These are the characters from the manga and anime series Shaman King. (Names in parenthesis refer to the English version of the anime.)
Team Funbari and Allies
The main protagonist. Yoh wants to become Shaman King to fulfill his promise to his fiancée, Anna Kyoyama. Yoh is also the human side of Hao/Zeke Asakura, an immensely powerful shaman who reincarnated himself in order to be able to participate in the Shaman Fight. His spirit partner is Amidamaru.
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga he intentionally avoids fighting Hao because he fears his power and devises a plan to stop him via deceit. When he faces Hao in the final battle, he has the elemental spirit of Earth to enhance his powers. In the TV series, he not only faces Hao several times before the tournament, he even manages to defeat Hao AFTER he gets an upgrade from the Great Spirit without the help of the element of Earth enough to supposedly kill him.
- All-Loving Hero: Yoh tells Manta in chapter 1 that no one who can see spirits could be a bad person. This belief never changes, even when he encounters the Big Bad. This what drives Yoh to save Hao after the Shaman Fight is over. Lampshaded by Anna:
- "Normally the warriors want to defeat the evil king and save the captured princess, but Yoh and the others are trying to save this bad king. Because the princess is Hao. He was captured by an evil king called hatred and has become obsessed with it."
- Babies Ever After: The epilogue presents Yoh and Anna's son, Hana. And given Hana's age, Yoh and Anna must have conceived their child during the series, at the age of 14-15.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a laid back guy, but hurt his friends at your own peril.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Laziness is his primary trait.
- Cain and Abel: With Hao.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: In the manga, he calls his dad Mikihisa. He cheerfuly says that it is because he doesn't really have any feelings for his father, since his father left to Walk the Earth right after Yoh was born.
- Catchphrase: "Everything will work out."
- The Chosen One: He is supposed to be this against Hao, since they were born with the same powers. Subverted in the manga version, since Yoh doesn't get to defeat him, but does convince him to not destroy the humans.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair, brown eyes.
- Determinator: Yoh is a self-professed slacker and only wants to win the Shaman Fight so he can live an easy life. His signature line is "Everything will work out." He also never gives up. Ever. Not even when he gets sent to Hell. Not even when the Big Bad becomes the Shaman King! His catchphrase takes on entirely new meaning by the end of the series.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: It gets more hilarious and awkward when he has a bath and even sleeps with Cthulu. No, Cthulu is not Anna but Hao.
- Dismotivation: His only purpose in life is to be Shaman King so he won't have to do anything else in life.
- Elemental Eye Colors: He has brown eyes and becomes the master of the Spirit of Earth as one of the five elemental warriors.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Well, Faust and Ryo do get awfully handsy with him in the later parts of the anime, so take that how you will.
- Good Is Not Nice: The vast majority of the time, he's very nice. But occasionally he can be pretty harsh to get a point across, such as when he seriously made Redseb think he was going to kill him in revenge for Redseb killing Chocolove. It was all an act on Yoh's part, but he still scared the hell out of Redseb to get his message across on how revenge creates a cycle (Redseb killed Chocolove because years earlier Chocolove killed Redseb's dad.
- Good Twin: Given that Hao's an Onmyouji, it's very likely that Yoh is Hao's severed Yin half, peaceful and kind. Yoh still had to undergo a small Heel Face Turn in his childhood, due to reasons mentioned under Not So Different.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Subverted, Yoh wears headphones all the time, but he was ostracized as a child for his family's unusual occupation, not by choice.
- The Hero: The main character and the guy who holds the group together.
- Heroic Safe Mode: After being defeated by Faust Yoh goes through mental training to avoid being overcome by his emotions. As a result, whenever there is a crisis he still acts casual and barely shows any disturbance. Almost lampshaded in late part of the series when Chocolove states he is not a human for not reacting to Ryu and Faust receiving terrible wounds in the fight against Ren's team.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Manta. In the anime, their friendship is explored further, in comparison with the manga.
- Humble Hero: At least compared to every one else.
- Kid Hero: He's 15-ish during the series.
- Love at First Punch: No literally; when he and Anna first met, he gawked at how cute she was — she on the other hand told him to get out of her way and go drop dead. Even though she frightened him, he still couldn't help but admit he still finds her kinda cute.
- The Masochism Tango: With Anna.
- Not So Different: We get a little peak in on Yoh's early years in the first Shaman King Zero special. We find him speculating that it would be best if he didn't become Shaman King, because he would probably end up killing all the humans himself.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Anna.
- Refusal of the Call: Yoh originally had no interest in becoming the Shaman King, believing that if he won humanity wouldn't survive.
- Rescue Romance: In the anime, Anna saved Yoh and because of this he promised Anna that he would make her the Shaman Queen when he becomes the Shaman King. In the manga, it is Yoh who saved Anna.
- The Slacker: He can spend hours just standing and looking the scenery. Also his motivation to be Shaman King is to win so he won't have to do anything.
- The Stoner: Maybe. We never see him actually smoke, but much of his clothing has marijuana leaves on them. Though perhaps they are more just to add to his hippy vibe than actually say that he uses.
- Take a Third Option: Being defeated by Hao would cost him his soul. Defeating Hao would cost Hao's life. He instead chooses to open Hao's heart as he notes that he has been lonely for several years.
- Training from Hell: Courtesy of Anna.
- Useless Accessory: His headphones are such an integral part of his character that seemingly every villain calls him "headphones" at one point or another, but he stops using them after the first few chapters.
- Supposedly he has them in the first place to block out other people's thoughts. How headphones help avoid mind-reading is another big question. In reality they belong to his father and he stole them so he could feel closer to him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ren.
- Warrior Therapist: Happens so much that Manta actually believes he is a genius when it comes to helping others during a fight. However, Anna claims that's just Yoh following his heart.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Everything Yoh does always gives these types of reactions but what could probably be the worst is that he takes coffee with the Big Bad, Hao! Most of his friends react horribly to this.
Amidamaru is a samurai who died during the Muromachi period 600 years ago and is now Yoh's guardian ghost and best friend. He is very powerful and wise but quite taciturn and extremely devoted. He was greatly known for killing several hundred soldiers during a battle. For many years it was believed that he'd turned rogue, and tried to kill the emperor. It turns out that he'd only tried to protect his best friend Mosuke. He is the original handler of the legendary sword named "Harusame", meaning "Spring Rain", a sword forged by Mosuke, who also appeared in the anime and manga as a spirit.
- The Aloner: For over 600 years while waiting for Mosuke, and he would have been there for another 600 too. Now that's a true friend!
- Butt-Monkey: He is as much as a Badass as he is made fun of.
- The Comically Serious: A lot of time, the situation is funny BECAUSE he is putting a serious and "cool" expression after being made fun of.
- Dual Wielding: His signature Amida-Buddha style requires him to dual wield katanas. He's just as good with one sword as he is with two, though.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe. Amidamaru was known as the Fiend for betraying his lord and slaughtering hundreds. The details were of course left out of the history books.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Harusame, the sword previously used by Amidamaru, is Yoh's spirit medium.
- Leave Him to Me: Tries this once or twice with Yoh but Yoh never goes along with it. Which almost always leads to...
- Signature Move: Both Gokoujin and Shinkuu Buddha Giri are a move that is associated with him. According to Amidamaru himself the latter is his Ougi.
- Tag Team: With Yoh of course!
- Samurai: During the Warring States Period. In life he was an unbeatable swordsman, but served a corrupt warlord who betrayed him and led to his death.
- Sword Beam: His Shinkuu Buddha Giri is a blast of compressed air that can strike at a range. It's strong enough to break a sword clean in half by itself.
Manta Oyamada (Mortimer "Morty" Manta)
Manta is an intelligent child who can see spirits, but cannot use their powers like his best friend Yoh Asakura can. He is very expressive and a bit panicky. He physically resembles a Koropokkur (known as "minutians" in the English anime), and has been mistaken for one on several occasions
In the anime, during the Shaman Tournament, Manta became a shaman, his spirit is Mosuke, Amidamaru's best friend who forged Harusame (Sword of Light in the anime). He is however not capable of maintaining spirit form for very long because he's so young and untrained, he runs out of furyoku. His ghost combines with his laptop, when he's unable to escape dangers, and forms a hammer. This can also be seen as a parallel to the relationship of Amidamaru and Mosuke as Amidamaru are spirit partners with Manta and Yoh respectively.
- Ascended Fanboy: In the anime only. Manta becomes a shaman with Mosuke as his spirit partner.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Even without shaman powers which ostracizes almost anyone in the series, he's bullied for being small.
- Audience Surrogate: In the earlier chapters, Manta narrated his adventures with Yoh.
- Big Book Of Everything: His Manjien (or "Mantannian Dictionary" in the English anime) that he always carries around has detailed knowledge of just about anything. And it's a surprisingly effective weapon too.
- Butt-Monkey: Especially in the earlier chapters.
- Cowardly Lion: He frequently has panic attacks and worries constantly over the safety of himself and others, but he'll also loyally follow Yoh and the others into near-certain death if there's the slimmest chance he can provide some assistance to them. Sadly this trait never really gets to shine after the Tao Jun incident; see Demoted to Extra.
- Cram School: He met Yoh while rushing to catch the train home from this.
- Demoted to Extra: As the series progressed and became more cynical about ordinary humans, Manta was given less appearances in comparison with Team Ren and other Shaman characters. Averted in the anime, where Manta was more consistently present.
- The specific point where he definitely gets demoted would be phase 2 of the tournament where all the Shaman contestants have to fly to America. As Manta isn't a contestant, he stays behind in Japan, at least until the end of phase 2.
- Determinator: When his friends need his help, do not get in his way. He took out a street gang with a dictionary.
- Drop the Hammer: Blunt trauma is his damage of choice. In the anime it's literal, especially when taking out Hao's shikigami. In the manga, he manages to do a surprising amount of damage with a dictionary.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Made more explicit in the manga. Manta's anxiety seems to be due to his father's constant pressure and his cold home environment, and he looks down on anything Manta does that isn't academic because Manta will one day inherit his company. Manta's father finding out about the existence of Shamans led to a more extreme and even less sympathetic version of this.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Heavily implied. His family is extremely cold and distant, he lives totally alone in his own house with only a paid assistant for occasional company, and his "friends" previous to Yoh frequently ostracized him.
- Muggle Best Friend: The only non-Shaman hero and Yoh's first real friend outside of the Asakura's close circle.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Middle-school student, technically. But yes, completely ordinary.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Manta's actually not that bad of a character in concept. He's unquestionably loyal and courageous despite his clear anxiety issues, with arguably a much more interesting character conflict than many of the shamans who took his place in the core cast. He struggles to find some way to help his friends despite everyone, even them, telling him his role as the Muggle Best Friend inherently makes him useless. Unfortunately, being Demoted to Extra in the manga cut any resolution for him out of the story.
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's by far the shortest member of the cast, and is probably the smartest. Too bad the plot focuses mostly on battle prowess and brawn.
- The Smart Guy: He has an encyclopedic (literally) knowledge of matters that most of the shamans in the series are completely ignorant of. It's a sure sign that he studies as hard as his family wants him to.
- The Watson: With shades of Captain Obvious. Being a normal human with no previous experience dealing with Shamans, he frequently asks the questions the audience is thinking and makes comments on odd things he sees for clarification.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In becoming a Shaman in the anime, Manta was again given importance to the plot.
- Undying Loyalty: To his friends, to the point where he'll run head first into danger if there's the slightest chance he can help, regardless of how scared he is.
Anna is Yoh Asakura's fiance and the best disciple of his grandmother. She is a spirit medium. Her special ability is channeling spirits even from the "other side". She "tortures" Yoh in his training in order for him to win the Shaman Tournament and for her to become Shaman Queen, as he promised to her when they were children. She is also very powerful despite of her looks.
Aggressive and decisive, Anna is a pragmatic person who, to most, appears cold and harsh. However, she has shown that she genuinely cares for those important to her, especially Yoh.
- Action Girl: She doesn't do much fighting - she's a Medium, not a Shaman - but when properly motivated, she can kick all kinds of ass.
- Almighty Mom: She's this in the sequel series, after giving birth to her son Hana.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Her slap is so armor piercing that she's the first and one of the very, very few people in the series to actually hurt Hao.
- Babies Ever After: She has a son with Yoh, named Hana who appears in the epilogue. Moreover, Hana's age by the time of the Sequel Series Shaman King: Flowers means he had to have been conceived during the tournament and Anna was already pregnant for two thirds of the manga series.
- Broken Bird: As revealed in her backstory, a lot of Anna's harsh and cold attitude comes from having been exposed to the negative thoughts and emotions of others from a young age due to being unable to control her mind-reading abilities. This made Anna hate everyone around her and she lived in isolation until she met Yoh, who freed her from the darkness that haunted her everyday.
- Cry Cute: Sure, she's a VERY hard-ass Tsundere. The two times she cried in canon, though? Holy crap...
- Cute Bruiser: Her left-handed slap is infamous.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In the flashback chapters when we witness Yoh and Anna's first meeting, young Anna is very cold to Yoh, saying he's lame and that she cannot believe he's her future husband. When Yoh promises to become the Shaman King for her, Anna begins to warm up to him.
- Expy: Anna is based on a character of the same name and similar appearance from creator Hiroyuki Takei's previous series Butsu Zone, who also had her own manga, Itako no Anna.
- First Girl Wins: She's the first girl we meet in the series, as well as the first girl Yoh ever met. This leads to her becoming his wife.
- Foil: Anna is one surprisingly enough to Hao. Like Hao, she had the ability to read the minds of everyone around her with little ability to control what she hears. She began to fall into misanthropy just like Hao, but Yoh was able to connect to her and renew her faith in humanity, saving her from the same fate that befell Hao. Since then, she has been firmly on the side of good.
- Hikikomori: Before she met Yoh. Her reishi (mind-reading ability) was so out of control that she was constantly bombarded by the negative thoughts and emotions of people around her, so she confined herself to her room as much as possible.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She seems like a no nonsense hardass at first taking advantage of Yoh and giving him merciless work. Deep down, we eventually see she's got a good, heroic and caring nature, even though she does sometimes try to deny it.
- Little Black Dress: Her default wear.
- The Masochism Tango: With Yoh.
- Miko: An Itako to be more specific, a traditional Japanese spirit medium. She's a particularly anime-fied version of this, as she's much younger than an Itako would be expected to be, is not blind as most Itako are, and does not live the medium's ascetic lifestyle.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: As mentioned, she originally had no control over her abilities, and was driven to isolation by the negative thought and emotions of others.
- Not So Above It All: She manages to get momentarily flustered when Redseb said that he expects if his mom was still around, she would be like Anna.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents abandoned her when she was a very little girl because of her ability to read minds - a power she was born with and couldn't control.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Yoh.
- Pregnant Badass: It's implied that she and Yoh slept together in Chapter 77, and given Hana's age by the time of the Sequel Series Shaman King: Flowers, this means he had to have been conceived during the tournament. This means that Anna is pregnant for two thirds of the manga series, though it's unknown if she was aware of it herself.
- Pretty Freeloader: She takes advantage of her engagement to Yoh in order to do nothing that hasn't been paid for by someone else, usually Yoh or Manta. In her defense, Anna considers the Training from Hell menus she organizes for Yoh as well as making sure that he follows them as a good enough payment. And boy, does it pay fruits.
- Psychic Powers: She's a Spirit Medium, so she's got all kinds of powers, including being able to read minds.
- Rescue Romance: A prequel chapter reveals that she didn't care much for Yoh until he saved her from an evil spirit she accidentally created.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's determined to becoming "Shaman Queen" and wife to Yoh, the first person who accepted her unconditionally and became her friend.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Aloof, cold and very hard-ass, but she's undoubtedly a good and caring girl deep down.
- Teen Pregnancy: She got pregnant with Yoh's child at 14-15.
- Tsundere: She's very harsh on her fiance Yoh and is often torturing him with her trainings, but that's because she loves him very much and wants him to keep his promise to win the Shaman Tournament and make her Shaman Queen.
- Unhappy Medium: As explained in the manga as a child, Anna had intense mind-reading abilities that she couldn't control. She was able to hear the negative thoughts of other people, leading her to hate them. The combination of her shamanic powers and hatred unintentionally created demons that would attack people. Poor Anna lived in fear of her own abilities until she met Yoh, who helped her overcome the demons.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: She can't stand her fiance slacking off and is constantly pushing Yoh to work harder to become Shaman King.
Ryunosuke Umemiya / Bokutou No Ryu (Rio)
At the start of the story Ryu is a gang leader who is always on the lookout for the Best Place (The Sacred Hang in the English anime; His gang is known as the Dead Enders).
In the manga, he is seen to first have a grudge against Yoh for slicing his hair off (this is a running gag throughout the first part of the series) and then discovers that Yoh is a Shaman, and can work with spirits. He goes off to his gang's new 'hang' which is the run down Bowling Ally, where he breaks down and believes he's useless. He gets possessed by Tokagero who is out for revenge on Amidamaru. The possessed Ryu breaks into the museum, and steals Harusame, at the same time kidnapping Manta.
He confronts Yoh and Amidamaru, and orders Amidamaru to integrate with his master so they can fight. He tricks Amidamaru into attacking Harusame and fights back with a technique called Tokage Kenpo (Lizard Style). Tokagero mocks Amidamaru saying that the same blade that was supposed to save his life will take his life instead. After remembering how much Harusame meant to his friend Mosuke, Amidamaru breaks Harusame and Tokagero is surprised. Yoh says that Tokagero had already lost, because of Amidamaru's commitment to Mosuke. He tells him that he should just move on. Tokagero refuses. Ryu's gang then attack him, and tell Ryu to fight back.
Soon after, Tokagero pulls out a knife and tries to kill Ryu, but the painful stress of two souls fighting each other makes him unable to control Ryu's body. Having no other option, Yoh offers Tokagero to possess him, which he does. After saying it was foolish, Tokagero tries to kill Yoh, but realizes that he can't bring himself to do it, and after receiving trust from Yoh he doesn't need to take revenge. This ends the struggle, and later Ryu becomes a shaman due to the experience.
- Anime Hair: It starts off as a massive pompadour, and only gets more and more ridiculous each time it's damaged.
- Badass Biker: Yet another part of his delinquent persona.
- Bi the Way: Hinted in a rather creepy manner. To his credit, it didn't go beyond PG, and he is a very devoted friend otherwise, not to mention he's not really that old, still being a minor.
- Butt-Monkey: He's the butt of several running gags in the series, and he's almost guaranteed to be physically harmed for the sake of comedy in one scene or another.
- Close-Call Haircut: Getting his pompadour lopped off and otherwise mutilated becomes a Running Gag for the first third of the series.
- Delinquent: Subverted. He starts as this with his gang, although they are very clean as Japanese Delinquents go (he prohibits them alcohol or smoking, since they're all underage). After the events of the show, he and Tamao become this, dominating all the other gangs in the Funbari area.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He practically bows down to Yoh and Anna's every whim after this.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He was originally just an ordinary guy, but he trained to become a Shaman after getting his butt kicked by Yoh.
- Expressive Hair: His hair slightly changes shape to reflect his mood, and droops when he's sad.
- HeelFace Turn: Though how soon it happens depends on the media. In the manga it happens after the Tokagero incident. In the anime, it happens during Manta's fight to get a wooden sword for Yoh (in the manga, he originally fought Ryu for it. In the anime its just against a random thug and Ryo comes to his aid).
- Improbable Hairstyle: Come on. That pompadour is FUCKING EPIC!
- Jerkass: He's first introduced defacing a cemetery for the hell of it and then picking on a couple of teenagers with his gang.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Then in his next appearance, we learn that he's actually a super nice guy who acts like a delinquent to earn respect and protect his gang. He's still a little abrasive from then on, but his nicer side is more consistently shown.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: Too bad they do. Repeatedly.
- Rule-Abiding Rebel: Though he looks and acts like a thug, he doesn't want to do anything illegal. When possessed by Tokageroh for the first time and demands that his posse go steal a real sword, they remind him that he carries a wooden sword because real swords are illegal, and that he shouldn't steal since he always said that stealing makes your parents sad.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In bizarre ways in Ryu's case. Over the opening chapters, Ryu's pompadour gets repeatedly chopped up and flattened in increasingly bizarre looking ways. However, once his power as a shaman manifests, it begins to grow back (in an equally bizarre way) only to get cut up again to grow outward in a more bizarre way. However, at one point when Ryu's new oversoul manifests, it snaps back into a proper pompadour and remains that way for the rest of the series.
- Starter Villain: He's pretty intimidating to an ordinary middle school student like Manta, but a shaman wipes the floor with him in seconds. By the time he gets tougher, he's stopped being a villain.
- The Big Guy: Physically, he's the largest of the group. He's not quite on par with them in terms of power, but he's close.
- Took a Level in Badass: Would've expected when he went up against Dracula that he'd kick so much ass?
- Traumatic Haircut: Frequently Played for Laughs. He often takes damage to his hair as if he'd been physically struck.
- True Companions: He firmly believes that his friends are what make his "Ideal Place".
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Yoh and Funbari Inn.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: His Weapon of Choice is a bokken. Thanks to his shamanistic powers, it is far more effective than a normal sword.
- Younger Than They Look: He's explicitly stated to be a minor. He looks like a goddamn 40-year-old.
He is the Guardian Ghost of Wooden Sword Ryu. Though Tokagero always talks about being a nasty villain, he is actually a big softie.
When he was sill alive, Tokagero was a thief that was born into poverty. He was later killed by Amidamaru unceremoniously. In the modern age, Tokagero attacked Yoh and his friends in order to get revenge on Amidamaru, who does not recall him at all. Through Anna's research, they learn that he is an obscure historical figure who was killed by Amidamaru. Tokagero possesses Yoh's friend Ryu and uses him to steal the Harusame (Sword of Light) from the museum and attack Yoh and Amidamaru. The fight that ensues forces Yoh and Amidamaru to break the Harusame in order to save Ryu's life.
Yoh appeals to Tokagero and allows him to possess him instead of Ryu, who is just an innocent bystander, because Yoh believes that Tokagero is not as evil as he claims. Tokagero does so, with the supposed intention of killing Yoh in the process, but finds he does not have the heart to and leaves Yoh's body peacefully. He becomes a good guy, , bonding with Ryu properly at a later date. He eventually takes on a Yamata no Orochi theme in his Giant Oversoul form.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He's not a bad guy at all, he was just forced to desperate measures when he was alive and consumed by resentment as a spirit. All it takes is a good talking-to by Yoh to trigger his HeelFace Turn.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He bears a significant grudge against Amidamaru for killing him. For Amidamaru, it was just yet another encounter with a petty thief.
- Dem Bones: In the Manga, he would appear as a skeleton of himself before integrating with someone.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He becomes Ryu's spirit partner and Amidamaru's ally after he's beaten.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The reason he hates Amidamaru so much for killing him is because his mother literally gave up her life for him to survive. By killing him in such an undignified fashion, Amidamaru essentially rendered his mother's act of love a Senseless Sacrifice.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His whole plan hinged on Amidamaru being unable to choose between breaking his sword, seriously injuring Ryu, or sacrificing his friend's life. He chooses the former without hesitation, which confuses and frustrates Tokagero.
- Evil Laugh: "Keh Keh Keh!"
- HeelFace Turn: Originally a vengeful ghost who wanted to kill Amidamaru and his current host, now a fellow Butt-Monkey with Rio.
- Jerkass: In life he was a particularly brutal bandit. As a spirit he pulls every dirty trick in the book to get back at Amidamaru.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After losing to Yoh, he becomes nicer and becomes Rio's Guardian Ghost.
- Meaningful Name: "Tokage" is Japanese for "Lizard". His mother gave him the name to impart a lizard's survival instinct into the boy so that he would live, no matter what. Eventually he evolves into a giant eight-headed Oversoul and then a large sword.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: He states that his mother had given him "her own flesh" so he would survive. A little bit later on the story, we find out he really meant it.
- Paper Tiger: Yoh beats him by gambling on the fact that he's nowhere near as ruthless as he makes himself out to be. He's completely right: Tokagero's a big ol' softie and a mama's boy to boot.
- Unknown Rival: To Amidamaru.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: At least in the Anime, Tokagero is called a human and nobody ever mentions his lizardlike traits (including his green, scaly skin).
- You Fool!: I am the infamous Tokagero!
A German shaman who, as his name indicates, is the only living descendant of the famous Dr. Faust. Johann Faust VIII is usually a very detailed and patient person who thinks scientifically unless the matter concerns his beloved Eliza. He does not tolerate any kind of insult towards her.
Faust is the embodiment of dedication; he has given up everything for his wife and is willing to do anything, no matter the costs to protect and take care of her. It is this single-mindedness and selflessness that gives him his great strength in the Shaman Fight. Beyond all emotional suffering and somewhat gothic moods, his greatest strength comes from his pure heart; pure because he knows that he only lives to love and protect his dear Eliza.
Faust is a slightly insane but incredibly brilliant medical doctor who delights in saving lives. Naturally, his work reveals facts of his personality. He cures one of his opponents after their shaman fight, an illness that many doctors have given up on previously. Because Faust had devoted much of his time to seeking cures for illnesses, he is utterly devastated when he is unable to save Eliza and goes as far as attempting to resurrect her.
- Anti-Hero: Though slightly creepy, he's a strong ally to Yoh.
- Anti-Villain: He's motivated by the death of his wife, and seeks to eliminate death altogether.
- Artificial Limbs: Manga only. A temporary variation, he can turn his dead dog's skeleton into replacement legs. Most of the time, however, he stays in a wheelchair.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a doctor, so yeah.
- Badass Labcoat: A doctor's labcoat.
- Bad with the Bone: Most of his work as a necromancer requires bones of the deceased, including his oversouls.
- Berserk Button: Faust is a master of Dissonant Serenity and takes all kinds of insults thrown at him in stride. But the moment you insult his beloved partner Eliza? That is the moment the guy will completely flip his shit and go Ax-Crazy on you. Early in the manga in which he debuted, it was mentioned he killed his first opponent in the best two out of three matches, with the implications it was due to having said button pressed.
- Characterization Marches On: Was mentioned in passing that he was a serial killer, and he did casually start dissecting a fully conscious 13 year old boy without anesthetic in his first appearance. But he later joins Yoh's team and is portrayed as a good, if creepy, man who simply loves his dead wife.
- Creepy Good: He joins up with Yoh, the protagonist, despite him introducing himself by trying to vivisect Manta. He looks and acts depraved but is generally good natured otherwise.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Though creepy and weird, he's definitely a good guy (at least post-HeelFace Turn)
- Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. He became an ally through some off-screen negotiations with Anna. Fighting Yoh had nothing to do with it
- Despair Event Horizon: What Eliza's death was for him. Unusual for the trope, he came back from it because Anna reversed its cause and sent him back to more or less normal.
- Determined Widower: In fact, he is a Determinator in general.
- Famous Ancestor: He's descended from Faust.
- Happily Married: He was until her untimely death.
- Heartbroken Badass: Up until he reunites with Eliza.
- HeelFace Turn: After Anna uses her shaman powers to bring Eliza's soul back from heaven to reunite with him, Faust dedicated himself to her and Yoh's cause.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: A line of dialogue reveals that his ancestor was the Faust from the play by Goethe
- Love Makes You Crazy: Eliza, Eliza, Eliza.
- Mad Doctor: He was a brilliant surgeon before his wife's death drove him insane. Now he's an Ax-Crazy necromancer who vivisects people for fun.
- The Necromancer: Becomes one after reading his ancestor's notes, but he can only animate corpses, not resurrect the dead. That limitation is a serious Berserk Button for him.
- Necromantic: His entire motivation for the Shaman Fight is to resurrect his beloved wife Eliza.
- Phenotype Stereotype: He's German, tall, blond, and blue-eyed.
- Reformed, but Rejected: After his horrifying treatment of Manta during his first appearance, the poor boy is terrified of the Heel Face Turned Faust.
- Sociopathic Hero: A mild version of this at the beginning of his HeelFace Turn, but eventually grows out of it.
- The Smart Guy: He's a doctor. Kinda has to be pretty smart.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He hands Yoh his first major defeat and nearly kills him. Thanks to that, Yoh realizes how badly he wants to be Shaman King and that his laid-back approach isn't going to cut it.
- Weak, but Skilled: His shamanistic potential is not that great, but thanks to his skill in necromancy, a little bit of his power goes a long way. Silva notes that all of Yoh's prior opponents were much stronger, but Faust was able to Zerg Rush Yoh into a defeat.
Eliza was/is Faust's wife, an Ill Girl that he helped recover. She worked as a nurse with him until she was murdered by robbers who broke into the Faust's home. Eliza's death led her (now extremely depressed) husband to dig up her skeleton from her grave and enter the Shaman Tournament to bring her back to life. But when Faust joined Yoh's group, Anna brought back the spirit of Eliza to be reunited with her husband as his Guardian Ghost. Her "Giant Oversoul" form is a giant bat-winged version of herself. After Faust and Eliza reunited, both of them became heavily devoted to Yoh.
- Came Back Strong: With Anna's assistance, she becomes her husband's Guardian Ghost.
- Came Back Wrong: Faust's refusal to accept his wife death lead him to pursue the necromancer's arts of his famous ancestor. This works little better than it would in Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Death by Origin Story: Her death by a mugger is what caused Faust to go Ax-Crazy and join the Shaman Tournament in the first place.
- Emotionless Girl: What she looks and acts like, because she's nothing more than an animated corpse. But it's best not to mention it to Faust.
- Hidden Depths: Whenever she goes into battle with Faust, she's one badass Lady of War.
- Ill Girl: When she was alive. Faust actually managed to find the cure for her.
- Soulless Shell: It is heavily implied that the "Eliza" seen at first is merely her skeleton, which Faust has dressed up and is putting through the motions of wifely affection (such as elaborate walking hand-in-hand moments). Bringing this up in front of him is a good way to push his button.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Partially. She did die to push Faust to the Despair Event Horizon, but then was sorta brought back by him as his spirit partner. His goal is to fully revive her.
- The Voiceless: Except once before fighting Team Ice Man.
Tamao Tamamura (Tammy/Tamara)
Tamao is a shy girl who is in love with Yoh Asakura, even though she knows that Yoh is engaged to Anna Kyōyama. Initially, she is so shy that she uses her sketchbook and points to pictures in order to tell people what she wants to say. Orphaned at a young age, she was brought to the Asakura family by Yoh's father, Mikihisa Asakura and trained as an ascetic monk. In recent KanZenBan, it was revealed that Tamao attended Shinra High right after Yoh and the others went to America.
Tamao's specialty is her ability to perform divinations. She is also an ascetic, like Mikihisa; her spirits are Konchi, a kitsune, and Ponchi, a tanuki. Tamao is named for Tamao Nakamura. When the manga ends the Asakura family owns a resort were Tamao works and lives. Tamao also acts as the mother of Yoh's only son Hana/Han while Yoh and Anna travel the world. She also became an Enka Singer.
- Alliterative Name: Tamao Tamamura.
- Characterization Marches On: In the original epilogue to Shaman King, a full-grown Tamao is shown to still be a little easily-flustered and unable to handle Yoh's son... however, her Flowers characterization shows her as a huge Badass, which got read back into her high school life, too.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: One of the many signs that she's fare girlier than Anna is that she'll actually cook dinner.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Althought she has a crush on Yoh, she is still content with him marrying Anna, as she knows they do love each other.
- Magical Girl: Her alter-ego, Kokkuri Angel Cupid Tamao, in bonus strips.
- Parental Abandonment: She was adopted by Mikihisa.
- Shrinking Violet: She starts the series as a very quiet and shy girl. As the series progresses and she shows her skills, she abandons this and becomes more like Anna.
- Took a Level in Badass: Holy cow, does she ever. After the events of the original story, it turns out that Tamao has been left in charge of affairs while Yoh and Anna are busy Walking the Earth, and has grown so powerful she can summon godly spirits like the Daitengu. (Heck, while we're here, the Shaman King Remix special teases that she spent some time as a Delinquent in high school).
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: She has loved Yoh since they were both very young. Unfortunately for her, he's in a Perfectly Arranged Marriage with Anna.
Ponchi & ConchiA racoon/tanuki and a fox/kitsune who are the familiars of Tamao Tamamura. Both Ponchi and Conchi have a habit of getting themselves beat-up ether by Anna or Tamao herself.
- Bumbling Sidekicks: They are definitely not perfect and are great at being insensitive quite often but, they do mean well.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Ren and Stimpy.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Their battle forms are quite different from their "chibi" forms.
- Dirty Cowards: Both do and act horribly, but are easily intimidated.
- Jerkasses: Act condescending towards Tamao and everyone else, when they're not pissing their pants.
- Kitsune: Konchi.
- Tanuki: Ponchi.
Tao Ren (Len Tao or Lenny Tao)
A shaman from China. His spirit partner is Bason, the ghost of a Chinese warlord, and as one of the elemental warriors, he owns the Spirit of Thunder.
He is serious, logical, and emotionally aloof. He has become like this because of how he was raised. Because of his father (uncle in the English anime) Tao En, Ren had adapted a deep hatred towards humanity and a strong yearning to eliminate them all. He also believed that his spirit companion, Bason, was only meant to be used as a tool and to treat him as a friend would only result in the spirit taking advantage over him. Ren's anger and hatred came from his father. Forced to train and study at a very young age, Ren had his childhood stolen from him. He hated Tao En for all of his suffering.
Ren tries hard to maintain a tough and confident exterior and is aloof, but deep down would risk his life for his allies. Ren is a particularly impatient person with a very short temper, and isn't afraid to hurt the source of the anger.
- Abusive Parents: Yuan did some serious psychological damage to his kids. Aside from turning Ren into a killing machine who only responds to anger, he was raised around corpses, and taught spirits are to be used as tools rather than assisted as partners.
- Accent Adaptation: Sort of. Ren didn't particularly have a different accent in the original Japanese version but 4Kids decided to give Ren, Jun and nearly everybody else in the Chinese family a British Accent. But they didn't for Lyserg.
- Anime Hair: That horn is just... yeah.
- The Atoner: Post HeelFace Turn. Once he's faced with the consequences of his previous villainy, he becomes committed to making up for them. When the brother of the Shaman Fight official that he killed comes after him for revenge, he even briefly considers letting the boy kill him.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: There's some shades of this. Physically tough due to brutal training from his childhood (and equally brutal training for himself) and is able to learn Mikihisa's combat movements from watching him. Also arrogant and a bit of a dick.
- Babies Ever After: In the epilogue, he had a son named Tao Men. The mother was implied to be Iron Maiden Jeanne.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Yoh's life in the nick of time by protecting him from Faust's killing blow.
- Blade on a Stick: He wields a Guan Dao.
- Calling the Old Man Out: And he deserved every bit of it.
- Can't Catch Up: Worries about this in his rivalry with Yoh.
- Chick Magnet: In the anime, at least, and also with many fans.
- The Comically Serious: Most of his humor comes from his short temper against his more relaxed teammates.
- Cool Horse: He uses one for hyoui gattai (channeling Bason's own horse) in tandem with Bason during his final bout against Yoh in the Shaman Fight preliminaries. After that it's Put on a Bus. Even as an adult, he prefers going in carriage.
- Cool Sword: The Hou Rai Ken (Jewel Thunder)/Sword of Lightning (given to him by En) is Ren's second medium. It still takes the form of a giant guan dao or a giant Bason (sometimes wielding a giant guan dao), though.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He comes from the Tao Dinasty, a family of assasins who stablished their kingdom by killing thousands.
- Defeat Means Friendship: An unusual example. After his first defeat at Yoh's hand, he begins to question his beliefs. Their next fight is a draw, but Yoh gives him a good enough fight that he finally sees the error of his way.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even after his HeelFace Turn, he's arrogant and somewhat cruel.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Even without using his spirit, he's a kung-fu master who is much, much stronger than his size would suggest.
- Mr. Fanservice: If he's not going shirtless, he's wearing something tight-fitting or revealing. And he's surprisingly chiseled for a teenager.
- Not So Different: He starts off as very similar to Hao, wishing to purge the world of non-shamans and having no qualms about killing people in his way. He mellows out significantly later on, but Hao still notes the similarity in.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Shaped like his weapon's blade. It... it GROWS too...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off as a cold-hearted, deeply misanthropic Social Darwinist, but it is just his way of coping with his abusive upbringing and his family's legacy. He's actually quite kind; he just finds it difficult to show it.
- The Lancer: He settles into this role when he joins Yoh. He even leads his own group in the final stage of the Shaman Fight.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Reacts this way when Ryu 'falls in love' at first sight of Jun.
- Perpetual Frowner: The few times he smiles are usually followed up with embarrassment and subsequent rage.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Milk. He drinks three bottles of it a day.
- The Rival: He's the first shaman that Yoh ever fights, and remains his fiercest rival throughout the series.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He's usually snarking at Yoh's ideals and trust in others, but he will usually go along with him anyway.
- Slasher Smile: Has a lot of these moments before he's officially done his HeelFace Turn. As the story progresses they reduce in number but they're still pretty prominent.
- Ship Tease: Has some with Iron Maiden Jeanne, of all people. It has been hinted that they have a child in the future, and it's confirmed in the sequel.
- Shock and Awe: Even before he obtains the Spirit of Thunder.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ren or Len? note
- Stock Shōnen Rival: An Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy with a dark past who treats his magical partner like a tool. Through the heroes, he discovers The Power of Friendship and becomes their ally and designated Straight Man.
- Straight Man: His designated role whenever Chocolove or Ryu are involved.
- Toplessness from the Back: During his return to Japan for the Shaman Fight preliminaries, Ren is seen emerging from a bath; this handily indicates the massive Taijitu-flame tattoo that covers almost all of his back... and further indicates the extreme situations he's been through.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yoh. Also with Horo Horo.
Bason is the ghost of an ancient Chinese warrior who serves Ren faithfully and obeys him without question. In the English anime and manga Bason calls Ren "Master Len," while in the Japanese version he calls Ren "Bocchama," which means "Young Master." It was only after Ren's Character Development that he came to value Bason as a true friend.
- Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is a guandao, which is literally just a short sword on a long pole.
- The Big Guy: Crossed with Gentle Giant.
- Friendly Rival: Becomes this with Amidamaru after Ren starts to be friends with Yoh.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are always a deep red, which makes him look terrifying. Subverted in that he's actually just a super-intimidating Gentle Giant.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Anime-only. Sometimes his devotion got him blushing and making heart eyes at Ren.
Usui "Horohoro" Horokeu (Trey Racer)
An Ainu shaman from Hokkaido. Horohoro's main goal in the Shaman Fight is to save the Koro Pokkuru "Minutians", a tiny spirit people. As part of this goal, he intends to plant a vast field of Butterbur. In the English anime, he is described as from "the Northern Woods" instead of from Hokkaidō. His guardian ghost is Kororo "Corey". Also in the manga, he becomes the third strongest of the Five Elemental Warriors and gains the Spirit of Rain. His furyoku is 120,000 (as seen in Chapter 276). This, oddly, makes him "technically" stronger than both Yoh and Tao Ren, who have more importance in the series than he does, who have only 108,000 and 100,001 furyoku respectively.
Horohoro is good natured and cheerful, but he gets serious in dangerous situations. He argues constantly with his teammate Ren, and they do not seem to get along at all. However, it is shown that he really does care for him when, in the manga, he tells Yoh Asakura that if he can't save Ren, as his friend, Horohoro would never forgive him. Horohoro is also very secretive about his past not willing to talk about it even to his friends. It is later revealed that Horohoro's real name is Usui Horokeu. Horokeu is the Ainu word for wolf, a divine animal in their culture.
- Big Brother Instinct: Horohoro and his little sister Pirika are very close.
- Call to Agriculture: In both the anime and the manga, Horohoro states that he will make his field for the Koropokus, even if he gets to be the Shaman King or not. By the time of Funbari no Uta and Flowers, Horohoro has been making a farm on his own and launched his line of organic snacks, which he keeps plugging to everyone.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most of the series emphasizes the moron part. But he has his moments. Then Opacho, mind reader and close companion with Hao - the strongest shaman in the world, says this while visibly trembling:
- "Lord Hao wanted to kill Horohoro... but Horohoro survived! Opacho has seen... a wolf! Horohoro... scares me!"
- Dark and Troubled Past: Not to mention a tear jerker...
- Dub Name Change: To Trey Racer. His nickname Horohoro becomes his Embarrassing First Name.
- Failure Knight: Horohoro still blames himself for the tragic death of his first love, Damuko.
- Foreshadowing: He tanks a direct hit from Hao's Spirit of Fire in Hao's first appearance and shows no ill effects. Towards the end of the series we find out that Horohoro is the Elemental Warrior of Water.
- Hot-Blooded: "When a person exposes himself to an extreme cold... he becomes extremely hot!"
- An Ice Person: All of his techniques revolve around ice.
- Idiot Hero: He's not stupid, but his upbringing has made him naive and ignorant of the outside world.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: He wipes the floor with two divine-class shamans; directly after they defeat his teammates Ren and Chocolove - who were both explicitly stated to be stronger than Horohoro at the time.
- Nature Hero: Justified, since he is Ainu, a culture that highly reveres nature and sees gods in many natural things.
- Social Darwinist: He has traits of this, revealed later in the series. Mostly instilled in him by his father.
- Totally Radical: In the dub, at least. He is a snowboarder though.
- The Unfavorite: His dad doesn't seem to care much for either of his kids, but Pirika gets much better treatment than Horohoro does.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is blue.
Kororo is a Koropokkoru (a race of tiny people in Ainu folklore whose name means "little people under butterbur leaves"), known as Minutians in the English anime. Surprisingly cute, she is Horohoro's spirit ally.
Her name in the English anime version sounds similar to "Kōri", which is the Japanese word for ice and also the element that Horohoro's attacks are based off.
- An Ice Person: Normally it's just her power that's ice cold, but don't even think about making her mad.
- It Only Works Once: When she made the deal to become a Koropokkoru, she was allowed to regain her true form once and only once, in the time of her choosing before she's stuck in Koropokkoru form for good. It isn't until Horohoro finally divulges his past to the group that she chooses to do this.
- The Voiceless: She never speaks, either because she can't or doesn't want to. She is capable of speech in her true form.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: She's the spirit of Horo-Horo's dead first love.
Chocolove McDonnell (Joco)
An African-American shaman from New York who wants to be the Shaman King so he can spread comedy and laughter in the world. The only problem with that is... he's not very funny. His spirit partner is Mic the Jaguar, his mentor's spirit partner (while he was in the Shaft Gang in the manga, or inherited from an Old Master he had an Inter Generational Friendship with in the anime); later obtains Pascal Avaf, and as one of the elemental warriors owns the Spirit of Wind.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the manga, he gets a serious upgrade, becoming one of the most powerful shamans in the tournament. In the anime, he stays a comic relief character and fades into the background.
- Adorkable: If you can get past the Values Dissonance, you'll find that Chocolove can be quite endearing, even if his jokes aren't very funny.
- Afro Asskicker: More in the manga than the anime.
- The Atoner: He really regrets some of the choices he made while in the Shaft Gang. Even going to prison afterwards for due time.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Even the other Elemental Warriors have trouble believing he's the strongest of them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: My god, is it tragical. A very surprising backstory as a gang member (in the manga) or as a Street Urchin (in the anime)
- Dub Name Change: He's Joco in the English dub, for obvious reasons.
- Disability Superpower: Gives up his sight to atone for his sins, which has the side effect of highly enhancing his spiritual energy, to the point of turning him into the strongest shaman of the group by the later portion of the manga. Didn't happen in the anime, though, as the background involved was cut.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Was a hardened gangster before unlocking his Shaman powers.
- Funny Afro: Apparently invoked. He was bald when he was a gang member, but grew his hair out when he decided to be a comedian.
- Lost in Translation: His puns are usually accompanied visual effects or props. They don't always make sense in the English translation.
- Pungeon Master: His main routine, as many involve Incredibly Lame Puns. Only a few can find them funny.
- Sixth Ranger: He joins the group relatively late in the series.
- Token Minority: The only Black person in the cast.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once he gets ahold of the spirit Pascal Avaf, he gets a massive power increase.
Mic the JaguarChocolove's main spirit, a jaguar owned by his previous mentor, Orona until his pupil's former gang kills him (manga), or until he dies of old age (anime). He is often used for his master's lame yet effective pun theme attacks. Later when combined with Pascal Avaf, he can use wind to erode anything into a desert.
- Beast Man: What he does when combining with Chocolove.
- Blow You Away: When combined with Pascal, he can erode anything into a desert using wind.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: His Oversoul enhances the senses, speed, and strength.
- Meaningful Name: If the Punny Name is invoked, then it also makes it this in a sense.
- Panthera Awesome: Awesome as a giant winged mechanical jaguar in the anime. In the manga, it combines with an Olmec spirit named Pascal Avaf to make Chocolove the strongest of the Five Elemental Warriors.
- Punny Name: A play on Mick Jagger. Probably invoked, since his shaman is a comedian.
- Team Pet: A jaguar.
Lyserg, who was born in London, England, is also a dowser, a person who is able to find a person or persons using his special abilities. Lyserg uses his Crystal Pendulum for dowsing and Oversouls. He channels his Oversoul into his dowsing pendulum, allowing it to become a rope dart. His method of fighting with it consists of using high speed attacks that come out too fast for his opponent to react against.
At first, Lyserg joins with Yoh Asakura and the others, but later joins the X-Laws, a group dedicated to destroying Hao. When Lyserg joins them he is unsure about the ways the X-Laws try to eliminate Hao. Though Lyserg holds great hatred for Hao, Yoh's own philosophies and personalities keep him from crossing the line. Lyserg abandons his spirit Morphine for a time for an angel spirit called Zeruel in the anime, but in the manga they are inseparable even when he obtains Zeruel. Finally, he rejoins Yoh's team. He is among the five elemental warriors and outside Hao Asakura, he is the OFFICIAL owner of the Spirit of Fire.
- Badass Longcoat: An Inverness cape like Sherlock Holmes wears.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually, he is very cute and a nice boy... but you're in for a real storm if you get him angry.
- Broken Bird: Bad enough losing his parents to Hao. But then his friend, who had taken him in, has a mentor whose involved in criminal activity and he's forced to kill the two out of self defense. And then his desire for revenge leads him to join the X-Laws, believing that his friends aren't determined enough.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair, green eyes.
- Despair Event Horizon: His parents' deaths.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: He defects from Yoh's group to the X-Laws for the tournament, but rejoins the party as the Shaman of Fire during the final arc when the tournament is over (and nearly all the X-Laws are dead).
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Their names. It's subverted in the English manga with Morphine, whose name was changed to Morphea.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Starts as a heel, makes one whole revolution, and then eventually ends up as a face.
- Man in White: When he defects to the X-Laws.
- Parental Abandonment: He was orphaned at a young age by Hao, then lost his grandfather to natural causes, then lost his foster father by his own hand.
- Revenge: Against Hao. It's later subverted in that his taking control of the Spirit of Fire is meant to suppress his anger for Hao.
- Revenge Before Reason: In the anime, so much so that he abandons his own spirit and is willing to fight against Yoh, someone who is against Hao, just to achieve it.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: He joins the group later on in the series, only to defect to the X-Laws shortly afterwards.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: On Ryu and the others. It was hilarious. In the manga he cleared the mistake in a... *ahem* "blunt" way. By flashing his genitals, no less.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: When he joins Jeanne's Knight Templar group the X-Laws.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green.
Morphine (Chloe)A pixie-like spirit who is Lyserg's guardian spirit. She loves eating sweet-tasting things. She absorbed the Archangels to assume her "Giant Oversoul" form (in the anime). Her original name was edited for being a reference to the drug morphine.
- Guardian Angel: Becomes one in the anime, after absorbing the essence of the X-Laws Archangels in order to save the souls of their fallen masters.
- Our Fairies Are Different: This one comes in two sizes, compact and Giant Oversoul.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Her name to the point it didn't take in the VIZ translation, where her name becomes Morphea.
- You Have Failed Me: Lyserg tells her this pretty much word for word just before he ditches her in the anime. In the manga, he is inseparable from her, even when he starts using Zeruel, though Yoh briefly thinks he did abandon her.
Pirika Usui (Pillica)
Horohoro's/Trey's little sister, who trains him in a similar manner to Anna's training of Yoh. Pirika later becomes friends with Anna and Tammy.
Though not shown in the manga or anime, the author has stated that Pirika's partner spirit is Torara, a Marimo or Torasanpe as said in the Ainu language. Torara was said to have saved Pirika from drowning at an early age, and since then they became partners. Torara can manipulate water, but is very shy, and for that reason he did not make a debut in the manga or anime.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Horohoro, being his answer to Anna.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With her brother.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Like Anna, she also makes her brother do the most insane training menus.
- Genki Girl: She is cheerful and energetic most of the time, even while scolding his brother.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is blue, just like her brother's.
Tao Jun (June Tao)
Ren's older sister and a dao-shi (spellcaster), who can re-animate corpses. Her guardian ghost/zombie is Lee Pai-Long (Lee Bailong), a famous movie star in Hong Kong who died seventeen years ago. She uses Jufu talismans to control her guardian ghost, but after she battles Yoh Asakura and Amidamaru and loses, she lets Bai-Long obey her commands only if he wishes to when she realizes that spirits have hearts too, and they just cannot be controlled.
- Action Girl: She is capable of fighting Kanna Bismarch evenly.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Wears a qipao, uses the distinctly Chinese art of ganshi, uses a guardian that uses Chinese kung fu, and speaks with a slight accent in the anime. Yep.
- Body Guard Crush: She seems to grow quite fond of her guardian ghost. And after a time, the feeling appears to be mutual.
- Cool Big Sis: After her Character Development.
- Graceful Loser: After her battle with Yoh, she calmly admits defeat and walks away. The fact that he saved her from Li's Unstoppable Rage likely helped.
- Lady of War: She doesn't fight herself, but her jiangshi is a force to be reckoned with.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a dark green.
Lee Bai Long (Lee Pai Long)
Also known as "The White Dragon", Lee was a Kung Fu movie star who was murdered by the Tao family to be Jun's guardian. He is a thinly-veiled reference to Bruce Lee, who died under suspicious circumstances. Technically, he is not a spirit, but a living corpse reanimated using Jun's "ofuda" or talismans. However, he can be considered to be serving a similar purpose, since he protects Jun and perpetually hangs around her.
- Bodyguard Crush: Later on, once Jun has mellowed out a little and permitted him some free will.
- Bruce Lee Clone: He looks like the dude, he was a movie star when he was human, and he's a martial artist who fights with a nunchuck. And his assassination to serve as a revenant bodyguard so the Tao family could take advantage of his skills mirrors real-world conspiracy theories about Bruce Lee's death.
- Chinese Vampire: Introduced as such, though he lacks most of their common characteristics.
- Easily Forgiven: After getting his ass kicked by his master and calming down, Lee is pretty quick to forgive Jun for keeping him as a mindless zombie for 10 years, choosing to stay with her so he can master his martial arts form in his own body.
- Lightning Bruiser: His fighting style is a terrifying mixture of fast and powerful.
- Martial Pacifist: He was like this in life, both through the characters he played in his movies and in reality. He regains this mindset as a jiang-shi after coming to terms with his death.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's technically a jiang-shi, or Chinese Vampire, but he never displays any qi-draining powers.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Li or Lee? Bai Long, Bailong, Pai Long, Pyron?
- Would Hit a Girl: Once Jun's spell on him had been broken and Lee realized what had happened to him, he turned on Jun in a fit of Unstoppable Rage. The fact that she was female didn't stay his hand in the slightest.
- Your Cheating Heart: To a degree, since Anna grumpily reminds him that his family are still alive whenever he starts hitting on his charge. Then again it's not like he can return to their side any longer.
- Also possibly implied by one page that shows many shots of his past when he was still alive. One of the shots shows him with a woman and 2 kids, implied to be his wife, but another shot shows him wearing sunglasses with another woman, who appears alone in another shot.
Redseb and Seyram
Two siblings who enter the Shaman fight with their golem and Mikihisa, Yoh's father. After seeing the corpse of their murdered father, Seyram's mind apparently broke and she became completely emotionless. Redseb entered the competition to become Shaman King so that he might restore her mind. However, he also has a darker purpose in mind.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Their team name, the Kabbalahers, comes from a Jewish school of thought, and Redseb mentions that golems like their's were created long ago to protect his ancestors, and golems come from Jewish folklore. And their particular golem has "emeth", the Hebrew word for truth written on it. And their personal Muddying the waters a bit is the fact that they are celebrating Christmas, though that may simply be an error on the Japanese writer's part since Christmas is a secular holiday for most in Japan.
- Emotionless Girl: After seeing the corpse of her murdered father, Seyram stops displaying any emotion, or even speaking at all. She CAN speak, she just doesn't really want to.
- Happily Adopted: After the Shaman Fight ends, the Asukuras adopt the two young siblings.
- Revenge: Redseb seeks revenge on Chocolove and his old gang for killing his father. And while he does kill them all (temporarily in Chocolove's case), Yoh (knowing that he could still revive Chocolove) scares Redseb out of that mindset by telling him that Yoh has every right to kill him now in revenge for Chocolove's death, which would cause a Cycle of Revenge.
A cat spirit that has been connected to the Asukura family for hundreds of years. He was originally Hao's cat. When he died, he remained loyal to Hao... for a time. After seeing how far Hao had fallen in his misanthropy, Matamune abandoned him and eventually sided against him and killed him in the Shaman Fight 1000 years before the story. He feels great guilt for turning against Hao like that, but still remains connected with the Asukuras, and eventually helps Yoh during a trying time a few years before the start of the proper story, when he met Anna for the first time.
- Badass Bookworm: He almost always has his nose in a book. And he was a strong enough spirit to kill Hao 1000 years earlier.
- Death by Origin Story: Though it is a rather belated origin story, Matamune's main role in the story is during 10 year old Yoh and Anna's first meeting where Yoh helps Anna overcome her personal demons, during which Matamune sacrifices his physical form to help Yoh save the day.
- Ghostly Goals: Matamune is unable to move on to the afterlife because of the guilt he feels for abandoning, and then later killing Hao. He acknowledges that it was the right thing to do, but he still feels immense shame for betraying the man who saved him in life.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices his physical form so Yoh can destroy a powerful Oni created by Anna's negative feelings. Due to this he was forced to move on to the afterlife.
- Posthumous Character: As much as one can be in Shaman King. He lost his ability to materialize in the living world and thus moved on to the afterlife 3 years before the start of the story.
- Right-Hand Cat: WAS this for Hao, though unusual to the trope, he was Hao's familiar before he became evil, and then abandoned Hao when he fell into villainy.
Yohmei is Yoh's grandfather and powerful shaman who utilizes leaf shikigami's for many tasks. He is also Tamao's teacher.
- Arranged Marriage: With Kino.
A master itako who trains young girls in the art at Osorezan. She is short-tempered and practical like her apprentice, Anna. Kino is Yoh's grandmother.
- Handicapped Badass: Anna is an itako despite not being blind. Kino, on the other hand, lost her vision when she was in her twenties, thus became an itako out of necessity.
- Miko: She's been a priestess for most of her life.
Keiko is Mikihisa's wife and Yoh's mother. She is capable hearing the voices of kami spirits.
Yoh's father, an ascetic priest working as a spy and messenger for the Asakura family and Tamao's master. He's also the leader of the Kabbalahers, a Shaman Fight team consisting of himself and the two children who control the Golem, Redseb and Seyram Munzer. He used to be a simple street musician until he met Keiko and became the first boyfriend of hers who didn't dump her after learning of her Shaman powers.
- Cool Mask: He wears the mask out of shame for his failure during Hao's rebirth.
- Disappeared Dad: Due to feeling guilt for not stopping Hao from escaping after being born, Mikihisa chose to Walk the Earth in penance. It has the side effect that Yoh feels no affection for Mikihisa as a son since he was never there for Yoh, though Yoh seems to at least have no resentment towards his father.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed by a mugger after the series' end.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Was scarred when Hao was reborn as one of Mikihisa and Keiko's twin children.
- The Maiden Name Debate: He took the Family Name of his wife.
- Understanding Boyfriend: He and Keiko met when she was crying over the last boyfriend who dumped her, then asked him to play his music for her.
- Walking the Earth: Did this after the whole deal with the Spirit of Fire, taking levels in badass meanwhile. He also met Tamao during said travels and took her in as an apprentice.
Iron Maiden Jeanne
Jeanne is an 11-year-old young girl from France and powerful shaman in her own right, Jeanne is the leader of the X-Laws. Her title of Iron Maiden refers to the fact that she spends nearly all her time inside an iron maiden in order to increase her strength by keeping her in a near death state. She rarely leaves it unless she is desperately needed, believing her suffering will bring justice to the world. Her iron maiden, however, was crushed most likely beyond repair.
She is known for her red eyes, pale hair and delicate appearance. She is extremely charismatic; in the English anime Tamamura calls her a "princess" after hearing her speak for the first time.
- Cycle of Vengeance: She starts one when she kills an Egyptian shaman whose family and teammates knew to be an arrogant but good-hearted man. When the victim's brother shows up, he's looking for vengeance. Then, in Flowers, the families of the other members of that team go after Jeanne's son.
- Dark Messiah: She's Hao's most powerful adversary and leads the quasi-religious X-Laws as their savior. Her approach to fighting Hao involves brutally killing anyone who opposes them, whether the work for Hao, are vaguely related to Hao, or just happen to be in their way.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Turns out in the manga, she's just a sickly orphan girl with enormous spiritual power that came under Luchist and Marco's care. They lead her to believe she was the Messiah in the hopes of having enough power to take down Hao. Considering the guidance she was given and that fact that one of her mentors turned on them, no wonder her views on good and evil are so messed up.
- HeelFace Turn: By the end of the manga, she's thrown her lot in with Yoh and company, and by the sequel has possibly hooked up with Ren.
- Heroic Albino: Well, she thinks she's heroic, at least, and she's not entirely wrong, in a vicious sort of way.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She's a prime example of how Pure Is Not Good. She's innocent beyond reproach and wholly unsuceptible to Hao's corruption. The price of that innocence is unmitigated cruelty and naiveté.
- Iron Lady: Despite her soft appearance, she's dauntless and merciless once she puts her mind to something.
- Knight Templar: She views Hao as the ultimate evil, and anyone who doesn't side with her is an enemy, whether they help Hao or not. She does show sadness over such divisions, but it doesn't do anything to change her course of action.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her knees.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Well... she truly means well, but Jeanne has her own way of dealing with sinners.
- Ship Tease: With Ren Tao of all people and it's hinted that they have a son together.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Chapter 22 of Shaman King Flowers reveals that she was killed and turned into the Oversoul for the Black Maiden.
- Training from Hell: Uses various horrific tortures on herself, repeatedly dragging her consciousness back and fourth across the line between life and death to increase her spiritual power, and willingly accepts her suffering as the price she must pay to save mankind from Hao.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hao is a vicious monster who will bring ruin to the world. He must be stopped, regardless of the cost or collateral damage. What do "other moral considerations" mean?
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She truly believes that she is the All-Loving Hero (Yoh Asakura has that role) or at LEAST the Big Good (She has only one-half that role, the other half belongs to Lady Saigan Sati the leader of the Gandhara group).
The defacto leader of the group, whose authority is overruled only by Jeanne herself. He helped found the X-Laws with the shaman Luchist Lasso, who would later fall under the influence of Hao Asakura.
Marco Lasso is extremely loyal to Jeanne, and will stop at nothing to achieve what he believes will bring about Jeanne's ideals of a world free of corruption and evil. Like Jeanne, he tends to see issues in black and white; either something is good or evil. Those who join the X-Laws are considered good and those who do not are automatically evil and with Hao Asakura.
Because of his utter and complete devotion to Jeanne, he is the most devastated when Jeanne's attempt to destroy Hao by opening the Gate of Babylon fails. However, while the other X-Laws go to challenge Hao and avenge Jeanne's defeat, dying in the process, Marco becomes the only survivor (not counting Lyserg, who leaves the group to help Yoh).
As Yoh Asakura prepares to defeat Hao, Marco chooses to follow Jeanne's lead and places his faith in Yoh in hopes that Yoh will achieve what the X-Laws failed to do.
The manga reveals details from his past left unsaid in the anime. Marco was originally an entrepreneur who worked with cars and a close friend of Luchist, the leader of the X-Laws at the time. Marco's company was on the verge of creating a new sports car, but gave up when Hao apparently destroyed his house and killed his entire family. Marco was driven to attempt suicide, but eventually chose the path of revenge.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In spite of being a badass and stern leader, he has a lot of uncommon quirks: The best way of using his Spiritual power is by taking off his pants and fight with only his shirt and underwear. Also the only way to calm him down is to give him some Belgian chocolate.
- Establishing Character Moment: Marco's differing views on what enemies deserve compared to Yoh is established in his opening moments. After the defeat of Boris, Yoh wants to stop Boris from dying of his wounds. However, Marco shows up and finishes Boris off with his powers, showing his views that death is the only answer for those working with Hao.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His eyes are usually covered by the reflection on the glasses.
- Jerkass: In both the anime and manga. More than a few times he slaps Lyserg, and in the manga it's implied he physically disciplines him by striking his hands a whip.
- Knight Templar: From his perspective, he's a hero of justice and chief servant of the Big Good. He's really a well-intentioned Anti-Villain whose moral judgment is clouded by his hatred of Hao.
- The Man Behind the Man: He is the real leader of the X-LAWS, as Jeanne is only The Face and the most powerful shaman in the organization, as he and Luchist raised her to belief she was The Mesiah, so they could recruit more shamans to destroy Hao.
- Man in White: Like the rest of the X-Laws.
- Psycho Supporter: Claims to enforce the Maiden's will, which to him, translates to "annihilate anyone who so much as questions her." Marco also tends to get very eager to perform executioners on whoever he thinks is a sinner.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards the Iron Maiden.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He puts as his main goal to defeat Hao and he will exterminate anyone in his path, even if theyre not the enemy.
Lyserg DiethelSee Allies Folder.
Team X-IIThe Second division of the X-LAWS composed by John Denbat, Pofe Griffith and Lucky Dirac.
- Broken Pedestal: After they discover that Iron Maiden Jeanne was not a Goddess, like Marco and Luchist made the others believe, they decide to take down Hao on their own.
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime, all of them have very minor roles, compared to the manga, where they have even more characterization than Team X-III.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Their deaths in the manga version is expanded. They formed a plan to corner Hao in a secluded área and fire the laser beam from the X-LAWS satellite. They give their lives, but it doesnt work against the Spirit of Fire.
- The Lost Lenore: For John Denbat, Meene becomes this for him in the manga, as she and the rest of X-III are killed in the first Shaman Fight against Hao.
- Man in White: They also use the white uniform like the rest of the group. After having the Broken Pedestal, they try to kill Hao themselves and ditch their uniforms.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Played straight in the Anime, were they are only Red Shirts. Subverted in the manga, where they outlive Team X-III, have a few lines about their Broken Pedestal towards their organization and get killed by Hao shortly after, although their deaths are treated as A Day in the Limelight and a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Worthy Opponent: Zig-zagged. Hao praises their attempt at killing him, remarking that not even he could've dodged or survived being directly hit by SDI X-Laser. Unfortunately, they pressed his Berserk Button during their assassination attempt.
A former member of the Canadian Special Forces and the only female member of the X-Laws, other than Iron Maiden Jeanne. In the anime, she is shown to be more sensitive than Marco and she appears and returns Morphine to a disillusioned Lyserg in the hopes that he will leave that group and not be killed as the rest of the surviving X-Laws attempt to defeat Hao. In the manga, however, she is the first member of Team X-III to be killed by Hao.
- Action Girl: Was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces before joining the group.
- Cool Big Sis: Was less of a Jerkass than Marco in the anime, to the point of telling Lyserg to take Morphine back.
- Girls with Guns - The Gunslinger: She uses guns as her weapons of choice.
- Love Interest / The Lost Lenore: After she dies, John Denbat wants to avenge her by killing Hao. In the anime, right before he dies in combat, his last flashback is his date with Meene.
- Psycho Supporter: Still, less than Marco.
- Vasquez Always Dies: Not counting Jeanne, she also dies with the rest of her team.
- Woman in White: She also uses the white uniform like the rest of the group.
- Women Are Wiser: She has quite a down-to-Earth approach to people, specially to Lyserg.
- Man in White: He also uses the white uniform like the rest of the group.
- Psycho Supporter: He is a little nicer about it than Marco. He and Cebin would often show kindness to Lyserg.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards the Iron Maiden.
Kebin Menderu (Cebin Mendel)
- Facial Horror: He uses his mask because Hao burned him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Well he tried in the anime but, it was pretty much a Senseless Sacrifice.
Hao Asakura (Zeke Asakura)
The main antagonist, Hao Asakura is a member of the Asakura family. Hao failed to win his first Shaman King tournament but was able to reincarnate with full awareness of his past life in time to participate in the next tournament and again for the current tournament.
In his second life, Hao was reincarnated as a member of the Patch tribe and was successful in taking control of the Spirit of Fire, an elemental spirit that embodies the essence of one of the five elements of nature. Currently Hao was reincarnated as identical twins, with his soul split between Yoh and himself. Following his rebirth, Hao escaped from the Asakura family with the help of the Spirit of Fire.
In the months leading up to the tournament, Hao began to kill the prospective competition while gathering an entourage to assist him in winning the current Shaman King tournament.
- Adaptational Villainy: His sympathetic qualities are downplayed, if not removed, in the anime and he gets turned into a generic villain, which makes it okay for Yoh to kill him in the end.
- Adaptational Wimp: Despite getting into the Great Spirit and his powers upgraded to godly levels, Hao loses in the final anime's battle to Yoh (who does not get the spirit of Earth upgrade) in a straight battle and dies. In the original manga once he gains the Great Spirit, he is practically unstoppable and only convincing him to stop does Hao finally diverts from his agenda.
- Affably Evil: Moreso in the manga where he's more genuinely polite and hospitable. He and Yoh even share a Furo Scene. It's...unnerving to say the least.
- Ax-Crazy: In the Anime, where his motivation is less sympathetic and he undergoes a Sanity Slippage in the last season.
- Badass Boast: After absorbing Yoh's soul.It would take a million Asakura spirits to bind me now!
- Badass Cape: He uses a big poncho as part of his attire.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In the manga, he successfully obtains the Great Spirit. But Yoh and his group manage to convince him to at least keep an open mind and not kill everyone over a petty grudge.
- Berserk Button: Being seen in a vulnerable state. Possibly a case of Don't You Dare Pity Me!.
- Big Bad: Of the entire series.
- Blessed with Suck: He can read minds and talk to spirits, but on the flipside of that, he is able to listen to all the despicable thoughts of humans.
- Cain and Abel: With Yoh.
- The Chessmaster: Firmly set as this in the sequel series since he's God, though he's done little to change the world with his power. Instead, he's having fun manipulating Yoh and Anna's son into representing himself and leading his team.
- Chick Magnet: In the manga, it's all but outright stated that Matti and Mari are in love with Hao, which is why they follow him so devotedly.
- Clean Cut: In the anime, Yoh slices right through him, thus putting an end to his plans. Of course that's probably nothing compared to what the 'King of Spirits' did to him afterwards. After all, why else would it have taken so long for the Shaman tournament to start up again?
- Death by Adaptation: He does meet his end in the anime when Yoh reaches an ultimate level of Oversoul and cleaves him in half.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Hao is very thin, almost emaciated, even; and the artist is afraid of taking advantage of that to make the audience uncomfortable.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted, despite what the original manga's ending implied, Shaman King: Flowers shows that the previous Shaman Kings are NOT pleased with him be being the Shaman King.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Hao is interested in Anna mainly because she reminds him of his mother; there are even hints that she could be said mother's reincarnation.
- Evil Twin: Of Yoh in his recent reincarnation.
- Evil Plan: In both the anime and the manga, it's to win the Shaman Tournament and acquire the Great Spirit/King of Spirits. His motives vary between the two.
- Faux Affably Evil: In the anime. He loses much of his friendliness and sympathetic characterization in favor of being a more clear-cut villain.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In a side story, it's revealed that Hao started out as a weak little kid whose mother got killed because locals thought she was a demon in disguise. Look at him now.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Prior to the final battle, he shares a night at the hot springs with Yoh's group. He even has a pleasant-ish conversation with them.
- Hero Killer: Not counting the possible thousands of Shamans during the two Shaman Fights, he's killed Lyserg's parents, the majority of the X-Laws and later Yoh and friends, though the latter get better. Not to mention the other Shaman teams and a group of spirits For the Evulz during Yoh's travels to Patch Village.
- I Have Many Names: Hao Asakura is actually the name given to him by the emperor of Japan a thousand years ago. He was born with the name Asahi Douji, and nicknamed Mappa Douji (Mappa is another reading of the kanji of his first name) by the demon Ohachiyo.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: He's rather pleased when Anna slaps him around and talks back to him.
- Invincible Villain: The guy is pretty much untouchable. Only Anna was able to harm him and that was with a slap and only because he let her. His mother does the same in the climax as punishment for the whole "destroy humans" plot. In the anime, All Your Powers Combined Deus ex Machina of epic proportions is what ultimately defeats him,
- The Juggernaut: The closest he's been to being stopped in his tracks in the manga is when Yoh and everyone convince him not to destroy humanity because no one is at his level. In the anime, an All Your Powers Combined Deus ex Machina is what ultimately defeats him and before then, when Hao was undergoing a Villainous Breakdown when Yoh was causing his O.S to break. Pretty much everything before then was a Curb-Stomp Battle, at best.
- Knight Templar: Just like the X-Laws. Except that Hao is fully aware of what he is doing and isn't as deluded as the X-Laws.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's essentially just what Yoh would look like with waist-length hair.
- Love at First Punch: Literally. Anna gives him one Legendary Left in the face, and he liked her spunk...
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: His ability to hear the thoughts of others drove him insane and convinced him that all non-shamans were evil and must be killed.
- Mommy Issues: Hao's Start of Darkness is ultimately rooted in his mother's murder. Resolving this is also how he is temporarily dissuaded from murdering humans. Now go and re-read all the entries regarding him and Anna.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In the anime, where his goal is Kill All Humans.
- Power Incontinence: He couldn't control his Reishi when he was younger, meaning he read the minds of everyone around him whether he wanted to or not.
- Psychic Powers: He can read minds his inability to turn it off is what drove him insane among a lot of things in his life.
- Rapunzel Hair: Unlike Yoh, he prefers his hair long.
- Reincarnation: Thanks to a deal with Enma he can reincarnate every 500 years (just in time for the Shaman King fight), so even if he's killed, he'll just come back even stronger. In his first life, he became perhaps the world's greatest Onmyodo Onmyouji and wrote the Tome of the Shaman, which is used by several characters to send their OSes to the next Evolutionary Level. In his second life, he appeared as a member of the Patch tribe, which is implied to be how he got his hands on the Spirit of Fire. In his third life, well, you've been reading the story, haven't you?
- Sanity Slippage: In the anime, after the Spirit of Fire's O.S is destroyed and Opacho turns on him, he drops his Affably Evil personality and becomes Ax-Crazy.
- Start of Darkness: Covered in side stories. The first and primary part was, of course, the murder of his mother, after which he met Ohachiyo and took the power to control spirits from the little demon. The second part was the betrayal of his fellow onmyoudo student Daitaro, who was forced to undergo a Face Monster Turn by their masternote , after which he fell beyond his Despair Event Horizon and challenged Daitaro to a fight — either Hao would win and the DB would be no more, or the DB would win and Daitaro and Hao would go off to destroy the world together. No points for guessing how that last one turned out.
- Straw Nihilist: He plays the card that normal Humans Are the Real Monsters and incapable of being enlightened, so he'll kill them all in order to create a Shaman Kingdom. Even his sparing of Yoh and co. in the manga, is to show them how pointless it is to change humanity's path.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In the second Mappa Douji special, the Daitaro-Boshi tried to consume Hao's horde of oni, only to fail and get absorbed in turn.
- Walking Shirtless Scene. Whenever he goes poncho-less.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the manga. His brother Yoh knew that he didn't have any friends. He spent 900 years in Hell and the worst part is that the 100 years he spent in the outside world were more unbearable than his time in Hell. Even among his followers, they mainly follow him BECAUSE of his power and never truly get to KNOW him. Combined with the Reishi it is no wonder he became what he is. Brought Up to Eleven in Zero where we learn more about how he became such. After Ohachiyo abandoned him due to displeasure at Hao's thirst for revenge, Hao was picked up by an onmyouji named Tadatomo, and eventually became friends with another monk named Daitaro. However, during an exorcism ceremony, Tadatomo turned out to have been experimenting on Oni and had them enter Daitaro's body, turning him into what looked like Hana's Dark Oni. After learning about Tadatomo's Freudian Excuse for it, Hao completely lost it.
- World's Strongest Man: No one is else is even close, which is why he (and almost everyone else) treats his victory as a foregone conclusion. Even at the end of the series, the 5 Elemental Warriors put together don't measure up to half of his strength (though he WAS Shaman King at that point, with the Great Spirit backing him up).
- You Got Spunk: One of the main reasons he is so interested in Anna.
OpachoA baby Hao adopted in Africa when he found her near starvation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Opacho has a very strong Furyoku, enough to finish one of the Patch officers with a single tackle.
- Morality Pet: To Hao.
- Undying Loyalty: Opacho is very fond of Hao, as he rescued her from dying as a baby.
Founder and former leader of the X-Laws, Luchist Lasso is by far one of the more powerful shamans working under Asakura Hao. Luchist acts as the main rival to Marco Lasso. Apparently, the two were close friends in their past. However, when Aaskura Hao intervened, the comrades' lives would be forever changed.
- Archnemesis Dad: Technically he is this to Marco, as he adopted and raised him since he was young.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: The X-LAWS logo, which is a big cross, is tattooed on his whole back. He also has a cross tattooed on his chin.
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime version, his origins and real impact in the story are not explained. In the manga, however, his character has a more important role, as he was the one who adopted and raised Marco, and both made the X-LAWS by adopting Jeanne.
- Evil Mentor: To Marco, as his fighting style was learned from Luchist's, by using cars and guns as mediums.
- FaceHeel Turn: At some point prior to the main story, Luchist abandoned the X-LAWS and defected to Hao's side.
- The Man Behind the Man: He, along with Marco were this, as they both made Jeanne The Face of the X-LAWS, before he defected to Hao's side instead.
- Sinister Minister: He was once a good priest who took Marco under his care. He would later change sides and serve Hao.
Kanna Bismarch, Matilda "Matti" Matisse and Marion Phauna
The Hana-Gumi trio, consisting of German Kanna Bismarch, Italian Marion Phauna and British Matilda Matisse.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: It's implied that they're devoted to Hao because of their admiration towards him.
- Creepy Doll: Mati and Marion's spirits, Jack and Chuck, are this.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Like many of the members of Team Hao, they have been subjected to discrimination due to their powers.
- Kanna was a Lonely Rich Kid, isolated in her family's castle until her parents died and the relatives appeared and took everything away. Hao arrived and killed them all and invited her to join his team.
- Marion's father was a Mafia boss and her mother a fortuneteller. When the young Mafia Princess' parents were killed by the father's mob enemies, Hao appeared and saved her by killing them.
- Mati was abandoned by her parents in the forest and raised by a witch. When the witch fell ill and died, she started to distrust humans and Hao helped her to bury the witch.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Marion. She wears a black gothic lolita dress, and as the daughter of a fortune teller she could already manipulate puppets even as a child, long before she even got her powers to use a Spirit as a Shaman.
- HeelFace Turn: After Hao becomes Shaman King, they, like the other remaining members of Team Hao, became servants at Funbari.
- Smoking Is Cool: Kanna's medium is the cigar smoke.
BoZ BrothersA duo of Budhist monks formed by Sugimoto Ryo and Yoneda Zen, who started as Budhist-Rock street performers until Hao recruited them.
- Anti-Villain: Their goal in life is to purge the world evil spirits. Their methods are...less than reputable. First they try to cheat in the Shaman Fight by exorcising Yoh's spirit before they fight him. Then they join Hao to get more power.
- HeelFace Turn: After being used by Peyote as People Puppets, they defected Hao's side and joined Gandhara.
Peyote DiazA Mexican Mariachi who joined Hao's side.
- Ambiguously Gay: He tearfully admits that as much as he loves Hao the most, he also hates him the most.
- Broken Pedestal: Suffers this about Hao when he starts to doubt about his goals as Shaman King, also revealing to the rest of the team that Hao can read minds.
- Killed Off for Real: He is the one of the two members of Team Hao who didn't get revived after the beach massacre because his body was damaged beyond repair.
- People Puppets: His other ability is his control over human bones, even form people who are still alive.
- Skeleton Crew: Peyote uses them as medium.
- Smug Snake: He isn't above using his teammates as weapons, and he is also the only member of the team not entirely loyal to Hao.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has long green hair and beard, with his head shaved in the right side.
- Acrofatic: He is large and very competent in combat.
- Freudian Excuse: After years of people discriminating him for both his powers and his body size, he joined Hao's side because he wanteda world where appearance won't matter.
- HeelFace Turn: By the time of Funbari no Uta, he partners with Tao Ren and Big Guy Billy and build the Raitei Group, a large electronics manufacturing company. He later becomes Tao Men's bodyguard, along with Brocken Meyer and Bill.
Mohamed "Turbine" Tabarsi
- Benevolent Genie: His spirit Djinn is this, although he isn't benevolent to his enemies.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He started off as a mercenary from early age and was almost killed during a war in Irak before Hao rescued him. He later comments with Peyote that life with Hao was Heaven compared to his past.
- Killed Off for Real: He is the one of the two members of Team Hao who didn't get revived (along with Peyote) after the beach massacre because most of his body was destroyed.
- Light 'em Up: His Beam Oversoul is essentially a laser beam.
- Necessary Drawback: Turbine's Djinn Oversoul is pretty strong and it isn't limited to "shooting a laser" like Beam is; however, he can only use it once per day for a specific task (or "wish", as he puts it).
Big Guy Bill BurtonFormer Football player and only survivor from a bus crash that killed all his teammates.
- The Big Guy: Literally, as he was also known by the nickname.
- Death by Adaptation: In the anime, his body collapses due to the Furyoku overload. In the manga, he is revived along the other members of Team Hao.
- HeelFace Turn: By the time of Funbari no Uta, he partners with Tao Ren and Hang Zang-Ching and build the Raitei Group, a large electronics manufacturing company. He later becomes Tao Men's bodyguard, along with Brocken Meyer and Hang Zang-Ching.
- Sole Survivor: He was the only person who survived the bus crash that killed his entire football team. Their spirits became his companions.
Boris Tepes DraculaA shaman from Romania and descendant of Vlad Tepes.
- The Atoner: Only in the anime. His spirit companion Blamuro, was the Vampire Hunter who led the mob to kill Boris' parents. When he realized that they weren't vampires, he swore loyalty to Boris to atone for his crimes. In the manga, it seems more that he was tortured for his role while he was alive and in death is forced to serve. He is convinced by Amidamaru to abandon Boris and immediately moves onto the afterlife, having no reason to stay.
- Expy: He is a mix between Vlad the Impaler and Classic Dracula. His powers mimic all the tropes related to Dracula (shape-shifting bats and mind-control of the people he bites), while his backstory is related to the legend of Vlad's origins and discrimination from the town.
- Killed Off for Real: Though Yoh was planning to heal his wounds he sustained from Ryu, Marco finishes him off before Yoh gets the chance.
- Expy: Played With. The others mention that he looked more like a vampire than Boris.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: As soon as he is introduced, he is killed by his own teammate Boris.
Brocken MeyerA young man from Hiroshima with a growth disease. He is the first member of Team Hao to meet with him and became his Surrogate Parent.
- An Arm and a Leg: When Hao approached him the first time, he accidentally burned off his arms. The accident awakened his spiritual energy and he replaced them with Lego blocks and rat spirits.
- Ill Boy: He was born in Radiation-Infested Hiroshima and developed a growth disease.
- Parental Substitute: He is the first member of Team Hao, as Hao approached to him when he was just a baby, so Brocken basically raised him. Though it's downplayed since Hao was born with all his past lives memories intact.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only one in the Beach Massacre who was found still barely alive.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Hao. He claims that, even thought he burned his arms, Hao rescued him from a Fate Worse than Death, since his desease condemned him to a secluded life.
Team Lily Five (Sharona, Ellie, Lilly, Millie and Sally)
A team of five female shaman of fairly weak ability who appear only in the anime. They initially attempt to hinder and take advantage of Yoh and his friends during the second round of the Shaman Tournament. Yoh holds no malice or ill-will towards them, unlike some of his friends. They eventually become allies of Yoh towards the end of the series.
- Break the Cutie: All of them have been rejected or bullied because of their abilities to see ghosts.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They may not be very powerful and they may have made some mistakes early on but... they really turned themselves around after they meet Yoh and the gang.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sharona (blonde), Ellie and Millie (brunettes), and Sally (redhead).
- Broken Birds: Due to all of them being rejected by their loved ones at some point of their lives. Millie (rejected by her mom) and Lilly (bullied by her classmates) are especially sad cases.
- Canon Foreigner: They only exist in the anime.
- Cheerful Child: Millie is always happy and cheery, which makes it even harder to watch when she cries.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lilly, as the most levelheaded of the girls, always has something snarky to say
- Fiery Redhead: Sally. She's the most impatient and temperamental of the group.
- Know When To Fold Them: They manage pretty well during the tournament but then are pitted against Hao and more then likely will be killed if they go up against him. Yoh manages to convince the group to forfeit, sparing their lives.
- Meganekko: Lilly, whose glasses are her medium.
- Odd Name Out: All of their names end with "ly"/"lie" (pronounced the same), except for Sharona. Lampshaded in their debut.
- The Smart Guy: Lilly, who again is the most cool-headed and down to Earth.
- Smoking Is Cool: Sorta: Sharona summons her guardian spirit via her pipe.
- Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Lilly was a victim of this once her powers were revealed. The girls's shared flashback shows her breaking down in tears when she finds insulting messages written on her classroom's board.
- Token Mini-Moe: Millie, who is the youngest member of the team.
- Unrequited Love: Millie, for "Prince" Lyserg. He treats her kindly and helps her out when he can, yes, but he simply cannot like her back in that way and arguably one of his biggest Kick the Dog moments is when he coldly dismisses the sobbing girl in front of everyone.
- Weak, but Skilled: Okay maybe their not that skilled but, they can be impressive when they put their hearts into it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lilly's hair is cyan.
The Oyamada Family (Mansumi, Keiko, and Mannoko)Manta's parents and younger sister, who are only ever seen in the manga.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Mannoko.
- Child Prodigy: Mannoko again. She's five years old, but she's a master at computers. Because of this, she's the one in charge of software development at her father's company. She loves to rub this in Manta's face, despite not liking the job itself.
- Fantasy Forbidding Parents: Mansumi would much rather Manta take over his company, rather than hang out with shamans and spirits. Keiko explicitly discourages her son's friendship with Yoh, believing it would look bad for a member of the prestigious Oyamada family to be seen with a "spiritualist".
- Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Keiko's only as tall as the average woman, yet she towers over Mansumi.
- Muggles: The Shaman Fight is of no concern to these folks whatsoever.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Keiko, who shares her first name with Yoh's mother.
- Satellite Character: They're really only there to provide background for Manta.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Mansumi and his two children all share the same facial features, hair color, and short stature. Keiko averts this, looking like a relatively normal woman with short, dark hair.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Keiko is tall, slim and pretty, while Mansumi looks like an older and uglier version of Manta.
The Patch Tribe
Silva (Silver)He is the Patch officiant responsible for overlooking Asakura Yoh, Tao Ren, and "Wooden Sword" Ryu. Unlike most of the Patch Priests who just oversee the fights, to make sure they are followed to the rules, Silva believes that the Patch Priests should intervene more in the fights, to avoid the massive death count fights leads to.
- Famous Ancestor: Subverted. He is the descendant of one of the past incarnations of Hao, so he is still struggling with the bad reputation of his ancestors among his tribe.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is one of the few Patch officers who refuses to remain neutral, as he wants to prevent unnecesary deaths in the Tournament.
- Rock Theme Naming: His name comes from "silver".
- Walking Armory: He uses five animal spirits at the same time, the Silver Arms:
- Silver Horn: Super kicks via a shockwave in the shape of a buffalo head.
- Silver Rod: Whip It Good.
- Silver Shield: Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me.
- Silver Tail: Super Speed, In a Single Bound.
- Silver Wing: flight, later evolving into Razor Wings.
- All of them combined: Totem Pole Cannon, Flesh and Blood Spear.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When she realizes that Hao wants to kill every human (specifically, when he kills Lip and Rap just by looking at them), she completely loses it and tries to kill the heroes, Laughing Mad that everyone is better off being killed by her rather than being annihilated by Hao.
- Rock Theme Naming: Goldva.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female Patch warrior beside Rutherfor. She's also by far the strongest of all Patch.
- The Worf Effect: She fell on both sides of the trope, first demolishing Golem in a single hit, then being disintegrated by Hao in an instant.
- A Load of Bull: His spirit is a bull.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: His Oversoul replaces his legs with a bull's body, essentially turning him into a centaur.
- Rock Theme Naming: His name comes from Kalium, one of the names of Potassium.
NichromThe Younger brother of Patch Officer Chrom, who was killed by Ren Tao.
- FaceHeel Turn: He sides with Hao with the hopes that he will be able to kill Ren.
- Poison Is Evil: His poison is weaker than Namari's, but it cannot be healed unless Nichrom is killed.
- Rock Theme Naming: Nichrome, an alloy of nichel, chromium and iron.
- Super Speed: He's the fastest out of all the Officers thanks to Purple Kick, his brother's grasshopper spirit.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He was the commentator of the tournament and freaked out multiple times in fear. Then the final arc comes and he shatters Yoh's Over Soul in one hit.
- Boring, but Practical: His Platinum Sword is a short blade. It doesn't have any fancy abilities besides a slight increase in speed and the ability to walk on water, and because of its simplicity it's exceptionally strong and sturdy.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He uses his own physical prowess, agility and intelligence to counteract his lack of armour.
- Glass Cannon: His Oversoul doesn't provide him any armor, meaning any unblocked hit can be potentially fatal. But he's strong enough to take on all the heroes at once.
- Rock Theme Naming: Radium. Also counts as a Punny Name, since he's the radio commenter of the Shaman Fight.
- Shoot the Medic First: The first thing he does is to attack Faust. Unlike most examples of this trope, Radim doesn't (initially) want to kill Faust, just make him consume enough furyoku to heal himself that he won't have enough left to resurrect anyone.
- Meaningful Name: Lead is poisonous.
- Poison Is Evil: To be expected, when your spirit is a cobra.
- Rock Theme Naming: His name comes from "samarium", a japanese name for lead.
- Home Field Advantage: His Plant is atop of a deep valley, meaning that anyone who is incapable of flying or stay in mid-air in some way (for example, by standing on a web like he does) is at a serious disadvantage.
- Razor Floss: A variation. His web threads arn't sharp when they've "dried". However, he can shoot "fresh" ones with the same effect as high-caliber bullets.
- Rock Theme Naming: Bronze.
- Combat Pragmatism: His tactic is to hide right above his Plant's entrance, banking on the fact that any invader necessarily has to defeat him in order to open the door to the next Plant and that they'll try looking for him in the jungle or the rivers below. Even if he wasn't able to pick off his enemies one by one with surprise attacks, he can simply waste their time until the Shaman King wakes up. Too bad that Opacho is a perfect counter to his invisibility.
- Invisibility Cloak: Since his spirit is a chameleon, this is a given. Although it's strong enough that he cannot be detected via non-conventional means such as sound, smell, or aura detection.
- Rock Theme Naming: Renium.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: Played with. Among his many plant spirits, some are countermeasures against the usual weakness of most plants; for example, a water-holding cactus that can resist fire.
- Green Thumb: His spirits are those of plants.
- Rock Theme Naming: Thallium.
- Walking Armory: His Green Seeds Over Soul is made of multiple plant spirits, which guarantees him a wide range of abilities.
- Home Field Advantage: Her Plant simulates the conditions of outer space, like vacuum, extreme cold, and space radiation... all things her Oversoul specifically guards against.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Her Plant is not an environment found on Earth - it's open space.
- Rock Theme Naming: Rutherfordium.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only woman out of all the Patch officers (besides Chief Goldva), and also the strongest (again, besides Goldva).
- Rock Theme Naming: Chromium.
- HeelFace Turn: He, along with Nichrom, allies with Hao in the anime.
- Walking Armory: Even moreso than Silva - after getting a power-up from Hao, he can control ten different animal spirits.
Lip and Lap
Five Grand Elemental SpiritsThese five powerful elemental spirits are known as the Godaiseirei in the Japanese media. They are derived from the Great Spirit itself, and like it, constitute a collective of souls.
- Elemental Embodiment: These spirits are the prototypes of all the world's various elemental gods.
- Elemental Powers: There's
- Evolutionary Levels: As they consume spirits, the elemental spirits are said to grow in size and power. The Spirit of Fire gives us the primary example, having a baby form (which appears in a flashback), a standard form (which it takes in the beginning of the main story), and a second form (which it takes after consuming enough souls). In a vision of Hao's past life, it's revealed he managed to get the Spirit of Fire to its fully adult form.
- Golden Super Mode: In the anime, Hao is able to upgrade the Spirit of Fire by joining it to the Great Spirit, which gives it a Palette Swap.
- Horned Humanoid: The Spirit of Fire appears to have antlers of some sort.
- Olympus Mons: Said to be of no equal except the Great Spirit itself.
- Phlebotinum Muncher: Again, these guys grow in power by eating other spirits. (The Spirit of Fire indicates this by revealing his Fangs Are Evil). This may or may not be the case within the Great Spirit itself, as it can be assumed the GS has enough power to allow the five spirits to assume their main forms without having to eat anyone.
- Token Evil Teammate: The Spirit of Fire, being Hao's primary spirit ally. There's no real word on how the Spirits themselves took this.
- Top-Heavy Guy: The five spirits tend to have relatively short or spindly legs compared to their main bodies.
Great Spirit (King of Spirits)The strongest and most ancient spirit which the Shaman King unites with, and the whole purpose of the Shaman Fight. It's physical form is of a massive swirling pillar of furyoku. All spirits come from it and return to it upon death.
- God: Of this series anyway. It's actually an amalgamation of every spirit taking the shape of a pillar of light.
- In Mysterious Ways: While it's not always obvious, It will often favor Yoh and his friends, even the Shaman Council aren't always able to tell what It's playing at.
- Minor Major Character: Though a minor character, he is of significant importance in the series.
- Olympus Mons: Winning the Shaman Fight allows one to merge with it/them.
- Eldritch Abomination: Only a select few Shamans can be in its presence, the rest fall asleep forever or go insane from it's flashes of the history of the universe.