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    Kimihiro Watanuki
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN), Miquel Ruiz (SP, series), Jordi Pons (SP, movie)

The story's main protagonist, Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student constantly plagued by his ability to see and attract spirits. One day while running from his latest crop of supernatural perusers, he wanders into a strange shop where he's given the offer to be rid of his problem, at the price of becoming the owner's part-time servant. So begins his life working for the wish-granting shop, encountering people, spirits, and strange situations alike while also growing and changing along the way.

  • Adorkable: He's this all over at least, until Yuuko dies. The fact Jun Fukuyama and Todd Haberkorn are his voice actors in the original and the english dub respectively especially increases this factor.
  • The Ageless: After he takes ownership of the wish shop, Watanuki is no longer able to age or die until his wish to see Yuuko again is granted.
  • Alternate Self: To TRC!Syaoran. Specifically, to the original Syaoran, not clone Syaoran or Syaoran Li. Watanuki and the original Syaoran were originally the same being; Watanuki being created when Syaoran paid the price for turning back time. A dimensional rift being created because of this, Watanuki was then born to Syaoran's parents instead of him.
  • Animal Motifs: Watanuki is often associated with or represented by cats, foxes, and birds. Later he selects the bird to be his symbol. This is particularly meaningful if you recall that in an early chapter when Yuuko was using a tracking spell that turned a handkerchief into a butterfly, she mentioned that if it had to go a farther distance, it would've turned into a bird. When you consider that Yuuko is represented by the butterfly, Watanuki's choice signifies he's destined to not only succeed, but surpass her.
  • Audience Surrogate: Although he sees spirits on a daily basis, he's pretty much a regular person and lacks any knowledge of anything outside of the human world. One of the perks of working for Yuko is that he learns there's so much more beyond what his eyes can see.
  • Become a Real Boy: An interesting case. Watanuki IS human, but his existence is unstable because the universe generated his birth as a replacement for someone else. It turns out a majority of the story was Yuuko trying to get him to form enough relationships and go through enough Character Development that he'd be grounded in reality.
  • Berserk Button: Doumeki's mere presence can set Watanuki into dramatic fits, never mind when people try to imply they get along. Yuuko ordering him around to do absurd amounts of tasks causes similar reactions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pretty nice and awkward kid toward everyone... except Doumeki. One glimpse of his face and he can even turn violent.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Averted. After receiving half of Doumeki's right eye Watanuki's eyesight becomes better in that eye than what he started with, and then after his magic powers increase his eyesight in both eyes becomes completely corrected so he doesn't need to wear glasses all the time. He even goes nearly three entire volumes without glasses, but once he procures another pair he continues to wear them out of habit.
  • Break the Cutie: In the beginning he's a pretty cheerful - albeit spazzy - guy, and his misfortune is played for laughs. Then the situations he encounters start escalating in seriousness... Just one look at who he's become come volume 16 after the Time Skip and its patently obvious that he has broken.
  • But Not Too Foreign: It isn't explicitly mentioned but with his heritage and the fact the very Japanese-sounding "Watanuki" is not his true family name revealed, it's easy to deduce that Watanuki's half Chinese.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Watanuki never seemed to catch a break; he's constantly chased by monsters that are Invisible to Normals and try to eat him, he has to deal with Yuuko's teasing and slave-driving work, his crush Himawari is utterly oblivious to his advances, and he has to get his life saved by Doumeki who he hates.
  • The Cameo: While CLAMP has an extensive history with crossing over their works, as of late Watanuki seems to have become the go-to character for this, with him having had an appearance in three of their series.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Watanuki is normally extremely frustrated with Yuuko, and keeps yelling that he can't stand the way she is. And then... she disappears, and he completely breaks down, tears and all, revealing exactly how important Yuuko had become to him. This results in him getting extremely depressed, and making a pact to wait for her in the shop forever, never aging, and never being able to leave, until she comes back to him.
  • Character Development: The whole point of the story is to shape him into a person capable of making the decisions that will either save or break reality itself due to Fei Wong's scheme. One look at his future self and it's clear that the Adorkable kid who entered Yuko's shop for the first time is completely gone.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: The fact he lives alone makes it very easy for Yuuko to ask him to do late-night jobs or have him stay over, since there's no one at his home to worry about where he is. Later revelations prove this overlaps with an Orphan's Ordeal, when it's revealed that the reason he so strongly attracted spirits to himself was because on a subconscious level he blamed himself for his parents's deaths and was basically suicidal over it. The spirits could pick up on his desire to make himself "disappear" and were oh-so willing to help him do just that.
  • Culture Blind: He acts as an outsider most of the time due to getting involved with people and events he didn't even know that existed minutes before.
  • Deaf Composer: Turns out to be unable to remember the taste of his food.
  • Determinator: Watanuki has proven to have a very strong stubborn streak. This goes into full effect in his refusal to ever stop waiting for Yuuko, even after 100 years pass and he knows it's almost certain he'll never see the Yuuko he knew ever again. His will is so great that even when he gets seriously injured he makes the claim that he won't die, because he still needs to wait for her.
  • Devoted to You: He becomes this to Yuuko after she dies. Watanuki becomes an immortal, throws away his friends and any life in the outside world for the sake of getting a chance to see Yuuko again.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He and Himawari don't end up together because Watanuki is made unable to ever leave the shop while he's waiting for Yuuko's return. The shop's very nature was harmful to Himawari, making her only able to see him once a year, and she eventually goes on to marry someone else. He comes to accepts it though, congratulating her on her marriage. That said, she religiously continues to visit him every year on his birthday, and exchange mutual I-love-you's despite everything.
  • Diving Kick: Although Watanuki is not a fighter and never gets in direct battles, this seems to be his signature hand-to-hand attack. The first time he saw Doumeki, he tried to clock him with a flying side kick (yet, perhaps naturally, failing and crashing), and in the A Midsummer Night's Dream movie, he tried the same move against the spirits summoned by the Collector (with the same results). Considering he is an alternate version of Syaoran Li, a kung fu practitioner, Watanuki's instinctive preference for flying kicks might be a very subtle holdover from it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: VERY easy to annoy. Much of the comedy in the series comes from his over-the-top yelling and complaining about the crazy things he encounters or is forced to do against his will. It doesn't help that it some of his peers intentionally try to do things to set him off for their own amusement. This eventually diminishes as his character mellows out, though he remains easy to put into an irritated mood.
  • Hate at First Sight: The first time he saw Doumeki at school, Watanuki tried to physically attack him. Granted, Doumeki is explicitly said to be the kind of person Watanuki hates, but the exact reason of this reaction even before knowing him is never entirely explained.
  • His Quirk Lives On: After Yuuko dies, Watanuki takes on some of her traits like smoking from her pipe, and dressing in her extravagant clothes, as if he's trying to cling onto whatever he's got left of her. He later tones down the clothing, but the attitude remains.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: When he comes to the realization that Yuuko is dying, his composure devolves until he's just standing there sobbing about how important she is to him and pleading for her not to go.
  • Ill Boy: Winds up in need of strict bed rest multiple times during the series, usually because of his tendency to put himself in harms way.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: During the first half of the series he believes himself to be in a Love Triangle with Himawari and Doumeki and thinks he's fighting Doumeki for Himawari's affections. Then it turns out Doumeki and Himawari try to be together when Watanuki is around so that he will be protected from Himawari's bad luck.
  • Informed Ability: Despite his glasses and personality giving him a stereotypically nerdy look, Watanuki is stated to be good in sports and an avid soccer player. However, although we do see him in his soccer attire while in the school, we never get to see him play or demonstrate his skills onscreen.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He cooks, he cleans. He can even knit, and once makes gloves to give as gifts to all of his friends.
  • Irony: A flashback showed that prior to the series start, Watanuki lamented that he believed that he would die alone. As the story progresses, Watanuki form bonds with a lot of people. Unfortunately, the choices that Watanuki takes to try to preserve the life that he'd come to so dearly love lead him to becoming immortal, ultimately creating something of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy sort of situation where he will end up being left behind by his mortal loved ones as they age and eventually pass on. Of course, he will never be truly alone due to having ageless spirits and his friend's descendants as company, but the path he has chosen is certainly one that can be considered lonely.
  • I See Dead People: Comes with his ability to see otherworldy creatures in general.
  • Insistent Terminology: After inheriting the shop, he insists he is only its "temporal" owner, as he believes Yuuko will return some day.
  • I Will Wait for You: Swears to do this for Yuuko when he makes a wish to see her again.
  • Keet: At times. Though he can switch to the opposite depending on the situation. And ceases to be one altogether after Yuuko dies.
  • Large Ham: Definitely is prone to it, usually when he's either trying to a) impress Himawari or b) get Doumeki or Yuuko to praise him for things like his cooking ("bow before your Watanuki-sama before you partake!").
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He can't remember chunks of his early life beyond basic facts, and can't remember his parents names. He also is incapable of ever remembering tasting or eating anything he cooks with his own hands, and it isn't until he took notice of that fact that he realized something wasn't right with his memories.
  • Last-Name Basis: Practically no one ever calls him "Kimihiro", except for Kohane.
  • Legacy Character: A Kei CD drama reveals that Yuuko secretly calls Watanuki "Little Megane," just like she called Clow Reed "Evil and Cunning Megane." This has a reason: Watanuki is effectively Clow's descendant.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Watanuki may have his occasional moments of melancholy over his situation but he doesn't seem to have any regrets in his decision to become immortal for the sake of waiting for the day he can meet Yuuko again.
  • Magnetic Hero: For all that Watanuki acts and initially seems like he's an Unlucky Everydude, almost every character he has significant interaction with ends up loving/attracted to/loyal to/interested in him to some degree. Granted, roughly half of these individuals are spirits which inherently are drawn to him, but still.
  • Magnetic Medium: Before he started working for Yuuko, Watanuki spent his days being chased around by spirits that only he can see.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: After he receives half of Doumeki's right eye's sight, Watanuki's right eye turns amber like Doumeki's while his left eye is still blue.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Watanuki has shown a dangerous inclination with putting his life in danger for other people's sake. It takes being called out and scolded for it several times before he finally learns that being so self-sacrificial does more harm than good since it causes people he cares about to worry about him. It's later revealed that Yuuko specifically wanted to change this aspect of him, as it was his deep lack of self-worth that was causing most of his problems in the first place, and if it weren't corrected, he really would be dead sooner or later.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name "Watanuki" means April 1, which also happens to be his birthday. April 1 is a special date to CLAMP because it was when the group was founded, and to date several characters created by them also share this birthday.
    • "Watanuki" is also that of a custom done on April 1 to create a substitute that would draw malignancies like disease and evil spirits away from children, which is reflective of Watanuki's nature. After all, he is, in a sense, Syaoran's "decoy"
    • Kimihiro is a name made up of the words meaning "you" and "look for", and was given to him as a promise by his parents to one day see him again. It also means "prophet", which is fitting now that Watanuki appears to have latent powers related to that of a dream seer.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: He and Yuuko make the trope picture. He starts working for her as part of a pact to get him to stop seeing spirits and pretty much becomes her personal slave.
  • The Mourning After: Watanuki is so badly affected by Yuuko's death it causes him to undergo a drastic personality change. He even goes as far as to make a pact to become an immortal so he can spend the rest of his long, unaging life taking care of Yuuko's shop and vows to never stop waiting, no matter how much time may pass, for the day that he sees her again to come.
  • Mr. Fanservice: If he wasn't one already, he certainly became one after inheriting Yuuko's shop. Check him out (spoilers, obviously)!
  • Never Heard That One Before: When Larg teases him for being "an April fool", due to his birthday, his response is sarcastic laughter.
  • Nice Guy: Unless you're Doumeki then it won't take you long to grow fond of his friendly and considerate nature. He will even act as a Shipper on Deck for the girls who are crushing on Doumeki no matter how much he hates the guy simply because he wants to help said girls.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's observant about other people, but he's pretty terrible at picking up on when someone's affections are directed at himself. Examples include mistaking that the Zashiki-Warashi had a crush on Doumeki rather than himself, and failing to notice that Kohane loved him until he's told about it to his face.
  • Older Than He Looks: He stops aging when he takes over the shop and by the end of the series is over 100 years old.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: A major plot point. Watanuki is a time travel duplicate. As a result, he hates himself and draws in supernatural beings trying to grant his wish and kill him, and if he doesn't develop strong social connections he'll soon cease to exist as reality corrects itself.
  • Paradox Person: Same as the original Syaoran in Tsubasa, Watanuki's very existence is a time paradox. Watanuki only started existing to fill out a hole that the original Syaoran went and made in the multiverse by time-traveling. It turns out a majority of the story was Yuuko trying to anchor Watanuki to reality so he won't disappear when the paradox eventually catches up. To get the right to continue existing after the multiverse is repaired, Watanuki trades his ability to go anywhere ever except Yuuko's shop.
  • Reused Character Design: His character design is basically a young version of Clow Reed, which is noted by Yuuko and later has somewhat of a plot significance. As Syaoran's replacement, Watanuki is a descendant of Reed too.
  • Say It with Hearts: When talking to or talking about Himawari.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With both Himawari and Yuuko (if you interpret his relationship with the latter as romantic). He's head-over-feels for Himawari, but loses any chance of ever being together with her after he takes ownership of the shop... which he does to be able to wait for Yuuko's return in the first place, no matter how long it takes, even when it's implied that it will probably never happen.
  • Super Reflexes: Watanuki is not superhuman, but he still moves at an implausible speed on a daily basis. Usually played for laughs for how ridiculously fast he moves and, at times when he's in danger, not even a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs can reach him.
  • Supreme Chef: Chief among his talents, seems like everyone can't get enough of his cooking. One of the common ways to annoy him is to give him ridiculous meal requests. That being said, he does actually enjoy making food.
    • Ironically one aspect of his messed up memories is being unable to remember what his own cooking tastes like.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After inheriting the shop, he becomes a pretty powerful and competent magician.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Watanuki admits he fears that he will one day lose his memories of Yuuko just like most of the world did after her death. It's because of this he tries to keep her belongings, like her pipe and some of her clothes, in regular use to ensure that he doesn't forget, or at least has a means of remembering.
  • Tsundere: Completely towards Doumeki. Watanuki angrily blushes red like a tomato while struggling to force out even the slightest thank-you directed at him, even for something as big as saving his life. To a lesser extent, he also acts this way towards Yuuko in how he grumbles about the stuff she has him do but clearly grows to be fond of his new life. Contrast with his full-stop deredere behavior around Himawari.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He's distantly related to Clow Reed, but it's been pointed out by several characters that he bears a strong resemblance to how Clow looked when he was young. The resemblance goes through the roof when he begins to wear a pair of glasses presumed to have once belonged to Clow. This is rather curious since neither of Watanuki's parents nor his what for lack of a better term can only be called twin brother looked anything remotely like Clow.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: After Himawari's bad luck influences him to experience a near-fatal accident, Himawari thinks that Watanuki won't want to be around her anymore as it's too dangerous for him. Watanuki, however, tells Himawari he still wants to be her friend and is happy to have met her. This makes Himawari cry Tears of Joy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He will deny it to hell and back but he is definitely this with Doumeki.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Watanuki is perfectly content to wait forever for Yuuko, even though he knows she likely will never return, and even if she does, almost certainly not as how he knew her.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The whole reason why the story even starts. Supernatural beings are powerfully attracted to him, so Watanuki enters into an agreement with Yuuko to work for her in exchange for the fulfillment of his wish to never see spirits again. Watanuki's ability to attract spirits is eventually revealed to be a subconscious wish to die because of his nature as a Paradox Person.
  • Work Off the Debt: He spends the entirety of the series paying the price for a wish. Although, the wish he's paying for at the end is different than the one he started with.

    Yuuko Ichihara
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), Marga López (SP, series), Azucena Díaz (SP, movie)

The Dimensional Witch, and Watanuki's employer. An eccentric but powerful woman who runs a shop that exists to grant wishes to those who need them... For a price of course. She offers to grant Watanuki's wish that he may stop being chased by demons and as a result effectively turns him into her slave-boy. While she enjoys making Watanuki's life difficult, she does prove to care about him, especially as she starts to take on more of a mentor role rather than that of a demanding master towards him.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: The anime tones down a bit her eccentricites, as her manga self is even more of an oddball.
  • The Ageless: Played with. As shown in the Clow Reed age flashbacks, she has lived several hundreds of years and remained eternally young through them. However, she died of natural causes, either from age or illness, so she might be just superhumanly long-lived and not literally immortal. Finally, during the events of the series, she might be considered effectively ageless due to her status as Living on Borrowed Time.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's very tall and has very long black hair and pale skin. She acts composed, cold and refined most of the time.
  • Animal Motifs: Yuuko's signature is the butterfly, which also serves as a symbol of many of the overlying themes in the series, such as change, destiny, and the cycle of life and death. Even more fitting now that Yuuko's near-death existence has been brought to light.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the A Midsummer Night's Dream movie, she is quite ready to stop the Collector's misdeeds, and her sole walk towards him is enough to strike a barely contained Oh, Crap! on him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She often appears to be more than a bit off her rocker, but her reputation as a powerful witch is completely justified and she is incredibly insightful about matters pertaining to relationships and the human heart.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Her default facial expression. If she's making a different face, it's usually a cause for concern.
  • The Chessmaster: She's a major player in manipulating events that happen both in Holic and Tsubasa to meet a certain end.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her ways of having fun are usually bizarre and childish, and often at Watanuki's expense.
  • Cool Big Sis: When she's out and about and not playing the part of mysterious shop owner, she fills out this role (or perhaps that of a cool aunt) rather nicely towards Watanuki and his friends.
  • Dead All Along: She technically died several hundred years ago, but Clow Reed's momentary wish that Yuuko would open her eyes again at her deathbed accidentally caused reality to ignore her death. When her time starts to move forward again, things reset and it is as if she had died when she, er, died.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments of making snarky comments, especially in the manga, though always in her usual terse tone.
  • Disappears into Light: After her time begins to move forward again, Yuuko's body is consumed by shadows until it finally turns into motes of light.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As most of her appearances are indoors in a traditional Japanese house, she's usually barefoot.
  • Dragon Lady: She wears a plethora of Asian outfits, and comes off as dark, sexy, and mysterious, therefore suiting the description of one, but she subverts it by being very much a good person.
  • Drama Queen: On a daily basis, though mostly feigned for laughs at Watanuki's expense.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A mysterious witch with black hair and really pale skin. Granted the art style has made most human characters in the series to be this, but Yuuko is without a doubt the palest of them all.
  • Equivalent Exchange: For every request she grants, she always demands equal payment, even if it's for little things. It turns out that the owner of the wish shop is contractually bound to live by this principle, to the point it's like an inconvenient Power Limiter; no matter how much power she has, she can't do anything for others without a price. For example, during Watanuki's birthday she mentions that the only thing she can give him without compensation is a "happy birthday", and the look on her face tells she's unhappy about that.
  • Expy: She can be considered one of fellow CLAMP work's Kaho Mizuki, being another Mysterious Woman with magic powers in a mentor role who has connections of some sort with Clow Reed. Mizuki is stated to love alcohol and antiques, very much like Yuuko, and more interestingly, she was the CLAMP character who introduced the lecture about inevitability that would later become Ichihara's Catch Phrase.
  • The Fatalist: Constantly speaks of inevitability and how nothing is a coincidence.
  • Femme Fatale: She's sexy, mysterious and often deliberately sultry towards the male main character, and her fatalistic can make her look morally ambiguous or even downright wicked at times. More a character has also fallen in despair by her words, as in literally fatale.
  • Functional Magic: Occasionally. However, while her magical power is said to rival Clow Reed's, it is not clear how much of it she can use outside of an Equivalent Exchange with another person.
  • Giver of Lame Names: In the Kampai CD drama, she proposes to name the just created Mokonas as "White Meat Bun" and "Black Meat Bun." Fortunately for them, Clow Reed is fast in suggesting the more respectable names Soel and Larg.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: This woman loves her alcohol. Sake, wine, beer, you name it, she will drink it without hesitation. Sort of overlaps with Wine Is Classy when you factor in the glamorous image she portrays (and not only because that, as said in His Quirk Lives On below).
  • Hermetic Magic: Unlike Clow Reed's more material style of magic, Yuuko's takes the shape of small-scale omnipotence, as it even affects time and causality. Then again, according to Yuuko, fate rules everything. (Yuuko also uses the traditional variation of Functional Magic, but not so often.)
  • Hime Cut: Sports a version with extra long bangs, which enhances her sophisticated image.
  • His Quirk Lives On: As the CD drama reveals, her liking for red wine is because it was Clow Reed's favourite. She also requests Watanuki to bake chocolate fondant on February 14 in memory of the Valentine chocolate Clow used to give her, even though the exact recipe used by Reed is lost.
  • Hot Witch: An incredibly powerful sorceress with constantly changing attire and ankle-length hair.
  • I Have Many Names: She's known under a number of titles, including The Time-Space Witch, The Dimension Witch, The Far-East Witch, The Girl Witch, and even just The Witch (which is a favorite of Kurogane's).
  • Irony: She was dying when Clow Reed accidentally made her immortal due to the grief of outliving her, and after that she was the one who outlived him.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Cold, elegant, and refined as well as an incredibly powerful sorceress. She's known as the Dimension Witch for a reason.
  • Last Request: Yuuko's only wish before her death is for Watanuki to go on existing.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: An accidental wish made by the magician Clow Reed for her to open her eyes again while she was dying caused her time to freeze, trapping her in a state between life and death for centuries. She finally dies when her time begins to move forward again.
  • The Lost Lenore: Yuuko becomes this for Watanuki in a platonic variation. Her death triggers him to make the drastic decision to take over and be made unable to leave the shop, and also results in a great change in his personality. He's left in a state of longing for her for the remainder of the series.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: She pretty much makes Watanuki into her personal slave in exchange of his wish to not see spirits anymore. From making him get her expensive and rare types of alcohol to having him follow her around carrying her stuff while she slices a woman's computer clean in half without scratching the table. Yes, with a baseball bat. As employers go, Yuuko is pretty... unique. Watanuki considers himself to be her slave, but she cares far more about his well-being than is initially obvious.
  • Mooching Master: Watanuki does all the housework for Yuuko, buys her booze, is The Chew Toy for her spiritual tasks... without realizing she's teaching him about life and training him to eventually replace her as the shopkeeper.
  • The Mourning After: She is often shown remembering melancholically the late Clow Reed, illustrating how deep their bond was. In the A Midsummer Night's Dream movie, Watanuki even dares to tease her during one of those moments by asking if she is thinking on an Old Flame, which ellicits an annoyed look.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A large majority of her outfits are of the boob revealing sort.
  • Mysterious Past: Unlike Clow, whose family and biography are well known, Yuuko's birthday is the only thing we know about her past life up to the time she met him. When was she born, how did she become a witch or even which world is she actually from remain as open questions even in promotional materials.
  • No Immortal Inertia: When her time begins to move forward again and Yuuko dies several hundred years after she was meant to, not only does her body vanish (presumably into the scattered dust it would otherwise be by now), but almost everyone's memories of her vanish and adjust to how they would be if she had died on schedule.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: In the movie, she calmly dodges all the Collector's magic attacks, though also absorbs a direct hit without much trouble.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The name "Yuuko Ichihara" is stated in her very introduction to be an alias. Still, all the other characters in The 'Verse know her by this name alone, even the ones who knew her well and the inhabitants of other worlds, and her real one is never revealed or hinted.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Anytime Watanuki notices her wearing an outfit he'd seen her wear before causes him to worry that something's amiss. He's right.
  • The Prankster: She loves playing occasional pranks on Watanuki, and if the Kei CD drama is to be judged by, even on Clow Reed back when he was alive. It is mentioned that she once hid his glasses on the basement, a prank he answered by spiking her sake with special herbs which removed the alcohol from it.
  • Present Absence: After her death, Yuuko is no longer physically present in the story, but reminders of her former presence pop up at every turn in the form of her possessions or the symbols that represented her. Watanuki also continues to mourn her loss for the rest of the series, making his main objective to keep waiting for her forever and never forget about her. Thanks to this, Yuuko's presence remains felt in the story right up to the last chapter.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair length often varies, but it usually reaches her knees.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: An incredibly pale tall Ms. Fanservice with black hair and Hot Witch whose beauty is commented on more than once.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While her true age is never mentioned, she knew the magician Clow Reed personally, and he's been dead for hundreds of years so that's a pretty good indicator that she's this. See also the Dead All Along entry.
  • Ret-Gone: The universe, save for close friends and relations, have Yuuko wiped from their memories when she dies and the universe is reset to be as if she had not continued existing for the past few centuries.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Literally - in the manga, she uses a spell through her scarf to capture one of the wing spirits and turn it into one of her own familiars.
  • Schrödinger's Butterfly: Aside from being her symbol, Yuuko herself is likened to a dreaming butterfly, mirroring the famous quote that spawned this trope.
  • Series Mascot: Along with Larg, more merchandise for her are available than anyone else and Clamp fans who haven't watched/read the series often recognize her on an instant. Even people not into Clamp admit seeing her (or her overall character design) before.
  • Sexy Mentor: She occasionally behaves flirty with Watanuki, like stroking his face or performing sultry mannerisms, and once even teases to order him to striptease for her, which doesn't amuse him. However, Yuuko genuinely wishes to help Watanuki and acts as a mentor to him even whenever he doesn't realize.
  • Shipper on Deck: She acts as one for Doumeki and Watanuki and enjoys making teasing remarks about their relationship. Subverted later on since Doumeki's mere presence greatly increases Watanuki's chances of survival to whatever errand she sends him or when he goes off on his own to confront any supernatural beings, which is why she tries to ensure that they're together as much as possible.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: She sure makes it seem that way, what with the beautifully elaborate looking smoke that comes out when she's using her signature kiseru pipe.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Though her height is never revealed, Yuuko is almost the same height as Kurogane, which means she's probably about six feet tall.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She can come off as cold and cynical, especially when on the job granting wishes to people who don't fully understand the consequences. But she can also be surprisingly warm and kind, a side which starts coming out more often around Watanuki in the later chapters.
  • Trickster Mentor: She's cryptic and often withholds facts from Watanuki about some of the tasks she entrusts to him or the customers that enter the shop, on the surface for no other reason than to make things harder for him and/or give him grief. In reality, it's mostly because there are things that she wants him to discover and learn for himself.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Yuuko never wears the same outfit twice except when an important plot point is happening.
  • Withholding Their Name: Yuuko Ichihara never reveals her true name, as that would give others power over her so she only uses pseudonyms.
  • Womanchild: To put only one example, an scene from the manga has her gleefully sliding down a playground's timber in order to dropkick Watanuki facefirst to the ground and then teasing him about his Sacred First Kiss with a duck handpuppet.

    Shizuka Doumeki
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN), David Navarro Rojas (SP, series), Ramón Hernández (SP, movie)

A classmate of Watanuki's, Doumeki was brought up in a shrine and has knowledge of the spirit world due to the stories he was told when he was young by his spirit-seeing grandfather. While Doumeki himself is unable to see the supernatural, he has the ability to repel and exorcise them because of his heritage. Watanuki bears an unreasonable hatred towards Doumeki, but despite this fate seems determined to throw them into situations together.

  • Birds of a Feather: With Kohane. Both are reserved, quiet individuals with a exposure to the supernatural starting at a very young age. However, its seems they marry not as much out of love as to make sure their descendants will keep Watanuki company when they are gone.
  • Chick Magnet: Doumeki is noted several times to be very popular with the girls. It's one of many reasons Watanuki gets irritated with Doumeki. Especially when the shop gets a customer who's Yandere for him.
  • Creepy Monotone: More in some dubs than others, but overall in all of them he speaks almost emotionlessly.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His first name is commonly used for females in Japan, but it is never brought up in the series.
  • Generation Xerox: It's looking like the entire Doumeki family line is destined to watch over Watanuki, starting with Shizuka's deceased Grandfather who meets Watanuki in dreams. By the end it's Shizuka's great-grandson who's taking on the job, and it looks highly probable that his son and grandson also did so.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • Doumeki is identical to how his grandfather Haruka looked when he was young. Haruka also used the bow and arrow as his weapon. The only ways to tell them apart is that Haruka smokes, and actually smiles.
    • And 100 years later, Doumeki's great-grandson is also identical in appearance. Watanuki comments that it just may be a quirk of their family.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The second Rou OAD is about something attempting to erase the negative memories he has of Watanuki. Mostly the ones where Watanuki was a jerk to him as well as the ones where Watanuki's life were in danger. Watanuki seeks to stop the shadows from succeeding.
  • Last-Name Basis: Similar to Watanuki, no one calls him by his first name except for his grandfather and mother. Doumeki himself never calls anyone by their first name except for Yuuko. Not even his eventual wife.
  • Legacy of Service: It's implied his descendants dedicate themselves to keeping Watanuki company.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Doumeki marries Kohane seemingly for no other reason than to produce offspring that will keep Watanuki company in his long, unaging life.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name, "Shizuka", means quiet, reflecting his stoic nature. It is also a bit of a Gender-Blender Name, referencing his Ship Tease with Watanuki and his childhood forced to dress like a girl.
  • Nerves of Steel: He the most stoic character in the whole series, one who is literally calm in situations that would terrify even the bravest of men, such as seeing your hand bleed out of nowhere or falling from the sky hundreds of stories high to the ground.
  • Oblivious to Love: While Doumeki is aware of the fact he attracts plenty admirers, he doesn't seem to be able to catch onto when someone likes him unless they outright say it or someone else points it out to him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: There is literally only one instance in the whole series where he clearly cracks a smile.
  • Protective Charm: Doumeki is a living protective charm. While he's not completely immune to the supernatural, he acts as spirit repellent and his presence can even negate curses. Which is why Himawari likes having him around.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Doumeki was made to dress in a girl's kimono when he was young because of an old custom that stated a weak child would grow up strong if they did so (his female-sounding name also might come from this). Watanuki gets a huge kick out of learning these facts, but because of Doumeki's masterful deadpan stoicism, utterly fails at trying to use them against him.
  • Sacred Bow and Arrows: The guy who lives in a shrine has the power to kill demons and spirits with a bow alone.
  • Significant Birth Date: Doumeki is born on March 3 which is the date of the doll festival, aka girls day.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Watanuki hates Doumeki for no adequately explained reason, simply stating that he's thought of Doumeki as annoying from the moment he laid eyes on him. Unfortunately for Watanuki, Doumeki is also a living spirit repellent, while the whole plot of the manga was set in motion because of the fact Watanuki's very blood attracts spirits, so he's often forced into Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with Doumeki.
  • The Stoic: This guy only has two facial expressions: bored and irritated, and that's even when he's under stress. To top it off he also speaks in a monotone voice.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: With his ever-blank face, Doumeki can give the impression of not caring one whit about anything. But Doumeki most certainly can care, and he cares deeply. It's obvious in the way he comes in to save Watanuki, or in his interactions with Kohane.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's tall, never smiles, and is a master at snarking at Watanuki.
  • Undying Loyalty: There's no denying that Doumeki's loyalty to Watanuki knows no bounds. Doumeki's saved his ass multiple times, restored the sight in his right eye, given him blood, and continues to visit him after he gave up the right to leave the shop, and while their relationship does eventually improve somewhat, Watanuki never completely stops treating Doumeki like a thorn in his side.
  • Unknown Rival: Watanuki will take any chance he can get to loudly antagonize Doumeki, who he thinks is his rival in love with Himawari and also views as infuriating for for pity reasons. Doumeki on the other hand clearly doesn't take Watanuki seriously and early on just starts plugging his ears to mute the noise.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With of course, Watanuki. The vitriol is almost entirely on Watanuki's end but Doumeki's snark doesn't help.
  • You Are Not Alone: The primary reason why Doumeki loyally stays by Watanuki's side turns out be to prove him this, after Doumeki once saw Watanuki standing by a river one rainy day, lamenting on whether or not he'd die alone.

    Himawari Kunogi
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN), Silvia Sánchez (SP, series), Berta Cortés (SP, movie)

Another of Watanuki's classmates. Himawari is a cheerful girl who Watanuki claims is the cutest girl in school and also has a massive crush on. She often joins in on gatherings with Watanuki, Doumeki, and Yuuko, and is easily accepting about the existence of the magical and supernatural. Despite not having any apparent powers, mysteriously, bad things tend to occur when she's around.

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: After Watanuki becomes magically confined to the shop, Himawari is only able to see him only once a year. Ultimately, she marries someone else, but Watanuki is supportive and accepting of her decision, and it doesn't stop her from giving Watanuki phone calls or religiously visiting him on his birthday.
  • Doom Magnet: From the minor injury or unpleasant discovery to the extreme accident, bad incidents seem to happen whenever Himawari is around. She's cursed to cause this no matter how much she doesn't want to. Only her parents, Doumeki, and later the pet bird she receives from Watanuki, named Tanpopo, are immune to it.
  • Empathy Pet: The little bird Tanpopo is highly expressive and responsive towards both Himawari and Watanuki, which makes sense, as he was born out of Watanuki's desire to grant Himawari true happiness.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her default hairstyle changes to a half-up-half-down style so that she can hide the scars on her back that she received as payment for saving Watanuki's life.
  • Flower Motifs: Sunflowers, just like what her name means.
  • Mega Twintails: Each of her pigtails individually are near equal the width of her head.
  • Nice Girl: Polite, bright and friendly. However, she has also a darker side of her.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Himawari seems to be oblivious to the fact that Watanuki has a severe crush on her and might sometimes want to do things together without Doumeki tagging along. She also doesn't seem to be aware of the fact that bad things tend to occur in her presence. This isn't true, on any of the accounts. She tries to keep her distance because she doesn't want to hurt Watanuki, and deliberately invites Doumeki along when Watanuki wants to do things with her because she knows Doumeki will cancel out her bad luck.
  • Put on a Bus: Her presence in the story is reduced to flashbacks and occasional phone calls after Watanuki takes ownership of the shop. It's explained that her misfortune makes being at the shop dangerous to her, and she and Watanuki made an agreement that the only day she can come see him is on his birthday.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her twintails go past her waist.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Initially appears to be one for Watanuki, and then her backstory comes out and blows this accusation out the water.
  • Scars Are Forever: After influencing him to experience a near-fatal accident, Himawari chooses to take on any of the scars Watanuki would've otherwise received from his injuries. The action is especially poignant given that unfortunately, in Japan there is a stigma against girls who are scarred.
  • Shipper on Deck: Like Yuuko, she seems to like commenting about what great friends Watanuki and Doumeki are! Cue Watanuki devolving into protesting sobs and denial.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Watanuki. After he takes ownership of the shop in order to wait for Yuuko's return, he becomes unable to leave the shop and Himawari is only able to see him only once a year because her misfortune is bad for the shop and for her own sake. She eventually marries someone else and Watanuki accepts her decision, but they stay in touch with each other, and ultimately the feelings remain mutual despite everything.
  • Stepford Smiler: Turns out to be one when she reveals that she's noticed that bad things inexplicably happened to the people around her from the age of four, and any time something happened to someone she liked or cared about, was left to wonder if it was her fault. Her smile finally breaks and she's reduced to tears when Watanuki tells her that despite the truth of her nature, he doesn't intend to stop being her friend, and that he was glad to have met her.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Himawari means "sunflower" and indeed, her cheerful personality is the opposite of Shrinking Violet. She's a Stepford Smiler.

    Kohane Tsuyuri
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

A young medium who, at the age of 9 has been catapulted into the TV world for her powers. Her mother focuses on having Kohane on as many television shows as possible, and buys large amounts of extravagant items. This treatment causes Kohane to have a quiet and lonely demeanor, though she attempts to stay strong for her mother's sake, blaming everything on herself.

  • Abusive Parents: Kohane's really unpleasant Stage Mom essentially forces Kohane to take on exorcism jobs and we are up front shown that uses the money to buy extravagant gifts for herself. She also refuses to let Kohane touch, eat food prepared by, or even interact with, anyone she deems to be "unclean", out of fear that Kohane lose her supernatural abilities because of it. She hasn't even called her daughter by her name in years. The kicker is that she won't let herself touch Kohane either, indicating she also thinks of herself as "unclean".
  • Beauty Mark: She has one under her left eye.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Doumeki. Both are quiet, dependable and principled individuals who have been exposed to the supernatural since a young age. However, while Doumeki is the one she marries it seems to be because both wanted their descendants keep Watanuki company when they are gone. Doumeki makes a point of stating that Watanuki is indeed the person Kohane loves the most.
  • Broken Bird: A sad and melancholic young girl who is constantly suffering from the abuse of a suffocating Stage Mom and tries to stay strong by blaming everything on herself.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is brutally honest, a bit too much for her sake.
  • Commonality Connection: Just like Watanuki, she has the ability to see spirits, and it's one reason she and him form a bond.
  • Cry Cute: You just want to give the poor girl a hug when she breaks down in tears.
  • Emotionless Girl: Emotes very little, if any. Even after she opens up to the main characters, she though never drops the trait completely.
  • I See Dead People: She has the ability to see spirits, just like Watanuki. She doesn't attract them to herself like he does, though.
  • Important Haircut: She cuts her hair short in the anime after she quits her television career and starts a new life with her mother.
  • Love Martyr: For her mother. The main reason she endured her mother's terrible treatment of her was because she on some level blamed herself for why her mother became the way she did, and really wanted nothing more than to make her happy.
  • Marriage of Convenience: She and Doumeki end up married to each other seemingly for no other reason than to produce offspring that will keep Watanuki company in his long, unaging life.
  • Meaningful Name: Kohane means "little feather". On the day of her parents' wedding it was snowing and Kohane's mother thought it looked like thousands of little feathers falling from the sky and decided to name her daughter like that.
  • Oracular Urchin
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down her hips.
  • The Stoic: She speaks in a relatively quiet and mature manner, and her default facial expression has a dreamy quality to it.
    • Not So Stoic: She finally lets her mask break after the ordeal with her mother comes to a head. Afterwards, while she remains a soft-spoken person, we get to see her smile much more often.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's a very calm and soft-spoken person, but she can show a kind and caring side to the people she becomes close to, mainly Watanuki.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Kohane was still very young, she accidentally used her powers to help her mother learn that her father was having an affair. This ruined her parents' marriage and caused a drastic change in her mother's personality, turning her into the abusive Stage Mom that she's now. Kohane has blamed herself for her mother's troubles ever since.
  • When She Smiles
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Kohane tells the brutal truth to her clients. This eventually get her into trouble.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years

    Black Mokona (Larg)
Voiced by: Mika Kikuchi (JP), Carrie Savage (EN), Mar Cortés (SP, series), Roser Vilches (SP, movie)

  • The Alcoholic: On equal levels with Yuko!
  • The Artifact: Both in the manga and Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, Larg is first awakened along with Soel to serve as a communication device with Syaoran and his companions. As the anime removes the Tsubasa characters from the continuity, Larg is instead awakened at Yuuko's whim to have another party pal in the house.
  • The Beastmaster: In one instance, she rides a giant bird to carry Watanuki and later to fend off the karasu-tengu.
  • Big Eater: Can quickly gulp up whole serving plates of what Watanuki just cooked!
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Implied during the Water Cat incident, where he offers Watanuki assistance in carrying heavy glass jars from the well and a comic panel is even shown where he carries two jars when Watanuki considers the Mokona's offer. Note these jars are so heavy that even the strong Doumeki can only hold one with both hands while coming back to Yuko's house.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Hey, its Mokona, so what can you expect.
  • Series Mascot: There are far more merchandise for him than any other character in the series aside perhaps from Yuuki and all ending songs of the TV adaptation even feature him in the spotlight.

    Maru and Moro
Voiced by: Kazuko Kojima and Hisayo Mochizuki (JP), Leah Clark and Brina Palencia (EN), Silvia Sánchez and Carme Serrano (SP, series), Carmen Ambrós and Victoria Ramos (SP, movie)

Yuuko Ichihara's aides, two artificial beings who keep Yūko's shop in existence. They guide shop visitors to their mistress, and also perform various other tasks. Because they are soulless bodies, they cannot leave Yuuko’s shop. Their complete names are Marudashi and Morodashi.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Depending of the artwork, they can be shown with a much or at least relatively darker skin tone than the rest of characters. If it is meant to be a character trait and not an artistic convention is unknown, but considering that they have multicolor hair as well...
  • Artificial Human: They are apparently some kind of artificial spirit, and are explicitly described as "creations" who lack souls.
  • Creepy Child: The manga sometimes capitalizes on her cheerful aspect to creepiness effect.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their eyes color match their respective hair color.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Very much like Yuuko, due to most of their appearances being inside the shop. As they cannot leave the shop or its terrains, they have even less of a need of footwear.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: One of their speaking patterns.
  • Genki Girl: Somewhat.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: They are referred as twins and behave accordingly, but they look quite different, not only in hair color and style, but also in physique (Maru is taller and more mature-looking).
  • Mega Twintails: Maru's pigtails are very poofy and go down to her feet.
  • Odango Hair: Moro.
  • Psychic Link: In the manga (and possibly in the anime as well, only not explicit), they have a psychic link with Yuuko, who can speak to Watanuki through them.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Maru's twintails reach the floor!
  • Series Mascot: Downplayed and not to the extent of Black Mokona, but many ads and artwork referencing to Xxx Holic features Moro and Maru and the second ending even features them as the spotlight along with Larg.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Downplayed, but still there. Maru often wears in dark and is shown to be slightly more short-tempered, while Moro wears in white and behaves more innocently and childlike.
  • Speak in Unison: One of their speaking patterns.
  • Theme Twin Naming: "Marudashi" and "Morodashi" are theme related words to public nudity, in the line of "flashing" and "streaking". Yuuko finds it cute.
  • Trickster Twins: Downplayed as they never do anything truly malicious and most of their pranks on Watanuki are extensions of Yuuko's teasing or Mokona's horseplaying.
  • Twincest: The opening of the anime plays with this, with the two being shown about kissing before stopping and looking to the camera as if caught in a mischief.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue for Maru and pink for Moro.

    Kudagitsune / Mugetsu 

A kudagitsune or pipe fox spirit given to Yuuko by Ame-Warashi as payment. It is later named Mugetsu by Watanuki.

Voiced by: Sumih Muto (JP), Brina Palencia (EN), Carme Serrano (SP)

A spirit girl from a mountain who develops a crush on Watanuki.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has black hair in the manga, but it's changed to purplish blue in the anime. This is later corrected in the Shunmuki OVA.
  • No Social Skills: Her desire to give Watanuki a Valentine's Day gift makes her pull accidentally Doumeki's soul from his body, and she still does not realize something is wrong with it.
  • Prone to Tears: Prone to cry, and she shows it.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shy and restrained to the pain, which causes some trouble.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The anime gives her dark blue hair.

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Kate Oxley (EN), Laura Burgalla (SP)

A rain spirit and Zashiki-Warashi's friend. She is very protective of her and has quite a temper.


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