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    Ryuhwan 

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A mysterious witch hunter, who is introduced as someone who somehow possesses the same type of weapons as Tasha Godspell, the mana guns, utilizing them to murder any witch he comes across, regardless of morality or allegiance.

In his encounter with Tasha, he reveals that he used to learn under the same master as Tasha (or so both of them thought) and was excommunicated. He would later forge a contract with East to learn of his master's killer, to help her with her tasks regarding Tasha.


  • Abnormal Ammo: Mana bullets.
  • Alice Allusion: Not him, but his Dimensional Glove contains a small, female humanoid program named Alice, who can summon a "Wonderland" - a Territory Construction magic which allows him to manifest his memories. Within the space, nothing could be destroyed permanently and people will be "recreated" at the same state they entered the realm (this also means any physical growth will not be retained), allowing him and others he brought along to specifically train their skills and cultivate more experience through battles to the death. He can also manifest copies of people whom he knows such as Varette and his master to fight against. Alice wears a simple long dress, is apparently blonde and surprisingly snarky, which fit this trope further as well.
  • Always Someone Better: To Tasha. Ryuhwan outclasses him in just about every combat aspect; experience, physical abilities, magical powers, and synergy with Supporter. East later on assigns him to train Tasha to be just as good, which Ryuhwan accepts to train himself as well. Even after a month of training together, Ryuhwan still defeats an enemy Tasha couldn't beat with just his experience and analysis, and that's not even taking into account the actual results of his training.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He really likes to mock his enemies to remind them not to underestimate him, or to compare him with Tasha. Due to Ryuhwan's abilities, Tasha begrudgingly can't say anything otherwise.
  • Attack Drones: When he releases mana limiter on his Glove, he can manipulate the mana to levitate and fire several magic guns at once, including sub machine guns and rifles, which he can use for some serious firepower.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Generally justified for all mana-powered guns.
  • The Comically Serious: When situations get comical Ryuhwan generally keeps a straight face. One good example is in his first appearance, when he impales his Supporter's forehead with a red horn to differentiate between him and Tasha's Halloween. Then he justifies this by saying the horn is a symbol of authority and is meant to make him three times stronger (just by his own perception, by the way).
    • During later chapters, these scenes become more and more numerous as the story focuses on his training with Tasha.
  • Cool Guns: His signature pistols the Beretta 92R Custom, and his equivalent of Wave Motion Gun, the Beretta M93R Auto-9 Custom.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes these out to just about every opponent he encounters, including Tasha. The only exceptions are witches on par with the Four Great Witches (such as Varette) and Eunryu, all of whom could curbstomp him. Even then, he only performed poorly against the latter because he was just done fighting against an S-ranked Tasha empowered by Songs of the Moirae and was unable to access his limiter removal.
  • Cynical Mentor: Becomes one for Tasha, of all people in the later chapters by East's request. Ryuhwan makes it clear that the training he gives is also intended to make himself stronger.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ryuhwan's master once told East that he always has nightmares when asleep. One of them shows us a glimpse of his past, in which his home village was destroyed. His mother (possibly a witch) managed to teleport him to safety, but not without witnessing her death in front of him just before he got teleported.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Ryuhwan can remove the limiter of his Dimensional Gloves, allowing a large amount of mana from the witch hats he has collected to flow into his body, dramatically increasing his strength and allowing him to use his Attack Drones, signified by his hair turning into white. It is supposed to turn him insane and eventually kill him (in fact, it did turn him insane once during his apprentice days) but due to his skill in manipulating mana, he can turn it on without going insane but only under a limited amount of time before his body rebounds from the strain of mana.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In contrast to Tasha's shit-eating grin and extended taunts when mocking others, Ryuhwan is more blunt and to the point while remaining stoic.
  • Defiant to the End: When East corners him and he is powerless to fight back, he only glares at her with a determined expression. East is pleased at this, and offers him a contract to make him work for her.
  • Determinator: Not even being slaughtered by Varette multiple times within his personal simulation was able to stop Ryuhwan from trying again.
  • Dodge the Bullet: He can even dodge Tasha's bullets from his blind spots. This is because Ryuhwan can sense mana.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Ryuhwan might be a human, but his body is so attuned to mana that not only he can withstand large amounts of mana for a limited time, it turns out he doesn't even suffer ill-effects by low quantity mana from his Glove, and receives the physical enhancement and agelessness most witches have.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene has him standing above a weakened Witch and telling her he's going to kill her for being a Witch and when she retorts that she's not evil, she's a witch that helps humans he coldly guns her down stating that regardless, the fact remains she's still a witch.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played with. He doesn't exactly resent witches, but he simply believes that by killing every one of them, he might just be closer to killing his master's killer.
  • Foil: To Tasha. Both are humans who learn how to fight witches under a witch, and both had a Dark and Troubled Past that led them to desire more power. Both also treasured their master greatly, but reacted very differently to their deaths; Tasha is a Martial Pacifist who refuses to kill a single witch of his own accord, while Ryuhwan has a nasty case of Lack of Empathy by murdering witches simply because they might be his master's killer. Both are Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and only their Supporters know their true selves, but Tasha has a Bodyguard Crush on his Halloween while Ryuhwan considers his Halloween to be a cherished tool.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His googles can record and track down mana.
  • Gun Kata: Or as it is called, "Mana Gun Direct Combat Technique: Gun Battle" which he utilizes to great effect in his fights with Tasha and his Halloween. Not so effective against Eunryu though, at least without his limiters removed.
  • Guns Akimbo: He dual-wields his Beretta Customs as his signature weapons.
  • The Gunslinger: The other main example of this trope in this series, Ryuhwan gives Tasha a run for his money in terms of sheer skill and threat level.
  • Hidden Depths: Surprisingly, Ryuhwan describes the beauty and appeals of Tasha's Halloween in a very eloquent, even poetic choice of words. Quite unexpected for someone who shows no interest in romance; later on he mocks Tasha and Halloween for acting like they were in a "love comedy."
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: His Dimension Gallery Glove, which he uses to bring out his vast arsenal of magic guns.
  • Invocation: Just like Tasha's. "My name is Ryuhwan! I order you as my master, what I want is...!"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Toward Tasha in the later chapters. During his training with Tasha, he reveals that the primary reason he often calls Tasha an idiot is because that was how his master showed her concern to him.
  • Knight Templar: The extent he is willing to go for the sake of his master is just about the same as Tasha for Aria. Ryuhwan is basically unable to show sympathy to anyone not related to his master.
  • Little Miss Snarker: His program Alice is quick to make quips about Ryuhwan's own master, which he repeatedly warns her not to.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is even more masculine and well-built than Tasha, and in later chapters he wears a sleeveless, form-fitting suit for his training.
  • Mysterious Past: Unlike Tasha, whose hints and pieces of his backstory are often shown, nothing is known about Ryuhwan at first, apart from his apparent connection to Edea Florence (which doesn't even turn out to be true).
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Same with Tasha, a pumpkin puppet called Halloween. Its true identity is that of Fergus, the Celtic hero whose powers rivalled the Prince of Light, implied to be Cu Chulainn. However, he is suffering from an unspecified disease which renders him stuck in the form of a puppet despite only having a single seal.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Not him but Alice, who likes to get to touchy-feely with her owner.
  • Older Than They Look: His profile states that he has stopped aging because his Gloves uses mana from the witch hats he stored, giving him the same ability as them to halt his aging. He is actually 67 years old.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: They become white after he releases his mana limiter.
  • The Rival: Specifically designed to be one to Tasha. Word of God even says, whereas Tasha is the black knight, Ryuhwan is the white knight.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After hearing of his master's death, Ryuhwan vows to hunt down and kill his master's killer. And for that, he collects as many witch hats as possible to grow stronger. Then, as a mere afterthought, he decides to kill the witches he encounters since he can't eliminate the possibility of them being the killer.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Part of his ensemble, which he drops only when casual.
  • The Stoic: He rarely expresses anything other than a deadpan look or a mocking smile, unless someone mentions his master.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Somewhat in the later chapters. Ryuhwan still abuses and mocks Tasha on a regular basis, but during their training Ryuhwan does come to see Tasha as his junior. He even gives him a friendly advice about the nature of relationship with a Supporter.
  • Virtual Training Simulation: How he trains using Alice, though more magical and painful than most.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ryuhwan treats his Supporter as a tool to be cherished, and he takes it seriously. His concern for his Halloween is professional, and they are not above making fun of each other. Ryuhwan also has no problems admitting his weaknesses, and indulging in personal thoughts with him.
  • You Remind Me of X: During his training with Tasha, he notes that Tasha actually reminds him of his own master in how quick he masters the skills Ryuhwan taught him. This foreshadows Tasha's true identity as the reincarnation of his master, the Great Witch West.

    Bairong Empire 
A Korean/Chinese-inspired empire, home of Yue. The leadership of this empire is chosen by the White Dragon spirit, who inhabits whoever is the current emperor. The current royal family consists of the emperor and his three sons, Lee, Yue and Xing. Three years prior to the start of the story, Yue was chosen as the next emperor, starting an era of strife in the royal family.

THE EMPEROR

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The Bairong emperor, at least until he chose Yue to be his successor (theoretically). In truth he is not a single person, but the spirits of all Bairong emperors from since its founding inside his current vessel. He provoked Lee into attacking Yue as the latter was not chosen as the next emperor. Later during Xing's rule, he played Treacherous Advisor to the young emperor, eventually driving the youngster to hate his own brother. by the time Yue pays a visit to Bairong, he has possessed Xing and wants to kill Lee and Yue, but is later killed by Lee.


  • Abusive Parents: He is a massive dick to his sons.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Because the Emperor possessed Xing, his personality is able to interfere with their control over his body. After encountering Yue and Lee, Xing reawaken and tries to get their body killed, and thus they subsequently suppress Xing's personality with their chi, making them much weaker in battle. After a little observation, Lee even says he doesn't actually need mana supply from his master if the Emperor is weakened so much.
  • The Caligula: To it's most logical conclusion.
    The Emperor: The path of a great king is a path marked with the blood of their deeds.
  • The Chessmaster: He orchestrates the entire events revolving around the fall of the Bairong empire just to gather the three brothers so he can have the most powerful of them be accepted by him and the White Dragon.
  • The Corrupter: To Xing.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Ultimately, tormenting and possessing Xing proves to be his undoing, at the hands of Lee, the son he manipulated years earlier, regardless.
  • Evil Old Folks: During the time Xing was emperor, as his body was aging rapidly without connection to the White Dragon.
  • Grand Theft Me: The reason why he Mind Raped Xing is to prepare the latter to become a host.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even with a rapidly deteriorating body he is still able to thoroughly curbstomp both Yue and Lee.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mind Hive: The emperor is better described as an entity than a person. See above too.
  • No Immortal Inertia: Soon after he gave the White Dragon spirit to Yue, he started Rapid Aging; After 3 years, he already looks like a grandpa.
  • Older Than He Looks: Each Bairong emperor rules for 100 years before passing the throne; Before choosing Yue as successor, he looked like a normal middle-aged man.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Courtesy of Lee.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Lee twice. He is rejected on both accounts.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Lee manages to kill him so easily because of Xing's interference. He even admits under normal circumstances, he would need more than just mana supply to fight on an even ground with the Emperor.

LEE

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Yue's older brother. He wanted to be emperor, but was not chosen by the White Dragon spirit. Disappointed, he, after being given 'suggestion' from the current emperor, attempted to oust Yue, but has yet to succeed for three years.


VISUL

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Yue's personal guardian since when he was still a prince. She tends to hide her true strength, surprising many people who actually see her fight.

XING

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Yue's younger brother. He reluctantly accepted the throne when Yue decided to leave Bairong. He was targeted by an assassin after ruling for just one year, but made peace with the assassin, named Eun Sul Hwa, and ended up falling in love with her. Some time after, she was murdered, essentially causing Xing's Start of Darkness.


EUN SUL HWA

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A palace maid who actually held grudge against the empire due to the death of her family at the hand of the emperor's Praetorian Guard, the Black Raven, and tried to assassinate Xing because of that. Not only she did fail, she ended up falling for Xing and was promoted to be his personal maid. She was later murdered.


    Others 

Lancelot Du Lac

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A knight of the Round Table who now works for the witches. Despite this, his loyalty is truly to Guinevere. During his time in the Table, he is the only one who is against Arthur's decision on arresting Guinevere because she's a witch. His loyalty to Guinevere extends to her daughter, Mordred.


Merlin

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Britain's royal wizard, and the only other male who has internal mana reserve like witches.


  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Offers to become The Mentor to Tasha in exchange for severance of his contract with Halloween. To elaborate, in the 100 years he learned to use mana he can teach Tasha how to control his in one month. In doing so Tasha can become 10 times stronger that what he is now, meaning he could effortlessly become stronger than a White S-Class.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III. He bears no ill will towards any member of the WH and only wishes for the return of Mordred to the Kingdom of Britain so that they may regain their former glory. That being said his methods to attain his goal are extremely pragmatic to say the least.
  • At Least I Admit It: He outright admits it to Kay and Gawain when they question they are acting like villains that they are.
    Merlin: We are traitors and scoundrels. Our only option is to plunge a sword into the back of our allies.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers an epic one to The Central Council of the WH during their meeting in Britain.
    Merlin: I am exactly 586 years old. I was born on the day the Kingdom of Britain was founded. Infiltrating an organization that hasn't been around for even a century is a walk in the park for me.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is never rarely seen without a book in his hands.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Mordred's defeat by The Great Witch of the West.
  • Dirty Business: In regards to getting Britain back up to power, there's nothing Merlin won't do. Personal feelings and morals aside.
  • The Dreaded: Enough to scare away South and Varete.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: As a result of artificially creating an internal mana reserve.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Never misses an honorific, astoundingly polite under the most dangerous of situations, but not afraid to deal out Sadistic Choice agreements and The Reason You Suck Speeches to the most highest of authority and the most dangerous of enemies.
  • Field Power Effect: Merlin can manipulate a magic circle the size of Britain, something noted that not even the most highest ranked witches could do.
    • Anti-Magic: He can disrupt mana flow in this magic circle, preventing witches to use their supporters' powers.
    • Power Copying: He can also use this circle to use the magic of any witch within his magic circle, making him a dangerous enemy to even the The Four Great Witches.
    • Sinister Surveillance: He can also eavesdrop on anyone in Britain.
  • Friendly Enemy: To both the WH organization and the Four Great Witches.
  • Hime Cut: To further add to his disconcerting appearance.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Offers to reveal the location of The Four Great Witches in exchange for the severance of Tasha's contract with Halloween knowing full well it would be agreed upon and, being a WH, Tasha cannot refuse a direct order from Central.
    • He also instructs Sir Gawain to join the WH in their future invasion of the location of the Four Great Witches simply so they can acquire the tremendous mana within their hats in order for Britain to rise to power. Oh, and if the WH happen to intervene, slay them.
    • It is also revealed that after disclosing the location of the Four Great Witches to the WH organization he goes on to send messages to each of the remaining Great Witches informing them of the upcoming invasion.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Merlin is intent on seeing Britain rise again. To do that, he wants to get rid of both the Great Witches and strongest of WH, leaving only them as the strongest power while securing the mana in the great witches hats as well.
  • Nerves of Steel: He is never seen losing his cool, even when faced up against extremely deadly foes.
  • Odd Friendship: He implies that he knows East well enough.
  • Older Than They Look: A lot older.
  • Proper Lady: Genderflipped example though he looks the straight part well enough. Graceful, polite, and beautiful with an air of tranquility. Makes the reveal all the more hilarious.
  • Really 700 Years Old: 586 years old to be exact.
  • Red Baron: The Archmage.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Sir Gawain. When he laments that he and the other knights must go against a code of honor, Merlin points out that everything they put Mordred through long since robbed them of that.
    Merlin: Sir Gawain, You have no need to shoulder such burdens because you are already... no longer a knight.
  • Stepford Smiler: Smiles constantly to convey an air of comradery and confidence but more perceptive people can tell that this is a facade.

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