A list of characters from Kyo Kara Maoh!. Beware of unmarked spoilers, as usual.
The Demon World That Looks Like The Alps
He was an Ordinary High-School Student until the day a couple of bullies decided to flush his head in a toilet. Suddenly, he was transported to a different world where he was the Maoh. Although he took a while to get used to his new settings, he learns to rule this his kingdom, with the help of his friends.
Being unaware of the demon kingdom's customs, Yuuri gave Wolfram a slap across the face for insulting his mother. Unfortunately, this was a way that nobles would propose marriage to one another, leaving poor Yuuri in an engagement that he never meant to be a part of.
Whenever Yuuri's life or the life of one of his close friends or even the life of an innocent bystander is in trouble, Yuuri's demon side surfaces and uses water created from maryoku to serve justice to the attacker.
Yuuri has a very naive and idealistic personality. He believes that everyone should be trusted, even if they've betrayed him already and that no life is beyond redemption. In a way, it's a good thing, as he manages to become very popular in his kingdom. However, he often is taken advantage of because of this gullible and foolish behavior, which is where his helpful friends and demon side come into play.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Yuuri is fifteen when he adopts a ten year old Greta.
- Affectionate Nickname: Sometimes the members of his family will call him "Yu-chan".
- All-Loving Hero: Yuuri has declared that he believes love and trust to be something you give to everyone and not just to a single person.
- Always Save The Boy: Subverted and played straight. Yuri feels like Wolfram can take care of himself and he is the one that usually needs rescuing anyway. But the FEW times where Wolfram is in trouble, he won't hesitate to protect him. Special mention to when Wolf was kidnapped and he chased after the Originators on his own.
- Apologetic Attacker: "It is not my nature to kill, but..." every damn time. We're beginning to think he's not so sincere.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Normal: His human form has his moments, like when he uses his knowledge of baseball to disarm Wolfram in their first battle.
- Battle Aura: The Maoh, to a ridiculous extent in the second opening theme.
- Berserk Button: Hurting innocent people, whether they be friends, bystanders or enemies will trigger a transformation to a side of Yuuri's that isn't so merciful...
- Also, don't put Wolfram in danger. More often than not, he will turn to his demon side for power to save him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yuuri is one of the nicest rulers in existence. However, if you hit one of the above berserk buttons, well...
- Can't Stay Normal: When Yuuri runs home after being betrayed by Sara, Bob sends him into an alternative universe where Yuuri and Shouri have normal, everyday lives. Yuuri chooses to trust Sara and return to the Mazoku world.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
- Curtains Match the Window: A sign that he's nobility in the demon world.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Deadpan Snarker: Yuuri's inner thoughts and asides can get very snarky.
- Distressed Dude: Played straight and subverted. Yuuri spends the beginning of the series waiting to be rescued when he gets into trouble, but eventually realizes he needs to act for himself because there won't always be someone there to save him.
- Double Consciousness: The Yuuri who is Demon King and the Yuuri who is an average schoolkid.
- Easily Forgiven: Yuuri is a very forgiving person. More than a few people have outright manipulated Yuuri, and he's forgiven most, if not all, of them.
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Fearless Fool
- The Fool: Often borders on Stupid Good as well.
- Genre Savvy
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? / Transparent Closet: He repeatedly insists he's only into girls, but his comments about the guys around him say otherwise:
- (about Conrad) "He has a great face and figure. His personality as well as his skills are great. I thought it is rare that someone is this perfect. So, I guessed he must have an extreme weakness somewhere."
- Hellish Pupils
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Yuuri's passion is baseball, but he's only average at it in his own world and tries to make up for it with his leadership skills.
- Horrible Judge of Character
- 100% Adoration Rating
- I Am Who?
- Improbable Age
- James Bondage: He sure gets kidnapped a lot.
- Kid Hero: Guess who he is voiced by in the dub.
- Making a Splash
- Mistaken for Cheating: Because Wolfram is very possessive.
- Mistaken for Gay: He certainly sees it this way, though some may disagree...
- Ordinary Highschool Student
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Whenever he goes out,
the people always shouthe dyes his hair and put contacts in, but doesn't change any other part of his appearance. Justified, as most commoners don't see their king on a daily basis and only know that he has black hair and black eyes.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Anime only. His hair stays the same length when his demon side takes over in the manga.
- Promoted to Scapegoat: Yuuri being forced to become king.
- Protectorate: For everyone else. Makes sense - he's their king, after all.
- Reincarnation: Of Susanna Julia von Wincott.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Yuuri often personally deals with his kingdoms more direct threats more often than not.
- Showy Invincible Hero
- Split Personality: Near the beginning, Yuuri can't seem to remember what his demon side does, which might qualify it for this. However, near the end of season three, he begins to control his power putting this up for debate.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Yuri, or Yuuri?
- Stupid Good
- Superpowered Evil Side: The Maoh, who isn't evil, but he does things that human Yuuri would never think of doing.
- Unlucky Everydude: An Ordinary High-School Student, who is kinda dorky, not very popular with girls, and not as good at baseball as he'd like to be...becomes the friggin' king!
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry
Wolfram von Bielefeld
Yuuri's fiance and quite possibly his more cynical Foil, Wolfram is a demon who can manipulate fire. Near the beginning of the series, he is rather immature and arrogant, acting very spoiled and causing the Maoh's other attendants to give him nicknames like 'Little Lord Brat', but over the course of the series, he matures. Although he did not approve of being the Maoh's fiance at first, he changes his mind when Yuuri's demon side kicks his butt in battle. He soon grows very protective over Yuuri, yelling at anyone who comes too close to him. He is especially jealous of Conrad.
Wolfram can be very impatient and tends to rush into battles head-first. He can be impulsive with his decisions, especially in battle and believes that being the strongest is the way to win. He is also very proud of his Mazoku blood, convinced that it makes him superior to his brother Conrad or any other person with human blood in them.
- Bishōnen: Lampshaded by his mother.
- "Oh, Wolf, you still look just like me! I bet the men are lusting after you!
- The last word of the first episode was Yuuri looking up at Wolfram and murmuring "Bishonen". Lampshaded indeed.
- Bishie Sparkle: Used to heal the sick and dying in one episode.
- Character Development: Becomes calmer and less prejudiced over time, and his affection for Yuuri becomes more genuine.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Nobody is allowed to touch Yuuri except him.
- Crossdressing Voices
- Even the Guys Want Him: Arguably so, as his beauty was enough to cause hospitalized patients to make a full recovery.
- Fantastic Racism: Toward humans and half-humans, including his own brother. Though it lessens over time with Character Development.
- Good Is Not Nice
- In the Hood: Apparently, he would stand out too much if he didn't.
- Kill It with Fire: His magic is mostly based around fire.
- Love at First Punch
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!
- Playing with Fire: He can summon lions made of fire to take down his opponents.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: That pink, frilly nightgown seems to be a major favorite of his.
- Before he starts trying to convince Yuuri to like him, and much later when he sleeps in his own bed again due to certain issues, he wears white pajamas. Perhaps he is attempting to imitate his mother, a great seductress.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wear frilly pink pajamas.
- Royal Brat
- Spell My Name with an "S": Bielfield or Bielefelt?
- Tsundere: Focuses heavily on the tsuntsun aspect. He rarely goes in deredere mode at all...except when he and Yuri are alone and finally have a moment together.
- Murata even calls him one in the third OVA
- Even if Lord von Bielefeld is an incurable, tsundere, selfish brat, do you really think he would do all of this of his own will?
- Murata even calls him one in the third OVA
- The Von Trope Family
- Weak-Willed: Tends to get mind-controlled A LOT over the course of the show.
- The Worf Effect: Also tends to lose battles against more powerful opponents or lose so Yuri has to save him.
Conrart (Conrad) Weller
When Yuuri is found by Adalbert during his initial arrival to the demon world, Conrad jumps in to save him. Because he is kind, understanding and loyal, he gains Yuuri's trust very quickly and becomes quite close to him. Conrad is usually the one that Yuuri will talk to when a problem arises and Conrad will also be first person to save Yuuri if there is any chance of danger.
Although Conrad is rather mature, he sometimes forgets that other people care about him quite a lot and therefore runs off on his own to complete missions that might put him in danger. Usually, the rest of the group (or at least part of it) catches up to him and reminds him that there's no need to go on your own. In a way, this attitude of his contrasts Yuuri's, who would prefer to convince his friends to join him on missions. His actions also cause much confusion between Yuuri's subjects, however, he always believes that he is helping Yuuri in the best way that he can.
Yuuri will refer to Conrad as his godfather, as Conrad is the one that gave him his name.
- An Arm and a Leg: He gets his arm lopped off while protecting Yuuri. He gets better.
- Always Someone Better: Conrad is that person.
- Badass Normal: Not having magical powers hasn't stopped him from becoming Shin Makoku's best swordsman.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Conrad may seem like a sweetie most of the time, but fuck with Yuuri and you're in for a world of pain.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Yuuri.
- Big Damn Heroes: He does this a lot.
- Birds of a Feather: Of Yuuri's various love interests, Conrad is the one most similar to him in both personality and interests. He makes an active effort to learn things that Yuuri likes, such as baseball.
- Bodyguard Crush: Arguably, on Yuuri.
- Character Development: Pre-storyline. It's shown that he was a very different person before Yuuri's father made him change.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dark and Troubled Past: And how.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Long = 20 years ago. Short = Present.
- Extreme Omnisexual: He was already likely Bi the Way given his history with Julia and present interactions with Yuuri and Jozak, but then it's also revealed in the manga that he once dated a woman who was a "reverse mermaid". Yuuri even lampshades this with a joke about how wide Conrad's "strike range" is.
- Fake Defector: Pulls this a few times.
- Fantastic Racism: Although he was protected from the worst disadvantages of being half-Mazoku as a child, twenty years ago when Shin Makoku was at war with their human neighbors, he and Jozak were sent on a suicide mission, leading a company of fellow half-breeds, in order to prove their loyalty. Conrad and Jozak were the only ones to make it back.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother was a Mazoku and his father was a human.
- Heartbroken Badass: As a result of what happened to Julia.
- HeelFace Turn: which doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome in episode 40, when he takes several arrows to the chest protecting Yuuri in the most dramatic way possible.
- Humble Hero: Often too humble, as he has a tendency to put his personal safety way too far down the line of his priorities.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Ever notice how everyone loves Conrad, even his enemies? They just can't help but love the guy and think he's awesome.
- Hyper-Awareness: In the manga and novels, Conrad is able to determine the country of origin, social standing, and main occupation of a man in disguise with just a quick glance. Too bad he doesn't use these mysterious powers all the time.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Yuuri outright calls him one.
- The Lancer: To Yuuri, as he essentially follows the king wherever he goes and usually plays a key role in many of their adventures.
- Mangst: Conrad has lots of Mangst concerning the death of Julia and the events of the war 20 years previous.
- Master Swordsman: He has a reputation as Shin Makoku/The Demon Kingdom's greatest swordsman.
- Meaningful Appearance: He has brown eyes to emphasize his human ancestry in a family of made up of mostly Demons.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Well, he's half-Muggle, but he decided to live out his life around Mazoku rather than humans. And he does lack magical powers due to his human lineage, though he seems to have inherited the Mazoku's longevity.
- Officer and a Gentleman
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Conrart, but Yuuri calls him Conrad. Everyone else does too, either to keep it consistent, or because it's easier to say.
- Perpetual Smiler: Except in flashbacks and very rare Not So Stoic moments.
- The Quiet One: Definitely the calmest and most understanding of the group, though be careful if you cross him.
- Rebel Relaxation: Conrad's favorite past-time is leaning up walls. Yeah, those walls would have long fallen down without him holding them up.
- Reincarnation Romance: If you see his bond with Yuuri as romantic.
- Royal Blood: As a half-blood, he has no claim to any demonic lineage (also why he has no 'von' in his name unlike his brothers), in spite of being the son of the former Maoh. However, the Wellers were the original kings of the Big Shimaron before the Belal family dethroned them. He only threatens to lay claim to his lands in the third season as part of a political gambit, as he has very little interest in being anything besides Yuuri's bodyguard.
- Ship Tease: With Yuuri especially. Even the other characters notice, as it's the main reason Wolfram is so jealous of Conrad. He also gets some with Josak.
- Subordinate Excuse: To be around Yuuri.
- Superpowerful Genetics: The Weller genes seem to all be dominant! And full of win.
- Warrior Prince: His mother was the last Maoh and his father's side were the original rulers of Big Shimaron, but Conrad is content to be Yuuri's protector knight.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Soldier? Babysitter? Bodyguard?
Gunter von Christ
Gunter is the man in charge of teaching Yuuri while he's in the demon kingdom. In other words, he's Yuuri's private tutor, who Yuuri spends much of his time trying to avoid, for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, he's quite competent in his job, and is very determined to make sure that Yuuri is as educated as he could possibly be for the real world.
At first, Gunter seems a little like an idiot, or perhaps more like a teenager girl in love. He tends to be rather overprotective of Yuuri, fussing over every little thing and freaking out whenever he goes missing. Supposedly (at least in the manga), Gunter was actually quite the organized, professional man before he met Yuuri. Just goes to show you, doesn't it?
Outside the castle, Gunter is actually quite a good fighter. He is extremely good with a sword and being of demon blood, has his own magical abilities.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's actually a very accomplished swordsman. And despite his dramatics, he's very perceptive and adept when it comes to politics - he and Gwendal essentially hold the country together when Yuuri isn't around.
- Blow You Away: His magical power.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As crazy as he can be, he's very competent in his job. He's also a very hard worker, as Yuuri learns when Gunter takes a break.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Hot for Student
- Love Makes You Crazy: Apparently, he was a much more serious guy before Yuuri came along.
- Purple Eyes
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Christ or Kleist?
- Stern Teacher: He's quite serious about Yuuri's studies.
- Squishy Wizard: Subverted.
- Subordinate Excuse: Also for Yuuri.
- Suck My Rose: In the first opening theme song.
- The Von Trope Family
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Teacher? Castle-manager?
Gwendal von Voltaire
The most aloof and mysterious of Yuuri's subjects, Gwendal first doubts Yuuri's ability to lead the kingdom. After Yuuri summons the Maoh's spirit and defeat's Wolfram, Gwendal realizes that Yuuri is the true king. He's more logical and less compassionate than the other members on Yuuri's team, which leads him to disagree with Yuuri on a lot of decisions. Still, Gwendal always respects Yuuri's authority, giving Yuuri advice when he asks for it and aiding Yuuri in plans he might not completely agree with. As a very professional and stiff man, Gwendal seems to have very little interest in useless conversations and relationships in general, making him initially difficult for Yuuri to get along with. However, they soon learn to get along with each other, although Gwendal will occasionally reprimand Yuuri for making naive or foolish mistakes.
Gwendal has a love for small, cute things. Usually, this refers to animals such as kittens, dolphins and Bearbees. His personal office is filled with stuffed animals that he knitted on his own. It's stated that Gwendal began knitting because his childhood friend Anissina gave him lots of stress.
- Aloof Big Brother: Though he cares in his own way, Gwendal seems to more or less be this towards Conrad, and especially, Wolfram.
- Badass Arm-Fold
- Bothering by the Book: Early on in the light novels, at one point he's seen to take out his frustration with Yuuri's inability to do his own paperwork by storming in late to a meeting and...addressing him in keigo, an ultra-formal speech register which is totally appropriate for a retainer addressing his king. It would be incredibly rude for Yuuri not to respond the same way...but as a fifteen year old boy, Yuuri isn't really good with keigo, and stammers his way awkwardly through both his response and his insistence that there's really no need to be so formal.
- Cuteness Proximity: Though he tries to hide it, Gwendal adores anything small and cute. His blushing and attempts to pretend he doesn't care are made all the more priceless by how stoic and humorless he is in nearly every other situation.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Face Palm: Sometimes you can't blame the guy. Other times, you're face palming with him.
- Friend to All Children: Goes along with his love of cute things. For someone so gruff, he's always surprisingly gentle with Greta, and at the start of Season 2 after they rescue a group of kidnapped noble children from the surrounding human kingdoms, there's a brief scene of Gwendal patching up their cuts...and drawing cute faces on their bandages.
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- Jerkass Façade
- Menacing Stroll
- Only Sane Man: He's arguably this, especially when Yuuri's got a particularity reckless and naive idea.
- Perpetual Frowner: Gwendal is always glaring or frowning at everyone. At the beginning of the series Yuuri usually wonders what happened to make him mad, but Conrad cheerfully assures him that Gwendal "was just born with that face."
- Promotion to Parent: Subtly done, but in the episode where we learn about Conrad's father, Gwendal clearly considers himself the man of the house after his stepfather leaves (despite looking about the age that Yuuri is now), and it's often noted that their mother hardly acts like a parent herself most of the time.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He knits and loves cute animals.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- The Comically Serious: Gwendal is a very serious, even dour, person, with a strong sense of duty and incredible devotion to his responsibilities. So naturally, when background events or sub-plots get zany, he's the one that gets targeted by them.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Sometimes, the insanity becomes too much even for him.
- The Spymaster: He's the one who orders Josak around most of the time. If someones digging for information, chances are Gwendal told them to.
- The Strategist: More so in the beginning, before Ken Murata gets involved.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Whenever he sees Anissina.
- The Von Trope Family
- With Friends Like These...: Him and Anissina.
Josak is a spy in the Demon Kingdom army who is half-demon, half-human. Conrad's father rescued him from the human lands when he was little, and since then Josak and Conrad have been close friends and faced many dangers together. He is a master of disguise and has been known to pose as a woman on various missions. He even carries a dress along with him at all times for good luck.
Josak is very comical and expressive, facing every situation with light-heartedness and funny quips. He often does this to hide his own feelings, particularly anger and resentment at the treatment of half-humans such as him. While he is close friends with Conrad, they often don't see eye to eye which can lead to arguments or even physical violence. However, in the end, he tends to go along with whatever Conrad wants, since he is the superior officer.
At first, he seems a little skeptical of Yuuri's ability, and his harsh commentary causes Yuuri to become less confident in his abilities. However, Yuuri decides to trust him with the jewel that powers Morgif, believing that Josak will do with it whatever is best for the kingdom as a whole, and this gesture earns him Josak's loyalty.
- A Handful for an Eye
- Badass Normal
- Crossdresser: He does cross-dress as part of his job as a spy, but the biceps give him away instantly.
- Fantastic Racism: Suffers from this as a result of being half-Mazoku, and a great deal more so than Conrad, who was protected by his father and by his mother's noble status; Jozak was raised by his human mother (until she died of malnutrition) in a tiny, run-down village where half-Mazoku and their families were sent to live away from everyone else.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother was a human and his father a Mazoku.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Conrad. Well, most of the time... and the "heterosexual" part is suspect.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Like Conrad, he also has half-human ancestry and lacks magical powers as a result, but considers Shin Makoku his home.
- Naked on Arrival: First encountered naked, in a public bath.
- Officer and a Gentleman
- Real Men Wear Pink: He crossdresses.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Spell My Name with an "S": Jozak or Yozak or Josak? Gurrier or Grier or Grillet?
- Stepford Smiler: He starts out extremely bitter and cynical underneath his flippant, lighthearted demeanor, and while he does grow to trust and like Yuuri, the leftover emotional scarring from the abuse and discrimination suffered by half-Mazoku is still evident.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He has disguised himself as a woman more than a few times. A rather flirtatious woman at that.
Anissina von Karbelnikof
A head-strong woman filled with lots of ideas for inventions that are usually ridiculous, or have a ridiculous way of being powered. Anissina seems to think women are the future of the kingdom, with men being too reckless and incompetent to do anything well. Regardless of this, she is rather fond of Yuuri and does her best to help him... whether that is good or bad.
Whenever she has a new invention, she tends to force Gwendal to try it, or if she is unable to find him (as he usually hides from her), she has Gunter try it. Her inventions never seem to work out the way she wants them to. It's revealed that she and Gwendal grew up together, and that she was the one to teach Gwendal how to knit, although she doesn't believe that Gwendal has any talent in the field.
Greta is very fond of Anissina and seems to look up to her like an older sister.
- Arranged Marriage: Her brother sets her up in one, believing that she is unhappy. Of course, Anissina doesn't want this at all and tries to get Gwendal to fake a double suicide with her. He refuses. She then has Darcos play the role, but of course, Gwendal interrupts at the last minute and rides away with her. They have a moment by sunlit water... and then proceed to yell at each other. Her brother (and everyone else) mistakes this act for love.
- Fiery Redhead
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Running Gag: Her inventions will work... but are either require a ridiculous amount of power or don't work the way she wants them to.
- Straw Feminist: A very mild one, but she does believe that women should be in power.
- The Von Trope Family
- With Friends Like These...: Her and Gwendal.
Cecilie von Spitzweg
She first appears as a 'sexy queen' that Yuuri accidentally stumbles into in the private bath. Turns out, not only is she the previous Maoh, but she is also the mother of Gwendal, Conrad and Wolfram. All three of them have different fathers and Cecilie always seems to be on a 'search for love'.
Cecilie is very flirty and affectionate, even to her own sons. She loves to hit on Yuuri whenever she can (even though it pisses off Wolfram) and later hits on Yuuri's brother when he arrives, despite having a boyfriend.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Action Mom: That outfit and whip in the picture aren't just for fanservice.
- Gag Boobs: Okay, so technically they're not played for comedy unless she's putting someone through Marshmallow Hell, but...
- Marshmallow Hell: Sometimes to Wolfram!
- Good Bad Girl: Her flirting, search for free love and having 3 sons to different fathers is not looked down upon.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A non-romantic example. She tells Raven to stay with her brother because she doesn't want Stoffel to be lonely.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Older Than They Look: She looks younger than Gwendal and she's his mother!
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Insists that everyone call her 'Cheri'.
- Ship Tease: Between her and Raven. Whether she actually likes Raven in that way or not is up for debate.
- Stepford Smiler: Especially when she is talking about her past as the Maoh or reflecting on how short human lives are.
- The Von Trope Family
The adopted daughter of Yuuri and Wolfram.
- Cheerful Child
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her birth parents (or at least the people who claimed to be her birth parents) were just awful.
- Her mom had a very good reason for abandoning Greta and she has shown deep remorse for leaving her daughter behind. She wanted to take Greta back but felt like it would be better if she was raised by Yuuri who would never abandon her.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Happily Adopted
- Has Two Daddies
Adalbert von Grants
Adalbert shows up in the very first episode, where he rescues a clueless Yuuri from being stoned to death by frightened human villagers, and uses his magic powers to awaken Yuuri's ability to speak the local language...after which Yuuri is promptly rescued from Adalbert by Conrad. A man of mysterious motives, he defected from the demon kingdom in favor of the human nations, believing them fools for blindly following the will of their ancient king. Despite his anger toward the demon kingdom in general, and Conrad in particular, he's about equally likely to be on their side as that of their enemies when he shows up.
- Defector from Decadence: He couldn't stand what the demon kingdom had become after following Shinou's will even to the point of Julia sacrificing herself, so he left and apparently doesn't ever intend to return.
- The Extremist Was Right: In a way. Turns out Shinou had been corrupted long ago, and although most of his plans were for the ultimate benefit of the demon kingdom, a little more mistrust of his motives might have been warranted, especially near the end.
- Heartbroken Badass: He really did love Julia, and her death was the catalyst for his departure from the kingdom, as well as the source of his continued animosity.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Bitter, cynical, and ultimately wants peace and safety for the people he's decided to regard as his own.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: His engagement to Susanna Julia von Wincott was apparently arranged, but they're shown to have been very much in love.
- Reincarnation Romance: With Yuuri, for the same reasons as Conrad: Yuuri is Julia's reincarnation, and the show goes out of its way to highlight their similarities more than once.
- Screw Destiny: Doesn't care for Shinou's millennia-long reign of control over all the major decisions of the demon kingdom.
- The Von Trope Family
Stoffel von Spitzweg
Cecilie's older brother, the poisonous advisor who took advantage of his sister's position as Maou and did most of the running of the kingdom on her behalf, leading to a great deal of unpleasantness and tragedy twenty years ago. He seems eager to repeat the process by ingratiating himself with the new Maou, but his nephews and Gunter are adamant about blocking his way, and even on the rare occasions he manages to get Yuuri alone, Yuuri proves Too Dumb to Fool, which has the effect of turning Stoffel's political machinations into comically, pathetically sycophantic attempts to win Yuuri's approval any way he can. (It helps that his and Cecilie's childhood friend Raven is clearly the brains of the operation, too.)
- Affably Evil: Stoffel is a nobleman through and through, quite charming when he wants to be, and always a refined, dignified fellow. Well, he tries at the 'dignified' part, anyway.
- The Chew Toy: Filler episodes love to curse him with horribly slapstick luck whenever he's plotting or scheming something (getting peed on when he volunteers to change a baby's diaper, falling into holes), which is most of the time. Even his first, more serious arc has his plot comically unravel when Jozak sneaks Yuuri out by putting both of them in maid uniforms, followed by him mistaking Gunter for a vulnerable noncombatant and utterly failing at taking him hostage. It's always ultimately his fault that he's in these situations, so it's always Played for Laughs.
- Evil Chancellor: Moreso in the backstory, but he keeps on trying to become this for Yuuri, too.
- Harmless Villain: At least as long as Yuuri's retainers are keeping an eye on him and Yuuri won't give him the time of day. Also, without Hypercompetent Sidekick Raven helping him, he's shown to be pretty useless and not all that bright.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Most of the reason he's useless without Raven.
- Smug Snake
- Spell My Name with an "S": Stoffel/Stuffel von Spitzweig/Spitzweg/Spitzberg
- Villain Decay: The first-season arc where he shows up has him kidnapping Yuuri and nearly starting a civil war. After that, he quickly decays into harmless comedy, since his only real power is political and no one's trusting him with anything after that.
- The Von Trope Family
Lord Geiganhuber Grisela
A minor noble and a cousin of Gwendal's. He was involved in some kind of tragedy involving Conrad and Adalbert twenty years ago, that no one seems to want to talk about with Yuuri. When it was over, Hube was exiled (officially 'sent on a mission to recover lost artifacts'), and went willingly after having failed to protect the country that he had loved, however misguidedly. While in exile, he fell in love with a human woman, Nikola, who we first meet some time later, after they've been separated, only to discover that she's bearing his child.
They encounter Hube himself not long afterward, acting as the bodyguard to a corrupt businessman. He forces a confrontation with Conrad, which results in his being injured and brought back to Shin Makoku, where more drama ensues, ending in the obviously-reformed and regretful Hube being forgiven by all parties, after which he remains utterly loyal to Yuuri.
- The Atoner: By the time he was exiled, he was too shaken by the understanding of his own misdeeds to protest, and certainly by the time we meet him he agrees that he deserved no better.
- Cool Mask: When we first meet him again, it's not clear who he is because of the mask he wears.
- Death Seeker: The reason that he chose to become the bodyguard of a corrupt businessman was because he wanted a job where strong opponents would try to kill him, figuring eventually one would succeed. Eventually he got tired of waiting and went out looking for fights, challenging anyone who seemed worthwhile. Finally he saw Conrad, realized it must be fate, and attacked the kid Conrad was protecting to force Conrad to fight hard enough to kill him. ...Too bad he didn't realize that kid was the new Maou.
- Dub Name Change: Probably accidental: his first and last names are reversed in the dub, into Lord Grisela Geiganhuber.
- Eye Scream: His eye was gouged out in an attempt to open one of the four boxes. It didn't work, since the key is Gwendal's eye, not his.
- Fantastic Racism: Geiganhuber honestly and truly did believe that the half-Mazoku living among them held more loyalty to humans than to the country they lived in, and were thus passing information. The reason he believed this was that there was of course no other way that the superior Mazoku could be faring so badly in a war against mere humans.
- Foreshadowing: The patch over his left eye. He reveals that the damage was done when he was captured in Svelera and they tried to use his eye as the key to open a Forbidden Box. The keys to the Boxes run in families: it's actually his cousin Gwendal's left eye they needed.
- Humiliation Conga: The stuff up to his exile, he deserved...
- Reassigned to Antarctica: A noble can't really be exiled, per se, so they sent him on a 'mission to regain his honor' by looking for lost artifacts in human lands that they didn't really think he'd ever find.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Gegenhuber? Geiganhuber?
- Trauma Conga Line: ...but even after he understood how wrong he'd been and regretted his actions, fate definitely decided to keep kicking him in the ribs for a while.
The Planet In Which Yuuri Always Shows Up In A Bathtub
Murata makes an appearance in the first episode, as a boy being bullied. Yuuri, being a fighter for justice interrupts them - giving Murata the chance to run away. He doesn't forget this act of kindness, however, as he and Yuuri are good friends from that point onward.
Murata cannot travel between Earth and the Mazoku world on his own, so he must travel with Yuuri.
- Amplifier Artifact
- Curtains Match the Window: Except that time that he dyed his hair blond. He dyed it back. Or it faded out. It's never specified.
- Deadpan Snarker: He evolves into this as he stops playing stupidity.
- Distressed Dude: In the human world, he has no means of defending himself and often relies on Yuuri to save his ass. It's pretty much the same in the Demon World, which is why he stays on the sidelines to avoid this. Most of the time, this is an intentional example.
- FaceHeel Turn: Subverted.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Implied in the novel. The reason he seems to only hang out with Yuuri is because he doesn't have any friends that will talk to him. It would explain why he's always bullied in the first place.
- Karma Houdini: Near the end of season 2, he basically jeopardizes Yuuri's life by pushing him into The Great One who needs him as a vessel and almost destroys the whole world with a gamble that could defeat the Originators. While he never turned on anyone, it's to be noted that he's never punished for putting everyone at risk and when Yuuri brings it up at the end, Murata just replies, "I knew you wouldn't give up. If you did, we'd all be dead.
- Meaningful Background Event: Watch Murata closely if he's in the background of a scene. If you can't see his eyes, he's plotting or hiding something.
- Muggle Best Friend: Subverted.
- Nerd Glasses
- Non-Action Guy: Except that one incident where he is shown capable of doing martial arts...but he never does again.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Past-Life Memories: He's the reincarnation of the Great Sage and he retains all the memories of his previous incarnations as well. They actually caused him some distress as a child, since he had trouble telling the difference between past and present, and it's occasionally hinted that he still has trouble defining his own identity separate from his previous incarnations, especially the Sage.
- Reincarnation: Of the Great Sage.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Now and then. It happens every single time he's plotting something or hiding something...even if the camera isn't focused on him. Keep an eye on him when he's in the background of a scene: if you can't see his eyes, something is guaranteed to be up.
- She-Fu: A rare male example however, he has only shown to fight with martial arts once during one arc and is never brought up again as he stays on the sidelines.
- The Strategist
- There Are No Therapists: Averted! We find out he was in therapy as a kid to help him deal with the memories of all his past lives, and teach him to assert his own personal identity over theirs.
Yuuri's older brother.
- Big Brother Instinct: Shori is obsessively protective of his "Yuu-chan"... even as a kid. This is seen when Shori gets angry at Gunter for just HUGGING Yuuri.
- Cuteness Proximity: El has this effect on him.
- Drunk with Power: When Shori first learns to use magic this happens to him and his desire to protect Yuuri increases.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Shouri decided to be Yuuri's protector when they were both quite young. He...doesn't take it well when he winds up in the demon world and Yuuri doesn't really need his protection.
- Making a Splash: Once he makes a pact with the elements.
- Security Cling: He gives one to Yuuri in the fifth ova.
- Skewed Priorities: When he and Yuuri switched bodies in episode 92 his only concern was that he'd never be able to embrace his beloved "Yu-chan" again.
- Stoic Spectacles: Particularly compared to his little brother, Shori is a very serious individual...
- Not So Stoic: ...but he winds up breaking through that stoicism a lot, especially when Yuuri is in danger.