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    Rin Okumura 
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Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese, teenager), Akeno Watanabe (Japanese, child), Bryce Papenbrook (English, teenager) and Wendee Lee (English, child)

The protagonist and titular character. Rin and his twin brother Yukio were raised by Father Fujimoto Shiro. Something of a delinquent but with a good heart, he turns out to be the son of Satan. After discovering this and the death of his foster father, Rin has made it his goal to be a powerful exorcist, one strong enough to beat Satan. Is nice enough to be considered a cosmic joke on behalf of his blood father.


  • Accidental Misnaming: He just can't get Amaimon's name right...
  • The Ace: Eventually becomes a version of this for the Exwire group, with Konekomaru referring to him as their 'trump card'.
  • Achilles' Heel: It is suggested that Kurikara is this, as it contains his demon heart and demons are both stronger and more vulnerable with them out. Any damage to it could potentially kill him.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga his hair is pure black, the anime translated that color to dark blue.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed, but the anime shows Rin being injured and needing medical attention way more than in the manga. A good example is that in the anime, blocking Kuro's charge with his head gave him a nosebleed. Not so in the manga.
  • Adorkable: Oh boy, where do you start....? He is socially awkward, good natured, a bit of a goof, sweet natured...
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Rin grew up with zero friends because his inhuman strength would scare them off. He also was constantly harassed by bullies and called a demon.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • In terms of overall combat he is a lot stronger than his fellow classmates. This is extremely evident when fighting Amaimon — while he easily curbstomped his allies, he had to put a little more effort defeating him.
    • Made even more obvious when Rin fought Amaimon with his sword drawn, almost defeating the latter if the battle wasn't interrupted. Amaimon, one of the strongest demons in Gehenna that no exorcist will be able to defeat on their own.
    • Expanded upon in episode 17, where he utterly trashes Amaimon, who was earlier shown to be casually defeating Shura and Angel - a high class exorcist and the strongest exorcist in the order, respectively. This is, however, anime only and in fact Rin can't take on Amaimon at full power in the manga. Though he won't die from that unlike most.
  • Amazon Chaser: Downplayed but judging from some of Rin's reactions to Shiemi's feats, he finds how strong she is quite attractive.
  • Animal Motifs: Acts a lot like a great big black cat. Kato has drawn him as a tiger person at least once.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted since he's the older brother, but he's definitely this for Yukio. It's played for drama since this makes Yukio look down on Rin as much as up and makes it hard for Rin to be taken seriously by Yukio and even others.
  • Anti Anti Christ: He's the son of Satan but he's a Nice Guy who wants to kick his father's ass.
  • Anti-Hero: The Disney variety due to his low social skills and at times jerky actions.
  • Badass Adorable: Considering his Adorkable status and often clueless and honest actions that contradict his "Son of Satan" status he also falls under this.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't bad mouth his brother.
    • Making Rin recall his foster father's Heroic Sacrifice isn't a good idea.
    • When he's first introduced, he's beating up a gang of delinquents for torturing a flock of pigeons. His immediate move from casual to violent suggests that "hurting animals" might be another Berserk Button of his.
    • His reaction to Gedouin makes it very clear: don't be monstrous to others or harm anyone with him around. And definitely don't brag about it. He'll screw his demons only policy and roast you.
  • Berserker Tears: When Yukio defects to the Illuminati, and then shoots Rin repeatedly with real bullets, after a moment of total disbelief realizing that Yukio actually shot him, Rin flies into a demonic rage and attacks Yukio while crying.
  • Berserk Mode: If he stays in his demonic state too long, he'll become more or less a vessel of violence and not much else. However, this is suggested to be a sign of how inexperienced and scared he is in regard to his demonic heritage. In fact, once he gets over his issues with being who he is, Rin has no trouble staying in his demon form for ridiculous amounts of time.
    • We see it again for the first time many chapters later after Yukio shoots Rin with real bullets. Rin flies into a blind rage and attacks Yukio with extreme anger in his face.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The rebellious and troublesome "Veronica" to Yukio's more reliable and gentlemanly "Betty" for Shiemi's "Archie". The roles kind of get switched later on: Rin matures and becomes more of a Nice Guy, while Yukio shows more of his repressed dark side.
    • Not to mention the "Archie" between Tsundere Izumo's "Veronica" and Girl Next Door Shiemi's "Betty".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A genuinely nice guy who tries so hard to have friends and honestly does care for others. Just don't piss off the guy with Hell-Fire, Super Strength, and is the resident Anti Anti Christ.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As a child, he was very protective of Yukio and would chase off people that would bully him. As they got older, Rin stopped looking after Yukio as much since he can now take care of himself, but Rin is still very protective of his younger brother. It's looking to turn into a deconstruction since Yukio did a Face–Heel Turn.
    "I would never hurt my younger brother!"
  • The Big Guy: Since he is the strongest of the group with little else to offer Konekomaru recommends that he acts as a backup version of this.
  • Book Dumb: Especially when compared to Yukio, since while Yukio is a Teen Genius Rin is a former junior high school drop out. However, it's downplayed compared to other shounen heroes to a more realistic level. He's just not good with bookwork, but he's honestly quite smart outside of it and he's been improving slowly as a later chapter reveals (going from only getting 2% on a test - to be fair was tossed into both normal school and exorcist school at the last minute - to getting 68% in the same course. For clarification, 30% is a passing grade in Japan - he got 8% over twice that).
  • Brutal Honesty: At times, since he hasn't had much experience interacting with others due to negative past experiences.
  • Bully Hunter: Heavily implied as the audience first sees him beating up a bunch of guys for killing/torturing pigeons, he always used to protect Yukio and even have a few flashbacks that show he mostly got into fights this way. Arguably influenced his decision to become an Exorcist; hostile demons can count as really big bullies since they target humans.
  • Cain and Abel:
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He wants to kill daddy Satan.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: As shown when Shura accidentally mixes up their drinks.
  • Character Development: Already in practice.
    • He started out much angrier and discontented than he is now. Although still insecure, he seems to be happier and a bit more easygoing. Though it is possible at least some of this is faked.
    • Rin was initially just as disgusted by his relation to Satan as everyone else and he tried his hardest to not be associated with his demonic heritage. But, he comes to understand that he must accept the fact that Satan is his father if he wants to truly becomes stronger.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Rin's half-breed status (particularly his father's blood) drives a good chunk of the plot and Rin often wonders where he fits. Ucchusama even lampshades this by wondering if Rin is a human or a demon.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At times has strange behavior thanks to his No Social Skills.
  • Cool Sword: His sword acts as both his Demon Heart and was a prized possession of Suguro's temple beforehand. It is also a Flaming Sword as a side effect of containing Rin's blue flames.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: In the beginning, few knew his heritage. He blows it in chapter 13 by using his blue flames.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Rin might not be the greatest at book work and often fumbles his words, but he's still the Son of Satan. His cheery attitude often hides someone who's very introspective and observant as well.
  • Cry Cute: Whenever Rin loses his smile and hits his lowest, his crying is utterly heartbreaking. Especially during the Heroic BSoD situation described below.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Thanks to Adaptation Dye-Job, Rin has blue hair with his blue eyes.
  • Cute Little Fangs: As a half-demon he comes with a set of sharper than usual eyeteeth. Considering his character, they mostly just serve to enhance his rather adorable looks and personality. See below for when they don't.
  • Cute Monster Boy: Yes, he's the demonic bastard half-breed spawn of Satan who has the dreaded Blue Flames and can bench press cars. He also is incredibly adorable and even attractive, especially when his Nice Guy nature gets taken into account.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a son of Satan, he is a nice guy.
  • Death Glare: Has one strong enough to make lesser demons back off. If he's doing this and his eyes have suddenly changed to be blue with red pupils, that's your cue to get out of there before he decides to break out his Blue Flames.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength:
    • Played Straight in the first episode of the anime, where Rin causes a series of disasters in an attempt to get his job. Completely forgotten in subsequent episodes, and no wonder...
    • As it is Averted full stop in the manga: Rin knows his strength well enough to function fully as a normal person (who just happens to have super strength) and never loses control of it even when angry. Word of God even says he has "clever hands", suggesting he's very deft and careful with his hands despite his strength.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • In the Anime, rescues a young girl from a tower of falling cans while on the job in the first episode... only to reveal he got fired for it. At least the girl's father thanked him for saving her.
    • In the manga, Rin saves all of the exwires' lives with his blue flames...only to be rejected for being the Son of Satan. Luckily the issues work out but OUCH.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Whenever Kato colours him, particularly early on, he looks freakishly pale. Considering his half-demon nature, go figure.
  • Enemy Within: His repressed anger and power manifests as this when his demon heart is returned and tries a Split-Personality Takeover in Chapter 98.
  • Enfant Terrible: Chapter 109 reveals him to be this when, mere moments after being born, he starts burning all nearby exorcists alive. That’s right, newborn baby Rin was the perpetrator of the Blue Night.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The audience is introduced to him punching out a punk in one blow, being called a demon as the entire group of delinquents flees, saying how they are more monstrous than him (with dead pigeons around him to prove it), looking at his bruised knuckles and realizing he's going to get scolded, then watching a pigeon fly off and wondering what he's doing. Setting up a good natured, strong guy with problems and a good awareness of himself. We then go on to see him interacting with others, showing a bit of a temper problem and how lost he is as to what he wants to do in life. And then he's the Son of Satan who just had his father figure get hit with a Death by Origin Story.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In Chapter 98, his hair turns white after having his Demon Heart released.
  • Expy: Of Wilhelm Grimm from the Terry Gilliam 2005 film The Brothers Grimm, which Kazue Kato likes. He's the most abrasive and hotheaded of two brothers who fight demons and dark creatures.
  • Fangs Are Evil: When Rin is pissed, has drawn Kurikara and has gone out of control, his fangs become more pronounced and look much more deadly. He has a tendency to growl and howl in this state.
  • Familiar: His is a Mega Neko.
  • Faux Flame: Rin learns how to control what his flames will and will not burn.
  • The Fettered: Perhaps due to guilt about his dad's death or perhaps just due to his general personality, he refuses to kill or seriously injure humans. Shima cites this to Lucifer as Rin's biggest weakness and even tells Rin himself that he will have to be willing to do so in the future. Later on, Rin's inner darkness tells him that his desire to not hate anyone is holding him back from true power.
  • Foil: To Yukio, he has the friendly personality that everyone loves. But he's also Book Dumb and sometimes can act rather foolishly.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Yukio's responsible due to his Book Dumb and impulsive actions. At the same time, Rin is the one who's more mentally stable while Yukio falls under The Corruptible. And, for bonus points, most of his "impulsive" actions are very smart and good Indy Ploys that work.
  • Friend to All Children: If The Movie has any say, Rin is very good with kids. An omake has him suggesting having enough kids for a soccer team.
  • Friendless Background: Much like Shiemi below, he didn't have real friends before coming to the cram school. In his case, it was an All of the Other Reindeer situation that his awkwardness and Super Strength didn't help with.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Let's be honest; when it comes to the name "Rin" the other people in anime and manga that you think of most tend to be girls.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Crosses this in the first freaking chapter since he was told to not draw Kurikara...but chooses to anyways to try to save his foster father and get out of the Gehenna Gate. It only saves him from the Gehenna Gate.
    • Crosses it again in ch13 when he chooses to draw Kurikara to save his friends despite how that would probably get him killed by the Order. He narrrowly escapes that fate and succeeds at saving them...only for them all to reject him for his heritage for various reasons. The poor kid.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Chapter 109 reveals he was in control of his Blue Flames and capable of incredible physical feats just after his birth. As a newly born infant, he was capable of killing grown exorcists and inflicted so much damage on the army of exorcists gatherered to exorcise him that the Paladin of the time outright called a retreat.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Averted. Though at first glance he seems this way, Rin is surprisingly even tempered. The ones who are more apt to truly lose their temper are Ryuji and Yukio. Rin only truly loses his temper if the Berserk Buttons mentioned above get pressed after the first two chapters.
    • An early example that drives this hope is when during one of their many arguments, Ryuji dares Rin to walk up to a nearby demon that is chained up for class and touch it without making it attack him to prove that he's serious about being an exorcist. Rin tells him no way, that he has no reason to risk his life for a petty argument.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Human and demon hybrid, the fact the demon in question is Satan is the source of the majority of Rin's problems and a good chunk of the plot.
  • Happily Adopted: Ask him about Fujimoto and you'll hear nothing but praise. Sure, there will be some grumbling about his old man but it's mostly positive. Which is why dissing him is a major Berserk Button, especially after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Healing Factor: Rin gets stabbed, smashed, and all around abused, and still keeps going, everything healing up to the point it might as well not as happened. Chop off his foot? No problem! Shura even suggests around the point she reveals her own healing ability, which is strong around a certain person that he doesn't scar at all despite all he goes through.
    • Later, Yukio reveals that even getting shot in the head would, at most, keep him down for twenty minutes. This guy is like freaking Wolverine! Chapter 96 reveals he severely underestimated Rin as he's up and charging into the fray after getting multiple bullets to his head in less than a minute.
  • Heal It with Fire: Rin, when defeating the Impure King, chants a mantra to purify the surrounding area. With the Power of Friendship and True Companions in his heart, he ensured the flames would only destroy the infection and not harm the other people fighting.
  • The Heart: So far Rin has 1) connected with Shiemi and helped her move forward after her grandmother's death 2) managed to understand and see Suguro's point of view in regards to Satan 3) comfort Konekomaru in regards to his worth AND Rin's "danger" as the Son of Satan. He also is the first one to try to make people feel better if they are down and is very observant in regards to people's feelings.
  • Hellfire: As it is an inheritance from his "father". Not to mention the only demonic flame that attacks both the physical form and the spiritual one, allowing for a total kill.
  • The Hero: He's the good-hearted protagonist that wants to fight evil and protect people.
  • Heroic Bastard: With his father being Satan and his Anti Anti Christ status it's only natural.
  • Heroic BSoD: Occurs in chapters 25 and 26 of the manga, where he thinks he's better off dead, can't unsheathe his sword due to lack of confidence, and is sentenced to execution. After a Cool Down Hug from Shiemi, he recovers, but his confidence issues are still present and prevent him from drawing his sword for quite a while, and it's obvious that he's been suffering from a very well-hidden form of Survivor's Guilt since Fujimoto's death.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: When alone and at his lowest, Rin has a tendency to insult and look down on himself.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: A constant struggle for him as he never wants to become a true monster himself.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He's an amazing cook. A-ma-zing.
    • He also likes emotional drama (aka Shojo) manga. An early chapter starts with him apparently reading one and crying.
    • Not to mention surprisingly good at connecting with and inspiring others.
    • Has proven on various occasions (the confrontation with Ryuji in the fourth chapter for example) to be surprisingly level headed and sensible at times.
    • Rin is not ignorant to Yukio's issues and in fact realizes quickly a good chunk of what's bothering him and causing the problem. He also, however, realizes he's too close to the problem to help unless Yukio chooses to talk to him.
    • Rin's laid back and almost childish personality is something that will make him a very good exorcist since it helps protect him against demonic possession something he is not immune to (most likely due to the fact he's half human) and is a definite risk in regards to Satan himself.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is the most energetic and headstrong of the main cast. Played with as it comes from him being emotionally honest and impulsive, not by having a bad temper. Certainly has one, but not as bad as other characters (see Ryuji below).
  • Hunter of His Own Kind:
    • Mephisto calls him the Blue Exorcist, who's chosen fate is to hunt and exterminate his own kind.
    • It's a huge part of how he sees himself as well. When forced to fight a zombie, which is just a living person infected by a parasitic demon in this series' mythos, he refuses to attack, only evading or staying on the defensive. He later reveals to Konekomaru that he has to be someone who defends people.
  • I Am What I Am: After the defeat of the Impure King, he realizes he must accept the Satanic Flames inside him and his own heritage if he is to grow as a person and Exorcist.
  • Idiot Hero: Compare him to Yukio who is his professor. The fact he tends to slack off doesn't help either. At the same time, Rin's not as dumb as others and even himself believe, being good at thinking on his feet and actually improving scholastically, abet slowly. But he IS still an idiot, per say.
  • In a Single Bound: Rin is incredible when he jumps. It's like he's got springs or freaking rockets instead of legs.
  • Indy Ploy: Rin reacts in the moment and comes up with very good ones when facing a crisis.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side:
    • Emotionally open (openly crying), enjoys cooking, honest to a fault and loves emotional drama in manga. He's seen making bunny rabbit apple slices in Chapter 80.
    • He has also proven to be very comfortable when confronted with something regarding his sexuality (the Transvestite Ghost) and apparently enjoyed crossdressing!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Chapter 73 reveals Rin thinks Shiemi likes Yukio and is willing to not truly confess so he doesn't get in the way between the two of them. He's very shocked when Shiemi reveals she doesn't like anyone romantically that he gives away his crush on her anyways.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a good heart and genuinely loves his friends but is more often than not a bit abrasive due to his poor social skills. Despite his rough nature and tendency to be blunt, he's a friendly guy at heart.
  • Kid Hero: He's technically a teen, but his childish personality could qualify him as this. Reconstructed as his cheerful, laidback attitude makes him resistant to mental break downs and demonic possessions. His childish antics also come across mostly because of his No Social Skills status; he's as mature as the rest, if not more so considering some hints.
  • Killer Rabbit: Ch 109 reveals he was this as a newborn. He wasn't even a minute old when he attacked and killed an exorcist; bear in mind the exorcist was an Aria and was chanting, making this a case of self defence. He then went on to tear apart the entire army gotten together to kill him.
  • Kill It with Fire: His modus operandi when fighting with demons. ...possibly a little too much.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Is kept alive just to become a weapon to destroy Satan. Inverted since the ones who were raising him were good guys, and most of them had the good sense to be nice to him about it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both super strong and super fast, though it's more potential right now since Rin's still training.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Pre-series he was the only one in his family to not be an exorcist, and managed to grow up semi-normal. Even now he doesn't know as much as the rest who were raised in the know one way or another; something that contribute to him giving the impression of the standard Idiot Hero. There are hints that there are other things that both he and Yukio don't know about their heritage and Satan.
  • Luminescent Blush: When he blushes, he can reach this level of blush.
  • Made of Iron: He can tank a lot before he needs his Healing Factor to kick in.
    • He can survive getting shot in the face, and it won't keep him down for long.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The kanji for Rin's name, 燐, means "Phosphorus". And said kanji has an interesting history behind it that also applies.
      • In addition, the Greek word for phosphorus, Φωσφόρος , literally means "light-bearer." In Latin, this is "lucem ferre," more commonly shortened to Lucifer. And this is also the name of the eldest son of Satan.
    • His last name also counts as Okumura is spelled "奥村" which can mean "Heart Village" or "The Heart of the Village".
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Comparing him to Ryuji and even Renzo, Rin doesn't seem to be as muscular. However, he's half-demon so his entire biological structure can be very different from a normal human'snote 
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Falls solidly on the nurture side, as he is very much like his foster father. Thus he counts as a Upbringing Makes the Hero example. This is a good thing for Assiah as the other options are...far from pleasant. The flashback arc that reveals his mother reveals that he's actually very much so like her meaning the nature part is also played straight.
  • Nice Guy: The nicest. He is one of the sweetest guys you could ever encounter.
  • No Social Skills: Or more correctly, he's got the social skills of a six-year-old due to having no friends pre-series. He's been improving, but still comes across as an oddball thanks to it.
  • One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: Demon hearts are dangerous for demons to use, in part since their physical form can't handle the strain of throwing out their full power. Rin, either as a half-demon or the Son of Satan, can keep Kurikara drawn forever if he wants without any ill effects. Then Kurikara is shattered, then it is revealed that the sword acted as a Power Limiter without which his true power floods his body causing a Superpower Meltdown.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: The majority of the Impure King incident (starting in the morning where he meets the Shima brothers) Rin is in what is ultimately just his pajamas. Yes, Rin defeated the Eldritch Abomination that is the Impure King like that in bare feet to boot.
  • Parting Words Regret: The last conversation Rin had with his father ended with Rin going You're Not My Father and Shiro slapping him for it. Made infinitely worse when Rin learns that him saying that to his father was what made Shiro vulnerable to Satan's possession and forced him to kill himself to protect his sonnote . Needless to say, Rin feels incredibly guilty over this and when he sees Suguro saying something similar to his own father, Rin demands him to apologize before it's too late.
  • Playing with Fire: As the inheritor of the Blue Flames, this is obvious.
  • Pointy Ears: Part of his demon heritage. They get more pronounced when he uses more power (ie draws Kurikara).
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Yukio who is as responsible, intelligent, and well mannered while Rin is childish (at first glance), Book Dumb, and rude. However, it's Yukio who's more of a Jerkass while Rin is ridiculously sweet.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: After his sword broke and his demon heart returned to his body, Rin's hair has apparently turned white. As his demon heart is still stuck on the outside of his body, it's currently unknown whether it'll stay that way permanently or return to normal after that gets sorted out.
  • Power Limiter: It turns out his sword is this. When it gets broken in the manga, all the power inside floods back into Rin, and his body instantly starts degrading like Mephisto and Lucifer from it all.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Low level version, as his eyes gain a red pupil when he's accessing his demonic heritage.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The energetic and passionate red oni to Yukio's reserved and serious blue. The tight-wound, nervous, and suppressed blue oni to Ryuji's headstrong and emotional red.
    • Rin is also a Blue Oni (reserved and hesitant) to Shiemi's Red Oni (eager and at times impulsive). Or anyone else - if it's not Yukio, Rin tends to be the Blue Oni.
  • Screw Destiny: Doesn't care about being a demon or a tykebomb—every time the subject is brought up, he just yells that he will become an exorcist.
  • Sensor Character: Rin is capable of sensing demons and can tell if they are powerful or not; even tell when they are entering a demon's territory. How far this ability is unknown at this point.
  • Shrinking Violet: Not as much as his brother, but Rin's very self-conscious. Hell, just look at his first meeting between him and Shiemi in ch3! Shiemi's the more outgoing and cheery one compared to Rin.
  • Sibling Triangle: With his brother Yukio towards Shiemi.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: He can handle demons such as the Impure King but pre-series had no friends or real social experience...which shows.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye:
    • Of all people, Rin manages to pull this off in the Kyoto arc, disappearing from besides Shura and suddenly appearing nearby Tatsuma. Not even Shura knows how he did it.
    • It's not even the first time; he suddenly appeared with the exorcist team during the first reveal of Todo and the Impure King. No one in the team saw him coming. He also does this before even that, popping up behind Yukio and bluffing himself on to the mission with Kuro. Considering how fast he is (and how far he can jump), it's no surprise he can do this...the real shocker is how quiet Rin gets during this.
  • Stepford Smiler: Has shows signs of being a low level version of this... Alternatively, it could be that he's actually a very high version, as it took many chapters to get even a hint things weren't as they seemed. And what is wrong? He has serious Survivor Guilt, questions why he was saved and at times thinks he shouldn't exist. Not to mention constantly belittles himself and is flat out terrified of being alone. Kato confirms that when things are tough he tends to get more cheerful and upbeat in defense.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: He's a Hot-Blooded, simple-minded and energetic young hero who is on a quest To Be a Master. He often acts like a reckless idiot, but he has a good heart and can win almost anyone over with his personality. He cares deeply about his friends and is empowered by his wish to protect them. That said he's a reconstruction of this trope and plenty of original spins on this trope are inserted into Rin's character.
  • Street Smart: Contrasting his Book Dumb status Rin is very perceptive and quick on the fly and shows the ability to adapt to situations quickly. This contrasts him with Ryuji who is a notable aversion to this trope. This is noteworthy again since Rin is also suffering from No Social Skills at the same time.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: As of ch58 he's shown the ability to use his flames to blow stuff up.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: He can somewhat control his flames, but the longer he stays with his sword drawn, the more he loses control of himself. As shown in Chapter 14, he can completely stop acting like a human. Of course, that's before he accepts himself. By Inari, he's running around with Kurikara drawn for a long time with no bad side effects.
  • Super Speed: More implied than shown (at least on-screen, see Stealth Hi/Bye above) but Rin is wicked fast.
  • Super Strength: The one power he's always had even before awakening is great strength. It caused...problems...at times. Mostly because, true to form, he tends to use it without thinking.
  • Supreme Chef: It is said to be his "best feature". Word of God is that he never messes up and though he doesn't have anything truly fancy in his repertoire, he gets it perfectly every single time.
  • Survivor Guilt: Rin has flat out issues due to Shiro sacrificing himself to save him; early on he says that the reason he chose to be a exorcist was to not have to be in that position again.
  • Team Chef: Counts as this during the camping trip, taking over from the clueless and inexperienced Shiemi and Izumo to serve up an amazing curry.
  • Team Mom: Constantly shown as The Heart, worries over everyone, and bugs his brother about his diet. Yukio has lampshaded more than once by calling Rin "mom" when he gets particularly naggy and worried.
  • Technicolor Fire: It's blue like natural gas flames though generally not to this extent.
  • Telepathy: He and Kuro are able to communicate using telepathy by reading Kuro's mind. He's also able to "hear" the thoughts of other demons, since he used sound to find the ghost-child in an amusement park but no one else could hear it, and some demons seem to respond to his thoughts as well, though that might also be a result of sensing his "killing intent" towards them for attacking his friends (like when the Leaper attacked Ryuji after the teacher left or when Godaiin was being harassed in school). In the anime, this extends to Ukobach and a boar demon as well.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: A textbook tiger to Suguro's dragon.
    • Rin is lazy, impulsive, tries to solve everything on his own, and usually with brute force alone,(though this is possibly justified by the fact he didn't have any friends) while Suguro is rather smart, hardworking, and loves cleaning and meditation, not to mention he's an eloquent reciter, and team work means a lot to him.
    • At the same time, Rin is more relaxed and at times cool headed compared to Ryuji. Not to mention more adaptable and willing to see that brute force isn't always the solution; in the team, he's one of the first to listen to Konekomaru when he comes up with a plan.
  • To Be a Master: Rin desires to be like Shiro and become the highest class Exorcist. While not his only goal, it is a major one.
  • Transformation Trinket: Kurikara acts a bit like this as much as Power Limiter considering how Rin's appearance changes when he draws it. Rin's plenty powerful even with it sheathed though.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Rin truly accesses his blue flames for the first time because he firmly believed the demon-possessed delinquent attacking him was going to kill him. He has a similar situation in regards to drawing Kurikara, where he has to either draw it or get dragged into Gehenna. Considering it coincides with him losing his foster father, one can't argue with how traumatic it really is.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Hinting at his strong will, occasional arrogance, and potentially dangerous nature.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: When Neuhaus attacks him, blaming him for blue night, Rin responds by offering him as many free hits as he wants while begging him to leave innocents out of his revenge.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His main problem/strength. He is ridiculously strong and has the Blue Flames but without the control, knowledge, and experience to use both.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his brother Yukio. Ironically, Yukio has always envied his tougher, more confident brother which makes him more susceptible to The Dark Side.
  • The Watson: Due to his previous Locked Out of the Loop status, as well as his Book Dumb status, Rin tends to ask the questions that the audience needs answered.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Whenever he uses it or draws Kurikara, the blue flames appear around him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Anime only — Thanks to Adaptation Dye-Job, Rin now has blue hair. It is a show called Blue Exorcist after all. Considering he glows blue flames and is half-demon, it's justified.
  • You Killed My Father: He wants to kill his biological father, Satan, for killing his adoptive father, Shiro Fujimoto.

    Yukio Okumura 
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Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese, teenager), Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese, child) and Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

Rin's younger twin brother, a professor, and a Middle First-Class Exorcist. Very smart and mature acting. A calm and a competent teacher. He's got issues. Many issues.


  • Adorkable: Generally the calm, collected guy...but put him in a social situation and he generally falls to pieces as his basic shy nature comes to the front. Multiply this if it involves Shiemi.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the first anime, which didn't really get into Yukio's arc much before branching off, Yukio has his heart in the right place the entire time, even as he joins a splinter faction within the Exorcists. He still looks down on his brother a lot, but he thinks what they are doing will benefit Rin and is horrified when it turns out he was lied to and his brother is being used as a sacrifice to open a Gehenna Gate and immediately offers to take his place. In the manga, we begin to see his darker side and how much he truly resents Rin. And eventually he not only defects to the Illuminati, he shoots Rin in the face for trying to stop him with real bullets (as opposed to the trick bullets he's used other times to fool opponents into thinking he'd turned traitor).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is fondly called "Yuki-chan" ("Yuki" in the dub) by Shiemi.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Yukio was often picked on as a child.
  • Always Second Best: Despite having a higher rank, Yukio feels this way towards Rin and Shiro because he believes they are better people than he is.
  • Badass Bookworm: Very intelligent, top of his class, the main teacher for the cast, and very adept at kicking ass.
  • Beauty Mark: Has three of them and he's a quite embarrassed by them. An omake reveals he has quite a few more moles all over his body and he's ashamed of each and every one of them and is scared of them multiplying.
  • Beneath the Mask: Underneath his cool & collected exterior, Yukio is emotionally volatile.
  • Berserk Button: Many. Some are played for comedy, like his reactions to Rin acting childish or Shura's teasing. Others are more serious, like being called a demon or weak.
  • Betty and Veronica: The reliable and gentlemanly "Betty" to Rin's rebellious and troublesome "Veronica" for Shiemi's "Archie". Or so it starts...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Appears nice but is an very effective exorcist. Has a serious temper like Rin but lacks Rin's laid-back demeanor and has difficulty managing his stress. Many characters remark how scary he looks when he does lose it.
  • Big Brother Worship: Has always looked up to Rin, but with resentment. Ties into his TheCorruptible status.
  • Big Little Brother: Yukio is taller and acts more mature than his older brother.
  • Bishie Sparkle: On occasion though mostly as jokes or imagine spots.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed but despite Yukio making a show of being a polite, mature, and considerate Nice Guy, his real personality is more that of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold than what he pretends to be. As of his defection, the sheep's clothing is off and he's a full on Jerkass.
  • Broken Ace: There isn't anything he can't do, but he has a great level of self-hatred for his own weaknesses, and on some level, hates his own brother and the only father he ever knew. He also is a sore loser, and his tendency to internalize his problems is definitely not a good thing.
  • Cain and Abel: Played with. He looks like the good son of the pair, being a polite exorcist and all, but he came within a hair's width of shooting his brother in the third episode/second chapter. Then they settle into more of a Vitrolic Best Buds relationship which is their default relationship. Eventually Yukio switches sides, shooting Rin in doing so while saying he doesn't need his help.
  • Cassandra Truth: To get Hachiro to believe him in Chapter 77, Yukio points his gun at Rin saying "sorry, brother, but I want to be strong" and "I don't need your help anymore". When Rin yells that Yukio won't shoot, Yukio shoots Rin in the head and chest. It turns out Yukio used nutrient bullets so Rin could quickly recover and stab Hachiro, so Rin forgives Yukio. Fastforward to Chapter 96. Yukio decides to defect to the Illuminati. Rin tries to stop him, and Yukio says the same words and shoots Rin in the same spots. Rin initially thinks they're nutrient bullets but when the bleeding doesn't stop, he realizes that they're real and that Yukio was telling the truth all along.
  • Child Soldier: He started training to be an exorcist when he was seven years old.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He gets a lot of attention from women In-Universe, but he's usually too wrapped up in his studies to realize what their romantic overtures mean.
  • The Comically Serious: At times, due to his tendency to be as serious as possible. At the same time, he does like gag manga.
  • The Corruptible: Stated by Toudou, in full demon get-up mind, that his envy and hatred towards Rin (and the self-loathing these feelings create) makes him more susceptible to becoming a demon.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Chapter 8 establishes he has a surprisingly hefty stash of spare glasses and that's not even getting into the amount of bullets he carries. The length of the conflict in Inari is underscored when he runs out of bullets.
  • Cute Bookworm: Mostly when younger, but he's still Adorkable enough now to still qualify.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has shown shades of wisecracking in the manga and the Japanese version of this anime. It's more prominent in the English dub, courtesy of Alex von David's script and Johnny Yong Bosch's performance.
  • Declaration of Protection: Has sworn to protect his older brother. This is a full time and permanent commitment. Yukio built his entire life around being his brother's keeper. Eventually Yukio gives up on this declaration, believing that even if Rin was caged for his own protection, Rin would just break the cage to help others.
  • Demonic Possession: In the anime, by his father, because he is the only vessel that won't blow up immediately.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Already reeling from learning about the Order's human experimentation in Section 13 and not coming closer to what he really wanted to know, Yukio finds himself at Shiemi's house. He starts to confide in her how he feels alone, but when she says Rin is worried about him, Yukio yells and slams her on the floor. Immediately horrified at what he's done, he runs away and shoots himself in the head — only to find he can't as the bullet burns, his eyes turn blue, and a voice mocks him for trying to kill himself. This all happened in just one chapter.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Tricks Hachiro into removing Shura's tattoo in Chapter 77, freeing her from the contract, by offering himself after pretending to shoot his brother with real bullets, long enough to keep him down for twenty minutes. The moment Shura is free, Rin fries him. The only snag is that... well, Hachiro heals really quickly and is pissed.
  • Die or Fly: He's trying to invoke it in order to awaken his power, throwing himself into increasingly dangerous scenarios like attempting to drown himself, until he finally throws himself off of a building in Chapter 72. He then tops it in the next chapter by putting a gun to his head!
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Shura calls him "four-eyed chicken".
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In Chapter 30/Episode 23 Yukio starts manifesting abilities related to his heritage.
  • Foil:
    • To Rin, he has the brains and experience, but is missing out on Rin's friendly and optimistic outlook.
    • To Ryuji, while they both have similarities Yukio is heading to a breakdown and refusing to seek help while the first thing Ryuji does upon having his realization is seek out help.
  • Expy: Of Jakob Grimm from the Terry Gilliam 2005 film The Brothers Grimm, which Kazue Kato likes. He's the most intellectual and levelheaded of two brothers who fight demons and dark creatures, who also wears glasses and is often Adorkable.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After extensive build-up and foreshadowing, Yukio turns to the Illuminati.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Rin's foolish because he is a good student who prefers logical choices over emotional choices. However, Yukio is the one who's the more mentally fragile while Rin is the one able to cook and play homemaker.
  • Freak Out: Following an arduous battle with Toudou, Toudou regenerates from pieces on the ground and grabs him with a disembodied hand telling Yukio that his self-loathing is the first step to becoming a demon, and that Yukio's true nature is a demon. Bullets and screaming ensue.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: In the Spin-Off he reveals that he has boxers with cats all over it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards his older brother and father. Best displayed in chapter 35: Tatsuma praises Rin for being "a great man like his father", (Fujimoto Shiro, not Satan), and the look on Yukio's face says it all.
  • Guns Akimbo: Since he's ambidexterious this happens at times like the anime trailer shows.
  • The Gunslinger: As a Dragoon Meister, he uses guns.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: No, really. He's good at hiding the fact he has one, but he's very prone to getting frustrated and even angry at people (mostly Rin and Shura, though others have ticked him off at times). Contrast his brother who is more laid backed.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Subverted, in that he was too sickly to receive any demonic power despite being Rin's twin. He's regularly tested and no one can find anything. But he can manifest demonic abilities..
  • Happily Adopted: Until Fujimoto died, he was just as happy with the situation as Rin. Though later Played With as it turns out Yukio has a lot of issues from the exorcist training Shiro gave him and feels like he was The Un-Favourite.
  • Heroic Bastard: Like his brother above; his father is Satan. However the "heroic" part might not last...
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a few ones in related to his dormant powers drawing interest from various villains.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His Broken Ace feelings and self-loathing could easily turn him into the very thing he fights. Lampshaded by Mephisto as he quotes the saying while observing Yukio.
  • Hidden Depths: Reads Jump Square every month and even likes gag manga, of all things.
  • Hot Wings: In the anime following his possession by Satan.
  • I Hate Past Me: Yukio hated how he was a "sniveling crybaby".
  • Improbable Age: He is the Exwires' teacher and Rin's younger twin brother. Deconstructed since the effects this would have on a real person is shown.
  • Interrupted Suicide: After reading Lightning's files, Yukio teetered extremely close to a breakdown until Shiemi revealed that Rin was worried about him. He then broke down, pushing Shiemi and running away before aiming his gun at his head and pulling the trigger. However, Satan disintegrated the bullet and mocked him for trying to kill himself.
  • Jerkass Realization: After getting seriously injured in Aomori, Yukio thinks about how the people around him care for each other, and how he's so obsessed with himself that he can't see anyone else. Even though he says he can't go on like this, he does not change.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he pretends otherwise, this is what Yukio actually is underneath his masks.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: And he knows it well. And it ultimately doesn't end well. He becomes increasingly unhinged due to being locked out of the loop about his and Rin's origins, and eventually tries to kill himself before defecting to the Illuminati after his satanic genes activate. It turns out Mephisto deliberately kept him in the dark for reasons only known to him. When Mephisto sends Rin to the past to learn about their origin, Rin asks why he didn't send Yukio instead since Yukio was the one who was obsessed about learning the truth. Mephisto implies that he tried sending Yukio back in another timeline, but it only made things worse.
    • Ironically, he locked Rin out of the loop years before the series began as he never told Rin that he was training to be an exorcist, albeit this was probably because Shiro told Yukio not to tell Rin anything.
  • Meaningful Name: Yuki or "Snow". Shows his more cool-headed and smart approach to things, as well as his fragile mental state.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Much to his older brother's surprise, he is a formidable gunman in addition to his academic studies.
  • Mutual Envy: Rin envies Yukio because he's smarter and more experienced than him and Yukio got to be personally trained by their father while Rin was kept in the dark. Unknowingly to Rin, Yukio is way more jealous of him. Yukio had to go through arduous exorcist training from a very young age while Rin was allowed to have a relatively normal life until their father died. He also envies his brother's more brave and confident personality that somehow always makes things go his way.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Hachiro forces Shura through Mind Manipulation into nearly doing this to him in Chapter 77, but thankfully Rin intervened.
  • No Social Skills: Not as bad as Rin but Yukio doesn't understand most ordinary social norms, like texting ahead when you are going to be late and what reaction he should make in regards to a prank.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Rin. Yukio is as responsible, intelligent, and well mannered while Rin is childish (at first glance), Book Dumb, and rude. However, it's Yukio who's more of a Jerkass while Rin is ridiculously sweet.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Yukio is introduced in the manga as Rin's smarter and more mature brother, but over time the audience is shown Yukio has problems with envy and self-loathing. These flaws slowly push Yukio towards a Face–Heel Turn over the course of over seventy chapters (six months in-universe), taking up a huge part of the plot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Rin's red being more controlled and cautious.
  • The Resenter: Towards Rin because he feels like Rin was given a more privileged life and that his position as the "only" one able to "protect" Rin is unfair. Comes to a head in chapter 96 where Yukio says "you were the perfect one" as his eyes activate.
  • Sanity Slippage: Yukio acts increasingly crazy during the series, including walking off a building to intentionally invoke Die or Fly. Things come to a head in a series of chapters where in the attempt to figure out where he and Rin came from, he points a gun at Bon, yells at Shiemi, attempts to kill himself (and fails due to his demonic heritage kicking in), demanding answers from Mephisto (who refuses to tell him anything), pointing a gun at Mephisto from backstage during a press conference, and getting arrested after Mephisto is shot (though Yukio was not the one who actually shot him). Culminates with Yukio defecting to the Illuminati and shooting Rin repeatedly.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Whenever he wants to be imposing.
  • Scholarship Student: Mentioned only at the beginning, but Yukio had to get into True Cross Academy via this due to having a poor background. He managed to be the top scorer for all the students entering the school.
  • Ship Tease: Increasingly gets teased with SHURA.
  • Shrinking Violet: When he was a kid he was not as assertive as he is now and it still shows up sometimes. In fact, his inability to open up to others that comes from this is the source of the majority, if not all, his problems.
  • Sibling Triangle: With his brother Rin towards Shiemi.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: One of the most book-smart members of the cast.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Is an Exorcist prodigy and is a very skillful Dragoon and Doctor but didn't really develop friendships and is still enough of a Shrinking Violet that he tends to fumble in regards to social situations.
  • Sore Loser: Yukio's Fatal Flaw. He hates being second, especially to Rin. Linked to his status as The Resenter.
  • Specs of Awesome: He is an effective exorcist and a professor.
  • Stepford Smiler: He hides his resentment and jealousy towards Rin very well. However, during the series he starts losing his ability to hide that something's wrong, as Rin and Shiemi feel that he's hiding something big. After Yukio launches into maniacal laughter in a conversation with Rin and acts as if nothing happened, Rin feels "something is wrong".
  • The Stoic: Yukio has a much better control over his emotions than his brother. However unlike most cases this turns out to be a bad thing. As repressing your feelings makes it easier for demons to take advantage of them than if you wear your heart on your sleeve. Shura even tells Yukio that he is far more likely to be possessed by demons than Rin.
  • Stoic Spectacles: As he is very self-controlled. Becomes ScaryShinyGlasses when he loses control.
  • Summon Magic: Though not having a meister as a Tamer, he summons a group of Naiads to imprison Saburota Toudou in a sphere of water. Unfortunately due to his inexperience, Toudou immediately escapes. He uses the Naiads again on himself in an attempt to trigger his eye change but is unable to sustain the summon before he gets exhausted or knocked out.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He had the nickname "Crybaby" when he was younger for a reason, now not so much.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Oscillates between this trope and TookALevelInKindness. When he stops trying to protect Rin by preventing Rin from helping after the Kraken Arc, he seems to lean towards the latter. However, when Rin asks if something is wrong and tells Yukio that he's there for him, Yukio pushes him away and acts more like a jerkass.
  • Tsundere: Familiar version. Very conflicted about Rin, but also loves him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Compared to his present-day self, Yukio used to be much more emotionally open and happy. Unfortunately Yukio views his younger self with disgust for being a weak crybaby.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Toudou has an unhealthy interest in him. Lucifer has taken an interest in Yukio as well, and is willing to awaken his dormant powers to "save" him.
  • Wham Line: Just give me your flames won't you!note 
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Rin's younger brother and already smart enough to be a teacher, doctor, and experienced exorcist. Eventually Deconstructed as he's not as wise as he acts, being ultimately still an unsure teenager underneath it all.
  • Wreathed in Flames: When possessed by Satan in the anime, the blue flames surround him.

    Shiemi Moriyama 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blue_exorcist_shiemi_2358.jpg
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese) and Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

A girl who had a demon affecting (crippling) her legs, who loves gardening and all nature. Good-natured and sweet. Demonstrates extensive knowledge of plants. Used to be seen only in a kimono and still has a tendency to wear them. The Love Interest for both Yukio and Rin. Also, quickly takes a major leap in badass and becomes the second strongest member of the team after Rin.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Because the anime cut off before she received her Character Development that allowed her to take a level in badass, she doesn't have as many moments to shine.
  • Adorkable: As a result of being very cute and terribly awkward around people.
  • And I Must Scream: Chapter 83 retroactively reveals the entire incident where the larvae controlled her so Amaimon could provoke Rin into a fight during the progression exam was this for her.
  • Badass Adorable: Not only is Shiemi a very cute and sweet girl with an equally adorable companion, but they are also the most effective tamer/demon team of the group and the most versatile members period being able to cover healing, defense and offense equally well.
  • Barrier Warrior: In fighting the Naberius during the Page exam, she used Niichan to grow a tree barrier. She also uses a similar thing to protect Ryuji later on.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the sweet and friendly "Betty" in a Love Triangle with Tsundere Izumo's "Veronica" for Rin's "Archie". However, she is completely oblivious to this and in fact has no romantic interest in anyone.
  • Big Eater: Is the only one during the camping trip to ask for seconds and spends the day looking around Kyoto mostly eating various things (and even requests only to be able to eat food at the start!).
  • Celibate Hero: Well, Heroine: She's not really romantically interested in anyone and flat out says she's "too young" for romance.
  • Character Development: Goes from a Shrinking Violet barely able to go to school without shaking uncontrollably to a Plucky Girl, who, with her powerful familiar, is able to fight with the best of them.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She tends to nickname plants and even other things (like calling a jacuzzi "pink awa awa") and tends to fall under Comically Missing the Point more than once.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Her green eyes reflect her nature motif and powerful spiritual ability.
  • Combat Medic: She's the only one in the main group capable of healing and utilizes this skill multiple times. She can also kick some serious ass.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Izumo laments that she can't believe she's friends with someone like Shiemi, who's "as shameless as a weed", she thinks it's a pep talk and vows to become "as strong as a weed".
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: She has no idea that she has many male admirers.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Early on she tripped multiple times. Since changing away from her kimono for exorcist duties, this has changed.
  • Damsel in Distress: During her first appearance she was possessed and needed saving, at least partially from her own misplaced guilt. This doesn't happen again (barring the incident with Amaimon)
  • Does Not Like Shoes: When we first meet her, she is seen gardening barefoot and getting her feet - and rather elaborate kimono - quite dirty. She apparently likes doing it that way since her childhood, although she wears shoes otherwise.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The growth of her hair coincides with her development into a badass Plucky Girl.
  • Extreme Doormat: Acted like this in the beginning because of her belief that doing lots of stuff without expecting thanks is how friends treat friends. She grew out of it.
  • Familiar: Has one named "Nii-chan," a small, cute plant demon. It's really useful.
  • Fangirl: Of Yukio. Heart-eyes and everything. She slowly gets over it though still admires him.
  • Flower in Her Hair: After she grows her hair out of its bob she uses flower based hairclips to keep her bangs out of her face. Considering that Nii-chan spends most of his time hiding in her hair they might count as being a sentient "flower in her hair" as well.
  • Foil: To Izumo since while both are tamers but she is friendly and humble, as oppossed to Izumo's abrasive and proud personality. Even their character designs and hair/eye colors are opposite of each other.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mostly towards any plants, though demons work too.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Very girly and sweet, loves flowers, but has no trouble getting dirty and is a Big Eater. Not to mention is the most badass of the group after Rin.
  • Green Thumb: Why she has a Green Man familiar; plant power!
  • Hair Antennae: That almost make her look like a bug.
  • Hair Decorations: After getting her school uniform she starts wearing little decorative hairclips.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Unlike Ryuji, (the only other Blonde - though dyed - of the main cast) hers is pure gold and pure kindness.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The boys' reaction when she first put on her school uniform. Her kimono hid her figure considerably.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Called herself useless alot when she didn't have her familiar.
  • Hidden Buxom: The guys are utterly gobsmacked when they see her wearing something other than her modest, concealing kimono. It's complete with Gainaxing.
  • Hikikomori: At first, she stayed in her garden all day. This was before Rin reminded her of her interest in seeing more of the world.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her main motivation is to make friends.
  • Ill Girl: As a result of Demonic Possession, her legs were weak.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: She's still kind and she still has plenty of knowledge on plants, flowers and the like. She also lives at a herbs/plant shop.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mainly towards Rin; Shiemi's lack of social skills mixed with Rin's lack of social skills along with her ignorance to his situation and feelings causes this. She's gotten better since the Kyoto arc when she acknowledged her shortcomings there.
  • Lethal Chef: Subverted. The sandwiches she made in Chapter 50 were basically just some herbs between bread and even Yukio couldn't pretend they tasted good, but it's later revealed that these herbs were what kept the group from getting addicted to the Inari food like all the tourists.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Yukio. Chapter 44 reveals that being with Shiemi is the only time he feels at peace.
  • Loving a Shadow: Has always believed that Yukio was perfect and has always admired him for it, but after witnessing an argument between him and Rin in chapter 36 she realizes that that's not the case.
  • Love Epiphany: Towards Rin in the manga, though more in regard to realizing that Rin likes her and she might like him back. However, it later turns out to be subverted as she doesn't love anyone romantically.
  • Love You and Everybody: She doesn't have any romantic love towards anyone. Instead, she just sees everyone as friends and cares about all of them equally.
  • Luminescent Blush: In the manga, Shiemi blushes in almost every panel she's in. This is foreshadowing the above trope; someone who reacts to the same amount of fluster to everyone can't be someone who has any romantic feelings towards anyone.
  • Nice Girl: One of the friendliest members of the cast.
  • The Nicknamer: With herbs and other plants. She once failed a test because she didn't use their real names.
  • No Social Skills: In the beginning, shown when she repeatedly fails in trying to get her feelings across to Izumo. She finally suceeds in chapter Chapter 32. It is later revealed her lack of social skills result in her giving the impression of having a crush on Yukio though she claims to not like anyone and thinks she's too young for romance.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Shiemi often ends up too close for comfort, much to Rin's confusion and Izumo's chagrin.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Her familiar, Nii-chan, is the cutest plant demon you'll ever see.
  • Oblivious to Love: She genuinely doesn't notice all the love triangles that involve her. Justified by the fact she was born very sickly and wasn't allowed to go outside much. Then her grandmother died and she became obsessed with caring for her garden. She's also not interested in romance in the first place.
  • Plucky Girl: As part of her character development. She strives to be as determined "as a weed" and tries not to let anything keep her spirits down for too long.
  • The Pollyanna: Not even the Alpha Bitch can upset her.
  • Prone to Tears: Probably the most sensitive person in this manga, but she's getting more assertive.
  • Shrinking Violet: At first, she was very shy and withdrawn. She grows out of it and even before she did, she shows signs in her debut chapter of being more outgoing than her shyness first allows.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Shown when she completely explodes at Rin and Yukio when they start arguing infront of her. They were both shocked.
  • Squishy Wizard: Without her familiar, she's pretty defenseless.
  • Summon Magic: She's able to summon a baby Green Man with no training, something that surprises everyone.
  • Tareme Eyes: To emphasize her sweet, passive personality.
  • Tender Tears: In her debut chapter over her grandmother. She also tends to tear up easily over sad things (generally involving Rin or Izumo).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the girly girl to Izumo's tomboy. It's because she's sweeter than Izumo and her tendency to wear kimono.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Later on with Izumo, though the vitriol really only applies to Izumo because Shiemi is endlessly friendly.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives something like this to herself when she realizes just how ignorant and selfish she has been, not seeing how others (particularly Rin) are also suffering.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: After getting her school uniform she wears stockings that show a patch of skin between them and her skirt. It's quite the contrast with her kimono.
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