Gensomaden Saiyuki (Saiyuki RELOAD, Saiyuki RELOAD Gunlock, etc.) is a manga and anime series kinda-sorta inspired by the Chinese classic Journey to the West (which is Saiyuki in Japan).Set in a Schizo Tech universe where demons, mystical powers and nominally Buddhist Powers That Be (see the trope entry below for a better explanation) coexist with guns, credit cards, and a Jeep (which, coincidentally, transforms into a small dragon). In the past, demons and humans coexisted in peace. But recently, the demons have been driven to madness and violence. This was found out to be linked to the resurrection of the demon Gyumao, by forces unknown. In response, the trash-talking monk Genjyo Sanzo is commanded to journey West with his three companions Son Goku, Sha Gojyo, and Cho Hakkai. Sanzo's three companions aren't exactly what they seem, as they are demons who are only kept in check by accessories that also serve to limit their power. However, their history stretches back not only to the recent past, but to hundreds of years before.Saiyuki is a somewhat large franchise, with three TV series, three OVAs, stage plays, drama CDs, and a movie, along with the six manga everything is based on. note Just for reference, the titles for the various series that are used throughout this article: Manga: original Gensomaden Saiyuki, sequels Saiyuki Reload and Saiyuki Reload Blast, prequels Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Ibun, and Saiyuki Gaiden: Ants of Heaven (TBR September 2012). Anime: original series Gensomaden Saiyuki, sequels Saiyuki Reload and Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, OVAs Gensomaden Saiyuki: Kibou no Zaika, Saiyuki Gaiden, and Saiyuki Burial, theatrical movie Saiyuki Requiem. One could argue that this series has Multiple Demographic Appeal, with an overwhelmingly Bishōnen cast and multiple opportunities for Ho Yay, but also has some elements of Shōnen series, such as My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours.Not to be confused with Sayuki (nee Fiona Graham), the first and only white woman to become a geisha.
This series provides examples of:
Abusive Parents: Li Touten, who uses his bio-engineered son to gain military and political power. He's also implied to be sexually abusing him.
The relationship between Gojyo and his older half-brother and their abusive stepmother. Gojyo was continuously beaten to a pulp and taught that he was evil and worthless; his older brother wasn't physically assaulted, but forced to participate in a sexual relationship with his biological mother/ Gojyo's step mother in order to keep Gojyo safe. Interestingly, Gojyo still loved her and hoped for her love in return, while his older brother (who feels an occasionally crippling sense of shame about both the incest and not being able to protect Gojyo) seems to have hated her outright.
Lirin's mother (and Kougaiji's stepmother), Gyokumen Kousho. She uses her children for science projects, among other things.
Actually, I Am Him: Happens every time the Sanzo party enter a new town that doesn't recognize who they are.
Affably Evil: Most of the antagonists don't really qualify as evil. Kougaiji and his group sometimes make the main characters look like the bad guys. Lirin is basically a female Goku (except she's an complete idiot), Dokugakuji is something of a Punch Clock Villain that loyally follows Kougaiji, and Yaone is considered a possible non Fan Dumb love interest for Hakkai.
Alternate Character Meaning: How the title is written is a pun; instead of the kanji for "west" it uses another with the same reading that makes the whole thing mean Journey to the Max!
And the Adventure Continues: Every one of the anime and manga series to date ends with the Sanzo-ikkou headed west once again, typically driving off into a blazing sunset.
Angst: Most incarnations of this series are extremely angst heavy. The characters all have tragic back stories and a plethora of psychological problems which were constantly being explored in detail, via the bad guy's psychological tactics or extended flashbacks. Even the show's light relief character had serious abandonment issues ( not surprising given that he spent hundreds of years being chained up and abandoned without food).
Attempted Rape: Genjo Sanzo's Burial chapter reveals that, just after witnessing his master's death, 14 year-old Genjyo was waylaid by a band of thugs who attempted to rob and rape him. He shot his attacker at point-blank range, the first time he had ever killed another person. This could also be considered Rape as Backstory because it's clearly tied to his trust and distance issues as an adult.
Hakkai was an apparently ordinary human when he carried out the murder spree that transformed him into a youkai: killing a thousand youkai on his own, armed only with a knife. That was also before he learned the energy attacks he uses during the main series.
Gojyo's half-brother. Even though the two are sworn enemies, he obviously still cares deeply about his little brother, and feels a great deal of guilt about not being able to protect him from abuse at the hands of his step mother. It's also implied that the main motivation behind the elder brother's sexualised relationship with his biological mother and his subsequent murder of her were both attempts to keep Gojyo safe. Given the complexity of the relationship (and the possibility that Gojyo also had feelings for the woman), there were likely other motivating factors, but he is certainly more broken up over not being able to protect his little brother than the incest thingy.
Also, his extreme protectiveness over Kougaiji is motivated strongly by his guilt at not being able to keep his biological half-brother safe, and a way to gain redemption for not being able to do so. (He's aware of this, and has commented on how much Kougaiji resembles and reminds him of Gojyo.) His breakdown in the manga (when he thinks he cannot keep Kougaiji safe) reflects this.
In Saiyuki Ibun, Houmei (who would be known as Koumyou Sanzo) develops this towards the youngest apprentice monk Tenkai.
The three older members of the Sanzo party all treat Goku like an annoying little brother they need to protect; Gojyo and Goku's big brother/little brother dynamic is particularly obvious. Right down to the teasing, it's very similar to the relationship between Gojyo and his elder brother (sans the insane stepmom). Sanzo and Goku's relationship is particularly heartwarming, because despite all Sanzo's insults and abuse, he clearly puts a lot of effort into raising Goku semi-responsibly.
Big Eater: Goku. Sanzo suggests that this is because he was locked up for 500 years with no food.
Brother-Sister Incest: Kanan and Gonou/Hakkai didn't realize they were long-lost siblings until after they fell in love, apparently. The anime toned it down it so that Kanan was only like an older sister to Hakkai, instead of actually being his older sister.
Broken Bird: The show has lots of male examples. Sanzo, Gojyo and Hakkai are all deeply psychologically scarred, cynical, physically attractive, snarky (except for Hakkai) and hypercompetent at their job ( that is, killing things). A lot of the villains would also count.
Dr. Nii Jienyi carries around an ACTUAL bunny rabbit doll (to which he talks embarrassing baby-talk), and wears bunny slippers to boot; he does not seem to feel the need to bathe on a regular basis, and is a walking sexual harassment lawsuit. He's also the only person on Earth capable of using the Tenchi Kaigen sutras to revive Gyuumaoh, had a doctorate by the age of 17, and is the keeper of the Muten sutra, the second youngest Sanzo ever. He keeps it hidden inside the bunny..
Field Marshall Tenpou in Gaiden can't for the life of him keep his office cleaner than "trainwreck", wears shower sandals to work on a regular basis, and is voluntarily an adjutant to a less senior officer because it deflects some of the attention and paperwork. When he's in a battle, however...every soldier wants to be under him because his troops come home in one piece. In the escape to the Lower World, Tenpou takes off in the opposite direction to draw attention away from the gate and clear the way for Goku and Konzen. Barefoot and armed with only a regular katana, he takes out at least a dozen defenders before being fatally struck.
The entire sanzo priesthood is basically an order of Bunny-Ears Preachers. The order's purpose is protecting the sutras above all else and its members are not bound to the usual Buddhist monastic precepts. None of them seem to shave their heads (as would normally be required) and they seem to freely indulge in tobacco and alcohol. Genjyo and Ukoku aren't even necessarily professing Buddhists. Yet one would still be GREATLY ill-advised to challenge any sanzo at Buddhist magic or martial arts if one were not suicidal.
All of the four main characters (Sanzo, Goku, Hakkai, and Gojyo) have a lot of this. Goku is coming of age throughout the story, so his development is extremely in-your-face. The other three are adults and as such, their development is shown through flashbacks and interactions that demonstrate they are more than what they first appear. It is most apparent in the manga, whereas the anime adaptations tended to get bogged down by repetitive filler.
Hakkai gradually makes a slight peace with his crippling sense of guilt over the terrible crimes he's committed, as well as his grief and depression; Gojyo's relationship with Goku and random stray urchins allow him to reframe his childhood from an adult perspective, which lets him start to make peace with his past and his brother; Sanzo is a moody misanthrope who doesn't publicly display affection or kindness towards anyone, so it's hard to tell how much he's growing as a person, but his relationship with the other three members of his crew (especially Goku) does seem to have mellowed a bit over the years. They're all probably too damaged to heal completely, but over the course of the manga they all become better psychologically adjusted.
Chekhov's Gun: Dr. Nii's bunny plushie. 'Where's the fifth sutra?' You ask? Look no further.
Color-Coded Characters: Purple = Sanzo, Yellow/Gold = Goku, Red = Gojyo, Green = Hakkai. These are their eye colors, and in Goku and Gojyo's cases, there are important plot points attached. Purple/yellow and red/green are also opposites/complementarity on the color wheel. Weirdly, the Reload anime used blue as Sanzo's color in the openings and changed Hakkai's eyes to blue or gray.
Combat Tentacles: Some youkai have these or something like it especially Hakkai in youkai form, with his vines.
Costume Copycat: Kami-sama, the huge fanboy. He just needs ONE MORE THING to finish it.
Creepy Child: Hakkai was an extremely cold, isolated child. Other kids stayed away from him because he never smiled.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Koumyou Sanzo is either this or Obfuscating Stupidity; though he appears to be genuinely ditzy. While we've yet to see him do much, there is the small feat of attaining Sanzo-hood at the youngest age (before Ukoku and Genjyo came along, the latter having inherited it from Koumyou upon his death) and having been so powerful that he was entrusted with two sutras.
Cue the Sun: Happens over and over in the manga, usually in reference to Sanzo and sometimes the whole group. Invoking this image is also part of a symbolic bet between Koumyou Sanzo and Ukoku Sanzo.
Curtains Match the Window: Gojyo's eyes and hair are "blood red," proof of his human-demon hybrid nature. The actual color used to indicate "blood red" varies from darkish pink to a weird orange, depending.
As Goku helpfully informs us after having seen Gojyo in the bath, the carpet does not match the drapes. It's black.
Distressed Damsel: Kanan when she is kidnapped by Hyakugan Maoh and thus becoming a Disposable Woman. Lirin when she is taken off by her mother for scientific experimentation only to be saved by Kougaiji, Yaone and Doukugakuji. And somewhat Yaone when she failed her mission and was saved by Kougaiji when she attempted to kill herself.
Also that one episode where once again Yaone failed her mission and gets kidnapped by another demon, and when Hakkai heard that, he requests the team to save her, leading to an Enemy Mine situation with Kougaiji & co.
Dysfunction Junction: The four main characters all have their tragic pasts. Sanzo has to deal with the death of his Mentor, who died to protect him; Gojyo has to deal with his half-demon nature, as well as guilt over the death of his step-mother; Hakkai has to deal with his past as an orphan who had inadvertent Brother-Sister Incest, as well as the manner by which he became a demon; finally, Goku is Really 700 Years Old, although he spent most of that time being caged on top of a mountain. Whew!
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: 'Sanzo' is technically a rank, not a personal name. His Buddhist dynastic name is Genjyo but it's rarely used except in his full title or to distinguish him from other members of the Sanzo priesthood like Koumyou and Ukoku. Goku seized on the "Sanzo" part of that long-ass formal title when they first met and used it like a personal name. Hakki and Gojyo later picked up this habit from Goku. We're reminded of this in the aftermath of the first fight with Kami-sama, when the-priest-formerly-known-Koryuu screams at his companions to stop calling him "Sanzo": without the sutra, he can't lay claim to that rank anymore. It also comes up in Blast when Sharak is introduced, meaning that there are two sanzo priests present. The rest of the ikkou muse on how if they called him "Genjyo" it would feel like they were talking about a stranger.
Expy: Homura's clothes, appearance, goals and means of death are suspiciously similar to those of Sensui Shinobu. Both series were animated by Studio Pierrot, and Homura is a Canon Foreigner who made a brief cameo as a Canon Tourist.
Chin Yisou, too. He's in permanent niko-niko mode, and much like Xellos, is one of those characters whom you really don't want to open his eyes, because it usually means he's about to do something really...uh...bad.
Hakkai puts his own eye out, and wears a glass replacement. The anime toned it down so that the actual eye didn't, y'know, come out.
Minekura specifies that it isn't glass in a Q&A session of an artbook. It's actually bio-mechanical (there's your Schizo Tech again) and he can see through it.
At the end of the Reload manga, this is the presumptive outcome of the climatic battle with Ukoku. It looks like Ukoku has lost sight in at least one eye, if not both. He may have intentionally worsened the damage in order to achieve "true darkness"... because he's a nutcase.
Fan Nickname: "Pippi," after Pippi Longstocking, for the girl the guys live with in the youkai village.
"Sanzo-ikkou," for Sanzo's group (Sanzo, Goku, Hakkai, Gojyo, & Jeep) and in turn "Kougajiji-ikkou" for his group (Kougaiji, Doku, Yaone, & Lirin). "-ikkou" is used to denote a group, particularly of Buddhist pilgrims. A/k/a the "Kougaiji-tachi" or "Kou-tachi" ("Kou's gang/people/posse").
Fanservice: For everybody! Lirin, Yaone and several incidental girls are incredibly busty, and the four protagonists are kind enough to remove their shirts on occasion. Especially on Hakkai and Goku.
The shower/bath house scenes. Sanzo gets one; Gojyo gets two in the various series AND one in the movie; and of course there's a Hot Spring Episode.
Justified, though, since she never claimed to be a fighter and is referred to as an alchemist/apothecary.
Filler: Tons. The filler in the first anime series, Gensoumaden Saiyuki, is generally considered superior to the filler in Saiyuki RELOAD and Saiyuki RELOAD Gunlock. All three series liked to rehash the old familiar sob stories, but the Gensoumaden writers applied them to new situations and even animated chapters of Gaiden, while RELOAD/Gunlock tended towards endless flashbacks or Pokemon-esque character-of-the-day side stories.
Femme Fatalons: Queen Gyokumen Koushu spends a lot of time lacquering her long nails - or, more precisely, having some luckless youkai slave lacquer them for her. She has them comb her hair, too.
First Love: Hakkai's sister wasn't only his first romantic partner, she was also probably his first close friend, ever.
Foregone Conclusion: In Gaiden. Konzen, Kenren and Tenpou have to die for the main plot to be possible.
Also, Saiyuki Ibun. We already know that Houmei (Koumyou Sanzo) and Toudai (Goudai Sanzo) will receive the Seiten and Muten Kyoumon respectively. Their youkai friend Tenkai will receive the Maten Kyoumou but he will die and Koumyou will inherit it. Likewise, in the present timeline, we know that Toudai will die at the hands of student Ni Jianyi.
Sanzo-ikkou: Sanzo is choleric, Goku is sanguine, Gojyo is phlegmatic and Hakkai is melancholic.
Kougaiji-ikkou: Kougaiji is choleric, Lirin is sanguine, and Dokugaku and Yaone switch off between who is currently phlegmatic and who is melancholic.
Konzen-ikkou: Goku is sanguine, Tenpou is phlegmatic, Kenren is melancholic, and Konzen is choleric.
Can also be interpreted as Western-style Four Element Ensembles (instead of the 5 element system usually found in Chinese settings). Earth: Goku (literally born from a stone) / Lirin. Water: Gojyo / Dokugakuji (both sons of a kappa, a water demon). Air: Hakkai (from zephyr to hurricane) / Yaone. Fire: Sanzo (blazing sun) / Kougaiji (literally shoots fireballs out of his palms). A tear-out poster from the end of Gaiden shows the Konzen-ikkou in this configuration.
Friend to All Living Things: Counter to everything one might expect...in one of Sanzo's earliest flashback sequences (to his history with Shuuei), Kouryuu talks an angry bear into leaving the monastery grounds by promising they will not disturb its territory. This is clearly intended to make a contrast with trigger-happy present day Sanzo, but the monks witnessing this are also clearly a bit creeped out at Kouryuu's force of personality and lack of fear.
This aspect of his personality actually carries on even if he hides it better. Gojyo and Hakkai often tease that one of the reasons he and Goku get along so well, and the reason he was able to so easily capture/befriend Lirin, is that he is 'good with small animals.' In his character book it is also stated that Jeep adores and admires him as well. This is carried over from the original Journey to the West, in which Sanzo was a more typical 'wouldn't hurt a fly' example. He still doesn't quite qualify for this trope though, because humans and demons are living things.
Gag Dub: The ADV Films dub of the first season comes quite close to this, due to heavily re-written dialogue and added swearing. After Geneon took over for Reload, the dubs were much more faithful.
Probably because the anime is extremely censored. ADV looked at the translation and felt that it didn't hold up to the manga. So they went with the manga versions of the characters (this is actually stated in the cast commentary). Better to be faithful to the source material than watered down versions in later dubs.
I Am Not Left-Handed: Goku and Hakkai, being demons, have immensely greater powers without their Restraining Bolt accessories. However, this comes with a loss of control and most rational thought, and as such is only left for the most dire of situations.
Implausible Hair Color: Yaone's is purple; Gojyo's, though it isn't often shown correctly n the anime, is supposed to be not humanly red but true crimson.
Improbable Age: Sanzo attained the highest possible rank of a monk at age 13. Justified as his predecessor was murdered. Also, the previous record holder, Dr. Nii aka Ukoku Sanzou, achieved a Ph.D and the same rank at age 17, except he killed his master instead.
I Need You Stronger: Saiyuki: Journey to the West - The Benevolent Goddess claims she sent the Sanzo party over land to help them become stronger as a team. Then again, she also said she likes jerking their chains.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: this seems to be one of the main reasons that Hakkai had trouble relating to the other orphans and the holy sisters. It's remarked that if he'd wanted further schooling he could have had his choice of scholarships.
Jerkass Fašade: Sanzo. Acts like a Jerkass, except it's very clear why others follow him and put up with his behavior, nor is he oblivious to his bad image. Plus he has stated (in his thoughts) that his own traumatic past has made him prefer people he doesn't have to protect, which implies he's this caustic as a defense mechanism.
Jerkass Gods: Even the Merciful Goddess comes off as manipulative and self-centered.
Hazel at the very end of the Reload manga also qualifies for this.
Light Is Good/Dark Is Evil: Genjyo Sanzo is heir to both the Seiten (heavenly/yang energy) and Maten (infernal/yin energy) sutras (although the Seiten has been MIA since his ascension), making his role to balance the sacred and the profane. There is a more conventional light/dark dichotomy between goodguy!Genjyo (deeply associated with imagery of the sun and daybreak) and badguy!Ukoku (deeply associated with moonless nights and carrion crows).
Lover and Beloved: Characters gossip about potential relationships of this kind. In ancient Chinese Buddhist monasteries, sexual relationships between older monks and young acolytes were common and well-known. Koumyou and Koryuu, and later Sanzo and Goku, provoke spiteful speculation because of their unusual lack of formality.
Manipulative Bastard: And if Nii doesn't qualify for above he certainly qualifies at least this. Gyokumen Koushu also qualifies, especially towards Kougaiji.
The Medic: Yaone in Kougaiji's group, Hakkai in the Sanzo-ikkou.
Medium Awareness: Jiroshin can't prove that Kanzeon really is a hermaphrodite, cause the rating isn't high enough. Also extremely prevalent in the drama CDs in which the boys comment on how they do the gag where they order a lot of food and the waitress has to repeat it all back a lot.
Mentor Occupational Hazard: Genjyo Sanzo's entire adult life is built around seeking to avenge his murdered foster father, Koumyou Sanzo, and recover the sutra stolen from him. Koumyou chose to protect Genjyo with his own body, leading to Genjyo's distaste for self-sacrifice...because he knows the toll it takes on the survivor. At the very end of the Reload manga, Ukoku points out that Koumyou was more than powerful enough to have fought off the attackers and therefore must have intended to die (and Ukoku would know, considering that Koumyou nearly broke his wrist without any obvious exertion the first time they met). The implication being that Koumyou knew what effect his death would have on Genjyo and purposely set him on that path...
Alternatively Hakkai has similar gold eye and a green one when he takes off his limiter. (Proving to many fans that his right eye was indeed artificial.)
Also played with with Goku, who at the beginning of the manga is only going on this journey because Sanzo is, and he'd follow him anywhere. By the middle of Reload he has come to the conclusion that he will continue west for his own reasons, not just for Sanzo. It should be noted that Sanzo would prefer he do the latter anyway.
No Body Left Behind: In the anime episodes and Requiem OVA, slain youkai crumble to dust immediately. The manga is considerably more gory throughout and the recent Gaiden and Burial OVAs show blood and bodies as well. One exception is a JustifiedTrope: Konzen is caught in the closing Dimensional Gate and his body is destroyed in the void between dimensions.
Overshadowed by Awesome: Pretty much every other main character is stronger than Gojyo in one way or another, whether by kyouryouku or sutra or being-seiten-taisei. But in his favor, he is usually the last one still standing at the end of the battle, which corresponds to the source material, where Wujing was weak compared to Wukong and Baijie, but had incredible stamina. The Kami-sama arc also proves that Gojyo is necessary to keep the group dynamic from going completely nuclear. Without him, Sanzo and Hakkai both get wound too tight and Goku alone can't keep them from driving each other craz(ier than they already are).
Papa Wolf: Konzen. Made all the more satisfying because he, unlike Sanzo, has had some damn fine character development and is willing to perform all kinds of death defying thrills for his adopted son, Goku.
Sanzo's furious response (subverted Unstoppable Rage, since he has no outlet) following a brief Heroic BSOD to Goku's near-death in volume 6 of Reload fits this trope, although the smaller age difference may make this more like Big Brother Instinct.
Paper Fan of Doom: Owned by Sanzo, usually used on Goku when he's being annoying (though Gojyo's not immune).
The Power of Friendship: Although the main characters rarely, if ever, accept this. Even the villains are not immune from this trope.
Powers That Be: The pantheon presented is essentially the synchretized version of Buddhism that dominated Tang China, which contains Taoist and Confucian elements not found in Indian Buddhism, such as a heavenly bureaucracy ruled by an emperor. Kwan Yin (Kanzeon) being a hermaphrodite is Minekura's invention, but the Goddess of Compassion is an important Chinese deity.
Considering Kwan Yin/Avalokiteshvara's gender varies from tradition to tradition, Minekura's depiction of hir as a hermaphrodite isn't totally out of the blue.
Reason You Suck Speech: Many of them. This is pretty much the only kind of preaching Sanzo actually does...and he's quite good at taking an opponent apart verbally.
Red-Headed Stepchild: Not only does Gojyo have red hair, but it's a sign of his mixed heritage, which is in turn one of the key reasons his stepmother beats him so much. Once, he brought her red flowers, and she brutally beat him specifically because they reminded her of his hair color. Given that it's a Japanese franchise, the whole story is surprisingly similar to the Italian/Irish stepfamily situation which purportedly started the expression in the first place.
Lirin as well - her hair colour ranges in art from orange to strawberry blonde, but boy howdy thanks to her mom does she ever count.
Reincarnation: Sanzo, Gojyo and Hakkai are the reincarnations of three gods who apparently died trying to save Goku from being persecuted or turned into a second Nataku.
Senseless Sacrifice: In Saiyuki Requiem the girl introduced in the story sacrifices her life in order to destroy the big bad in the movie for good, so that she can die knowing her life was worth something. Too bad that accomplished absolutely nothing and the Big Bad is completely unaffected.
Kougaji's view of seending mooks out to kill the Sanzo party is this, and he's pretty much right on the money.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Goku and Hakkai being the gentler and more polite (hardly in Goku's case) Sensitive Guy to Gojyo's cruder, rougher Manly Man.
Ship Tease: Early episodes, and even The Movie provides quite a bunch of Hakkai-Yaone teases, even moreso since Yaone has a striking resemblance to Hakkai's deceased lover, and acts almost like the same. Later episodes completely drop this, but there's still some tease for Kougaiji-Yaone and even Dokugaku-Yaone. Then again, this is a Ho Yay series.
Shooting Superman: Generic Youkai going after the Sanzo party is pretty much this, but Gyokumen Koushu keeps sending them out anyway, since she wants her henchmen to always be doing something - even if it's trooping off to be mowed down week after week.
Shotacon: A lot of fans seem to be uncomfortable with the idea of Goku in any kind of romantic or sexual relationship, given his childish nature and appearance, despite the fact that he's physically 18 andReally 700 Years Old. This is especially bad for those who have only seen the anime—while it showed the very beginning of his Character Development in the Kami-sama arc, it quickly Overtook the Manga and tended to treat Goku like a standard stupidShōnen protagonist.
Faceless bystanders tend to spread rumors of this nature about the relationships between Koumyou and Kouyruu and Konzen and Goku.
Shoulders of Doom: Included with the standard uniform for members of the Celestial Army.
Smoking Is Cool: Gojyo and Sanzo. And Tenpou and Kenren in Gaiden. They even have their own preferred brands. Sanzo smokes Marlboros, Gojyo and Kenren prefer Hi-Lites, and Tenpou likes Ark Royal.
Stalker with a Crush: Chin Yisou, at Hakkai. If anyone personifies refined bad-touch... His friggin' arm's off and he still doesn't drop the honourifics! Also Dougan, from the Requiem movie. The lengths that boy goes to in order to get Sanzo's attention are... something else. Sanzo even calls him "demented stalker bastard" to his face.
Stepford Smiler: Hakkai. He generally plays the role of a cheery pseudo-mom/housewife of the group, but he used to be a Creepy Child who eventually ended up in a loving romantic and sexual relationship with his older sister, murdered 1,000 demons and an entire village because she was kidnapped, and can calmly pluck out his own eye.
Like Hakkai, Gojyo smiles a lot but has a lot of emotional pain he hasn't dealt with at all. He's still fairly messed up from a horrifically abusive childhood at the hands of his stepmother (who he loved, though she despised him); this, in addition to the stigma associated with being a mixed breed ("taboo child" in series parlance), has left him with absolutely no self-worth.
Sure, Why Not?: Kazuya Minekura once listed this on Hakkai's bio: "Voiced by Akira Ishida". The anime production house picked the man himself to do Hakkai.
Team Mom: Hakkai. Gojyo even calls him out on it once or twice.
The Three Faces of Eve: In an unusual male example, Son Goku is the Child, being youthful looking, cheerful and more than a bit clueless, Cho Hakkai fits the Wife archetype by being intelligent, sensible and even tempered, then we have Sha Gojyo, who happens to be flirty and physical, particularly where women are concerned, making him the Seductress. These examples are basically in terms of personality rather than gender.
Tyke Bomb: Nataku, despite being a kid, is used by the celestial army as a living weapon.
Also Goku, in his younger years.
Arguably Kami-sama as well, in his younger years, considering what a pain in the ass he becomes when he's older.
Unusual Chapter Numbers: The main-story series have chapters grouped into numbered "acts"—roughly equivalent to plot arcs. Omake chapters are given fractional act numbers. Full-chapter flashbacks are numbered "act.xx".
Villainous Breakdown: Kami-sama, while not exactly sane, was spookily calm as he was beating Sanzo and co. half to death, but once they start working together and gain the upper hand, he degenerates into a childish tantrum.
Wicked Stepmother: Gyokumen. Big time towards Kougaiji. Made even worse when it's revealed she doesn't even like her own daughter.
With Friends Like These...: pretty much the dynamic of the Sanzo party. Don't make the mistake of thinking they're friends. Sanzo constantly is shooting at the others, Hakkai once smilingly broke Gojyo's arm when the latter abandoned them (okay, it was a mirage, but Hakkai was happily pretending it was the real thing), Goku... well Goku and Gojyo're actually too nice to do more than call people names, but they certainly complain about the others (and each other) enough.