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Hell Girl and Co.

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  • Affably Evil: Ai's teammates have a fairly even-minded opinion of humankind, and happily support their co-workers, students, and friends in their many, many jobs. It almost makes you forget what their real job is.
  • Anti Villains: Aside from Kikuri, they're actually pretty decent folks aside from their job.
  • Clark Kenting: They don't put on any disguise to infiltrate into their clients' lives (e.g. pretending to be a classmate/teacher/etc.), even when they pose as a number of different roles at the same time. Justified, since they are able to prevent mortals from recognizing them. It becomes a plot point in the third season.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The minions' straw doll forms are different colors: black for Wanyuudo, red for Hone Onna, blue for Ichimoku Ren and yellow for Yamawaro.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. They aren't happy when an innocent gets sent to Hell, but have no choice in the matter. Additionally, while their job is to send people to hell, they are contemptuous of deliberate human cruelty; for example, in episode 1, they're disgusted that Alpha Bitch Aya Kuroda, who stole the money Mayumi Hashimoto was entrusted with and forced her into Compensated Dating to make it back, is writing off her behavior as "kid stuff"; and for another example, in episode 16, they sound very angry when telling off Yuki for how she treated her sister Yumi.
    • Played Straight in one instance where Ichimoku Ren attempts to prevent a child from sending her own mother to Hell because the mother is already Hellbound due to a previous covenant with Ai, only succeeding when the mother chooses to commit suicide in order to spare her from doing so.
    • Hone Onna before she assumed her doll form, directly expressed a particular amount of disgust and anger at a girl claiming to be a fortune teller, who sent an innocent man to hell after being bullied into it by a popular girl in her school to avoid being an outcast.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite their efficiency and cruelty in sending people to hell, they can be quite kind-hearted and sympathetic to the turmoil of others. Not often, this may include gentle nudges to use Hell Correspondence if they believe it would save the person from further suffering.
    • As well as stalling for time when the would-be victim is on their deathbed. One may only send someone who is still (technically) alive.
      • This is also the only confirmed instance of a character going to Heaven, though, like Hell, it is never seen.
    • And in one case, physically stopping a moving vehicle to prevent revenge when the covenant was impossible, after the contract had already been invalidated and there was no obligation to stay.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Ai's minions are often shown with different jobs as they observe a prospective client and the corresponding target before the string is pulled.
  • Not So Stoic: Inverted. They are not allowed to have their emotions interfere with their job, but act normally around each other.
  • Punch Clock Villains: Very much so. Ai ferries people to hell because that's where her parents will go if she doesn't. Her assistants stay with her out of loyalty.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Ai is at least 400 years old. Her first three companions came from various periods of feudal Japan.
    • Technically speaking, Ren was 100 years old exactly when he was 'born'. Except, replace "born" with "transformed from a katana".
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Their straw doll forms are basically this when someone's not using them to sell their soul for revenge.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: They can go between the sunset realm and the world of the living by just vanishing and will often disappear when some random object or person moves in front of them.
  • True Companions: Ren outright says that their little group is like family to him. In season 3, Yuzuki asks Ai who Ren, Honne Ona, and Wanyuudo are to her. Ai says they're her nakama.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Wanyuudo, it saved him from running until burning into hell, for Hone Onna, it's because Ai helped them regain their humanity. In the case of Ichimoku Ren and Yamawaro, it's because she saved them from a lonely existence.
  • Villain Protagonists: They are the main characters and their job is to carry out revenge on others' behalf and ferry people to hell. That doesn't mean they are evil, though.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can do this to varying degrees.

    Ai Enma
Click here  to see her in her sailor fuku
"O pitiful shadow lost in the darkness
Bringing torment and pain to others
O damned soul wallowing in your sins is time to die."

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

The titular Hell Girl. It is her duty to offer a devil's deal of vengeance to any who access the Hell Correspondence. If the "customer" accepts, she ferries the target of that person's vengeance to Hell. As part of the deal she will also ferry the "customer" to Hell after he or she dies.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: In her backstory, she was ostracized and bullied by the people of her village. The only ones who treated her kindly were her parents and her cousin Sentaro. It's implied that this is why she was chosen as a Human Sacrifice - the townspeople just wanted to get rid of her.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Appearance-wise, Ai is a beautiful, doll-like girl with long, black hair who shows no emotion.
  • Benevolent Boss: She does care for her minions in her own quiet way and they love her right back.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Ai's job as the Hell Girl forces her to repress her emotions to the point where it's very hard to make her angry... God help you if you actually succeed.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: She became Hell Girl after transforming into a demon out of pure hate and burning down her home village with everyone inside, in revenge for them tormenting her for her entire life, planning to sacrifice her, and finally burying her alive, killing her parents, and forcing her beloved cousin to betray her.
  • Broken Bird: Ai wasn't always so detached and somber. The mistreatment she got from the villagers, the unfair death of her and her parents, the betrayal of someone she believed would protect her, and centuries of seeing people dragging others to hell in revenge are what made her emotionally numb.
  • Buried Alive: After she was discovered to be alive, Ai and her parents were buried alive by the villagers to appease the gods.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: She returns to the mortal world in this form at the beginning of the third season.
  • Casting a Shadow: One of her powers is the ability to hurl massive, deadly blasts of black energy.
  • Creepy Child: She appears as a young girl, but she's instantly unsettling because of her creepily emotionless demeanour and nature as a worker of Hell who carries out revenge for others.
  • Creepy Monotone: When not interacting with her minions, she speaks in an emotionless and morose monotone.
  • Cry Cute: Because she's usually so emotionless, the few times we see tears in her eyes, mainly during the episodes showing her tragic past, are always heart-wrenching.
  • Cute Witch
  • Dark and Troubled Past: More than 400 years ago, Ai was a human girl living in a remote village near the mountains. She was frequently bullied by other kids, and her only friend was her cousin Sentaro. At the age of seven, Ai was selected to be the Human Sacrifice. However, her parents secretly asked Sentaro to care for her as she lived in the mountains. A few years later, Ai was discovered when a group of boys followed Sentarou into the mountains. Ai and her parents were captured and Buried Alive as punishment. The villagers forced Sentaro to be the first one to shovel ground to the hole. Sentaro's betrayal brought forth an immense hatred in Ai. As the villagers buried her, she vowed to hate them forever even if she dies. A short time later, Ai returned as a vengeful spirit to exact her revenge by burning the entire village to the ground in her wrath. The Master of Hell then captured her parents and made a pact with her: in exchange for her parents not being sent to Hell, Ai should become the Hell Girl to carry out others' revenge as a punishment for her own revenge.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses in black and red, but serves as the Big Good of the series.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her duty is to offer these and carry them out.
  • Demon of Human Origin: Ai was originally a normal human girl. During her dying breath, she cursed the villagers that sacrificed her and her parents to their mountain gods. That same night, she came back as an onryo and burned the whole village down, killing everyone in it. After that, she was sent to hell, and the Lord of Hell forced her to take the job of Hell Girl or else she and her loved ones would suffer in hell eternally. The job comes with a powerful set of powers, and over the course of 400 years she gains enough mastery of it to be able to confront the Lord of Hell.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: In the final moments of her life as a human, Ai vowed to hate the villagers that killed her and her parents forever, even after her death.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: To contribute to her creepy image as the Hell Girl, Ai has long black hair and ghostly pale skin.
  • Emotion Suppression: Despite coming off as an Emotionless Girl, Ai does have emotions, but she must repress them in order to carry out her job as the Hell Girl.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her cousin and Only Friend Sentaro betrayed her when he gave in to the pressure of the townspeople, did nothing to save her and her parents and even helped the villagers to bury her alive.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: She serves as Hell Girl because the Master of Hell threatened to send her parents to hell if she refused.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She will send most people to hell without blinking an eye. But she was not happy when an innocent young nurse, who had committed no crime, was sent to hell by a drug addict for no reason at all.
  • Expy: Serves as one to Pinhead from Hellraiser. Both wear black and serve to punish a (usually deserving) human. Also, both work for the forces of Hell and are the antiheroes of their respective franchises.
  • The Ferryman: She ferries people to Hell in a similar manner to Charon.
  • Flower Motifs: Lycoris, also known as red spider lilies. They're closely tied to the theme of death, growing near cemeteries and meaning "those who cannot return" in flower language. It is also said that when you see someone you will never meet again, those flowers will bloom along the path.
  • Ghostly Goals: Revenge. She killed the villagers who used her as a Human Sacrifice. Unfortunately for her, the spider noticed and made her the Hell Girl as punishment.
  • Godiva Hair: In the scenes where she appears nude, her hair covers the important parts.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When she refuses to transport the soul of Takuma Kurebayashi, whose life situation somewhat mirrored her own. As a punishment she becomes mortal and later dies while trying to defend the boy from violent townspeople.
  • Hime Cut: She has blunt bangs, cheek-length sidelocks, and waist-length straight hair. It's meant to give her the air of a traditional Miko, but in a rather dark and unsettling sense.
  • Human Sacrifice: Her backstory; Ai was meant to be this as a little girl, but with Sentaro's help she was able to stay alive even when abandoned in the mountains - until the villagers found out and took it upon themselves to bury her alive along with her parents. In revenge, she rises from her grave and burns down her village, and is made into the Hell Girl as punishment.
  • Ironic Hell: She was forced to become the Hell Girl as punishment for burning her village down in revenge for her death.
  • Kill It with Fire: Upon returning to life as a demon, she burned her village down and killed everyone in it.
  • Kissing Cousins: It's implied she had romantic feelings for her cousin Sentaro, which made his betrayal even more painful for her.
  • Master of Illusion: Ai is capable of creating large, intricate illusions, in which she often does to frighten her victims before taking them to Hell.
  • Meaningful Name: Enma is the Buddhist god who rules the underworld. Ai is that word for love, probably. It's deliberately always written in kana, so we can't be sure which meaning of ai her parents had in mind. There are hints that the "indigo" meaning is significant: the second season finale is called "Aizome" ("dyed in indigo"), as is the end theme, which Mamiko Noto herself sings.
  • Not So Different: After burning her village down in revenge, she insists that she did nothing wrong.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • The first instance of a person being sent for no reason whatsoever, has her usual lines in the ferry scene spoken in an audibly-cracking voice. Then she reaches "this is vengeance", and has to pause before finishing the rest.
    • Whenever she finds something related to her past, Ai lets her buried emotions and old resentment get the best of her.
    • She also gives a very rare Death Glare when Gil de l'Enfer brags about using his powers to send everyone he knew to hell in vengeance for his own murder because despite the parallel to her own backstory, he is gleefully unrepentant about it.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: She has several characteristics of a traditional Japanese ghost, such as the ability to teleport and create illusions.
  • Parents in Distress: The Lord of Hell is holding the souls of her parents hostage, ensuring she does not go against her duties as Hell Girl. Their souls are freed at the end of the second season.
  • Playing with Fire: Ai has the power to create fire.
  • Psychopomp: Among other duties, Ai ferries damned souls to eternal torment.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She only serves as Hell Girl because the Master of Hell would send her parents to hell if she did not. Her job is to show up when summoned, explain the rules of the contract, and take the damned person down to hell (but not before tormenting them a little first).
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has straight black hair, pure white skin and a face with an otherworldly beauty.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She has been the Hell Girl for four centuries.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her Sailor Fuku has these colors.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her blood-red eyes are her most striking feature. In life, she actually had brown eyes, but they turned red the moment she swore her revenge upon her village as she and her parents were buried alive.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A red-eyed, pale-skinned young girl who works as a servant of hell, has a Dark and Troubled Past and displays a creepy emotionless demeanor.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the townspeople buried her alive along with her parents, she came back and burned the entire town to the ground in retribution, leaving no survivors.
  • Sailor Fuku: Wears a black one when not in her ceremonial kimono.
  • The Stoic: She is forbidden from showing emotions by the spider.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: A variation. She's definitely onryo-inspired, but she's less scary most of the time because her hair doesn't obscure her face.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She appears emotionless at first glance, but Ai is actually forced to repress her emotions in order to carry out her job as the Hell Girl. She allows herself to show a more caring and compassionate side around her True Companions during their heartwarming moments. Also, she can show sympathy to her clients, especially those who were betrayed by others. This is because betrayal featured strongly in the incident that led her to become the Hell Girl.
  • Tranquil Fury: She is quiet and wouldn't raise her voice, even when she's on a vengeful rampage against the people who made her angry.
  • Undead Child: She appears as a 13-year-old girl since that was her age at the time of her death.
  • Unmoving Plaid: The patterns on her kimonos. In the third season you can see the objects in the pattern float back and forth.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: There was a time in which Ai was a sweet and innocent little girl. After the villagers sacrificed her and her parents to their mountain gods, her cousin betrayed her and she was forced to become the Hell Girl, Ai became an Emotionless Girl that keeps her emotions and pain hidden most of the time.
  • Vengeful Ghost: After the villagers buried her and her parents alive, Ai came back as a enraged host and burned the village to the ground as revenge. Carrying out revenge for others as the Hell Girl is her punishment. Nowadys, she has repressed her emotions, but she briefly reverts back to her original vengeful nature when she finds the descendants of her cousin who was the only survivor of the village.

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English)

Ai's first assistant. He can appear as a fiery wheel or as an elderly gentleman wearing a fedora. He also serves as Ai's transport to banishment victims.

  • Bald of Evil: Subverted. He's an agent of Hell, but he is otherwise a very moral person.
  • Berserk Button: Thoughtless and unjust crimes, such as a father allowing his daughter to be raped for humiliating him, when it wasn't at all her fault.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He does this for the above-mentioned girl in the second season, scaring off her would-be rapists by charging at them in wheel form.
  • The Big Guy: He's the only one of Ai's assistants who is shown to have Super Strength.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Larger than anyone else's, at least.
  • Cool Old Guy: Usually appears as an old man while investigating the human world, but he is still a demon who is strong enough to bare-handedly stop a moving truck.
  • Eyes Always Shut: In his human form, though we do see them open during a flashback of how he met Ai.
  • Nice Hat: A fedora, in contrast to to his casual Japanese attire.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: While Hone Onna's name while she was alive is known, Wanyuudo is only known by his nickname since he is a tsukumogami.
  • Playing with Fire: He can appear as a giant fiery wheel with his face as a hubcap. In his human form, he can throw fireballs.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Shown to have these in a flashback.
  • Super Strength: Futakomori shows him stopping a speeding truck.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can transform into a giant fiery wheel. During banishments he can transform into any object with wheels.
  • Was Once a Man: Inverted. Before getting turned into a yokai, he was the left wheel of a carriage during the Heian Period. After the carriage was destroyed and burned, he became a fiery wheel monster.
  • Youkai: In Japanese folklore, Wanyuudo is a demonic flaming ox-cart wheel bearing the tormented face of a man.

    Ren Ichimoku
"Actually... I saw it."

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

Ai's second assistant. He appears as a young man, though he can transform into a blue straw doll when he needs to deliver vengeance. Can transform into a large eye, which he often uses to spy on the humans.

  • Berserk Button: Abusive relationships, and when the Hell service is used on people who don't deserve it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He can act this way towards some of the clients.
  • Bishōnen: Has an appearance of a handsome young man, and has occasionally used seduction to get information from female clients.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: A shade of yellow-green, which is striking amongst the regular Japanese populace. His large eye is also this color.
  • Eye Spy: He can project his eye anywhere he wants, and this makes a very useful tool for investigating both clients and vengeance targets. Unusually, he can also hear and speak through it when using it this way.
  • Faceless Eye: He can spy on people by projecting an eye onto any surface or simply appearing as a giant eye.
  • Hot Teacher: He is a science teacher in the third season.
  • Louis Cypher: Ren Ishimoto.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers the part of his face where his left eye would be.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: As a tsukumogami, he was a sword that became sentient after one hundred years. Because he was still an inanimate object, he was Forced to Watch as people used him as a weapon of both war and murder. He had been left behind after a battle and was stuck there until Ai found him.
  • Villain Teleportation: He can use his eye for this rather than just teleporting like the others.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: He normally spies on people from walls and ceilings.
  • Youkai: A tsukumogami of an old sword that gained sentience, though the name and the eye may be a reference to Mokumokuren.

    Hone Onna
"Have you learned your lesson yet?"

Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Jennifer Seman (English)

One of Ai's assistants. Her appearance is that of an attractive woman in a blue kimono. When interacting with humans, she normally wears a formal suit.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, dark-haired, beautiful, graceful and aloof.
  • Berserk Button: Thanks to how she became a youkai, people betrayed by loved ones. An episode involving a woman who manipulated and eventually murdered a girl shows that she doesn't like betrayal in general.
  • Cool Big Sis: To one client especially.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was originally a young woman named Tsuyu, who was sold into prostitution by her lover to pay off his debts. When she tried to plot an escape for her fellow prostitute Kiyo, she betrayed her and had her killed. When her corpse was thrown into the river filled with bones, the spirits fused with her body, becoming Hone Onna.
  • Dem Bones: Being based off the mythical youkai of the same name, she can make any part of her skeleton visible.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Hair black like the night and skin pale like a ghost. A look fitting for a Youkai made from several resentful souls and with the ability to spook people by making her bones visible.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In season 3, we discover that she has many female students fawning over her and vying with each other for her attention.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In her backstory, she was sold to a brothel by her lover. Despite her misfortune, Tsuyu was a kind and friendly to her fellow prostitutes.
  • Hospital Hottie: She has worn a nurse outfit more than once.
  • Hot Teacher: She is a gym teacher in the third season.
  • Iconic Outfit: While in the world of the living, she usually wears a business suit that is the same shade of red as her straw doll form. Ai wears it during one of Futakomori's Hell Banishments.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: On her default outfit.
  • Knife Nut: She is a very skilled knife thrower.
  • Louis Cypher: Anna Sone.
  • Meaningful Name: Tsuyu, the name she had back when she was human, is based on Otsuyu, the name of the Hone Onna of a popular Japanese tale named Botan Doro.
  • Nightmare Face: When she shows her skull. Done more effectively in the live-action adaptation.
  • The Power of Hate: It was the hatred of other betrayed women that made her into Hone Onna.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: While a youkai, Hone Onna looks like a very beautiful woman with long black hair and pale skin.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: Her eyes don't reflect any light to emphasize she's a Youkai.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Notably with her loosened kimono and slightly disheveled hairstyle.
  • Youkai: Hone Onna is a living female skeleton that creates an illusion to look like a beautiful woman so she can seduce men and drain their life force by having sex with them. Luckily, the Hone Onna of Ai's group is harmless compared to the myth and she's simply an attractive woman who can make her skin transparent to scare the people getting dragged to hell by Ai.

Voiced by: Kanako Sakai

A mysterious little girl introduced in the second season. She delights in annoying others.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Very much so, though Yamawaro keeps her in check in season 3.
  • Cloth Fu: She can extend impossibly long ribbons out of her clothing to grab onto things. She even uses them to swing across a suspension bridge at one point.
  • Creepy Child: Mostly in season 2.
  • Creepy Doll: Averted. In the third season, she possesses a wind-up doll and is no creepier because of it. Her having to be wound up again is a running joke.
  • Demonic Possession: The spider possesses her at the finales of the second and third seasons.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Downplayed. She has large purple eyes with white lines in the irises to indicate that she has a deeper connection to Hell than the other minions. It's the same pattern that the jellyfish floating over Hell's gate has and the spider can possess both at will.
  • Flower Motifs: She's represented by red camellias, found in her hair and kimono.
  • Kick the Dog: She is directly responsible for a couple of Cruel Twist Endings in Futakomori.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In season 2, she would sometimes go out of her way to make people who made contracts with Ai regret it while they were alive. Case in point: a man who stole money for his wife's medical care banished the person blackmailing him over it, so she made the wife forget him.
  • Meaningful Name: It's a reference to Kikuri-hime, the Shinto goddess in charge of communicating with Yomi, the land of the dead.
  • Running Gag: In the third season, Kikuri has a wind-up key on her back, which needs to be re-wound repeatedly.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: A lot of attention is drawn to her purple eyes in Futakomori to play up her eerie, supernatural nature.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the others are Affably Evil and Punch Clock Villains, Kikuri is never a kind girl and is more sinister than them.
  • Troll: Enjoys bothering the other minions and occasionally people she meets in the world of the living.
  • Unwitting Pawn: From Futakomori onward, the spider is using her to observe Ai's actions.

Voiced by: Hekiru Shiina

One of Ai's assistants. He was introduced in the third season and has the appearance of a boy. Most of the time, he keeps Kikuri from bothering the other minions.

  • Blow You Away: He has some control over wind.
  • Foil: To Kikuri. Where Kikuri is bratty and immature, Yamawaro is very polite and stoic.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Shown to be this in his backstory. It's what caused him to approach Hikaru's parents and start to live a normal life. He eventually starts working for Ai for much the same reason.
  • Keigo: He has a rather polite speech pattern.
  • Mushroom Man: Before he met people, he was a mass of mushrooms with a human face. One of the people he lived with cultivated the fungus for an elixir of life, so he still has fungus inside his body despite appearing human.
  • Youkai: In Japanese folklore, Yamawaro are Cyclops acting like the equivalent of Kappa that reside in mountains instead of rivers. They are said to be short creatures resembling little boys, but their traditional portrayal isn't anywhere near as cute as the Yamawaro of Ai's group.

    Ai's "Grandmother"
"Ai, I'm leaving your nagajuban right here."

Voiced by: Eriko Matsushima (Japanese), Juli Erickson (English)

A kindly old woman hidden behind a sliding door who only speaks to Ai. All that is seen of her is the silhouette of an old woman with a spinning wheel.

  • OOC Is Serious Business: She only ever talks to someone other than Ai twice. The first is when she gets Hajime to stop Ai from giving Tsugumi the straw doll. The second is when she thanks Ai's minions for all they've done for Ai.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: The audience never gets to see her true appearance. The only character who actually does see her freaks out, suggesting that this is a good thing. In the live-action series, she opens the sliding door at one point and nobody is visible behind it.

Other Characters Introduced in Season 1

    Hajime Shibata
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)

A bumbling reporter who has made it his mission in life to stop Hell Girl. A book written by him appears in the second season.

  • Bumbling Dad: At times, he seems like an older brother to Tsugumi rather than her father. It's clear that in some areas he still has plenty of growing up to do.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared after writing a book about Ai, and not even his daughter knows where he is. Tsugumi does recall that he simply became "tired" of trying to stop people from condemning themselves to hell in the name of revenge. Ai and her minions haven't seen him either, so he's not in Hell, but that's all we know.
  • Cuckold: He caught his wife cheating on him with a man he was investigating. He was so angry that he kicked her out of the house and refused to take her back even after she begged for forgiveness.
  • Disappeared Dad: After the first season, it's revealed that Hajime and Tsugumi gradually drifted apart and lost touch. In Season 3, Tsugumi confides to Yuzuki that she no longer has any idea of where her father is.
  • Failure Hero: This guy MAY have had one success in the whole time he tries to keep people from pulling the red string (the ending of that episode involving the daughter of his old friend and their failing farm was ambiguous). Sure the youkai will take some action to keep him from interfering, but in the vast majority of the cases he's either too late or else he says the wrong things that just end up ticking off the curse doll owner by coming across as very preachy.
  • Inspector Javert: He can be aggressive in trying to keep people from using the Hell Correspondence.
  • Intrepid Reporter: His job until Tsugumi starts having visions.
  • Married to the Job: This is what made his wife start cheating on him.
  • My Greatest Failure: His wife's death.
  • Parting Words Regret: Regarding the last words he spoke to his wife before her death.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Near the end of the first season, Ai tried to kill Hajime and Tsugumi because they are descendants of Sentaro. When that didn't work, she tried to bully Tsugumi into banishing Hajime to hell. It is also possible that Ai simply mistook Hajime for Sentaro.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's pretty attractive.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A thorough believer in this, unfortunately for him this series deconstructs it. The people he tries to stop, can't relate to him telling them that killing is wrong. They're often in great emotional pain that's RECENT and have their intended target taunting them constantly about it, or they know that they're trapped in a 'kill or be killed' situation and having a complete stranger who doesn't know the context only alienates them from his point of view. It gets to the point that even his daughter dismisses him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His attempts to stop people from making deals with Hell Girl can fall into this.

    Tsugumi Shibata
Click here  to see her as an adult
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

Hajime's young daughter. She is able to see through Hell Girl's eyes.

  • Age Lift: The anime introduces her as a little girl, but in the live-action adaptation she's already a teenager.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: She almost always calls her father "Hajime-chan".
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are both brown.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Every conversation she's had with Yuzuki is revealed to have been one.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She often ties her hair into two braids, highlighting the cute child that she is. As an adult, she has discarded this hairstyle.
  • Meaningful Appearance: She wears a round barrette to pin her bangs. Before the school nurse was officially revealed to be an adult Tsugumi in season three, this was the viewer's hint to her identity.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: Her theme in Mitsuganae is a sad piano piece, reflecting her mental state after having given up on stopping the Hell Correspondence and knowing that she can do nothing to help Yuzuki.
  • Odango Hair: She wears a double bun hairstyle when she doesn't tie her hair into the usual twin braids.
  • Recurring Extra: She's the only minor character who makes recurring appearances in all seasons.
  • School Nurse: In the third season, she is the nurse at Yuzuki's school.
  • Screw Destiny: In season three, Yuzuki believed Tsugumi's visions meant that she was fated to become the next Hell Girl, and she had managed to escape it. Subverted when she tells Yuzuki that she was never intended to be the next Hell Girl and You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: She is somehow able to see through Ai Enma's eyes as the Hell Girl meets with her clients, and she uses this ability to help Hajime track the clients down. She keeps this ability as an adult.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Ai tried to kill Hajime and Tsugumi because they are descendants of Sentaro. She then tried to bully Tsugumi into banishing Hajime to hell. It is also possible that Ai mistook Hajime for Sentaro.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As a child, she already looks like a younger clone of her mother. When we see her as a young adult, she's virtually indistinguishable from what her mother looked like.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her mother's earrings, which she wears on a pin.

    Ayumi Shibata
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

Hajime's dead wife. When he caught her cheating on him, he chased her away, resulting in her dying in a car crash.

  • Curtains Match the Window: Like Tsugumi, she had brown hair and eyes.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's heavily implied that she drove into the pole on purpose, after Hajime refused to forgive her or let her see Tsugumi.
  • Missing Mom: She died in an accident after an argument with Hajime, while Tsugumi was still a toddler.
  • Parental Neglect: Hajime accused her of this when she went out with the man she cheated on him with at night, leaving Tsugumi alone.
  • Posthumous Character: She died in a car crash before Ai came into contact with Hajime and Tsugumi, so we only get to see her alive in flashbacks.

    Gil de L'enfer 
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

A TV psychic who actually has powers and claims to have broken out of hell.

  • Asshole Victim: Boy, is he ever.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hinted at.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always ready with a biting remark.
  • Foregone Conclusion: He gets ferried to hell at the end of his episode. While this happens, he swears to break out again.
  • Ironic Hell: While being ferried to hell, he is tortured by demonic representations of people he murdered.
  • Mind Rape: Does this to the Phony Psychic who eventually sends him to Hell as well as to Hajime.
  • Not So Different: He thinks that he and Ai are similar. He's right, but not in the way that he thinks. While they both have supernatural powers, their abilities are quite different. The similarity lies in the fact that they avenged their own deaths by killing those responsible. Ai is visibly angered when he brags about it.
  • Psychic Powers: He has telepathy and telekinesis among others. His powers allow him to see the Hell Girl when she appears.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He claims his parents and teachers murdered him first and that he killed them in revenge after breaking out of hell. This monologue gets him a Death Glare from Ai.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Different subtitles render his name differently.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Regarding his backstory.

    The Spider
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

A bizarre-looking spider that hangs around the hut in Ai's sunset realm.

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)
Ai's cousin and only friend.

    The Villagers 

The people who lived in Ai's village when she was alive, 400 years ago.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: They made an innocent girl's life a living hell for no reason.
  • Asshole Victim: They paid dearly for their horrible mistreatment of Ai.
  • Buried Alive: How they sacrificed Ai and her parents.
  • Create Your Own Villain: As they buried Ai and her parents alive, her hate for them because of their cruelty toward her became so powerful that it allowed her to come back to life as a demon and slaughter them all.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death / Karmic Death: Burned alive in their homes by the young girl they tormented without end and ultimately killed. Needless to say, they deserved every second of it. And the one-way express trip to hell they very likely got afterwards.
  • Evil Is Petty: Let’s face the facts, they targeted an innocent girl and her family simply for being a little weird. That’s it. They condemned her and her family to death over something as ridiculous as simply being different.
  • Human Sacrifice: They held a tradition of killing children to appease a mountain god.
  • Infant Immortality: Defied. Ai spared no one except Sentaro, who was running away at the time, when she burned down the village.
  • Kids Are Cruel: And teenagers, and adults, and elders...
  • Kill It with Fire: How they meet their end when Ai decides to liquidate the lot of them for their transgressions, via turning the village into a firestorm.
  • Kill 'Em All: Their ultimate fate at the hands of Ai. Good riddance, too.
  • Posthumous Character: They are all dead in the present day and their role in Ai's backstory is told via flashback in Episode 25.
  • Religion of Evil: Sacrificing their own children to a mountain god? One gets the impression that they weren't great people even before Ai was born.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: They ostracized Ai because she was believed to have supernatural powers. Their final and most monstrous act of cruelty toward her—burying her alive along with her parents and forcing her beloved cousin to betray her—made her hate of them so strong that she transformed into a demon, clawed her way out of the grave they dug for her, and sent the village up in flames, taking them with it.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Just a peaceful Japanese farming village that sacrificed little girls to please their mountain god and indirectly created Hell Girl as we know her. Nothing to see here.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Although we see them die, their fates after death are unrevealed and it is unknown if they went to hell (although they probably did).
  • Would Hurt a Child: Would kill a child, in fact. The village had a policy of sacrificing young girls to their mountain god to ensure plentiful harvests. Ai was the last of them.

Other Characters Introduced in Season 2

    Takuma Kurebayashi
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura

A boy who lives in the town of Lovely Hills. He is blamed for murdering his mother and assaulting his father due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time in both cases. When people begin disappearing around town, the townsfolk blame him. As the disappearances continue, people begin to fear that he has supernatural powers and begin calling him the "Devil's Child."

  • Age Lift: He's very young in the anime, about primary school age (or middle school, at most). The manga turned him into a high schooler.
  • Not So Different: From Ai, which was why she couldn't bring herself to ferry him to hell.
  • Red Baron: Subverted. People began calling him the Devil's Child for things that aren't even his fault.
  • The Scapegoat: Good heavens. After being falsely accused of murder, people who use the Hell Correspondence blame the resulting disappearances on him.

    Hotaru Meshiai
Voiced by: Fuyuka Oura

The younger sister of the detective investigating Takuma. She befriends him after finding out that he isn't responsible for the disappearances around town.

  • Bungled Suicide: After attempting to banish Takuma, she wades out into a lake so she can freeze to death and be with Takuma in hell. She survives, but is hospitalized.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After her brother gets banished, she tried to banish Takuma and then drown herself so she can join them in hell.
  • Freak Out: When Kikuri brings her to Ai's hut, she looks behind the sliding door and gets a good look at Ai's "grandmother." She runs away in terror. Then Kikuri drags her behind the sliding door again.
  • Heroic BSoD: When her brother is banished, she accesses the Hell Correspondence. She thinks that with Takuma gone, things in her hometown will calm down.
  • Only Friend: To Takuma.

Other Characters Introduced in Season 3

    Yuzuki Mikage
Voiced by: Satomi Sato

A middle school student who gets possessed by Ai Enma. As a result, she has the ability to see the grudges avenged by Ai in much the same way as Tsugumi did. It goes downhill from there.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Her father - a bus driver - died in an accident while on duty and she and her mother wound up as pariahs because it was ruled that the accident was his fault. They were eventually driven out of town and took refuge in a shrine, where Yuzuki's mother succumbed to an illness.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Yuzuki goes to heaven after Ai becomes Hell Girl again.
  • Blessed with Suck: Much like Tsugumi, she can tell when Ai is about to make a contract, but is unable to do anything about it.
  • Call-Back: A fairly obscure one in the final episode. Yuzuki's Hell Girl kimono has a flower pattern that was displayed on Ai's kimono at the beginning of season two's credits.
  • Casting a Shadow: She is able to do this after replacing Ai as the Hell Girl.
  • Dead All Along: The twist of the third season is that Yuzuki is not a normal girl, but a ghost who has been chosen to replace Ai as the Hell Girl.
  • Invisible Parents: She talks to them over the phone from time to time, but they're never seen. The reason they're never seen is because, in reality, they're just as dead as she is.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Played with. Ai is shown where Yuzuki's reflection should be, revealing her presence and connection to Yuzuki.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she finally embraces her destiny as the next Hell Girl, her blue eyes turn red just as Ai's had been.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: After becoming Hell Girl, she tries to banish Azusa to avenge Akie. She nearly got sent to hell for it, saved only by Ai intervening and becoming the Hell Girl again.
  • Soul Jar: For Ai for the first half of Mitsuganae. They still have a supernatural connection after they are separated.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Gradually, all traces of her existence disappear and the members of the Hell Correspondence are the only ones who can recognize her. It's then that Yuzuki discovers that her human life up to that point was an illusion and she's already dead.
  • Two First Names: Her surname Mikage can also be used as a legitimate given name.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: She tries so hard to stop people from using the Hell Correspondence, but fails every time. She also couldn't avoid becoming the next Hell Girl.

    Akie Takasugi
Voiced by: Kanae Oki

Yuzuki's classmate and best friend.

  • Attempted Rape: Azusa sends a man after her while Akie's taking a shower. Luckily, her father saves her.
  • The Bus Came Back: Somehow, she returns from Hell in order to be Yuzuki's servant after Yuzuki takes over as Hell Girl. Subverted - it's not actually her, just an illusion created by the spider.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Azusa sends her to hell to punish her father.
  • Muggle Best Friend: She's not affiliated in the Hell Girl business in any way, and serves as the only link Yuzuki has to a normal life.

    Azusa Mayama
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki

  • Dragged Off to Hell: Mr. Takasugi's maid is ultimately the one to banish Azusa and avenge Akie at the end of the finale.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She cares very much for her ailing father, and spends her free time tending for him. This is why Akie's father couldn't bring himself to send her to hell.
  • False Friend: Pretended to befriend Akie, with every intention of betraying her.
  • Karmic Death: She sent Akie to hell to make her father suffer for covering up a crime. This comes back to bite her when Takasugi's maid does the same to her.

Other Characters introduced in Season 4

    Michiru Sagae
Voiced by: Misaki Watada

A new character introduced in the fourth season who has apparently lost her memory. She is trying to convince Ai that her work as Hell Girl is wrong.

  • Adult Fear: First your child is blamed for the accidental death of three bullies who tried to kill your child. Then, she disappears without a trace for days and no one in the village would help you to search for her. And when you finally find her, exhausted but alive, you get locked in the same place your child was and the place is set on fire...
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The townsfolk started to ostracize the Sagaes after a boy drowned in a pond when he tried to drown Michiru and everyone acted like it was Michiru's fault.
  • Broken Bird: Michiru was a genuinely sweet and happy young girl, until her father angered the landowner and it all went downhill from that moment.
  • Color Contrast: Michiru's clothes, eyes, and hair are green in contrast to Ai's Red and Black and Evil All Over, signifying Michiru's opposition to the Hell Correspondence. And she gets a green kimono as a newly-minted Hell Girl, which is still fitting since she is still far kinder and more personable with clients than Ai is.
  • The Conscience: She's trying to be this, telling Ai that what she's doing is wrong and once telling one of Ai's clients that she doesn't need the Hell Correspondence.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Michiru had a good life and loving family until her father angered the landowner by being held in higher regard than the landowner himself. When the landowner's son tried to drown Michiru in a pond but drowned himself, Michiru is blamed for the incident and her whole family was shunned. It wasn't enough for the villagers though, so they locked Michiru in a shed with no food or water for over ten days. When Michiru's parents finally found her, the villagers murdered Michiru's father in front of her and then set fire on the shed to kill Michiru and her mother for good. Even worse, she's now just as damned as Ai is for taking revenge.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: With her dying breath, Michiru cursed the villagers that killed her and her parents and burned the entire village to the ground.
  • Foil: To Ai. For all their similarities, Michiru is a noticeably kinder Hell Girl than the cold and distant Ai and still seems to have faith in humanity. Even when she becomes Hell Girl, her speech to the condemned is gentler, expressing disappointment that they willfully turned their back on heaven.
  • Ghost Amnesia: She initially has no memories of her human life or how she died.
  • Identity Amnesia: She doesn't start to remember her life or even her name until episode five.
  • Kill It with Fire: Michiru's neighbours lock her family in a shed and set it on fire, hoping to get rid of them for good. It ends VERY BADLY for them as Michiru, with her dying breath, uses said fire to kill every single one of them and then the entire town.
  • Not So Different: She's like both Ai and Takuma in different ways. Like Takuma, she was persecuted and shunned for deaths she didn't cause. Like Ai, she and her family were murdered by their persecutors and both cursed their murderers with their dying breath. Both acts killed everyone in their communities and they're both damned for their vengeance.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes turn red when she finally becomes a Hell Girl.
  • They Died Because of You: She got blamed for the death of the landowner's son, even though he drowned himself while attempting to drown Michiru.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Cute and lovable human girl, who even said that she will keep always smiling because smiles make people happy. It all crashes down after she is blamed for the death of three bullies who died while trying to drown Michiru in the pond.
  • Vengeful Ghost: Like Ai, she came back as a ghost to take revenge on the people who killed her and her parents.

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