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    Saitou Hajime 

Saitou Hajime
Original: Rurouni Kenshin

A police officer and former Shinsengumi from the Meiji era who ends up being drawn into non-human politics when Kenshin and Aoshi are converted to ryu. He refuses to let them change him, but he quickly becomes the government's liaison and handler for all of the youkai.

  • Accidental Pornomancer: Cursed by Bakura - people are attracted to him and he can't say no.
  • Aloof Ally: Even with his lovers at times.
  • And I Must Scream: He spends at least a year unable to die, as Kurama's victim and experimentation subject. After a couple years being raped in prison.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolf. He’s also the one who tends to assign them to other people.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: He tries to unite and lead all of the youkai into a modern age of coexistence.
  • Armor-Piercing Question
    Saitou, to Aoshi: Do you want me to tell you I love you?
  • Badass Bisexual
  • Badass Creed: Aku. Soku. Zan.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: It doesn’t get mentioned much, but he’s wearing a nondescript suit in the modern age and as a kami.
  • Badass Normal: He deals with vampires, youkai, kami, and demons while refusing to take any supernatural upgrades.
  • Bad Dreams / Recurring Dreams: Implied by Aoshi to have existed before the story, presumably from his life as a Shinsengumi. They get worse in 1945, so that he can't sleep without a supernatural sedative.
    • Wake Up Fighting: He wakes from his dreams and grabs for his sword. Not finding a sword there to grab sends him into a panic attack sometimes.
  • Break the Haughty: He was drained almost to death by Hiko to prove he wasn't as in control of them as he thought he was. He was cursed with suck by Bakura for something Aoshi did. He was trapped for three years in an And I Must Scream / Who Wants to Live Forever? situation by the government's pet torturer after he attacked the generals to try to stop the war. It never seems to work for long.
  • Can't Live Without You: As a result of his Impossible Task, Aoshi binds Saitou’s soul to his so that he will live as long as Aoshi does. And only as long - when Aoshi dies, so does Saitou, instantly. It happens a couple times in the story.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Saitou is marked as prey by Kenshin, Saitou, and Hiko, which is a sign for other youkai to leave him alone (and acts as bait to some like Bakura).
  • Complete Immortality: After Aoshi and Kenshin's Impossible Task to save him from dying of old age, he reverts to approximately age thirty and stays there, unable to be killed unless Aoshi is. Even later, when he levels up, being a kami makes him nigh impossible to kill and his physical body is just an interpretation of his soul.
    • Really 700 Years Old: After Aoshi binds their souls together and Bakura sets the curse to give him youth, he'll live forever and looks about 30.
  • Cool Sword: Ookami no Hantei - forged by Toutousai the youkai swordsmith, but made so only humans can wield it, and as long as it is wielded in justice it will never dull or break.
    • Take Up My Sword: When he's no longer human, he can't use it, and he passes it to Mokuba.
  • Disappeared Dad: In the Meiji era, he has children, biological and adopted, but his wife lives with her parents and he’s lucky to see them a couple times a year between work missions.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: 100 years after his natural death and subsequent resurrection, he transitions into an ancestor kami.
  • Everybody Dies: Accepted his own death with calm dignity. Aoshi and Kenshin not so much.
  • The Fettered: After becoming a kami, he can’t fight except in protection or on behalf of someone in his clan. Fighting within those limitations, though… well, he is a Physical God.
  • Friend to All Children: He’s a snarky Jerkass, and yet, children take to him and he’s surprisingly good with them. Eiji, Hana, Atem, Mokuba, Mamoru, even Seto and Seth. Perhaps they respond to him as a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Good? Yes. Lawful? As much as possible. Nice? Not even close.
  • Go-to Alias: "Saitou Hajime" is not his original name. It’s not even his legal name. He didn’t, as he points out, even use it for the entirety of the war - it’s just what people associate with his Shinsengumi career.
    • I Have Many Names: Yamaguchi Hajime, Saitou Hajime, Fujita Gorou, Ichinose Denpachi, Ishida Taiki, Nokami Kiyoshi. These are only the aliases listed by name, with an implication that he has used others. (Hana calls him "Uncle Hajime" - the only one allowed to call him by his given name.)
    • Becoming the Mask / Meaningful Rename: At some point when he has to sign something with his True Name, his chooses Saitou Hajime. As well, when he’s at home with his family and being Fujita Gorou, he truly is Fujita Gorou, and the extent to which he can adopt personae disturbs Kenshin and Aoshi at times.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Only once. In 1882 he finds Kenshin and Aoshi sleeping in bed together in his bedroom. His attempt to kick Kenshin out gets him attacked by both of them and claimed as their prey. Other than that, though, he’s actually the least possessive of the trio.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Kenji, Atem, and Hana.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His general mindset when he has to do something unlawful, manipulate people, lie to his lovers, be distant toward his lovers, put work ahead of his lovers...
  • Immortality Hurts: He can't be killed, but he has no healing factor and no special immunity to pain.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me! / Interspecies Adoption: More or less adopts Hana, a truly adorably tsukumogami doll girl.
  • Inconvenient Summons: Saitou can get prayed places against his will after he becomes kami… He finds it disconcerting.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As long as you accept Pure Is Not Good, he's very pure; he smokes constantly, drinks occasionally, kills dispassionately, manipulates mercilessly, and sleeps around with abandon, but he is pure enough of heart to see kami and unwaveringly sincere in his beliefs.
  • Interspecies Friendship / Odd Friendship: His best friend, outside of his lovers, might well be Rune - a kami.
  • Jerkass: He's generally considered to be an asshole, and he embraces that.
  • Last-Name Basis: Even his lovers call him "Saitou". That it's his last name comes as a surprise to Kenji, after the latter has known him for decades.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Not quite as much as Kenshin, but he tends to wear either a uniform or a suit.
  • Mangst: The only acceptable form of angst is to manfully ignore it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As a general spy and infiltrator for the government, his tendency to lie and withhold information and manipulate people served him well. Unfortunately, that habit carries over into his personal life and when he's trying to work for the greater good.
  • Manly Gay / Straight Gay: He's a manly man's man with manly tastes (which happen to include other men) and manly habits (such as sexing up other men). Aoshi brings up his unwavering masculinity a couple times, but it's not a front.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He and Shun wake up the Earthkami, to try to stop a youkai / human war, which ends up ending civilization.
  • The Nicknamer: Saitou starts out with a habit of not referring to people directly by name , and it grows to the point he's calling Shun "Chains" to his face, over time. Justified in that, when he's becoming a kami, he loses the ability to literally even remember the names of people outside his clan.
  • Official Couple: The OT3 with Kenshin and Aoshi.
  • Pals with Jesus: Saitou's best non-lover friend is probably Rune, a lake god. His second-best is probably Shun, a tsukumogami and later patron god of children, or Hana, a living doll. He also pals around with various youkai (ranging from pathetic to terrifying), and even the Earthkami (that is, the literal spirit of the Earth).
  • Perception Filter: All kami are filtered out of mortals' perceptions, sometimes whether they like it or not. He does find it convenient since it allows him to walk through Tokyo with a sword without being confronted, but it's depressing that sometimes people in the same room don't notice that he's talking. People who don't have the clan connection to him or a pure heart to let them see kami tend to know there's someone there, but not really notice anything about him and forget about him as soon as they look away.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: His pro-human-ness is, to him, a more defining facet of his personality than any trans-humanism he happens to have acquired. In fact, everything he's acquired and done has been for the good of humanity.
  • Power Trio: The Spock to Kenshin’s McCoy and Aoshi’s Kirk.
  • Red Baron: He's known as “The Wolf of Mibu”, though his reputation doesn't seem to be as long lived as Kenshin’s.
  • The Renfield: He's the mortal guard / "servant" and portable meal to Aoshi and Kenshin for a long while. Subverted in that he actually rejects their offers to turn him when he’s dying of cancer and old age.
  • Retired Badass: He never intended on retiring, but it just seems to have happened while he wasn't paying attention. In 2014 he wakes up and realizes he’s a politician.
  • Samurai Ponytail: As a Shinsengumi and kami and sometimes while undercover. In his real life, though, he maintains respectably short hair.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Much to Kenshin’s chagrin. Though at least he changes to an e-cig in the modern day. After he becomes a kami he seems to spawn cigarettes spontaneously and carries a cloud of smoke over his head that reacts to his thoughts.
    • Must Have Nicotine: He's a chain smoker and has been for decades. He does not do well on flights across the Pacific, even if he sneaks cigarettes and ecigs in the bathroom. Plus the first thing he buys after he's been away for a while (for whatever reason)? Cigarettes.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A double-dose, if you substitute "beautiful" for "appealing".
    • His ki, which those youkai (such as vampires) who feed on humans can sense - is described as being almost irresistibly strong, in the top tier of humans. After Kenshin and Aoshi claim him, that mark itself, while providing a deterrent to considerate or weaker youkai, is a challenge to stronger or more combative ones.
    • The curse Bakura puts on him is designed to make him sexually appealing, and make him willingly submit to anyone who wants him. It doesn't precisely make him attractive, but it helps make it easier to overlook his unattractiveness.
  • Standard '50s Father: Oddly enough, pretty close to this in his Fujita Gorou persona. Mild-mannered and humble police officer, unconsciously patriarchal breadwinner, distant Reasonable Authority Figure to his children, wholesome imbuer of moral compasses. The biggest difference is that he simply wasn’t around much.
  • Stepford Snarker: On the occasions when he has angst, snarking is his deflection method of choice. Considering snarking is his default method of interaction, it’s not really noticeable.
    • An odd combination, but he also does some Stepford Smiler, specifically as regards Bakura’s curse, which forces him to respond sexually and be submissive unless otherwise ordered to anyone who wants him. He plays it off as no big deal with some self-deprecating jokes about his attractiveness, keeping his true feelings to himself.
    • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: So private people don’t even realize there are issues there to be talked about, and any time they think there are and try he just deflects with one or the other of the above.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: His soul form is apparently Shinsengumi; whenever his "true form" shows up, he’s in the Shinsengumi uniform.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Touched by Vorlons: Technically, by ryu-youkai and kami…
    • The vampires give him a mark which gives him limited protection from those who would want to feed on him.
    • His association with, and eventually artifact granted by, Rune encourage more kami to reveal themselves to him.
    • Bakura’s modified curse grants him eternal youth.
  • Walk on Water: As a kami, as well as standing on snow and in midair.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In 1942 he assassinates several of the country's generals to try to stop their war. It doesn’t end well.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: For dealing with governments he doesn't care for, kami he would like to keep on the good side of, and youkai he wants to work with him, he pretend to be affable and humble. He's not.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Naturally has gold eyes, but unlike with most people in-universe they aren't a sign of nonhuman blood - he's just unusual.
  • You Can Always Tell a Liar: Aoshi tells Kaji that if Saitou is smiling, then he's lying. It seems to be relatively accurate, though there are situations where he smiles for better reasons.
  • Zombie Advocate: His purpose is working within the government to gain equal rights for youkai.

    Abel Nightroad 

Abel Nightroad
Original: Trinity Blood

A mild mannered priest and doctor from Europe who also happens to be a "krsnik", a being blessed by the ancient gods of his homeland to fight vampires. Currently hiding from his powerful, evil brother Cain.

  • The Ageless: He doesn't age, though he can still be killed.
    • Really 700 Years Old: Over 950 years have passed since he was changed, though he spent about 400 of those in a watchful hibernation. He looks to be in his twenties or thirties.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Name reference only: like in the Bible myth (and original anime), Abel has a brother named Cain and Seth is his sister, but there is no "third character introduced to shake up the relationship of the other two" dynamic here.
  • Combat Medic: Trained doctor and professional vampire hunter.
    • Deadly Doctor: He tries not to fight non-vampires, but he doesn't have any oaths holding him to that, and has no problems with using his medical knowledge to deal a precise killing or crippling blow.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He's been Rip van Winkled for 400 years, but this is downplayed because he's been at least semi-conscious enough to absorb the conversations of people around him.
  • Mystical White Hair: He's the only one of the krsnk to have white hair; he's magically powerful enough to warrant it.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Very, very different - from the main vampires in the story. Krsnk are vampire-vampires - they feed on the blood of vampires - and while the ryu-youkai (Japanese or Asian vampires) satisfy the hunger, he points out that they are much different from the vampires he's used to, who at best are mindless monsters and might be as bad as Came Back Wrong.
  • Sweet Tooth: He has a fondness for sweets apparently because he burns through energy very quickly.

    Kinomoto Touya 

Kinomoto Touya

A young man who they find wandering the world with a group of hanyou in Year 10. He has earth power which nullifies magic effects.

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He shows his affection for Yue mostly by toussling his hair.
  • Anti-Magic: Touya’s passive earth affinity seems to mean that magic doesn’t affect him. He claims he’s just resistant, not immune, but Ryou’s power doesn’t work on him at all.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Living things are drawn to him because of his stability amidst the ki chaos, and possibly because of his earth magic.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He has no problem naturally seeing kami, which requires a pure heart.
  • I See Dead People: His primary power is seeing spirits.
  • Magnetic Hero: All indications are that he spends his time Walking the Earth and collecting people who need protection.
  • No Social Skills: Due to being raised in the insane world, he doesn’t have a lot of social graces and doesn’t use honorifics. He’s polite but uncouth.
  • Only Sane Man: Disturbingly literally. His passive earth power keeps him stable while all other living things are going insane.
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: He really hates talking about himself - anytime anyone tries, he deflects the conversation.
  • Unfazed Everyman: He's a sane man in an insane world. He sees absolutely nothing abnormal about running across and talking to kitsune, youkai, ghosts, kami, and living inanimate objects, even though there's no indication he's seen these things before. At one point he sees Atem in full fox form - a human-sized black fox - sitting in the middle of the road staring at them, and his first action is to ask how they can help it.



Original: Log Horizon

A very large, very oblivious dragon-scholar, a skilled mage and currently living with Pegasus, his companion.

  • Adjusting Your Glasses: He uses his to 'see' various types of energy other than what he can perceive naturally. And because he's nearsighted.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: He learns and studies constantly, recording his observations originally on tablets, then on scrolls and books.
  • For Science!: He is far more interested in studying and learning than in silly things like morals.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Takes a while to cotton on to the fact that not everyone can do magic as easily as dragons can.
  • No Social Skills: Mostly because he's a dragon who lived alone for hundreds of years. Pegasus is still having to remind him of things like personal space. Comes across as something of a Cloudcuckoolander when he's distracted with something new.
  • Playing with Syringes: He learned about humans by dissecting Pegasus to study him over a few years.
  • The Smart Guy: A skilled manipulator of magical energies and maker of spells. He created the spell that made Pegasus into an immortal dragon-companion, known to most people in later times as 'ryu' or 'ryu-youkai'.
  • Squishy Wizard: Completely averted. He is a mage and scholar but he is also a very large, ancient and formidable dragon without any problems eating, well, problems. Though he isn't fond of the taste of human, much preferring fish.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Shiroe can use magic to assume other forms, though how accurate they are depend on how well he knows the creature he's mimicking.



Original: Yu-Gi-Oh!

Shiroe's human lover, pet, and assistant - and, it turns out, the very first ryu-youkai.

  • Human Pet: The term for what he is translates to "dragon companion" or "partner", but probably only because dragons don't have experience with domestication.
  • The Jeeves: Aside from not being British (he appears to have originally been Atlantean), Pegasus seems to exist to embody the hypercompetent personal assistant. He manages Shiroe's house, organizes his research, keeps track of what century it is, runs interference with visitors and the public, reminds Shiroe of manners and appropriate behavior, and fluffs up Shiroe's reputation by downplaying his own usefulness.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Pegasus wasn't originally with Shiroe willingly, but by the time he was allowed to leave he prefered to stay.
  • Mystical White Hair: His hair has always been white, and he admits it isn't normal even for his people.
  • Squishy Wizard: Subtly averted. In a side-story it is revealed that he was actually a warrior prince before Shiroe acquired him. He's gone full-bore robe-and-tome wizard now, but he has more mundane skills.


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