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Note: In the Taiwanese Hokkien language broadcasts, all male characters are voiced by Huang Huei-Fung

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Heroes

     Lang Wu Yao 
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Name: 浪巫謠 Làng Wū Yáo (ZH) / Rou Fu You (JA) / Wandering Sorcery Ballad (EN)
Title: 弦歌斷邪 Xián Gē Duàn Xié (ZH) / Genka Danja (JA) / Song That Dooms Evil (EN)note 
Weapon of Choice / Weapon Name: Ling Ya the Pipa
[See Ling Ya for further details.]
Discipline / Position: Musician
Date of Birth: February 22.
Voiced by: Takanori Nishikawa (JA), Liu Ming-Yue (ZH)
"筋為弦,脈為鼓,息如笙歌;以吾命,譜樂章,邪音不容。"
"My muscles are strings, my heart a drum, and my breath a flute's whistle; my life is a harmony, and will not allow evil to play a discordant note."


A musician who is one of Shang Bu Huan's partners-in-crime from Xi-You. He uses his talking pipa Ling Ya to fight with, rather than a sword (though as revealed later, Ling Ya can also become a sword). His voice is said to be cursed, and most of the time Ling Ya is the one doing the talking.
  • Anger Born of Worry: About half of the season in, Lang Wu Yao becomes angry at Shang Bu Huan's pacifistic habits, such as holding back against brainwashed civilians and stopping him from killing Di Kong. This is not because Shang Bu Huan's actions piss him off, however; Lang Wu Yao is worried his friend might get hurt for being a Reckless Pacifist.
    • The trope gets averted near the end of the season once Lang Wu Yao recognizes Shang Bu Huan is not only strong enough to back up his attitude but also experienced enough to do so. Lang Wu Yao even admits it was foolish of him to worry about Shang Bu Huan the way he did.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Not to the extent of Shang Bu Huan, but the fact Lang Wu Yao can freely channel Ki through the strings of his weapon without the use of metal is similar to Shang Bu Huan's use of a piece of wood as his weapon, ranking his abilities among the world's greatest legends.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Downplayed since he's not actually blind, but he's still able to go toe-to-toe with an enemy with his eyes closed. Due to his mastery of sonic attacks and music, he possesses a heightened sense of hearing, enough for him to easily create an image of his surroundings like a bat. He is able to best Xie Yingluo when she is wielding the Seven Blasphemous Deaths with his hearing alone. However, Reality Ensues when he faces against Lou Zhen Jie; though Lou Zhen Jie is unable to best Lang Wu Yao in a straight fight, the former confuses the latter's detection skills with clever throws of pebbles while remaining airborne, allowing Lou Zhen Jie to get close enough to land a hit on Lang Wu Yao with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Canon Immigrant: At first, Lang Wu Yao was no more than a promotional mascot in representing T.M.Revolution, and to showcase Pili's crafting skills to the Japanese demographic. But then Urobuchi became fond of the character upon its finished creation, and pitched the idea of incorporating this character within the story. He is officially canon in season 2.
  • Compelling Voice: Lang Wu Yao claims that his voice is enchanted and if he were to sing it would entrance people. During the season, we only see him use his musical chops in battle against Death King where his voice is enough to cancel out the fire breath of a dragon. It's not until the movie Thunderbolt Fantasy: Bewitching Melody of the West that we see that his singing voice is enough to entrance multiple people who take narcotics to increase the buzz he creates and to stop several armed guards in their tracks just out of pure admiration of the melody.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes it just as good as his partner Shang Bu Huan. The only opponents he cannot stomp are a dragon, Lin Xue Ya, Di Kong, and Xiao Kuang Juan (and he was handicapped in that last one).
  • Detect Evil: He can tell whether the person he is observing is evil or not. Most notable with Lin Xue Ya: Lang Wu Yao instinctively senses Lin Xue Ya isn't a pleasant or trustworthy person. Having only met him for a day or two, he has no evidence, but Lang Wu Yao knows the trickster is very dangerous to leave alive and might be more trouble than he is worth. So Lang Wu Yao tries to kill him.
    Lang Wu Yao: "But your posture, the way your breathe. Everything about you sings out your evil nature. And that if I let you go, you'll wreak havoc on the world."
  • Fiery Redhead: A rare The Quiet One variant. Shang Bu Huan, who has an excellent grasp of what kind of Grey-and-Gray Morality individual Lin Xue Ya is, never shows any ill intentions against the trickster. He knows not all 'good guys' are saints. However, Lang Wu Yao is a different brand of Grey-and-Gray Morality individual; as soon as he can tell Lin Xue Ya is a Manipulative Bastard Anti-Hero who enjoys Batman Gambit plans, he thinks it is best to kill him to make the world a safer place.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He grows more and more disdainful of Shang Bu Huan's pacifistic and merciful attitude towards opponents. He wants to kill people he deems evil so they won't be able to bring harm at all, or going by his character poem, "bring discord to the harmonious music of his life". That said, he is willing to tolerate and work with Lin Xue Ya for the sake of helping Shang Bu Huan, such as when Shang Bu Huan gets poisoned early in the season and again during the finale.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: He believes it's perfectly fine to execute evil people before they actually commit an atrocity. If you kill them before they do something evil, then it's better for the world. He justifies this because his intuition in predicting who will become evil hasn't been wrong so far (implying he has done as much in the past). At present, his targets have thus far been Lin Xue Ya, who is an Anti-Hero Troll who was responsible for the villainy of at least two other individuals, and Di Kong, whose own sense of morality and humanity is strange by all other standards. His intuition is proven right when Di Kong willingly becomes a force of evil using the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The way Shang Bu Huan speaks to him upon reuniting, as well as Ling Ya's claims about Lang Wu Yao feeling lonely, seems to imply this trope, if not straight-up Ship Tease.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Just like Shang Bu Huan, Lang Wu Yao holds back his true capabilities unless the situation demands it. He only transforms Ling Ya into a sword when and if he feels it is necessary, and he is only seen using his enchanted voice once so far (and even then it was partially at Lin Xue Ya's behest).
  • Improbable Weapon User: On multiple occasions, Lang Wu Yao has smacked people flying with Ling Ya's pipa form.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: With Lang Wu Yao's Canon Immigrant stats paired with the casting of his original model to voice him gives the approval for this trope; and this goes down to Lang Wu Yao’s skill set.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: The more he sees how Shang Bu Huan's pacifistic methods do not stop the deaths of innocent people or end the villain's agenda, the more he becomes convinced Shang Bu Huan is a Wide-Eyed Idealist who won't get the job done. At least, until Shang Bu Huan proves him wrong near the season finale.
  • Magic Music/Musical Assassin: In the season 2 preview, Lang Wu Yao seems to fight off enemies while playing Ling Ya rather than wielding a sword. In the ending scene of Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death, it is also implied he uses Ling Ya to cross the Wasteland of Spirits unharmed. And, he is voiced by Takanori Nishikawa after all.
    • Come season 2, turns out Lang Wu Yao has both tropes: he mostly fights by sending Razor Wind from his pipa, and possesses an enchanted voice.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Literally. Lang Wu Yao's enchanted voice could overpower just any magical attack inferior to it - this includes the fiery breath of a dragon, and his songs can apparently cause Brown Note on people. However, just like Shang Bu Huan in reserving his fighting skills, Lang Wu Yao consciously suppresses the usage of his voice, especially singing, unless there is a need for him to use it.
  • Mysterious Past: Just like Shang Bu Huan. Ling Ya once blurts out Lang Wu Yao once sang for a princess in Xi-You in her courtyard, and it resulted in an army being involved, but Lang Wu Yao shuts him up before he could elaborate.
  • Noisy Shut-Up: Being a quiet guy, his pipa, Ling Ya does most of the talking for him. But if Ling Ya blabs too much, Lang Wu Yao literally pulls his strings to shut him up.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks and relies on Ling Ya to do the talking for him. Lang Wu Yao only speaks if he has something particularly important to say or if he is in the mood to sing.
    • According to Ling Ya, the reason why Lang Wu Yao doesn't talk much is because he possesses an enchanted voice strong enough to drive those around him mad.
  • Razor Wind: Lang Wu Yao's primary form of attack is to create these by channeling his Ki through the strings of Ling Ya.
  • Red Is Heroic: He has a bit of Stock Shōnen Hero in him, as he seeks to deliver "justice" on Lin Xue Ya after figuring out the man's got a bit of evil in his mannerisms.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He has long orange hair and green eyes.
  • Storm of Blades: He can spam the sound waves of his music into blades of wind strong enough to cut rocks and steel.
  • Sword Beam: Though Lang Wu Yao usually uses Razor Wind from the strings of Ling Ya's pipa form, Lang Wu Yao is fully capable of this as well with Ling Ya's sword form.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: How does Lang Wu Yao help defeat the dragon known as the Death King? Why, by singing opening theme "His/Story" of course!
  • Wandering Minstrel: Implied. He appears to be a traveling musician and carry around a talking pipa with him.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Part of the reason why Xiao Kuang Juan is able to beat Lang Wu Yao as badly as he does near the season finale is because Lang Wu Yao is weakened from the Seven Blasphemeous Deaths from his previous battle.

     Ling Ya 
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Name: 聆牙 Líng Yá (ZH) / Ryouga (JA) / Listening Fang (EN) [Pipa Mode],
吟雷聆牙 Yín Léi Líng Yá (ZH) / Ginrei Ryouga (JA) / Chanting Thunder Listening Fang (EN) [Sword Mode]
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JA)


Lang Wu Yao's magical talking pipa which can transform into a sword.


  • Brutal Honesty: Does not mince his words and isn't afraid to say what he thinks.
  • Cowardly Lion: Notably does not want to cross the Wasteland of Spirits in the end of Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death and can't figure out why Lang Wu Yao would use that opportunity to sing a song as well.
  • Instrument of Murder: Lang Wu Yao wields Ling Ya as a weapon, in addition to being a musical instrument.
  • Morph Weapon: Ling Ya has an ability to transform from a musical instrument to a sword. He would transform when Lang Wu Yao gets serious, or when the situation demands him to use his sword form.
  • Mysterious Past: Implied to have met Seven Blasphemous Deaths before the series.
  • Talking Appliance Sidekick: A pipa with a demonic talking head.
  • Talking Weapon: He's able to converse with individuals other than Lang Wu Yao, and does so quite often. He's literally a talking weapon when transformed into a sword.
  • Transformation Sequence: Ling Ya’s sword transformation surely pulls off the hype of a Henshin Hero.

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Antagonists

     Xie Yingluo 
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Name: 蠍瓔珞 Xiē Yīngluò (ZH) / Katsu Eiraku (JA) / Scorpion Necklace (EN)
Title: 蝕心毒姫 Shí Xīn Dú Jī (ZH) / Shokushin Dokki (JA) / Princess of Cruelty (EN)note 
Weapon of Choice: Sword, Poisonous Scorpions
Weapon Name: 荼蘼螫 Tú Mí Shì (ZH) / Dabiseki (JA) / Thimbleberry Thorn (EN)
Date of Birth: February 23.
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (JA), Tong Xin-Zhu (ZH)

"劍上逐力競鋒芒,莽夫之浮誇;玉爪輕藏一點香,死亡之凝華。"
"The pretense of clashing swords to prove might is humorous at best; a drop of poison on the tip of a needle, now that is the art of death at its finest."


An assassin and one of Huo Shi Ming Huang's subordinates. She jumps at the chance to track down Shang Bu Huan and the Sorcerous Sword Index in Dong-Li to prove herself to her master. She is an expert at poisons, and takes pride in their deadliness.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As the series progresses, we find she's not as confident and prideful as people think she is, and goes through a lot of Character Development. Just when she begins to find meaning in life, she's cut down in one move. Even Shang Bu Huan (And to a lesser extent Lang Wu Yao) express sadness at her death.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions. According to the director, her appearance supposed to be based off of a scorpion. She also uses them in her various attacks. She can also turn herself into a nest of scorpions.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Both of her concept art and puppet form are very beautiful and very detailed. And she is known for using her scorpions to murder people and wipe out entire towns.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under the influence of the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, she begins to enjoy slaughtering her enemies. She is even willing to slaughter innocent lives.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She readily admits not being capable of defeating a God Tier warrior like Shang Bu Huan in a fair duel, and can only match him by using every dirty trick she knows.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wears a pair of high heels and can fight really well while wearing them.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She wasn't expecting Xiao Kuang Juan and his men killing villagers under her control without hesitation or holding back.
  • Dies Wide Open: Xie Yingluo is murdered by Di Kong a while he is wielding the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. She dies, with her eyes wide open. Lang Wu Yao gently closes them before realizing it was Di Kong who murdered her.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: She can create a clone of herself from her scorpions to distract her opponents.
  • Dual Wielding: When she abandons using toxins and dishonorable tactics, she reveals her swordsmanship utilizes two blades at once.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • After she recognizes the Seven Blasphemous Deaths which she has stolen from the Sorcerous Sword Index, she doesn't even think about using it since the weapon is too dangerous for her to handle. She decides to seal it in the scabbard until she delivers it to Huo Shi Ming Huang, as the sword constantly tries to convince her otherwise.
    • While she is willing to use helpless villagers as a Human Shield, she becomes disgusted at killing them For the Evulz. She is also an ambitious person, but the thought of turning on her master and fellow comrades is distasteful. Seven Blasphemous Deaths compelling her to cross these lines allows Xie Yingluo to break its Brainwashed and Crazy control.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Becomes terrified of what Seven Blasphemous Deaths does to her. See also Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears one black glove and red poison-tipped claws on the other.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After being bested in combat by Shang Bu Huan in an attempt to die of her own choice, rather than as a puppet, he convinces her to live by encouraging her not to seek revenge and that she is strong to even be capable of resisting the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' control when wielding it. Her encounter with Di Kong not long afterwards and thanking him for his words ends with him cutting her down once he reveals he has become a willing wielder of the evil sword.
  • Master of Disguise: She uses this to disguise herself as a helpless little girl in order to poison Shang Bu Huan when he drops his guard during their battle.
  • Master Poisoner: She specializes in poison and she uses her scorpions that are raised with a special diet to kill her enemies such that they appear to still be alive.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Scorpion".
  • Mind Control: The ability of the Night of Mourning (喪月之夜 Sàng Yuè Zhī Yè [ZH] / Mozuki no Yo [JA]note ), one of the swords she stole from the Sorcerous Sword Index. Although it cannot pierce flesh, once the blade hits someone they are put under the control of its wielder. Shang Bu Huan says the only way to counter this is to knock them out, as they will be freed once they have lost consciousness, or to stab the Night of Mourning through their heart a second time.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she sees Shang Bu Huan has been given an antidote to her poison and return him back to Curb-Stomp Battle health.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Dressed in golden and black variant with light lavender sash.
  • Razor Wind: Upon revealing her Dual Wielding techniques, she briefly demonstrates this ability.
  • Red Baron: Her art name is "Princess of Cruelty".
  • Royal Rapier: Wields a rapier with its guard shaped into a scorpion. Fitting with her looks and title as the "Princess of Cruelty".
  • Sanity Slippage: Every-time Xie Yingluo uses the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, she begins to lose parts of her sanity to the point that she loves killing people for pleasure.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her dress exposes her bare back.
  • The Dragon: Becomes this to the Seven Blasphemous Deaths after being cornered and unsheathing her.
  • The Starscream: Defied, as she expresses horror and disbelief at her dream of killing Huo Shi Ming Huang and the rest of her group.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • She suffers a major one. Xie Yingluo gets betrayed by Xiao Kuang Juan, has the Night of Mourning stolen from her, and she believes that she has brought great shame towards her master being unable to kill Shang Bu Huan.
    • She begins to regret killing innocent people while under the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' influence. She becomes afraid of the weapon's abuse and manipulative nature. She even tries to suppress the weapon's curse, but it didn't work.

     Xiao Kuang Juan 
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Name: 嘯狂狷 Xiào Kuáng Juàn (ZH) / Shou Kyou Ken (JA) / Roaring Wild Maniac (EN)
Title: 追命靈狐 Zhuī Mìng Líng Hú (ZH) / Tsuimei Reiko (JA) / Hunting Fox (EN)note 
Weapon of Choice: Fan, Sword
Weapon Name: 冰焰不測 Bīng Yàn Bú Cè (ZH) / Hyouen Fusoku (JA) / Unexpected Frozen Flame (EN)
Date of Birth: March 7.
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (JA), Xue Cheng (ZH)

"巧唱忠義作誑語,世間無欲不成真。"
"'Justice' is a powerful and magical word, and if you repeat it enough the world will bend to your whims."


A high-ranking officer in the Xi-You imperial court, responsible for tracking down the most dangerous criminals in the land. His target for several years has been Shang Bu Huan for his theft of the Sorcerous Sword Index from the imperial treasury, but he has his own self-serving reasons for seeking out the so-called "dangerous criminal".


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In his concept art, Xiao Kuang Juan's eyes are teal green, but his puppet form and official artwork, they're the same color as his hair.
  • Asshole Victim: After suffering a Humiliation Conga at the hands of Shang Bu Huan (who was wielding the Night of Mourning that Xiao Kuang Juan just handed him over no less), Xiao Kuang Juan comes across Lou Zhen Jie and persuades him into fighting Shang Bu Huan for him. Lou Zhen Jie agrees... by murdering the bastard offscreen and hanging his corpse as a message to Shang Bu Huan and company to seek him out. Nobody feels sorry for him in the slightest.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks he's the biggest threat to Shang Bu Huan and the mastermind controlling everything in the season and he is a legit threat...but the Seven Blasphemous Deaths is far out of his league. He's played for a fool by Lin Xue Ya and Shang Bu Huan thoroughly humiliates him when he tries to make good on becoming a major villain. He's then nigh instantly killed off by Lou Zhen Jie.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays Xie Yingluo and steals the Night of Mourning from her after Shang Bu Huan defeats her in battle.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Attention is often drawn to his teeth in unique closeups, often when he's scheming against Shang Bu Huan. This is particularly obvious when no other character in the show has any visible teeth aside from season 1's Bigger Bad Yao Tu Li.
  • Corrupt Politician: He has been using his chasing of Shang Bu Huan and the Sorcerous Sword Index within the borders of Xi You to finance an opulent and prestigious lifestyle as a high ranking official within the imperial government. With the Index outside of the country, he proposes an alliance with Xie Yingluo to retrieve it and return it to Xi-You so both can benefit. Not only that, later it's revealed that he used his position to "confiscate" a lot of treasures for himself, and his reasons for traveling to Dong Li include finding someone he can sell them to without repercussions.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has dark navy eyes that matches his hair in his puppet form and official artworks.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is a philosophical one to Shang Bu Huan. In his point of view, being a criminal has it's ups and downs. There's no point giving up or getting frustrated over stumbles that occur during the journey... just roll with them and move on to the next opportunity. People and positions are just tools: there's nothing really special about them.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: He reveals his illusion-cancelling glasses to Lin Xue Ya after the first encounter with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. Lin Xue Ya steals them off his face in his sleep and replaces them with a fake pair to ensure his plans to steal Xiao Kuang Juan's pride come to fruition.
  • For the Evulz: It turns out he doesn't have any underlying convictions or doctrine in life. He's purely out for himself and willing to live in the moment. When there's nothing else for him to do, he plans to cause random havoc and chaos until it creates an opportunity worth pursuing.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After he take control all of the officers of Dong-Li and thought Shang Bu Huan refuses to use innocent lives to fight his battles, but he was dead wrong. He ends up getting beat up so badly by Shang Bu Huan, who has fully experience of using Night of Mourning.
  • Humiliation Conga: During a fight with a weakened Lang Wu Yao (who just got his life force drained by the Seven Blasphemous Death), he gloats how the latter is an Ineffectual Loner who can't lead a group after passing him the Night of Mourning and giving him the responsibility of the lives of several lawmen under the sword's control, while Xiao Kuang Juan himself starts killing the lawmen. When Shang Bu Huan steps in and takes the sword, Xiao Kuang Juan expects him to fail as badly as Lang Wu Yao... only for Shang Bu Huan to reveal he's adept at controlling the masses, resulting in an incredulous Xiao Kuang Juan earning the beating of his life by a mind-controlled mob.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He has no problem slaughtering innocents who are under control of the Night of Mourning's curse caused by Xie Yingluo. He states this is out of mercy towards those who fall victims to Shang Bu Huan's villainous ways.
    • He is willing to kill someone who is greatly injured or weakened from poison like Shang Bu Huan and Xie Yingluo.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long navy hair.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is an expert at this as he manages to manipulate the people he meets and make them believe that Shang Bu Huan is a dangerous villain of Xi-You.
  • Megane: He is the first character to wear glasses in the series. According to him, his glasses are a special instrument that can see through illusions and hallucinations, but it can't resist charms like those from the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Out-Gambitted: He should not have underestimated Lin Xue Ya.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Implied in his concept art and the making of his puppet form. Several scenes even pay close attention to his teeth, particularly when it involves Shang Bu Huan and the Sorcerous Sword Index.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Deconstructed to Lin Xue Ya's displeasure. He likes being in a position of wealth and authority, but ultimately considers losing such status a minor inconvenience at best. He'll just move on to whatever new opportunities he can find. No point in sweating what's lost, just find something else worthwhile.
    Xiao Kuang Juan: "Look, pal, why in the hell would any crook be dumb enough to have an ego? When it comes down to it, you've gotta be willing to sell yourself out, throw yourself to the dogs, leave yourself hanging, and then laugh about it."
  • Skunk Stripe: He has one with both small sides of his hair.
  • Take a Third Option / Then Let Me Be Evil: After Lin Xue Ya's scheme to expose him as a criminal mastermind in both kingdoms of Dong-Li and Xi-You, he decides to abandon his pride as a "Fugitive Hunter" and become the most evil person in history. This is an unexpected and startling surprise to Lin Xue Ya, who wanted to see him fall into despair at losing everything... not gleefully proclaim he's going to start over with a new murderous goal in life.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He figures out that Lin Xue Ya is the Enigmatic Gale and possesses incredible illusion magic. However he is still oblivious that Lin Xue Ya is a Renaissance Man who is equally deadly in swordsmanship, alchemy, and artifact creation.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's willing to critically injure Xie Yingluo from behind and easily steals the Night of Mourning from her. He then bides his time until she tries to escape Dong-Li with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths in hand so he can steal that from her while she is still mortally wounded.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A navy blue.

    Di Kong, a.k.a. Lou Zhen Jie 
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Name: 諦空 Dì Kōng (ZH) / Tei Kuu (JA) / Absolute Emptiness (EN)
婁震戒 Lóu Zhèn Jiè (ZH) / Rou Shin Kai (JA) / Binding Thunder Guard (EN)
Discipline / Position: Monk (formerly), Swordsman Killer
Weapon of Choice: Fists, Sword
Weapon Name: Seven Blasphemous Deaths
Date of Birth: October 3.
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JA), Huang Zhen-Ji (ZH)

"畫煙花,碧血情,殘軀仗劍殺不悔。"
"The blood of those I slaughter with my sword fills the sky like fireworks, and for that reason I have no regrets."


A monk on a pilgrimage through Dong-Li who has chi manipulation abilities that cure people of poisonings and other ailments.

He becomes a vessel for the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, discarding his holy name and ways to fully embrace the sword's bloodlust.


  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his right arm after his attempts to save the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from being re-sealed in the Sorcerous Sword Index.
  • Artificial Limbs: After he sacrifices his right arm to prevent the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from being sealed again by Shang Bu Huan, Lou Zhen Jie gains a prosthetic right arm from Gui Duo Tian. Zhen Jie's prosthetic arm can transform into a weapon he can use in battle.
  • Badass Normal: In a world of swords and magic, he fights with his his bare hands, and even manages to hold his own against the Princess of Cruelty who has already given our heroes a run for their money.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He's quite skilled at evading sword attacks with minimal effort.
    • As Lou Zhen Jie, he can destroy Magic Weapons of Divine Teaching with his bare hands.
  • Calling Your Attacks: When performing a Finishing Move of his swordsmanship style.
    • Demonic Intonation: Endless Blood Edge creates a Sword Beam great enough to overpower a dragon's Breath Weapon.
    • Demonic Intonation: Infernal Prophecy creates a Sword Beam, when boosted by Seven Blasphemous Deaths, is powerful enough to repel the two most powerful swordsmen in Dong-Li and Xi-You.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Although he won't admit it, but he gets very jealous when other people look at the Seven Blasphemous Deaths due to the weapon's cursed. He will slaughter anyone who looks at the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. Even the sword is in awe of how terrifyingly vicious he is.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Di Kong says he cannot find meaning in anything that the rest of humanity does, and thus questions why people do what they do. He goes out of his way to avoid death at Xie Yingluo's hands only to save her life from a possible attack from Shang Bu Huan and Lang Wu Yao. Lang Wu Yao's sensing of the man's evil seems to suggest that it's likely that once Di Kong does find meaning in something, it won't be something good and may cause death and destruction throughout the world.
    • Lang Wu Yao turns out to be correct once Di Kong gets the Seven Blasphemous Deaths and casts his vows of piety aside to become Lou Zhen Jie once more.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under the influence of the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, he will slaughter anyone who gets in his way and has no regrets for his actions.
    • Subverted. It is revealed that he was never brainwashed by the Seven Blasphemous Deaths and it was simple out of pure love for it.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He journeys to find meaning in his life, viewing everything as pointless and empty as his good deeds are negated by other good deeds he has done.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: After Xie Yingluo has her change of heart, he becomes the new wielder of the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. While he does have his own plans, some of which the Seven Blasphemous Deaths doesn't agree with, he's largely acting to serve his 'princess' and all of his villainy is still directed by her. His main goal is to destroy all Magic Weapons of Divine Teaching and have the Seven Blasphemous Deaths the only one weapon left, something she has reservations about, but is ultimately for her sake.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After being brainwashed by the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, he changes from his monk's robes to a more dark, intimidating, and sinister appearance.
  • Evil Feels Good: Oh yeah, he's enjoying himself 100 percent.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a simple monk to a mass murdering swordsman and currently the biggest threat in the series.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He considers jumping off into a bottomless pit in the Wasteland of Spirits so no one can steal the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from him so he can die holding her until the Death King interrupts him.
  • Karma Houdini: He is last seen falling to his death into a pit in the Demon Spine Mountains after his attempt to prevent the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from being sealed in the Sorcerous Sword Index once more. It cost him one an arm, and it is very likely he perished from the fall, but committing a double suicide with his princess is what he wanted in the first place anyway.
    • In season 3, he survived the fall, but he was badly injured.
  • Ki Manipulation: On the same level as Shang Bu Huan, as he has the ability to replace the dark yin qi of poison with a healing yang qi of his own in victims of Xie Yingluo's poisons, although this often requires switching the two "vessels" and taking the poisonous qi unto himself. He also notices that Bo Yang Hou has had all the poison in his body removed previously by Shang Bu Huan.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't seem to understand what emotions are. To him, they're something to be treasured but also something mysterious. The way he describes humanity's possession of them has a nonhuman sense of detachment. He is later made clear by Lang Wu Yao to be lacking in empathy towards human life in general, and that if he were to find meaning in the world with that kind of mentality, he would become a force of evil.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: The first thing he does upon getting the Seven Blasphemous Deaths is kill off Xie Yingluo. He then proceeds to kill Xiao Kuang Juan off, taking out both other contenders for the Big Bad of the season in short order.
  • More Than Mind Control: His fall under the Seven Blasphemous Deaths is partly the result of him admiring its desire to kill and drink the blood of everything it can, as it lets him find the purpose he craves and act on the nihilism he advocates.
    • Subverted. He was never brainwashed by the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Meaningful Name: His monk name, Di Kong, translates to "shaken abstinence". His life as a celibate monk is dropped instantly after he falls in love with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Multicolored Hair: When his braids come undone, streaks of red can be seen in his otherwise pitch black hair.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In a last second ditch effort to stop Lou Zhen Jie from pulling a double suicide with Seven Blasphemous Deaths, she immediately reveals that Shang Bu Huan is Always Someone Better than him. This enrages Lang Wu Yao as it means someone else is a rival to wield her.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: He has excellent self defense. Everyone who attacks him hasn't been able to actually hit him.
  • Not Brainwashed: Seven Blasphemous Death loses control of him after becoming Yandere for her. He's even more insane without her controlling him.
  • Not Worth Killing: An interesting subversion. As an ascetic Buddhist monk, Di Kong questions whether or not people are worth using his skills on them, as he views his own life as worthless in comparison. However, he turns this on its head when Xie Yingluo threatens his life, as he asks her if there is a reason that she should kill him. When she cannot give him a suitable answer, he fights back and escapes unharmed while saying her own life has less worth than his.
  • One-Man Army: He is the most dangerous and fearless villain in the series. He can slaughter an army of Xian Zhen Fortress' soldiers without breaking a sweat.
  • Reused Character Design: As with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, Lou Zhen Jie is another "Star System" character borrowed from Red Dragon.
  • Straw Nihilist: He's on a journey to determine the world's worth and why the creatures on it do the things they do. He has a rather abysmal and cynical mindset about it. Maybe it's worth saving. Maybe it's worth destroying. He hasn't made up his mind yet. This also applies to his own life. Give him a good enough reason and he'll let you kill him. If not? He'll dodge all your attacks effortlessly.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lou Zhen Jie backstabbed Gui Duo Tian Gong by pushing him to the ground even though Gui Duo Tian Gong was the one who saved his life and gave him a new right arm. Zhen Jie uses his invention to escape another dimension alone and makes sure Tian Gong never leaves the dimension after he unintentionally mocks his beloved sword.
  • Warrior Monk: A given in a series of swords and magic.
  • Yandere: In one of the most unique relationships of this type, he is one for Seven Blasphemous Deaths. He becomes so concerned someone else would wield her, he desires to commit suicide in the Wasteland of Spirits. She's immediately horrified at the prospect as her true desire is murdering others.

     Ghost Princess - Seven Blasphemous Deaths 
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Name: 妖姬・七殺天凌 Yāo Jī—Qī Shā Tiān Líng (ZH) / Youki—Nanasatsu Tenryou (JA)note 
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (JA)

A dangerous divine sword from the Sorcerous Sword Index that has a malevolent spirit of its own.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When faced with holy weapons which are actually capable of countering it, it actually considers retreat despite its pride. When Lou Zhen Jie poises the sword to bait one of those holy swords, it actually shows signs of panic.
  • Always Someone Better: She tells Lou Zhen Jie there are more powerful swords than herself in Shang Bu Huan's collection, in an attempt to persuade Lou Zhen Jie to release her if he defeats Shang Bu Huan. However Lou Zhen Jie declares he will destroy those other blades, and she will become the most powerful by process of elimination. This is later emphasized when the Night of Mourning is revealed to have superior mind control, despite not being sentient like the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Artifact of Attraction: Merely looking at her blade is all it takes for her to make people become obsessed with possessing her to the point of murdering anyone in their path to do so. This is by far one of the most dangerous things about her.
  • Badass Boast: She gives one shortly after finally being set loose.
    Seven Blasphemous Deaths: "Now, let the lands once again become a banquet of slaughter! I am the Seven Blasphemous Deaths! All the lives lost, all the blood shed, and all the surging lust that follows are offerings unto me!"
  • Bad Boss: When its lust of blood is not quenched it commands those who wield it to offer their blood instead, and is all too happy to belittle and talk down to Xie Yingluo when she wields it.
  • Batman Gambit: After realizing that Lou Zhen Jie is way too crazy a swordsman for her to work with, she convinces him to challenge Shang Bu Huan in a bid to mind control the latter and stop Lou Zhen Jie from getting her buried and forgotten in the Wasteland of Spirits.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She desires to be wielded by a swordsman who has no equal in battle and treats her like a goddess. She finds one in Lou Zhen Jie... except he turns Yandere and wants to permanently ensure no one else will ever wield her. She's not enthusiastic about a double suicide and desperately tries anything to change his mind... or find someone else to defeat him.
  • Big Bad: For all intents and purposes, she's the main antagonist of season 2, as Xie Yingluo and Xiao Kuang Juan are are dangerous, but nowhere near the threat of this thing, something Shang Bu Huan makes quite clear. Even once Lou Zhen Jie gets her and has his own agenda, he's doing all his murder and bloodshed for her and she manipulates him into fighting the heroes in the final battle in an attempt to get him killed and jump ship to Shang Bu Huan and continue her rampage.
  • Deal with the Devil: What unsheathing her amounts to. You get incredible power far beyond what you'd otherwise be capable of, with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths promising power and fulfillment of your desires. However, in exchange, you WILL kill and slaughter for her or offer your own blood to her in exchange while everyone who so much as looks at her blade is compelled to kill you. True to any demon worth their salt, she's the only one who benefits from this in the long run.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone's reaction to the sword when they realize they have it (or it's missing). The sword has incredible power, is pure evil, and takes control of its wielder. Unlike the Night of Mourning, which is a very dangerous blade in its own right, it doesn't even need to touch someone to influence them, merely be seen. It is especially worth noting that the Seven Blasphemous Deaths embodies the exact opposite of Shang Bu Huan's philosophy about swords. To him a weapon is just a tool; the sword being good or evil, powerful or weak, depends on the person who uses it. However, this particular Divine Weapon has its own evil intelligence, grants terrible power, and takes control of the person who holds it. He even calls it 'more of a beast than a sword.'
  • Eviler Than Thou: Xie Yingluo and Xiao Kuang Juan were set up as the main villains of the season...until the Seven Blasphemous Deaths is finally unsheathed.
  • For the Evulz: She enjoys orchestrating the death and destruction of humans, simply because she finds nothing more exhilarating than human suffering. She'd rather rot and collapse empires than build them.
  • Greed: The Seven Blasphemous Deaths controls people by manipulating their greed. While still sheathed, its pull was powerful enough to convince Xie Yingluo to wield it, and once unsheathed, its ability to control others' minds is fully revealed. Once someone sets their eyes upon the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' blade, they want nothing more in the world than the sword itself. This drives people to the wielder and become prey for its bloodlust.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Through euphoric addiction her mind control makes the wielder want to wield and protect her.
  • Hate Plague: The Seven Blasphemous Deaths being unsheathed makes anyone who sees her blade become consumed with an irresistible desire to claim her as their own, and murder anyone who stands between them and her. She also inflicts this on her wielder, making them far more bloodthirsty and murderous.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: She monologues about withholding her true power from Lou Zhen Jie because he was too Yandere for her tastes. The hesitation may have prevented him from defeating Shang Bu Huan.
  • Holy Burns Evil: She's demonic in nature, and thus Shen Hui Mo Xie are one of the few things that can threaten her.
  • Hungry Weapon: She constantly thirsts for blood, even compelling Xie Yingluo to cut herself when no victims are available.
  • Logical Weakness: The Seven Blasphemous Deaths has to actually be seen to effect someone. Thus anyone who can fight blind stands a far better chance.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Through promises of power and fulfillment of desires the sword convinces the wielder to follow its commands. However the sword always has its own ambitions as first priority... namely having its wielder kill as many people as possible to slake its soul drinking thirst.
  • Mind Control: Shang Bu Huan is terrified when he learns that not only has Xie Yingluo taken the Night of Mourning, but this weapon as well, which both can control people's minds. Its power even extends to those who wield it, and Xie Yingluo has difficulty resisting its charms.
  • Power Limiter: Her sheath seems to serve this purpose. While still capable of influencing and empowering her wielder while sheathed, she can only unleash her full power and actively control everyone else who so much as sees her blade if unsheathed.
  • Our Demons Are Different: It claims it is of demon origin. Which is why holy weapons - the Shen Hui Mo Xie, like the Tian Xing Jian of the previous season - are one of the few things it actually feared.
  • Pride: Perhaps to be expected from a sword which attracts others to desire it. Even when Xie Yingluo is hopelessly outclassed by Lang Wu Yao Fu when wielding it, it considers retreating from "a musician who closes eyes against it" as cowardly and an insult to its dignity.
  • The Power of Blood: It gets stronger every time it draws blood from slain foes, and gives some of that strength to its wielder.
  • Reused Character Design: Urobuchi says that he's practicing with the creation of a "Star System" by using this sword he originally created for Red Dragon/Chaos Dragon. However, he is insistent that in Red Dragon this sword was called the "Qi Sha Tian Ling" (チーシャーティエンリー) in Japanese, but in Thunderbolt Fantasy it's called the "Nanasatsu Tenryou" (ななさつてんりょう). Also, in Chaos Dragon, the sword was voiced by Tomokazu Seki, a man, while in TBF it's Aoi Yuuki, a woman.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • She was imprisoned in the Sorcerous Sword Index by Shang Bu Huan to prevent her from causing more chaos and bloodshed. Xie Yingluo accidentally sets her free while trying to steal the index from him.
    • By the end of the season, the Seven Blasphemous Deaths falls to the bottom of the ravines of the Demon Mountain along side Lou Zhen Jie, and is presumably stuck down there with Lou Zhen Jie close to dead and no one else able to carry the weapon out from there.
    • In season 3, it is revealed the Seven Blasphemous Deaths is actually a living demon's soul sealed inside a weapon.
  • Talking Weapon: It tries to talk to Xie Yingluo to be wielded by her, so she can take over the world. Unlike Ling Ya who seems to physically speak though, the Seven Blasphemous Deaths seem to talk with telepathy.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The sword offers its wielder unbelievable power to conquer the entire world, if only that person surrenders their free will to it.
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The Xian Zhen Fortress

     Bo Yang Hou 
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Name: 伯陽侯 Bó Yáng Hóu (ZH) / Haku You Kou (JA) / Elder Sun Lord (EN)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Ogami (JA)

A Hu Yin Shi who leads Xian Zhen Fortress (仙鎮城 Xiān Zhèn Chéng), an (almost) impenetrable fortress to protect all sorts of the Magic Weapons of Divine Teaching. Shang Bu Huan seeks out his assistance to hold onto the Sorcerous Sword Index, but Xie Yingluo has other plans.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Bo Yang Hou has been poisoned by Xie Yingluo's scorpions, Shang Bu Huan saves his life by extracting the poison out of his body. He was coughing out black liquid from his mouth. Leaving him in a weaken state afterwards.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last Hu Yin Shi of Xian Zhen Fortress after Lou Zhen Jie slaughters everyone at the fortress.
  • Meaningful Name: His name has several levels of meaning: 1) "Bó"—A legit surname with a rare population; also commonly used as the given name to firstborn men; think "Taro (first son)" of Japanese culture. Since the story applies this word as a surname, then just treat it as a surname. 2) "Yáng Hóu"—God of Waves in Chinese ancient mythology, known to be used as a Knighting name given by royals to those who has governmental achievements in Chinese history; which in this case is highly applicable.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: After Xiao Kuang Juan and Lin Xue Ya tell him about Shang Bu Huan, he finds it unforgivable that Shang Bu Huan "lied" to him, and had Dan Fei to write a fake introduction for Shang Bu Huan.

     Bi Shu & You Qing 
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Bi Shu
Name: 碧樞 Bì Shū (ZH) / Heki Suu (JA) / Verdant Pivot (EN)
Voiced by: Shogo Batori (JA)
You Qing
Name: 祐清 Yòu Qīng (ZH) / Yuu Sei (JA) / Blessed Clarity (EN)
Voiced by: Jun Kasama (JA)

Two Hu Yin Shi who are disciples under Bo Yang Hou. The two are seen running errands for their master due to their master being poisoned by Xie Yingluo.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bi Shu sacrifices himself in order for his master to escape with the last remaining divine weapon.
  • Killed Off for Real: Both of them were tragically killed by Lou Zhen Jie.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Bi Shu holds the most frowning of faces of the two.
  • Those Two Guys: Bo Yang Hou's two pupils within the gates of Xian Zhen Fortress, and they look almost identical at first glance.
  • Undying Loyalty: Both of them are very loyal to Bo Yang Hou.

Monsters

     Death King 
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Name: 歿王 Mò Wáng (ZH) / Botsu Ou (JP)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JA)

A dangerous dragon who lives in Hellfire Valley.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost one wing to Shang Bu Huan, then one horn to Lang Wu Yao.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Lang Wu Yao initially counters a dragon, they think the baby dragon, Lower Lord (霸下 Bà Xià / Haka) is the supposed dragon that Shang Bu Huan fought, but then the Death King comes in and kills said dragon to eat as a meal.
  • Breath Weapon: His main attack is to kill anyone who enters his territory through breathing fire. However, Lang Wu Yao can hold a note longer and tires the Death King out long enough to fall for Lin Xue Ya's trap.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed by Lou Zhen Jie when he stabbed him on top of his head.
  • I'll Kill You!: Swears revenge on Lang Wu Yao and Lin Xue Ya for stealing his horn.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's willing to kill and eat his own kind in the order to survive.
  • Medium Blending: With Toku, as the Death King isn't a puppet but a Man in a Rubber Suit.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Death King" sounds like a family-friendly name, doesn't it? Especially if his introduction has him brutally killing his own kind.
  • The Worf Effect: First he loses a wing to Shang Bu Huan. Then he loses a horn to Lang Wu Yao. He finally loses his life to Lou Zhen Jie. His role during the second season was Humiliation Conga.

Alternative Title(s): Thunderbolt Fantasy 2

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