cheek.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Born in a very rich and traditional family, and also kept in isolation by corrupt politicians due to his bad health and enormous dream seeing powers. Even worse in the OAV, when for the first time ever he rebels against the Gilded Cage he's locked in to try dissuading Hokuto from deploying her Thanatos Gambit... but he gets shot in the back and can barely witness her death at the hands of Seishirou. And from then on, he's comatose.
- Man in White: Wears white robes in the real world, and dresses in a white suit when in the dream space.
- Mysterious Waif: A rare male example.
- Non-Action Guy: Due to his comatose state.
- Perpetual Frowner: Looks perpetually sad and desperate.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He and Hokuto mix it with Star-Crossed Lovers, and also are among the saddest examples of the trope.
- Together in Death: What he wants the most is to join Hokuto. In the TV series, he gets his wish.
- You Can't Fight Fate: He genuinly thinks so.
and crippled dreamseer, she is actually in charge of the whole political life of Tokyo and can see the future in her dreams. She appears as an albino Woman in White
that possesses a wide range of psychic abilities and some power over Shikigami magic.
Although Hinoto has never once failed in her predictions, she was initially unable to determine the eventual path Kamui would take, so she tried to influence him to side with the Dragons of Heaven but Kanoe informed Kamui about his possibility to choose between the two. She functions mainly as the Dragons of Heaven's Mission Control
and is able to use spells to see outside her hidden place. She also constantly fighting her Enemy Within her Dark Self, that wishes to live on as a dreamseer and manipulates the group in order to ensure the world is destroyed in the end
In the manga, Hinoto is confronted directly by Sorata about her actions, yet the outcome is (still) not clear.
In the TV-series, she commits suicide in order to stop her Dark Self from interfering with the fate of the Seven Seals
. In the film, Hinoto says goodbye to Kamui and teleports him to the Tokyo Tower so he can duel Fuma, then lets herself die as the Diet building collapses around her, Kanoe's lifeless body in her arms.
Tropes associated with Hinoto:
- Big Good
- Blessed with Suck: The most powerful of the dreamseers, without any doubt. But her body simply can't keep up with such tremendous powers.
- Blind Seer: A classical example.
- Cain and Abel: With Kanoe.
- Dream Weaver: The most powerful and experienced of them.
- Driven to Suicide: In the film, she could've escaped from the collapsing Diet Building but chooses to not do so, saving Kamui's life and entrusting him with the rest of the Dragons of the Heaven's mission before she's crushed to death by the rubble falling on her, holding Kanoe's lifeless body in her arms.
- Enemy Within: Her Dark Self.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Completely subverted due to the above.
- Evil Albino: Subverted as well. She isn't inherently evil and, in the TV series, doesn't waver in killing herself to stop the actions of her Evil Self.
- Japanese Pronouns: Very polite when she speaks, she refers to almost everyone with the outdated -dono pronoun.
- Manipulative Bitch: At some point, she hides several truths to Kamui in hopes to bring him to the Heaven's side. Her Dark Self is this, through and through.
- Mission Control: What she is to the Dragons of Heaven.
- Psychic Powers: Which include...
- Rapunzel Hair
- Really 700 Years Old: Is much older than what she seems.
- Superpower Russian Roulette: Having the biggest Psychic Powers in the canon does NOT make her any good, physically-wise.
- Waif Prophet: Blind, dead, mute, and crippled... Yes all of it.
Voiced by: Atsuko Takahata (JP, film and CD dramas), Kaho Kouda (JP, TV series), Denica Fairman (EN, film), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
(EN, TV series)
The Seven Angels's counterpart to Hinoto is actually her younger sister. She is the one responsible for bringing all of the Dragons of Earth together and helps them in their mission by providing them with headquarters and material. She is a tall, dark-haired Femme Fatale
with the customary long nails
to hint at her evil, and she works as the head secretary of the Diet (Japanese Congress).
Although being born in the same family as Hinoto, Kanoe isn't gifted with the power of dreamseeing but can enter the dreams of others. Hence, she was always treated as less important than her sister
. She is mostly flirtatious and Affably Evil
towards her companions; she has an open affair with Yuto and flirts occasionally with Satsuki
. Despite claiming to hate Hinoto, her sister's death seems to affect her all the same.
In the film, Fuma kills her upon entering the Final Battle, and she dies in a devastated Hinoto's arms while explaining her reasons.
. In the TV series, she lives on and mourns her sister
. In the manga, she is killed by Hinoto
Tropes associated with Kanoe:
- Absolute Cleavage
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Kanoe has black hair and light skin and isn't particularly close to anyone but her sister, Hinoto.
- Big Bad
- Bi the Way: Sleeps with Yuuto, flirts with Satsuki, is kinda handsy with both Monous in The Movie... yet, to our knowledge, her evil and/or morally grey actions aren't tied to her bisexuality so she doesn't count as Depraved Bisexual.
- Dream Weaver <- -> Dream Walker: Her level of power depends on the continuity. In some, she's almost as powerful as Hinoto (Dream Weaver); in others, she can only enter the dreams of others but not influence or see too much beyond (Dream Walker)
- Femme Fatale: Classy, regal, sultry voice and the obligatory long nails.
- Love Makes You Evil: One of her motives in the film and the manga is to actually rescue Hinoto from her Blessed with Suck condition. By destroying the world, if needed.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: A truly scary one!
- Sexy Secretary: Her day job.
- The Un Favourite: Hinoto has always been considered better due to her ability as a dreamseer, which she lacks.
- Woman in Black: Especially in the Movie but the Manga and TV series count as well.
Tohru and Tokiko Magami
Tohru is voiced by: Masako Ikeda (JP, film and CD dramas), Kikuko Inoue
(JP, TV series), Liza Ross (EN, film), Julie Ann Taylor
(EN, TV series)
Kamui's mother and maternal aunt. They were membresses of the Magami clan, a once powerful family that is shrouded in mystery. Tohru left the Magami clan (including a pre-teen Tokiko) few after her highschool graduation, gave birth to Kamui, was close to the Monou family and left to Okinawa at some point; meanwhile, Tokiko balanced her work as a nurse with some spiritual deals. Tohru's death is the trigger for Kamui's return to Tokyo, as he believes she was murdered...
Tropes associated with Tohru and Tokiko:
Kyogo and Saya Monou
Fuuma and Kotori's parents, who own and handle the Tokagushi Shinto shrine. Despite looking Happily Married
, they actually got together to fulfill their destinies rather than for romantic love, and the reasonings behind said destinies are not exactly simple either.
Tropes associated with Kyogo and Saya:
- The Beard: Kyogo was essentially this to Saya, though everyone (except the kids) knew the marriage was a sham. He didn't seem to resent it.
- Famous Last Words: Kyougo tried to use his own to tell Fuuma that he was the other Kamui, but couldn't finish.
Kyougo: " Fuuma, you... you are Kamui's..."
- Gorn: How Saya died, by being dismembered while "giving birth" to the Shinken. In the manga, it happens in the backyard of the shrine; in the anime, it's during an urgent surgery.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saya, specially in the manga. She knew that Tohru was destined to have the Shinken inside, but willingly took her place so Kamui wouldn't be left fully orphaned and to show her love for her.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Saya was in love with Tohru. She married Kyougo to fulfill her destiny. The three knew it, and Saya even apologized to Kyougo for it since he did genuinely love her but she simply couldn't love him back in the same way - right before she died. Tohru then left for Okinawa with little Kamui on tow because she felt so guilty that she couldn't face the Monous afterwards.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: In the manga, Kotori goes in one of her Dream Weaver trips and meets up with the spirit of Saya, who has been transformed into a mermaid.
- Religious Bruiser and Retired Badass: Kyougo is a quite strong fighter and a Shinto priest. He's still killed by Nataku.
- Unwanted Spouse: Kyougo technically did marry the woman he loved but remained as this since she was in love with someone else and he was very aware of what was going on.
Kyougo: Is it for Tohru-san? I knew… from the time you first came to Togakushi. You have always longed for one person.
Kyougo: Why did I marry you? Because I love you. No matter who you longed for.
Saya: I’m… sor…ry…
- Sacrificial Lamb and Stuffed into the Fridge: BOTH of them.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Kyougo looks FINE despite being in his late 40's.
A playful, sarcastic highschooler who appears only in the movie, filling Kakyou's place as his character hadn't even really been created. He also had Yuuto's water-based powers, since Yuuto had never used them by that point.
Tropes associated with Shougo Asagi:
The closes to a Muggle
friend that Kamui has in the story.
Tropes associated with Keiichi Segawa:
Subaru's twin sister, whose death in Tokyo Babylon completely changed the turn of Subaru and Seishirou's destinies. She also is revealed to be Kakyou's first and only love.
Tropes associated with Hokuto Sumeragi:
The nephew of Seiichirou Aoki, with similar wind powers. He at first distrusts Kamui a lot due to his attitude and can't accept him as The Hero
, but he slowly warms up to him. Daisuke is also very, VERY fiercely protective of Hinoto, and seems to have romantic feelings for her.
Tropes associated with Daisuke Saiki:
Voiced by: Junko Sakuma (JP)
Seishirou's creepy, soft-spoken, and very beautiful mother. Also the previous Sakurazukamori, whom Seishirou killed to get the title and continue the tradition.
Tropes associated with Setsuka Sakurazuka:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: So much, that Seishirou lampshades the trope in the CD dramas by mentioning she was so young-looking that he had difficulty believing she gave birth to him.
Seishirou: I wonder how old she was. I still am not completely sure. The one that always smiled quietly forever seemed to be a young girl...
- Dark Action Girl: Was the former Sakurazukamori.
- Flower Motifs: When not killing people, her hobby is Ikebana. Her favorite flowers are the red camellia, benitsubaki in Japanese.
Setsuka: (has an ikebana arrangement) Camellias. Red camellias.
Seishirou: Your favorite flower.
Setsuka: I love it. I love camellias best when they fall (gets a dreamy look) It falls on the ground.... plop, like a human head. I love it.
- The Ophelia: She often talks about things that look like nosense, then counteracts with something quite unsettling and does so smiling. See the quotes under Flower Motifs to have an idea.
- Parental Incest: As mentioned, her relationship with Seishirou gives a strong vibe of this. She does say he's the only person she's ever come to care for and love, is implied to have given him a kiss on the lips upon meeting and in the manga, when she dies at Sei's hand by her own request, they share a Last Kiss.
- Posthumous Character: Basically, the reason why Sei is the way he is. Even after dying many years ago, when Seishirou was in high school.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Snow Means Death: Seishirou kills her in a snowy garden
- Trickster Mentor: To Seishirou. She's always playful and creepily sweet to him, specially in the CD dramas.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A beautiful, soft spoken and dark-haired woman whose hobbies include Ikebana and wears really pretty kimonos. Her devotion to the murderous family business is complete, and it makes her extraordinarily creepy.
Hien and Souhi
Twin young women who work as Hinoto's maids and caretakers, and are always by her side.
Tropes associated with Hien and Souhi: