Characters of the anime/manga Kekkaishi.
The main male protagonist. A 14-year-old middle school boy at the beginning of the story, Yoshimori is the 22nd Kekkaishi of the Sumimura family. Throughout the series, Yoshimori is portrayed as a lazy, stubborn, headstrong individual who strives to protect his family and friends, especially Tokine, his childhood crush.
- Barrier Warrior: Shield and club, really.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt his friends. Especially Tokine.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He gets worked up often over minor things, and is a little too preoccupied with cake, but he's good at making Ayakashi explode.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He and Tokine have known each other all their lives and it's extremely obvious he has a crush on her.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: The early parts of the series really love to browbeat the guy despite him trying to put his all into what he does, juggling his daily life with his duties as a Kekkashi and it being pretty stressful. Granted sometimes it's justified (he tends to favor force over finesse and that can lead into some bone-headed decisions), but more often than not it seems everyone getting on his case for no reason just because he does something they don't agree with (Making cakes as a hobby, him not knowing certain things, a technique going wrong because someone interrupted him, etc).
- Declaration of Protection: Yoshimori has sworn to protect Tokine no matter what, and it's his main motivation for getting stronger.
- Determinator: Boundless energy and drive is his greatest strength. It's pointed out by his Madarou.
- Failure Knight: When Yoshimori was a kid, he hated being a Kekkaishi and put no effort in his training. Yoshimori's attitude greatly changed, however, after Tokine's arm was injured by an ayakashi that Yoshimori failed to eliminate. Ever since then, he swore to never let Tokine be hurt like that ever again.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set him off. It's especially noticable next to the much more serene Tokine.
- Hot-Blooded: Compared to the rest of the kekkaishi, anyway.
- Hidden Depths: Likes to make cakes in his spare time much to Tokine's annoyance since she thinks he should focus more on training. After Gen dies, he puts his cooking utensils away to strengthen his powers, which surprises Tokine and makes her realize that he's actually getting serious.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Inverted, "A lion boils even a rabbit with all its strength!" He goes all out, even on puny Ayakashi.
- Also literally inverted, as it was revealed during his training with Hazama Tokimori that the reason his accuracy sucks is that he actually is left handed, but had been using his right hand to make his barriers all this time.
- Idiot Hero: Somewhat. In most series he'd probably be considered a fairly smart fighter; he just stands out here because everyone else fights very intelligently and he tends to fight through instinct and pure power too often. His older brother and Tokine are the major foils.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for being able to save Gen, and uses this as his motivation for revenge.
- Likes Older Women: Yoshimori likes older girl Tokine. Later in the manga, he saves another girl of similar age from a high fall and she briefly becomes his Stalker with a Crush. This has led to others accusing him of preferring older girls.
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: His crush Tokine is his next-door neighbor.
- Male Might, Female Finesse: Yoshimori has always fallen behind Tokine in terms of speed and accuracy. However, in terms of sheer power and stamina, Yoshimori excels.
- Must Have Caffeine: Or coffee flavored milk.
- My Greatest Failure:
- Allowing Tokine to be injured because of his own mistakes.
- Later, the death of Gen.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Yoshi has only had eyes for only one girl: Tokine.
- Sitting on the Roof: He has a favorite spot to nap and everything.
- Sweet Tooth: All those cakes....
- Triple Shifter: Between being a kekkaishi, student and son at home
- Unskilled, but Strong: He has ridiculous amounts of power, but bad aim and form.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Once from Tokine for intentionally getting captured by Kokuboro, forcing his allies to endanger themselves to rescue him, and from Tokiko, minus a slap, for trying to save the school from an Ayakashi swarm with a technique he had NO IDEA how to use and probably would have ended up killing everyone. He also gave this to Tokine for recklessly killing a minor land god and getting herself put into prison without thinking of the people she left behind, mainly himself.
The female protagonist. She is Yoshimori's childhood friend, neighbor and love interest. Her family are also Kekkaishi and have a long-time rivalry with the Sumimura family. However, she works together with Yoshimori to exterminate ayakashi.
- Action Girl: Strikes down Ayakashi every night.
- Barrier Warrior: Part of her Character Development is shifting from standard barriers to daggers that hold Ayakashi in place because this better reflects her natural skills.
- Brainy Brunette: She's highly intelligent.
- Combat Pragmatist: Observe the enemy, find any weaknesses, and then bring them down at the first opportunity.
- Cry Cute: In the final episode when Anger Born of Worry kicks in.
- Disappeared Dad: Her dad dies pre-series.
- Male Might, Female Finesse: What Yoshimori has in brute force and stamina, Tokine has in accuracy, speed and precision.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to reach her hips.
- Scars Are Forever: Has one on her hand after protecting Yoshimori from a demon.
- Skirt over Slacks
- Tsundere: Mild version. Alternates between fanship fodder moments with Yoshimori, treating him as a coworker/classmate, treating him like a kid brother, treating him like an annoying kid brother, beating him up for annoying her, and beating him up while crying her eyes out for worrying her, then playing the trope as straight as possible by beating him up while trying to apologize to him.
- Weak, but Skilled: She doesn't have Yoshimori's endless energy or sheer power but she has far greater accuracy and skill in manipulating Kekkai. The logical conclusion is that her signature style switches from giant Kekkai that she implodes around Ayakashi to small, thin Kekkai that she uses to stab them and hold them in place. In the final arcs, she can literally run through any spirit world, obstacles and all. And we mean through.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of cockroaches. Probably not helped by the bug Ayakashi that scarred her hand as a child, but fear of cockroaches also runs in the family.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: The rest of the school thinks she is. The main characters and her best friend know better. However, she does perform tea ceremonies with her grandmother in traditional clothing.
- Barrier Warrior: He can make Kekkai too.
- Cool Old Guy: A loud Old Soldier with Einstein Hair.
- Expy: He looks like a fusion of Dr. Wily and Makarov.
- Generation Xerox: Subtract the cake fascination and he was just like Yoshimori at his age.
- Old Master: When the Ayakashi become too much for the kids to handle, he steps in. He taught his grandson how to do slay them in the first place.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Tokiko. They bicker every morning.
- Barrier Warrior: She can make kekkai too.
- Cool Old Lady: She is both wise and mischievous.
- Generation Xerox: As a teenager, she was just as aloof and focused as her granddaughter. She's grown mischievous in her old age.
- I Was Quite a Looker: When she was her granddaughter's age, she had her granddaughter's beauty.
- Never Mess with Granny: Yoshimori can't keep up with her. It's also stated that she is stronger than Shigemori.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Shigemori. She sprays him with a hose.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Like her granddaughter, Tokiko is terrified of cockroaches.
- Deadpan Snarker: His older brother's antics provide plenty of fuel for sarcasm.
- Dissonant Serenity: Due to his older brother's frequent quarrels with their grandfather, living in the Sumimura house is somewhat hectic, but he and his father rarely take notice.
- Satellite Character: He doesn't really stand out compared to his older brothers.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He takes after his dad.
- The Ace: He has beat down god class spirit with ease.
- Fluffy Tamer: Tamed monsters so well that they still serve his apprentices' families centuries later.
- Intangible Man
- Luke, I Am Your Father: For Chushinmaru.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to what his spells did to Chushinmaru.
- Shrouded in Myth
- Star-Crossed Lovers
- The Ace: She is pretty much the strongest kekkaishi in the series. Even Tokimori Hazama acknowledged that she is on whole other level even when compared to himself.
- Alliterative Name
- Dissonant Serenity: She is very calm even when talking about sealing herself inside Chuushinmaru's seal, which is basically a death sentence since there is no way out one the seal is complete. In fact, it is possible that she has a mild case of empathy deficit disorder, given how she stated that she had trouble understanding what the people around her feel.
- Aloof Big Brother: He doesn't interact much with his siblings.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the leader of the night troops, as well as the 6th seat on the heads of the Shadow Organization
- Bad Powers, Good People: He mastered the Zekkai, which runs off of rejecting the world around you. He's still one of the heroes of the story.
- Deuteragonist: His story in the Shadow Organization is just as important as Yoshimori's adventures.
- Legendary Carp: His partner, Kurohime, is a giant black koi that swims through the air.
- The Leader: of the Night Troops. He's either Type Charismatic or Mastermind; his troops seem to like him but he often acts as a heroic mastermind to counter the more villainous elements in the Shadow Organization.
- Good Is Not Nice: He has well-intentions but he works for the Shadow Organizatin.
- Manipulative Bastard: It's necessary to counter the villainous aspects of the Shadow Organization.
- Supporting Leader: He leads troops against the director's army. He then kills both the director and his brother.
- Token Good Teammate: For the Shadow Organization.
- Character Death: Impaled by Kaguro.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was bullied and abused by his brothers, and nearly killed most of his family.
- Defrosting Ice King
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half Ayakashi.
- Healing Factor: As a half ayakkashi, he has one. This is greatly enhanced by Karasumori
- Loners Are Freaks
- Power Limiter: His tattoo, which burns him if he starts trying to overuse his Ayakashi powers.
- Sacrificial Lion: He was Killed Off for Real just when it looked like he would form a Power Trio with the others.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality
- Super-Powered Evil Side: His Full form initially the only time he has control of it completely is just before his death
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky
- Wolf Man: His Ayakashi form is that of a humanoid wolf.
- Bishōnen: The girls at school love him.
- Berserk Button: He's not happy to be compared to a woman.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady:
- The bane of his existence. Also makes some of the male bonding scenes between him and Yoshimori even more confusing.
- The tengu also temporally gave him breasts. He was not amused.
- Femme Fatalons: Male example
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Handsome Lech
- The Smart Guy: From time to time, Yoshimori decides that his best plan is to tell Sen what his goals are and then do whatever Sen says.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Can be alternatively spelled Zen.
- Telepathy: Limited by several things. Kekkaishi and possibly some other ability users block it and even detect or interfere with it. It also provokes a red right hand in the form of his eyes flashing demonic when he uses it. This is worse than it sounds as he needs to be close for it to work. Lastly, Zen is afraid that he will be ostracized even by the other Yagyou if they find out he is able to read their minds, so he does his best to conceal his ability, even when he has information that he desperately would like to share.
- Action Girl
- Bears Are Bad News: Her partner, Raizou, is a giant electric bear Ayakashi.
- Brainy Brunette: Her intelligence is what makes her a great teacher.
- Captain Ersatz: Atora is apparently a Pokémon trainer who got lost and ended up in the Yagyou.
- Genki Girl
- Hot Teacher: To Gen.
- Marshmallow Hell: To Gen.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Sexy Mentor: To Gen
- Token Minority
- Trickster Mentor: To Gen
- The Tease: To both Gen and Yoshimori.
The Sousui/Oumi Nichinaga
The co-founder and supreme commander of The Shadow Organization.
- Abel And Cain: You might think Yumeji/Tsukihisa is the Abel to his Cain at first. Turns out, in comparison, Tsukihisa is much, much worse than Nichinaga could ever be.
- Alas, Poor Villain: When his real motivations and the circumstances were revealed, it was VERY difficult not to feel sorry for him.
- Big Bad
- Dimension Lord: After Okuni's death, Nichinaga took possession of her seashell pendant, which she appeared to use as a focus for some of her techniques. He has been seen using the eye-shaped portals Okuni commonly used for viewing.
- Enfant Terrible/ Evil Old Folks: He's both a scary brat and an old man at the same time. It's complicated.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It might not look like it, but he adores his minions and especially Suigetsu. Oh, especially Suigetsu.
- Evil vs. Evil: With his brother.
- Grand Theft Me: Both Nichinaga and his brother are able to forcibly take over the bodies of others, transferring their own minds into a new body. They have survived this way for centuries, taking over other ability users in order to gain a second power. However, repeated use of this ability causes the memory of the user to gradually deteriorate.
- Heel Realization: When his little brother possesses his favorite minion and sets wheels of plots in motion to make him essentially lose everything again, he remembers, the truth is revealed, and Nichinaga repents with death.
- Hellish Pupils: With two irises in fact, that make him seriously unnerving. It seems to be a trait shared by people with similar powers as him.
- Manipulative Bastard: He masterminds and manipulates events behind the scenes as The King, an aged man, and as his current container, a young boy.
- Mass Hypnosis: Uses this to steal the Ougi family's army.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His response to his brother's schemes is to kill everyone in the orgainzation.
- Redemption Equals Death: He decides to repent for all his wrongdoing by taking his unbelievably evil brother to death with him.
- Suicide by Cop: He kills himself and his brother by tossing them both into Masamori's Zekkai.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: To Suigetsu. He loves her, a lot. He just really doesn't show it much until the end.
- Taken for Granite: Though rarely seen doing so, Nichinaga could control earth while in the King's body, easily raising protective barriers out of the ground that are capable of regenerating rapidly if damaged.
The Council of Twelve
Tropes Associated With The Council Of Twelve
- Authority Equals Asskicking: You must have absolute mastery of supernatural powers in order to be a member. They also are the twelve heads above everyone in the organization; only the Sousui is above them.
- Face Framed in Shadow: A lot of them before they were each revealed.
- Karma Houdini: Because the anime was cut short, members—especially Ichirou—never got the comeuppance that occurs in the manga.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Initially they were this, as all of them were shrouded in darkness.
- We Have Reserves: They have a total lack of regard to the deaths of their men, which infuriates Masamori.
The 12th seat of the group.
- Brutal Honesty: Juho is very blunt-spoken.
- Finishing Move: Dragon Hole. Juho draws a hole on the ground and stands upon it, creating a network of smaller holes extending from the main one. He can fire any number of energy pillars, which extend far into the sky, from the holes. The more spiritually powerful the land, the more powerful the effect.
- Taken for Granite: Juho uses earth-based magic which requires him to be in direct contact with the ground. To perform his spells, he essentially aligns himself with the "dragon pulses" of the earth and manipulates that power.
The 11th seat of the group.
- Informed Ability: He was a member of the top officials in the Shadow Organization, yet does nothing to show it before being killed off by Shichirou.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a fox mask.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets the least characterization of the twelve and then gets killed off after his introduction.
The 10th seat of the group.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tsumugi has a somewhat whimsical nature; he is generally in a good mood and enjoys making small jokes or laughing to himself, but he's one of the twelve for obvious reasons.
- Marionette Master: Inanimate objects touched by Tsumugi's hair spring to life and form enormous puppets that do his bidding.
The 9th seat of the group.
- Ambiguously Evil: While she has traded her humanity for knowledge in the past, she also values order and the safety of normal humans.
- She is also very worried about the danger posed by Karasumori, and requests that the heirs should train in order to better control it.
- Amplifier Artifact: She has a shell pendant that she uses to focus her abilities. It's later used by the Sousui.
- Awesome by Analysis: She has been shown to be a very observant person on several occasions.
- Badass Bookworm: With her vast intelligence and extensive archives, there are few subjects that she's unfamiliar with.
- Black Cloak: Nothing except her eyes are shown.
- The Hedonist: Okuni lived to discover the truth behind any mystery that caught her attention.
- Dimension Lord: Okuni is able to manipulate dimensions like Kekkaishi, but she uses it in a different way. She is capable of opening eye-shaped portals, which are used for remote viewing, as well as focusing tremendous amounts of power on a target.
- Killed Off for Real
- Off Screen Villainy: It was rumored that in order to be able to learn everything in the world, Okuni attempted several rituals to keep herself from aging and dying.
- The Red Baron: The Puzzle Eater.
The 8th seat of the group.
- Arch-Nemesis: Masamori's first one in the Shadow Organization. The feeling is mutual.
- Asshole Victim: Killed offscreen by his brother, Shichirou, but he's such a jerk that no one mourns when he dies.
- Bad Boss: Kills his own men in his fight with Masamori.
- Blow You Away
- Body Horror: He's actually a lump of flesh of seven siblings merged into one body.
- Collective Identity: Ichirou is actually a collection of seven siblings forcibly merged together into one body, with Ichirou as the dominant persona.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: By his own brother, no less.
- Fat Bastard
- Greater-Scope Villain: His cooperation with Byaku, which allows Kaguro to gain information to unnerve Gen (resulting in his death) and his subsequent influence over the following events prior to his death make him this.
- Humanoid Abomination: Again, he is a collection of seven siblings lumped together in one body.
- Jerkass: He kills his own men, and then shifts the blame to Masamori.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets killed by his brother.
- Large and in Charge
- Manipulative Bastard: He's the reason Kaguro got the information to unnerve Gen enough via Ichirou's conversation with Byaku, leading to his death. He's also manipulated other people with little regard to the public if they get caught in the crossfire.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Justified. It hides the Body Horror.
- Sharing a Body: The secret of Ichirou's power is that he's a collection of seven siblings working as one.
The former 7th seat of the group.
- Back from the Dead: Repeatedly. Is still somewhat alive, although without his powers.
- Bishōnen Line: Starts out as a middle-aged old man, changes to a distinctly more attractive twenty-something (with cool boots), then finally to a cute kid.
- Broken Pedestal: To Masamori when he sees his teacher becoming a self-absorbed ayakashi.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He loves his torture. Especially when it's happening to Masamori.
- Death Is Cheap: His power allows this. His nickname isn't "the Immortal" for no reason.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: How can a ball kill someone? Mudou knows every single way!
- He Who Fights Monsters: Started out in the Urakai whose job was to stop ayakashi from killing people. He then became an ayakashi and... started killing people.
- The Red Baron: Mudou the Immortal.
The 6th seat of the group.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Living Weapon: Kurosame. Described as a curse-power ability, which manifests itself as a black threads which compose the blade, coming from the hilt of the sword. These black threads are incredibly strong and can cut through even the tough nigh-invulnerable exterior of the Kurokabuto Ayakashi. The threads can extend at will and entangle an opponent and slice through it with ease with precision through the use of bold strokes. He talks to the sword, suggesting that it may be sentient.
The 5th seat of the group.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has one on the left side of his face.
- Necromancer: He can raise the dead.
The 4th seat of the group.
- Bald of Evil
- Evil Old Folks
- Killed Off for Real: By Shichirou.
- Mad Scientist: He experiments on humans in his free time.
- People Puppets: He can control people.
The 3rd seat of the group.
- One-Winged Angel: She can turn into a dragon with tiger stripes, though she's left naked once she turns back.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's over 300 years old.
- Scaled Up: As a tiger-striped dragon.
- Shock and Awe
- The Tease: To Masamori.
The 2nd seat of the group.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the second highest ranking member of the group and later as the new commander after the death of the co-founders.
- Cool Old Lady
- Extreme Doormat
- Fluffy Tamer: Nura is a master demon tamer. Her control over Oni is so complete that she can command an entire army of them simply by being in the same general vicinity. Just by being near her, oni naturally desire to serve her and no matter what happens, they will not betray her. The oni are simply happy to give over whatever power they have to offer. In fact, her control over them is so strong that the mind controlling beasts of Nichinaga and Yumeji does nothing to the onis.
- Fountain of Youth: She can use her ayakashi servants' powers to make her younger in order to enhance her abilities.
- Healing Factor: Drawing out the powers of her servants can allow her to do this.
- A Mother to Her Men: The reason her subordinates show such Undying Loyalty to her.
- Shrinking Violet
- Technical Pacifist: Known as the pacifist with the strongest military might among the twelve.
- Token Good Teammate
- Undying Loyalty: Can invoke this from any ayakashi just by being nearby.
Yumeji Hisaomi/ Tsukihisa Oumi
The chairman of the Council of Twelve and the Sousui's brother.
- Abel And Cain: At first it seems he's the Abel to Sousui's Cain. It's actually a reverse, since Yumeji is far, far worse than he could ever be.
- Body Surf: Both Tsukihisa and the Sousui have survived for centuries by taking over the bodies of others. By inhabiting the bodies of powerful ability users, they effectively have access to two abilities at once. Tsukihisa's technique is more advanced than the Sousui's.
- Deader Than Dead: When he and the Sousui are dragged into Masamori's zekkai.
- Evil vs. Evil: With the Sousui.
- Grand Theft Me: On Zero, and he's done it to several others over the centuries.
- Green Thumb: He has an entire forest under his control. He has control over the growth and movement of trees, bushes, plants and roots. He can accelerate the growth of branches and vines and manipulate them as though they were appendages to bind and ensnare opponents. He can even finely control moss, creating replicas of his own shape. His control even extends to the poisons that plants can give off.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's the real founder of the Shadow Organization.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated his "brother" to adopt and then rewrite his memories to see him as such, only he had forgotten that they weren't actually siblings by the end.
- Affably Evil: She doesn't really exhibit much animositynowhere near as much as the other Kokubourou, that's for sure. Then we learn that she not only lived with a human man, but even fell in love with him, which is what prompted her study of humans.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She once maintained her appearance as a human for the man she fell in love with, who was somewhat scared by the appearance of a walking flower in a kimono.
- Berserk Button: A minor one, since Aihi is largely stoical, but it's unwise to discuss just what her relationship with the man from her past was.
- Dissonant Serenity: Enters into this when unleashing her Mind Screw attack on Kaguro.
- Expy: Her human form brings Rukia to mind, while her true form looks like Biollante's blooming flower form.
- Healing Factor: As she states during her bout with Kaguro, she can regrow severed vines while in her Ayakashi form.
- Hot Scientist
- Humanity Is Infectious: She gradually gained her interest in humanity from living and falling in love with a human man, which she couldn't quite manifest.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By about twelve different swords, all running along her torso. Brr.
- Interspecies Romance: Had one in her past, although she rather strongly denies it.
- Man-Eating Plant: Averted, actually; according to Kaguro, Aihi hasn't eaten a human in a long time.
- Monster Sob Story
- Mind Screw: One of the closest descriptions of whatever the hell her ability is in Ayakashi form. Seriously, what was happening there?
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Implied to have this, like the rest of the Kokubourou.
- Redemption Equals Death: She helps save Tokine's life, lets her go when she could easily kill her, and then gets murdered by Kaguro For the Evulz.
- The Stoic
- Token Good Teammate
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She researches humans to understand them better, as well as her own feelings of attachment to one of them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Dragon-in-Chief: Is the Princess' most loyal ally, and thus her second in command. However, because the Princess is so weak, he usually does the dirty work for her.
- Extreme Doormat
- Evil Plan: He's The Dragon for Hime but it is his scheming that drives the attempted take over of Karasumori. His goal is using its power to cure Hime and restore her power to what it once was.
- Eye Scream: Just look at his picture.
- Go Out with a Smile: Gives a genuine smile as he and the Princess vanish away forever, cementing his Undying Loyalty to her by showing that he is content with this decision.
- Lack of Empathy: He routinely treats Hime, the only being for whom he probably ever felt anything, so coldly, that you would be forgiven for thinking he has some sinister plan for her, and will discard her the instant she's not needed for it anymore (as he treats his minions). Actually, Byaku sincerely wishes to heal Hime, it's just that he so out of touch with others' emotions, that not only was his reaction to his wife's bout of depression - after he disfigured her in an attempt to extend her life by magic - was calmly helping her to kill herself, he also fails to see why anyone might object to it.
- Meaningful Name: "White," appropriate for his hair color. It also points back to his old identity; the "shiro" in "Shironuma" also means "white."
- Really 700 Years Old: Though he looks like a man in his early thirties, He's actually nine years older then his friend, Matsudo who is a peer of Yoshimori's grandpa.
- The Stoic: As shown in his picture. This guy does not express too much emotion besides dying with a smile.
- Together in Death: With the Princess.
- Transhuman Treachery
- Two-Faced: One half of his face looks rather normal but the other half looks kind of like it was burned off.
- Undying Loyalty: The Princess is probably the only living thing he's ever truly cared about. After their world begins to crumble and the Princess reaches her final moments, he ultimately chooses to remain by her side and dies with her. His expression as he does so proves that he does not regret this decision.
- Unholy Matrimony: Implied with the Princess.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Adaptational Villainy: She's more neutral in the manga.
- Big Bad: Of Kokubourou. While Kaguro does have a lot of influence over the arc, one forgets that she's the real mastermind of the conquering of Karasumori land. Though it turns out she's not completely evil as, Sen states she doesn't have an evil presence. In the manga, however, the whole plan was Byaku's idea.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: She may not have an evil presence but, by human standards, she's pretty antagonistic in terms of what she wants. She's much more neutral in the manga.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: As the years passed, her power waned to the point that her organization tried to find ways to prolong the collapse of her dimension.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: According to a flashback, this how she meets Byaku.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Though lacking an evil presence but is still an antagonist, she is puzzled by Yoshimori's kindness towards her (he mistook her for another prisoner and broke her chains) and she thought about killing him but decided to let him go instead, even lending him some of her power.
- Graceful Loser: Towards the end of her arc, in light of her dimension collapsing and her illness, she realizes she can't win and, so, she decides to admit defeat, concluding that she's better off dying. In the manga, she has known her time is coming up for a while and was just waiting for the end.
- Handicapped Badass: Being crippled by terminal illness be damned, she's still powerful and she does put up a fight. She never fought in the manga, though.
- Ill Girl: She's very sick and has been for some time.
- It's All About Me: As the below entries would state, she can't think much outside of her own whims and desires
- Kitsune: However, we don't see her fox form too much.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Oddly, unlike many other youkai/spirits we encounter in the series, she is one that doesn't have an evil presence. Makes a lot more sense in the manga, as she was pretty much neutral and the whole idea to attack Karasumori was masterminded by Byaku.
- Oh, Crap!: When Sen encounters her in the anime, she immediately cringes away from him and whimpers in terror.
- Royal Brat: Acts like a spoiled little princess, despite her age.
- Together in Death: With Byaku.
- Unholy Matrimony: Implied with Byaku.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Why her organization is trying to prevent the collapse of her dimension. From what can be guessed, she probably can't survive too much outside of that dimension. Eventually, she concludes that she's better off dying.
- Ax-Crazy: His true form shows that he's out of his mind...All the time.
- Blood Knight: A subtler one than his more boisterous colleague, Gagin, preferring to mess with others to anger them enough to provide a good fight
- Breaking Speech: Delivers an extremely harsh one to Shishio. He has the inability of having a conversion that doesn't involve messing with the other's head. It fails with Yoshimori because he's too dumb to understand what he's trying to trying to get him to do.
- Captain Ersatz: Very obviously based on Shishio Makoto.
- Dirty Coward: He kills Gen when he goes into his Ayakashi form. Rather than fight Gen head-on, though, he opts for stabbing him in the back instead.
- As a human, he got into a swordfight with his Friendly Rival Sakai right before becoming an Ayakashi. Sakai was about to finish him off, and Kaguro recoiled in fear, making Sakai flinch; Kaguro took this opportunity to kill him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Believe it or not. He kills off two of his surviving subordinates when they take Tokine hostage, scolding them for their "lack of aesthetic".
- Expy: His bandaged form looks remarkably similar to Makoto Shisio from Rurouni Kenshin.
- Faux Affably Evil: He talks to Yoshimori like an old friend, but it does nothing to lessen how psychotic he is.
- The Heavy: A lot of Kaguro's actions made him more important to the plot than even the leader's goals. Hime's neutral true nature also shows him to be the driving force and personal antagonist to Yoshimori
- Hero Killer: He kills Gen.
- Knight of Cerebus: He kills Gen, and the story gets noticeably Darker and Edgier from there.
- In the Back: He kills Aihi and more notably, Gen through blades from behind
- Psycho for Hire: Blatantly obvious as the most unstable member, likely only hired for muscle and assassination work
- Sixth Ranger: Kaguro does not fit in well with the rest of the organization, being more chaotic as opposed to their ambiguous goals.
- Slasher Smile: He shows unhinged glee at all the damage he causes. Except when Yoshimori calls him weak for abandoning his humanity to find a purpose in life, he really did not expect it.
- Transhuman Treachery: As a human, he was a thief. As a demon, he's murderer. In the manga, he was also a killer as a human.
- Worthy Opponent: Thinks Yoshimori is the one who can finally give him the "feeling" of the a life-death sitaution.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Bare Your Midriff
- The Beastmaster: She controls spiders.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's actually a very powerful Ayakashi, but she hates exerting herself.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She's never shown wearing shoes.
- Ms. Fanservice
- People Puppets: She can use her spiders and webs to control people. Fully enveloping them with the web can turn them into spider goons.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once Kokuboro started crumbling she beat a hasty exit. Only sticking around to see the fight between Yoshimori and Kaguro.
- Spider People: We never see her true form, but considering she controls them...
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Brute
- Fangs Are Evil
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He was killed by Masamori's zekkai in this fashion in the manga.
- Healing Factor: doesn't help against Gen though
- Kill It with Fire
- Leeroy Jenkins: Often goes into battle without thinking of the consequences
- Lightning Bruiser
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He's a mix of three legendary horse creatures, the pegasi, unicorn and centaur
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Six arms to be exact
- One-Winged Angel: Into a centaur-unicorn-pegasi ayakkashi
- Our Centaurs Are Different: For one, he has a horse head, three horns, six arms, fangs and grows wings on his lower torso.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Koshu's Blue Oni
- Voiced By: Sam Riegel (EN)
- One-Winged Angel: Into an octopus, an unimpressive one at that
- Small Name, Big Ego: For someone of his position, he's not very strong.
- Smug Snake
- Voiced By: Richard Cansino (EN)
- House Husband: With his wife away, he has to play the domestic role; cooking and cleaning and such.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest and gentlest. The only time he lost his cool was when Sumiko was badmouthed.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He almost always has his apron on.
- Supreme Chef: He's a very good cook.
- The Ace
- Bishōnen: Compared to his less gifted brothers
- Blow You Away
- Interspecies Romance: with Mayuka
- Noble Demon: He's an assassin, but he makes it a point not to kill anyone other than his target.
- Razor Wind
- Agent Peacock: He's still pretty badass though when push comes to shove.
- Canis Major: When his Power Limiter is removed he becomes a giant.
- Camp Gay: Floating pink hearts while he gushes over Master Tokimori.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Do Not Call Me "Paul"
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During the fight with Koya. Madarao is hit first, but he manages to return the favor seconds after.
- Morality Chain: To Kouya, which is why his death made Kouya turn to evil in the first place.
- Non-Human Sidekick
- The Nose Knows: The whole reason Yoshimori and the previous Sumimura family Kekkaishi have used him as a partner. He's very good at sniffing out Ayakashi before they can be seen.
- Noble Wolf: A friendly and loyal wolf spirit. However, he's still an ayakashi so he could quickly turn savage without his Power Limiter.
- Power Limiter: His collar acts as one.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: His face-off with Koya. Justified; he was the only person around who had any real chance against him.
- Camp Straight: He's easily as effeminate as Madarao.
- Chivalrous Pervert: His nicknames for Tokine and Tokiko seem to hint towards this.
- Gratuitous English: His frequent referral to Tokine as "honey." When he was Tokiko's partner, he called her "bunny."
- The Nose Knows
- Power Limiter: Going by what happens with Madarao's collar is removed, Hakubi's is likely to have this function, as well.
- Verbal Tic: See Gratuitous English, honey.
- Back from the Dead: He is revived by Masamori to become his familiar.
- Canis Major: Kouya's true form is also a huge wolf
- Evil Counterpart: To Madarou, at first.
- HeelFace Turn: By becoming Masamori's familiar
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Believes this to the reason why Ginro died.
- Savage Wolves: He lost himself to hatred and now seeks revenge and blood.
- Asleep for Days: Spends most of his time asleep for a century usually.
- Deep Sleep: Likes his naps.
- Green Thumb
- Fertile Feet: The ground he walks on sprouts freaking doughnuts.
- Nice Guy: Gave Tokimori his land, because he was crying and asked nicely.
- Physical God: A land god.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He looks a giant beaver wearing a hat.
- Sweet Tooth: Particularly when he realizes how tasty donuts are