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Contestants until the 5th Round; from right to left: Lü Bu, Adam, Kojiro Sasaki, Jack the Ripper and Raiden Tameemon

The champions from the side of the humans, also known as the Einherjar. 13 fighters selected by the valkyrie Brunhilde representing the peak of mankind in the 1-on-1 tournament to the death Ragnarok.


  • Adaptation Deviation: All of the Einherjar are based on real-life historical figures and characters from various myths and religions, but the manga tweaks a lot of their motives and backstories to fit in with the setting of them existing in the same world.
  • Anyone Can Die: Doesn't matter if they're sympathetic, noble, or unscrupulous as all bets are off in Ragnarok.
  • Dead to Begin With: All of them have long since passed into the afterlife.
  • Meaningful Name: In Norse mythology, the Einherjar are those who have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by the valkyries. It also literally means "army of one" or "those who fight alone" in Old Norse.
  • Multinational Team: The 13 champions chosen to represent humanity are from all over the world. We have a Chinese (or possibly Mongolian) war general, the father of mankind and progenitor of all ethnicities, a Japanese swordsman who’s well known for being a loser, an Englishman who is considered the most infamous unidentified serial killer, Japan's most illustrious sumo westler, Japan’s most legendary folk hero, China's first emperor, a Japanese child prodigy that was a captain of a special police force of the late Tokugawa shogunate, a Greek warrior king of Sparta, a Serbian-American inventor/engineer who introduced 20th-Century to the world, a Frenchman famed for being a prophet and doctor, a Russian holy man, a Finnish soldier who is possibly the deadliest marksman and the Buddha himself, who was an Indian hailing from ancient Nepal before ascending to godhood, betrays the Gods for Humanity.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While the manga does shed a light on the origins and motives in each of the contestants' respective fights, their entire purpose in the storyline is to do the heavy lifting while Brunhilde's attempts to prevent the destruction of humanity through the tournament are the main focus.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Although some of the contestants are shown to be Strong and Skilled (such as Lü Bu, Adam and Raiden), all of the Einherjar as a whole are this compared to the Gods.
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Justified. With the exception of Adam, the only way that the human champions would stand a chance against their divine opponents is by wielding the Volunds, and if their divine weapons get destroyed during their respective matches, then they're pretty much screwed regardless of whatever injuries they've sustained beforehand.
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    Lü Bu 

Lü Bu

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese, anime), Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese, Sangokushi Taisen series), Shogo Yano (Japanese, anime; Child), Kaiji Tang (English), Andres Garcia (Latin American Spanish), Roberto Encinas (European Spanish)
Portrayed by: Naoya Gomoto (stage)

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The Flying General of the Three Kingdoms
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"You're pretty good!"

The strongest warrior of the Three Kingdoms, as well as the strongest man of China. An innate warrior since a young age hopes to meet his equal in battle in the tournament, as in life he was unmatched due to his superhuman power. Among the Einherjar, he's the first one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Nearly all depictions of him show that he often betrays whomever he's serving due to him not being satisfied with their conditions. Here, no such thing occurs for him as that was how he's been historically remembered In-Universe and is actually highly regarded by his men.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In regards to the usual Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and jerkassery that was portrayed in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, this version of Lu Bu is only interested in becoming the strongest warrior and is only a quiet, if not gruff man.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: It's heavily downplayed, but this version of Lu Bu is notably wild-looking compare to his original depiction in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. One of his initial designs does showcase him in his traditional look but is instead opt for the more barbarian-looking appearance in the manga.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Downplayed when his legs were fractured after blocking Thor's Geirröd move. Played straight after charging against Thor's Combination Attack with his Sky Eater technique, with his left arm and the right leg broke off and his right arm nearly torn off (although Lü Bu removed it himself with his teeth).
  • Anti-Hero: While Lü Bu fights for the sake of humans, his behaviour is far from the traditional image of a hero. He doesn't has problem massacring people in horrible ways, adores fighting strong enemies and even his reason to fight in Ragnarok is to find an opponent that can match to his might, rather than to save mankind. As such, even if he's not as bad as Jack the Ripper (being more indifferent and only killing people in the battlefield rather than being actively malicious), he's not as benevolent as Adam or Kojiro. Furthermore, his spin-off shows that he doesn't have qualms serving a brutal tyrant like Dong Zhuo if it means that he can fight strong opponents.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: His Volund is called, "Shield Breaker". True to its name, Lü Bu is able to pierce through any form of defense, such as Thor's Járngreipr (which is claimed to be capable of withstanding any attack).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He was a general in life, and was capable of annihilating all who stood in his way.
  • Badass Adorable: As a child, he was small and had delicate features who would make many to find him cute, but that didn't stop him from killing every living organism who attempted to stood on his way, ranging from tiger-sized wolves to boars the size of a car.
  • Badass Beard: Sports a wild goatee, fitting with his barbaric warrior image.
  • Badass Baritone: The anime gives him a fittingly deep and raspy voice that goes handy with his muscular physique and fierce aspect.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Pretty much goes with his image.
  • The Berserker: He's described to be the worst and most barbaric warrior by Brunhilde. As he loves rushing into battle recklessly as he is abnormally powerful and has never had the need to hold back as much.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Volund takes this form, and it was his weapon of choice in life, though it wasn't until getting his Volund that he was able to find one that could withstand his Signature Move without shattering.
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting very much and even attempts suicide after he couldn't find a decent challenge. He is overly joyful once he fights Thor realizing that he is the greatest foe he had faced in his entire life.
  • Bookends: He was inspired to become stronger to reach the heavens after witnessing an enormous tree being split by lightning in front of him as a child. In his final death, he charges forward and is killed by the God of Thunder.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever he finds an adversary that may end being a Worthy Opponent, he tends to utter: "You're pretty good!". More pronounced in his spin-off, as we obviously get to see him fight more.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Granted he was already freakishly strong and resilient as a mortal, but after 30+ years of constant battles and training, Lü Bu was able to split the sky in half and later challenges Thor in Ragnarok.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes this out a lot in life, and it left him in a state of being unfulfilled.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While Lü Bu did eventually lose to Thor due to his mortal limits, he still gave the God of Thunder quite a challenge in their fight as he not only injured him twice, but also survived against all three of his One-Hit Kill techniques.
  • Deader Than Dead: As Brunhilde states, anyone who dies in Ragnarok will cease to exist, making Lü Bu's death by Thor's hammer this.
  • Defiant to the End: After losing his Volund and his arms, Lü Bu gracefully accepts his defeat and makes one final blaze of glory towards his opponent rather than to live and surrender.
  • The Dreaded: His monstrous strength made anyone in China to know and fear his name. Soldiers are willing to charge into a behemoth like Hua Xiong even knowing they're gonna get a certain death, but upon Lu Bu's presence, no one except for a few skilled warriors attempt to defy the Flying General. It goes to a point where people were scared of him when he was a defenseless baby just by his aura alone
  • Driven to Suicide: How he dies in life, as he's utterly bored due to having no more opponents to challenge him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much of a battle hungry maniac he may be, he has a code of honor in war and fulfills his promises. As such, after Sun Jian makes him cross the line he marked in the floor (since he promised anyone able to force him to retreat and cross the line would win the battle), he announces his enemy as the winner and leaves Hulao Pass instead of keeping the fight.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Does this both in life and in Ragnarok.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. As Brunhilde kept a private shrine of him after his death in Ragnarok.
  • Graceful Loser: After the odds are fully against him, Lü Bu accepts his defeat and fearlessly charges forward towards Thor, who respectfully decapitates the Flying General with his hammer.
  • Grin of Audacity: Gives a lot these when he finally finds a challenge against Thor.
  • Hot-Blooded: Once he found a challenge against Thor, Lü Bu immediately gets fired up in their battle.
  • Heroic Build: He's fighting on the side of humanity, and possesses the build that goes with it.
  • Hunk: He is strongly built and ruggedly handsome.
  • Invincible Hero: In his own spin-off, Lü Bu is so grossly overpowered the best his adversaries can do is to temporarily stall him, and the only time someone actually defeated him, it was more due Lü Bu himself admitting his defeat due a self-imposed condition he proposed before the start of the fight. No matter if you try to cut, club, kick, poison, punch or beat him to death, Lü Bu will always come in top. It took an enemy of divine proportions to finally stop him in the main series, and even then, he gave one hell of a battle before perishing.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He was able to match Thor blow for blow until the god starts to get serious.
  • Made of Iron: Due his mortal body, it's downplayed. But not only was Lü Bu able to block against Thor's attacks without repercussion, but he also withstood the God of Thunder's Geirröd technique, which was capable of flattening Jörmungandr, with only his legs fractured. Hell, even when Thor combined his two techniques into one ultimate attack, Lü Bu only loses his arms when he retaliates with his Sky Eater attack.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Barely reacted when having his legs fractured, along with his arms and a right leg getting torn off as well.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's notably ripped and was able to physically keep up with the God of Thunder.
  • Mythical Motifs: He's associated with eastern dragons, having tattooed one in his body and, in his spin-off manga, all the unfortunate enemies who try to fight against him see him (metaphorically) as one, emphasizing his might in the battlefield.
  • One-Man Army: True to the original historical depictions, Lu Bu is an absolute monster on the battlefield. It doesn't matter how many soldiers that were pitted against him, he would always defeat and kill them with ease.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's always seen with a frown... until his fight against Thor.
  • Razor Wind: His Sky Eater attack involves swinging his polearm with all of his strength, which creates an extreme force that is enough to temporarily part the raining clouds.
  • Red Baron: "The Flying General of the Three Kingdoms".
  • Rugged Scar: Has one over his right eye.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Regardless of his legendary feats as a mortal, Lü Bu's loss marks the first sign of the lengths that mankind has to go through against the Gods.
  • Scary Teeth: He has very sharp teeth, who makes him even more imposing and feral. He had them since he was a child.
  • Signature Move: The Sky Eater. A technique he developed that splits the sky in half after years of training on a mountain by constantly swinging his Sky Piercer downwards while gripping the end with his palm.
  • Slasher Smile: Once he starts having fun in his battle against Thor, his usually serious face changes to a fierce grin to show that, for the first time in his life, he's actually enjoying a fight.
  • Strong and Skilled: He is not only extremely powerful and fights in an animalistic way of attacking but he is also an experienced warrior who has gained knowledge on how to use his weapon from mainly just learning by fighting and combining the two makes him a very formidable individual.
  • Super Speed: He's called the Flying General for a reason. In life, his speed was so monstrous that he easily killed carnivores in one swipe and shish kabob the heads off of enemy soldiers in a blink of an eye. In Ragnarok, Lü Bu is able to keep up with Thor's godly speed, and manages to counter against all three of Thor's fastest and strongest techniques.
  • Super Strength: He's strong enough to break the neck of a huge bear, split the sky in two after years of training, and can even take on Thor himself.
  • Super Reflexes: He is capable of reacting fast enough to block and dodge all of Thor's attacks.
  • Super Toughness: Enough to survive against all three of Thor's named techniques, two of which is stated to killed 66 Giants and the World Serpent with ease.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Just take a look at his image.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: He's the Dragon to Sun Jian's Tiger. He's characterized as one, has one tattooed on his body and his strength makes people compare his might to a dragon, though personality-wise, although he can be patient and calm like the Dragon, he's a battle-hungry warrior looking for a worthy enemy to fight, more similar to the Tiger.
  • Victory Is Boring: It's mentioned that most of his prior battles in the Three Kingdoms were Single Stroke Battles, leaving him unfulfilled in life. It's only while fighting Thor that he's able to indulge his thirst for battle.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's this for a period of time in his own spin-off. He serves the tyrant Dong Zhuo as one of his enforcers and kills a sizeable quantity of good men who tried to liberate China from the claws of the tyrant. This contrast with Sun Jian, who fulfills the role of Hero Antagonist in the fight he and Lü Bu held.
  • Weapon of Choice: Uses the Ji (Chinese polearm) in life called the "Sky Piercer", and his Volund took the form of one in Ragnarok.
  • When He Smiles: Something that Chen Gong notices when Lu Bu finally found a challenge against Thor.
  • World's Strongest Man: Is seen like this in life, with Brunhilde describing him as "The Strongest Hero in the History of Mankind".
  • Worthy Opponent: Quickly comes to consider Thor this as their fight progresses, claiming that the God of Thunder is "pretty good!". In life, he came to consider Sun Jian, Dong Zhuo and Red Hare worthy adversaries too, as, even though they still were beneath his league, they were the closest of beings able to make him get serious even if for only a few seconds.

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Red Hare

Lü Bu's signature horse. With a temper as fiery as the one of his master, he also possesses an unbreakable loyalty towards him.


  • A Boy and His X: Lü Bu and Red Hare are so closely intertwined that everyone just decides to count Red Hare as an extension of Lü Bu's body and let the horse support him after Lü Bu breaks his legs blocking Thor's attack.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The coloration of Red Hare differs between media. While Lu Bu's spin-off gives him a dark red color with a mane and eyes of intense red, the anime opts to give him brown fur with a black mane and dark red eyes.
  • Cool Horse: Although he rode many horses on his journey to become the strongest, Red Hare is the one who's mainly tied into his story.
  • Deader Than Dead: He shares his late master's fate after dying against Thor's hammer in a futile attempt to avenge him.
  • Defiant to the End: Like Lü Bu, Red Hare and Lü Bu's army also die by Thor's hammer in a futile attempt to avenge him.
  • I Owe You My Life: The Lü Bu spin-off manga reveals that the reason why Red Hare is so loyal to the Flying General is cause he saved his life during their race against each other, where the arrogant son of a merchant had a group of people shooting arrows at his legs to immobilize and kill him in revenge for deforming his face of a kick. Lü Bu proceeds to kill the merchant's son of a single slap (making the other people flee in fear) and carries the wounded Red Hare to safety. From that moment, Red Hare recognized him as his rightful master and they became an inseparable duo.
  • Loophole Abuse: As Red Hare is so closely associated with him, his steed can assist him in combat without such aid breaking the rules.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lü Bu, to the point that he is considered an extension of Lü Bu thanks their close bond. It's to the point that when he dies, instead of fleeing, Red Hare chooses to try and avenge him.

    Adam 

Adam

Voiced by: Soma Saito (Japanese), Jonah Scott (English), Enzo Fortuny (Latin American Spanish), Adolfo Moreno (European Spanish)
Portrayed by: Shunya Ohira (stage)

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The Father of Humanity

"Hatred? Revenge? I don't need any of that. There is no reason why. Is there any man that needs a reason to protect his own children?"

The first human to be created and the Father of Humanity. A powerful warrior with the ability to replicate any technique seen by his eyes. He fights to save mankind from destruction, as he desires nothing more than protecting his children from doom. Among the Einherjar, he's the second one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Being the progenitor to humanity, Adam is this to them regardless of race, gender, nationality, or creed. With the revelation that he fights simply because he wants to protect his "children", humans as a whole—regardless of statuses and alignments—just love him even more and all wish for his victory.
  • The Ace: Is this for the human fighters of Ragnarok. Unlike them, he's able to fight toe-to-toe with the Gods without a Volund (as he killed the Serpent without any problem), can copy any technique he sees, and possesses an inhuman amount of strength, speed, and stamina. He also possesses an almost otherworldly natural beauty, being incredibly handsome and youthful, having a muscular but toned body too.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has the typical blond hair and blue eyes, despite the many depictions of him being a brunet in the Bible.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In this story, Adam deliberately allowed himself to be exiled from Heaven to be with Eve after she was framed by the Serpent of eating the forbidden fruit and doomed to be found guilty due to the trial being a Kangaroo Court that tend to favour the deity. In the Book of Genesis, Adam actually tries to shift the blame on his wife and justify himself when God confronts him for his disobedience.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He fights completely barehanded using punches and kicks, not using any weapon at any point. In fact, while performing the Volund ritual with Reginleif, she turns into a knuckle duster in accordance with his preferred fighting style.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: How his "Eyes of the Lord" works, according to Brunhilde.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Adam is a loving father and generally chill and serene, but mess with those he treasures and he won't doubt to end your life.
  • Beyond the Impossible: He was able to keep spamming his punches against Adamas Zeus despite already dying in the middle of their battle of attrition.
  • Bishōnen: Unlike the many depictions of Adam, this version looks like a ripped, teenage idol rather than an adult.
  • Counter-Attack: Brunhilde describes him as the ultimate counter to the Gods, as the "Eyes of the Lord" gives him the ability to turn their strongest moves against them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Inflicts this onto the Serpent at the start of his and Eve's exile from the Garden of Eden.
    • Subverted in his fight against Zeus. While he was able to overpower Zeus through his "Eyes of the Lord", the latter turns the tables on him by forcing a battle of attrition.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Even though Zeus ultimately won in their match, the God Father of Cosmos was only able to win by outlasting Adam in their barrage of fisticuffs, whereas Adam dies from the self-destructive strain placed on his mortal body.
  • Deader Than Dead: Like Lü Bu, this is Adam's eventual fate after dying against Zeus in their battle.
  • Defiant to the End: Even though he goes blind and dies in the middle of his fistfight against Adamas Zeus, Adam continues on swinging until Zeus exhaust himself.
  • Determinator: Referred to by Brunhilde as the human with the strongest will, Adam continues to fight no matter the odds that has befallen him. Even after losing his ability to see in his exchange of fisticuffs with Adamas Zeus, he continues on swinging.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Rather than let Eve be punished for being falsely accused of taking an apple from the Tree of Knowledge, Adam decides he should get himself kicked out as well by deliberately munching on a basket of its apples and throwing them around haphazardly, right in front of the council of gods that were overseeing Eve's trial.
  • Died Standing Up: How he dies in his battle of attrition against Adamas Zeus.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Twice he had done this in life and in Ragnarok. He killed the Serpent when the latter tries to kill him for foiling his plan, and he was able to harm Zeus without taking any hits himself until the end of their battle.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: His nudity also extends to his feet, as he doesn't wears any kind of footwear and goes completely barefoot. He doesn't has any problem fighting like that, and even jumps to the ground from the pilar where he emerged during his battle without suffering any damage on his feet.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He hates apples; since apples play into his original myth they're used to represent divinity, so Adam taking bites out of apples and spitting them out, declaring them to be sour is a pointed Take That! against the gods.
  • The Dreaded: He's this to nearly all of the Gods, with Ares, the Greek God of War himself claiming that even with a 1000 years of training, he wouldn't stand a chance against Adam.
  • Eye Scream: Loses his eyesight when a speck of Zeus blood splash against his eye after his gift is being pushed to the brink in their exchange of punches.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Like with Lu Bu, Brunhilde kept a private shrine of him after his death in Ragnarok as well.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He was this back when he was living in the Garden of Eden, where he and Eve were always surrounded by wild animals and even slept on them. This still remains when he left the Garden, as in his introduction in Ragnarok, lots of the animals from the Garden appear and gather next to him, showing that they still love him even after his exile.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Save for a single leaf that covers his privates he's completely naked.
  • Good Parents: While we pretty much know what will eventually happen to his sons, Adam was nonetheless a good father to them. It's taken Up to Eleven when he's fighting for the survival of humanity in the tournament.
  • Heroic RRoD: The Eyes of the Lord allow Adam to copy any move and utilize its full effect. However, there is a threshold where the eyes will become strained if he's forced to replicate and defend against an immensely powerful move repeatedly, such as Zeus' True God's Right.
  • Hope Bringer: He's referred to as the Hope of Humanity. Even after dying in his battle against Zeus, Adam's near victory shows that humanity does have a chance to win the tournament.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Considering how utterly petty and repulsive the Serpent was, Adam, puts the god down for good.
  • Light Is Good: With a pale complexion, platinum blond hair and eyes as blue as the sky, Adam is one of the most benevolent participants of the tournament, fighting for completely selfless reasons and displaying a pure love for all of his descendants, independently of their personality, gender, status or wealth.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Apart from having a great amount of strength, he is also surprisingly fast, keeping up with Zeus's incredibly fast movements and even surpassing him at some points.
  • Logical Weakness: While Adam can copy any divine technique and use it to the fullest extent, his weaker mortal body is unable to handle the strain of consecutive use, which is something Zeus takes advantage of near the end of their fight.
  • Made of Iron: He's able to handle getting a punch in the face by Adamas Zeus, as Brunhilde describes a single punch is capable of an One-Hit Kill in this state.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's not as large nor is he bulky as Lü Bu, Thor, or even Zeus, but Adam's leaner frame doesn't stop him from performing the insanely fast and powerful divine techniques against Zeus.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Even being smothered by Eve's massive bosom doesn't get much of a reaction from him.
  • Older Than He Looks: Despite his youthful appearance, it's heavily implied that Adam is an adult male.
  • Original Man: As the Father of Mankind, he's both the first human and man to be born. The method of his creation is, however, never stated, only that he was made at the image of the Gods.
  • Papa Wolf: His stated reason for fighting on Humanity's behalf is this, considering he's its forefather. Even as he stands dying, his last thoughts are of his biological kids and saving any kid out in the world who's crying.
  • Power Copying: His gift, "The Eyes of the Lord". Any attack that he sees, he can replicate with just as much speed and force behind as the one who delivered it. Against Zeus, this lets him both dodge and throw volleys of punches faster than a millionth of a second.
  • Power Fist: His Volund takes the form of a single knuckle duster. While simple, he makes good use of it.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Subverted. Pretty much everyone (including Brunhilde) believes this to be the case, but Adam clarifies that he has no reason like that to go against the Gods (See Papa Wolf).
    Haaah... [Zeus] thought the same thing too, huh? They all say the same thing. "Hatred"? "Revenge"? I don't need any of that. There is no reason why. Is there a reason a man needs to protect his own children?
  • Sacrificial Lion: Like Lü Bu, his defeat is to fully stress that even with the Volunds, mankind cannot match the gods blow for blow and need to fight more intelligently if they hope to win the tournament.
  • Sistine Steal: The scene where he performs the Volund with Reginleif is an obvious reference to The Creation of Adam from Michelangelo (who is also one of the spectators of the audience).
  • Smug Super: He has this attitude in his fight against Zeus, and not without good reason thanks to his gift.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't usually express himself outwardly.
  • Super Reflexes: It comes when utilizing the "Eyes of the Lord", and dodging Zeus' extremely fast punches which go off 0.01 seconds at first and going further from there.
  • Super Speed: He's blazingly fast, being able to keep up with Zeus, who can even move beyond time itself.
  • Super Strength: Being made into the likeness of the gods, Adam possesses godly strength which can stagger and harm the Godfather of the Cosmos himself without the use of a Volund.
  • Super Toughness: Along with his godly strength, comes a godlike amount of durability where he was able to withstand a direct punch from Adamas Zeus .
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Has this dynamic with Eve, surprisingly. It's not that Eve is very tall; however, he's just noticeably shorter than her.
  • Tranquil Fury: His demeanor when facing off with the Serpent, Eve's would-be rapist, before mankind's exile from the Garden of Eden. Let's face it, the piece of shit should have started running the second Adam said this:
    "My little bird friends told me that you made Eve cry."

  • World's Most Beautiful Man: Justified, since he was created by the gods directly in their image.
  • You Are Number 6: Being the first human to ever exist, he's referred as File No.00000000001.

    Sasaki Kojiro 

Sasaki Kojiro

Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Takuma Terashima (Japanese; Youth), Keone Young (English), Griffin Burns (English; Youth), Jorge Badillo (Latin American Spanish), Fernando De Luis (European Spanish)
Portrayed by: Masataka Nakagauchi (stage)

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History's Greatest Loser
Click here to see Young Sasaki Kojiro 

"For ages, men waged their lives upon those forged hunks of iron. To all those before me that formed the history of the blade... Thank You."

A skilled swordsman from Japan, infamous for being the greatest loser of the human history, as he always conceded defeat to his opponents before the end of the battle (while also learning from them in the process). He wishes to win in a battle for the first time in his life. Among the Einherjar, he's the third one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the accounts of the historical figure, Kojiro was rumored to be fully or partially deaf in one ear. Compared to Musashi and Vagabond where he's portrayed as sociopathic or deaf-mute respectively; this version is mentally and physically ailment free.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Played With. This Kojiro's actual track record is abysmal, contrasting his historical self's success in sword fighting. At the same time, his ability to scan and observe his opponents meant that he would eventually surpass them long after his actual loss, including Musashi. He would also become the first victor for humanity.
  • Age Lift: Invoked. Though he dies fighting against Musashi when he was young, this Kojiro appears as an old man specifically because it is him at his hypothetical prime.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Kojiro manages to accumulate the experience of his fights while he was still living and hones them in the afterlife. As such, he's managed to incorporate all the techniques of the swordsmen he's faced into his own unique style.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Up to Eleven, where Adam has the 'Eyes of The Lord' to analyze and copy a God's Techniques in one go, Kojiro predicts and analyzes every single thing his opponents does to formulate thousands and thousands of scenarios and takes the one where he's not instantly killed to retaliate.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike with Lü Bu and Adam, Kojiro's abilities are completely derived from his lifetime of experiences, training, and enlightenment, rather than natural talent or divine blessing.
  • Blood Knight: During his fight with Miyamoto Musashi, who was a Worthy Opponent that made him want to actually test his skills for real.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: In life, Sasaki never won a single battle and he was killed the only time he ever actually wanted to win. His losing streak finally ends when he defeats Poseidon, which also ends humanity's losing streak against the gods after Lü Bu and Adam were killed.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent from the fourth round due his injuries, he reappears during the fifth fight along with Okita and Isami Kondo to save Buddha from Loki and the 7 Lucky Gods.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: All his power and ability to predict as well as his superhuman swordsmanship and physical prowess stem not from his natural body but from years of training and constant defeat.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Kojiro's "Thousand Image Defense," a skill he refined after losing every battle in all his life and into his afterlife.
  • Combat Pragmatist: What does Sasaki do after he managed to slice off Poseidon's arm? He continues the onslaught without giving his stronger opponent a mere second to recuperate himself.
  • Cool Old Guy: He was not one when he died, but his appearance in the tournament is the result of him showing up in his hypothetical prime. In his case, this is after a period of time in which he perfects the Tsubame Gaeshi and also obtains Hyper-Awareness.
  • Determinator: The fact that he didn't give up after a lifetime of defeat, cements him like this.
  • Dramatic Irony: He's known in human history as the greatest loser who never won a single match, but has brought humanity's first victory against the Gods by defeating Poseidon, whose own power is regarded as Zeus Enalios (literal meaning Zeus of the Ocean).
  • The Dreaded: Kojiro becomes this to some of the lesser gods after his victory in the third round, being the first human to actually kill a god in combat especially since Poseidon was also The Dreaded. When he makes his appearance during the confrontation with Buddha, some of the Seven Lucky Gods immediately become wary and on edge, referring to Kojiro as "the man who killed Poseidon".
  • Hidden Depths: Despite taking his repeated losses in stride, it's revealed that he's secretly frustrated with experiencing nothing but loss when being overwhelmed by Poseidon's "40 Day Flood" technique.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: His main method of improving was by challenging swordmasters to duels, surrendering before they killed him, and taking the time to learn from his failures.
  • Longhaired Pretty Boy: During his life, he possessed fine features and a long hair he kept in a ponytail. Averted during his ascension to afterlife, where now he appears as a rugged and wrinkly old man, though not ugly by any means.
  • Loser Archetype: The Loser. He's considered "Humanity's Greatest Loser" due to his most notable (and sole recorded) feat being losing to Miyamoto Musashi, as well as losing countless other battles before that. Ironically, he's the one that brings home Humanity's first win.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Not literally, but during the start of his battle with Poseidon, Kojiro, using his human scanner abilities, tries in his head different ways to get close to his opponent, only to end killed (mentally) by the God of the Seas in many different and gruesome ways, such as being stabbed, butchered, cut in half or decapitated. After seeing himself dying 18 times, he decides to wait a bit until trying to fight Poseidon directly.
  • Master Swordsman: With lifetimes of training and combined with the accumulated experience and techniques he encountered from pretty much every single Master Swordsman in his time and combining it into the ultimate style called the Nito Ganryu. There is no doubt that he is The Master Swordsman.
  • Nice Guy: Kojiro is a laidback and carefree man that holds no grudges with others and respects the people that made him progress through his path of the sword. He's not even mad at Musashi Miyamoto for killing him, instead regretting the fact that he couldn't fight anymore, and holds a genuine friendship with him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Has this dynamic with his rival Poseidon. Kojiro is the outgoing, cheerful, and friendly red, while Poseidon is the cold, serious and unfriendly blue. This is further reflected in their clothes. Kojiro possesses clothing with calid colors such as red and yellow, while Poseidon wears a blue battle armor.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Has one when he was alive and retains it even in the afterlife.
  • Scars Are Forever: He's got numerous ones lining his entire body.
  • Silver Fox: He's gotten wrinkly, but that doesn't mean he's bad looking at all. Since he's in his prime, he's reasonably muscular, and his pretty-boy looks as a youth faded into an acceptable rugged age look.
  • Spirited Competitor: Sasaki spent his life learning to use the sword, but until his final duel with Miyamoto Musashi, he never had any intention to use it; learning swordsmanship was an end of unto itself. He would routinely challenge any sword master he could find for the sole purpose of using conceptual training to defeat them in his mind, after which he would move on to find another swordsman to test himself against.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In comparison to his opponent and the contenders before, he is this.
  • Worthy Opponent: Out of everyone that he fought, he respects Musashi Miyamoto the most as it's shown throughout his life he would challenge strong fighters, then give up when he knew he would lose and die. Musashi was the only opponent he wanted to fight to the bitter end because it was just too much fun which resulted in his death. Even his ultimate style is mainly based off of Musashi's Nito-Ichi-ryū.

    Jack the Ripper 

Jack the Ripper

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Humanity's Most Infamous Serial Killer
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"Now, o mighty hero, tremble before me."

The most infamous serial killer known to mankind, born in London during the 19th century, notorious for not being caught in his whole streak of crimes. Cruel and wicked, his reason to participate in the tournament is that he wants to experience what it feels like to kill a God. Among the Einherjar, he's the fourth one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Aura Vision: Through his right eye, Jack is able to see the "colors" of the individual's soul. It was this ability that has allowed him to evade being arrested in life.
  • Ax-Crazy: Jack may act like a gentleman but he's actually a homicidal murderer who wants to kill for fun. He can be open-minded and creative whenever he wants to kill someone by using everything available to him and understand how it works.
  • Badass Boast:
    (To Heracles): Tremble before me
  • Badass Bookworm: Is an avid reader of William Shakespeare (although the Bard himself notes that he interprets his works in the most cynical way possible), and is able to hold his own against the stronger Heracles.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one in his battle against Heracles, and he can use it to block the rebound of his own knives and slice apart a building onto the latter.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His main attire consist of a fancy gentleman suit. Though he is not as physically strong as his main opponent Heracles and the Gods and humans that fought before him, he manages to be badass by using his wits and developing tactics able to put his enemy into troubles.
  • Blasphemous Boast: He claims being born with Aura Vision is a gift from the Gods which, understandably, only pisses off the spectators on the god's side even further.
  • Bloody Murder: The decisive technique that ends giving him the victory, Dear God, involves soaking his Volund gloves with the blood from his own injury, turning them into powerful weapons strong enough to pierce Heracles's chest with a single thrust of both of them.
  • The Bus Came Back: He reappears in chapter 43 saving Göll from the Seven Lucky Gods after being absent for the entire 5th match.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Jack is aware of his reputation and flaunts it proudly.
  • Clock Punk: Coming from 19th century London, Jack's design has this motif with his pocket watch, hat, monocle, and the Big Ben tower, and the significant moments that accompany it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Knowing that Heracles is too strong to face head-on, Jack instead uses the battlefield and mind games to pick off Herc slowly.
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: His right eye is able to perceive people in the color of their current emotional state.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: He wears a pair of black half-gloves throughout the fight, fitting for a serial killer. The gloves are his real Volund, making it so that anything he touches with them turns into a weapon capable of hurting deities.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Invokes this thanks to Brunhilde, taking full advantage of the Gods' wounded pride after Kojiro's victory by requesting the Valhalla Arena to be made into a recreation of 19th Century Britain as home-field advantage, being gifted with a giant scissor and a pair of bottomless pouches in addition to his Volund, and knowing that the next godly contestant would honorably accept this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has this moment right before killing his father:
    The Boy: (With a bright smile) "Men at some time are masters of their fates."
    Jack Smith: (Terrified) Huh...?
    The Boy: Oh...? Have you never heard that line? It is Shakespeare... (now with a matter-of-fact expression) It was written in the book you left behind... father.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: His fall on the fence was a calculated move to get blood for his finishing move. He purposely fell into it calculating the point of the impact to avoid a fatal injury, then covered his Volund with the blood he needed, and hide the part of the fence that stabbed him to make Heracles believe that it was his trump card. His strategy eventually works and gives him the victory.
  • Desperation Attack: After Heracles boosts his already enormous physical parameters with Cerberus, Jack loses his advantage in raw speed and mounts increasingly hasty tactics to defeat him. This culminates in "Dear God", a close-range piercing, dual knife-hand strike which would leave him completely open if it missed or failed to kill Heracles right away.
  • Dirty Coward. Subverted. At first, his actions may look as cowardly, but every single of his movements are made for pragmatic reasons, as, otherwise he wouldn't stand a chance against someone like Heracles.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His forced synchronization with his unwilling Volund pretty much spells out rape.
  • Enfant Terrible: He committed his first two murders (that were his parents, no less) at the young age of twelve. Everything went downhill from that point on.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Heracles' love for humanity includes even Jack himself to the point that in his final moments he embraces Jack in a hug. Even before that, the only other person who shows unconditional love for Jack was Anne.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: When he was a child, he had an angelic face, but that didn't prevent him from committing his first two murders once he discovered how great seeing the color of fear in other people felt. That can be applied to his current self as well, as Jack, mustache aside, is quite baby-faced even in adulthood.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Under his polite facade, Jack is in truth a remorseless killer that enjoys bringing fear into his victims and seeing their expressions of terror as they die.
  • Feel No Pain: When his right shoulder was dislocated after crashing into a building from the force of Heracles' "First Labor-Nemean Lion" technique, Jack simply relocates it by slapping his arm back into place.
  • Flechette Storm: Alluding to his stabbings, Jack makes frequent use of throwing knives in order to take Heracles down.
  • Four Is Death: Appropriately, the representative for the humans in the fourth round of the tournament is a devious serial killer.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's the son of a prostitute who had to scrape through trash and was looked down upon by others for his poverty. His mother's love is pretty much his only source of happiness, and when she reveals that she doesn't actually love him, he succumbs to despair, and became a hedonistic Serial Killer to fill that void.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He has the attire and mannerism, and is a very intelligent man.
  • Hated by All: Jack is widely despised not only by the gods but by the humans as well, who are even wondering why should they cheer for him. By contrast, Heracles is beloved by both sides. The only humans who cheer for Jack are all shady and evil people like gangsters and prisoners. Him killing Heracles has all the gods throw rocks at him and even the humans are uncomfortable that he won.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He represents the cruelty of humanity, with Brunhilde describing Jack as "the most despicable scum in human history".
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: As revealed in his death-like state, he envisioned himself being loved by his birth parents and all of the people in London.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Heracles gains the advantage in the battle with his 12th Labour, he manages to hit Jack and drop him to a fence, where he's pierced in the flank by it. Surprisingly, Jack manages to keep fighting despite that. This was also perfectly calculated by him (see Deliberate Injury Gambit for more information).
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Jack's skill with throwing knives might as well be superhuman, best shown when he is able to precisely throw countless knives that all hit and rebound off of razor-thin wires he had placed around the arena, with their paths all aimed directly at Heracles after rebounding.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In life, he practically got away scot-free as a gruesome serial killer. In Ragnarok however, he ends up taking a monstrous beating at the hands of the heroic Heracles, and despite technically winning his one-to-one fight, Jack declares it as his loss instead.
  • Knife Nut: Uses a lot of these in his fight against Heracles.
  • Last Episode, New Character: For the anime, Jack makes a brief appearance at the end of Season One.
  • Lean and Mean: He is slender and seemingly less muscular in comparison to the previous contestants, and is a historical serial killer rather than a hero.
  • Luke, You Are My Father:
    The Boy: It was written in the book you left behind... father.
    Jack Smith: (Shocked) ...! YOU'RE- (The boy then slashed his throat open)
  • Made of Iron: Despite what his slender built suggests, Jack has shown numerous times to handle a degree of punishment in his fight against Heracles.
  • The Magic Touch: Eventually, his true Volund are revealed to be his gloves, which have the power to turn anything they touch into holy weapons able to wounds Gods without problems. The extent of what they can turn into weapons ranges from knives to the Big Ben building, to blood.
  • Necessarily Evil: Is regarded as this by Brunhilde, seeing Jack's abilities to be necessary for Ragnarok despite the latter's reputation of being the worst scum in human history.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a hat with a steampunk appearance that enhances his air of (fake) chivalry.
  • Nominal Hero: He's on the side of humanity, but is anything but a heroic one.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Pulls this off twice, first claiming his Volund is a giant pair of scissors, then revealing it's actually the pouches on his hip that can produce any weapon, then revealing that his true Volund is the gloves he wears which turn anything he touches into a divine weapon.
  • No Name Given: Like the urban myth, his real name was never revealed (assuming that he even got one).
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Again, he's only known by his alias.
  • Porn Stache: Sports a spiffy one, that enhances his appearance of a gentleman.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Manages to win his battle at the end, but with that he loses the only person who truly loved and understood him in his whole life.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The right eye that allows him to see the colors of the soul has a red-colored iris, and he's an infamous British serial killer during the late 19th century. They contrast with the blue eyes of his opponent, Heracles.
  • Self-Made Orphan: His first kill ends up being his mother, with the very next one being his father for what his neglect brought his mother to do.
  • Serial Killer: Perhaps the most infamous one of the history of mankind, not being caught during the period of time where he committed his crimes and killing at least 5 prostitutes (with much more unaccounted for as a brief flashback shows). This black legend surrounding him is the reason why Brunhilde chooses him as the rival of Heracles, like the one representing the unlimited potential of humans to commit evil.
  • Shout-Out: The mask he wears during his introduction is one to V for Vendetta.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a very disturbing one when claiming he wants to dye Heracles' pure soul.
  • The So-Called Coward: Gets this a lot for his pragmatism against Heracles in their one-to-one fight, but it's the only way for him to have a chance of winning the match.
  • Son of a Whore: For this version of him, he was born of an affair between a rich man and a prostitute.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Frequently does this to Heracles, and is able to force a Volund synchronization with an unwilling Hlökk through this method as well.
  • Stronger Than They Look: While certainly outmatched by Heracles in terms of strength, Jack, as a child, easily strangled his own mother with his bare hands and made a line of cracks in a brick wall by dragging a knife against it.
  • The Power of Hate: Brunhilde describes him as the embodiment of humanity's malice.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the Human fighters. As Herc represents everything ideal about a god, Jack represents humanity's capacity for evil.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Upon his reappearance in chapter 43, he saves Göll from the Seven Lucky Gods and offers her some tea without any malicious intention, showing he became a new man after his encounter with Heracles.
  • Tragic Dream: On the boundary line of death, he hallucinates an achingly beautiful vision of an idealized London where his parents, his victims, and even those who treated him unkindly are all smiling, well-fed, comfortable, and happy.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: His true Volund are the gloves he was wearing since the beginning of the battle, that can turn anything they touch into deadly weapons.
  • The Trickster: He was capable of fooling Heracules numerous times in their one-to-one fight, to the point where the God of Mischief himself was impressed.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Even before the revelation of his mother's true colors, there were hints of his growing misanthropy where he had to learn to act in certain mannerisms from the constant exposure of interacting with very unsavory and apathetic citizens and the fact that he was prideful of his mother loving him, by giving birth to him only, while callously disregarding the abortion of his five older unborn siblings.
  • Villainous Underdog: Heracles outclasses him in almost every respect and the entire audience despises him.
  • Weak, but Skilled: More so than the previous contestants, as Jack takes full advantage of the terrain, wits, and trickery in his fight against Heracles.
  • What Is This Feeling?: After winning he finds himself was stricken with an unfamiliar emotion, which turns out to be sadness for killing the only person who truly loved him.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has silver-colored hair and is a brutal serial killer.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In his youth, he was a baby-faced and friendly kid until the incident with his mother made him realize the beauty of a body dyed in the color of fear.

    Raiden Tameemon 

Raiden Tameemon

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The Peerless Rikishi
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"At last... At long last... I can go at this "sumo" that's let me down for so long.... With all I've got... I wanna risk my body, no, my whole life on this... 'Cos after all... I'm a rikishi."

The most illustrious sumo wrestler in the history of Japan, legendary for his massive size and incredible strength. Born Tarokichi Seki, he was both gifted and cursed with inhumanly powerful muscles since childhood, giving him monstrous strength comparable to the gods themselves. He fights for the sake of humanity's weak who cannot fight for themselves, but also wishes to find an opponent who he can finally unleash his full power against. Among the Einherjar, he's the fifth one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Traditional depictions of Raiden Tameemon portray him as what you can expect from a sumo wrestler, being bulky yet muscular and middle-aged. This portrayal of his not only trades the usual bulkiness of a sumo wrestler for one hell of a Heroic Build, but he looks in his 20s and has a handsome face too.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: After accidentally hurting another boy when he was just 5 and causing the village children to fear him as a monster, Raiden developed a severe aversion towards using his inhuman strength against other people. He carried this complex his entire life, only competing in sumo because it was against other skilled opponents, but forfeiting against anyone who openly feared his monstrous strength. It's implied this is the reason that Raiden was never promoted to the rank of Yokozuna in his lifetime despite his clear mastery of sumo. note 
  • Amazon Chaser: Says he's partial to big girls and means it. He's overjoyed when he meets Þrúðr, and while he doesn't sleep with her as he planned, easily accepts her becoming his Volund.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After managing to take out three of the four arms of Shiva, the latter returns the favor by bisecting his right arm with a kick from his Deva Loka attack. As a result of the flames coming from Shiva's body, the upper section of his arm falls to the ground and burns away.
  • Barbarian Hero: His libido and lack of clothes fall into the standard archetype, but he lacks the bloodlust and mindless combative style commonly associated with the trope. In contrast to Shiva, Raiden isn't thrilled about having to kill or about the high stakes involved in the contest and just wants to end the fight as soon as possible.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Being a sumo wrestler, he doesn't use any weapon at all and fights barehanded. In addition to traditional sumo techniques, he's also shown to employ some forbidden techniques consisting of punches, kicks, and sneak attacks, all performed with his body.
  • Beyond the Impossible: His muscles without his seals are so strong that even when using a Volund with the Valkyrain embodiment of strength herself, Prudur, who in Norse myth was on par with Thor himself, he's only able to control the strength of his muscles for mere minutes before his body starts tearing itself apart from the backlash. You know its this trope when even a living embodiment of strength herself can barely keeps his own musles from killing him!
  • Big Eater: Implied. Just before Brunhilde and Göll enter his bedroom, there were stacks of plates and sake littered everywhere.
  • The Big Guy: He's pretty much this to the rest of the Einherjar, dwarfing characters like Lu Bu and even his opponent Shiva.
  • Body Horror: Raiden's muscles are so powerful that they begin tearing his body apart if he tries undoing his personal seals, and can only do so in Ragnarok thanks to his Volund. His Volund also allows him to freely manipulate his musculature to shift into different parts of his body, such as grotesquely bloating up his forearms to block attacks with a shield of flesh and muscle.
  • Casanova: Implied. We first meet him piled up with nude girls of all species, apparently having had his way with all of them. He also attempts to hit on Brunhilde under the impression that his "becoming one" with a Valkyrie was in the sexual sense.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Once his one-to-one fight against Shiva begins, Raiden pulls no punches and immediately went onto the offense to defeat and kill his opponent as quickly as possible. Furthermore, he also has no problems with using his limbs to either punch or kick and even utilized sneak attacks despite those moves being forbidden in actual sumo wrestling. Justified as his opponent is a god, meaning that he'll have to resort to anything in order to win.
  • Cursed with Awesome: It turns out that when he was born, he had a bizarre condition where his muscles would produce endlessly, destroying his bones. To that end, he eventually created a technique to seal his muscles at the price of holding back. Thanks to Þrúðr, he destroys his seal and goes all out.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: In life, Raiden was forbidden from using four techniques in competitive sumo due to the damage they can do, referred to as kinjite. His backstory reveals that Raiden and his coach Tanikaze were the ones that had decided to ban the techniques, as a compromise to work around Raiden's complex about harming others, not a deliberate handicap like history suggests. Using just one of them with his full power is enough to blow two of Shiva's arms clean off.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Raiden came to be Tanikaze's student after their first training session turned into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, with Tanikaze's superior skill and experience brutally beating down Raiden despite his inhuman strength. This moment was a very happy one for Raiden, as it helped him realize that there were skilled and powerful opponents out there in the world of sumo that could handle his strength, allowing him to pursue his dream without guilt.
  • Determinator:
    • As a child, Raiden's unnatural muscle growth caused him excruciating pain as he learned to walk, his muscles crushing his bones with each contraction. He never gave up despite all the pain, and eventually developed new muscles within his own body out of sheer willpower, called the 100 Gates, that acted as physical limiters to prevent his growing muscles from crushing him.
    • Upon arriving in Edo to begin his sumo career, Raiden unintentionally offended the Fourth Yokozuna Tanikaze, who then attempted to break Raiden's spirit in their first training session. He beat the hell out of Raiden with the intention of sending him back home, but he kept getting back up and never quit, eventually earning Tanikaze's respect and becoming his student.
  • Died Standing Up: Raiden is killed standing on his feet and his body stays upright even as it disappears. In fact, Raiden never once falls or hits the ground during the entire fight, always being able to catch himself or maintain his balance.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength:
    • When he first tried sumo as a 5 year-old, Raiden accidentally hurt another boy with his great strength, creating a complex about hurting those weaker than him that he would carry his entire life.
    • After the first time using his Volund to undo his personal seals and unleash his muscles, even Raiden himself does not know what he is now capable of, having never once gotten to use his maximum strength before. He is just as surprised as everyone else when he uses his Volund's muscle control to crush Shiva's arm with his grip strength.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene quickly establishes him as a confident warrior who greatly enjoys the earthly desires, such as eating, sleeping, or having sex.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: The list of girls he slept with during his first scene range from females with the appearance of normal human women, to girls with animal parts, to an anthropomorphic dog woman.
  • Farm Boy: Raiden came from a simple farming family and was content to live a modest life using his strength to aid those around his village, until the eruption of Mt. Asama in 1783 led to the Great Tenmei famine overtaking his village. He decided to travel to Edo and become a sumo wrestler, using his strength to earn money for his village so they would no longer starve.
  • Gentle Giant: Early on in the fight, Raiden asks Shiva why everyone loves watching such a brutal spectacle, implying that he doesn't like violence despite his career in a combat sport. His full backstory reveals that he is a truly good-hearted individual beneath all his vices, never wanting to harm those weaker than him and desiring nothing more than using his strength to help others. The very idea of using his strength to hurt the weak is enough to move him to tears.
  • Graceful Loser: After sustaining a critical injury and losing use of his muscles, Raiden concedes defeat to Shiva while thanking him for finally giving him the chance to fight with his full strength.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: After the opening exchanges of the fight, Raiden uses his Volund to unleash his full muscle mass, growing into a massive size from the overflowing muscles before regaining control and compressing his strength. His Volund also allows him to bloat up muscles in certain areas of his body, such as in his forearms to create a shield of flesh for blocking attacks.
  • The Hedonist: Being known as the embodiment of sloth, he eats and drinks in large quantities, naps all day, and would have sexual intercourse with any humanoid female.
  • Heroic Build: Oh, yes. In terms of muscular mass, he gives the likes of Lü Bu and Heracles a run for their money, and he's a heroic character fighting to avoid the extinction of humankind. Raiden's abdominal muscles in particular are a fourteen-pack.
  • Hunk: He's tall, very handsome, and has muscles for days.
  • Manly Tears: Raiden was only able to compete in sumo while being true to his morals because it was against other skilled and fearless opponents, but upon realizing that one man was truly terrified to face him, Raiden immediately forfeited the match. He later tearfully confides in his coach Tanikaze that he feels like he has begun abusing his great strength to harm those weaker than him, but is trapped in his situation because he has no other option to feed his family and village.
  • Meaningful Rename: His birth name was Tarokichi Seki, before being renamed Raiden Tameemon upon becoming a sumo wrestler.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Raiden is a very well-built man, and a lot of emphases is put on his herculean physique, to the point two of his supporters in the audience (Genpaku Sugita and Hokusai Katsushika) show great interest in his fit body (one to dissect it and the other to paint it).
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair starts dark, but gets white once it reaches its ends.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Seconds after his fight with Shiva starts, he wastes no time in attacking his enemy as soon as he can, using brutal techniques not allowed in sumo to overwhelm and kill him. Unfortunately, the Hindu deity is a lot tougher than Raiden thought and manages to survive or block every one of his attacks.
  • Off with His Head!: How Shiva kills him, severing his head with a flaming kick that instantly cautherizes the wound and prevents any blood from pouring.
  • Power Incontinence: Raiden's powerful muscles begin destroying his body after he undoes his seals, and only his Volund allows him get his muscles under control. As the battle goes on and Raiden continues to use his muscles at their maximum strength, his mortal body can no longer handle the strain and begins tearing apart. Þrúðr has to give her full strength throughout his entire body in order for him to continue fighting.
  • Power Limiter: As a child, Raiden was forced to develop new muscles that acted as physical seals within his body to keep his unnatural muscle growth from crushing his own body, calling them the 100 Gates. These seals are what become his Volund, allowing him to finally unleash his full potential without killing himself.
  • Power Tattoo: His Volund visually manifests as the red, tattoo-like markings that cover his body, which mark where the seals within his body are located. The tattoos are seen growing to contain his overflowing muscles when he first uses his Volund to unleash his full strength.
  • Really Gets Around: In his introductory scene, he's seen sleeping with lots of humanoid divine females after just having sex with them. Considering his comments about it, it may be a common occurrence for Raiden.
  • Strong and Skilled: When Raiden first started his sumo career, he relied only on his brute strength and got handled by the superior technique of his coach Tanikaze. Under his training, Raiden developed into a true monster in the ring that combined insane power with impeccable skill. Raiden eventually forbade himself from using certain basic sumo techniques out of the sheer damage they can do thanks to his strength and mastery of the art. The most basic of all techniques, teppo (an open palm strike), when combined with the muscle manipulation of his Volund, is strong enough to tear two of Shiva's arms clean off in an attempt to block.
  • Super Strength: Thanks to his bizarre muscle growth, he can easily trade blows with Shiva and nearly twist one of his hands off.
  • Super Toughness: He can tank blows from the godly strength of Shiva with little discomfort thanks to his thick muscles.
  • Willfully Weak: Raiden lived his entire life deliberately limiting his strength one way or another, be it his muscle seals preventing him from ever using his true strength, or forbidding himself from using certain techniques in sumo to not harm opponents. Ragnarok is his first chance to go all out, getting to finally use his maximum strength against an enemy that he can't afford to go easy on.
  • What Have I Become?: Raiden suffered from this after he realized that his opponents had become terrified of him, believing that he had become a monster that abused his strength to take advantage of those weaker than him. This is a complex he's had since childhood after he accidentally hurt another boy and caused the village children to fear him as an inhuman beast. The manga implies that all of Raiden's losses in life were due to him forfeiting against any opponents who were deathly afraid of him.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In addition to his traditional sumo techniques, Raiden also utilizes moves associated with professional wrestling such as dropkicks, clotheslines and Russian hooks.
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    The Sixth Representative of Humanity (UNMARKED SPOILERS) 

Buddha

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The Honored One
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"The only one that can move me, on Heaven or Earth, is me."

The Buddhist God of Enlightenment, as well as the founder of Buddhism. He's the participant of the sixth round of Ragnarok. In a wild turn of events, Buddha promptly sided for humanity despite the fact that he was already chosen to fight for the heavens.


  • Agony of the Feet: His right foot is badly injured after Hajun stabs through it with his spiked weapon.
  • Always Someone Better: Is this to Zerofuku in what regards to bring people happiness. Zerofuku's method of absorbing the misfortune of people into himself works at short term, but eventually the humans whose misfortune he absorbed became more depraved and lost sight of what true happiness is. Buddha in turn, taught people that the only ones who can give happiness to them are none other than themselves, and his followers, though raggedy and in poor conditions, managed to be truly happy thanks to his teachings, and he even made the people who became depraved due Zerofuku's actions to look at themselves in shame. This was so much for Zerofuku that prompted his descent into darkness.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Initially shown as one of the champions on the side of the gods fighting against humanity, is implied in his first appearance that he taught the valkyries how to perform the Volund ritual, the thing that ended up costing the lifes of two gods, leaving ambiguous if he's loyal to the gods, wants to secretly save humans, or if he did that just because he could. Eventually, he fully reveals himself as a traitor to the Gods, striding out in the sixth round and announcing himself as humanity's representative.
  • Battle Aura: Once he unleashes Salakayas, a huge, intimidating aura resembling a demonic version of himself appears before Hajun, displaying the hatred towards the demon that made Buddha unlock the realm.
  • Berserk Button: He despises those who impose their will on him and attempt to prevent him from pursuing happiness.
  • Big Eater: Buddha has a fondness for sweets and junk food, and is constantly seen munching on something. Sharing his food is a sign of respect, as shown when he comically denies Zeus' attempts to take some of his chocolates, but later openly shares popcorn with Brunhilde. Though how much he truly respected her at first is ambiguous, if his What the Hell, Hero? moment with her is anything to go by.
  • Blade on a Stick: The first form his staff adopts is a polearm called Loka Pala.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: After becoming intertwined with the spirit of Zerofuku and gaining a new divine weapon empowered by the Seven Lucky Gods, Buddha uses Zero and the Lucky Gods' catchphrase of "Divine Punishment" to taunt Hajun with an Ironic Echo of the demon's use of the phrase.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: On one of his walks, he discovers Zerofuku, corrupted and crying because he could never figure out why his wealthy subjects weren't happy when they were cured of their misfortune while Buddha was surrounded by poor yet smiling people. Buddha imparts some wisdom on him, and humilated, he runs off and internalizes his rage to the point where he nearly destroys humanity. Buddha remembers none of this encounter. The fact that he was able to do this to a god, as a human, shows just how far above he was above Zerofuku spiritually.
  • Carry a Big Stick: The third form his staff adopts is the shape of a big, spiked club (similar to the kanabo the onis in Japanese mythology use as a weapon), called Nirvana. He can move with it as well as normally despite the size of the club.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: His ability, Pure Enlightenment Eighth Consciousness, allows him to see a moment into the future by reading the fluctuations of every soul, seeing the movements of their light to determine their actions. However, it doesn't work with Hajun because his soul is devoid of any light, just darkness.
  • Cool Sword: The second form his staff adopts is the form of a "vajra" short sword called Akshaya.
    • Gets a second one after his Six Realms Staff is destroyed by making a Volund with Zero.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The only hits he takes during the first half of the battle with Zerofuku occur after he challenges his opponent to a fistfight without their powers, and he still wins the exchange handily. Otherwise, he dodges and blocked and counters each and every single attack with absolutely no effort whatsoever.
  • Defector from Decadence: As in his life and mythology, Buddha rejects the decadent and indulgent ways of his former life among the Gods to forge his own path by fighting for humanity.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Buddha was originally a human who achieved enlightenment and eventually ascended to godhood, though he still fully supports humanity and had no intention of fighting for the gods.
  • Dodge the Bullet: When Ebisu shoots his melting bullets to him, Buddha effortlessly dodges them all, to the suprise of the Lucky God, who is left unable to say anything after seeing this feat. It is implied (according to the thoughts of Ebisu), that what Buddha did there was another different thing, but he's cut by Loki before the audience gets to know what it is. Chapter 47 reveals that Buddha used his Combat Clairvoyance to dodge them before they were even shot.
  • Empathic Weapon: Buddha's Six Realms Staff responds to his emotions and transforms accordingly depending on the situation.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Buddha's aforementioned Combat Clairvoyance is stated to be something he gained upon achieving enlightenment.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Appears to have lotuses inside his eyes. It's shown that he gained them upon reaching enlightenment.
  • Eye Scream: While trying to block Hajun's Heaven Piercing Demon Drill with Ahimsa, is shown that after the attack pierced the shield, it also injured Buddha's left eye, leaving him one-eyed.
  • Fangs Are Evil: For some reason, his canines are really sharp and stick out from the rest of his teeth, giving him an oni-like appearance in some panels. Flashbacks indicate that he had fangs even back in his mortal days. The "evil" part is subverted, though, as he betrays the Gods for humanity.
  • For Happiness: In life, upon reaching enlightenment he adopted this as a personal creed as he traveled across India helping others on his own terms.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: He's smart enough to be implied to have developed the Volund system, and he's always chewing on a lollipop. As seen when Zeus and Odin interupt the fight he was having with Loki and the Seven Lucky Gods, he carries more of them with him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Once Buddha begins teaching Zerofuku to accept himself, he throws aside his divine weapon and challenges his opponent to an honest fistfight, which helps Zerofuku to overcome his grief and attain happiness.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: As a former human who ascended to godhood purely off his own enlightenment, he naturally stands as this for humanity. Even six rounds in, he still gets people praying for him despite all the other gods bringing humanity closer to extinction. Given he's also almost definitely responsible for teaching the Valkyries how to perform Volund giving humans a chance to fight back, on top of choosing to fight for humanity directly, he's also a Greater-Scope Paragon to Brunhilde's Big Good.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Betrays the gods to fight as a champion of humanity. Although it is questionable if he even was a villain to begin with.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Hajun manages to block the impact of his Karma-Destroying Samsara Cycle: Eternal, he manages to impale Buddha on the stomach with his axe-like pincer appendage. However, Buddha, far from giving up, reaffirms his desire to save humans if the gods are gonna abandon them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He initially starts belittling Zerofuku and treating him cruelly, kicking him and even claiming he doesn't knows who he is when he announces his hatred towards him. However, towards the climax of their fight, he reveals that his true intention was for Zerofuku to reach happiness, and those insults were in truth a way for Zerofuku to realize he's the only one who can make himself happy.
  • Logical Weakness: He may have the ability to see the future but it’s of little use when the next attack he sees is one he cannot possibly dodge. But it is an attack Buddha can block.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The fourth form his staff adopts is the shape of a large, elongated shield called Ahimsa. It's sturdy enough to tank a direct hit from a misery-powered impact from Zerofuku's Misery Cleaver without suffering any damage.
  • Manchild: Brunhilde describes him as "History's greatest Adolescent" due to the fact that he seemingly follows his own whims regardless of what others think and hates those who try to stop him from doing so.
  • Morph Weapon: While normally in the form of a staff his weapon can take on multiple forms, So far we have seen:
    • First Realm: Divine Realm, Wish Granting Wheel Kannon - Lokapala, which is a Blade on a Stick.
    • Second Realm: Human Realm, Unshakeable Cord Kannon - Akshaya, which is a Cool Sword.
    • Third Realm: Animal Realm, Horse-Faced Kannon - Nirvana, which is a club or a mace.
    • Fourth Realm: Asura Realm, Eleven Faced Kannon - Ahimsa, which is a shield.
    • Fifth Realm: Petra Realm, Holy Kannon - Salakayas, which is a Sinister Scythe.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the majority of god redesigns, Buddha appears to be some sort of modern hipster.
  • Oddly Shaped Sword: After forming a Volund with Zero he gets a sword based on the Seven-Branched Sword called Great Nirvana Sword: Zero.
  • Oh, Crap!: Buddha has a brief moment of worry after using his foresight to see Zerofuku transforming his Divine Weapon into a massive size, though he quickly regains his composure and defends against the attack. He gets a much bigger one after Zerofuku is forcefully transformed into Hajun, especially since his foresight does not appear to work on the creature at all.
  • One-Man Army: Has no issue with taking on all of the 7 Lucky Gods and Loki simultaneously.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Upon witnessing the redeemed Zerofuku transform into Hajun, the demon berserker of the Netherworld, and realising his foresight cannot affect him, Buddha retreats and eyes his new opponent cautiously, turning serious for the first time since the fight began.
    • After Hajun informs him that Zerofuku had been fully consumed, Buddha loses it and experiences an emotion that he had long ago abandoned: hatred.
  • Oral Fixation: Normally is either sucking on a lollipop or eating sweets. He even makes his arena entrance chewing bubblegum.
  • The Power of Hate: When Hajun mocks Zero after announcing he ate him, Buddha experiences hatred, an emotion he rejected a long time ago. This allows him to unleash his Preta Realm ''Salakayas''.
  • The Power of Love: Upon unleashing his Great Nirvana Sword: Zero after forming a Volund pact with Zerofuku, Brunhilde (moved to tears by the pureness of the weapon) describes the Volund as being the opposite of Zerofuku's Misery Cleaver, being a weapon that takes Buddha's compassion as its main fuel rather than misery.
  • Rocket-Powered Weapon: The Salakayas form of his weapon has a lion head opposite of the scythe which can discharge a large amount of energy to greatly increase the weapon's speed and cutting power.
  • Simple Staff: Buddha's Weapon of Choice is a staff with a prayer wheel on one end, known as the Six Realms Staff.
  • Sinister Scythe: After Hajun declares he consumed Zerofuku while insulting him, Buddha's hatred makes him unleash his fifth realm (Preta), which takes the form of a huge scythe with the menacing face of a Chinese guardian lion on it, named Salakayas. It has the ability to land powerful blows and impulse itself with gusts of wind.
  • Smug Smiler: He's not above giving his rivals condescending smiles to show how much above them he thinks he is.
  • Smug Super: Buddha is strong and he knows it, and thus is quick to condescend towards others while having the power to back up his arrogance, not having problem confronting alone both Loki and the Seven Lucky Gods at the same time (mind you that both Loki and Bishamonten are strong enough to be representatives of the gods during the tournament), or even laugh at the face of Zeus himself when he warns him to no start more troubles, a suicidal action that any other character would have regretted.
  • Synchronization: After his Six Realms Staff is destroyed and he is put in a near-death state, Buddha's hand is grabbed by the spirit of Zerofuku and both of their fates become intertwined in the same manner as the Volund ritual, forming a brand new divine weapon.
  • The Unreveal: The sixth form correlating with the Infernal Realm of Buddha's Six Realms Staff is never revealed, as the divine weapon is destroyed by Hajun while it is only in its fifth form.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The shock of Hajun revealing he consumed Zerofuku awakens the emotion of hatred inside him (a poisonous emotion he rejected time ago), unleashing his fifth realm and showing a menacing, demonic aura that leaves the spectators astonished. Then he proceeds to attack the demon with powerful blows, showing how truly pissed he is.
  • Walking Spoiler: Trying to know much about his role in the manga will inevitably spoil the fact that he's the fighter of the human side in the sixth match. Discussing the fight itself will also spoil many of the twists involving his opponent.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Buddha calls out Brundhilde for the suspicious nature of her plan after informing her of his betrayal, and ponders what lows she would sink to in order for it to succeed. As he departs, he leaves her with a sinister warning about not standing by if she goes too far. However, by the end of the Round Six, he seems to have developed a genuine liking for her, as he tells her he really likes "her eyes full of worldly desires" before being taken to the infirmary.
  • Wild Card: He's this for the gods. He's enlisted as a fighter representing them, but his allegiance is shaky at best, with him having helping the valkyries and humans by teaching them how to do the Volund ritual and only having respect for himself and nobody else. Even Zeus lets him to do whatever he wants, opting for not taking offense for his irreverent actions and let him leave the encounter with Loki and the Seven Lucky Gods unscathed than trying to punish him for being a supposed traitor. He finally reveals his allegiance in the sixth round, entering as the Gods' representative before walking over to the other side of the arena and stating that he is going to fight for humanity.
  • Wrecked Weapon: His Six Realms Staff is destroyed during his battle with Hajun. He gets a replacement soon after.

    Qin Shi Huang 

Qin Shi Huang

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The King Where It All Began

The founder of the Qin Dynasty and the first emperor to unify China. His real name is Ying Zheng. He is widely regarded as the greatest Chinese emperor of all time despite sometimes being viewed as a tyrant. Among the Einherjar, he's the seventh to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While Qin Shi Huang is often depicted in traditional Chinese art as a slightly overweight, bearded old man, here, he's portrayed at his hypothetical peak (i.e. his youth.) That said, his cameo in the Lü Bu spin-off has him older depiction in one panel.
  • Attack Reflector: Thanks to a technique in his Chi You - Armor Form called Heavenly Hand of Defense, he's able to deflect Hades' Persephone Roa using his volund to deflect the attack then hit Hades with a shockwave strong enough to slam him against a nearby wall.
  • Badass Boast:
    • After flipping Ares over for trying to take him out of the God’s VIP section, he tells both him and Hermès to humble themselves. For it doesn’t matter where he is;
    Qin: You are in the presence of an emperor. The throne is where I am.
    • Later, after hitting Hades for the first time in the fight, he declares himself to be the true king of all.
    Qin: Hades, King of the Netherworld, was it? Let me tell you something. There can only be one king in the world, and that man is I.
  • Blindfolded Vision: His design features a blindfold for reasons unknown. It adds mystery to his character.
  • Creepy Centipedes: A close-up to his face reveals he has a centipede tattoo on his right cheek.
    • A close-up of his back in one of the panels shows that he has a centipede tattoo going down his spine.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He casually walks into the Chief God’s VIP section, sits on a chair (Which Hades was sitting on) to wait for his match, flips Ares on his face when the latter tries to remove him, then tells both him and Hermès to humble themselves.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears briefly in a cameo of the Lü Bu spin-off (depicting him as the emperor who unified China for good), roughly a year before his actual debut in the main series.
  • Femme Fatalons: He is shown wearing two zhijiatao (fingernail coverings) on his right hand and three on his left, symbols of nobility and wealth in ancient China.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: He tends to say words in Chinese from time to time, the more notable being hǎo (nice) and moumantai (not to worry). Justified in his case as he's Chinese himself.
  • Instant Armor: His Volund takes the form of extravagant shoulder plates known as the Almighty Spaulders. The shoulder plates are apparently able to change form depending on Qin's needs, as, after slamming Hades to a wall from the arena, a five-point star appears before Qin with five different weapons on it's points (Armor, Spear, Halberd, Crossbow and Sword).
  • Pride: Seems to be his defining trait. In his debut scene, he's shown to be incredibly arrogant and haughty, to the point he goes to the VIP room where the Greek gods are watching the tournament cause he feels it's the best waiting room for him and ask two gods like Hermes and Ares to prostrate before him cause he's "the emperor".
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite his lithe build, he's able to break through the walls of Valhalla and lift the considerably more muscular Ares without any problem.
  • There Was a Door: During his debut scene, he's seen destroying the walls of the halls of the arena through an unknown method in search of his waiting room, not bothering to use any of the doors present. This serves to further show his arrogance and lack of caring for his actions.

    Souji Okita 

Souji Okita

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The captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi, a special police force in Kyoto during the late shogunate period. Also one of the best swordsmen of the Shinsengumi despite his young age. He's set to participate in Ragnarok at some point.


  • Blinding Bangs: Whenever his eyes aren't shown.
  • Blood Knight: In his very first appearance, he expresses his desire to fight in Ragnarok already, wondering when his turn to fight will come.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Souji wears the distinctive light-blue haori of the Shinsengumi, and is a warrior fighting to save humanity from extinction.
  • Child Prodigy: He earned the position as the captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi at a young age.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He has a fondness for cute animals, shown when he gets giddy at the sight of Odin's talking ravens. This characterization is transplanted from Chiruran: Shinsengumi Requiem, where is often seen playing with small animals.
  • Hellish Pupils: Upon having his eyes revealed from his Blinding Bangs.
  • Master Swordsman: He has to be after being made into a captain for the Shinsengumi's first unit at a young age after all.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Sports one, though it is shorter than Kojiro's.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Has a scarf on his neck with a squared design.
  • Slasher Smile: He gives a rather chilling one while wondering of his turn to fight in Ragnarok.
  • Transplant: Okita and Isami Kondou, in personality and design, come from their depiction in Chiruran: Shinsengumi Requiem, another work of Shinya Umemura (one of the authors of Shuumatsu).

    Michel Nostradamus 

Michel Nostradamus

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Prophet of the Century
A French prophet known for the infamous crime of destroying the Bifrost, the gate connecting Valhalla and Helheim that only the most important of the gods can acess. He was thrown into Helheim for his crimes until Brunhilde rescued him for Ragnarok. He is set to participate in Ragnarok at some point.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Rather than an old bearded man, here he's shown as a youthful teen with delicate features.
  • Blood Knight: He waits for Brunhilde in the Einherjar selection room to ask her for his turn to fight, implying he's eager to show his power. She however tells him it's not his turn yet, as he's the "joker" of their side.
  • Boxed Crook: He was condemned to be trapped in Helheim after he destroyed the Bifrost through unknown means, being the only human in history to be thrown there. Time later, Brunhilde freed him from there cause she deems his strength necessary to win Ragnarok (though from her words, is implied Nostradamus could have escaped from Helheim at any time if he desired), essentially recruiting a powerful criminal just in case.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: He's introduced crossdressing as Brunhilde, to her ire and Goll's confusion. Though he's an Einherjar, and thus this should carry a more positive connotation, he's portrayed as a dangerous criminal and Goll thinks of him as a weirdo.
  • Cute and Psycho: His youthful looks hide a twisted mind able to destroy a sacred interdimensional gate, and he seemed to enjoy his stance in Helheim despite how horrible descriptions on it are. Furhtermore, he's also a bit of a Blood Knight.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite his effeminate appearance and nothing in his life implying any fighting ability, Brunhilde says Nostradamus is very strong. Strong enough to be human’s Wild Card.
  • Troll: His debut scene involves him crossdressing as Brunhilde to annoy her, and later tells Goll he prophesied that the gods would win Ragnarok, only for him to reveal he was joking to a bewildered Goll.
  • Wild Card: Brunhilde calls him the "joker" of the human side, as his insincere and twisted personality makes him unreliable. She tells him his turn is still a long way off, implying he's being reserved for another round in case of emergence.

    Simo Häyhä 

Simo Häyhä

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A Finnish soldier who fought during the Winter War of 1939-40 between Finland and the Soviet Union, racking up more than 500 confirmed sniper kills within the course of 100 days, earning him the moniker of 'The White Death' by his enemies. He is set to participate in Ragnarok at some point.

He has yet to appear in the series proper, but his design was revealed early due to a popularity poll in 2019 by the authors.
  • Canine Companion: In the image provided by the authors, Simo is curiously shown with a large Finnish Lapphund at his side. He was known to have a lifelong kinship with dogs and became a successful dog breeder after the war, but it is currently unknown how this aspect of his character will be implemented into the manga.
  • Cold Sniper: He provides the page image, being the preeminent example in human history. By all accounts, the real-life Simo was actually more of a Friendly Sniper, but his characterization in the manga is yet to be seen
  • In the Hood: He wears a white cloak that resembles Death's robes, a suitable appearance for someone feared as 'The White Death'.
  • Red Baron: He was given the name belaja smert by his enemies among the Red Army, translating to 'The White Death'.
  • Sniper Rifle: Simo's trademark SAKO M/28-30 rifle is perfectly replicated for this series, including the bayonet and simple iron sights.
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