This sheet contains tropes related to original characters developed for Mahou MUSH.
The Guardians of the Gate of Dreams
- Dreaming of Times Gone By: Dreams are the main method by which they recover their Past-Life Memories.
- Dream Walker: The primary ability shared by all of the Guardians in the present day is the ability to enter the dreams of others.
- Red String of Fate: Connects the present heroes to their past incarnations, allowing them to transform and draw on their powers and abilities. As such, it's involved in their henshin phrase and Transformation Sequence.
- Reincarnation: All of the human heroes are the reincarnations of the original Guardians, who fought the Eater of Dreams during the Warring States Era.
- Spirit Advisor: Once awakened, the modern Guardians receive advice and guidance from their past incarnations via dreams. Some past incarnations are more helpful than others, however.
Seishi Tamashige - Akashimaru
- Combat Hand Fan: Akashimaru's weapon, the Shinken, is a magic tessen.
- Flower Motifs: The red spider lily, representing death, loss, and reincarnation.
- Meaningful Name: Twice over. "Seishi" is written with characters meaning "vow child," and "Tamashige" is written with the characters for "soul" and "growth." "Akashimaru" is written with characters meaning "red thread" and the common name ending "-maru" meaning "circle," which represents both perfection and the completion of a journey.
- Meaningful Rename: Akashimaru wasn't the past incarnation's original name. Renge renamed him when he joined her cause, representing her belief that the Red String of Fate had brought them together and encouraging him to leave his past failures behind him.
- Missing Mom: Seishi's mother disappeared during her first year of middle school. The case is still unsolved.
- Morph Weapon: Though usually appearing as a metal combat fan, the Shinken can change form into a short bow, allowing Seishi to make use of her archery skills when a close-quarters weapon like a tessen isn't going to be useful.
- Punny Name: Not Seishi or Akashimaru themselves, but the characters which make up the name of Akashimaru's tessen "Shinken," meaning "earnest" or "serious," literally mean "real sword." Renge presented Akashimaru with the Shinken because he did not have a sword to fight with.
- Red Baron: Breaker of Nightmares.
- Ronin: The Akashimaru of the feudal era was a masterless samurai. Rather than the heroic Knight Errant that's often seen in fiction, however, he was little more than a vagrant who was on the verge of starvation until Renge found him.
- Samurai Ponytail: As Akashimaru, she wears her hair in a high ponytail tied with red cord.
- Seppuku: The original Akashimaru committed ritual suicide after Renge's death, in shame over being possessed by the Eater of Dreams and murdering several of their companions while under the villain's control.
Yuzuki Amemori - Hakuomaru
- Flower Motifs: Peonies, symbolizing bravery.
- Guns Akimbo: Hakuomaru dual-wields a pair of flintlock pistols.
Shiori Sato - Akahana
- Alliterative Name: Shiori Sato.
- Flower Motifs: Red tulips, representing trust.
- HeelFace Turn: The Akahana of the feudal era was sent to assassinate Renge. In the process of observing her target and how she treated her companions, however, Akahana came to respect Renge. When her assassination attempt was foiled by Renge and Akashimaru, Renge offered Akahana the option of abandoning her mission and joining them instead; Akahana took it and didn't look back.
- Meaningful Name: "Akahana" means "red flower."
- Ninja: The Akahana of the past was a ninja who worked as a spy and assassin before joining the Guardians.
- Taking the Bullet: The original Akahana died shielding Renge during their final battle with the Eater of Dreams.
Ichiro Sakamoto - Hoshiyomi-no-Mikoto
- Despair Event Horizon: Akashimaru's betrayal, Renge's death, and over a century of witnessing the failures and suffering of humanity destroyed any hope Hoshiyomi had.
- Evil Former Friend: In the feudal era, he was one of Renge's companions in her quest against the Eater of Dreams. In the present, he's working on the enemy's behalf.
- Fallen Hero: Kirin are creatures of justice, and Hoshiyomi was one of the noblest of the original heroes before he went over the Despair Event Horizon.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Even in the guise of Ichiro, he has long hair and is very good-looking.
- Master Swordsman: When you live this long, you have plenty of time to hone your skills.
- Really 700 Years Old: Looks like a teenager, but he's lived at least 500 years.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Embittered by both personal loss and seeing the worst of what humans are capable of, Hoshiyomi has come to believe that the world would be better off if humanity were wiped out.
- Youkai: Hoshiyomi-no-Mikoto is an immortal kirin.
Hanako Okita - Seitetsu
- Familiar: In the feudal era, he was Renge's familiar.
- Grumpy Bear: He's a good 450+ years old, and he doesn't have a lot of patience to spare for immaturity and teenage mistakes - especially not from Seishi, given that her previous incarnation did not leave O-Yasu with a high opinion of him. He's there to help her and the other Guardians, but that doesn't mean he's not cranky about it.
- Mentor Mascot: Renge entrusted him with Akashimaru's Shinken and with watching over the seal that holds the Eater of Dreams confined. Since the reincarnated Guardians do not fully remember their past lives, it's O-Yasu's job to help them awaken to their powers and explain the things they need to know about the enemy.
- Youkai: O-Yasu is a baku, a supernatural creature who feeds on bad dreams.
- Flower Motifs: The lotus blossom, a symbol of purity.
- Magnetic Hero: Renge had a talent for winning people over and recruiting them to her cause.
- Meaningful Name: "Renge" means "lotus blossom."
- Miko: She was a very powerful Shinto priestess.
- Posthumous Character: Thus far, Renge is not known to have been reincarnated. Nevertheless, as the one who brought the original team together and served as their main driving force, she remains a figure of significance and influence to the rest of the cast.
Cerelia Veloce - The 13th Knight
- Foreign Exchange Student: An actual foreign exchange student for a change, from Italy.
- Javelin Thrower
Vespa Rayne - Axe Knight, the 6th Heroine
Kurota Aizawa - Keys
- Child Prodigy: A talented classical pianist from an early age.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Kurota's traditionalist parents strongly disapprove of his interest in experimental electronic music over more "respectable" classical music.
Mizudori Teion - Bass-chan
- Russian Reversal: See profile quote. She's a dubstep-themed magical girl whose powers are focused on bass; "Bass drops you" jokes were inevitable.
- Stuck in Their Shadow: In-universe example. Mizudori's parents are a former boy-band pop idol and a British folk punk pioneer, and her siblings are similarly celebrated, prompting Mizudori to act out in an effort to find her own niche outside of their shadows.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.
Daisuke Hansuke - Asclepius
- Combat Medic: His powers are more oriented to healing than offense, but Asclepius can and will fire off energy missiles at enemies if he needs to. On top of his healing magic he also knows a thing or two about mundane first aid.
- Healing Hands: Healing is his main power.
- Magic Staff: Appropriately, it has a snake twined around it.
- Reincarnation: Asclepius was the court physician of the Golden Kingdom of Earth.
- Sweet Tooth: Daisuke is a self-admitted milkshake addict.
- White Mage: His powerset is mostly healing and cleansing magic.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, in this case.
Kazuki Saito - Librarius
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Watcher's Tome, an ancient artifact from which Kazuki received his powers.
- Paper Master: His combat abilities as Librarius center around manipulating paper.
Kyra Nygaard - Melanite
- Foreign Exchange Student: She enrolled at Seishou Public School as an exchange student from Denmark.
- Killed Off for Real: Melanite met her end via a combination attack from Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen in "D-Point: Swan Song." At this point, all indications are that she's gone for good.
- Lady of Black Magic: She apprenticed herself to Queen Beryl, and has considerable magical knowledge and ability at her disposal.
- Red Baron: The Red Witch.
Ano Onna - Nameless Hero
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Evoked by her dragon gauntlets. The white dragon is Ten-ken, the dragon god of Heaven, and the black is Tsuchi-ken, the dragon god of Earth. Ten-ken is composed, polite, and formal, where Tsuchi-ken is brash and rough.
- Hey, You!: She gave up her name in return for her powers. "Ano onna" literally just means "that woman."
- Power Fist: The dragon gauntlets Ten-ken and Tsuchi-ken augment her fighting powers.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Her abilities are heavily based in Wuxia and kung-fu action fantasy.
- Talking Weapon: Ten-ken and Tsuchi-ken not only speak, they tend to comment on pretty much whatever she's doing.
Ayana Tasogare (nee Moriko) - Cute Fox Inariko
- Big Eater: Ayana is a voracious eater even by magical girl standards.
- Familiar: She was initially Takashi's familiar. The connection between them was eventually severed thanks to the efforts of Ikiko, Reiko, and Mikoto (with an assist from Kunzite).
- Kitsune: Though not a kitsune by origin, she's patterned after them, especially after being empowered by Inari, the Shinto god of foxes (among many other things).
- Little Bit Beastly: She has the ears, tail, and fangs of a fox.
- Meaningful Rename: As Takashi's familiar she was named "Ayana Moriko" ("moriko" meaning "forest child"). After severing the connection to Takashi and gaining new powers as Cute Fox Inariko, she changed her surname to Tasogare (meaning "twilight").
- Self-Serving Memory: She can often be seen telling a story several different ways, based on whatever best suits her purpose. She might even be a Consummate Liar.
- Uplifted Animal: She started life as a normal fox, and was uplifted by magic - first when Takashi transformed her into his familiar, and later by the power of Inari.
- Immortality Hurts: Becoming immortal did nothing to alleviate the symptoms of the illness that was killing him. Instead, Eilam is trapped in the state that he was in when he was cursed, perpetually dying but unable to die.
- Really 700 Years Old: He looks about fifteen, but is much, much older.
Hokuto Minase - Hanabi
The Earth cries out for soft rain
Magpies cross the river
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She's a big sci-fi otaku and cosplayer.
- Heir to the Dojo: Heir-presumptive to an influential clan of onmyouji with a long history.
- Miko: Part-time shrine maiden.
- Ofuda: Many of her spells and abilities use paper talismans.
Ikiko Hisakata - Cute Wolf Tsukiko
- Little Bit Beastly: As Tsukiko, she has the ears and tail of a wolf.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: She can fully understand and communicate with all canines, as well as other animals on a more varied basis.
Jiayang Maki - Nuwu
- Little Bit Beastly: She has the ears and tail of a fox.
- Mixed Ancestry: On top of the supernatural parts of her heritage, she's half Japanese and half Taiwanese.
- Shapeshifting Lover: She's the child of such a story.
Michio Mori - Double Cross
Misa Sakagami - Forsaken Doll Maeko
- Creepy Doll: Maeko is a porcelain doll who is capable of dark magic, able to summon puppets under her command, and she's very angry. Misa herself has had her body transformed into a ball-jointed doll body, and even though she doesn't mean any harm her appearance falls far enough into the Uncanny Valley to creep people out.
- Curse: Misa bought a doll which turned out to be cursed, and ended up cursed in turn. Her body was transformed, and at night Maeko takes over.
- Demonic Possession: Basically what happens when Maeko is in control.
- Older Than They Look: A downplayed example - Misa's transformed body doesn't age, so she's stuck looking like a ten-year-old despite being several years older than that.
Norie Okana - Lacrima
- Curse: Norie was a normal girl until she came into possession of the amulet of an ancient vampire, which cursed her into her current state.
- Life Drinker: She can only sustain herself by draining the life energy of others.
Seth Katsumoto Locke - Ksolec Eth
Sora Hisakata - Shadow Witch Shiniko / Cute Witch Kazeko
- Insane Troll Logic: In "Luck of the Drain," Shiniko attacks Naru Osaka for the crime of "negligently supplying energy to the enemies of justice" - that is, repeatedly having been attacked by energy-draining villains.
- Knight Templar: As Shiniko, Sora believes she's punishing wrongdoers, but the corrupting effects of the cursed tome and the dark energy she's using mean that her definition of injustice deserving of punishment is increasingly skewed.
Taiko Tsume - Snow Woman Mou Fubuki
- Alliterative Name: Taiko Tsume.
- Hereditary Curse: She's under the influence of a family curse.
- An Ice Person: A Mou Fubuki she has powers over snow, ice, and cold.
- Icy Blue Eyes: To go with her cold, aloof personality and her ice-based powers.
- Youkai: Mou Fubuki is a yuki-onna.
Unmei Tama - Magical Girl Clotho
Ariel Theodore - Dream Defender Ariel
- Actual Pacifist: Born and raised in a completely peaceful dream realm, Ariel has zero ability or will to fight or do harm to anyone. She'll help to protect other heroes who are fighting against evil, but otherwise seeks peaceful solutions.
- Big, Friendly Dog: Lucky the star hound, Ariel's guardian/mount, is literally bigger than she is. Ariel is a little girl, of course, but Lucky is still a huge dog, and quite friendly as long as you're not threatening Ariel in any way.
- Dream Walker: As a denizen of the dream realm herself, Ariel can enter the dreams of others.
- Imagination Based Super Power: She has the ability to create dream-constructs, such as shields, tools, platforms, or whatever else she can dream up.
- Little Bit Beastly: A little girl with the horn and ears of a unicorn, and several inhuman mannerisms such as the tendency to bleat when surprised or frightened.
- Unicorns Are Sacred: Inherently magical and - due to her young age, inexperience with the world, and gentle nature - completely innocent.
Runealy Waldia - Princess Runealy
Gaofele Doiru - Guardian Gao
Hinote Kagari - Guardian Hino
Valeria Barun - Guardian Val
Raine Delacroix - Guardian Rai
Solomon Novak - Guardian Sol
Shira (Levan Silva) - The Nightshade Serpent
Odila Fairune - Lady Nocturi
Naota Uneme - Valkyrie Kirin
Ataru Touya - Prince Phoenix
Euphemia Barchetta - Helix
Greta Legend - Sunshine Spark
Hannah Sharpe (Kasagami White) - Miss White
- Artificial Limbs: After losing an arm fighting Walpurgisnacht, she obtained a high-tech prosthetic replacement.
Haru Zinoro - Hunter
- Back-Alley Doctor: Her credentials as a TSAB combat medic are legitimate, but obviously cannot be recognized by any official medical or legal organization in Japan. Instead, she runs a small off-the-books clinic frequented by magical girls, which also serves as a way for them to avoid raising too much muggle concern over their repeated and unexplainable injuries.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Per her own character profile, Iris enjoys "making everyone's day a little more bizarre."
- Vehicular Theme Naming: The Shelby Mustang.
Jin Meiyou - PFC Kouboku
Koji Silvia - Tyrfing
Madison Perry - Heartrazor
- Vehicular Theme Naming: The Perry was an early 20th century automobile made by the Perry Motor Company.
Mikoto Nakajima - Miss Blue, Tessen, Hagane
Minoke Sato - Firebird
Suzuki Natsume - Storm Knight
Takashi Agera - Riventon, Frost Knight Iceni
- An Ice Person: As Frost Knight Iceni, he mostly uses ice and cold-based magic.
- Second Super-Identity: He developed the Frost Knight persona, using the ice powers of the halberd Device Eiszapfen, for more heroic deeds and as a means of interacting with heroes who would be hostile towards Riventon. The Frost Knight identity and the Device used for it are both abandoned in "Ouroboros," and two weeks later he outs himself as Riventon during a chance meeting with Kunzite in "Unpleasantly Civil Conversation."
- Vehicular Theme Naming: The Koenigsegg Agera.
- White Hair, Black Heart: One of the game's longest-running and most active antagonists, Takashi is white-haired and has little ethics to speak of.
Haruna Kurosawa - Cure Gull (formerly Scorn)
Mari Katsu - Cure Victory
Naomi Yomada - Cure Spark
Yuko Minami - Cure Boost
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Mei, and later Reiko, try to keep their friends from being dragged into the fight, but sooner or later the fight finds its way to each of them anyway - usually in the form of a Shade.
- Color Character: Each Prism Keeper's power is connected to a specific color.
- Color-Coded Secret Identity: Even when not transformed, they usually have some of their signature color on them somewhere.
- Power Crystal: The Chroma Crystals, which serve as both Transformation Trinket and the source of a Prism Keeper's powers.
- Rainbow Motif: One Prism Keeper for each color of the rainbow (plus Prism Keeper Pink). Additionally, the team's mascots are birds named Roy, Gigi, and Biv (from "Roy G Biv," the mnemonic phrase for the colors of the rainbow).
Mei Akatsuki - Prism Keeper Red
- Colorful Theme Naming: "Akatsuki" means "daybreak," a time when the sky is often reddish from the sunrise.
- Flower Motif: Red roses.
- Put on a Bus: Mei left the area in order to pursue a lead on what happened to her mother.
Reiko Touyama - Prism Keeper Orange
- Animal Motifs: Koi, which represent courage and the determination to overcome obstacles.
Hoshi Kogane - Prism Keeper Yellow
- Colorful Theme Naming: "Kogane" means "gold."
- Star Power: Her power manifests in the form of cartoon stars.
- Stellar Name: "Hoshi" means "star."
Kaeru Aokawa - Prism Keeper Blue
Sumire Tenshi - Prism Keeper Indigo
- Colorful Theme Naming: "Sumire" means "violet" (as in the flower).
- Department of Redundancy Department: Sumire's stage name is "Indigo Angel Tenshi" - "tenshi" being the Japanese word for "angel."
Chouko Murasaki - Prism Keeper Purple
- Colorful Theme Naming: "Murasaki" means "purple."
- Pretty Butterflies: Her power manifests as purple butterflies.
Momo Akatsuki - Prism Keeper Pink
- Colorful Theme Naming: "Momo" means "pink," and "Akatsuki" means "daybreak," a time when the sky often looks pink.
Hiroko Koumoto - Griselda
Kuro Heise - Mr. Black
- Colorful Theme Naming: "Kuro" means "black."