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Main Heroines: The Priestesses of Suzaku and Seiryuu
     The Priestess of Suzaku: Miaka Yuuki
Voiced by: Kae Araki (Japanese, TV series), Noriko Hidaka (Japanese, radio dramas), Bridget Hoffman (as "Ruby Marlowe", English)

  • All-Loving Hero: This young woman loves near everyone and is immensely forgiving.
  • Ass Kicks You: Her hip attack in the first episode.
  • Attempted Rape: Frequently a victim of this as rape is supposed to neutralize her priestess powers.
  • Badass Adorable: Book dumb and irresponsibly goofy but also sweet and loyal and definitely kicks ass when she's serious.
  • Big Eater: One of the most emblematic female examples. It should be noted that, by Word of God, she's supposed to be pudgy.
  • Book Dumb: Subverted: she's shown as more or less average in grades and works hard to get good ones and manages to get in a quite prestigious high school.
  • Clothing Damage: Whenever she is attacked, sometimes reducing her clothes to rags clinging to her underwear (which always stays miraculously intact).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Displayed when she successfully saves her six bodyguards from Soi's lightning attack.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown eyes and brown hair. Although granted, Miaka's eyes are more hazel than truly brown.
  • Damsel in Distress: Often runs into dangerous situations and needs to be saved.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Played with. In the first episode she's doesn't hesitate to headbutt or pile drive thugs that accost her but she can't hit them hard enough to make them stay down. This means she still needs rescuing. On another occasion, she was trapped in a pocket dimension while a demon used her body to make trouble for her guardians. She badly injured herself to wound the imposter and escape but then she needed a blood transfusion.
  • The Ditz: She's not the brightest bulb out there.
  • Driven to Suicide: She attempts suicide on more than one occasion.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She starts wearing her hair down as she matured.
  • Good Bad Girl: Miaka is prevented from being promiscuous in practice due to Virgin Power, but it isn't for lack of desire. She and Tamahome are equally frustrated that they can't have sex, and she definitely notices Hotohori and Nakago's good looks. She also decides to try to seduce Nakago to retrieve the shinzaho, albeit she has second thoughts and backs out; and later when she's in Tomo's illusion, she's interested in sex with the handsome illusion Tomo presents to her. All in all, Miaka's desire for sex is portrayed as completely natural and in no way conflicting with her innate kindness or heroism.
  • Guilt Complex: Attributed to seeing her mother sad following a divorce. It only gets worse when she's the Priestess.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: In-universe, she is called fat, but she's got a quite full figure compared with other anime girls.
  • Idiot Hero: Good grades or not, Miaka severely lacks common sense and doesn't think things through.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: Is on the receiving end of this when she agrees to be the Priestess.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking is horrible.
  • The Load: Miaka frequently runs off alone into danger, despite having seven superpowered individuals sworn to protect her. In some cases she even tricks them out of helping or protecting her, which invariably makes the situation worse when they do have to intervene. The entire kodoku arc is the result of Miaka doing this, and it results in Tamahome becoming Brainwashed and Crazy, Tasuki nearly dying via No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and Chichiri and Hotohori in danger of being killed as well. The Suzaku warriors have no choice but to protect Miaka regardless of her reckless actions as she is the only person who can summon their god. With that said, part of Miaka's Character Development is becoming aware of her own dumb and reckless actions and trying to do better, although for most of the series the results are... mixed.
  • Love Dodecahedron: She's pretty much the center of it.
  • Miko: Technically, as she's the Priestess of Suzaku. Subverted as she rarely wears miko attire nor does she act like a typical one.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: She wastes Tasuki's spell cards to make snacks (and Tamahome). To be fair, she wasn't aware of the limits of said spell card's magic.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Due to being back in her own world at the time, she's not present during Mitsukake's death.
  • Nice Girl: Despite having flaws, Miaka is a kind-hearted girl who forgives mostly everyone who wronged her and she is shown to put her friends and others before herself when she summoned Suzaku.
  • Obsessed with Food: To the point where she literally can't control herself around food, and daydreams about it frequently. The bad guys (and Taiitsukun) take advantage of this more than once!
  • Official Couple: With Tamahome.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Until she was sucked into the book of The Four Gods, that is.
  • The Plan: In the 3rd OVA, it turns out she gave her unborn child to a girl who would use her strong feelings for Tamahome to save the Universe of the Four Gods, which was falling apart as the book became old and worn. Nothing is what it seems, and it was something Miaka did subconsciously. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • The Power of Friendship and The Power of Love: While both are important (and critical to winning against the bad guys), this interestingly becomes a central conflict for Miaka during the main series, as she deeply loves Tamahome, but also knows that this is driving a deeper and deeper wedge between herself and Yui.
  • Put on a Bus: In Eikoden, Miaka enters a Convenient Coma while Mayo causes havoc in her place as the priestess of Suzaku.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Miaka is the red oni to Yui's blue.
  • Say My Name: Tamahome!!!
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: She's a gluttonous Idiot Heroine with average grades who is nonetheless well-meaning and kindhearted. She accidentally finds herself in the middle of a fantastic war and gets two handsome love interests out of the deal.
  • Supporting Protagonist: She's the Big Good for Konan as the Suzaku priestess, but her seven star warriors are the ones who usually save the day.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Probably Miaka's main legitimate strength is her ability to appeal to the better nature and compassion of others. Nuriko, Tasuki and Mitsukake are all antagonistic or outright hostile when Miaka first meets them, and she manages to win over all three. This skill culminates with her finally breaking through to Yui in the final episodes, causing the latter to turn against Nakago.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Downplayed example: she is 18 years old in the Eikoden OVA, and married to Taka when she becomes pregnant.
  • Tsundere: Type B, towards Tamahome.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Though Miaka doesn't actually die in this series, that is not due to lack of effort on her part. Time and time again, she runs headfirst into danger alone, despite not having any magic or combat skills, and despite having 7 guardians whose sole purpose for existing is to protect her. She survives only because of the Suzaku seven wage a vigorous battle with Darwinism to keep her alive and the fact that most the enemies just want to kidnap her instead of kill her.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Miaka is a virgin, and she's more than a little slow.
  • Virgin Power: Her virginity is what allows her to keep her priestess powers.
  • Wedding-Enhanced Fertility: When she marries Taka/Tamahome in "Eikoden," they conceive a baby on their honeymoon, making that baby extra special. It's the Living Macguffin needed to summon Suzaku again.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the manga, she constantly tries to get the approval of her well-intentioned but very exigent Education Mama.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Hotness: Miaka is told that she gets Three Wishes as the Priestess of Suzaku, and that she can use them for anything she wants. She thinks about the possibilities, and one of them is becoming thinner and prettier and more popular with boys at school. Her decisions as to what to wish for evolve over the course of the series from entirely selfish, to a combination of selfish and selfless, to entirely selfless...and even though she gets three wishes, she only actually uses two.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Shown doing a Jumping Hip Attack and a German Suplex to certain creeps.
  • Xanatos Gambit: In "Eikoden," she gives her 12-week-old fetus to Mayo to save the universe.

     The Priestess of Seiryuu: Yui Hongo
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (Japanese, TV series), Wakana Yamazaki (Japanese, CD Dramas), Wendee Lee (English)

  • Attempted Rape: Yui is immediately attacked by two men as soon as she enters the book, which sets the stage for much of the ensuing drama. Though, it was found out Nakago saved her before any real damage could occur.
  • Parents as People: Though her parents do care for her, they're shown only once. In the anime, her father doesn't even show up.
  • Pet the Dog: Yui is genuinely compassionate to Suboshi when the latter is in grief over his brother's death.
  • Power Hair: Cut her hair short in 8th grade so that boys would stop bothering her. She lets it grow out again in high school.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Unlike Miaka who wholeheartedly dives into the fantasy, Yui throws it in Tamahome's face that he's "just a character in a book." The belief that she is interacting with fictional characters (save for Miaka) would explain a lot of her seeming indifference to some of the nastier events Team Seiryuu is responsible for.
  • Yandere: She is obsessive over both Tamahome and Miaka.

Past Priestesses: The Priestesses of Genbu and Byakko (Fushigi Yuugi only)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The two following characters have their own series, so only the tropes fitted for this part of the franchise will be list here. For those who wish to understand them further, please refer to Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden, Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun, and Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki
     Takiko Okuda
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese, OVA)

A Japanese schoolgirl from the 1920s, who became the Priestess of Genbu.


     Suzuno Osugi
Voiced by: Midori Nakazawa (Japanese)

Another Japanese schoolgirl from the 1930s, who became the Priestess of Byakko.

Persons from the Real Universe
     Miaka and Yui's Friends and Family 

Keisuke Yuuki
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)

Miaka's older brother.

  • Big Brother Bully: Of the fun type towards his sister, Miaka. He would be slightly mischievous and pull jokes that would scare/annoy the heck out of his sister.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He loves his little sister Miaka and will do anything to help her.
  • Drama King: Due to his sister being sucked into The Universe and is consistently on the "read," he's shown to dose himself with all the drama that played out much too seriously. From over-the-top weeping, to sparkly eyes, he's shown them all.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: He's quite fond of Tamahome, and gushes over Tamahome when he first met him. But he pulls this mainly as one, to grab Tamahome's attention, two, cover Mika's fear of letting Tamahome know that Tamahome himself might be a fictional character, and three, Keisuke is simply hyped to actually witness a "supposedly fictional character" being real.
  • Unfazed Everyman: He handles all the craziness around with surprising aplom...until all craziness appeared in his world.

Tetsuya Kajiwara
Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), Kirk Baily (English)

Keisuke's friend and classmate. He's in on Miaka and Yui being absorbed into The Universe of the Four Gods, and is committed in aiding Keisuke solve the mystery behind it.

Mrs. Yuuki
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese), Mona Marshall

Miaka and Keisuke's mother.

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Does care for her two kids, but after having to raise them alone for years, she's become quite embittered and over-exigent.
  • Education Mama: Constantly pressures Miaka to do well in school, and to take the entrance exams to get into the prestigious Jonan High School.
  • No Name Given: We don't know her real name
  • Parents as People: As said above, she does love her children but in her desire to do her best, she can be self-righteous and arrogant.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is not seen at Miaka's wedding in the Eikoden OVA, or at the birth of her grandchild. It's implied that she no longer has contact with Miaka.

     Takiko and Suzuno's Friends and Family 

Voiced by: Katsuya Shiga (Japanese)

The caretaker of Suzuno throughout her last years. After Suzuno's passing, he aids Keisuke and Tetsuya in researching Suzuno's belongings for further insights regarding The Universe of the Four Gods, which eventually, found the key letter written to Takao Osugi from Einosuke Okuda. His relationship with Suzuno as of the anime is unclear, but he seems to know her since his childhood.

  • All There in the Script: His name was never mentioned within the anime, and was only until the credits rolled in that we learned of his name.
  • The Caretaker: He's implied to be this for Suzuno throughout her last years.
  • Cassandra Truth: He never believed Suzuno's claims about The Universe of the Four Gods until he's called to meet with Keisuke and Tetsuya.

The 28 Celestial Warriors
     The Seven Celestial Warriors of Suzaku 

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Toshihiko Seki (Japanese, CD dramas), Mamoru Miyano (Suzaku Ibun game), David Hayter (English)

  • Clothes Make the Maniac: The earring was part of the kodoku spell.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Midway through the series, his family gets slaughtered. This conveniently removes any reason for him to stay in his world instead of going to the real one to live with Miaka.
  • Country Mouse: Lives in a poor village, works many jobs to provide for his family. As Taka, he's a youth from the Japanese countryside who studies and works in Tokyo.
  • The Dutiful Son: To his sickly father and four younger siblings. Part of Tamahome's seeming coldness and greed in early episodes is actually a result of him prioritizing support for his family over everything else.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: In his childhood he was mocked with the nickname "obake-chan," owing to the mark on his forehead. Tasuki jumps all over this the instant he finds out.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Loved by Miaka. Desired by Yui and Mayo. Object of Nakago's obsession. Vitriolic Best Friend with Ho Yay hints to Tasuki. Nuriko loved to tease him and once kissed him. Keisuke fawns over him quite a few times when he's at the real world.
  • Evil Costume Switch
  • Facial Markings: His Suzaku mark is located on his forehead.
  • Fish out of Water: He was transported to the real (modernized) world along with Miaka near the end of the story.
  • Guttural Growler: In both Japanese and English versions, the latter more so.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • When he loses his whole family. Complete with Berserker Tears and him being THIS close to cross the Despair Event Horizon.
    • Played for Laughs earlier, when Miaka returns from the real world for the first time. Nuriko tells that Tamahome went into a milder case of this due to depression, showing it in small details—like chewing on an empty dish and not noticing until Nuriko points that out.
  • Informed Flaw: He is supposedly greedy and money-hungry, but is later shown to protect villages in exchange for a bare minimum amount of money (and on top of that, is not doing it out of personal greed, but to support his impoverished family).
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's strong, but not as strong as Nuriko; fast, but not as fast as Tasuki; can use ki attacks, but isn't as skilled with ki/magic as Chichiri. Nevertheless he's probably the best all-around fighter on the Suzaku team.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he first met Miaka he rudely asks her for money because he had to feed his family without her knowing until, she met them and they have few arguments but they love each other.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He was introduced wearing a ponytail. It was chopped off by Suboshi's Killer Yoyo during their fight after he killed Tamahome's family.
  • Manly Tears
  • Missing Mom: His mother died when he was very young.
  • Money Fetish: When first introduced, Tamahome is obsessed with money to seemingly jerkish levels. This tendency mostly vanishes after his family is killed, whom he was desperately trying to provide for.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye:
    • To his family except his youngest sister, who immediately dies upon seeing him.
    • For his fellow Suzaku Warriors, he was absent in Mitsukake and Hotohori's deaths due to being in Miaka's world at the time.
  • Nice Guy: He loves his family much and grows to love Miaka and treat her decently despite their arguments, he's even more nicer when he was reincarnated in the real universe as 'Taka'.
  • Official Couple: With Miaka.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Tasuki's Red Oni.

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese, TV series), Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese, radio dramas), Katsuyuki Konishi (Suzaku Ibun game), Kirk Thornton (English)

  • Bishōnen: Even in a universe populated by them, he stands out.
  • Camp Straight: He really gets into the "beautiful serving girl" act when he and Nuriko are infiltrating Mt. Reikaku, to the point that even Wholesome Crossdresser Nuriko is put to shame!
  • Celibate Hero: Has an entire harem, but never really makes use of it (despite pressure to pick an empress and produce an heir), holding out for the legendary priestess. He eventually selects Houki, after seeing that Miaka is happier with Tamahome.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Hotohori remains behind to run Konan while Miaka and the other Suzaku warriors adventure off to Hokkan, occasionally checking in with Chichiri via magical communication means.
  • Condescending Compassion: Played for laughs when he visits Tamahome's home village and makes a complete ass of himself expressing shock and pity at the level of poverty he finds. Notably, even Tasuki (normally the king of insensitive remarks himself) is appalled at one point.
  • Cool Sword: Hotohori is gifted a special holy sword by Taiitsukun, and gifts it to Miaka for her protection. Miaka absolutely wrecks Soi's shit with it later on.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He looks very effeminate to the point that Miaka and a few characters have mistaken him as a girl.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Nuriko, Nuriko, Nuriko... Also, one of the bandits from Mt. Reikaku.
  • King Incognito: Pulls this on Miaka, then later travels with Tasuki and Mitsukake for a few days before letting them know he's the Emperor. The latter two are mortified at this discovery, as they'd both been quite rude and antagonistic to him upon first introduction.
  • Lady of War: Fights like one.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He was one of these in his childhood when he was educated and sheltered in Konan's palace as the prince before becoming the emperor at the age of 14, because of these he never went outside Konan's palace and city, make friends and experience love even from his previous emperor father and his mother. He was aware of these and when he learns that he is a Suzaku warrior and the Suzaku Priestess will come to his world, he wishes that the priestess will help end his loneliness and find true friends who will accept him as a person.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: So much that Miaka mistakes him as a girl.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Hotohori is in love with Miaka, who is in love with Tamahome. Meanwhile, Nuriko is in love with him.
  • Loving a Shadow: Was in love with Miaka's image as the Suzaku no Miko, rather than as the person she truly was.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He was never present in any of his fallen fellow Suzaku Warriors deaths.
  • Red Is Heroic: In addition to red being Team Suzaku's Color Motif, Hotohori is mostly clad in said color.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He looks just like his unbeknownst-to-him half-brother Tendou, who once shared a relationship with Hotohori's later wife, Houki.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Is the Rich Suitor twice. Miaka picks Tamahome over him first, then Houki picks him over his half-brother.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Emperor. A reasonably good politician and administrator. A really badass fighter.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: "I'm so beautiful, it SCARES ME!"
  • Someone to Remember Him By: His wife Houki is pregnant with their son at the time of Hotohori's death.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Engages in a suicidal charge at Nakago after Nakago informs him he's calling off the invasion of Konan.
  • Supporting Leader: Being The Emperor, he's the highest authority figure of the protagonists. However, Miaka is the Supporting Protagonist while fellow Suzaku Warrior Tamahome is The Hero.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Hotohori pulls this on one of the Mount Reikaku bandits. The bandit is so smitten he doesn't really care. That, and in his first appearance he dropped a Bridget on Miaka herself...

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (Japanese), Minami Takayama (Japanese, CD Drama), Junko Minagawa (Suzaku Ibun game), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)

  • Ambiguously Bi: He's in love with Emperor Hotohori, but there are subtle hints that he might have also developed feelings for Miaka in the time before his death.
    • All Love Is Unrequited: Nuriko stated in volume 9 that his female side liked Hotohori, but his male side loved Miaka... and neither returned his feelings.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He's a guy and yet he was selected to be in the emperor's harem. Though it seems that almost no one knows that he's a boy at first.
    • At first Nuriko only wears female clothes and looks good on them, but later he puts on male clothing more frequently and damn is he handsome.
  • Beauty Mark: He has one under his left eye. It gets quite the focus in a very tragic scene of his past, when his child self's face is shown while he cries his heart out after the death of his younger sister, Kourin.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Suzaku Hi Den states that he played this role towards a girl named Houki, his Identical Stranger and Hotohori's eventual wife.
    • He is also always willing to give Tamahome advices on his relationship with Miaka.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Nuriko is the first of the seven Suzaku warriors to be killed off, ushering in the Anyone Can Die phase of the story.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's proud of his looks, but also VERY proud of his strength.
  • Characterization Marches On: Nuriko is mostly established as a fun, sensible ally... so it's pretty strange to look back at the early incident where he almost let Miaka drown in a pond out of psychotic jealousy over Hotohori.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He tried to cope with the death of his beloved sister Kourin by dressing up as a girl and living a life similar to the one she would've probably lived.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Nuriko gets several focus episodes leading up to his death, mainly revolving around his gender identity and changing feelings towards Miaka.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's a crossdresser and had everyone, both In-Universe and out, fooled that he's a woman.
  • Girly Bruiser: Nuriko has the strength of 10 or more grown men, but isn't all that tall or muscular or masculine and in fact is proud of his cuteness.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The main cause of his death is Ashitare impaling the left side of his body with his claws.
  • Important Haircut: To symbolize that he was not going to chase after his sister's shadow anymore and begin living like a man. Too bad, it didn't last long...
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Like Hotohori and Tasuki, he loved Miaka too, but unlike them, he never fought with Tamahome over that. He did confess his feelings to Tamahome, but quickly assured him not to worry, because he also liked Tamahome as well as everyone else, so he wanted them happy together.
  • Jerkass: At first towards Miaka at the start of the manga and anime when he assumed Miaka will ruin his plan of falling in love with Hotohori and begins to treat her badly even worse he attempted to have her drowned, it didn't work and Miaka tells him off by smacking him in the face then gives him a pebble as a act of kindness and he begins to treat her more respectful as a friend.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Miaka treats him with kindness, he becomes this as he decided to help Miaka return to her world and once she comes back, he helps her once again in search for the other Suzaku warriors proving he's compassionate and loyal to his friends despite mocking Miaka in a childish way and having bit of a bad temper.
  • Large Ham: He sometimes speak very theatrically.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Justified as he was crossdressing. He later cuts it off.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: His earliest behavior towards Miaka.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He is pretty slender, but he is stronger than all the Suzaku warriors combined.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye:
    • To his eldest brother, his last sibling, as Nuriko dies in a mission on a far away land.
    • Only Miaka and Tamahome were with him in his death bed. His fellow Suzaku Warriors either are in Konan (Hotohori) or arrived too late (the rest).
  • No Bisexuals: Averted. When Nuriko starts to develop feelings for Miaka, he states that his male side has feelings for her while his female side still has feelings for Hotohori. While this could be considered problematic for other reasons, Nuriko's attraction to someone of the opposite sex does not instantly cancel out attraction to the same sex.
  • Odd Friendship: Nuriko desperately yearns to have the body of a woman, Tasuki is a He-Man Woman Hater. They nevertheless develop a fun, teasing rapport, perhaps best seen when they join forces to cheer Miaka up at the Star Festival after a major setback. Fittingly, Tasuki is one of the characters who takes Nuriko's death the hardest.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Nuriko battles against Ashitare, and wins, though he loses a lot of blood in the process. To make matters worse, he is determined to get the Shinzaho for Miaka, and walks towards the cave and moves the heavy stone blocking the entrance. All this results in Nuriko hemorrhaging to death.
  • Personality Powers: A subversion. Nuriko takes pride in extremely ladylike behavior, but exhibits super strength.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In series, but especially in the Eikoden OVA, where he is reincarnated as a Moe little girl with Super Strength.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A dude who crossdresses and behaves rather femininely in female clothes, but when he ditches his female side, he is actually very manly.
  • Sacrificial Lion: First member of the main cast to bite it.
  • Silent Credits: A variant. Unlike in the death episode of the other slain Suzaku Warriors, the regular ending theme did not play in Nuriko's but rather a different one but played in a very monotonous manner.
  • Snow Means Death: He dies in a snowy field.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: And in the end, it didn't accomplish a lot.
  • Supernaturally Validated Trans Person: Implied in Eikoden, in which Nuriko is reincarnated as a little girl.

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese, CD Dramas), Kouki Miyata (Suzaku Ibun game), Stephen Apostolina (English)

  • The Atoner: Both Chichiri's fiancee and his best friend died while he was on bad terms with both due to a Love Triangle situation. His friendly, philosophical demeanor is an attempt to move on from that pain.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In the manga.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Chichiri is a Stepford Smiler who generates some of the goofier moments among the Suzaku warriors. He's also a skilled enough mage that he is one of the very few people able to thwart Nakago's Superpower Lottery on a regular basis.
    • Then there is his Dark and Troubled Past, in which Chichiri flew into a murderous Unstoppable Rage when his best friend attempted to steal his fiance.
  • Commonality Connection: With Mitsukake, as they are the oldest and most mature of the Suzaku warriors. They also both lost loved ones in the same flood in the past, as well as each losing the woman they loved to an early death.
  • Cool Mask: A permanently smiling mask that conceals his true expression and his missing eye.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was involved in a Love Triangle. It ended badly.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chichiri's focus episode in the second OVA, which tells the story of his Dark and Troubled Past, is widely regarded as one of the best parts even by fans who don't care for the OVAs otherwise.
  • A Deadly Affair: In his past, although it is more complicated than it first seems. Chichiri's best friend kissed his fiancee, causing the engagement to be broken. In betrayal and rage Chichiri attacked his best friend, intending to kill him, but when the friend fell into raging floodwaters Chichiri had a change of heart and attempted to save him. He failed and lost his eye in the attempt. Chichiri's fiancee also died in the same flood. This led him to become The Atoner and to cover his disfigured face with a smiling mask.
  • Defiant to the End: Alongside Tasuki in the main series finale, he too mocks Nakago's aspirations to godhood and vows to fight as long as he can.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Alongside Tasuki, he's fearless about mocking the grossly overpowered Nakago's about-to-be-realized pretensions to godhood.
  • Emergency Impersonation: He temporarily masks himself into Hotohori to take over his royal duties as so Hotohori can have a chance to travel with Miaka and perform his Celestial Warrior duties.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: In his backstory. The floods that killed his best friend and fiance also wiped out his family of origin and most of his hometown as well.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Subverted. It's actually just a mask.
  • Eye Scream: Subjected to this in the past when he tried to rescue his best friend from drowning as a tree trunk stabbed him in his left eye.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Chichiri gets hit with this pretty hard. Early in the series, he's a skilled enough shapeshifter to impersonate both Hotohori and Nakago flawlessly, and also demonstrates that he can teleport (taking other people with him!) over very long distances. These abilities are mostly forgotten around the time the Suzaku warriors arrive in Hokkan.
  • Handicapped Badass: Well, he is a formidable Warrior Monk who is missing an eye.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: He's quite handsome under the mask.
  • Keeping the Handicap: He has a massive scar where his left eye used to be. He has the magic power to get rid of it permanently, but chooses not to as a form of penance for his greatest failure. Instead, he covers his face with a permanently smiling mask.
  • Kill Us Both: He attempts this in the second OVA, but survives.
  • Kitsune: Chichiri isn't a literal kitsune, but numerous characters remark that his Cool Mask makes him look like one. His celestial powers, mostly based around illusion and shapeshifting, and his trickster-ish personality also line up with kitsune mythology.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Team Suzaku's resident magic user, but that doesn't mean he's not skilled in physical combat.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He's almost always easygoing and kind. Pray to the Four Gods if he's not joking.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tragically deconstructed in his backstory. The hypotenuse in question was Chichiri's best friend. In the midst of attacking him, Chichiri had a moment of regret and tried to stop, but it was too late and his friend died. This devastated him (to the point of attempting suicide in one of the character novels) and led to him becoming The Atoner.
  • My Greatest Failure: The deal with his old girlfriend and his friend.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Nuriko, who was notably the only time Chichiri missed a fallen fellow Suzaku Warrior's final moments.
  • Nice Guy: Even though he wears his mask to appear cheerful, he's polite and respectful to everyone even his enemies.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • There is a very iconic moment in the series when he loses his cool, and unleashes the mother of Shaming the Mob speeches to a bunch of Kutou and Konan warriors Mitsukake just DIED to heal, as they were about to go at it again. They fall silent.
    • In the final episodes, he shows up alongside Tasuki in the real world to defend Miaka from Nakago. Tasuki proposes his usual Hot-Blooded Attack! Attack! Attack! approach... and the normally calm, philosophical Chichiri completely agrees it's time to kick some ass.
  • Pals with Jesus: Chichiri trained under Taiitsukun directly, and is on quite friendly terms with her and the Nyan-Nyans.
  • Right-Hand Cat: After Mitsukake dies, he keeps the other's kitten.
  • Scars Are Forever: One in his left eye.
  • Shirtless Scene: In one of the OVAs, and turns out to be ripped.
  • Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice. Aside from using it for magic, Chichiri can also use it as a bo staff for physical combat.
  • The Smart Guy: Chichiri is generally the go-to person for explaining some of the magical forces the Suzaku warriors encounter, and tends toward misdirection and trickery in battle (although he can kick ass when needed). He's also insightful about other people, and assesses Yui's state of mind with dead-on accuracy very early in the series.
  • Stepford Smiler: Behind his mask with a scar covering his entire left eye and half of his nose bridge which he got attempting to rescue his best friend.
  • Tranquil Fury: Against Nakago in the final episodes of the anime. Where Tasuki is ready to go down in a blaze of glory, Chichiri just coldly and methodically states he's going to bring Nakago's head to the fallen Suzaku warriors as a gift. Bottom line... do not piss off Chichiri.
  • Unreliable Narrator: A sign of how deeply his Dark and Troubled Past affects him. He tells Miaka that he killed his best friend, but a later flashback shows it was a tragic accident and Chichiri actually tried to save him. However, Chichiri is so guilt-ridden over the incident that he sees himself as his friend's killer all the same.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Occurred in his backstory.
  • Villain Respect: He gets this from Nakago of all people, who is legitimately impressed when Chichiri manages to repel one of his chi attacks.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chichiri is arguably the first (and one of the few) of the Suzaku characters to call Miaka out on being childish and irresponsible, albeit he's fairly polite about it. Unfortunately, it ends up as Advice Backfire as it prompts Miaka to take some extremely foolish risks in the name of being "responsible."

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese TV series), Kazuki Yao (Japanese, radio dramas), Kosuke Toriumi (Suzaku Ibun game), Daran Norris (English)

  • Absurd Phobia: Tasuki's hatred/phobia of water is so extreme that not only does he have Super Drowning Skills, he's also violently seasick throughout most of the Suzaku warriors' voyage to Hokkan. This is almost entirely played for comedy and is a frequent source of Vitriolic Best Buds style teasing from Tamahome.
  • Animal Motifs: In his bandit days, he was known as the Phantom Wolf, and has Cute Little Fangs, indicating his rougher personality.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: He's pretty much the honey badger of the Suzaku warriors, eager to settle things in combat and utterly refusing to back down from a fight even when badly beaten or disadvantaged.
  • Badass Longcoat: His signature outfit in the anime series is a long, dark blue coat with lighter blue trim.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Chiriko, more emphasized in the manga than the anime, but it gets a callback in the Eikoden story when he's the one most often seen playing and interacting with baby reincarnated Chiriko.
  • Defiant to the End: Pinned down near death at least twice in the series, Tasuki responds by straight up laughing in his opponent's face and continuing to charge into battle.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Nakago, at one point vastly more powered and on the verge of godhood, asks Tasuki if he wants to be known as the first man struck down by a god for his defiance. Tasuki responds by laughing in his face and continuing to taunt.
  • Driven to Suicide: After being Brainwashed and Crazy and attempting to force himself on Miaka.
  • Fiery Redhead: An orange haired person with literal fire powers.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The rudest of the Suzaku warriors with a tendency to have bad manners and insensitive remarks to everyone but he's still a good guy.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Due to his five very short-tempered older sisters.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kouji... or not, depending on your interpretation.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Tasuki flies into a hysterical rage upon seeing Nuriko's corpse, shouting for Nuriko to get up and stop playing around.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Tasuki fulfills many aspects of this trope, as he sports a Kansai Regional Accent, and his bluntly insensitive commentary and irascible personality are often a source of comic relief.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Way more jerkish than Tamahome and Nuriko as he tends to be rudely insensitive and fights with Tamahome. Still, he strongly values friendship as he cries in mourning for Nuriko, Chiriko, Mitsukake and Hotohori's death.
  • Kill It with Fire: His Paper Fan of Doom generates fire.
  • The Lancer: Particularly after Hotohori goes Out of Focus, Tasuki comes to fill this role to Tamahome. Where Tamahome is more introspective and levelheaded, Tasuki is Hot-Blooded and extroverted, and often takes point in situations where Tamahome is unable or unwilling.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His primary gift is speed, but Tasuki also wields incredibly powerful fire magic and can withstand a great deal of damage.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's the leader of a none-too-savory bandit gang (albeit not one guilty of any major onscreen crimes), makes his introduction by kidnapping Miaka, and initially tries to lie his way out of joining the group. Nevertheless, he's as loyal as it gets once he officially throws in with the Suzaku warriors.
  • Manly Tears: Although he is hotheaded, he's capable of doing this when anyone close to him dies.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: When first introduced, he makes a very fearsome show of kidnapping Miaka and threatens to make an example of her... only to back down immediately when she fights back, and to promptly get steamrollered by her optimism and energy. He and Kouji even remark on this when the whole episode is over, baffled at themselves for treating her so nicely.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Poor Miaka...
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He missed Nuriko, Mitsukake, and Hotohori's final hours.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Tasuki is a He-Man Woman Hater, yet becomes thick as thieves with Wholesome Crossdresser Nuriko; they both enjoy teasing if not outright trolling Miaka or Tamahome and often join forces to do it. Fittingly, Tasuki is one of the characters who takes Nuriko's death the hardest.
    • Also with Chiriko, with whom he develops a surrogate big brother relationship, despite the fact that Tasuki is a Book Dumb Boisterous Bruiser and Chiriko is a soft-spoken teen genius.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Some of Tasuki's rude remarks are intentional (generally those directed at Tamahome), but he also has a tendency towards accidental unfortunate bluntness as well, such as when he attempts to defend Miaka from criticism on her cooking.
    Tasuki: Just because the food sucks, doesn't mean you have to say it!
  • Paper Fan of Doom: His Weapon of Choice. It generates fire.
  • Personality Powers: He's brash, abrasive and Hot-Blooded, so naturally, he also wields a powerful fire attack.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Very little actual banditry is seen from the Mount Reikaku thieves. Despite being their leader, Tasuki himself is rarely, if ever, shown actually committing theft.
  • Rebel Leader: In his case, Bandit Leader.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tasuki is the walking embodiment of Red Oni, and ends up with three Blue Onis over the course of the series: Kouji (his blue oni in the Mt. Reikaku bandit gang), Tamahome (with whom he becomes Vitriolic Best Buds), and finally Chichiri (as they are the only two Suzaku warriors left alive in the book by the end of the series).
  • Super Drowning Skills: Tasuki is deeply phobic of water and cannot swim. The one time he does demonstrate any swimming ability, it foreshadows that something is actually wrong with him.
  • Talk to the Fist: He pulls this on Nakago of all people, deciding to cut off one of Nakago's evil monologues by simply chucking a sword at his face. Unfortunately, Soi takes the bullet instead.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of Tasuki's strongest virtues is his fierce loyalty. This is what initially causes him not to join the Suzaku warriors, as he was bound by his old boss' dying wish that he lead the Mt. Reikaku bandits. Once he's able to throw in his lot with Suzaku he becomes one of the team's staunchest fighters, at one point willing to sacrifice his own life in a desperate attempt to buy time for Miaka and Chichiri to save themselves. (All three survive, but Tasuki just barely.) In addition, the ONLY time Tasuki falters in battle is when circumstances require him to fire on a friend, which he abjectly cannot bring himself to do.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Played for comedy. As part of their Vitriolic Best Buds relationship, Tasuki has a habit of "accidentally" roasting Tamahome with his fire attack.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tamahome. They got off to a rocky start (first meeting when Tamahome was Brainwashed and Crazy and nearly killed Tasuki), but their relationship evolves into more brotherly squabbling than anything genuinely antagonistic.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Tasuki purposely holds back in his battle with Brainwashed and Crazy Tamahome after Miaka begs him not to cause serious harm, and is beaten nearly to death as a result.

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese), Jurota Kosugi (Japanese, CD Drama), Kenta Miyake (Suzaku Ibun game), Richard Epcar (English)

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: HELL NO. Notable, in that he is the only guy in the Suzakuu group to not be able to pull this off.
  • Beautiful All Along: We met him as a man in rags and with Perma-Stubble...
  • The Big Guy: Subverted. Although Mitsukake is the largest and most physically imposing of the Suzaku warriors, he is mostly a Non-Action Guy who serves as the team's healer.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His powers can only be used once a day, and even then he's left very drained. The time he uses them twice, he dies.
  • Commonality Connection: With Chichiri, as they are pretty much the only grown-ups among the Suzaku warriors, and both suffered similar losses in their past.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "The Emperor is rather popular..."
  • Defrosting Ice King: When Miaka first met him, he coldly rejects her plea for help because of his failure to rescue Shouka from dying, he quickly warms up to the former when he put Shouka out of her misery to save her.
  • Hachimaki: He's always wearing a bandana.
  • Healing Hands: Not only is his Suzaku mark in his right palm, but it's also where his powers come from.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed his entire life force to save everyone in war-ravaged Konan even the Kutou soldiers when he met a woman with her baby also named Shouka, who was close to death.
  • Important Haircut: He cuts his long Messy Hair and shaves his Perma-Stubble right before joining Miaka and the others.
  • The Lost Lenore: He arrived too late to save his lover Shouka, and quietly carries that guilt with him to the end of the series. Mitsukake is at least partially inspired to commit his Heroic Sacrifice to save a sick child by the same name.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Tama-chan.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Mitsukake doesn't talk a lot, but damn does he make it count when the team is shattered by the death of Nuriko. In the anime, the episode closes out with a powerful speech on why the tragedy matters and how they have to keep going.
    • He also leads off the You Are Better Than You Think You Are! speech to Chichiri in the second OVA, empathizing with his losses and reminding him of how much good he'd done in spite of that.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The tallest Suzaku warrior and is a Hospital Hottie.

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakaminote  (Japanese, Tv series), Minami Takayama (Japanese, radio dramas), Akiko Kimura (Suzaku Ibun game), Lenore Zann (English)

  • Adaptation Distillation: In the manga, Chiriko's Split Personality is much more fleshed out (he is a mature Teen Genius when his constellation character is showing, but a normal and somewhat immature 13-year-old when it isn't). In the anime, it receives far less if any focus.
  • Big Brother Worship: Although not literal brothers, Chiriko very much has this attitude towards Tasuki, whom he looks up to as a "manly man." Tasuki in turn is quite protective and affectionate with Chiriko, despite being otherwise impatient and easily annoyed by children.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Chiriko arrives just in time to save the other Suzaku warriors from Amiboshi's attack during the first summoning ceremony.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Forced to stab himself to death to prevent Miboshi, who has possessed Chiriko's body, from doing further damage. The manga takes this a step further by making the point that Chiriko's constellation character is NOT showing, meaning he's just a normal 13-year-old kid when he does this.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: You wouldn't know he's a guy if anyone didn't say so.
  • Heroic Suicide: Since he couldn't expel Miboshi from his body, he took a third option and offed himself.

     The Seven Celestial Warriors of Seiryuu 

Voiced by: Toru Furusawa (Japanese, TV series), Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese, radio dramas), Daran Norris (English)

  • Best Served Cold: Oh, boy. Nakago bides his time for years as a seemingly loyal servant of the Kutou Emperor. The entire war with Konan is part of his plot to tie the Emperor's forces down elsewhere — so that Nakago himself can return and slaughter the Emperor in retaliation for decimating Nakago's tribe and taking Nakago himself as a child sex slave decades earlier.
  • Big Bad: He is the main antagonist and Final Boss of the story.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Suboshi walks in on him having sex with Soi at one point. Nakago isn't the least bit bothered. Is also on the receiving end, when he goes to talk to the emperor, who is in bed with 3 concubines.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Has Soi as his lover. Also kisses Yui. Is fixated on Tamahome and even gives him a Forceful Kiss.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Having sex with Soi heals his injuries and recharges his chi.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He used and punished innocent people who has nothing to do with his suffering.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Although perhaps not in the way you'd think. After serving the Emperor of Kutou for most of the series—the same Emperor who had incidentally wiped out his tribe and sexually abused him as a child—Nakago finally rises up, stages a coup, and murders him.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Although Nakago nominally serves the Emperor of Kutou, he is always the driving force of Seiryuu's plots as well as the biggest physical threat. After he bumps off the Emperor, he becomes THE Big Bad.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Tomo is in love with him. The emperor also used him as a Sex Slave when he was young.
  • .Evil Counterpart: To Tamahome.
  • Godhood Seeker: He wants to be a god. This is actually the main reason why he manipulates Yui.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His Chessmaster tendencies indirectly blow up in his face. He stokes Yui's jealousy of Miaka and Tamahome to such an extent that, on an angry impulse, she uses her second wish to try to separate them instead of giving Nakago the godhood he had requested. By the time her third wish rolls around, Yui has already had her Heel Realization and turned against him.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His blue eyes match his cold and calculating demeanor.
  • Ki Manipulation: His celestial power allows him to use his own energy.
  • The Kingslayer: Nakago has the distinction of killing two Emperors — Hotohori as well as the Emperor of his own country Kutou.
  • Kick the Dog: This happens so frequently that dog kicking is practically Nakago's other superpower, but in one scene in particular, he's seen taking a songbird out of its cage and crushing it in his bare hands.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's a good looking man. Miaka even compares him to a star when she first sees him.
  • Love Epiphany: For Soi when she died protecting him. If him carrying around her corpse from the battlefield in Kounan back to the palace in Kutou is any indication. Watase also said in a free talk or interview that Nakago loved Soi but realized it too late.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The former general of the Kutou army, Kouyuu Gi, is actually his Disappeared Dad. Nakago finds this out too late and kills Kouyuu, apparently to get a Klingon Promotion.
  • Pet the Dog: In Soi's flashback, when he saved her from being abused by her pimp.
  • Rape as Backstory: Part of his Freudian Excuse.
  • Self-Made Orphan: As a child, he accidentally killed his mom when he tried to save her from her rapists, since he couldn't control his newly awakened powers. As an adult, he kills the Shogun of Kutou to get his rank... and later finds out he's his Disappeared Dad.
  • The Starscream: He's plotting against the Emperor of Kutou from day one and actually does succeed in overthrowing him, although his ambitions are much greater than mere rulership of Kutou.
  • Superpower Lottery: Nakago definitely got a winning ticket. His ki manipulation powers allow him to cast impenetrable defensive shields, use ki blasts against opponents, fly, teleport, negate the Suzaku warriors' powers, and pass through solid objects.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Downplayed. Nakago is directly told at one point that he's a character in a book, and his response is "Who cares?" while he goes right on with his evil plan.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Nakago is excellent at finding new ways to be an effective Manipulative Bastard no matter how many wrenches the Suzaku warriors throw into his plans. For example, he does not predict the fight between Tasuki and Brainwashed and Crazy Tamahome, but he is quick to exploit it in the hopes one will kill the other. In another case, he exploits Amiboshi's death (a major loss for Seiryuu) by urging his grief-stricken twin to take revenge against Tamahome's family — which he correctly predicts will harden the rivalry between Suzaku and Seiryuu and allow him to further isolate and control Yui.

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese, TV series), Tetsuya Iwanaga (Japanese, radio dramas), Steve Staley (English)

  • Anti-Villain: Type IV.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Chooses to fall into a river when cornered by the Suzaku warriors.
  • Easily Forgiven: When he apologizes to Tamahome for being The Mole when they meet again after Amiboshi saved Miaka, Tamahome tells him to forget the past and calls him a friend. Downplayed and justified in that he hasn’t killed anyone from the Suzaku squad and he genuinely wants to make up for his mistakes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While one of the least evil enemies, coming in contact with Miaka helps him pull this.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Two instances. The first time, after being saved from his fall to the river by an elderly couple and have them feed him a memory-erasing drink, he pretends to drink it and pretends to lose his memory. Due to this, he ends up saving Miaka from an accident (with her mistaking him for Suboshi at first) and helps protecting her from Tomo. The second time, after Suboshi killed Tomo and saved him, Amiboshi tries to persuade him into drinking the aforementioned drink and live a peaceful life with him and the elderly couple. Suboshi refuses the offer and feeds him the drink mouth-to-mouth instead, which leads him into losing his memory for real and survives the war as a result.
  • The Mole: He pretended to be Chiriko in order to infiltrate the Suzaku army, but due to both the real Chiriko’s intervention and his own morality, he ended up killing no one and threw himself to a river instead.
  • Morality Chain: With him around, Suboshi was merely kind of a Jerkass. When Suboshi thought he was dead... all he needed was a push from Nakago to fly off the deep end and kill Tamahome's family in revenge.
  • Morality Pet: One of the only two people Suboshi treats nicely, the other being Yui.
  • Musical Assassin: He fights using his flute.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He missed all of his fellow Seiryuu Warriors' deaths, including his twin brother's.
  • Not Quite Dead: He survives his supposed fatal fall in the river.
  • Parental Abandonment: His and Suboshi's parents died in their country's civil war.
  • Promotion to Parent: He was the older twin, so he had to help Suboshi survive.
  • Redemption Equals Life: He truly wants to make up for being The Mole back then, saves Miaka, protects her from Tomo, and tries to persuade Suboshi into forgetting everything and just live peacefully with him. While Suboshi refuses the offer, Amiboshi still gets his wish to live peacefully and ends up the Sole Survivor of the Seiryuu.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Suboshi's Red Oni.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: His younger twin Suboshi is a Jerkass and capable of truly immoral acts, while he is pleasant and can’t kill anyone even if his life depends on it.
  • Sole Survivor: The only Seiryuu warrior to be alive by the end of the story.
  • Spoiler Opening: The actual Chiriko is constantly shown in the OBB since the very first episode, rendering the twist of Amiboshi being The Mole useless.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Gets this In-Universe by Miaka. She thinks that someone who makes such nice and calming music like him can’t be a truly bad person, and gets extremely distressed at his supposed death.
  • Token Good Teammate: Aside from being The Mole, he's the most moral member of the Seiryuu warriors.
  • Twin Telepathy: The moment Suboshi dies (and calls Amiboshi’s name), Amiboshi sheds tears and says that his chest hurts, despite not remembering anything.
  • Twincest: Him and Suboshi give quite the vibes, and it's NOT helped by Suboshi giving him an Intimate Healing. And definitely not helped by Miaka's thoughts during that episode either...

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese, TV series), Tetsuya Iwanaga (Japanese, radio dramas), Steve Staley (English)

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: He did not take Amiboshi's supposed death, well.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III
  • Ax-Crazy: Fierce and Impulsive.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Yui comforts him after his brother's death, and is perhaps the first person besides his brother to act in a kind and nurturing way towards him. This earns Suboshi's fanatical loyalty for the remainder of the series.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Despite being a villain, he pulls off a pretty good one for Amiboshi.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Yui.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses the first when he loses Amiboshi and believes he's dead, which sends him into a mental breakdown and he kills Tamahome's family as revenge, believing him to be Amiboshi's killer.
  • Determinator Loyal and dedicated. He does not know what quitting is.

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese), Selece Zan (English)

  • The Brute: He is literally used as the muscle of Team Seiryuu.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tasuki, sharing a wolf motif as well as the same thirst for battle.
  • Eye Scream: Nuriko burns his left eye with a firecracker.
  • Facial Horror: Nuriko burns most of the left side of his face using a firecracker.
  • Forced into Evil: Nakago beats him savagely in punishment for any transgression, and it's strongly implied that his terror of further punishment at least partially drives Ashitare's actions.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: His favorite meal is beautiful young virgins.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Nakago. Invoked, as Nakago holds his over Ashitare's head in his usual sadistic manner.
  • Neck Snap: How Nuriko kills his human form.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: He starts out as a hulking, rather wolfish humanoid. After his death, he resurrects in the form of a wolf.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appeared in a handful of episodes, but in those appearances he managed to directly cause the death of Nuriko and steal Genbu's Shinzaho for Team Seiryuu before dying.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Nakago says this to him almost verbatim before killing his final wolf form.

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Melodee Spevack (English)

  • Alas, Poor Yorick: Nakago is seen carrying her corpse for months.
  • Anti-Villain: One of the most sympathetic Seiryuu Seishi, she specifically says she doesn't have anything against Miaka and Co. but must fight them anyway for Nakago. She even tells Miaka that Nakago didn't rape her and envies Miaka and Tamahome's love.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: While she has antagonized Miaka and co., she mostly does so out of loyalty to Nakago. She's sympathetic to Ashitare, points Miaka to Tamahome's direction and tells her that Nakago didn't rape her, pledged to take care of Nakago (in the Seiran Den novel), and in the Ryuusei Den novel refused to obey Nakago's order to kill a girl.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: In the Nakago-centric novel Seiran Den, she vows to do her best to save Nakago from the darkness that's consuming him. She believes that there's still some good in him deep inside.
  • Love Makes You Evil: If only Nakago had not been her savior...
  • Love Martyr: Willingly lets Nakago use her to boost his ki and even dies protecting him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her powers have Deus Sexmachina, so she's naked quite a lot. And the clothes she's usually wearing highlights her legs.
  • Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Nakago after he saved her, years ago, from being raped.

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Dougary Grant (English)

  • Depraved Homosexual: 'The boy's screams excites me more!'
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Played straight when wearing his makeup, due to Chinese Opera makeups being mostly white based, but subverted without his makeup as he's seemed to have a healthy complexion; which is in fact, more in tune with Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Chichiri in general terms of his illusion based powers, and by further revelation, Hikitsu in terms of Mind Rape, and Magical Security Cam abilities. Unlike Hikitsu, who records and use the absolute facts of his targets, Tomo invades, and manipulates the "sense of reality" of his targets based on his targets' backgrounds.
  • Evil Laugh: Especially prominent with the English dub version.
  • Facial Markings / Nice Hat: Tomo comes from a family of Chinese Opera performers. Therefore, he dresses himself under the role of “the male warrior”, complete with the represented makeup to make himself more in tune with his duty as a Celestial Warrior. However, as per Watase's manual, underneath his heavy makeup, he's a good looking man.
  • Master of Illusion: His powers allows him to trap targets in an illusionary world that feeds on their desires and to manipulate his targets to have full sensory within that world to inflict successful physical injuries. His illusions also allows him to view, and safe keep the desires and worldview of his targets in a similar matter as stored documents, in which he uses seashells as mediums to store. Nakago found the data of Miaka (and by extension, Yui's) world that Tomo left behind post death, and became interested in conquering "the priestess' world".

Miboshi (Walking Spoiler Warning)
Voiced by: Midori Nakazawa (Japanese), Barbara Goodson (English)

  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appears in 2 chapters and get killed off quickly, making him the most least developed celestial warrior character along with Ashitare. Then his backstory is finally revealed in Byakko Senki, see above.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Prefers to possess children, because it's easier to overtake their small bodies and innocent souls. His known victims include an unnamed young Buddhist monk/monk-in-training (the body he uses now), and Chiriko.

    Genbu Warriors (Fushigi Yuugi Only) 

NOTE: This place only lists the warriors and tropes shown in this part of the story. For those who wish to understand them further, please visit Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden.

General Tropes for both Hikitsu and Tomite

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese)

  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears one on his right eye, in which no reader nor anime audience would ever know the story behind it. Word of God once warned, "Whoever sees his eye will see Hell."
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Hikitsu's a tall, elegant-looking Bishounen sporting long, and flowy platinum-blonde hair. Word of God initially stated she gave Hikitsu this image for the sake of contrasting his image from Tomite.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Hikitsu comes off cold, snarky, and harsh towards everyone who invades their territory and will not hesitate to off people's heads if he deems the intruders are coming for their holy artifact—The Shinzaho with ill intentions. If the intruders meant well, and past various tests he sets towards them to prove their intentions, Hikitsu, by then, will give them his warm welcome.

Voiced by: Tetsuya Iwanaga (Japanese)

    Byakko Warriors (Fushigi Yuugi Only) 

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Voiced by: Mika Doi (Japanese)
Click to see her in her youth. 

  • Action Girl: In her prime and when she reverts her own age and Tokaki's during the Suzaku-Seiryuu Era.
  • Battle Couple: With Tokaki.
  • Boobs of Steel: In her prime, she's very well endowed and is a formidable fighter. Doubles as Gag Boobs when Miaka attempted to eat them, thinking they're food.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She is a very cute elder lady, but as the hidden picture shows, she was SMOKING HOT in her prime. And since her power revolves about time, she can temporarily revert to the white-haired girl she was when young!
  • Mystical White Hair: A white-haired woman with time manipulation powers.
  • Never Mess with Granny: In her elder years.
  • Time Master: Her Seishi power, strong enough to keep Tatara's body as young and strong as in his prime for decades. As long as he doesn't either overuse his powers or step away from the place she casted the spell in. Which he doesn't mind since having to stay put in the resting place of the Shinzaho helps him a lot to guard it 24/7.
  • What Does She See in Him?: She and Tokaki. It's stated that he actually met little Tamahome when Subaru kicked him out of home and he had to become a traveller by force.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A sweet and loving wife, she can still keep her lecherous husband in line and won't hesitate to tell him when he's wrong. That, and she's very devoted to both her family and her beliefs as an ex Seishi.

Click to see him in his youth. 
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii [Elder], Katsuya Shiga [Youth] (Japanese)


Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi (Japanese)

Persons from the Universe of the Four Gods
     Taiitsukun and Nyan-Nyans 

Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda

  • Big Good: The closest to a God in this place, aside of the Four Gods themselves.
  • Cool Old Lady: Her chosen form in the original series.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: On one hand she's among those who send the Nyan-Nyans flying when they screw up, and has hit Miaka upside the head at least once. On the other, it's not like she's less harsh to guys: she's also seen beating up Tamahome and Hotohori for being rude to her.

The Nyan-Nyan
And there's a full brigade of her.
Voiced by: Kyoko Hikami

     Persons related to The Suzaku Warriors 

Tamahome's Family

Tamahome's family consists his single father, and 4 younger siblings: brothers Chuuei and Shinkei, and sisters Gyokuran and Yuiren.

You Houki

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto

  • Ascended Extra: Didn't have much development in the series or manga, but the Suzaku Hi Den novels and OAV gave more insight into her past and personality.
  • Gag Boobs: They were used just to point out that she's not Nuriko after Miaka hugs her.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Averted! She was a pretty decent empress dowager and regent.
  • Go Through Me: She stands in between Hotohori and her Unlucky Childhood Friend Shuu Tendou to keep them from duelling.
  • Hot Consort: Of Hotohori.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks suspiciously like Nuriko, who was close friends with her before dying. Enough to momentarily fool the rest of the Suzaku warriors into thinking she's his ghost or his reincarnation... until Miaka hugs her and feels her breasts.
  • Nice Girl: A very kind and soft-spoken person.
  • Rags to Riches: She actually was from a very poor family, but was taken into the court due to her extreme beauty. She wasn't too keen on it, but accepted to help her family out.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Houki was evidently hanging around offscreen as far back as the kudoku arc.
  • Shrinking Violet: With purple hair to match.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Houki clearly sees through Mayo Sakaki, but treats the girl with abject politeness and bides her time. At exactly the right moment, and without so much as raising her voice, she very calmly and courteously shames the shit out of Mayo and arguably contributes to the latter's Heel Realization.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She looks the part of a Japanese lady; beautiful, soft-spoken, traditional clothing etc. She's not lacking for inner iron either, specially as the Empress Dowager.

Shuu Tendo
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama

  • Unlucky Childhood Friend For Houki.
  • Walking Spoiler: The man only shows up in Suzaku Hi Den, so his in-story role can't be fully revealed without tossing in lots of info about the novel/OAV's plot as a whole.

Chou Kourin

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (Japanese)

  • Half-Identical Twins: Subverted, she and Nuriko were NOT twins (he was one year older), but were so similar in looks that people apparently thought they were twins.

Chou Rokou
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese)

  • Big Brother Mentor: Subverted. Rokou was sickly and cowardly as a kid, so Nuriko protected him instead.
  • Broken Bird: Male example, as the death of his beloved brother Nuriko has affected him greatly.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A jewel ball belonging to his younger brother, Nuriko. He refuses to give it away to Miaka and Co. in the OAV since it's the only real memento he has of Nuriko, but with some help of Chiriko's and Nuriko's spirits they manage to convince him.

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Ethan Murray (English)

  • Badass Normal: Unlike Tasuki or any of the other celestial warriors running around, Kouji is a normal man with no superpowers to speak of. Yet he charges into battle against Nakago's forces and actually gets him to back off.
  • Bash Brothers and Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tasuki.
  • The Cavalry: He shows up, along with the rest of the Mt. Reikaku bandits, to intervene when Kutou has invaded Konan and the remaining Suzaku warriors are pinned down.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: One of the light novels is filled with scenes of him obsessing over Tasuki, including Tasuki's good looks, quickly followed by assurances that it is in a completely one hundred percent platonic and heterosexual way.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Tasuki's red oni, as Kouji is the (relatively) more sedate personality who settles into leadership of the Reikaku bandits, while Tasuki goes off adventuring.
  • Running Gag: "Knock knock!"
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Zig-zagged. In the first OVA, he shows up to take his revenge on Nakago-in-Tamahome's-body; however it's also stated that much of what happened during that confrontation was actually an illusion generated by Tomo, leaving it ambiguous whether Kouji was really there at all.
  • Talking to Themself: Kouji's biggest quirk is his habit of holding both sides of a conversation when introducing himself.

Lady Motaiko

  • Missing Mom: Motaiko died right after Hotohori became the Crown Prince.
  • Stage Mom: She did everything to ensure that Hotohori, her son, would be appointed as heir.

Boushin a.k.a Emperor Reizeitei
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Formally ascended to the throne before he turned 10 years old. Though technically speaking, he was already Emperor since his father Hotohori died before he was born.


Chichiri's childhood best friend, and a major part of his Dark and Troubled Past.

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi

  • Came Back Wrong: After dying in the flood that destroyed Chichiri's village, he was resurrected as a demon god servant of Tenkou.
  • Dying as Yourself: After his demon form is defeated, he regains some of his humanity as he dies, and absolves both Chichiri and Kouran of guilt for what happened in their past.
  • Love Triangle: Between Hikou, Chichiri, and Chichiri's fiancee Kouran. It ended badly for all three.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Kouran, who got engaged to Chichiri instead of him.

     Persons from The country of Kutou 

The Emperor of Kutou
Voiced by: Ryuji Mizuno (Japanese), John Smallberries (English)

  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Has no qualms about talking to Nakago while in bed with two or three concubines.

Other Priestesses
     Mayo Sakaki
Voiced by: Junko Noda (Japanese), Lynn Fischer (English)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Taka. Mainly because he's already in a Seduction-Proof Marriage with Miaka, and because Mayo is a former student of his, but she persists anyway and lies about their (nonexistent) relationship.
  • Berserk Button: Any mention of Miaka drives her into a frothing rage.
  • Evil Redhead: Though she could also be strawberry blonde.
  • Character Shilling: Possibly the biggest recipient of this in the entire franchise, as the Suzaku warriors all profusely thank her for... uh, existing.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To a man who wants nothing to do with her, no less.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: She contrasts with both Miaka (who, while notoriously Too Dumb to Live, was at least usually trying to do the right thing) and with Yui (who was also consumed with jealousy, but generally stayed on the right side of Even Evil Has Standards) from the original series.
  • Driven to Suicide: After she realizes what she's done. Tamahome rescues her, though, whether the audiences want it or not.
  • Hate Sink: Mayo was designed to be unlikable, being a selfish and rude girl who is obsessed with her own love story.
  • Hot for Teacher: The guy she loves is her P.E. teacher and coach... Taka Sukunami a.k.a Tamahome.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Unfortunately for everyone around her, she is, by virtue of being a priestess.
  • It's All About Me: Every action she performs is for selfish reasons.
  • Jerkass: Yui at her worst looks like Tohru Honda compared to her.
  • Karma Houdini: Even worse than Nakago. At least the guy did go through some pretty horrific shit that explains why he turned out like that.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • To Miaka, every chance she gets.
    • She's also cruel to Hotohori's son Boushin, at one point going out of her way to tell a disparaging story about Hotohori to the young boy — especially cruel considering Boushin was not yet born when his father died and has no direct memories of him.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: Gets this from Konan, just as Miaka did.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Although the "love" part is downplayed (being more of an obsessive crush), the "evil" part isn't.
  • Morning Sickness: Subverted. She sits up in bed heaving, thinking it's just morning sickness (in her mind, a small price to pay for bearing Taka's child, especially instead of Miaka), but instead, she vomits up a magical orb that lets her see what Taka is up to.
  • Moral Myopia: She tells everyone that Miaka is a selfish bitch who only thinks of her own happiness. Well, this is the girl who is willing to fuck up a whole universe just so she can steal Miaka's husband Taka and their unborn child.
  • Must Make Amends: After she has her moment of My God, What Have I Done?.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As she realises how much of an asshole she's been.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: She is a (presumably virgin) 16-year-old girl, with no boyfriend to speak of, yet is three months pregnant. The baby is Miaka's, and has been transferred into Mayo's uterus by supernatural means. That was Miaka's doing, in order to save Konan, though everyone in and out of universe is led to believe that Mayo stole the fetus.
  • Nun Too Holy: As the Miko, she's supposed to be using her wishes for the benefit of Konan (not herself), and she's supposed to treat her warriors and her attendant with respect. Does she? No. She also spreads vicious rumors about Miaka.
  • Parental Abandonment: Supposed to be her Freudian Excuse, as her parents are about to split up very messily. Comes off more as Wangst to Westerners, who aren't necessarily aware of the HUGE social stigma coming from divorce in Japan.
  • Prayer of Malice: Is tricked into using this to facilitate the destruction of Konan.
  • Primal Fear: Being killed by Taka via a Traumatic C-Section. This is what motivates her to pray to Fake!Suzaku for the destruction of Konan.
  • Shorttank: Short-haired, tomboyish, athletic...
  • Straight Edge Evil: Doesn't drink or smoke, and is (considering that she summoned Suzaku) presumably a virgin, but still quite depraved.
  • Take That, Audience!: She was created as a response the series' fans who expressed desires to become priestesses and get Bishōnen boyfriends for themselves.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Is 16 years old at the time of her Mystical Pregnancy in the book.
  • This Loser Is You: Supposed to be a symbol of human weakness, especially in matters of the heart.
  • Traumatic C-Section: Is threatened with this.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For the fake Suzaku.
  • Villain Protagonist: By sheer virtue of how horrible she is.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from Tamahome and from Boushin.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She threatens to kill Miaka and Taka's unborn baby if Taka doesn't do her bidding. Also attempts to murder a baby reincarnated Chiriko and reacts in rage when it fails.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Telling everyone that Miaka was a horrible and selfish person.

     From The Suzaku Ibun Game 

General tropes for Madoka Ootori and Misaki Himuro

  • Expy: Of Miaka and Yui. Though Misaki is not taken back to Japan after she and Madoka get swallowed inside the book.
    • In Madoka's case, Word of God says that the game manufacturers created her as Miaka's replacement because they thought that it would be contradicting for Miaka to be the main character in the game as, in the original media, she was only deemed to love Tamahome.
  • Sailor Fuku: Madoka and Misaki's school uniforms look like Western ones, but the collars look a lot like those of a seifuku.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • Madoka, as the Player Character who becomes the Suzaku no Miko, looks really nice in the Miko robes that Miaka wore in the manga/series. She also looks super cute when she wears normal Chinese robes in the "Staying Behind" endings, or when she's in a Western wedding gown in Mitsukake's "Reincarnation Ending".
    • Misaki is also seen in really nice clothes when, just like Yui, she's appointed as the Seiryuu no Miko.

Madoka Ootori

The protagonist of the Suzaku Ibun game, she finds herself lost in the Universe of the Four Gods with her friend Misaki. After Tamahome rescues her from some thugs and helps her escape after she was imprisoned, she learns that Misaki has disappeared. Madoka agrees to become the priestess of Suzaku to find her friend and return home.

  • Always Save the Girl: Madoka's main goal is getting Misaki back no matter what.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The normally short-haired Madoka is seen with far longer hair in Nuriko's Reincarnation Ending.
  • Expy: Of Miaka, in terms of disliking studying and being lazy about it, being rescued by Tamahome and becoming the priestess of Suzaku. She does adapt quite faster to her Suzaku no Miko role.
  • Fix Fic: The player can sorta pull this through Madoka, since depending on their actions they can make her prevent the deaths of the Suzaku Senshi who kick in in the original (Nuriko and Chiriko included) or keep Amiboshi from falling into the river...
  • Foreshadowing: Madoka's uniform's collar and ribbon is red, indicating her becoming the priestess of Suzaku.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Misaki are best friends and Tamahome even lampshades that they seem more like sisters to each other than friends.
  • Lap Pillow: She can do this to Chiriko, but only if the player does NOT manage to save him.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name is spelled with the kanji for Female Phoenix. Ootori means Big Bird.
  • Psychic Powers: She has an ability known as Danger/Death Perception, which is basically a sort-of Spider-Sense that lets her sense when her loved ones are threatened.
  • Multiple Endings: This being basically a Dating Sim, the players can give Madoka more than one ending. This includes: "Normal Ending" (few love points with anyone), "Friendship Ending" (Misaki has the most points), Disappointing Love Ending (Madoka gets a guy to love her but must go back home without him since their love points aren't enough), "Reincarnation Ending" (Madoka has enough points with her beau to get him to be reincarnated a la Taka Sukunami), and "Staying Behind Ending" (if the player unlocks a certain scene and also gets Madoka enough love points with a boyfriend, one can choose between the Reincarnation Ending and a new one where she stays in the Book with her beloved).
  • Player Character: Madoka, as the girl who takes Miaka's "place" in the Suzaku Ibun game.
  • Shower of Awkward: A sort-of Running Gag that happens once per route is having Madoka trying to take a bath and then seeing one of the guys naked. Including Nuriko, excluding Chiriko.
  • Your Universe or Mine?: If she has enough affection with a Suzaku Warrior, she can ask Suzaku to either have the warrior be reborn into her world or make it so that she can remain with him in the Universe of the Four Gods. It's easier said than done, however.

Misaki Himuro

The antagonistic priestess of the Suzaku Ibun game, she's best friends with Madoka. When the two are studying, Madoka finds the Universe of the Four Gods and both find themselves in Kounan. When some thugs try to pick them up, Misaki tells Madoka to run away by herself and Misaki will bait them to help her. After Tamahome helps her get away from the thugs, Misaki gets taken by some men to Kutou, where she becomes the priestess of Seiryu.

  • Expy: Of Yui. She's best friends with Madoka, both land in Kounan at the same time and get rescued by Tamahome. Misaki eventually becomes the priestess of Seiryu and Madoka's enemy.
  • Foreshadowing: Her becoming the priestess of Seiryu is foreshadowed in her uniform, which is identical to Madoka's, except her collar and ribbon are blue.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Madoka are best friends and Tamahome even lampshades that they seem more like sisters to each other than friends.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Misaki has long hair, contrasting with Yui's boyish haircut as well as Madoka's own.

Alternative Title(s): Fushigi Yugi


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