Characters: Yu Yu Hakusho Team Urameshi
Due to being Trope Overdosed
, the four main heroes now have their own character sheet. Tropes related to Team Urameshi as a whole, or to the members thereof should go on this page.
Tropes Related to Team Urameshi as a whole:
- Almighty Janitor: The Spirit Detective title when compared to the Spirit Defense Force who are all at least A Class fighters. In fact the SDF is only called in where there's a Godzilla Threshold. And by the end of the series, the whole group with the possible exceptions of Genkai and Kuwabara, greatly surpass the SDF.
- Specifically, Kuwabara surpasses them in the manga, but not the anime.
- Badass Crew: Prevented End Of The World more than once and the current Dark Tournament Champions.
- Fire-Forged Friends: They had a rocky start during the Saint Beasts arc, but grew to respect each other.
- Five-Man Band
- Heroic BSOD: When Yusuke let's Sensui kill him to empower the rest of his team to A Class.
- It's Personal: After Yusuke was killed by Sensui; Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei were all hell bent on killing Sensui even if it means sacrificing their lives. Kurama even comments how this is the first time Hiei was willing to die for someone other than himself.
- Oddly Small Organization: The Spirit World's cleanup squad for when things go wrong consists of one detective and any friends he might make along the way. Though this is rendered a bit moot by the manga's ending, where it was revealed that Yusuke might not have been needed as badly as we originally thought.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The team consists of a delinquent Spirit Detective, his rival, a reincarnated Fox Demon, and a Reformed Criminal with an extra eye.
- True Companions: Yes, even Hiei who might not seem like this most of the time. But after watching all of Chapter Black. You can tell he truly cares for his friends.
Main Power: Spirit Gun, Demon Energy
You shouldn't talk. It makes you sound stupid.
Delinquent jerk who dies in a tragically ironic manner, saving a child from being hit by a car.
It gets even more tragically ironic when he is informed that not only did The Powers That Be never
expect such an act of goodness from him, the kid would have survived anyway, without a scratch.
Yusuke pushing him out of the way just gave him a few extra scrapes.
Since there's no place for him in heaven or
hell, Yusuke is given the opportunity to return to life, but once he does—Koenma owns him, and he becomes the Spirit Detective, taking care of supernatural problems that might threaten ordinary humans. Of course, as we gradually learn, Yusuke isn't all that ordinary, himself...
Main Power: Spirit Sword
When men do what they're supposed to do, it's not always about what they want.
Yusukes rival-turned-best-friend, Kuwabara is slightly jerk-y himself, but still easily the nicest of the four main characters. Kuwabara has a very powerful sixth sense, which he doesn't seem to enjoy, and is able to manifest his reiki as a sword. Definitely something of a comic relief character, he falls in love with the ice demon, Yukina, and is utterly devoted to her. Kuwabara is the only full-blooded human in the main four.
Sometimes called "Kuwa-chan." Punk antagonists use it to get on his nerves, but Botan uses it affectionately.
Kurama / Shuiichi Minamino
Species: Demon / Partially Human
Main Power: Flora Manipulation
You should know better than to corner an animal like a fox... We have a tendency to show our teeth.
Kurama is over a thousand years old, a fox demon and former thief killed by a hunter. Unwilling to die peacefully, his soul passed into the human world and entered the womb of a pregnant woman, Shiori Minamino. Reborn as her son, Shuuichi Minamino, Kurama planned to return to his life as a rogue thief as soon as he could, but his mother's unconditional love convinced him to stay for her sake, and even risk his life to save hers when she gravely got sick
. After he's caught by Yusuke, he is paroled. Part of his sentence is to help Yusuke, and basically do Koenma's bidding.
Personality-wise, Kurama is outwardly kind, cryptic, intelligent, and not above teasing Yusuke or Hiei mercilessly (sometimes with Kuwabara's help). That is if you are on his good side. If you are on his bad
side... then it's probably time to start praying that he'll at least be merciful enough to make your death quick.
- Aloof Ally: Though he is nice, he does not often hang out with the group outside of battle.
- Aloof Big Brother: Despite not being related to any of the main characters. Although this has been subverted towards his little stepbrother; he acts annoyed that his stepbrother followed him to his school, but it's implied he knew all along that he was being possessed by one of Yomi's minions.
- Animal Motifs / Animal Stereotypes: The guy is really a kitsune.
- The Atoner: Becoming a genuinely good-hearted, if still vengeful, person for his beloved human mother.
- Until the end of the series, Kurama struggles with his identity and self-worth. Initially, Kurama seems all too eager to leave the shameful carnage of his life as Yoko behind, but at the same time he is bothered by the newfound weakness of his human form. These mixed feelings about who he really is very obviously torture him.
- Bad Ass: A premier example within the story.
- Badass Bookworm: He can outsmart a genius who's written several best selling literature and an ability to steal your soul if you accidentally say a word or use the the first letters of that word in the right order.
- Handicapped Badass: Downplayed. He doesn't remain handicapped (if you don't consider getting turned from an all-powerful fox demon into a human schoolboy a handicap like Hiei does), but during the Dark Tournament, Kurama's arms and legs are bound. What does he do? He kills his opponent with his hair. Then the blood of his opponent seals his spirit energy, and he has to fight another match without his arms, legs, or spirit energy. Guess who wins again.
- Batman Gambit: VERY important in his strategies.
- Becoming the Mask: He intended to leave Shiori's side when his injuries got better. Found out he had grown genuinely fond of her and decided to stay with her anyway.
- Berserk Button: Only two things seem to piss him off: threatening his human mother and family, and being forced to take an innocent life.
- He does have a third: Being mistaken for a girl. He nearly snapped on Yusuke and Keiko when they pushed this button as lil too far...
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a sweetheart, and he is a lot more polite than Yusuke and Hiei (to be fair everybody has a friendlier demeanor then Hiei). That doesn't mean he is above killing someone in a particularly brutal and bloody manner should they piss him off.
- Big Brother Instinct: He does not react well to Yomi threatening his human stepbrother, who does not know about Kurama's true identity for his own protection.
- Bishōnen: To the extent that he's mistaken for Kuwabara's girlfriend in the last episode.
- The Chessmaster: Generally during his fights in the series he wins in the first minute or so, even if his foes don't know it yet, and it's repeatedly shown that the longer you take to beat him the only thing you're actually accomplishing is his giving him more time to come up with a cruel and unusual death for you, regardless of how screwed he might look. Of his foes, only Toya manages to think at his level (and even then Kurama had a massive handicap) and only Karasu, Itsuki and Yomi can actually outplay him.
- Crazy-Prepared: In the English dub, his fight in the Demon World Tournament arc reveals he seeded the area thousands of years previous just on the off chance he'd have to fight in that area in the future. (In the Japanese version, he instead grafted a living cherry tree into the dead giant tree, creating a revitalised hybrid.)
- Crossdressing Voices: Japanese version only. Actually, this was Megumi Ogata's debut role.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: This is the typical fate of most of the people who piss the guy off or try to screw him over when they're fighting him, with heavy emphasis on cruel. Worse if you happen to receive one of them and are immortal.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Literally, as he is a demon humanoid fox with a thousand years of experience.
- Deadpan Snarker: While soft spoken, just listen closely and you'll notice that his speech reeks of sarcasm.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: More then a few first time viewers of the show have mistook him for a girl. Oh yeah, so did the Filipino dub studio!
- This trope is touched on in universe. Kuwabara's college peers end up mistaking Kurama for his girlfriend in both the manga in anime. In the manga, Kurama gets noticeably pissed at this, and later, when Yusuke has to infiltrate a girl's boarding school, he goes to Kurama for help. Kurama testily demands if he has to "wear a disguise?" to be of any use to them.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: If not for Shiori, he'd still be a ruthless Youkai. He's also very fond of his stepfather and little stepbrother. Threatening them is the quickest Berserk Button you can press.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Karasu really really likes him.
- Fiery Redhead: He doesn't classically fit the trope, but Karasu invokes it with regards to his persistance.
- Fusion Dance: In the sub, he's the same person in whatever form even though his true form is more ruthless.
- Gentleman Snarker
- Green Thumb: And he makes it awesome...and terrifying.
- Good Is Not Soft: Kurama is an amicable person, genuinely kindhearted and willing to lend a helping hand. That still doesn't mean he's any less intimidating when angry, or that he would hesitate in the slightest to kill you.
- Guile Hero: While he's an excellent fighter, his most dangerous weapon is his tremendously sharp mind. And then he combines the two...
- Honest Advisor: He is both kindhearted and brutally honest, due both to hundreds of years of experience being a bandit and to experiencing the redeeming Power of Love firsthand. He lampshaded this with his training Kuwabara. Hiei, by his sense of honor, would hold back while training him. Kurama will show him clearly just how much he is outclassed.
- I Have Your Mother: Roto tries this to prevent him from fighting back, but Kurama prevents him from pressing the button that signals her execution. Yomi uses the threat of killing his human mother, stepfather and stepbrother to force him to serve him. Shachi tries to use his brother as a hostage, but fails because his minion had pulled a Mook-Face Turn.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: A Bishonen whose very soft spoken, girly-looking, elegant as well as being the most sensitive to others emotions and able to 'read the atmosphere.'
- Jack of All Stats: In his human form.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Happens to him during the Dark Tournament. After fighting the two matches consecutively, with the latter match draining him of his energy, Kurama passes out while still standing on his feet. Enter Bakken, who's too cowardly to hold his own against a fit fighter, and who is angry at Kurama's prior winnings. He mercilessly attacks Kurama while he is unconscious, stopping only when Yusuke threatens to throw away the entire tournament and save Kurama by launching his Spirit Gun attack at him.
- Bakken's treatment of him is especially jarring when you take into account that Kurama had absolutely no desire to kill Gamma at all, urging him to stop moving because he was losing too much blood, and even spared Touya's life once the ice demon begged him to kill him.
- The Kirk: He's perfectly level-headed until his Berserk Buttons are pushed, and often works to keep the group working smoothly together.
- Kitsune: He is a Japanese fox demon.
- Little Bit Beastly: His demonic form-in addition to changing his hair and eye color-gives him fox ears and a tail.
- Love Redeems: His human mother's love mellowed him from a sociopathic theif into a Beware the Nice Ones Nice Guy.
- Man in White: As Yoko Kurama.
- Manly Tears / Not So Stoic: In the Japanese version, after Kuwabara's death, his voice breaks and he's shown trembling, as if crying.
- The Medic: His knowledge of plants is useful for this as well.
- Nerves of Steel
- Noble Demon: Well, he IS a demon, and is genuinely noble.
- Not so Above It All: He usually likes to play the part of the cool-headed, rational demon. As the series goes on, it's revealed he isn't exactly above teasing Yusuke (with Kuwabara even!), spending countless hours on video games (even MORE than Kuwabara or Yusuke!), and actually cheats the hell out of card games.
- Not So Stoic: Becomes visibly enraged for the first and only time during the Chapter Black arc, when he has to kill a 12-year-old opponent like Amanuma, and later fights Elder Toguro.
- Is deeply unnerved by Karasu, and panics over the prospect of being killed by him.
- One of Us: Chapter Black comes with the stunning revelation that Kurama is a huge video game nerd.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Shares the same human name with his little stepbrother, Shuuichi.
- Princely Young Man: By virtue of his attitude and how he's treated in this case, rather than status. He's a Prince Charming type.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He doesn't look impressive, being a pretty boy that often wears a pink school uniform and has this thing for roses. Guess who is one of the series' biggest Badasses and the only person that Hiei admits being afraid of?
- Really 700 Years Old: Looks like a teenager, is thousands of years old.
- Yoko Kurama looks like a 20-to-early 30s man, yet he was Yomi's superior and possibly elder authority a thousand years ago.
- Red-Headed Hero: His hair is dark crimson; though it does change color when he assumes his true form.
- School Uniforms are the New Black: In a manga bonus story, his classmates note that he wears the uniform even when he doesn't have to.
- She's a Man in Japan: In the Philippines actually. They Hand Waved this after they got to the point where his chest is visible.
- Shout-Out: "Just call me Tuxedo Mask" in Chapter 44 of the manga. The authors of YuYu Hakusho and Sailor Moon (who later married) were dating at this time.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Probably used to play into the old tale about green-eyed redheads can be expected to have magical powers. Note Kurama's eyes turn golden and his hair turns white when he switches into his demonic form.
- The Smart Guy: An anime poster boy for this trope.
- Something about a Rose: Rose Whip.
- The Stoic: The guy has a pokerface that is simply unbreakable in a fight, to the point of almost coming across as a sociopath at times. He DOES have emotions, he's just able to look past them and analyze a situation with a cold rational mind, then switch back to being pleasant and upbeat when he has to be.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: For the most part, he is extremely kind and self-sacrificing to others. He works very hard to please his mother, and has a limitless love of the world around him, but he can switch to cruel, cold, and calculating in a matter of seconds.
- Token Good Teammate: To Hiei and Gouki, wanting the mirror so that he can save his mother, knowing it will cost him his life. He even makes arrangements for Yusuke to recover the mirror after he's dead, not expecting to survive.
- Training from Hell: Gives Kuwabara some fairly harsh training to prepare him for the Dark Tournament, and later gives it to some of his team's former rivals to prepare some elite fighters for Yomi.
- Tranquil Fury: This makes him absolutely frightening. During Chapter Black, when he's forced to kill Amanuma, he is completely utterly enraged. Fortunately, Elder Toguro was there for him to take his fury out on.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Played with. His demonic form has the long, flowing white hair and pretty face accociated with this character type, and in that form he is more distanct and cold. While his demon form is not evil, it is what he looked like before he was re-encarnated into a human body, when he was as bad as any other demon.
- Whip It Good: Main weapon. Although he has even worse plants at his disposal. A lot of those cases, he uses the Rose Whip to set said plants.
Main Power: Superspeed / Jagan Eye / Flame Manipulation
I know as much of games as I do of hugs and puppies, and care for them even less. Wake me for the end of the world.
An aloof and elusive swordsman from the Demon World. Hiei possesses a surgically implanted third eye that endows him with several abilities such as mind control, telepathy, and telekinesis. Hiei is a fire demon, and is capable of manipulating the human world's crimson flames as well as the demon world's dark flames. He is taciturn and misanthropic, and the only being he cares about seems to be his twin sister, Yukina
. Hiei was the ringleader of the theft that led to Yusuke meeting him, Kurama and Gouki. Unlike Kurama, Hiei had no good intentions, but like Kurama, part of his sentence to assist Yusuke and Koenma. Eventually, he does come to respect Yusuke as a friend and warrior, although he usually won't help without a good pretext.
- Aloof Ally: A trope poster boy.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Yukina.
- Amazon Chaser: Hiei likes Mukuro because of her being strong enough to stand against him as well as their Not So Different background even though her mutation and the horrors she put herself through to escape her abusive father have disfigured her.
- Ascended Extra: He was never supposed to show up after Yusuke beat him, but people kept asking about him, so he came back when Kurama did.
- Badass: He absolutely doesn't play around in his fights, and will cut you to shreds in split-split seconds before you can even comprehend the fact that you've been cut.
- Bandage Babe: His bandaged arm and his good looks fulfill this trope, though if you wanted to give him a hug he'd rip your spine out.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Mukuro, in a much more literal way that Yusuke and Keiko.
- Berserk Button:
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just in the nick of time, and rescues Yusuke from Sniper's onslaught.
- Blood Knight: Although he's too arrogant to acknowledge his opponent, he clearly likes fighting because he was literally born in a dog-eat-dog world.
- Brought Down to Badass: Hiei reached A-Class levels of power just a few years after birth, but lost most of his power during his surgery for the Jagan.
- Byronic Hero: Think Yusuke, but dipped in liquid nitrogen, and you'll have a good idea of how cold this guy is.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In his initial appearance—he is quite insistent on how arrogantly insidious he is, never at any point stops gloating or posturing at length about how superior he is—usually at the top of his lungs in the most hammy way possible, with as much evil laughter as he can muster for good measure - holds the Villain Ball very closely and as a result makes a lot of a arrogance fueled mistakes. In his next appearance he shifts into the personality he keeps for the rest of the series - calm, calculating, and a man of few words and decisive action. See Characterization Marches On and Continuity Drift below.
- Characterization Marches On: When he was a villain, he was outright psychotic, with Nobuyuki Hiyama hamming it up in voicing him. When he makes his Heel-Face Turn, he's a Deadpan Snarker Perpetual Frowner Aloof Ally, and the way he's voiced naturally changes along with the characterization.
- Continuity Drift: Togashi, apparently, was not always sure if Hiei was going to become recurring character—certainly not that he would rank #1 in both Character Popularity polls—and it shows. When he first appears, he transforms into his "full/true demon form," but this is, oddly, never seen again. Except for a Non-Serial Movie, okay, but still. This demon form is apparently derived from and based on his Jagan, which we later find out is an implant, courtesy of Shigure. In an early episode, he also tells Yusuke that he and Yukina are half-siblings with different mothers, but his Whole Episode Flashback clearly shows that they do have the same mother, Hina. Of course, that one can be written off easily; it wouldn't be out of character for Hiei to lie.
- Or he could be using this as a cover. He doesn't really hold the fondest of regards for the Ice Maidens, after all.
- Cruel Mercy: He did it twice. First with Tarukane, whose life he spared before giving him the final push into madness, and then we find out he never went through his promise to kill all the Ice Maidens because they were already dead inside and sparing their lives was crueler.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Hiei's... quite good at unleashing unholy amounts of badass to crush his opponents with sheer anticlimactic force. See Zeru, who spent half an episode being built up as The Guy To Watch Out For, and Hiei reduced him to an ashy impression on a wall in seconds.
- At least his attack on Zeru left him effectively crippled for nearly the entire tournament, which he thought was a necessary sacrifice against someone so strong...except that several of his other opponents were still killed in a single move. Then he fought Bui, one of the strongest fighters in the tournament, and celebrated by smacking his body all the way up and down the arena.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Which causes a BSOD and turned him into a Death Seeker after he fufilled what he thought was his final mission, helping his sister.
- Easily Forgiven: Yusuke is immediately OK with working alongside the guy who kidnapped his girlfriend and tried to turn her into a demon.
- Enfant Terrible: When he was kid. Though it can possibly be blamed on the prejudice he faced seconds after being born.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When he was a Boxed Crook in Saint Beast arc he remarked that Kurama is "Even more cuthroat than I am."
- Expy: Of Vegeta. Both are Proud Warrior Race Guys with emphasis on the "pride" part that start out opposing The Hero but later make a Heel-Face Turn to become one of the good guys strongest fighters. Also, they both are short, have long, upright black hair and are revealed to be of the same type of being as the protagonist.
- Extra Eyes: Also, this.
- Eyepatch of Power: Technically, it's a headband. It covers his Jagan so it still counts.
- Flawless Victory: Hiei was the only character in the Dark Tournament Arc to win every battle he participated in, and only one of his opponents survived.
- Forgotten Phlebotinum: Hiei's Jaganshi form, only used in his first appearance and one of the movies, where he sprouts extra Jagans all over his body which greatly increase his speed, strength, and demonic power. Possibly justified in that it leaves him with a Weaksauce Weakness to any attack that can blind him (since he has eyes all over his body), and it's implied his Dragon of the Darkness Flame is a stronger ability overall.
- Glass Cannon -> Lightning Bruiser: At least initially, since a single Spirit Gun from Yusuke was able to knock him out (back when it was only around twice as strong as his punch). Subverted in later seasons, as despite his small size, he is shown to be surprisingly hardy and resistant to damage. By absorbing his dragon, his defense increases to the point that most attacks don't even phase him.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Had a major make over after Togashi decided he'll be good, or at least an anti hero, one of which was considerably widening his eyes.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being defeated...
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kurama.
- Hidden Depths: More complex than you'd think.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Very, very deeply hidden, but Hiei truly loves his twin sister Yukina, and cares for (or at the very least respects) his allies, to the point where he was most visibly seething with rage after Sensui kills Yusuke.
- Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: While not married nor officially involved with Mukuro, the BST is clearly there. The horrible scars on her body due to her mutation make for a partial straight example of this trope, since he is more attractive than her.
- Katanas Are Just Better: To wit, he usually starts the battle with his katana even after finding out that his bare hands and Ki Attacks are much more effective. Guess what appears in his part of the opening credits.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: In the anime, is willing to kill Tarukane for abducting Yukina.
- Magical Eye: His Jagan, which literally means "evil eye," allows him to see great distances and allows him some minor clairvoyance.
- Maybe Ever After: With Mukuro, whom he has grown very close to by the end of the series to the point of going out of his way to see her on a regular basis and, for a guy like Hiei, this speaks louder than words.
- Morality Pet: His sister, Yukina.
- Noble Demon: Going by his flashbacks and his own narration, Hiei was an incredibly sadistic and brutal killer as a child. However, he doesn't take kindly at all to people betraying their allies, and he always keeps his word.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Unlike other fighters who frequently warm up with lesser offenses and have fun with the fight (Yusuke) or gauge their foes until they counterattack (Kurama), Hiei's favored tactic seems to be to start out with overwhelming force and end his fights as quickly as possible, partially because he likes showing off what a badass he is. On occasion this has actually worked against him as much as it helps: since he tries to solve all his problems with swift application of brute force, cleverer fighters with more unique abilities can remove him from the fight early on.
- Not So Different: In his battle with Mukuro, both find out that they are much more similar than what they first thought.
- One-Hit Kill: Absolutely loves these. Among his numerous one-hit KO's, his icons ones are Zeru and Sniper. The former was hyped up to be an immensely powerful flame-user (he was), and ended up a stain on the wall. The latter was toying with Yusuke for the better part of two whole episodes, and even blew him up, yet Hiei took him down with practically zero effort.
- Orgasmic Combat: Versus Mukuro. Justified, in that it was their own way to have a heart-to-heart.
- Out of Focus: Takes off for quite a bit during the Sensui arc, and even after he returns he's noticeably regulated to the background more than usual. The Three Kingdoms arc makes up for it though.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Pet the Dog: Is really, genuinely angry with the way Seiryuu betrays Byakko, and displays it by finishing off Seiryuu like it was nothing. But before he does so, he throws his coat aside in a way that it falls over Byakko's head, respectfully covering it after death.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: 4'9 without his hair and can beat up guys twice or three times his size with ease (and when introduced was much weaker than when he was a child).
- Playing Against Type: For Nobuyuki Hiyama. And he's not THAT Hot-Blooded, considering he's a fire demon.
- Playing with Fire: Demonic fire.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue oni to Yusuke and Kuwabara, Red oni to Kurama, and Yukina.
- Shirtless Scene: It would be easier to count the number of fights in which he's wearing it for the whole time. Usually is ripped/exploded/tossed aside within the first few seconds.
- Smug Super: A heroic, sort of, version.
- The Southpaw: He is NOT left-handed but when the Dragon of the Darkness flame paralyzes his right arm he needs to learn to hold his sword with his left, temporarily.
- The Spock: When not playing the Smug Super.
- Starter Villain: Along with Gouki, he was set up as this before his unexpected popularity.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Mukuro who is somewhat taller than him.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's a murderer and his teammates are two deliquents and a mamma's boy.
- Too Many Belts: Justified as it held back the Dragon of the Darkness Flame from devouring him.
- Training from Hell: Trains Kuwabara for the Dark Tournament. Because of Hiei's honour system, his training is less hellish than Kurama's.
- Whole Episode Flashback: The two episodes detailing his past.
- The Worf Barrage: His Dragon of the Darkness Flame incinerates Zeru, but afterward (not counting the second movie), can't kill anything stronger than a Mook (though it can quickly obliterate an entire army of A-class demons).
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