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Botan
Species: Spirit Being
Main Power: Healing
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Now I understand what kind of person you are; it's in my guidebook! Rather than be scared or surprised, you yell a lot and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.

Voiced by: Sanae Miyuki (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN), Noemí Bayarri (Spain, series and movies), Miriam Guilimany (Spain, first dub of Meikai Shito Hen)

Chief ferry girl across the River Styx, Botan is the perky shinigami sent to retrieve Yusuke's soul after his unexpected death. She initially serves as his guide back to life and becomes his assistant upon his appointment as Spirit Detective.
  • Action Girl: Specifically in the Four Saint Beasts storyline, where she easily fends off possessed people with a baseball bat and then attempts to save Keiko.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bingo!"
  • Cat Smile: Would often make this face... in every occasion too.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the team as a whole.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Both in apperance (cute and perky) and in role (guide to the after life)
  • Genki Girl: Her liveliness and general energy is one reason why Yusuke didn't think she was a grim reaper.
  • The Grim Reaper: A pleasant Japanese subversion. Yusuke was expecting the straight version (black robe, sycthe, stoic personality etc.) and that's why he was so surprised to a cute and cheerful girl in a pink kimono.
  • Guile Hero: While Botan doesn't have overwhelming spirit energy, she does use her minor abilities of possessing sleeping people and light creation to save Yusuke's life more than a couple times.
  • Healing Hands: Has this as a limited ability, and uses it on Mitarai at some point.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She fits the personality type (minus crazy impluses) but her relationship with Yusuke was always platonic.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the English dub, she has a slight English accent which diminishes over the course of the series...then pops back up in random intervals.
  • Shinigami: A Shinigami with character details (such as the oar she rides on and her blue hair) referencing the Japanese Buddhist myth of the Sanzu River, analogous to the Western River Styx. Her primary function is as a psychopomp, although that appears less and less as the series focuses more on Yusuke's battles with demons. The English dub has her call herself the Grim Reaper and Guardian of the River Styx instead.
  • Team Mom: Tends to mother Team Urameshi around. Then again, one of its members is Yusuke of all people.
  • Theme Naming: Ferry girls have names based on flowers of which in Botan's case is based on peony.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or baby blue hair.

Keiko Yukimura
Species: Human
Main Power: One hell of a slap!
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Yusuke, you perv! People like you should be strung up in the street! Dumb boy! Hasn't grown up a bit since he was 4 years old!

Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP), Laura Bailey (EN), Elvira García (Spain, series and movies), Elisabeth Bargalló (Spain, first dub of Meikai Shito Hen)

Class Representative of Sariyashki High and Yusuke's childhood friend, Keiko is his Love Interest throughout the series.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Yusuke.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Played for laughs. Yusuke gives her one right before going to the Spirit World to meet Raizen, she's baffled by it... and then Mr. Yukimura laughs cheerfully and says "he did that every time he gave you grief when you were kids, remember?"
  • Distressed Damsel: Not her fault, as it's a consequence of having no magic or spiritual powers.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has a pretty big one when Yusuke gets the tar beaten out of him by Younger Toguro.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: After being irritated by Yusuke yet again, she furiously snaps "Why don't you just die?!" Shortly after, Yusuke performs his Heroic Sacrifice to save a kid, and Keiko's resultant breakdown is part of what convinces him to work his way back.
  • Morality Pet: To Yusuke. Seeing him caring for, and being bossed around by, her shows he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Muggle: Keiko and Atsuko are the only characters listed here without any kind of supernatural powers.
  • Official Couple: With Yusuke since his revival more or less. Cemented at the end.
  • Plucky Girl: Hiei's Shadow Sword, insect-controlled humans, the Dark Tournament...she's been able to handle it all pretty nicely. Borders on Bad Ass Normal sometimes (the girl's willing to douse herself with water and go through fire to rescue Yusuke's body!)
  • Shorttank: Even if she is fond of wearing dresses.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Television closed captions for the English dub spell her name as "Kayko".
  • Traumatic Haircut: Averted. Getting parts of her hair singed off after rescuing Yusuke from a fire leads to no angst on her part.
  • Tsundere: Often tsun-tsun towards Yusuke (particularly when he's praising her body), although it's clear she does worry about him. The brief dere-dere momments are when he gets out of a particularly dangerous situation. She's a little harsher in the manga.

Koenma
Species: Spirit Being
Main Power: Shapeshifting / Ma Fū Kan
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Actually, I'm proud to say that in addition to knowing the greatest secrets of the universe, I am also quite potty-trained.

Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka (JP), Sean Michael Teague (EN), Ariadna Jiménez (Spain, series and movies), María Pilar Quesada (Spain, first dub of Meikai Shito Hen)

Chief administrator of the Spirit World and son of King Yama, Koenma resurrects Yusuke and becomes his employer.
  • Bad Boss: Played for laughs as he treats the narrator like dirt.
  • Berserk Button: Being laughed off for resembling a toddler.
  • Big Good: He is Yusuke's boss and the administrator of the Spirit World.
  • Bishōnen: In his adult form.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His pacifier is a device that creates a barrier strong enough to hold S-Class demons.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Chapter Black Saga forces him out of the sidelines, and into the front field for the first time.
  • Cowardly Lion: Him being a bit of a coward is often played for laughs, even in serious situations. But in the Sensui arc, he was willing to die to resolve an issue he had a personal stake in.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Voiced by Mrs. Mayumi Tanaka in the original Japanese. Is also often voiced by female actresses in the dubs. In the Latin American dub, Child!Koenma was voiced by a woman; older!Koenma, by a man, and he's also voiced by a man in the English dub, much to Sean Michael Teague's vindication. He talks on the commentary track about how his voice is so high that he's constantly being mistaken for a woman at drive-throughs, so getting a job because he has a higher-pitched voice was great.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In his older form.
  • Failure Knight: Is extremely guilt-ridden from his involvement and appointment of Sensui. Enough for him to face him personally, and betray his own father.
  • He Is All Grown Up / Older Alter Ego: Has a very bishounen adult form.
  • Immortal Immaturity: More in the anime than the manga, and usually when he's in his baby form.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's snide, condescending and rude, and he generally presents himself as a childish blowhard and Lovable Coward, but from the start Koenma had Yusuke's interests in mind (even if he didn't always think he would survive) and helped where he can, and he has just as many moments where he shows he actually does care as he does being a brat. He even put his life on the line when the chips are down once or twice.
  • King of All Cosmos: More like prince, but still he's a toddler.
  • Mr. Exposition: Particularly in the anime, where he has a video screen that lets him see everything and a clueless assistant who needs things spelled out to him.
  • Non-Action Guy: The Koenmatron jetpack is his solution to fighting.
  • Oral Fixation: His pacifier. Even as his Older and Sexier Alter Ego, he keeps the pacifier.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Behind the scenes, during the Demon World Unification Tournament, Koenma impeached and overthrew his father for the crimes of manipulating Demons to cause crimes in Human World for centuries.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Is exactly 700 years old, and appears to be a toddler. He can transform into a bishonen teen form for a few minutes at a time... but doesn't remove his pacifier when he does so. Stays in teenage form continuously later in the series when it gets more serious. Eventually the pacifier is revealed to be a device to store energy. He keeps the the pacifier in his mouth even after using up its stored energy, presumably because that's how he recharges it.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Koenma (usually in the form of an infant with a pacifier) is able to take on an older, more bishounen appearance.
  • Shout-Out: He is disguised as Tuxedo Mask at the Makai Tournament, probably because Togashi and Takeuchi were dating at the time.
  • Spoiled Brat / Spoiled Sweet: On his bad days, he'll come off as (particularly) insufferable and bossy, but he's still a fairly responsible leader in general.

Genkai
Species: Human Psychic
Main Power: Spirit Wave
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I fight to get what I need, and I kill whoever gets in my way. I always have.

Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda (Older) and Megumi Hayashibara (Younger) (JP), Linda Young (EN), Ana Orra (Spain, series and movies), Enriqueta Linares (Spain, first dub of Meikai Shito Hen)

A legendary human psychic that holds a tournament to choose an apprentice to pass on her power to in her old age. With Yusuke's victory, she becomes his mentor, determined to beat skill into him even if he doesn't want it. Unknown to everyone (though not above suspicion), she's also the fifth masked fighter for Team Urameshi during the Dark Tournament. Has something of an interesting past with the younger Toguro brother.
  • Action Girl: She is still one of these as a 70+ year-old woman, and, when she was younger, she helped Team Toguro with the Dark Tournament, her being the only girl on that team.
  • Affectionate Nicknames: At first she called him "dimwit" because of his lazy, streetbrawling tendencies. Over time, this becomes her favorite name for both him and her.
  • Brought Down to Badass: The li'l ol' hag still manages to hold her own quite well against Doctor's territory. Prior to that, she also took out Suzuki and Shishiwakamaru, two C-class demons, with little effort, as well as became the first character on-screen to actually manage to injure Younger Toguro.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The ultimate secret of the Spirit Wave is the Spirit Wave Orb, which she has to pass down to her apprentice. This makes him stronger while it makes her roughly 90% weaker.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her gaming skills become very useful against one of Sensui's men who can manifest video games into reality.
    Genkai: "What? You think I've been playing Solitaire for the past 50 years?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sarcastic quips are her specialty, though she laces it with bitter cynicism.
  • Gamer Chick: Because she doesn't have much to do when she's not training besides playing some arcade game she owns. Really.
  • Healing Hands: Though she doesn't use them often.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: As a Sink-or-Swim Mentor enforcing Training from Hell on Yusuke, she can come across as unfeeling. Well it's clear later on that she cares just as much as anybody else, but don't expect her to show it though.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With her old friend Younger Toguro.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Was VERY cute when young. Her choosing to be old rather than become a demon like Toguro is what drove him to kill her.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the manga, she already passed away at the start of the last chapter. She died after Team Yusuke's last mission at the Gates of Judgment hostage situation. Unlike the first time she died at the end of the Dark Tournament, she didn't come back.
  • Little Dead Riding Hood: Was killed by Younger Toguro in her usual red attire. She recovered.
  • Meaningful Funeral: In the manga.
  • Meaningful Name: Genkai generally means "limit" in Japanese. Has quite a few meanings in context of the show, huh? It's a homonym too; her name is written with the kanji for "illusion" and "sea"- "sea of illusion", which is also meaningful as she's an Old Master with a lot of secrets.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Although she is seen in flashbacks to have always been that height.
  • Never Mess with Granny: As someone who is a former champion of the Dark Tournament, her fighting skill should be without question. That doesn't stop glory-seeking demons from trying to fight her...
  • Not So Stoic: Is harsh, disparaging, and domineering to Yusuke to a fault, but almost has an Heroic BSOD when he dies in the Chapter Black saga.
    • Also, she yells at Toguro-ototo when he's literally about to go to Hell.
    • And when he continues to deny she is the same person that fought alongside him 50 years ago, she is VERY UPSET.
  • The Obi-Wan: Toguro kills her to make Yusuke stronger. She's revived later by Koenma.
  • Old Master: The "just wants a break" version, and badass grandma.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Doubly subverted. Her disguise is her usual outfit with a head covering bandage. Underneath is her younger appearance.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's barely taller then Hiei. In her first episode, she knocks two rude and huge men into a wall just by blinking a wave of energy at them. Be polite to your elders.
  • Progressively Prettier: When she first appeared, she was downright toad-like, with yellowish skin and gigantic eyelids. As her role expanded, she started letting her hair down, grew eyebrows (??), and dropped a few obvious wrinkles. She still looks worn down and ragged, but you can tell that she was once very pretty.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Holds a tournament to determine her successor. However, she also points out that she doesn't consider morality a factor when selecting a successor, and part of Yusuke's entering is so that Rando will not receive her techniques.
  • Self-Deprecation: She's not afraid to make fun of herself in the pursuit of snark.
    Shishiwakamaru: I'm surprised my sword's sound alone didn't kill you, you withered old hag.
    Genkai: Yes, silly me, I must have forgotten to turn my hearing aid on. When you get to be a washed-up old lady like me, the memory is the first to go.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Filipino dub, she was given the name Jeremiah, which fortunately is unisex, although usually used by males.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: "Use your spirit energy to float above the spike."
  • Training from Hell: For Yusuke, herself. and the Six Fighters, in the Three Kings arc. For instance, one of her practicies is "Use your spirit energy to float above the spike. We will hold this for twelve hours."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yusuke loves and is totally loyal to her. They spend most of their time with him threatening to kill her for all of her Training from Hell sessions and with her telling him in excruciating detail every one of his faults.
  • Volleying Insults: Against Yusuke all the time. Over time, it becomes sort of their 'thing' that they do.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair, which grayed over time.

Yukina
Species: Demon
Main Power: Ice Manipulation
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Go Kuwabara! You can do it!

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Jessica Dismuke (EN), Carmen Calvell (Spain, series and movies), Aurora Ferrándiz (Spain, first dub of Meikai Shito Hen)

Hiei's twin sister, a fact lost only on Kuwabara and Yukina herself. An ice demon, and the object of Kuwabara's affections. She was kidnapped and kept imprisoned for a time by Tarukane because her tears, which transform into jewels, fetch a high price on the black market.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: She once told Hiei her real reason for searching her brother: reminding him his promise to kill all the Ice Maidens and lead him where they lived.
  • Body to Jewel: Her tears become valuable jewels, which has people trying to make her cry through incredible cruelty.
  • Break the Cutie: She experiences this briefly after watching her only two friends, a pair of bluebirds, get murdered in cold blood.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Her very appearance is enough to turn anyone into a doting big-brother and Cool Big Sis who wants to hug her all day long.
  • Defiant Captive: She faces torture with as much dignity as she can unless others are threatened/tortured/killed in front of her. Which hits you like a sack of bricks when you think of how long the poor girl has been tortured until the point of desensitization.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Portrayed this way in her first appearances. The manga has an off-hand mention of the birds being Reikai messengers, however, and later, one of Hiei's Whole Episode Flashbacks has her make an interesting statement...which makes her a subversion of the trope, if anything.
  • Healing Hands: But not The Medic. Her powers are good, but she doesn't appear often enough for that.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Kazuma who is easily twice her size.
  • An Ice Person: She's a lot nicer then Seiryuu at least.
  • Implied Love Interest: Of Kuwabara by the end of the series.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Kuwabara's first reaction upon seeing her in Koenma's mission video, and just about every good person in the cast when they meet her for the first time. By the end of the series Kuwabara's family does take her home, whether as a little sister or as Kazuma's girlfriend/wife is left uncertain.
  • The Ingenue: Kind, innocent, gentle, etc.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Kuwabara.
  • Mercy Kill: Seems to want this to happen to the Ice Maiden society.
    Yukina: "If survival means becoming as cold as ice... then I don't see the point."
  • Protectorate:
    • Of Kuwabara. Raising a hand to her is a very good way to cause Kuwabara's instant Unstoppable Rage.
    • Also of Hiei. In the second movie, one of the villains admitted having harmed her, and Hiei disintegrated him. Then there's his Cruel Mercy to Tarukane...
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. She has deep red eyes yet she's anything BUT evil. Then again, she's searching her brother to have him commit a genocide...

Atsuko Urameshi
Species: Human
Main Power: None
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No one gave you permission to die! You got hit by a car, strong people live through that!

Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Meredith McCoy (EN), Gloria García (Spain)

Yusuke's alcoholic mother, unaware of his Spirit Detective job.

  • Alcoholic Parent: She is almost always shown drunk, and more than once toasted to the point of sleeping in.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She may not be the most responsible parent, but she genuinely cares for Yusuke.
  • Demoted to Extra: She kinda disappears after the anime's Spirit Detective arc. Notably, when Keiko, Botan and Shizuru are discussing the Dark Tournament in the anime, Atsuko is passed out drunk. In the manga, the scene is never shown, but all four show up there together.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She never appears to wear any in the anime. In the manga as she also wears her business attire from time to time.
  • Dragon Lady: Not shown in the anime, but she seemed to have ties with Yakuza. She and her group threatened the school's principal to let Yusuke come back to school after he came back to life. She also got Yusuke set up a business of his own through her connections at the end of the manga.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She often draws others in.
  • One of the Boys: Her pals outside of Yusuke's circle in the manga are men.
  • Parents as People: While she does clearly love her son, she is just as clearly unprepared for motherhood.
  • Stacy's Mom: Kuwabara's gang certainly seemed to think she is a hot mom.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She had Yusuke when she was 15.
Shizuru Kuwabara
Species: Human
Main Power: Spirit Awareness
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C'mon kid, I think you're way past your sympathy limit.

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Kasey Buckley (EN)

Kuwabara's Deadpan Snarker sister, even more spiritually aware than him.
  • Action Survivor: The girl isn't a fighter, but manages to survive this very action-packed story. That's pretty badass in itself.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her and Sakyo in the anime. Though she's smart enough to not harbor any illusions about him turning to the side of good, she does listen to his really creepy backstory and show him far more compassion than he deserves. Could be subverted due to just being his looks, and because he does treat her significantly better than he bothers to treat anyone else.
  • Big Sister Bully: She's sometimes abusive towards her brother.
  • Cool Big Sis: Actually Kuwabara Kazuma's older sister, who seems to consider it her job to keep the younger (acting?) girls safe and upbeat.
  • Education Mama: In the final arc, puts pressure on Kuwabara to study, which results in him getting into a good high school, albeit barely.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She does care about her brother, but you're not gonna find her admitting or showing that any time soon.
  • It Runs in the Family: Has a high spiritual awareness like her brother.
  • Psychic Powers: Is much more powerfully clairvoyant and can actually see ghosts.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She even puts her cigarette out on an apparition's tongue to shut him up.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Sakyo's lighter.

Ayame
Species: Spirit Being
Main Power: ???

Voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei (JP), Elise Baughman (EN)

A shinigami like Botan whose primary duty in Spirit World seems to be doing research for Koenma.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: As can be seen here.
  • Demoted to Extra: She is one of Koenma's chief assistants in the manga. In the anime, her only appearance was in Episode 66 to provide a summary of Younger Toguro's life for him to decide on his fate in the afterlife.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She always shows up in her black kimono, and unlike Botan she never changes into anything else.
  • Love Interest: In the manga, Koenma is shown to have an infatuation for her. Whether she has any feelings for him in return is ambiguous.
  • Theme Naming: As with her fellow Ferry girls, her name is based on that of a flower. In Ayame's case, hers is iris.
  • The Watson: She is the one who primarily serves as this in the Manga, but gets replaced as this by Ogre in the anime.

Puu
Species: Spirit Beast
Main Power: Psychic link with Yusuke / Flight

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Justin Cook (EN)

A Yusuke's Spirit Beast who hatched from the egg given to him by Koenma.
  • Bond Creature: Yusuke received an egg that would hatch a spirit beast. If he's good it will be this. If he isn't, the beast will eat his soul. The egg would have been the latter but he sacrificed it to save Keiko. Thus because of this, it ends up hatching a good spirit beast, Puu. The nature of the creature produced was supposed to be determined by the type of energy Yuusuke gave off. If bad, he'd get eaten and the filing problem he represented would be over; if good, he'd earned resurrection. But then scheduling issues caused Koenma to ditch that plan and just resurrect him, and the egg presumably hung around in spiritual form being ignored until ready to hatch. Puu originally resembles a blue Furby with huge floppy ears, but evolves into a sort of phoenix thing after Yuusuke is resurrected again as a Mazoku.
  • Cessation of Existence: What it could have done to Yusuke had it hatched earlier.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The egg Yusuke throws into the fire to save Keiko early in the series is Puu! It gets lampshaded when Koenma has to remind Yusuke about the egg during the Dark Tournament arc, as he'd completely forgotten about it after he came back to life.
  • Empathy Pet: Whatever Yusuke is feeling, Puu will also feel and vice versa.
  • Foreshadowing: During the final match against Toguro Yusuke's spirit energy takes the form of a giant bird and flies around the stadium before it settles back into him, foreshadowing the form Puu (who is a representation of Yusuke's spirit) will eventually take. (Puu also settles down around Yusuke right after taking that form, just like the energy did.)
  • Head Pet: Until he was too large to stay on Yusuke's head.
  • The Phoenix: His true form.
  • Synchronization: With Yusuke by virtue of being his bond creature.

Jorge Saotome (George in Philippines)
Species: Ogre
Main Power: None
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I need a new job…

Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Kent Williams (EN), Joaquín Gómez (Spain)

Koenma's ogre assistant, often blamed and bullied by him.
  • Ascended Extra: His first appearance was as one of several Ogres trying to get paper work to Koenma during the Genkai Tournament arc in which he provides some small amount of commentary. He made his next appearance during the Maze Castle arc unaccompanied by any other ogres and the rest is history.
  • Butt Monkey: He gets abused by Koenma even when he doesn't do anything.
  • Canon Foreigner: Doesn't appear in the manga, where his function is usually served by Botan or Ayame.
  • Narrator All Along: It is discovered in the last episodes, although hinted at shortly before, that he was the narrator of the show- since it is revealed that the show itself is the records of the protagonists' adventures that Koenma kept (hence the title, which, while using the original Japanese name, is nonetheless translated by FUNimation as "Ghost Files").
  • Only Known by Their Nickname / No Name Given: The dub credits him as "Blue Ogre" up until Chapter Black, and Koenma addresses him as "Ogre." The Japanese version reveals his name during or near the end of the Dark Tournament, and Koenma just calls him "you" before that.
  • The Watson: He exists purely for Koenma to abuse and explain things to.

Hinageshi
Species: Spirit Being
Main Power: ???

Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (JP), Elisa Wain (EN), Nuria Trifol (Spain, first dub), Ana Romano (Spain, second dub)

A Ferry girl that is featured in the movie "Bonds of Fire"/Poltergeist Report.
  • Canon Foreigner: She was created specifically for the movie.
  • Idiot Hair: She has an ahoge that is long enough that it bends back, however she isn't dumb. A Ferry girl in training yes, but not stupid.
  • Miko: She wears an outfit that resembles one that would be worn by a Shinto Shrine Maiden (AKA Miko).
  • Ms. Exposition: Serves as this in explaining the backstory regarding the Spirit World vs Netherworld war that occurred eons earlier.
  • Theme Naming: She continues this trend of Shinigami having names derived from flowers. Hinageshi's name translates into English as "Poppy".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blood red hair in her case.

    Allies 

Toya

Species: Demon
Main Power: Ice Manipulation
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The Shinobi have done their job for centuries, and done it well. But in recent years, we have caught glimpses of the outside world, and asked; 'Why not us?' Have we not earned the privilege others take for free?

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Daniel Katzuk (EN)

Toya is the ice master of the shinobi of the Spirit World. During the fight for control of the Makai, Toya is one of the demons that Kurama trains to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Makai tournament.
  • The Ace: Considered to be the greatest ice master alive.
  • Badass: Very tough customer.

Jin

Species: Demon
Main Power: Wind Manipulation
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I thought I was crazy, Urameshi, but you take the prize!

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

Jin is a demon with mastery over the wind. This grants him the power to fly at great speeds. His signature move is to spin his forearm at high speed, creating a tornado around it, making his punches more powerful, even causing damage when he misses. He enjoys his battles, especially when he has a worthy opponent. He states that when he gets excited about a fight his ears twitch. During the fight for control of the Demon World, Jin is one of the demons that Kurama trains to fight for Yomi, though they disband to fight individually in the Demon World tournament.
  • Badass: The strongest of Team Masho to the point Yusuke had to expend all of his spirit energy to beat him.
  • Blow You Away: his powers involve the use of wind to the point he can even glide seamlessly and much of his strategem is diving down at the enemy like a hawk snatching his prey.
  • Blood Knight: Jin loves to fight just as much as Yusuke.
  • Cute Little Fangs: See here
  • Friendly Enemy: Very! He and Yusuke get along remarkably well.
  • Fun Personified: Yusuke can't keep his angry mood for half a minute when holding a conversation with Jin - which is just what Jin wanted: he hates going into battle with grudges.
  • Keet: This is not helped by the fact that he has the same Japanese voice actor as Ryuichi Sakuma.
  • Oireland: in the English dub, speaks with a nearly impenetrable Irish accent for some reason.
  • Spirited Competitor: A memorable one, because he also lacks the Blood Knight tendencies of some of the other characters Yusuke meets. He encourages Yusuke to focus on the thrill of fighting someone as powerful as he is, clean and fair - and he's noticeably even more disgusted by the unfair attempts to rig the fight than Touya was, losing interest in the battle entirely until seeing Yusuke in action.
    Yusuke: "Here we go, Jin! I can't say my ears are pointing up, but I'm looking forward to this challenge!"
    Jin: "That's the spirit! Now let's have some fun!"
  • Worthy Opponent: Views Yusuke as one.

Chu

Species: Demon
Main Power: Drunken Fist
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Right! Before we get this thing started I just want to say I'm a great guy and the only thing I suck at is Rock, Paper, Scissors!

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

Chu is the strongest fighter and leader of team Jolly Devil Six, but ends up as the team alternate after losing at Jan-ken-pon. Chu specializes in the "Drunken Fist", which fuses the alcohol he drinks with his aura. During the fight for control of the Makai, Chu is one of the demons that Kurama trains to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Makai tournament. At the end of the manga, he begins training with, and falls for, Natsume, the female demon who defeated him in the Makai tournament.
  • The Ace: To his team.
  • Addiction Powered: The drunker he gets, the stronger he becomes.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Zig-zagged, it seemed Zeru, the proxy leader was the real threat, however the only reason Chu wasn't in the roster initially is that he lost at Rock-Paper-Scissors. He proves his strength soon enough.
  • Blood Knight: When Yusuke tells him he wants to see if he has more than his drunken fist, he gets very interested
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's by far the tallest guy Yusuke hangs out with, he drinks like a fish and only becomes that much stronger when he does it. Helped by who voiced him as well.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Shown in his Establishing Character Moment with Koto (the cat commentator). He mellows out a bit later on, mainly directing the unwanted affections toward his Ice Queen love interest.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He shows up tripping over everything, acting dumbly and lazily, and looking like crap. Boy, does he ever turn out to be total badass. It's pointed out soon afterward that he's only the "alternate" because he lost in rock paper scissors.
  • Drunken Master: Became more dangerous after taking a swig of Ogre Killer. Taken to whole new levels when his most powerful attack actually involves mixing his energy with alcohol to make an energy ball powerful enough that two shots of Yusuke's Spirit Gun couldn't equal it. The first shot weakened the attack and the second shot burst through it, punching a hole in the middle, but not stopping it. Even better, he has a special kind of alcohol that... well... induces vomiting. Once he's emptied his stomach, he gets drunk even faster, which summons more of his demonic energy for him to use. (Tequila?)
  • Friendly Enemy: Right up there with Jin as one the friendlier opponents Yusuke faced though this was probably due to their mutual Blood Knight tendencies in the beginning. During the Three Kings saga later on however, he and Jin did share hugs and laughs with the latter upon being reunited.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: In the edited version that aired on Toonami, all references to alcohol and drunkenness had to be omitted and thus his Ogre Killer went from being an alcoholic drink to being a "magical elixir".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Though let's be fair, it's not like he was that evil to start with.
  • Large Ham: What did you expect of Norio Wakamoto? And surprisingly enough, Kent Williams manages to up the ante with a hammy Australian accent!
  • Love at First Punch: With Natsume.
  • Shout-Out: Chu has a strong physical resemblance to Wez from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Funimation's English dub takes this allusion further by having Chu voiced with an Australian accent.
  • Wild Card: He appears without any foreshadowing, and gives Yusuke who had taken training what was intended to be a Curb-Stomp Battle and change it into an equal fight. Even their sponsor lampshades it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Views Yusuke as one.

Rinku

Species: Demon
Main Power: Serpent Yo-Yos
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I know a fun new game. I'll throw my yo-yos and you try to stay alive.

Voiced by: Yoshiko Kondo (JP), Kimberly Grant (EN)

Rinku is a young demon who uses yo-yos to attack. Rinku is childish and playful, and often annoys those around him. He controls his yo-yos by channeling his aura through the strings. During the fight for control of the Makai, Rinku is one of the demons that Kurama trains to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Makai tournament. At the end of the manga, he becomes stricken with Sasuga, a female demon who defeated him in the Makai Tournament, and it is hinted that they are in a relationship together.
  • Creepy Child: Very creepy, at first. It faded away with time. After befriending Team Urameshi, he stopped the psychotic grins.
  • Enfante Terrible: He started off as a sadistic opponent who enjoyed every bit of the Curb-Stomp Battle he was giving Kuwabara.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Rinku can control four yoyos in each hand and each one attacks independently of the other and obey his will. After his Training from Hell, he can use eight yoyos.
  • Likes Older Women: Though its hard to tell his age, he did have a crush on a taller and teenage looking demon.

Shishiwakamaru

Species: Demon
Main Power: Shapeshifting / Banshee Shriek
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Well, I think the end of the world would have to make a bit of noise.

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN), José Germán (Spain)

Shishiwakamaru is a tiny imp demon who can transform into a full human appearance. He is a swordsman who seeks to make himself famous. Suzuki gives him the Sword of Trials, a sword hilt that changes into whatever weapon suits the wielder. For Shishi it becomes the Banshee Shriek, a sword which channels the souls of the dead and materializes them to devour his opponent. During the fight for control of the Makai, Shishi is one of the demons that Kurama trains to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Makai tournament.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Occasionally called "Shishi" or "Shishiwaka" for short. Suzuka tends to use it a lot in the final arc, particularly when Shishiwakamaru's life is briefly in danger during the tournament preliminaries. His fangirls call him "Waka-sama."
  • Apathetic Citizens: Is the only one of Kurama's Six Fighters to not express much passion in the Yusuke vs. Yomi debate, instead marking his vote as "undecided". Suzuki is quick to scratch out his vote and change it to "Yusuke".
  • Big Bad Wannabe: For a minute there, it really looked like he'd be the next tough opponent. ...He wasn't.
  • Break the Haughty: On the receiving end of this from Genkai.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once retconned into surviving his battle with Genkai.
  • It's All About Me: He sort of acts like a celebrity and is obsessed with fame.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His sound's wailing can steal the souls of weaker beings who hear the sound and his attacks are based around sound in general.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Very much both in-universe fangirls and out.
  • Retcon: Shishiwakamaru was clearly meant to be dead after Genkai defeats him. In the original Japanese version, Genkai even refers to him as "the late Shishiwakamaru" in her battle with Suzuki. But in the final Tournament Arc, he's inexplicably alive and a good guy. One wonders if his real-life fangirls had some sort of influence on this decision.
  • Samurai: Shishiwakamaru, patterned after the legendary hero Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune, aka Ushiwakamaru, the samurai that was said to originate the term Bishōnen.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Maybe. When he reappears to train with Kurama, he's in an inexplicable bird-like form small enough to fit on Suzuki's shoulder. This form and its relative power/use compared to his bishie form are neither commented on nor explained.
  • Team Prima Donna: To both Team Uraotogi and the Six Fighters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With some training from Kuarama, he becomes an S class thus far Genkai who defeated him in a curbstomp battle.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Shishiwakamaru goes ballistic once he realizes Genkai has the upper hand in their fight.

Onji / Suzuka / Suzuki

Species: Demon
Main Power: Shape Shifting / Space Manipulation
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Better watch yourself, simple human boy. It's against Spirit World law to say my name without putting a 'beautiful' in front.

Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi (JP), James Fields (EN)
Suzuki voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe (JP), Jeremy Inman (EN)

A crafty and mysterious old man who's the true leader of Team Uraotogi. No one's really sure who he even is, or what his real game is...
  • Boisterous Weakling: Summed up by Genkai that while he had plenty of tricks that helped him win fights, it was all a smokescreen to hide the fact that he had jack in terms of genuine strength or firepower. She punctuated the fact by beating the crap out of him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Shishiwakamaru was efficiently disposed of, then it looked like this guy would be the next tough customer... He was even weaker.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Backed down scared rather than face Toguro at a fraction of his full strength (to clarify, Toguro was only powered at 3%).
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Such is his vanity that he'd actually prefer to be made a legend without his face being shown, so those in the future would forever wonder how "the beautiful Suzuki" looked.
  • Insistent Terminology: Suzuka demands to be addressed as "the beautiful," and throws a razor playing card at one of the commentators, decapitating an audience member behind her, when she fails to call him that. Also blasts a portion of the stadium that mocked him for not using this. He still insists on this, even after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Joke Character: Both figuratively and literally, haha. When his true form is revealed, even the demon audience is embarrassed. Keep in mind, the people who have spent the entire tournament calling for Team Urameshi's heads on a pike are so turned off by a flamboyant clown demon that they openly say that they have no idea what team to hate more.
    Hiei: This idiot makes Kuwabara seem smart.
    Kurama: I admit, I'm embarrassed listening to him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a complete utter joke who had a team that almost completely relied on tools that provided gimmicks rather than genuine battle skills to a mid-tier S Class demon after being trained by Genkai who's able to hold off his own against other demons far more powerful than Toguro.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Unlike Shishiwakamaru, who switched to the side of good while maintaining his prima donna attitude, Suzuka seems to be a lot more dedicated to Team Urameshi's cause following his defeat. He starts out by giving Kuwabara and Kurama vital devices to help hone their energy for the fight against Team Toguro, and then is quick to express his support for Yusuke alongside Rinku, Chu, Jin, and Toya when Kurama asks how they feel about Urameshi facing off against Yomi (their boss). He even goes so far as to enthusiastically override Shishiwakamaru's vote of indifference on the matter, forcing the latter to side with Yusuke like the rest of them.
  • The Trickster: He's actually very powerful and tricky. He just has no Godamn idea how to properly use that power...
  • True Companions: Appears to have this feeling with Shishiwakamaru, showing genuine fright when he thinks the latter was killed after getting swallowed whole in the preliminary round for the final tournament. The sight literally causes him to freeze up onscreen.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Suzuka, who would be a Monster Clown if he wasn't such a source of comic relief. At least until his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He has an amazing capacity for spiritual energy—unfortunately, he thought this was enough to make him strong. Grows out of this after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Suzuki was renamed Suzuka for the dub, so as to not offend the car company. He was changed back to Suzuki in the Blu-Ray re-dub.

Yu Kaito

Species: Human Psychic
Main Power: Taboo
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I drew this by hand. And yes. It IS to scale.

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Jakie Cabe (EN)

Yu Kaito is a human who develops superhuman powers as a result of the demon plane hole opened by Sensui. He is a student at Meioh Private Academy where he constantly attempts to outdo Kurama for top grades. He is a master of the written word, having written several books and enjoys word puzzles.

His ability is "Taboo" which allows him to create word games that those within his territory must adhere to or their soul will be extracted from their body. While testing the limits of his power, Kaito breaks his Taboo and has his own soul sucked from his body, prompting Kido and Yanagisawa to consult Genkai to help him and explain their new powers.

In the manga, his last appearance shows him spending his day off mostly playing video games and writing.
  • Badass Pacifist: Literally. His power completely bans violence of any kind, and the only way to beat him is to outsmart him in word games. Considering just how freaking intelligent the guy is, good luck.
  • Badass Bookworm: While he's not exactly a fighter, he can keep his wits when 'fighting' others and is very, very booksmart.
  • Evil Gloating: Constantly gloats throughout his battle of wits, mockingly challenging Kurama to use words that they're about to lose access to, showing off his wide vocabulary and in general lording over the fact that he can speak normally with no effort despite losing more and more of the alphabet. However, this isn't a sign of foolishness as it usually would be - though Kurama half-heartedly suggests that he could get too excited showing off and make a mistake, they both know that Kaito is far too intelligent to actually mess up. Instead, the gloating itself shows of that he is far too skilled to defeat by his own rules, requiring drastic action.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Seems this way when he first appears, but proves to be more benevolent.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His taboo power also applies to him. Also, the plants he intended as mockery were essential to his defeat.
  • Insufferable Genius: A villainous one at first, which probably came with the whole "evil act" business.
  • Meaningful Name: Yu means ghost and Kaito means thief. One can only wonder why he steals the souls of up to three of our main characters.
  • The Problem with Pen Island: If he makes a word taboo, anyone who says the syllables for it in succession loses their soul, regardless of whether it's two words formed together, such as "each other" for "hot".
  • Reality Warper: His territory bans violence and imposes linguistical taboos which must be cleared.
  • The Rival: Academically, to Kurama.
  • The Stoic: He is extremely impassive and rarely panics or shows emotion other than mild amusement. Kurama ultimately defeats him by proving he is Not So Stoic and making him laugh at the worst possible moment, but even afterwards he's the least affected of the human characters by the extraordinary or horrible things around them - in fact, when Kurama is forced to kill Amanuma, unlike everyone else - who are clearly bothered - the only reaction we see from Kaito is the shine from his glasses as he looks on as stony as ever. Only Hiei remained so cool in the same scene.
  • The Scottish Trope/Words Can Break My Bones: If you say the Taboo word, you lose your soul.
  • Secret Keeper: He is the only human who knows Kurama's whereabouts in the last arc.
  • Villain Ball: Though the "villain" part is largely an act, he puts a garden of exotic plants in his arena for no reason other than to mock Kurama's abilities - and despite usually being very careful, it seems to slip his mind that Kurama should still have access to those ablities. Since only violence isn't allowed in his territory, Kurama then uses those plants repeatedly to non-violently dismantle his plan.

Asato Kido

Species: Human Psychic
Main Power: Shadow
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You've made a lot of friends and enemies, Yusuke, and now we're doing one of them a special favor.

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Iman Nazemzadeh (EN)

Asato Kido is a human who develops superhuman powers as a result of the demon plane hole opened by Sensui. His ability, "Shadow", allows him to step on someone's shadow and incapacitate them. Along with Yu Kaito and Yanagisawa he seeks the aid of Genkai when his powers appear. It is shown that he also has limited control over his own shadow, using it to spell out his attackers name after he is paralyzed by Doctor. In his final manga appearance, Kido is shown to have been stood up by his date in a cinema while the narration says he is far too forgiving.
  • The Bus Came Back: The doctor likely healed him.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Uses his Shadow for this to tell Yusuke that Kamiya is the Doctor.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As Genkai so kindly puts it, if Yusuke's fight with Kaito was for real, he would've been deader than dead. Also receives one from Murota and one from Doctor.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Two-ways. His appearance marks the point when the series takes a much darker and more mature turn, and when Yusuke comes to the realization that brawn and power alone hardly wins every fight.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually the nicest member in the group, despite appearing to be a tough thug.
  • Put on a Bus: Spends most of the Chapter Black saga offscreen in the hospital.
  • Redemption Demotion: Beaten up by Murota and paralyzed by Doctor within two episodes. (Not that he was really so bad before...)
  • Shadow Pin: Could paralyze people by stepping on their shadows, and managed to hand Yusuke an embarassing defeat by doing just that. He can also control his own shadow independently of the rest of his body.

Mitsunari Yanagisawa

Species: Human Psychic
Main Power: Copy
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So you picked my pocket with some greenery? You really are a first class freak!

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)

Mitsunari Yanagisawa is a human who develops superhuman powers as a result of the demon plane hole opened by Sensui. His power is "Copy" which allows him to copy the appearance, memories, attributes, abilities, and spirit print of anyone he touches. In his last appearance in the manga, he is too shy to ask an attractive girl out, and it is revealed that ten years later, he marries the girl that tries to cheer him up.

  • Dare to Be Badass: During Yusuke's fight with Doctor he manages to burn Doctor with chemicals.
  • '80s Hair: That's some epic hair, man.
  • Master of Disguise: As said above, his psychic powers allow him to acquire someone else's looks, memories, skills, etc. after touching him or her.

Shigeru Murota

Species: Human Psychic
Main Power: Tapping
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I don't have any heroic aspirations. I'm much more interested in starting my fighting career.

Voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Sean Schemmel (ENG)

Murota is a human who develops physic powers as a result of the demon plane hole opened by Sensui. He is recruited by Yusuke, Genkai, Kido and Yana when they arrive in Mushiyori City, using his abilities for Team Urameshi to gather information on the Sensui Seven. His power is Tapping, which allows him to read the minds of anyone in a 30 mile radius. He's eaten by Gourmet after Kuwabara was captured

  • Boxing Battler: Is a boxer. His mind reading power gives him a distinct advantage in fights, albeit not nearly enough to beat Yusuke.
  • The Chew Toy: Punched out by Yusuke, shot in the head by Sniper as intimidation, and infected by the Doctor's disease all within the space of three episodes.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Seeks to use his mind reading skills to become a successful professional boxer.
  • Dare to Be Badass: During Yusuke's fight with Doctor he reads the Doctor's mind to save Yusuke from his bluff.
  • The Drag-Along: The heroes basically drag him into helping them kicking and screaming, and by the time they stop he's already too involved to leave.
  • He Knows Too Much: He's killed by Gourmet for both his ability and that he knew too much about the plan.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has a full-blown psychotic breakdown after reading Sensui's mind.
  • Jerkass: Is an obnoxious, lecherous jerk who beats the tar out of one of the heroes (when only a single reaction would do) just to prove that he can and only cares about using his powers to get rich cheating in professional boxing matches. He has to be forced to care about saving the world, and even so it's initially just to protect himself. He does show a bit more heroism during the incident with Doctor, but he is killed by Gourmet before it can grow into something more.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is eaten by Gourmet right after Kuwabara was kidnapped.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: Says this after reading Sensui's mind and being shot by Sniper.
  • Telepathy: His power.

Hokushin

Species: Demon
Main Power: Body Manipulation
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You are my king now! I am sworn to protect you!

Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Jerome 57 (ENG)

Raizen's second-in-command. He first appears to offer Yusuke the chance to go back to demon world to train and take over Raizen's position if he dies. Impressing Yusuke in a fight, Hokushin goes back to demon world waiting for Yusuke's arrival so they can get to training. When Yusuke arrives, he begins training and preparing him towards his true destiny.
  • Bald of Awesome: As said below, he's incredibly badass. And has no hair on his head save for his brows.
  • Badass: He is an S-Class demon. His debut even has him beat Yusuke in fight.
  • Cool Old Guy: He doesn't exactly look like it, but he's several centuries old and is a pretty chilly guy when you get to know him.
  • The Dragon: Initially to Raizen. Later becomes Yusuke's right-hand man.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: During their initial fight Yusuke states he smells humans on Hokushin's breath.
  • Manly Tears: Cries these during the Yusuke and Yomi's fight.
  • The Mentor: To Yusuke once he arrives in Demon World although Yusuke quickly surpasses him.
  • Not So Stoic: When Yusuke used all of Raizen's treasury to suggest the Makai Tournament, Hokushin freaks out.
  • The Rival: Initially to Yusuke during the Three Kings Saga but quickly becomes more of a mentor figure to him.
  • Rubber Man: Hokushin's main power used effectively in his fights.
  • The Stoic: Everything he says he says with a straight face on.
  • Undying Loyalty: To both Raizen and Yusuke.
  • Warrior Monk: He and the various monks who continue to serve Raizen are of the Eastern variety.

    Main Villains 
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Other Characters

    The Three Kings 

Yomi

Species: Demon
Main Power: Raw Demon Energy
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You can never know victory unless you understand defeat.

Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Rick Robertson (EN), Alonso Tasio (Spain)

Yomi is the newest of the Three Kings—he has a bad relationship with both Mukuro and Raizen, but seeks to unify all three sides and end the squabbling. He plans to take over both the demon and human planes in an act of unification, calling on Kurama to his side.
  • Anti-Villain: Would have probably been this, if it wasn't revealed that he continually tortured and then ruthlessly killed the assassin who blinded him (since he was just a random mook for all we know). Granted, he still shows a few signs of the trope in the anime, unlike his somewhat colder manga counterpart.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: S+ Class demon.
  • Badass: To survive in the demon world, you need some level of this trope. To become one of the ruling powers in demon world, you need to be made of this trope! The most impressive of all his feats? He manages to force Kurama into an alliance with him, by having one demon threaten to sabotage his parents' honeymoon flight, and having another demon keep track of his beloved stepbrother, all the while flaunting his superior firepower to make sure Kurama doesn't simply try to kill either demon threatening his family or Yomi himself. Magnificent Bastard, indeed.
  • Beam Spam: Used against Yusuke.
  • Blood Knight: Yusuke helps bring this out of him, and Yomi admits that for all his planning and status, he's always wanted to fight against Raizen.
  • Character Development: Goes through a lot of it, both on and off screen. Before the series even began he went from a hotheaded glory seeker to a calm, calculating Manipulative Bastard to rival Kurama. Then during the Makai Tournament his warrior's spirit is reawakened, and he decides that he now only wants to achieve his goal of unifying the worlds if he can earn it. when he loses, he goes on a journey with his son to parts unknown, forsaking his empire. It's a lot of growth for a character who appears so late in the series!
  • The Chessmaster: This guy managed to checkmate Youko motherfucking Kurama.
  • Disability Superpower: Yomi has grown two extra sets of ears, giving him six in total. His hearing is so acute that he can hear everything within the borders of his country, hear heart rates spike and decrease, as well as accurately guess facial expressions. Oh, and he can fight just fine. You don't need eyes when you're this guy!
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The reason Yomi was able to win against Yusuke during their Cross Counter was he was able to hear his son's voice encouraging him not to give up. Otherwise it would have been ended in a double KO.
  • Friendly Enemy: He has to scheme and manipulate (because of the demon realm being a Crapsack World), but still always places emphasis on civility and negotiations before violence and plotting. After his fight with Yusuke, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and even seems to respect him as a friend and rival of sorts.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was once the hotheaded underling of a powerful demon criminal, who kept screwing up his boss' plans with his incompetence and glory seeking. After failing him one too many times, his boss arranged to have him taken care of, and left him blinded and left for dead. But Yomi survived, and even more dangerously - he learned and grew. Centuries of manipulation and growth later, he is one of the most powerful demons in existence, an intelligent and calculating force to be reckoned with, and a king in the Demon World that has forced his former boss under his thumb. Kurama's first meetings with him are, understandably, tense.
  • Handicapped Badass: Was blinded by an assassin hundreds of years ago sent by his former partner, Yoko Kurama, as punishment for being a Leeroy Jenkins. To counteract this, he grew four extra ears to allow him to "hear" his surroundings. Despite his blindness, he manages to grow in power from A to S Class, take over a third of the Makai, curbstomp his cloned son Shura in a fight, and defeat Yusuke during the hero's final fight in the series—credit to Yusuke, though, his fight drained Yomi's Badass tank, causing him to lose in the next round.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the end, he comes to some agreement with the heroes and decides to spend more time with his son.
  • Horned Humanoid: The flashbacks showed that he had two horns originally and in the present has five more added to his head (with a pair coming out each side and a larger one in the back). The additional horns were presumably added to improve his ability to pick up on vibrations and sounds.
  • I Have Your Wife: Uses this on Kurama to get his cooperation. Replace "wife" with "mother" and "stepbrother" and there we go.
  • Jerkass Façade: To his son, to make him stronger and more self reliant.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He used to be one of these, until he lost his eyes. He seems to imply that he has not once, in a full 1000 years ever again relied on impulse.
  • Manipulative Bastard: This is pretty much the only character who can outsmart Kurama. And does so flawlessly. And gets away with it.
  • Meaningful Name: His name translates into English as "to read" which is ironic in one sense given that he is blind, but is also fitting given that he can "see" and read his opponents moves via his ultra enhanced hearing.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: He wins against Yusuke in their match, but gets defeated in the next round because he exhausted himself.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: When he was younger, he was the Red Oni to Yoko Kurama's Blue Oni. However, he starting developing Blue Oni traits after he lost his eyesight.
  • Self-Made Man: Centuries ago during Kurama's original lifetime, Yomi was a simple impatient and headstrong thief who's recklessness eventually caught up with him (partly on Kurama's account). Now after learning from all his mistakes along with centuries of fighting and experience he's one of the three most powerful and feared demons alive, with all the power, status, and strength he dreamed of back in his old days.
  • Truly Single Parent: Shura is both his son and his clone.
  • Visionary Villain: Wants to unite all of Demon World and then launch an assault on the human world to take it over. What his plan is after that is unknown, though it's hinted that he wants to use the combined strength of both worlds to defeat Spirit World and end their meddling.
  • Worthy Opponent: Views Yusuke as one after Yusuke finds a way past his Deflector Shields.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Yomi has no problem at all kicking the ever loving crap out of his own son in battle. Although given how much of a cocky smartass Shura is, it's kind of hard to feel sorry for him.

Mukuro

Species: Demon
Main Power: Raw Demon Energy
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Hiei, you needn't search for death. Death will find us all soon enough.

Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Wendy Powell (EN), Ariadna Jiménez (Spain)

Mukuro is one of the three kings of the Demon realm - despised by Yomi as a "chaos preaching tyrant", somewhat liked by Raizen, but more or less feared by everyone for being shady and unpredictable. Discovering Hiei while preparing for war and, after testing his strength against Shigure, Mukuro placed him as second in command. Mukuro is quick to agree when Yusuke proposes the demon world tournament, battling with Hiei and winning but then ending up losing to Enki in the final round.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: S+ Class demon.
  • Badass: The STRONGEST female in the entire series. If that's not enough, she's also tied with Yomi and Raizen as the STRONGEST being in the entire franchise and potentially she may be the only person who could come close to being second to Raizen when he was at his peak power in his prime. It's telling that she's one of the few people Hiei respects the most.
  • Barefoot Poverty: The anime invokes this with some scenes focusing on her running feet as she escapes slavery in her youth.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Lampshaded by Kurama himself. He made notice that Hiei and her were enjoying maybe a little too much fighting with each other during the tournament.
  • Body Horror: Half of her body is horribly scarred and deformed from sexual abuse and self-inflicted acid burns, and one of her legs is prosthetic.
  • Broken Bird: Her past was sincerely horrific, and it left her mentally and physically scarred. See Body Horror for the reason why.
  • Dark Action Girl: Less evil than usual examples though.
  • The Dreaded: She has a reputation as this throughout the Demon realm, but is a subversion. While she is ruthless in battle, but she is not the cruel autocrat her enemies portray her as via in-universe Ron the Death Eater propaganda. Raizen, as one of the few individuals outside of her domain who know her in any personal way, confirms that she is not this trope.
  • Expy: Of the Norse goddess Hel.
    • Togashi has also said that Kushana of Torumekia was also an inspiration for Mukuronote .
  • Fan Disservice: The full sight of her torn half, scarred and deformed half.
  • Orgasmic Combat: Again with Hiei during the tournament since none of them really wanted to kill the other.
  • Rags to Royalty: Self-Made Man.
  • Rape as Backstory: She was a slave since her infancy and was also repeatedly raped by her master, Chikou, when she was only child. She deliberately doused half of her body in acid in order to repulse him and for that was thrown out. The Anime adaptation left out these details regarding her sexual abuse.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Described by Raizen as a "traditionalist" who is content with maintaining the current relations with the human world (in sharp contrast to Yomi who wishes to conquer it).
  • Samus Is a Girl: When she unveils herself as a woman, everyone in Makai is blown away! Only Yomi seems unsurprised, but then again this is Yomi.
  • Two-Faced: Mukuro's body had been completely stripped of flesh on one side with strong acid. Though Mukuro is different from most examples, being a not-so evil demon (given a choice between Yomi and Mukuro, Raizen told Yusuke to side with Mukuro) and being female. Besides, said scars were self-inflicted, as she figured that uglifying herself would be the only way to escape her abusive caretaker (who did abuse her sexually, too).
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Hiei. She is One Head Taller than him.
  • World's Strongest Man: According to Yomi's data, she is the world's strongest demon, at least now that Raizen is starving. Got defeated by Enki, but at the time she couldn't give it all in such a peaceful contest.

Raizen

Species: Demon
Main Power: Raw Demon Energy
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You should be careful what you call a fortunate opportunity. Your luck could run out.

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN), Joaquín Gómez (Spain)

Raizen is one of the three kings of the Demon World (in fact, he was considered the strongest of the three) and Yusuke's ancestor. After Sensui is defeated, Raizen summons his descendant Yusuke to the Demon Realm as he is on the brink of death from starvation and requires someone to take his throne.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Combined with Combat Pragmatist. If his fight with Sensui while possessing Yusuke's body is any indication, Raizen's fighting style consists of a complete and overwhelming offense, leaving his opponents no chance to properly counter-attack or even defend. During what little is shown of his first "fight" with Yusuke, Raizen delivers another merciless assault, leaving no room or Yusuke to even counter.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: S+ Class demon.
  • Badass Grandpa: At his peak, Raizen is stronger than everyone in the series! According to Yomi's informants, his offensive power is still the strongest even when almost dead of starvation, and the only reason Yomi and Mukuro can take on him is that his defensive abilities are sub-par due the starvation.
  • Barbarian Longhair: An extreme example as his hair is a huge, wild mess that goes all the way to the floor. Though that had his tribal tattoos are fitting because he's the spirit of war, and thus emphasizes his primitive trait.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During Chapter Black, Raizen directly intervenes and temporarily possesses Yusuke's body so that he can defeat Sensui. Yusuke was mad pissed off about this, but when looking at it in hindsight, if he didn't do that, Sensui would've likely killed Yusuke. ...Again.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His three shown "fights" in the series consist of beating the piss out of Sensui, nearly killing Yusuke without even moving, and once again overwhelming Yusuke despite being literally minutes away from death. Only during the third one did his opponent even have a chance at taking him.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After going completely berserk first...
  • Handicapped Badass: A couple centuries of constant absolute fasting, and he's still the best around.
    Enki: If Yomi and Mukuro saw Raizen in his prime, they would have peed their pants.''
  • Glass Cannon: According to Yomi's informants, his offensive power is ludicrously high even by the Three Kings' standards, but the starvation weakened his defensive abilities a bit too much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Or perhaps a Hidden Heart of Gold. He's a demon who acts uncaring and hard-boiled but it isn't difficult to sympathize with his plight and good intentions underneath (but he doesn't exactly warm up to Yusuke until the end).
  • Lightning Bruiser: Back when he had no problem eating humans, he had enough power to dispatch Yomi and Mukuro simultaneously.
  • No Sell: Yosuke fired the Spirit Gun at him. It destroyed the wall behind him but he himself was unharmed.
  • Red Baron: Hokushin refers to him as "The Master of War."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he's so overcome by hunger, he goes into a berserk state.
  • Soap Opera Disease: When we first meet him, he's already dying of selfimposed starvation.
  • Story-Breaker Power: When he was in his prime centuries ago.
  • Take a Third Option: Between devouring the Lady Doctor and dying, or killing her in vain... he chose to have sex with her.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In the present though flashbacks during the feudal era showed him wearing a shirt.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to being Yusuke's ancestor.
  • War God: Raizen is called, at least in the anime, as Toshin which roughly translates into English as this.
  • World's Strongest Man: At his peak he was the world's strongest demon, and still is: the only reason Yomi and Mukuro can compete with him is that being almost dead by starvation made his defenses subpar.

    Other Dark Tournament Participants 

Teams in General

For details about Team Urameshi and Team Toguro, look under Team Urameshi and Main Villains respectively
  • Opposing Sports Team: Most of the Teams that the heroes go up against are not motivated by evil desires and for the most part participate for the joy of fighting and the right to get a wish granted by the Dark Tournament Committee. The few genuinely evil people they go against, aside from Toguro's team, are Dr. Ichigaki (read his entry here for details) and possibly, if not evil then certainly amoral jerkasses, Roto and Bakken.
  • The Team Benefactor: Each team is sponsored by a member of the Black Book Club with the exception of Team Urameshi which is sponsored by Koenma. However, two teams, those being Team Ichigaki and Team Uraotogi, are self-sponsored.

Team Jolly Devil Six/Team Rokuyukai

Roto voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN), ??? (Spain)
Zeru voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Jeremy Loris (EN), ??? (Spain)

The first team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.

For tropes about Chu and Rinku specifically, see their entries under the Allies section above
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Roto can form a blade on his hand from one of his fingers.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: In-universe non-video game example. Roto's only strategy to winning involves threatening to kill an opponent's loved one if they retaliate.
    Roto: "Why go through all the hard work of becoming a better fighter when all you have to do is to press a button?"
  • Dirty Coward: Roto who stoops as low as to try to try to have relatives of opponents killed via a Familiar. Though at least he did make an effort in contrast to Gaou and Imajin who fled the moment Hiei incinerated Zeru.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Zeru acted as the leader of the team in Chu's stead due to the latter's habitual drunkenness.
  • Hostage Situation: Roto tries doing this to Kurama by using his human mother as the hostage during their fight in the Dark Tournament. It doesn't work for long.
  • I Have Your Wife: Mother in this case. Kurama is forced to not retaliate against Roto lest Roto order the demon stalking his mother to kill her. Kurama manages to immobilize Roto, steal the trigger to signal the demon, then kill him.
  • Off with His Head!: Chu, angry at Gaou and Imajin's cowardice in abandoning Rinku to fight Team Urameshi all on his own, took off their heads in one swift attack. The anime alters their death at Chu's hands as being beaten to death.
  • Playing with Fire: Zeru's special ability, but it doesn't exactly hold a candle to Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame.
  • Punny Name: In addition to being a reference to a song (see Shout out below), Imajin's name is a play on the word "Majin" (meaning either "Demon" or "Evil person" depending on context).
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Consisting of among other people a yo-yo wielding Child fighter, a Drunken Master, a Blue-skinned murderer and extortionist, and a blond fire wielder (and also an Edward Cullen fanboy before he even existed).
  • Scary Black Man: Gaou looks like one.
  • Shout-Out: Imajin has a strong resemblance to Musician John Lennon and his name is an allusion to his song "Imagine".
  • The Unfought: Gaou and Imajin never fought against Team Urameshi and were swiftly killed by Chu when they cowardly fled to leave the still recovering Rinku to fight against the opposing team all by himself.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Roto certainly wanted mercy, but Kurama wasn't going to let him go unpunished.

Team Spirit Warriors

Topaz voiced by: Minoru Inaba (JP), Brice Armstrong (EN), ??? (Spain)
Rugby voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Bob Carter (EN), ??? (Spain)

A team that Younger Toguro fights and slaughters single handedly.


Team Ichigaki

Dr. Ichigaki voiced by: Ryuuji Saikachi (JP), James Fields (EN), ??? (Spain)
Yen voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei (JP), Chris Cason (EN), ??? (Spain)
Kai voiced by Hidetoshi Nakamura (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), ??? (Spain)
Ryo voiced by Daiki Nakamura (JP), Mike McFarland (EN), ??? (Spain)

The second team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.


  • Blinding Bangs: Yen (AKA M1).
  • Braids of Action: Kai (AKA M2), a male example of this trope, wears his hair in a Mandarin Queue.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: What Dr. Ichigaki has done to three humans, via implanting berukis onto them, to use them as test subjects in exchange for healing their ill master Mitamura of which he was responsible for poisoning in the first place to force his students into accepting his deal.
  • The Cameo: Yen, Kai, and Ryo (formerly M1, M2, and M3 respectively) are briefly shown in the bleachers watching the Final round of the Dark Tournament.
  • Cyborg: Gatasubal, a cyborg demon to be more exact.
  • Death by Adaptation: Ichigaki is strongly implied to have been killed in the anime, but the manga shows that he was still alive and witnessed the fight between Yusuke and Toguro. Inverted in the case of M5 who was killed in the Manga by Hiei and Kurama but is spared in the anime after getting them to the ring.
  • Evil Redhead: Yen (M1). Subverted in that he is not inclined to evil but has been mentally enslaved by Ichigaki.
  • Humans Are Special: Ichigaki is one of the few Demons to recognize the potential of Human Spirit power rather than belittling Humans as being inferior. However he fails to realize the potential of emotions, and firmly believes that Virtue Is Weakness.
  • Lizard Folk: Minor characters M4 and M5 are reptilian humanoids.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Ichigaki. We're not sure what university he got his doctorate from, but where ever he went really should do a better job of screening those people out.
  • Mercy Kill: What Yen, Kai, and Ryo, upon being able to temporarily break though the control of their berukis, ask Yusuke to do to end their suffering, which he obliges. However it is subverted when Genkai intervenes and uses the Spirit Wave technique's Mortality Guided Attack function to destroy the Berukis without killing the fighters themselves.
  • Mind-Control Device: The function of the Berukis.
  • Must Make Amends: The three martial artist have stated that they wish to make up for having killed people while under Ichigaki's control. Ryo in particular offered to fight for Team Urameshi as his way to atone for his past actions.
  • One-Winged Angel: Upon M1, M2, and M3's defeat, Ichigaki injects himself with a serum to take out retaliation against Yusuke. Instead, the doctor gets his ass handed to him.
  • Put on a Bus: Upon being freed of Ichigaki's control, they return to train with their master and adoptive father Mitamura. Aside from a cameo of them cheering Team Urameshi in the final round of the Dark Tournament, this is their last appearance in the story.
  • Shout-Out: Kai (M2) was modeled on Lau Chan. Likely doubles as an Actor Allusion to Shigeru Chiba who voices both the aforementioned Virtua Fighter character and Kuwabara.
  • Slasher Smile: Ichigaki shows sadistic glee in seeing others suffer.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: Yen, Kai, and Ryo wouldn't under usual circumstances accepted being turned into killing machines, except in the hope that Ichigaki would uphold his end of the bargain to heal their master. Kuwabara via a psychic link could tell that they were suffering being Forced to Watch as their bodies were used by Ichigaki to kill other people against their wills and at one point they stopped fighting long enough to ask for Yusuke to kill them.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Inverted in that it is the previously antagonistic Yen, Kai, and Ryo who call themselves out. However Master Mitamura quickly tells them that they shouldn't blame themselves for being Mentally Enslaved by Ichigaki. Though this is certainly played straight against Ichigaki.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Ryo (AKA M3) and thus has his Beruki in open sight in contrast to his teammates who wear shirts over theirs.
  • We Have Reserves: Ichigaki says this about M1, M2, and M3, considering that his real target is using Yusuke as a subject for his experiments. He doesn't care whether they will survive and that even if they were to win the Dark Tournament that he would simply kill them himself anyway.

Team Masho

Gama voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN), ??? (Spain)
Bakken voiced by: Hajime Koseki (JP), Andrew Chandler (EN), ??? (Spain)
Risho voiced by: Aruno Tahara (JP), Mike McFarland (EN), ??? (Spain)

The third team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.

For tropes about Jin and Touya specifically, see their entries under the Allies section above.
  • Anti-Villain: The Shadow Channelers only wish to compete in the Tournament to, in Touya's words, "step into the light" to make a new home in the Human world. They qualify as Type IIs in that they regard themselves as True Companions. Completely averted in Bakken's case, though.
  • Avenging the Villain: Not any of Team Masho's members' objective, but their sponsor, Butajiri, wants to get back at Tarukane's killers. Subverted in that he didn't give two craps about Tarukane, but Butajiri is a pompous Plutocrat who is pissed off at the audacity of a bunch of downtrodden Delinquents taking out a fellow Corrupt Corporate Executive and now wanting to "put them in their place". Though Sakyo corrects him that he was the one who ordered Toguro to kill Tarukane just before Toguro gave him a well deserved death as well.
  • Bloody Murder: Gama's enchanted body paint is made from his own blood.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Risho.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Risho can create a suit of armor by coating his body with clay from the ground.
  • The Dragon: Jin serves as this for Risho.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bakken as demonstrated by his lack of skill and strategy in contrast to his other teammates. His lack of brains would especially bite him in the ass when Yusuke dispelled his sweat fog.
  • Elemental Powers: Gama's is blood based, Touya is An Ice Person, Jin's is wind based, and Risho's is Earth based. Bakken seems to have no particular elemental power.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Again, Risho. Makes for a pretty creepy look, overall.
  • Evil Albino: Gama, though antagonistic albino would be a better description for him.
  • Heel–Face Turn : Touya and Jin do this after the team's defeat.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble : Jin is sanguine-phlegmatic, Risho is choleric, Touya is melancholic.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gama may not exactly fit the definition of heroic, but he nonetheless sought to use his dying breath to place a concealment spell on Kurama to help his team achieve victory.
  • Honor Before Reason: Toyed with. While Touya keeps to his principles demanding that Risho fight honorably in the face of blatant bribery and rigging of the match in their team's favor, the latter subverts this by choosing to be pragmatic and accept the ruling so that they can get closer to their goal of winning a new home in the Human world.
  • Jerkass: Bakken is an unrepentant thug who is willing to beat down people who can't defend themselves and happily gloat about it. His personality is so grating that even his own teammates regard him as the The Scrappy in-universe. Thankfully, Bakken gets what he deserves from Yusuke.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Bakken does this to an unconscious Kurama. Once in the ring himself, Yusuke returns the favor and beats on Bakken for a bit after clearly winning.
  • Lean and Mean: Both Gama and Risho to varying degrees.
  • Noble Demon: A standout example in the Dark Tournament arc. Team Masho are the only team besides the heroes who seem to care to an extent about each other as a whole (as apposed to individual friendships like Chu and Rinku) - with the exception of Bakken. They are willing to fight and sacrifice themselves for the sake of their comrades, are dedicated to a cause rather than Blood Knight tendencies, are generally respectful and are all in all more honorable than most - though Risho ultimately proves himself willing to drop honor like a rock if it means achieving his goals.
  • Ninja: Or the "Shinobi of Spirit World" to be more exact.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Gama is referred to as being a "Master of Make-up," though he detests the associations that humans have made with his art.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Bakken. He undeservingly demands to be addressed as "Bakken-sama" (Lord Bakken) even though he is the last ranking member of his team.
  • Smoke Out: Bakken can create a smoke screen with the vapor of his sweat.
  • Smug Snake: Risho.
  • Stripperific: Gama and Bakken wear little else than loin clothes and sandals. Justified as their abilities require their skin to be exposed in order to perform their techniques.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In-universe example. This is the reason Bakken's Wounded gazelle gambit failed miserably.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bakken attempts to pull this on Yusuke once the latter gets the upper hand. Bakken pleads for mercy claiming that his ribs are broken and that he can't remember about the beating he gave to Kurama minutes earlier, in which he then tries to smash Yusuke's head with some debris. Yusuke never lowered his guard based on how inauthentic his pleas were and decided to "help remind" Bakken what he did to Kurama.
  • Villainous Valor: After being critically injured, rather than use what little energy he had left to heal himself and save his own life Gama is willing to bleed to death to weaken Kurama, assured that his death will mean the eventual defeat of his enemy. It doesn't, of course, but you have to respect his dedication.

Team Uraotogi

Makintaro voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Shane Ray (EN), ??? (Spain)
Kuro Momotaro voiced by: Shin Aomori (JP), Justin Cook (EN), ??? (Spain)
Ura Urashima voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN), ??? (Spain)

The fourth team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.

For tropes about Shishiwakamaru and The Beautiful... Onji, see their entries under the Allies section above.
  • Adaptive Ability: Kuro Momotaro uses Steaming Spheres to gain an immunity to whatever attack was last used against him.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Makintaro's only shown ability was being able to turn his hands into blades.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Kuro Momotaro is, or at the very least a complete jerkass.
  • The Dragon: While Shishiwakamaru appears to be the team's captain, he is revealed to simply be the Frontman for Suzuki.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Its members are based on heroes from Japanese Fairy tales and folklore. Makintaro is based on Kintaro, Kuro Momotaro is based on Momotaro, Ura Urashima is based on Urashima Taro, and Shishiwakamaru is inspired by Oniwakamaru. Onji is the notable exception as he wishes, to paraphrase him, to make his own story. In an interesting coincidence Onji/ Suzuki's name in the Funimation English dub, "Suzuka", is similiar to that of the Mythological Suzuka Gongen. In addition, the team's name almost literally translates into English as "Team Fractured Fairy Tales".
  • Full-Body Disguise: Two of its members are disguised. Ura Urashima is revealed to be a hairy canine-like humanoid shortly after he is killed by Shishiwakamaru and Onji is actually Suzu-ahem! The Beautiful Suzuki.
  • Kick the Dog: Kuro Momotaro does this. The moment he enters the ring to fight against Hiei, instead of kindly moving the body of his fallen comrade who died in the prior fight or at least offering any respects, Kuro Momotaro just coldly kicked his corpse and made a snide remark immediately after.
  • Killed Off for Real: Makintaro, Kuro Momotaro, and Ura Urashima. Subverted in the case of Shishiwakamaru who Togashi intended to have been killed off at the conclusion of his battle against Genkai, but with the additional Three Kings saga his death was retconed as him being knocked unconscious.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Onji/Suzuki is the true leader for Team Uraotogi.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ura Urashima claims that he was forced into villainy on the pain of his mother being killed during his fight against Kurama in order to get him to lower his guard to use his Idunn Box on him.
  • Merlin Sickness: What Ura Urashima's Idunn Box inflicts on its targets and unwittingly brought about his defeat and near death when Kurama reverted to Yoko Kurama.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Who are empowered thanks to the weapons and equipment made for them by Onji.
  • Reincarnation: Four of its members (See Fractured Fairy Tale above) claim to be the reincarnations of famous individuals as Demons.
  • Telepathy: One of Ura Urashima's abilities.

Team Gorenja

Akarenjya voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (JP), Robert McCollum (EN), ??? (Spain)
Aorenjya voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Bob Carter (EN), ??? (Spain)
Momorenjya voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Libby Smith (EN), ??? (Spain)
Kirenjya voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Chris Forbis (EN), ??? (Spain
Midorenjya voiced by: Takehiro Koyama (JP), Ed Blaylock (EN), ??? (Spain)

A Team of Fighters who were killed in the semi-finals by Team Toguro.
  • The Big Guy: Kirenjya fulfills this role and is also armed with a BFS that is larger than any weapons his other teammates had.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Naturally given who Team Gorenja is inspired by. The colors that represent them are red (Akarenjya), blue (Aorenjya), pink (Momorenjya), yellow (Kirenjya), and green (Midorenjya).
  • Defiant to the End: Akarenjya; even after the all but he and Aorenjya had been killed and they were heavily injured by Team Toguro, Akarenjya refused to give up nor beg for his life as Aorenjya did.
  • Dirty Coward: Midorenjya and Aorenjya both demonstrated this and for this were killed by Karasu and Elder Toguro respectively.
  • Femme Fatalons: Momorenjya has the practical Wolverine Claws variety.
  • Hollywood Acid: Midorenjya was shown to have acid based powers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Akarenjya and Momorenjya seem to have this dynamic. When Elder Toguro taunts Team Gorenja about the ways he plans to torture and kill them, as Akarenjya is about lash out Momorenjya warns him not to let his anger get the best of him.
  • Red Shirt: Everyone on the team is this, more or less to show how Badass the other members of Team Toguro are. Though somewhat ironically the red clad Akarenjya was the last of his team to be killed.
  • Shout-Out: They are based on the heroes from Himitsu Sentai Goranger, the first of the Super Sentai series.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Momorenjya is the lone female member of the team and for that matter one of only two known females (the other being Genkai) to participate in the Dark tournament.
  • Super Speed: Akarenjya, Aorenjya, and Momorenjya have this as their main ability. One tactic they were shown to employ was creating Speed Echoes in an effort to confuse opponents into attacking an afterimage while they got in close for an attack. Though Elder Toguro countered this by creating several tendrils that shot out from his body that pierced them from any direction they could attack from.

     Other Characters 

Koto

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Amber Cotton (EN)

The more prominent of the two hostesses of the Dark Tournament. Koto resembles a cat or a fox. At the end of the manga, the two and Ruka, the nurse of the Dark Tournament, become the "Cult Trio" and become widely popular on human television. She also has a crush on Toya.

  • Cat Girl: Or Fox Girl (its ambiguous as to what animal-type demon she is).
  • Combat Commentator: She first provided media coverage for the Dark Tournament.
  • Cute Monster Girl: A cat-girl announcer.
  • Dub Text: The dub gave her a crush on Kurama, or at least on his demon form.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Although she usually comes off as amoral, she does object to the dirty methods used by two of Team Masho's members, expressing particular disgust at the way Bakken beats up on Kurama when the latter was clearly not in a condition to fight. She also goes surprisingly out of her way to save Juri from the Dragon of the Darkness Flame during Hiei and Bui's fight.
  • Plucky Girl: Koto takes her job VERY seriously and continues to commentate even when the arena is falling apart around her.

Juri

Voiced by: Katsuyo Endou (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)

The second of the two hostesses of the Dark Tournament, introduced in the Semi-finals. Juri resembles an amphibian. At the end of the manga, it's revealed that she has a crush on Suzuki.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Wears a one-piece outfit with a large section around her belly cut out.

Ruka

Voiced by: Chiharu Suzuka (JP), Laurie Steele (EN)

Part of Team Mashōtsukai more or less. She can create barriers and tries to restrain Hiei and Genkai for several matches.

  • Break the Haughty: Starts out arrogant but as Hiei gathers strength her nerve starts leaving her, then her cords start shreading.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Started to go this route but sadly Kuwabara won before all of Ruka's cords were destroyed.
  • Evil Redhead: Though more like Jerkass Redhead as she was simply a Punch Clock Villain overall.
  • Hello, Nurse!: About every man's reaction to first seeing her. Even better she first steps out in a nurse uniform.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Or in her case Hoist by her own cords, but narrowly averted. While she was able to able to restrain Hiei and Genkai behind her barrier, it also had an unbeknownst healing effect which Hiei benefitted from. Had Yukina not shown up at the right time, Ruka's life would have ended almost immediately after.
  • Irony: She isn't a nurse at all, but her barrier ability happens to have healing properties she wasn't aware of.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She even becomes a model (in-universe) as part of the "Cult Trio" with Koto and Juri.
  • Squishy Wizard: While she can create barriers to protect herself or contain others, but if her cords are destroyed she will be left vulnerable to being killed.
  • Stripperiffic: Starts out in a nurse uniform, strips it off to just cords around her chest and hips, along with high heels and hat. Apparently they can only work uncovered.

Natsume

Voiced by: Shinobu Sato (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

  • Action Girl: Among the old drinking and fighting pals of none other than Raizen, a Demon King just like Mukuro. Chu is completely smitten with her!
  • Half-Identical Twins: She and her brother Kujō.
  • Tsundere: After defeating Chu in a fight she turns down his offer for a date because she doesn't like weak men. In the manga epilogue, it turns out she actually spars with Chu so that he can get stronger, but furious downplays her motives when her brother asks about why she allows him to be around her.
    • When her brother starts to call Chu names, Natsume replies angrily that he shouldn't insult him like that and that he won't be weak forever - which thoroughly confuses her brother.

Kokou

Voiced by: Sakiko Uran (JP), Clarine Harp (EN)

  • Action Girl: Among the old drinking and fighting pals of none other than Raizen, a Demon King just like Mukuro.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Implied to be one since she still resents the Lady Doctor for snatching a place in Raizen's heart.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: As Yusuke could tell the very moment he first met her based on the poignant smell of alcohol on her breath.
  • Tsundere: She treats her husband Enki rather harshly, but then she breaks down crying in front of Raizen's tomb.

Enki

Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (JP), Jay Jones (EN)

  • Battle Couple: He and his wife Kokou are not just married, but also fighting partners.
  • Big Fun - Nice Guy: Despite being a demon, he's very jolly and nice, and a good foil to his Tsun Dere wife. See also Noble Demon.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Is much larger than Kokou.
  • Noble Demon: Wins the tournament and ends up making it the most peaceful place in ages, and yes he is a demon. Might be a subversion though, since he may not even count as a villain.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's officially the World's Strongest Demon after defeating Mukuro and winning the tournament.

Maya Kitajima

Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (Drama CD's)

Kurama's underclassman who seems to have a crush on him and gets accidentally caught in the middle of his struggles. She only appears in the manga and the Drama CD's.

  • Ascended Extra: Her very first appearance was during the Dark Tournament in a cameo in Kurama's flashbacks (not shown in anime) of his childhood in the middle of his fight against Ura Urashima. She later appeared in the Two Shot Special as a somewhat more prominent character.
  • Damsel in Distress: While she does have slight spiritual powers, she cannot fight against demons ans has no martial arts knowledge.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Kurama wipes out her memories of her abduction at the end.
  • Psychic Powers: She tells Shuichi Minamino (AKA Kurama) that she possesses spiritual awareness and could tell that he was special. However, she fails to detect the demon who apprehends her. Though this lapse could be justified in that she was distracted due to Kurama and Hiei's fight at the time.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Wants to have a romantic relationship of this kind with Kurama.

Yatsude

Voiced by: ??? (Drama CD's)

The antagonist of the Two-shots Extra Chapter that explain how Kurama and Hiei met for the first time.

  • Adapted Out: He makes no appearance in the anime, though a brief moment showing Kurama's and Hiei's first meeting from this special chapter is depicted in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He can gain power, and possibly specific abilities, from consuming other live organisms. He particularly seeks to eat Kurama.
  • Devour the Dragon: The "reward" he gave to the demon who captured Maya.
  • I Have Your Wife: Or in this case, I have your classmate and an Ice Maiden. Subverted in the latter case as that was merely him taunting Hiei.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has six arms in total of which two protrude from his head.
  • Posthumous Character: He was killed prior to Yusuke's death at the beginning of the story.
  • Power Copying: Says he has this ability with his dying breath. He claims that if he had consumed an Ice Maiden he wouldn't have lost.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: He wears a belt consisting of skulls, of which are presumably those of his victims.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He is recognized as being powerful by Kurama, but demonstrates that he is not a good tactician which gets him killed.

Shigure

Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi (JP), Pete Webber (EN)

A very powerful and eccentric warrior and combat medic from the Demon World.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Very efficient at work. His fees and charges are very... personalized. In the case of Hiei, he first demands to listen to his life story and reasons, and then makes him promise that he will never tell Yukina of their bond.
  • Combat Medic: Both a badass combatant with his Rings of Death and an extremely efficient surgeon who actually implanted the Jaganishi in Hiei's forehead.
  • Death by Adaptation: He's killed off in the anime, whereas he survives in the original manga.
  • Driven to Suicide: Anime only, since he pretty much throws himself off the huge tree grown in the stage after Kurama defeats him.
  • Go Out with a Smile: At least he wasn't that unhappy as he kicked it.
  • Rings of Death: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Walking Spoiler: More exactly, what he did in the past completely shaped Hiei's motivations and storyline.

The Lady Doctor

Voiced by: Mika Doi (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

A human woman from Raizen's past. And Yusuke's ancestress.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She was a tall and beautiful woman with long dark hair and a no-nosense attitude.
  • Death by Childbirth: The Lady Doctor was impregnated by Raizen in their first and only time, then died when their baby was born.
  • Dress Hits Floor: When Raizen shows up at her home with the clear intention of eating her, she pulls this on him with her kimono... but in a subversion, it's to show him how her body had been ravaged by disease and prove him that, should he eat her, he would regret it. Not that we actually get to see that.
  • Hot Witch: Some translations of the manga have referred to her as being a "witch", though the "Hot" is not as disputed in-universe at least. Thus when her lover awoke to justice, the Dark Knight Spar-Oh, sorry, wrong story.note 
  • Interspecies Romance: With the super powerful descendant to show it, too.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Raizen. After their single night of sex, he swore off his demon-womanizing (much to the displeasure of Kokou) and, having learned about her Death by Childbirth, he decided to never eat any humans until she was reincarnated and he found her again.
  • The Medic: Said to be a skilled healer.
  • No Name Given: We never learn her name, in fact "Lady Doctor" is her Fan Nickname.
  • Poisonous Person: She was a "shaman cannibal" who willingly consumed the flesh of people who died of illness so her body would develop antibodies and eventual cures, which doubled self-defense against human-devouring demons. If any demon had a piece of her, they'd die painfully and slowly since her flesh was ripe with disease.
  • Posthumous Character: As she is a human who lived centuries before the present of Yu Yu Hakusho.
  • Regret Eating Me: She told this to Raizen. The reason is resumed in one trope: Poisonous Person
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her role in Raizen's life pretty much put the whole story in movement.
  • Tsundere: Raizen has described her as having a fiery temper and says that Yusuke inherited that personality trait from her.
  • Walking Spoiler: Because, as said above, her small role was vital in the story.

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