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1[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Recurring Characters]]²!!Ginko [[spoiler:/Yoki]]²The main protagonist. A wandering Mushishi, or Mushi Master, Ginko travels the land solving the troubles of those afflicted with ''mushi''-related illnesses. His analytical mind and somewhat unique stance of 'live and let live' when it comes to ''mushi'' makes him rather effective at his job.²* AllLovingHero: Ginko is a firm believer that all things have a right to live, and does his best to preserve the lives and happiness of both the people and mushi he comes across.²* AmnesiacHero: Ginko has no memories of his early childhood, [[spoiler:because of a powerful ''mushi'' that wiped his memories and devoured one of his eyes, turning his hair white and his remaining eye green in the process.]]²* BadassPacifist: Ginko refuses to harm the mushi unless he absolutely has to, but this doesn't stop him from being extremely successful at his job.²* CrazyPrepared: Travels around with a large, wooden backpack containing all the equipment he needs to deal with the mushi.²* DarkAndTroubledPast: Ginko has been wandering for as long as he can remember, as he attracts mushi with his mere presence and thus can't stay in any one place for long. It's even mentioned that a few unscrupulous mushishi took him in to use as mushi bait so they could attract more customers.²* IgnoredExpert: It's practically a running joke of the series. Ginko is one of the most intelligent and efficient Mushishi in all of Japan, if not the world, and he is well known for his work. That being said, the conflicts of most episodes stem from one of the following:²** Ginko warns a person that something bad will happen if they do 'x'. The person proceeds to do 'x', either out of curiosity or not believing him.²** Ginko warns a person that the benefit they receive from a mushi is only temporary and will bite them in the ass eventually. The person is too attached to said benefit to let it go.²** Ginko warns a fellow Mushishi that they are doing something wrong and is ignored out of pride.²** Ginko warns a person but his strange appearance and status as an outsider generates distrust and he is ignored.²** Ginko warns a person but they don't believe him because they can't see or have never heard of mushi.²* MartialPacifist: Ginko won't actively harm anyone or anything unless he has no other choice, and even then he tries to find another way.²* MrExposition: In almost every episode, he explains to the VictimOfTheWeek (and the audience) what the episode's resident mushi does and how best to deal with it.²* MysticalWhiteHair: His mop of unusual white hair was caused by [[spoiler:the same ''mushi'' that stole his memories.]]²* PeekABangs: His haircut covers one eye. [[spoiler:Or rather, the lack of one eye.]]²* SmokingIsCool: He's always smoking a special kind of cigarette whose smoke repels mushi. ²* TheStoic: Ginko almost never loses his cool, which make the rare moments when he does all the more effective.²* SupportingProtagonist: Is usually this to whoever the WoobieOfTheWeek is, sometimes only having a couple minutes of screentime in an episode despite being the show's protagonist.²* WalkingTheEarth: Ginko is always on the move, as he attracts mushi with his presence, which would wreak havoc anywhere he might settle down.²* WeirdnessMagnet: Bordering on DoomMagnet. Ginko attracts ''mushi'' just by existing, and has to constantly be moving. Were he to settle down anywhere, the place would soon be overrun by an infestation.²²!!Adashino²The resident doctor of a small fishing village and a good friend of Ginko's. His obsession with mushi, despite not being able to see them, and all items related to them tends to get him into trouble.²* CollectorOfTheStrange: He collects items related to ''mushi'', and frequently tries to get Ginko to sell him items from his own supplies.²* FriendToAllChildren: There's usually a small gang of children following him around whenever he's not seeing patients or hanging out with Ginko.²* HighClassGlass: His most distinctive feature is his monocle. It makes him look refined and, at times, sinister.²²!!Tanyu Karibusa²A scribe who is responsible for sealing away a destructive mushi by transferring it from her body to written scrolls. She's also a close friend to Ginko.²* BirthmarkOfDestiny: The ''mushi'' sealed away in her body manifested itself as a coal-black birthmark, identifying her as a scribe destined to continue eradicating the ''mushi'' curse plaguing her family for generations. ²* IJustWantToBeNormal: She had this attitude as a child, not fully understanding why she had to spend so much time cooped indoors studying or why her leg was black and couldn't move. ²²!!Tama Minai²Tanyu's caretaker and a former Mushishi.²* DeadpanSnarker: She's a tough old lady and isn't above snarking at Ginko.²* IntergenerationalFriendship: She cares deeply for Tanyuu and does everything she can to make the girl's life easier. Tanyuu looks up to her in turn. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:One-Off Characters]]²!!Nui²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Mushi]]²[[/folder]]


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