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Case 00: The Appointment as Spirit Detective
Powers: Demonic Possession
A five-count demon criminal marking Yusuke's first encounter as a Spirit Detective. He possessed a student from Kasanegafuchi Junior High to commit crimes, which includes setting Kuwabara's pet cat, Eikitchi as hostage, and black mailing Kuwabara to do what he wants.
- The Corrupter: He is able to take control of other's minds and influence their dark side into committing evil deeds.
- Demonic Possession: His specialty.
- Horned Humanoid: Jyaki has a pair of horns which also manifest on the hosts he possesses (though only those with Spiritual awareness can see them).
- The Imp: He is so small that Yusuke could hold him in his hand.
- Orifice Evacuation: Jyaki is shown escaping the possessed punk's body via his mouth.
- Starter Villain: He is the very first demon that Yusuke encounters upon being resurrected.
Case 01: Retrieval of the Three Artifacts of Darkness
Powers: Invulnerable Skin / Soul Eating
A collaborator with Hiei and Kurama to steal the Artifacts of Darkness from the Spirit World Vault.
- The Brute: Serves this role for Hiei and Kurama.
- Child Eater: Or then at least eats their souls, which he says tastes like candy.
- Death by Irony: More like defeat by irony in this case. Gouki who eats souls for a living is defeated by taking a blast of spirit energy into the mouth.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Goki's soul-eating tastes (that of little children) is rather close to the edge of pedophilia.
- Dumb Muscle: Which brings about his own undoing.
- Horned Humanoid: He has a set of five of horns on his head.
- Lack of Empathy: Especially when it comes to eating children's souls.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Nothing Yusuke could do at the time could penetrate his skin. Goki's mouth and insides on the other hand...
- Serial Killer: He was said to have committed six murders prior to taking part in the heist.
- Underestimating Badassery: Upon seeing Kurama, he snidely dismisses him as not being the great Yoko Kurama he has heard of. Kurama then quickly cuts down several trees around him and Goki bites his tongue back after that.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His anime fate remains a mystery, as he is mentioned to be arrested in episode 8, but never appears again. In the manga, it is stated he was arrested after his defeat, therefore confirming his survival. However, in chapter 170 Kurama states that many of the D-Class demons that were brainwashed and later arrested by Spirit World were executed, which would probably include Goki.
Case 02: The Prevention of Rando—Protection Order over The House of Genkai
Power: Has 99 Different Powers
Rando is a demon who attempts to win over the succession rights to Genkai's martial art: "Reikou Hadouken (Spirit Wave)" by disguising himself as a monk named, Shaolin so as to not draw attention to himself; and serves as the main antagonist in Yusuke's second case. He has killed 99 masters and obtained their techniques prior to Genkai, and plans to win the tournament to make Genkai's martial art the 100th technique in his arsenal.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Rando seems to be a Spider Demon. He has a spider-shaped mark on his face, one of his techniques makes the victims of it small enough to be less of a threat, which is similar to how spiders trap their prey in a web before eating them, and is able to produce thread that is similar to a Spider web.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His Shrinking Curse is basically an instant win if it hits, but requires an absurdly long chant to use and can be defeated by earplugs. It can even be deflected back to the user if the technique is used with no one else around to hear the chant.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He learns how to replicate Yusuke's Spirit Gun just by seeing it once.
- Crossdressing Voices: In the Japanese version.
- Fatal Flaw: He is so obsessed with the power of techniques, he doesn't bother to learn their weaknesses and how they can backfire.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Shrinking curse backfires on him.
- Instant Expert: Learns the Spirit Gun after seeing it only once.
- Kick the Dog: After using the Shrinking Curse on Kuwabara, he ruthlessly breaks Kuwabara's arms, legs, and ribs. Yusuke flies into an Unstoppable Rage in response, even pointing out to Rando that there was no reason whatsoever for him to do so.
- Meaningful Name: "Rando" is pretty fitting for a fighter who has such a wide, nearly random array of techniques.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: His scores on the tests are barely high enough to pass, but he turns out to be the strongest opponent Yusuke faces.
- Playing with Fire: One of his stolen abilities.
- Power Copying: Steals other martial arts masters' techniques.
- Psychopathic Manchild: More obvious in the Japanese version.
- Sadist: Though he loves stealing powers, Rando claims what he loves best is the fear from his enemies.
- Shark Pool: Hangs Yusuke over a pond of piranha-like fishes.
Case 03: Disintegration of The Four Saint BeastsThe Four Beasts are four demons who rule a part of the Underworld called City of Apparitions and the antagonists for Yusuke's third case. The beasts share their names with the four symbols of Chinese astrology. In the anime adaptation they are known as the Saint Beasts.
- Bishōnen Line: The stronger the Beast, the more human they are.
- Elemental Powers: Genbu can control the stones that make up his body, Seiryuu can manipulate ice and Suzaku is able to use lightning. Byakko is just a tiger man who can fire beams from his mouth and create creatures from his hair.
- The Four Gods: Each of them have an obvious design theme that makes them related to that specific god.
- Knight of Cerebus: The first enemies that have their own teammates killed, and to be killed through determination rather than dumb luck.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness and Bishōnen Line: The Four Saint Beasts become less beastly and more saint-like as they grow in power. From weakest to strongest, the group is made up of a tortoise-demon made of rock, a slightly-more-anthropic-looking tiger-man, a human-looking guy with blue skin and a vaguely-reptilian face, and finally a full-on Bishounen whose only demonic features are his antennae.
Powers: Stone Body / Stone Manipulation
A rock demon with the power to move through stone as though it were part of his body.
- The Brute: Fights with one trick through brute force.
- Dishing Out Dirt: More like made of dirt.
- Elemental Embodiment: He's more of a golem.
- The Four Gods: With his shell and reptilian features, he's like demon throwback to gargoyle turtle man.
- Home Field Advantage: The first of the 4 Sacred Beasts, Genbu, can use his powers over earth to meld with the stone that composes the castle and move freely through it.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness: Looks like a turtle Kaju with a troll face, but had the second swiftest defeat,
- Pulling Themselves Together: Does this, but epically backfires in a real funny way.
- Rock Monster: He's composed of rock, and can melt into any rock surface. He can also control his rock body at will, and is fond of attacking by turning his body into a swarm of rocks and flying towards his opponent.
- Smug Snake: Believes he's going to win and that his power has no flaws, leading him to plead with his opponent not to kill him.
- Tag Along Kid: A sinister subversion. The reason the other Saint Beasts tolerate him is that he can communicate with the demons; they would've been the Three Saint Beasts a long time ago if that wasn't the case.
Powers: Energy Absorbtion / Summon Beasts / Tiger Scream
An anthropomorphic white tiger who can turn pieces of his hair into lesser beasts, absorb aura energy and fire sonic blasts from his mouth.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The story takes a moment to focus on Byakko's shock and horror when he is betrayed and executed by Seiryuu for failing to beat his opponent. Despite being an arrogant man-eating demon.
- Balloon Belly: He gets a rather large gut when absorbing enough energy.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He is genuinely shocked when Seiryu decides to kill him for his failures.
- Fair-Play Villain: He's straightforward compared to hide and seek Genbu, ruthless Seiryuu and wicked Suzaku.
- Feed It with Fire: He can absorb spirit energy, becoming bigger in the process.
- The Four Gods: Represents the White Tiger.
- Genius Bruiser: Although he is just muscle like Genbu, he employs a lot more moves and wit.
- Made of Iron: He survives falling into lava, but is grievously injured.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His "Tiger Scream" disintegrates anything it hits.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness: Averted in that he's more physically durable than Seiryuu.
- Panthera Awesome: A white tiger man.
- Petting Zoo People: A tiger man.
- Rasputinian Death: Falls from a great height, falls from a great height into lava, but is then ultimately only killed by being frozen and shattered
- Smug Super: He views himself highly with justified reason, seeing that he has a powerful Make Me Wanna Shout attack that is legendary in the Demon World, and due to this reason, he didn't even try to come and face Kuwabara, choosing to have his hairs face him instead.
- Sympathy for the Devil: You must be doing something right, when Hiei feels sorry for you.
Main Powers: Ice Manipulation
A demon with enhanced speed and control over ice.
- Anti-Climax Boss: Non-video game version. The fight between Kuwabara and Byakko is a bit of a marathon that spans several episodes before he's finally defeated. Hiei puts Seiryuu down in the space of about five minutes.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Even looks like a martial artist.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Cut into many pieces by Hiei almost instantly.
- The Dragon: Which is fitting.
- Evil Counterpart: To Hiei, both being cold, unfeeling killers with a dragon motif, only Seiryuu had ice powers to counter Hiei's fire one.
- The Four Gods: He'd be the dragon...though he's just a big blue skinned man with a dragon outfit. Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged so lampshades this.
- An Ice Person: Fragile enough to the point that one blow is enough to defeat, and one can do it through ice punches
- Kick the Dog: Killing Byakko for failing, the fact that he tried asking for help and genuinely shocked at the betrayal makes it worse.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Hiei kills him in 16 slices.
- Smug Snake: Confident, but too sure of his technique.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Byakko, and anyone who is of no further use to the Saint Beasts.
Powers: Lightning Manipulation / Prism of Seven
The leader of the Four Beasts. A demon who uses lightning to attack, he is able to split himself into seven separate, yet equally powerful bodies, and can endlessly regenerate his power by reabsorbing the copies.
- Badass in Charge: Despite what a bastard he is, Suzuku is undeniably badass. He made Yusuke's training and new techniques look like child's play for most of their fight.
- Big Bad: Of the Saint Beasts Saga.
- Bishōnen: Fits with the Bishōnen Line theme that the Saint Beasts are going for.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Suzaku is a massive sadist who sits on his chair while his clones electrocute Yusuke, six on one.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Like mentioned above, seven clones, each just as strong as him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Is infinitely more pleasant, polite, and serene than his allies. However, this politeness and calm persona is a facade to mask his utterly sadistic love of tormenting and torturing others for the sheer, near childlike glee of it all. Such as how he mercilessly tortures Yusuke and forces him to watch while his mind controlled minions were about to kill Keiko and Botan; all the while enjoying himself like he is watching his favorite horror film.
- The Four Gods: He'd be the Phoenix, especially since he can revive himself mutliple times and has a bird for a companion.
- Genre Savvy: His scheme (especially regarding Keiko) is set up like a B-grade horror movie. That isn't lost on him in the slightest.
- Manipulative Bastard: Figuratively to the other Saint Beasts, and literally with his flute. And emotionally towards Yusuke. Yusuke even says "You think you can control me, don't you?" To which Suzaku just smirks.
- Morality Pet: Murugu, though she's as gleefully sadistic as he is, she's still the only thing he's shown to care for.
- Musical Assassin: uses the flute to control insects, but never uses it in combat for obvious reasons.
- Night of the Living Mooks: His cultivated humans.
- Shock and Awe: Uses it as arrows or shocking his enemies to death.
Not!Yusuke: "For half demons like us who have a registered name and citizenship in the Human Realm."
- Adapted Out: They don't appear in the anime.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Their Human forms have a strong resemblance to Yusuke and Kuwabara.
- Evil Redhead: Not!Kuwabara.
- Glory Seekers: They seek to bring about Yusuke and Kuwabara's demises in order to make a name for themselves.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As their de facto name shows, they are Demon-Human hybrids.
- Mundanger: Double Subversion. While they have Demon ancestry, they are incapable of doing any sort of supernatural abilities and thus have to rely on their own wits and an army of low level Demon-Human hybrids cohorts.
- No Name Given: Their names are never revealed.
- Opportunistic Bastards: They attempted to take advantage of Yusuke and Kuwabara's weakened states from having fought against the Saint Beasts to frame them for sneak attacks so that other gangs will seek to fight and potentially kill them.
- Time for Plan B: In the event that things went awry (which they did once Kurama exposed their ruse), they had recruited an army of fellow half breeds to aid them. However, Hiei already took them out leaving them at the mercy of the angry mob. Cue Oh, Crap!.
Case 04: The Retrieval of Yukina
The Founder of the Black Book Club.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs Hiei to spare his life when cornered, and tries offering to use Yukina's tears to make them both rich. It ends horribly for him
- Asshole Victim: Thanks Sakyo and Toguro for giving him what he deserved. Even the other Black Book Club members don't care about his demise and even mocked him shortly before his death, in contrast to their horrified and pissed reactions to finding out about Butajiri's demise.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While he is dangerous thanks to his wealth and his connections (being the founder of the Black Black Club, and hiring various demons and humans to do his dirty work), he overestimates his chances of winning, loses everything when Younger Toguro is defeated, and doesn't compare well to most of the antagonists in the series. It doesn't help that The Toguro Bros were actually working for the real Big Bad, who had caused him to lose his money, and that they end up killing him after this is revealed.
- Collector of the Strange: He has a personal zoo of demons in his possession.
- Bioweapon Beast: One of the beasts of his zoo was bio-engineered from various predators by the military, who he uses to test Younger Toguro's strength.
- Cruel Mercy: Hiei spares his life at Yukina's request, but only after beating him to a bloody pulp and leaving him dirt poor with no money or any way of gaining it. He's eventually put down like a dog by Toguro under Sakyo's orders as a mere after thought.
- The Don: Though Oyabun might be more appropriate given his Japanese nationality. To emphasize this, in the Filipino Dub his name was changed to "Don Paquito''.
- Evil Old Folks: Not only is he already clearly pretty old to begin with, but he's also stated to being the founder of the Black Black Club, which is implied to have been formed sometime within the first three decades of the 20th century.
- Gonk: Discussed in this exchange when the Heroes see an image of him for the first time.Kuwabara: He's too ugly to be a Human.Yusuke: He's too ugly to be anything.
- Hate Sink: Tarukane is easily one of the most hateable antagonists in the series, due to being a cruel bastard who tortures Yukina for her pearl tears despite already being filthy rich, an annoying and overconfident asshole, and being the founder of the Black Black Club and thus being both being directly and indirectly responsible for the terrible atrocities that group has committed. His death is brutal but very well-earned.
- Humiliation Conga: His entire plan fails miserably. He keeps losing money to Sakyo, who then proceeds to bet his and Tarukane's entire fortunes on whether Yusuke and Kuwabara can defeat the Toguro Brothers. They emerge victorious after an intense and hard fight, and the other Black Book Club members proceed to cruelly mock, laugh at and kick him out of the group despite him being the one who founded the BBC to begin with. His back-up plan to run off with Yukina and keep torturing her for her pearl tears is ruined when Hiei shows up and kills his guards. Tarukane is reduced to trying to beg and bribe Hiei, which results in Hiei beating him to within an inch of his life. Tarukane goes insane at the loss of his fortune and breaks down laughing shortly before being executed by Toguro. To make matters worse, it's revealed that the Toguro Brothers were secretly working for Sakyo the entire time and intentionally threw the match so he would gain Tarukane's money.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His decision to capture and torture Yukina for her pearl tears and then trick the other Black Book Club members into losing money comes back to bite him big time when the former incurs Hiei's wrath and earn himself a nasty beatdown, while Sakyo uses the latter to instead swindle Tarukane out of his fortune and then murder him when he's no longer needed.
- Jerkass: Is a greedy and selfish asshole who cares about no one but himself and tortures demons for profit. He's also a massive prick to everyone except for the Toguro Brothers, and he attempts to trick his fellow Black Black Club members into betting money on a partially rigged match.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Suffers a pretty brutal one at Hiei's hands once the latter catches up to him.
- Off with His Head!: Younger Toguro kicks his head clean off.
- Smug Snake
- Villainous Breakdown: Progressively starts to lose it as he keeps losing his money to Sakyo, and is left in shock when he loses his entire fortune. He eventually goes insane after Hiei pummels his face and ruins his back-up plan, laughing to himself that he's just "a street bum" seconds before Toguro kills him.
- Villainous Glutton: Gonzo Tarukane is fat, ugly, and has a satisfying death scene.
- Villainous Legacy: Though he isn't around for long and only appears in the Spirit Detective Saga for a few chapters/episodes, his actions via the founding of the Black Black Club and its Demon trafficking operation puts into motion much of the series and also leads Sensui to believe that Humans must be destroyed.
[Inmaki] Voiced by: Akio Nojima (JP), E. Bailey (EN)
[Gokumonki] Voiced by: Yutaka Shimaka (JP), Jeremy Inman (EN)
The Three highest ranking sub-ordinates of the Toguro brother's Apparition Gang.
- Barbarian Longhair: Gokumonki sports this hairstyle. Also has a Badass Mustache.
- The Brute: Gokumonki provides this role for the trio.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite their reputation, they provide very little challenge for the protagonists; all three of them are beaten within a single episode.
- Death by Adaptation: The anime gives the impression that they were killed by Yusuke and Kuwabara, however the manga showed them as still being alive. They are shown during a flashback to give Genkai her invitation to the Dark Tournament, though the anime replaces them with a group of three hood cladded individuals (And the Funimation dub also takes this further by having the female messenger voiced by Laura Bailey instead of Miyuki's actress Peggy Paterson).
- Dumb Muscle: Whereas his comrades used more strategic fighting styles, Gokumonki simply relied on brute force and using Botan as a human shield.
- Evil Redhead: Gokumonki has red hair, which is fitting given that his source of inspiration, Sun Wukong, is frequently depicted with red or blonde hair.
- Horned Humanoid: Miyuki has a single horn while Gokumonki has three.
- Invisibility: Inmaki has this ability via an invisibility cloak. However, it is negated by him having to fight the duo in the narrow hallway's of Tarukane's mansion.
- Manipulative Bastard: Miyuki in the edited for daytime version by Funimation (so as to avoid having to making clear her transgender status and thus potentially getting into any conflicts with the FCC) has her exploiting male opponents' sensibilities in regards to fighting against women and feigning exaggerated moments of pain in order to get them to lower their guard.
- Monkey King Lite: Gokumonki is based on Sun Wukong. Notably, he has red hair, welds an elongated weapon (though he uses a club instead of a Simple Staff, and his name even contains "Goku" in it (of which is the Japanese version of his name).
- Qipao: Miyuki wears one to emphasize her Chinese Dragon Lady / Anime Chinese Girl aesthetic (Even though Miyuki isn't Chinese).
- Shout-Out: The members of the Triad are loosely based on the main characters of the Classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Miyuki is based on Xuanzang (with her being a transgender woman being a reference for many Japanese produced works to make Xuanzang equivalents female), Inmaki is very loosely based on Sha Wujing and Zhu Bajie, and Gokumonki is based on Sun Wukong. The fact that they are named as being a "Triad" certainly reinforces the Chinese influences in their theming.
- Super Speed: Another of Inmaki's abilities.
- The Triads and the Tongs: Invoked with one of them, Miyuki, being garbed in Chinese style attire and refering to themselves as "the Demon Triad".
- Whip It Good: Miyuki, at least in the anime, can turn strands of her hair into whips.
- Wolverine Claws: Inmaki uses these as his weapons of choice. Considering that one of the characters he is based on, Zhu Bajie, frequently wields a rake that has been modified for use as a weapon in Journey to the West, Inmaki's claws are likely an allusion to that.
- The Worf Effect: All three of them are easily taken care of by Yusuke (though Kuwabara helped a little), to show how much more powerful he had become.
Case 05: The Participation of the Dark Tournament
Sakyo is the wealthy owner of Team Toguro and a member of the underground Black-Black Club. While he appears to be calm and charismatic, he is a sociopath who grew up torturing and killing animals and people. He has an affinity and knack for gambling, occasionally putting his own life on the line just for the thrill of it. He accumulates a vast fortune for which he plans to open a portal to the demon world, for no other reason than to just see what happens. For a short while, he was the closest that Shizuru had to a romantic interest, as he took a liking to her and opens up to her about his train of thoughts.
- Adaptational Heroism: Although his actions remain the same, the anime made Sakyo out to be a character you can almost sympathize with, especially when he dies, as he is presented as a man with deep existential troubles yet also a sense of honor who strikes somewhat of a bond with Shizuru. The manga, on the other hand, portrays him as just a very rich businessman with very sick hobbies who even laughs mad before dying.
- Affably Evil: He's very polite and gentlemanly for a villain, especially towards Shizuru.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He barely emotes even at the most extreme situations, rarely shows satisfaction from his misdeeds, and although is rationally aware of the extent of his own villainy, seems to genuinely lack the ability to comprehend it. While it is made evident that Sakyo is mentally disturbed, his personality brings echoes of a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Ax-Crazy: In his younger days, he enjoyed dissecting animals, and eventually humans. Present-time, however, he seems to have moved on from that particular sin.
- Big Bad: Of the Dark Tournament saga. However, Younger Toguro is far more dangerous than him and more involved with the protagonists.
- Bishōnen: Reasonably attractive, even with the scar on his right eye.
- Bored with Insanity: Sort of—he eventually became bored with personal killing and torturing, and found gambling to be his truest pleasure.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Freely admits that he doesn't have a Freudian Excuse and is just rotten to the core for no reason.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Gambling on the torture and destruction of demons, and organizing a tournament for this reason, just to earn more money...
- Dating Catwoman: The anime toys with it, as he and Shizuru get attracted to each other pretty fast in the few moments they share during the tournament. The event of his death impedes it from advancing further.
- Dub Text: Even though the original Japanese Sakyo was still a sociopath, he remembered his happy childhood with a warm fondness, genuinely loved his family ("My parent were decent and kind people; it was what you could call an ideal family") and blamed nobody but himself for how he turned out, the English dub added a lot of changes to his narration, making him hate his parents and swearing he would kill himself if he became a white-collar worker.
- Even Evil Has Standards: It is poor taste for a gambler to cheat, and Sakyo does NOT tolerate poor taste gracefully. He's also noticeably disapproving of Elder Toguro's cruelty, though more because of how pointless it is.
- Evil vs. Evil: He ends up frequently coming into conflict with the other Black Book Club members due to conflicting goals and them getting in his way, and eventually he has Toguro kill them all. The situation with Tarukane in particular stands out, as it's strongly implied that they've always hated each other and that this is part of the reason why he goes out of his way to have the Toguro brothers ruin his life and kill him, whereas he ultimately only kills the other BBC members because they got in the way of his plans.
- Face Death with Dignity: In the anime, he gives a small smile at Shizuru when it's time for him to fulfill his word and give his life away. Quite different from the manga, where he dies striking a grimace and laughing like a maniac.
- Fiction 500: He is able to stake the equivalent of Japan's entire national budget like it was pocket change when betting on the victory of Yusuke and Kuwabara over the Toguro brothers with Torukane Gonzo... but then again, he KNEW Toguro would throw the fight for him and more importantly LIVE to report it. The dub ups the ante by keeping the figure 66 trillion+, but implying that it's US dollars, as opposed to Japanese Yen, which increased the figure by two orders of magnitude to more than the annual economic output of the entire planet (noted by two members of the Black Black group: one says, "That's more than Japan's Gross National Product," and another adds, "It's more than any nation's product").
- Foil: To Gonzo Tarukane. Tarukane is short, ugly and blatant about his evilness, while Sakyo has a normal height, is attractive enough for Shizuru to develop a crush on him in the anime, and is very classy and polite despite his reprehensible goals and complete lack of morals. Tarukane's motive is pure Greed despite already being very rich, Sakyo wants more money so he can open up a portal to the demon world just for the fun of it all. And lastly, they both lose their fortunes in the end, but react to it differently, as Tarukane attempts to regain his money and goes insane when he fails while also resorting to begging for his life, while Sakyo calmly accepts his fate and kills himself even when Koenma spares him.
- For the Evulz: Wants a portal to the Makai to be opened...just so life will be more interesting as the world goes to hell. he gets his wish in the end, but it's not the way he wanted to.
- The Gambling Addict: Self-admitted, and to the point of gambling his own life at some point. And keeping his word when he loses.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a notorious one on his face, and is definitely a bastard.
- Go Out with a Smile: Melancholically smiling in the anime and laughing mad in the manga.
- I Gave My Word: For all his flaws, Sakyo is a deeply honorable man whose word is his absolute bond; if he promises you that he'll kill himself for losing a bet, he means it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: While he does have some genuinely evil moments, he does at least end up killing the entire Black Book Club in the process... to further his own ends, of course.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Has more of a mullet, leads to the same Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon effect as Karasu
- The Man Behind the Man: He's in charge of Team Toguro, and is thus the true villain of the Dark Tournament saga.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He claims to have been fascinated by death and suffering since childhood.
- Noble Demon: His goals are incredibly vicious and destructive, but he is a man of his word and has a strong sense of honor. Unlike most other villains in the series, he knows his own sociopathy and doesn't consider himself any better than his victims.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He serves as the fifth member of Team Toguro, but acknowledges that he can't fight. His "match" with Koenma ends up being tied to the outcome of Yusuke's match with Toguro, essentially meaning that with Yusuke's team having lost one match and won two, the team who wins in that case would win the round and the tournament.
- Non-Action Guy: In a Double Subversion, he reveals himself as the fifth member of Team Toguro... before wagering his life on Toguro so he doesn't have to fight.
- One Last Smoke: While waiting for the self destruct bomb to go off and being confronted by Koenma, he still continues smoking as calmly as he always has.
- Only One Name: He is only known as Mr. Sakyo. In the anime, the lighter he gives to Shizuru shows the initials SN monogrammed on it, so its first name (going for the Japanese names order) apparently starts by the letter N.
- Pet the Dog: His interactions with Shizuru in the anime.
- Posthumous Character: Even after his death, he still has an influence on the Chapter Black saga via Sensui's backstory. His plans are ultimately fulfilled by a man not only stronger then his top fighter, but who is also much smarter than him and ironically by one of his original enemies: Former Spirit Detective Shinobu Sensui.
- Predecessor Villain: Eventually becomes this after his self-inflicted demise, as his past actions have deep repercussions during Chapter Black, since Itsuki more or less picked up on digging through the tunnel where he left off. Even worse, Sensui had his mental breakdown in one of his mansions, where they were torturing demons and bathing in their blood.
- Sadist: When he was younger, he had a hobby of dissecting animals and "challenging" himself to see how long he could keep them alive after cutting their hearts out. He eventually moved on from this and gained a greater interest in gambling, but his sadistic side isn't entirely gone, as he oversaw the Black Book Club torturing and murdering demons, as well as showing amusement at the BBC's horrified and shocked reactions to his plan and revelation that he was the one who killed Tarukane and Butajiri.
- The Sociopath: His backstory tells us how he would torture animals when he ran a pet shop, and only entering the dark underground because he could gamble lives including his own.
- Stepford Smiler: Villainous example. His smile is perennial, but by his own admission, there is no joy behind it.
- Taking You with Me: Sort of a half-hearted, possibly unintentional example. After Team Toguro's defeat, he graciously accepts defeat and sets the stadium to self-destruct with himself inside it... without waiting for anyone to actually get out first.
- Visionary Villain: Averted in the manga, but his portrayal in the anime invokes this. See For the Evulz above for details.
Team ToguroThe Demon Tournament team owned by the ludicrously wealthy Sakyo N., and led by the Toguro Brothers. They each have their own reasons for joining the team and fighting, but they also unanimously want to aid Sakyo in helping him construct an even bigger portal to the Underworld. Because, apparently, life would be more interesting that way.
- Antagonist Abilities: Half of the team, in nice contrast to the other half. Elder Toguro and Karasu are respectively a demonic plastic man and an explosive magician, while Younger Toguro and Bui are just incredibly strong martial artists. Then there is Sakyo, whose money is his power.
- Badass Crew: With the exception of Sakyo and Elder Toguro, each is a major Person of Mass Destruction in their own right.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Younger Toguro to Yusuke, being both martial artists with a cool attitude who wear in green and lead the team. And both are demonic in their own way.
- Elder Toguro to Kuwabara, who is similarly much more emotional than his leader, gets little respect from him (in Toguro's case, fatally so) and has a sword-related power.
- Karasu to Kurama, another genius tactician with Agent Peacock traits who fights by summoning things.
- Bui to Hiei, being both no-nonsense warriors with a begrudging sense of honor who fight with bladed weapons and have a hidden, frightening power.
- Sakyo to Koenma, his own team's imperturbable backer and Non-Action Guy who has a mission to fulfill (the opposite mission from Sakyo, in fact).
- Lovecraftian Super Power: Each one, with the exception of Bui and Sakyo, manifest their powers in a disturbing and Creepy Awesome kind of way.
Powers: Muscle Manipulation
Founder and Leader of the Apparition Gang and the captain and star fighter of Team Toguro, Younger Toguro is a former human turned demon and one of the main antagonists of the Rescue Yukina and Dark Tournament arcs. It's been fifty years since he last participated in the tournament, and it appears Yusuke has intrigued him enough to hope he has finally found a fighter worthy of his full 100% power. He has something of an interesting relationship with Genkai, to say the least.
- '80s Hair: A flat-top no less!
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the manga, he is surprisingly extroverted and creepy for his calm appearance, and in fact he shows a Slasher Smile very often. In contrast, his anime version is much more collected and stoic; he never lifts his voice and only emotes at key moments.
- Affably Evil: A honorable fighter and only kills when required to, unless you prove to be a worthy opponent.
- The Ageless: Became this upon becoming a Demon so that he would never experience declining strength with age as well as preventing those he loved from ever being victims of the likes of Kairen.
- Alas, Poor Villain: No one mourned his actual death, though when he chooses Limbo, the worst punishment in Hell, Koenma makes it a point that Younger Toguro deserves a less harsh punishment and even pleads with him to reconsider. Genkai also mourns him when they cross paths with each other.
- Ambiguously Brown: Some images give his skin a darker tone than the rest of characters.
- And I Must Scream: Chooses to be sentenced to the lowest pit of Hell where he will be tormented for thousands of years then simply cease to exist, even though he could have received a lighter punishment.
- Anti-Villain: Despite a steady stream of brutal actions under his belt, thoughts of redemption are in the back of his mind and he is honorable, with a Freudian Excuse.
- Blood Knight: Dislikes fighting weak opponents, but fights them anyway because it's a fight after all. When Yusuke attempts to beat the crap out of Toguro for killing his one decent teacher only to lose instantly, Toguro is a little too happy that Yusuke is able to break his hand. His whole reason for Stealth Mentoring Yusuke is that he's looking for someone who can allow him to fight at 100% strength.
- Once Yusuke doesn't give him a challenge, he goes to kill one of his friends to get him to be more serious.
- Also qualifies as a Deconstruction as he no longer has any satisfaction in his life outside of fighting.
- Cool Shades: Almost never seen without them. It's only at the very end of the Dark Tournament that we see his eyes.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes them with each percentage necessary to defeat the enemy at hand.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Took a Level in Cynic after his students' murder at the hands of Kairen.
- Deadpan Snarker: And not exactly subtle about it, either.
- Deal with the Devil: Combined with He Who Fights Monsters when he defeats Kairen (a demon who had much the same abilities as the Toguro Brothers) at the Dark Tournament 50 years ago, and upon winning asks the Tournament Commitee to turn him and his brother into demons.
- Death Seeker: He wants to die at the hands of a stronger fighter.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Despite technically being The Dragon to Sakyo, he is much more dangerous than his boss and is far more involved with the protagonists.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He's a Death Seeker and thus hopes not to win the Dark Tournament. That doesn't fit well with Sakyo's plan. That being said, he does seem interested by the idea of opening up a portal to the demon world, and says that he likes it because it would give him more opportunities to test his power, but it's implied that he would have used this to finally meet his end at the hands of much stronger demons if Yusuke couldn't kill him in the final round of the tournament.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Still finds some actions completely distasteful, especially those of his older brother.
- Evil Counterpart: To Yusuke; whereas Sensui is Yusuke's exact opposite, Toguro is more what Yusuke would become if he decided to abandon his good tendencies and love for his True Companions and gave in to his inner Blood Knight. Even his coat is olive green, a darker shade to Yusuke's usual outfit. Not to mention they also share a Deadpan Snarker trait.
- Evil Feels Good: He confesses that, while demonic energy is weaker than spirit energy, it "gives a much more pleasurable sensation when used."
- Of Onimaru from Peacock King, another manga about young fighters battling demons. Like Onimaru, Toguro is a musclebound, foreign-looking man with perpetual sunglasses that is both a human and a demon at once and who has a Worthy Opponent relationship with the main character.
- His character design was also based on the Terminator T-800. The creators of the anime also took this tribute further by hiring Tessho Genda, who frequently dubs for characters played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, to voice him.
- Fallen Hero: He fought evil demons and taught disciples to fight evil...then Kairen showed up and his beliefs were shattered.
- Finger Poke of Doom: He can make peoples heads explode by simply tapping on them, which sounds suspiciously familiar.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite being muscular, he is a Warrior Poet and a Deadpan Snarker, it's just that it's only limited to fighting.
- Healing Factor: Not to the same extent as his brother, but can regenerate a gaping hole in his body in seconds.
- The Heavy: He serves as the primary antagonist of the Dark Tournament Saga and is far more personally involved with Yusuke than Sakyo is.
- Hell Seeker: He is a Death Seeker so he can go to the deepest pit of hell so he can be eternally punished for not having the strength to protect his disciples, turning on the only woman he ever loved and then killing her, and becoming nothing more than a thug working for men like Sakio.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Started off a martial artist fighting demons, but ultimately became one.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl With his old teammate and friend Genkai.
- Humanoid Abomination: Especially at 100%.
- Immortality Seeker: In his past, though Eternal Youth Seeker is more accurate. He comes to regret that wish.
- The Juggernaut: Spends the majority of his screentime being utterly implacable by even the strongest of fighters. Even Yusuke during the final round of the tournament is thoroughly outclassed during most of the fight despite two power-ups, though the third finally pushes him to Toguro's level.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Literately kicks his older brother, then punches him into yet another temporary death. Ironically, in the dub, "son of a bitch" is what said brother calls Toguro when he does this.
- He also kills Gonzo Tarukane by literally kicking him in the back of the head, decapitating him in the process, and later goes on to murder the rest of the Black Book Club when they attempt to interfere with Sakyo's plan. Given that Tarukane and the BBC were corrupt, ruthless billionaire gangsters who had been exploiting and tormenting demons for profit, there's not much room for pity towards their gruesome demises.
- Last-Name Basis: His given name is never mentioned, he's only known as the younger of the Toguro brothers.
- Lightning Bruiser: Unlike most beings of his stature, Toguro is every bit as fast as he is strong and muscular, even at his maximum level. He can easily speed blitz his enemies but mainly just tanks their attacks to show they cannot harm him.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: As he powers up, he becomes incredibly muscular in the process.
- My Greatest Failure: Not protecting his students from Kairen, a powerful demon. Even after defeating Kairen in the previous Dark Tournament, he never let it go, turning himself into a demon. Goes even further as it was his decision to become a demon that led him to fall even further and ultimately become nothing more than a hired thug for despicable people like Sakio, who could only find any pleasure in battle, and ultimately killing the only woman he ever loved. While Genkai believed it was his student's deaths that led to his decision of later going to the deepest level of Hell in order to punish himself, it's very clear that Toguro was feeling guilty for more than just the deaths of his students.
- Never Be Hurt Again: One of two reasons (see also Survivor Guilt) why he made a Deal with the Tournament committee was so that he could never again be powerless.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Deconstructed. Ridiculously muscled and possessing tremendous power? Check. Cold, aloof son of a bitch with little care for others? Check. No inhibition to destroying anyone he is ordered to kill and/or needs to be killed to fulfill his goals. Check. Though the "Hero" Part? He is a Fallen Hero who made his Deal with the Devil with the intention of using his new found eternal youth to avoid being powerless to stop massacres like the one that cost his students' their lives. However he gradually became more jaded in his outlook and lost faith in his mission upon realizing he had become no different than any of the demons he fought being that his wish for eternal youth was based more out of his selfish desire to never grow old than it was out of any utilitarian goal he had used as an excuse.
- Noble Demon: He's only in it for business and will only be brutal when it's necessary, in contrast to his sadistic brother.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Most of his fights are Curb Stomp Battles, but his fight in which he kills Genkai was nothing but vicious as he goes for her heart and No Sells all of her remaining energy blasts before finally killing her by breaking her spine with his fist at 80%. It gets worse when Toguro goes 100% against Yusuke: the fight becomes so one-sided that it takes Kuwabara's "death" to make Yusuke fight on truly equal terms. In fact it was so brutal that Yusuke in the middle of the fight passes out from the pain and dreams of the moment that he first meets Keiko... only for Toguro himself to appear in the dream as a huge monster that squeezes Keiko possibly to death. It's so bad that the real Keiko snaps from seeing the beating and loses consciousness.
- Not So Stoic: When he goes 100%.
- One-Winged Angel: At 100% strength he becomes a gray-skinned monstrosity.
- Shoulders of Doom: Gains these once he goes to 80% and higher.
- Sinister Shades: Throughout most of his appearances.
- Spirited Competitor: Does not like fighting weaklings at all, but is very excited when Yusuke can provide a challenge to him.
- Start of Darkness: Something permanently snapped inside of Toguro after a demon killed his students, and even after killing him, he felt that he needed to be punished for it for all time.
- Stealth Mentor: Towards Yusuke. He pushes Yusuke to be stronger and his words during his fight with him seem to a Secret Test of Character in hindsight, so he won't be completely consumed by battle.
- The Stoic: One of his most notable attributes is his constant poker face.
- Suicide by Cop: What his plans for Yusuke ultimately were. He wanted Yusuke to become strong enough to defeat him and end his life of regret.
- Survivor Guilt: His inability to save his disciples from being killed by Kairen is the source of his motivation for his actions.
- Sympathy for the Devil: His Freudian Excuse definitely earns this.
- Tragic Villain: His whole backstory and motivation, even if he has little Pet the Dog moments.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Subverted. He's a very skilled martial artist—he just prefers relying on absolute strength rather than doing flashier energy attacks."The strength to make all tactics useless. That is strength absolute."
- Up to Eleven: 100% of 100%.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The guy loves to take off his coat. Justified in that his main power is expanding his muscles, so it would be a shame to damage his nice coat.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Notes that brute strength is the only thing he's really good at, but manages to get by solely with that, beating everyone that got in his way.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He certainly didn't want to by the time the story began.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The more he uses his power, the more his bloodthirsty urges seep out.
- Worthy Opponent: Views Yusuke as one as well as the one to end his miserable existence.
Powers: Body Manipulation / Immortality
Walking Spoiler Warning: Elder Toguro is an important character spanning two sagas in length which cannot be hidden. By viewing the contents of this folder, readers are bound to be spoiled.
Co-Leader of the Apparition Gang, and vice-captain of Team Toguro. Elder Toguro is a human turned demon shapeshifter who usually rides on his brother's shoulder, and often fights alongside him. He can alter the shape of his body to form weapons or to move his organs to escape harm, and also has powerful regenerative abilities, almost to the point of immortality. Infamous due to his cruelty and sadism, even for Sakyo's standards.
Having survived the Dark Tournament, Elder Toguro was rescued by Sensui for the sake of being consumed by Sensui's subordinate, Makihara, in order to gain Toguro's shapeshifting powers. But Toguro eventually took over Makihara's body and full identity.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Subverted. While in the manga he has an unnaturally small body, he also has a smooth, conventionally handsome face, making him a relatively attractive midget. In contrast, his anime version has a more regular height, but he is also lankier and his face is weirdly wrinkled and shadowed, which gives him a very creepy vibe.
- Ax-Crazy: Gets more and more insane throughout the series until he's completely lost it.
- Body Horror: His power involves manipulating his body into anything, and shifting his vital organs around. It gets worse when he becomes a parasite after taking over Gourmet's body.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Fully aware of the fact that he's depraved, honorless scum and enjoys every second of it.
- Depraved Dwarf: Stands around four feet high in the anime, shorter still in the manga.
- Dirty Old Man: Being in his 80s, he's obviously the elder sibling. He also admitted he wanted to take advantage of Genkai when he was human, then insults her age. Younger was not amused.
- Dub Text/ Foe Yay: Complains that Kurama's not as pretty in his human form, but only in the English version.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: White skinned, which begs the question on how he and his younger brother are related.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Is often called "Toguro's shoulder monkey", in-universe included.
- Evil Cripple: Subverted. Most people assume he can't walk and that this is why he has to ride on his brother's shoulder. In truth he's perfectly mobile, he just chooses to ride along.
- Evil Feels Good: Especially in Gourmet's death, which he notes to be like being on ecstasy.
- Evil Gloating: Very guilty of this; it led to his defeat and prompt Fate Worse than Death for all eternity on two separate occasions.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sure he seemingly presents quite a polite and gentlemen-like demeanor toward his victims, but that's only because he's relishing in his sadistic nature by torturing them physically and emotionally.
- From a Single Cell: He can regenerate from anything which is ultimately used against him.
- Hate Sink: Easily THE most unpleasant antagonist in the entire series.
- Healing Factor: Of the Pulling Themselves Together, soon upgraded to From a Single Cell.
- Humanoid Abomination: Implied heavily with him, both physically and mentally.
- I Lied: "But unlike my brother, my word is not my bond. So you can die too."
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: What he does with his fingers).
- Jerkass: Big time. Team Toguro aren't saints for sure, but Elder Toguro reaches Jojo villain levels of pointless cruelty and sadism.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: During the Dark Tournament, he promised to spare the lives of two of his opponents, if they begged for their lives. One of them begged and he killed him anyway, then goes on to praise the defiant one, noting his similarity to Bui and Karasu and how his younger brother would probably want him on the team.... Before murdering him anyway because his brother isn't around and he hates keeping his promises.
- Kick the Dog: The lying about sparing his competitors, the bird neck snappin, and his retelling of Genkai's death.
- Gloating on how he caused Gourmet to commit suicide.
- His slandering of Genkai's name and earning him a literal kicking out of the story.
- Last-Name Basis: Nobody ever finds out his full name, only as the elder Toguro brother.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: The guy's tiny, especially compared to his hulkingly huge brother, but dishes out punishment like you wouldn't believe.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Incredibly immature when compared to his younger brother. This reaches its peak when he fights Kurama in Makihara's body, acting like a teenager enjoying an adrenaline rush and childishly screaming "score" (or Bingo in the Japanese version) when he lands a seemingly fatal blow on him.
- Recurring Boss: While he isn't the Big Bad by any stretch, he might as well be- he's the most recurring enemy that Yusuke and his crew go up against. During their raid on Tarukane's mansion, he's leader of the Apparition Gang. During the Dark Tournament, he's one of the co-founders of Team Toguro. And during Chapter Black, he's a key member of the Sensui Seven.
- Sadist: Fully admits he gets off on the pain of others. If nothing else, he's much more open about it than Karasu.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: He can change his body into anything, from swords to shields; even a machine gun in his own words.
- Smug Snake: He's very arrogant and is upset when he loses the upper hand.
- Stupid Evil: Played with. He's not exactly an idiot, but he tends to do incredibly pointless acts of evil despite having a clear advantage, till he does those said acts.
- Villain Ball: While not unnecessary stupid, the Elder tends to be very boastful of how sick he is and his tendency to be sadistic at every single moment is what tests everyone's temper even his younger brother, and which causes the ones he fights who had previously had a major disadvantage to go Unstoppable Rage on him and causes anyone who listens to his twisted drivel to lose any respect they had for him.
- Why Won't You Die?: Most common reaction towards his constant returns. Ironically says the same thing while under Kurama's hallucination.
Dark Tournament Saga:
- For the Evulz: He is really guilty of this, there was really no point of telling Kuwabara of Genkai's death and then graphically showing how she died through a "puppet show" other than being a a nasty little waste of space. Thankfully, it backfired epically.
- Mind Rape: What he intended to do with Kuwabara but it backfired epically.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He had an enormous advantage over Kuwabara, but then he decides to attempting Mind Rape which unlocks the Unstoppable Rage button in the loveable lug.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He had been long considered only "Toguro's shoulder monkey". Then he fought three of the Ki-Rangers team and crippled two and killed the third in a single move, creeping out the whole stadium with how he did it.
- People Puppets: He does this with his hands to show how Genkai died in an attempt to destroy Kuwabara mentally in addition to his shame of not knowing the truth led to his second-wind and Toguro's defeat.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Told how Genkai died to Kuwabara in an extremely graphic way. It backfires, and then raves about how he caused Makihara to commit suicide in order to escape the pain of being devoured from the inside out. It epically backfires.
Chapter Black Saga:
- And I Must Scream: How he's finally taken care of, considering that he simply can't die.
- Assimilation Backfire: When Sensui Seven member Gourmet eats Elder Toguro to get his powers, Elder Toguro ends up taking over his body later.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He finally gets a body that can never die, but soon regrets this as he's trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine for all eternity.
- Complete Immortality: Gains this after getting Healing Factor boost after being hit by his brother, but is soon sealed away in a plant for all eternity.
- Eaten Alive: Played straight then darkly inverted, he is eaten by Gourmet, but takes over his body from the inside out, causing the latter to commit suicide in order not to be Eaten Alive himself.
- Fate Worse than Death: Thanks to Kurama, he is trapped in a hallucinogenic demonic plant whose method of feeding is to ensnare its prey by its own tendrils, and relays the victim's worst fears before sucking them dry of life. Much unlike his younger sibling, this sends him straight to the level of Hell he belongs, and preys on his fear of losing and weakness by forever putting him subject to him having no power over anyone and feeling nothing but pain and torment all the way. And since Toguro is immortal, he'll be trapped by Kurama's plant forever.
- Grand Theft Me: In a disturbingly parasitic manner, he does this to Gourmet, causing him to commit suicide in order to escape the pain of being Eaten Alive from the inside out.
- Immortality Seeker: After getting punched by his younger brother, he gains the immortality he's always wanted only to be sealed in a plant that feeds on his never-ending life force.
- Jerkass: While his brother is a Noble Demon, he is so repulsive to every one that Kurama decides to trap him inside of a "living hell" plant for all eternity because death wouldn't cure him of his cruelty.
- Lotus-Eater Machine His ultimate fate, except without the "machine" part.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he represents Greed.
- You Are Already Dead: Kurama ultimately disposes of him by trapping him in a hallucinating plant for all eternity.
Powers: Demonic Explosives
Karasu is a Quest class demon. He is able to use his aura to create bombs undetectable by lower level demons, as well as create bombs within his victims. He wears a mask over his mouth which restricts his unstable powers. He is also able to use his entire body as an explosive. He takes quite a liking to Kurama.
- Agent Peacock: Just like Kurama, only in a much creepier light.
- Ax-Crazy: Not as much as Elder Toguro, but he is dangerously obsessed with killing Kurama. He's far more dissonant about his insanity than Elder Toguro's blatant madness.
- Badass Gay: Gay and the only person to beat Yoko Kurama (both physically and mentally)
- Badass Longcoat: Rocks the trench coat and Cool Mask look.
- Bishōnen: A definite one for the villains's side.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: While he deals with most enemies swiftly, with fighters he's fixated on like Kurama he prefers to delay finishing them in favor of slow torture for his own amusement - with Kurama, who is used to making plans through pain, this twice amounted to giving him time to gain an advantage: first allowing him to stall until his transformation into Yoko completes, and then to find an opportunity to set a deadly plant after Karasu, killing him.
- The Chessmaster: Goes toe-to-toe with Kurama mentally in their battle.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He usually takes his time killing victims he's fixated on, blowing them up non-lethally, while also unnerving them with his mindgames.
- Cold Ham: He gives some very passionate speeches of his intentions for Kurama, all in a very soft and mellow voice, the result making him exceptionally creepy. He still remains composed in his speeches even after his mask comes off, with his more bombastic reactions in brief moments.
- Cool Mask: A gray one with tiny spectacles it acts as a restraint for his powers.
- Death Glare: When Kurama managed to injure him for the second time, he drops the dissonant look and leers angrily.
- Depraved Homosexual: In love with Kurama and shows this with his desire to kill him.
- Dissonant Serenity: What makes him so dangerous other than his powers is that he is so calm and nonchalant than you wouldn't know he was crazy at first sight.
- The Dreaded: To Kurama, who normally isn't intimidated by any other enemies. Karasu frightened Kurama so much with his powers and speed, that every time he tried to think of a way to beat him, he imagined that every outcome would lead to a brutal death. When he did receive a way to beat him, he immediately volunteers to fight Karasu, knowing how deadly and cruel the demon is. The Toguro brothers are actually somewhat worried when Karasu's mask came off, and advised Sakyo to take a step back. The same guy that was eager to see Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame, the opening of Demon World tunnel, and Toguro's full power.
- Evil Genius: Take a good look, ladies and gentlemen; this is one of the few men who can outsmart Kurama.
- Faux Affably Evil: Karasu is rather civil and open to discussion with the Toguro brothers about Team Urameshi, even though he despises the Toguro brothers intensely. He is rather polite with Kurama, and mentioned that he likes Kurama the best out of all the fighters, but he made his depraved intentions with Kurama very clear. He gives Kurama a moment to say his prayers, as he is prepared to kill him.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: If those lens on his mask count as glasses, he definitely counts.
- Jerkass: As a cold blooded sadist, Karasu is one of the nastiest members of Team Toguro. He's rather snide with Koenma when he doesn't intend to fight in the finals, and he promptly kills off any guards getting in his way. He also briefly taunts Kurama with a "bang" gesture. And these are some of his less sadistic moments.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is extremely fast and swift. He can plant sticks of dynamite on you before you even notice he's moved.
- Mad Bomber: His fighting style, utilized by conjuring hand-grenades, dynamite and mines.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: The second time we see him slightly injured, he seemed downright offended, glaring coldly and violently pulling out the rose out of his hand.
- Not So Stoic: When his mask comes off.
- Odd Friendship: With Bui. The two are rarely seen apart and were partners since the days the Toguro brothers defeated them. This despite being polar opposites in personalities.
- Power Limiter: He becomes much more powerful (and psychotic) once his mask comes off. Also, his hair turns blond when said limiter comes off.
- Psycho for Hire: Is one like Elder Toguro, but has Dissonant Serenity to back it up.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Despite being killed, he wins his match via a technicality.
- Sadist: He does like seeing his prey in agony.
- Shout-Out: Once he enters his Super Mode, Koto makes one to Dragon Ball Z. Seeing how his voice actors are Teen Gohan in the U.S. and Vegeta in Japan, the directors were in on the joke...
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Calm and composed even when in his most aggressive and sadistic moments.
- Smug Super: Constantly gloats about his superiority over his enemies, how pitiful and flawed they are, and how futile their attempts to stop him from murdering them are - like a cat playing with a caught mouse. Even when he faces off against an opponent who far outstrips him, he retains his smug sense of superiority until forced to abandon it. As a result, he actually managed to overcome Yoko Kurama, who effortlessly killed an S-Class demon later on, to the point where he reverts back to his human form, albeit very weakened, so his overconfidence is not unjustified. However, that very overconfidence proves to be his downfall, when he ignores the results of a seemingly failed attack by Kurama, then assumes he too weak to pose a threat or possibly have a plan that could harm him. Despite this, Karasu is still extremely powerful and intelligent; he came much closer to killing Kurama than any other enemy, and technically won Team Toguro's only victory.
- The Stoic: Normally this, even in his Yandere moments when his mask is on.
- Tengu: His name means "Crow" and his mask and design is similar to that of anthropomorphic Japanese crows. When flowing, his longcoat also resembles crow wings.
- Yandere: A male version, for Kurama.
Powers: Battle Aura
Bui is a demon warrior who possesses an immense battle aura. When he was younger Bui fought Younger Toguro and lost. He swore he would train and one day defeat him so Toguro invites Bui to join his team as he trains, but Bui is unable to surpass him. He wears heavy armor to suppress his aura and wields an axe larger than his own body.
- Anti-Villain: Similar to Younger Toguro in a sense . However, as firmly aligned as he is to the team, he's never shown partaking in excessive brutality like his fellow members, instead preferring to give his opponents a quick and merciful death.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Lampshaded in-story.
- An Axe to Grind: His main weapon, until he uses his battle aura.
- Avenging the Villain: Very subtly implied. After Karasu is killed, Elder Toguro steps up to fight next, but Bui abruptly walks ahead of him. When questioned about his sudden assertiveness, Bui doesn't give an answer.
- Battle Aura: When he removes his armor. His aura is so strong that it literally lifts him off the ground just by releasing it.
- The Brute: He's so freakishly strong that he's able to deflect and toss Hiei's darkness dragon up in the sky.
- Death Seeker: Wants to die after Hiei defeats him, believing he cannot get any stronger. Not that Hiei obliges to do so.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's not evil per se, but he does have a deep, sexy voice - lampshaded in-story.
- Expy: Of Kaioh from Fist of the North Star. They are both big guys with an inverted Y-shaped scar in their faces who wear full armor to inhibit their excess power.
- Genius Bruiser: Much more intelligent than he appears.
- Hidden Depths: He looks like a silent brute who wears bulky armour and carries a heavy axe... before losing the axe, taking his armour off, and using his Spirit Energy to fight whilst eloquently chatting with Hiei.
- Lightning Bruiser: Significantly faster than his opponent in the semifinals expected.
- Odd Friendship: With Karasu. The two are rarely seen apart and were partners since the days the Toguro brothers defeated them. This despite being polar opposites in personalities. Bui is also familiar enough with Karasu to communicate sneak attacks without talking.
- Power Limiter: His armor acts a power restraint that keeps his battle aura under control.
- The Quiet One: Never speaks until his fight with Hiei.
- Shed Armor, Gain Speed: Not surprising since his armor is a Power Limiter. Even with it on he's faster than he seems, but once he removes it he's capable of flight and even faster.
- Shout-Out: To Fist of the North Star's Kaioh. Both wear armour not for protection, but to contain their battle aura (called matouki in Kaioh's case), and Bui even looks very similar to Kaioh, physically.
- Villain by Default: Only really consider a bad guy because he's on Toguro's team.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Never seen again after Hiei spares him. The last time we see him in the manga, he's watching Yusuke's fight with Toguro.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He is blue-haired under his helmet.
Case 06: Prevent the Opening of the Portal—Defeat The Sensui SevenA collective of complete psychos who plan to finish Sakyo's work in opening the portal to the Underworld. They however aren't in it for the amusement, but because they personify the whole Humans Are Bastards philosophy, and want absolutely everyone dead. They are led by former Spirit Detective Shinobu Sensui, a tour de force of sheer crazy. In contrast to Team Urameshi's previous enemies, the Sensui Seven are comprised entirely of humans (save for Gatekeeper), and ironically enough (or because of that) are also their greatest enemies.
- Ax-Crazy: Varies from very obvious to subtle Dissonant Serenity.
- Badass Crew: Their mental games and nasty moral dilemmas easily make them Team Urameshi's toughest opponents.
- Code Name: They all operate using code designations instead of their real names. (Black Angel, Gatekeeper, Sniper, Seaman, Gamemaster, Gourmet and Doctor). Save for Elder Toguro.
- Driven to Suicide: Don't seem to mind that their plan might mean that they'll be killed by demons as well; though, Gamemaster seems to not realize this
- Knight of Cerebus: The Sensui Seven mark one of the darkest turns in the series. While there have been innocent humans threatened before, the only on-screen deaths (other than Yusuke's in the opener) were the members of the Black Black Club at the hands of Toguro. Even Sakyo we never actually see his death as he's Buried Alive as the Dark Tournament stadium collapses around him. However Doctor murders several doctors and mutilates a nurse on screen, while nearly killing an entire hospital and Gourmet eats Murota. on screen. To say nothing of how Shinobu outright manipulates Yusuke and his friends into nearly killing Doctor had it not been for Genkai resuscitating him, and actually killing Sniper and Gamemaster, the latter of whom is an eleven year-old boy.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Each represents a Sin respectively, Seaman (Envy), Sniper (Pride), Gamemaster (Sloth), Doctor (Wrath), Gourmet (Gluttony), Gatekeeper (Lust) and Elder Toguro (Greed); with Black Angel being without sin unless you count the flawed six other personalities he has.
- Weak, but Skilled: Not counting Sensui and Elder Toguro, each of them are considerably physically weaker than any one person from Team Urameshi (or most of the series for that matter) as they are all still fundamentally ordinary humans on the outside. Their extremely bizarre and particular abilities however make them infinitely more dangerous than past adversaries, as to defeat them requires the Team to outsmart and outplay them rather than overpower them. Best exemplified in their fights against Sniper and Gamemaster: Sniper is an exclusively long-distance opponent that a close-quarters bruiser like Yusuke stands no chance against, while Gamemaster literally alters reality itself where a very specific skill-set is required to beat him, rather than combat skills. Resorting to violence against the latter outright prevents and reverses any damage incurred, either to the enemy or anything within the territory altogether.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: They generally have this attitude towards one another when they're cornered.
Powers: Resshūken / Sacred Energy
Shinobu Sensui—codename Black Angel—is the previous Sprit World Detective and the main antagonist of the Chapter Black arc. During a routine case Sensui came upon one of Sakyo's hideouts for the then-early Black-Black Club, a mansion where humans were torturing demons, bathing in their blood, and committing other acts of unspeakable evil. Seeing the cruelty of those he was sworn to protect, Sensui went mad and slaughtered everyone and everything there. He soon disappeared, taking with him a video known only as Chapter Black, a video tape kept in the vaults of the underworld containing footage of the most evil deeds of humanity. Sensui then waited until Koenma appointed a new Spirit Detective before coming out of hiding, springing his plan to judge the human race.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Sensui met Itsuki for the first time, he had him dead to rights and was prepared to execute the demon - only granting him a few last words if he had any. Itsuki uses it to ask him to live for just one more day as his favorite TV show is about to air its last episode. Sensui spends a good five minutes laughing his ass off and lets him live. Not long after that, Itsuki became his Spirit Detective partner.
- Affably Evil: His real personality "Shinobu" is a strange case. He is shown to be well-mannered and polite, even wanting to shake Yusuke's hand when they first meet. Which doesn't stop him from breaking his arm and going Ax-Crazy after. And while he does show remorse after he kills Yusuke, and is very understanding of Yusuke's friends wanting to seek vengeance, he still desires to kill all humans.
- Anti-Villain: Both a type I and II. He sees his actions as atoning for his past actions. Though the apocalypse he seeks to bring about upon Humanity is only a secondary goal in which he seeks to be killed by a demon.
- Ax-Crazy: His "Kazuya" personality, with a heaping side of Gorn and Combat Sadomasochist! Though he is still insane for having seven personalities, including a psychotic killer. It's just that Kazuya is the most blatantly insane.
- Badass Gay: Yeah, he's a villain, and he has a lot of issues, but he's also a martial-arts prodigy born with a very strong spiritual sense and the World's Strongest Man until his death.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't give a damn about whether his subordinates live or die, only whether they fulfill their tasks. Some of those tasks even involve dying for him, whether or not they're aware he's set them up.
- Big Bad: Of the Chapter Black saga.
- Black and White Insanity: The fact that Humans Are Flawed and thus can't be neatly labeled in terms of absolute good and evil is what broke him.
- Blood Bath Villain Origin: To be fair, the Black Black Club deserved it.
- Blue Oni, Red Oni: Blue Oni to Yusuke's Red Oni.
- Boomerang Bigot: A human leading a crusade of genocide on the entire human race.
- The Chessmaster: Yusuke and his friends have become so adept at combating evil as warriors that Sensui's cerebral, calculating and ruthlessly intelligent evil renders them completely helpless.
- Covered with Scars: They're self-inflicted.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most fights with him are this, especially the three-on-one. When fighting seriously he is among the most powerful villains in the series, which is saying something since the rest of them are demons. It takes Raizen, who has been stated to unequivocally be the most powerful character in the entire series according to the author, intervening to finally beat the guy. The real irony? He was already dying to begin with.
- Dark Messiah: Interesting in that he was one FaceHeel Turn away from being an actual Messiah.
- Death Equals Redemption: Sort of, in the anime. He does regret the path he and his other personalities took as he dies and says that Yusuke found balance between demonkind and humanity in a better way than he could have. In the manga, he's unrepentant to the end, and simply dies wishing he'll be reborn as a demon.
- Death Seeker: Combined with Suicide by Cop. It's implied that the evil persona was hammed up to a degree, so he could motivate the right people to step up to the plate and kill him. Sensui would rather die honorably in combat, rather than wither away and die from disease.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: What the Splinter Roushuyuken does
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The speech he gives before he dies about having to fight demons from a very early age and having to come to terms with it sounds an awful lot like him recalling his Coming-Out Story. Especially in the dub.
- Driven to Villainy: Thanks to that damn Black Black Club... though it's also kind of his own fault as well. Sensui's inability to see any issue other than in black and white terms is what made him unstable; if his ideals hadn't been coiled so tightly in his head to begin with, he wouldn't have snapped like he did in the first place.
- Energy Ball: The Roushuyuken is a ball of energy that Sensui kicks at his opponent.
- Enlightened Antagonist: Sensui utilizes Sacred Energy/Holy Chi, a form of energy so great that it requires not only years of discipline and training but an understanding of the world to operate on a higher plane and transcend the physical realm. Despite this achievement, he planned to initiate a complete genocide of all humanity and is not above slaughtering whoever gets in his way.
- Evil Counterpart: To Yusuke. See Hero's Evil Predecessor below for details.
- Evil Genius: A rare Darker and Edgier version that's also a Big Bad in the series.
- Evil Plan: Open a portal to Demon World and flood the Earth with demons because he hates humans. His true goal was simply to reach demon world and be killed by a demon because of his guilt at killing them for so long to protect humans that were just as bad if not worse.
- Facial Markings: His bindi.
- Fallen Hero: Used to be Spirit World's finest before everything went to hell.
- Foil: Sensui and his successor Yusuke are complete opposites in every possible sense, from their viewpoints to their actions. While Sensui treated his job as an honor, Yusuke saw it as more of a chore. Sensui is refined, polite, calm, and hardworking, whereas Yusuke is hotheaded, foulmouthed, lazy, and shows little to no respect for authority figures. Their fighting styles are different; where Sensui uses the elegant martial arts style of Resshūken that revolves around kicks, Yusuke uses a brash and unrefined street-fighting style centered around punches. These differences were in fact one of the primary reasons why Koenma decided to hire Yusuke as a Spirit Detective; after witnessing the problems that Sensui's dedication, intelligence, and philosophical musings ultimately caused for him, Koenma decided that someone less intellectually and morally developed might have an easier time with the job. Another difference between them that involves a major irony was their species. Sensui is a Human who seeks to punish Humankind for its collective sins by opening a portal that demons can use to enter the Human world while Yusuke is a Human-Demon hybrid, upon his resurrection, who is seeking to prevent Sensui's armageddon.
- Genius Bruiser: Up there with Kurama, Karasu, Kaito, and Yomi as one of the most intelligent characters in the series, as well as the series' most skilled martial artist and first S-Class shown.
- Golden Super Mode The main Shinobu personality's Sei-Kou-Ki/Sacred Energy.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He definitely saw some things he shouldn't have, that broke his brain... However, the madness was aided and abetted by the Chapter Black tape.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: It's slicked back when he appears as a Big Bad, but in flashbacks, when he's a Spirit Detective, it's more of a bowl cut.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He believed in this so strongly that it ultimately broke him when he found out the possibility that humans are not the saints that they're made out to be.
- Hero's Evil Predecessor: He was the Spirit World Detective before the main character Yusuke Urameshi took the job. Seeing humans committing evil deeds against the demons he was fighting against, he had a FaceHeel Turn and started fighting for the demons instead.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: His pet hangup though toward the end his Shinobu personality seems to believe that they are simply very flawed.
- Kill All Humans: His stated goal and mission though it turns out that his true goal is of a Karmic Death in Demon World and his Shinobu personality doesn't want the human race destroyed so much as allowing the demon world a shot at the humans who wronged them.
- Knight of Cerebus: If Toguro brought the series to a darker, more serious tone, then Sensui basically brings forth hell, brimming with the worst of humanity and Armaggedon.
- Knight Templar: Was this in his youth: his world was in black and white, and he dedicated himself to "judging" and slaughtering evil without mercy for the sake of protecting good, while perceiving all demons to be evil and humans good. When faced with undeniable proof that things are gray rather than black or white he snaps, but in a sense he remains this way - except he has now judged all humans as evil and thus worthy of death (although it turns out only his six other personalities believe this and Shinobu himself is really only looking for a Karmic Death).
- Light 'em Up (His main personality's Sei-kou-ki/Sacred Energy. Also an example of Light Is Not Good.)
- Macho Masochism: Double Subverted. When he takes off his shirt after falling into the lake, the first thing the heroes notice about him are his scars that criss-cross his whole body. They assume at first that it was from all of the demons he had to fight when he was younger; however, he refutes that he got all those scars training himself. Yusuke lampshades it in the dub:
- Yusuke: Awww, jeez, a masochist!
- Manipulative Bastard: His split personality, Minoru persona.
- Misaimed Fandom: In-universe example. Sensui fervently accepts the Chapter Black tape as the undisputed truth in its depiction of Humanity. Koenma corrects him by stating that Chapter Black is supposed to be watched along with Chapter White to get a balanced look on humanity's potential for great good and great evil. Thus, Sensui is operating based on a misleading half-truth at best.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Though nothing is totally concrete, Sensui as well as Koenma have implied that S-Class-level fighters can wreck entire planets. Very likely the reason why no S-Classes ever fought on Earth. And guess what, Sensui was the weakest one.
- Pure Is Not Good: If Sensui wasn't so pure as a good guy, he wouldn't have become so tainted as a villain. His main "Shinobu" personality is still pure and innocent after all these years. Sort of.
- Purple Is Powerful: His bindi and Ki Attacks.
- Reality Ensues: The single most powerful human in the series who makes most others look like cream puffs by comparison...is dying from cancer. Goes to show that in the end, he's still just human and no amount of power and fighting skill changes that.
- Sadistic Choice: Sensui loves these, in part of his goal to "teach" his enemies and prove his ideology is correct. Usually, this involves forcing the heroes into a position where they have to throw aside their morality and kill one of his subordinates (or at least let them die) in order to accomplish his goals, essentially making them choose between the lives of their opponents or the lives of innocents or friends. This is all in order to crush their consciences and make them believe they're as flawed as he claims they are. He does this with Doctor, to an extent with Seaman, and is the very reason he recruited Gamemaster in the first place (and possibly Doctor as well). Unlike many other examples of this kind of thing, Sensui's choices nearly always have an effect on the heroes (even when they do save everyone, but especially when they don't) because for all his madness, Sensui is very good at reading his opponents.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Part of his attitude/egotism after becoming a villain, in addition to hating humans.
- Serial Escalation: He can manipulate an energy ball that he uses in various, deadly ways, has seven personalities, each with a deadlier power, which is good for a Climax Boss, but reaches ridiculous levels of power with Sacred Energy, which can level the planet with its mere presence and shape itself into various kinds of armor.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Whereas Kamiya (Wrath), Makihara (Gluttony), Hagiri (Pride), Mitarai (Envy), Amanuma (Sloth), Itsuki (Lust) and Elder Toguro (Greed) represent the seven deadly sins of the Bible, the true Sensui (excluding his other personaities), is devoid of any true sin, like a fallen angel who still upholds his duties even if they are warped from his original goals. Hence, his Black Angel title.
- Significant Birth Date: June 6th. Add in his year of birth (1967, given that the Sensui Arc takes place in 1993), write it numerically (6/6/67), and you get the Number of the Beast with a seven left over.
- A Sinister Clue: Yep, he's left-handed.
- Soap Opera Disease: He was suffering from terminal cancer, and had only a few months to live. One of the reasons why he's far more ruthless and efficient with his plan than any other villain—he had only a short time to execute it.
- Split Personality: Including the original, seven in total after losing it.
- Start of Darkness: Exposure to the depravity of humanity and then the Black Chapter tape.
- Straight Gay: By Word of God.
- Sympathy for the Devil: His world view was shattered and he spent his whole life trying to understand the creatures he hunted and the resulting guilt of those actions led him to Suicide by Cop.
- TV Genius: Sensui is extremely smart, but he seems to have no clue how to relate to people beyond using and/or killing them. Not Good with People is, in his case, an understatement.
- The Unfettered: Even when he was a good guy, he used the absolute extremes to deal with demons.
- Victorious Loser: Sensui, in dying, achieved what he wanted, and in the manga, his ideology colors the rest of the series as we find out more about the diversity of demons. This is lampshaded by Yusuke after his death.
- What You Are in the Dark: Turns out Shinobu, the true personality, never wanted to destroy humanity, just his other personalities and when called on by them to pass judgment on mankind, he flat-out refuses.Shinobu Minoru: With arrogance and insecurity they have destroyed their most sacred gifts, their world, and their brothers. At long last their day of judgement has come!
Shinobu Sensui: Who am I to pass that judgement? This ends here!
Shinobu Kazuya: Never, Shinobu! It has yet to begin! After all of this, don't pussy out now! Not when things are about to get really freakin' fun here!
Shinobu Sensui: We wouldn't survive to see that. It's already too late for us, anyway.
- Even Koenma comments on his skepticism of Sensui's desire to wipe out humanity, commenting on the lengths he went to in order to reach Demon World. If Sensui had really wanted to ensure the death of humanity, he would have just waited there on Earth and watched as the demons ransacked the planet, but instead he chose to go to Demon World and risk his so-called plan by fighting Yusuke's friends. Sensui for his part more or less lampshades that he wanted to die as atonement for his sins, and to see the home of the demons he'd been killing all his life before he died.
- Young Conqueror: Was born with very high spiritual awareness as well as being a martial-arts prodigy, in contrast to Yusuke's Idiot Hero.
Powers: Space Manipulation
Itsuki - codename Gatekeeper - is a demon who can traverse dimensions and Sensui's left-hand man. Extremely soft-spoken with a gentle demeanor, he is still doubtlessly the most insane out of his group - which is really saying something. He is an immensely powerful psychic capable of tearing open entire holes between dimensions through pure meditation, and as such he's the other necessary key to bring forth Sensui's judgment. Having been with Sensui the longest he has grown very fond of him, stating that he wishes for Sensui to be his lover. Itsuki controls a being known as the Reverse Man, a shadow living between dimensions.
- Action Survivor: He does have supernatural powers, but they're not very useful in battle. However, he gets by by being a ginormous Manipulative Bastard...
- Author Appeal: Togashi has stated in the past that his favorite character to work on was Itsuki, and that much of his dialogue within the Reverse-Man came from his own philosophical ponderings. If he had more time to work on the manga (and that respective arc), he would've wanted to explore his madness in even greater depth.
- Ax-Crazy: Don't let his gentle demeanor and non-combat expertise fool you, he's a Dissonant Serenity type who compares Sensui's downfall to watching a sweet little girl becoming a whore and being intoxicated with this fact. In fact, Sensui's continual descent into madness and depravity were the very reasons he joined him in the early detective days to begin with, wanting to observe Sensui's gradual insanity up-close and possibly get off on it.
- Bishōnen: As seen above. The guy is very, very pretty, even if not to Dude Looks Like a Lady degrees.
- Corrupt the Cutie: His motive for why he started to hang around Sensui. It's still there in the anime (especially the dub), but nowhere near as noticeable or blatant when compared to the manga. One of the main reasons why Sensui/Itsuki is a Mind Game Ship.
- Dissonant Serenity: Itsuki seems to be a very mellow, quiet guy on the surface - but he will unexpectedly snap, especially when Sensui is about to do something violent (which he agrees with only because of Mad Love). Also, his Ura-otoko is full of dead bodies, airplane wreckage, etc.
- The Dragon: Sensui's left hand.
- Evil Genius: And here's the other man who can outsmart Kurama. Might be played with because it's not clear of he outsmarted Kurama or just out-crazied him. Probably both.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: His shadow hands are covered in unblinking Purple Eyes.
- Fauxlosophic Narration: About half of his speaking lines are this.
- Karma Houdini: He takes Sensui's corpse with him into pseudo-space and is never seen again. Being that he is no longer a threat to Spirit World and is in an area where they cannot pursue him lest they wish to be stranded with him, his file is permanently closed. Additional note should be made that of the five surviving members of the Sensui Seven, Itsuki was the only one (or two if you include Elder Toguro) who has made no attempt to atone for his actions.
- Last of His Kind: The last living demon of his kind, a species that dwells in the space between dimensions. We're not talking about dimensions like "real world" and "spirit world", but a much more literal use of the word "dimension", such as "3rd dimension" and "5th dimension." The Ura-otoko he controls is a two-dimensional being that is simultaneously quite infinite within.
- Mad Love: To Sensui. Both are incredibly unhinged and Itsuki is very aware of it, yet he's still incredibly loyal and in love with his leader.
- Manipulative Bastard: Of the passive-aggressive variety.
- Moral Myopia: His last speech is filled with this. He calls out Team Urameshi and Spirit World for their crimes in an attempt to justify his and Sensui's goals, despite what he and Sensui did.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His shadow hands.
- Non-Action Guy: But he is surprisingly badass for one. And woe betide anyone who makes him angry...
- The Philosopher: Somewhat of a subversion, as he's bloody crazy.
- Psycho Supporter:
- Itsuki from the anime loves Sensui because... Sensui is beautiful. In all kinds of senses, with a stress on the functional beauty of tremendous power and absolute madness.
- In the manga, where Itsuki is more twisted, it's because he's gotten the opportunity to see all that purity get twisted and warped and spit out a shattered genocidal maniac who's more powerful than ever and still charismatic and brilliant. He compares it to "a little girl who believes babies come from storks growing up to star in pornos." He loves that kind of thing. He plays this so straight.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he represents Lust.
- Single Specimen Species: The only yaminade left.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Taken to a very obsessive degree - he loves Sensui, and only Sensui. A LOT.
- Softspoken Sadist: His smooth, mellow voice tends to hide his inner crazy.
- Stalker with a Crush: In the Funimation dub at least, Itsuki was once this for Sensui.
- Subordinate Excuse and Undying Loyalty: Holds both of these towards his ex-partner, now leader and lover: Shinobu Sensui.
- Villain Teleportation: A variant with his power over dimensions and the Ura-otoko.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Well, turquoise, but still...
Powers: Marksmanship / Death Print Bull's Eye
Kaname Hagiri - codename Sniper - is a human psychic who acts as Sensui's right-hand man and top field operative, always by his side offering combat support. An extremely cold, professional and efficient assassin, he is one of Team Urameshi's deadliest opponents, with any object he throws within his territory will hit its mark with deadly speed and perfect accuracy.
- Always Accurate Attack: His territory allows him to fire objects at incredible speeds and force, and will always home in on their marks, though anyone quick enough can stop them and once stopped they lose the ability to follow their target. Genkai was on-edge when she realized he shot Murota from 500 yards (five football fields) in the head with a pencil eraser - without killing him.
- Badass Biker: Though given that he's a drop-dead-gorgeous Bishōnen, and that his boss is gay, he could also count as a Biker Babe. He fits the credentials well enough though - he rides his bike almost effortlessly, with enough skill to easily evade Kurama's attacks. He doesn't even need any sort of safety protection, as Shizuru ironically dubs him the "rebel without a helmet."
- Cold Sniper: An interesting twist. Per se, he doesn't actually use a real sniper rifle (he does use a pistol), but he can flick objects (marbles, dice, a tank truck filled with fuel) with insane force and accuracy. Moreover, his "territory" lets him imprint enemies with bulls-eyes that attract anything he throws with deathly speed. That said, personality-wise he fits the bill of the Cold Sniper quite well - out of all the Sensui Seven, he's the least emotional and crazy, and fights purely methodically. (Though he can also be Not So Stoic, and after Itsuki he is the most unfalteringly loyal to their leader Sensui.)
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above toying with his victims, but he never lets it go on for too long either.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Yusuke's fight against him was absurdly one-sided. In all his experience, Yusuke was always used to fighting enemies head on, but never against somebody who methodically kept his distance and chipped away at him. If it wasn't for Hiei's big damn heroic moment, Yusuke would've been dead a second time.
- Didn't See That Coming: How he's ultimately defeated. If he has his sights on you, you will not win. Hiei stayed completely hidden in the trees and shadows - Sniper didn't even know he was in his Territory the entire time until he was already within 5 feet away from him. At that point, there was nothing he could do against Hiei.
- The Dragon: Sensui's right hand.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He's a pale teenager with jet black hair, a poker face, and very creepy intentions.
- Enigmatic Minion: For most the arc, he's got a perpetual poker face that would make even Younger Toguro proud. It makes reading him, and his intentions, incredibly difficult.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: About the only human he truly cares about is his sister - she even somewhat serves as his Morality Pet, not that it deters him from his goals.
- For the Evulz: Like Itsuki, Hagiri could care less about Chapter Black and the evils of humanity. He is mainly motivated by a massive superiority complex: He finds most everyone around him too stupid and not worth the dirt they walk on, and thus they deserve to be replaced with Demons. He does however value his family.
- The Gunslinger: Always carries a pistol with him, just in case.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Hiei, non-fatally.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: When someone is in his territory, and he can mark them to allow objects to home in on them.
- Improbable Weapon User: Let's see, he uses dice, marbles and shot a guy on the head bloodtastically with a pencil eraser.
- Karma Houdini: Aside of simply disappearing at some point, he doesn't really get much punishment for what he did as a Sensui Seven member.
- Long-Range Fighter: As his codename obviously implies, his speciality is in attacking from a distance. To that effect, he is damn near unstoppable. If one can sneak close enough to him however, he's about as helpless as a regular human his average age and build.
- Nothing Personal: Says this to Hiei right before he was about to shoot him.
- Professional Killer: His territory makes him uniquely suited for surgical wetwork, and he makes his entrance attempting to assassinate Seaman.
- Psycho Supporter: He might be the second most crazily devoted member of the Sensui Seven, right after Mr. Mad Love aka Itsuki.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he represents Pride.
- Shout-Out: Honestly, who doesn't think he looks a bit like Kaneda?
- The Stoic: He is a fanatic loyalist, but you wouldn't get that impression immediately. He is stone-faced and professional to a fault.
- Squishy Wizard: Practically unstoppable at a distance. If that distance is closed however, the threat level plummets.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Lampshaded by both Yusuke and Kaname himself when he locks a fuel tanker onto Yusuke's bull's eyes.
- Undying Loyalty: Is the most loyal to Sensui, after Itsuki.
- Weak, but Skilled: There's a reason he's called Sniper. For how hax his powers are, he's a regular human, and would be knocked out by a direct him from any main character.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: After playing around with Yusuke as target practice, he finally opts to just gun him down with a pistol. If Hiei didn't arrive in the nick of time, that definitely would've been the end of him.
Powers: Psychic Scalpel / Chemical Manipulation
Minoru Kamiya - codename Doctor - is a human Psychic and one of the Sensui Seven. An extremely deranged and disturbed man, he is fully aware that the goal he strives for will result in his (and everyone else's) death - and he's perfectly fine with that, seeing humanity as a disease that needs to be eradicated. Within his territory he can create viruses, reattach limbs, alter his own body chemistry and wield a psychic scalpel which he uses with surgical accuracy.
- The Atoner: He cooks up a new identity and founds a clinic as part of his choice to redeem himself.
- Ax-Crazy: The second he appears, crazy just oozes off of him. He was going to kill every person in an entire hospital, paralyzed Kido permanently, and slashed a woman's torso open. And he did it all with a smile. And that's the least of it - the hospital was merely a controlled environment for what he had in mind for the entire planet.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In his conversation with Sniper after everything is said and done, he suggests that the Chapter Black tape might have done something like this to them: made them twisted and angry and willing to do things they would not normally. Sniper doesn't seem all that receptive of the idea, and Doctor himself only believes it half-heartedly, accepting that the real truth might be that he's a horrible person and he's just trying to find a reason to deny it.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He knows he's a complete monster, and he relishes it, though he sincerely believes that the rest of humanity are infinitely worse than him. Still, he knows for a fact that what he's planning will kill him as well, and he's perfectly content with that.
- Deadly Doctor: He fights with hands that cut like scalpels, and insects with syringes that inject diseases into his victims.
- Despair Event Horizon: What he saw on Chapter Black, made him nihilistic enough to wish for the death of all humanity
- Disney Death: Twice, though Played With. The first time, due to the effects of his nasty territory, Yusuke had no choice but to kill him in order to save everyone in the hospital. Genkai quickly revives him though, to save Yusuke the burden of having murder on his conscience. The second time is after he escapes police custody and fakes his death.
- Evil Laugh: Compared to near all of his comrades, he is the most wild - which includes enjoying his evil laughs whenever he thinks he has an advantage. In fact even after he starts using his powers to help people, the last we see of him is doing a rather maniacal laugh upon seeing his own wanted poster, knowing he's safe under an assumed identity.
- Feels No Pain: Lopping off an entire limb from this guy barely elicits a reaction. It's one of the reasons why he's such a slippery opponent. In a straight-up fight, Yusuke had him dead-to-rights, but with his Territory infecting the entire hospital, he had to be either knocked out or killed to save everyone in time. He tweaked his body chemistry to both feel no pain and to never lose consciousness, effectively ruling out the former option.
- Facial Horror: Courtesy of Yana. He got better looking in the epilogue.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He was the most sadistic and evil member of Team Sensui, at least before he escapes from prison, changes his face, and founds a clinic to help others.
- Good Powers, Bad People: His powers are all rooted in the aspects of being a doctor, including Healing Hands that are able to be used for surgery without tools, limb reattachment, and even safely altering body chemistry without the use of medicines and sedatives. Given that Doctor is a mad doctor however, his procedures taken to evil are aimed more at messy euthanasia and uses them to kill others.
- Healing Factor: He can numb the pain receptors and use his ability to reattach his limbs.
- Healing Hands: He can reattach limbs with his powers, making him very hard to put down however, he decides to use those powers for others later one.
- Heel Realization: A short while after the Sensui incident, he realizes that he was very wrong and decides to help others.
- Karma Houdini: Despite almost killing an entire hospital and giving an innocent nurse a three-foot-long scar, in the epilogue, he gets to use his skills to become a doctor for the weak and change his face to boot, and this is after admitting to still wanting to complete their goal of creating Hell on Earth after a well-deserved No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Yusuke.
- Lightning Bruiser: Unlike most psychics, his territory makes him uniquely suited for hand-to-hand combat. And while he is nowhere near as strong as Yusuke, he is legitimately fast - quick enough to surprise Yusuke several times and get close enough for fatal cuts. That said, like most territory-users, he is still a Squishy Wizard: It doesn't take much to kill him.
- Limp and Livid: Takes this stance after Yusuke starts really fighting him - it makes him seem animalistic and really projects the feeling that there's something very wrong with him - physically and mentally. It's worth noting that at that point he was seriously injured, but used his abilities to numb the pain and allow himself to keep going as if he weren't, which would explain the odd stance.
- Mad Doctor: This guy is freaking crazy until he realizes that he needs to make amends for his actions.
- Made of Iron: Played With. Physiologically, he's as weak as any normal human. A punch from someone like Yusuke could easily take him down for the count, but his territory makes that extremely difficult. He feels no pain, can quickly heal, and can indefinitely cycle epinephrine and hormones throughout his body to never experience fatigue. A killing stroke will kill him easily, but anything less than one will simply result in him getting back up no worse for wear.
- Medical Horror: The concept of Doctor alone is enough to probably get his own slasher film series. His battle with Yusuke and the gang was enough to not just nearly kill off an entire hospital, but his territory made the whole damn place look like an Abandoned Hospital by the point his initial virus infectees were at critical condition. Outside of the remnants and wraiths of the deceased, he marks off a good chunk of what can make hospitals and any medical career into Grade A Nightmare Fuel.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Realized how far off he went and decides to use his skills for the betterment of others.
- Psycho Supporter: Possibly the biggest one, as he fully intends to be killed by demons when they show up.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he represents Wrath for his extremely violent methods.
- Starting a New Life: After the events of YuYu Hakusho, Minoru Kamiya changed his face and name to evade law enforcement agencies due to his involvement with the Sensui Seven. He founds a clinic to help heal others, which was a result of realizing that the group lost their fight against Yusuke and his comrades, which contributed somewhat to his Heel Realization.
- Straw Nihilist: Doesn't care if humanity is eaten by demons; in fact, he welcomed it.
Powers: Water Manipulation
Kiyoshi Mitarai - codenamed Seaman - is a human psychic and one of the Sensui Seven. He had a particularly troubled childhood dealing with bullies, which affected him all the more when he watched the entirety of the Chapter Black tape. Kuwabara's kindness, however, ultimately made him defect and help Team Urameshi - simultaneously making him Sniper's next target. He has the power to mix his blood with water to create powerful golems.
- Ax-Crazy: Pre-HeelFace Turn, he was pretty eager to use his powers to kill others. Even in his Motive Rant, he was making horrible Nightmare Faces as he explained his reasons.
- Bloody Murder: Seaman's power is to create monsters by mixing his blood with water. Which he strangely doesn't use after his HeelFace Turn, although it can be justified because it needs a large source of water to strengthen it.
- Break the Cutie: The massive bullying that he went through and what he witnessed in the Chapter Black video simply... broke him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Was disgusted by Doctor and his intentions, even when they were both part of the Sensui Seven.
- Freudian Excuse: Was savagely bullied in his former school, then Sensui subjects him to watch the Chapter Black.
- HeelFace Turn: As said above, Kuwabara's kindness and the help of the Urameshi Team help him leave the Sensui Seven.
- Making a Splash: Has the ability to animate water to attack people with by mixing his blood in it.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he represents Envy.
- Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: He's seen as a victim of both the "ignoring" and the "physical violence" tactics.
- Villainous BSoD: The basis for his entire character, from watching the Chapter Black video to discovering people who contradict its contents, it's just one breakdown after another for the poor guy...
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Neither Sensui or Sniper were really bothered with the idea of killing him off immediately the moment Kuwabara took him in. That too was a part of Sensui's plan to lure out Kuwabara.
Powers: Video Game Materialization
Tsukihito Amanuma - codenamed Gamemaster - is a human psychic and member of the Sensui Seven. He joined Sensui purely because he thought he was "cool for an adult"; meeting someone who apparently liked video games as much as him, and hated the world as much as him. He works together with Gourmet to kidnap Kuwabara. His territory lets him bring any video game to life, altering the physical and logical laws of reality to be the same as that of any game.
- Awesome by Analysis: When it comes to games, and he trumps Kaito in the quiz game because of it: Kaito has memorized all of the game's 17,000 questions, to the point where he only needs to see the first few words to answer. Amanuma has memorized the game's supposedly random seed, and once he sees the order of the first few questions he doesn't even need to see the rest of the questions to know what they'll be.
- Achilles' Heel: Amanuma is not immune to the laws of his own world. He has to follow the rules set forth by the game that he manipulates. This comes back to bite him royally in the ass when he emulates Goblin City and assumes the role of a character that is destined to die when the challenger wins.
- Affably Evil: Has a rather smart mouth, but is easily the friendliest of the seven.
- Back from the Dead: Fortunately, Koenma pulls a few strings.
- Creepy Child: Especially when he first appears under the Goblin King cloak, and he's pulling off Death Glares and trying Breaking Speeches. Once the cloak comes off he acts more friendly and cheerful, though still occasionally rude - and it's not to be forgotten that he's working with a particularly nasty Arc Villain, if a bit unwittingly.
- Children Are Innocent: Sensui plays his naivete and cavalier innocence to manipulate him into joining his cause. Even though he claims to be behind Sensui's plan, it's clear he doesn't process it as real in the way the others do, and though he knows demons are going to be released on the world he doesn't really understand what that truly means - seeing it all as a game (likening the worst thing to happen to being the demons "messing with people" and him getting off of school for a while) until he's forced to face the consequences of his actions. He doesn't even have any ill will towards Team Urameshi, and casually promises to throw the game and let them go once enough time has passed and he's had his fun - not realizing at all what that means.Amanuma (tearfully): I didn't mean for all this stuff to really happen!
- Curtains Match the Window: He has brown hair to match his brown eyes in the manga
- Did Not Think This Through: Justified in that he's a bit too ignorant; but his downfall as Kurama points out is that Amanuma never fully understood what could happen if he dies in a game in which his character explicitly dies.
- Drives Like Crazy: Is an eleven year old boy whose only driving experience is playing racing games in arcades. Predictably, the car chase after they capture Kuwabara involves him causing a lot of mayhem. He even lampshades it when Kuwabara calls him out on his lack of experience.
- Fatal Flaw: His ignorance. Amanuma is a highly ignorant child due to family problems and isolation that he came off as a smug know-it-all and flaunted it against Kaito. But, his ignorance came full circle when Kurama confronted him with knowledge that he would die in the game if he lost as opposed to the challengers who can just keep going and going. Amanuma only sees the game in front of him; but nothing else nor did he really even bother to think about his powers, any downsides to them, or the consequences of his actions.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Inverted. He's on the receiving end of it from Kurama.Kurama: This isn't about choosing one life over another. You at least know what Sensui is going to do. I can't say you aren't responsible for your fate.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: In the most literal way imaginable.
- Jerkass: He's smug, rude and loves mocking others, and though he's usually more childish than nasty he does still do and say some dickish things to people just because he thinks he's better than them (Seaman being a good example). This is ultimately shown to be the result of ignorance rather than malice, however.
- Locked Out of the Loop: While he does know that their plan will kill off the human race, he's either been not told or is too young to understand that the human race includes him and his colleagues as well
- Loners Are Freaks: One of the factors that turned him into a misanthropic kid willing to join Sensui's crusade to destroy Humanity. Subverted at the end following the failed apocalypse when he manages to make friends.
- Parental Substitute: His backstory reveals that this is how Sensui got to him. His own parents didn't have time for him, whereas Sensui took an interest, encouraged him and his hobbies and fill a lonely hole in his life (we even get an image of Sensui as a giant bird, literally taking him under his wing). All for the sake of putting his enemies in a position where they'll be forced to kill Amanuma to get to him. In the midst of freaking out because he's going to die, Amanuma is also heartbroken by the betrayal.
- Pet the Dog: The heroes' first indication that Amanuma more innocent than he appears is when he completely outmatches Kaito and, instead of gloating about his victory or punishing him, he proves to be a very graceful winner and even encourages him for next time. Kaito (who loathes losing) notes that Amanuma actually made him feel better about his loss.
- The Reveal: Despite his tragic character, this actually serves to be more amusing than anything else as we learn that both Kurama and Genkai are video game nerds.
- Reality Warper: His powers allow him to make video games into reality.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he represents Sloth.
- Spirited Competitor: For all his smugness, not to mention who he's working with, he's just a gamer who loves fun and a good challenge. His glee upon watching Genkai perfect one of his challenges is unmistakable (though he later plays it off as him being happy they wasted her on an early game), and it's clear he's more interested in having good gamers to play with for as long as he wants than Sensui's objectives. He even starts sincerely congratulating the heroes on how well they're doing, even when they're losing, unaware that if they actually do win, it would kill him.
- Unskilled, but Strong: His powers, even if restricted to video games is undoubtedly very great; but he hasn't practiced much with it, so he can't manipulate it to cheat or to abort a game in progress. All According to Sensui's plan.
- Unwitting Pawn: Sensui completely played on the poor kid's weaknesses and desires to make him his pawn. Amanuma didn't notice until Kurama told him that he would die if he lost his own game.
- Villainous Breakdown: Kurama reveals that he is going to die in order to invoke one of these in him and unnerve him enough to cause him to lose the game. It works, and it's heartbreaking.
- Your Size May Vary: Just after he is first shown, he drives the truck when the Sensui Seven kidnaps Kuwabara. An elementary school student drove a truck.
Powers: Gluttonous Absorbtion
Walking Spoiler Warning: Due to his close linkage with Elder Toguro, by viewing the contents of this folder, readers are bound to get spoiled.
Sadao Makihara - codename Gourmet - is a human psychic and one of the Sensui Seven. He works together with Gamemaster in kidnapping Kuwabara, and later challenges Kurama directly. His territory is inside his stomach, and any person or being he eats lets him absorb their powers.
In the beginning of the Chapter Black Saga, Makihara consumes the head of Elder Toguro in attempt to gain Toguro's Shapeshifting powers, but Toguro's powers overpowered him, leading to Makihara's entire body and soul being devoured, and transformed into Elder Toguro's new body.
- Assimilation Backfire: Gourmet eats Elder Toguro to get his powers, Elder Toguro ends up taking over his body later.
- Break Them by Talking: Strangely fond of these, especially being Dumb Muscle and all... Subverted, of course as it's really Toguro talking.
- Body Horror: His "true appearance" is beyond horrifying◊, if not downright Eldritch Abomination.
- Cannibalism Superpower: When he eats other demons or psychics, he gains their powers.
- Dead Person Impersonation: A very dark variant, he ate Elder Toguro, only for the latter to slowly devour him and the realization led him to suicide.
- Demonic Possession: When he tries to eat Elder Toguro, the parasitic demon instead ends up taking over his mind and body.
- Driven to Suicide: In order to escape the terror being Eaten Alive from the inside out.
- Dumb Muscle: Lampshaded by both Sensui and Toguro.
- Eaten Alive: Does this to Murota and Elder Toguro, in a sick twist of irony, the latter slowly does this to Makihara.
- Eyes Always Shut: Except for one instance when he tells Kurama about how much guilt he had for killing Game Master.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Not only what he does to Murota, devouring him whole on screen, but his own death at Kurama's hands: Kurama wraps his rose whip around his head and slices it in two, completely severing the top half of his skull and leaving only his lower jaw attached to his neck.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Notably the only one of Sensui's group not to be given a mention/come back to life in the arc's epilogue, though given how he'd been completely consumed by Elder Toguro beforehand, it is understandable.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His power backfires when he tries to devour a parasitic demon like Toguro.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Ate Murota to gain his Telepathy power, did the same to Elder Toguro, but it backfired and led to his suicide.
- Jerkass: While not utterly deranged like Doctor or batshit crazy like Itsuki, he is otherwise an extremely unpleasant man who takes pleasure in putting down and torturing both Kuwabara and Seaman. Gee...wonder which of the Toguro brothers was also like this...
- Mind Rape: After eating Murota, he does this to Kurama resulting in an angered reaction.
- Off with His Head!: Kurama cuts the top part of his head off, subverted as Elder Toguro bursts out to reveal it was really him the whole time.
- Power Parasite: He's able to gain the abilities of who he eats.
- Seven Deadly Sins: As one of the Sensui Seven, he fittingly represents Gluttony. Also a twofer example as Elder Toguro is the embodiment of Greed.
- Stepford Smiler: He comes off as a happy go villain always smiling while committing cruel acts. but he was living in constant fear knowing Elder Togoro was living within his body overpowering him.
- Swallowed Whole: How he eats people.
- Villainous Glutton: His power is eating people and is very much a glutton, plus he is a part of a group that wants to start the apocalypse and he tried to Mind Rape Kurama Though the latter part was due to be being Elder Toguro being in control.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We never knew what Makihara was like before Elder Toguro took over, by the time he showed up; it's already Elder Toguro masquerading as him.
- You Are Who You Eat: While Gourmet doesn't become who he eats (though with elder Toguro's shapeshifting powers and telepathy, this is debatable), he does take the powers of whoever he eats and presumably, any necessary physical characteristics of said power.
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie
Main Power: Unknown
- Big Bad: Of Yu Yu Hakusho: The Golden Seal. Later is shown to be a Big Bad Wannabe.
- Evil Counterpart: To Koenma in many ways even down to their names (see punny name below).
- Evil Is Petty: See Love makes you evil below.
- Evil Redhead: As can be seen here, granted his hair has a pink hue to it.
- Love Makes You Evil: He is angry at Koenma for taking the affection of a girl when they were younger. However, this is shown as being Played for Laughs at the end as it is shown that he and Kotennyo never had any sort of intimate relationship to begin with.
- Punny Name: Koashura's name means "Little Asura" much like how Koenma's name means "Little Enma".
- Take Over the World: In this case Spirit World by way of getting the golden seal. Though it's subverted in that his real motive was that he wanted revenge against Koenma for breaking the present he wanted to give to his crush, as well as taking her away from him. Kuwabara was quite Disappointed by the Motive and smacks him for all the trouble he's caused.
Main Power: Attack Reflection
Koashura's right hand man in carrying out his plot against Koenma. He is actually a wanted criminal named Yasha who wants the Golden seal for his own purposes.
- Attack Reflector: Located on his chest which can reflect energy attacks.
- Bishōnen Line: While his transformed state, Yasha's true form to be more exact, is still monstrous in appearance, but is far less bulky and allows him to be swifter in battle.
- The Dragon: To Koashura Later revealed to be The Starscream.
- Dumb Muscle: Garuga demonstrates that he is a subversion. He reveals upon getting the Golden Seal that it was merely an act to make Koashura think he was in charge, but was simply manipulating him for his own means.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Yusuke defeats him in his true form by sealing the reflector on his chest using the magma found in the Magma Valley.
- Purple Is Powerful: Though he is shown to have a brown exterior, but when Yasha drops his disguise he is shown to have mostly light purple skin with light yellow secondary coloring.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his Shoulders of Doom of which he uses as one of his methods of attack.
- White Hair, Black Heart: More so in his true form.
Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report
Main Power: Multiple
The main antagonist of Yu Yu Hakusho: Meikai Shito Hen - Hono no Kizuna.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: He wears a dark cloak with a turnover collar.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He was the ruler of the Netherworld, which was destroyed and assimilated into Spirit world, and demonstrates that he is not to be taken lightly. He is estimated to be at A Class in power and goes to S Class upon regaining the Netherworld Power Sphere.
- Bad Boss: Downplayed. Shortly after seeing Hiei incinerate Raiko with multiple Dragons of the Darkness Flame, he simply turns away remarks in a nonchalant manner saying something along the lines of "sucks to be you".
- Big Bad: Of Yu Yu Hakusho: Meikai Shito Hen - Hono no Kizuna / Yu Yu Hakusho: Bonds of Fire / Poltergeist Report
- Canon Foreigner: He and the other Makai Gods were created for this film, though the concept for them is derived from some latent ideas from the Manga. Canonically, the Demon plane is simply another part of the Spirit World of which King Enma and his forces have gradually subjugated. The movie portrayed it as part of a separate pre-existing realm that was assimilated after a war between Enma and Yakumo.
- Catchphrase: "Know Your Rightful Place!" which he tends to particularly addresses to Humans.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Though his hair is white.
- Evil vs. Evil: Is this in the background of the movie with King Enma by default of revelations in the last chapters of the manga.
- Filler Villain: Though he is the co-Trope Namer (along with Lanipator 's Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged), ironically he actually averts this as he debuted in a Non-Serial Movie, not any episodes of the television series.
- Fingerless Gloves: The type of gloves he wears.
- Foil: To Sensui. Whereas Sensui was a Fallen Hero Messianic Archetype who became an anti-villainous Dark Messiah with an inflexibly strict since of Justice, Yakumo, while he may agree with Sensui's assessment about Humanity (read Humans are Bastards below), is an unabashedly wicked Satan-like God of Evil who could not careless about Humanity perhaps except as livestock.
- Humans Are Bastards: Yakumo harnessed the power of the souls of evil Human beings who were banished to the void to free himself and his fellow Makai gods.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji that make up Yakumo's name can mean "eight clouds" or "august cloud" which is fitting given that he is the former King of the Netherworld.
- Mind Manipulation: Yakumo is able to exert his will over any demons under the influence of the Netherworld, designated by the cross-shaped mark on their foreheads. With his being the King of the Netherworld, and his influence wiping away the last traces of free will, the affected demons essentially become slaves to his will.
- Our Gods Are Different: And he takes plenty of opportunities to snidely remind his enemies to respect that he is a god.
- Purple Eyes: He possesses irises of this color signifying his supernatural origins and, in reference to color association in Japanese culture, that he is evil.
- Purple Is Powerful: His aura manifests as a purple color.
- Reality Warper: One of the powers he has when in possession of the Netherworld Power Sphere.
- Satanic Archetype: He has shades of this. He had waged a war against King Enma eons earlier, ruled The Netherworld, and is also quite ambitious in his goal to displace Enma as the ruler of all existence.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Following his defeat at the hands of King Enma, he and the rest of the Makai gods were banished to the void.note However, he managed to convert the souls of Human beings damned to the void into Demon energy and broke out of his prison from the inside.
- Smug Snake: And he has the power to back it up.
- Telekinesis: One of Yakumo's abilities.
- Visionary Villain: In addition to seeking to conquer Spirit world, his plan is to recreate the Netherworld in the Human World via an Assimilation Plot with the use of the Power Sphere of the Netherworld.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As can be seen here.
A thief and former associate from Kurama's past who is featured in the movie Poltergeist Report.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted. The real Kuronue is dead, the one Kurama confronts is an imposter.
- Bat Out of Hell: Kuronue is a Bat Demon.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for this film.
- Enemy Mine: He joined with Yakumo in order to carry out his vendetta against Kurama. See Revenge for details.
- Expy: Let's see, he's villain that is a former accomplice of Kurama. This may sound like Yomi, but actually averted and simply coincidental as at the time Bonds of Fire/Poltergeist Report was released (April 9, 1994) the Manga and its Anime adaptation where still in the middle of the Chapter Black arc. Though Kuronue could possibly be an inversion in relation to Yomi if the latter was in part inspired by former.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He tosses away his pendant just as he is about to stab Kurama in the back. Kurama is able to deduce that the Kuronue he is fighting is an imposter.
- Posthumous Character: While escaping with their loot, Kuronue was killed trying to go back for his pendant.
- Revenge: Against Kurama for failing to come to his rescue in the past. Subverted as the person Kurama is fighting against is merely an illusion.
- Winged Humanoid: He fittingly has a set of Bat-like wings.
Majari voiced by: Yuji Mitsuya (JP), Jack Taylor (EN), Xavier Fernández (Spain, first dub), Eduardo Díez (Spain, first dub)
Raiko voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Peter Patrikios (EN), Antonio Moro (Spain)
- Bald of Evil: Raiko as can be seen here.
- Barbarian Longhair: Kaiki has his red hair in this style.
- Combat Pragmatist: Kaiki has no inhibitions to taking an opening when he sees one. This ends up giving him away when disguised as Kuronue as the latter refused to ever attack someone from behind.
- The Corrupter: One of the abilities of Raiko's Jagan Eye gave him the ability to put others under his will by "bringing out their wickedness" which he does on Hiei. However, the Dragons of the Darkness Flame could not be effected by the trance when they were released upon Raiko's attempt to control Hiei and shortly after destroyed the Makai deity in a giant ball of Hellfire.
- The Dragon: Raiko serves as this for Yakumo.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Majari. The Central Park Media dub deliberately gave him a Camp Gay vibe in an effort to avoid Viewer Gender Confusion.
- Extra Eyes: Raiko possess a Third Eye. His Jagan Eye is similar, albeit more powerful than Hiei's. Though unlike him Raiko has absolutely no moral restraint in how he uses it.
- Knight Templar: Majari proclaims in his fight against Kuwabara his devotion to Yakumo's plan. Raiko is also this to a lesser extent.
- Laser Blade: Raiko has the ability to create a BFS. Majari gains this ability via copying Kuwabara's Spirit Sword technique.
- Manipulative Bastard: Kaiki plays on Kurama's grief for his lost comrade to take advantage of him.
- Playing with Fire: One of Raiko's abilities.
- Power Copying: Majari's specialty.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Kaiki's method of operation is to use this on opponents so as to get them to refuse to fight back.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some translations spell Raiko's name as "Raigo".
- Squishy Wizard: Majari, once Kuwabara tricked him into blasting out all his energy, was left vulnerable without his powers.
- Telepathy: One of Kaiki's abilities which he uses in conjunction with illusionary shapeshifting.
- Undying Loyalty: Raiko has this for Yakumo and doesn't take kindly to slights against him.
The Spirit Realm (Walking Spoiler Warning.)
King of the Spirit World, and father of Prince Koenma.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the anime due to omitting revelations that came about in the last chapters of the manga.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He has power that is estimated to be at middle or upper A Class.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: He has proclaimed that he values the balance of the Spirit, Human, and Demon worlds. It is subverted in that it has nothing to do with any sort of utilitarian goal but is for a self-serving purpose of giving him exclusive access to the Human world's souls.
- Beast Man: Many characters imagine him to look like this, but when he finally appears in person during the Chapter Black arc he is, aside from being a giant, no different in appearance to an average Human. You can compare the images his actual and imagined appearance here.
- Big Bad: In the manga King Enma is responsible for just about everything, in the name of keeping his public image as powerful as possibleafter all, Team Urameshi work for him, so if they take out a criminal, he can take credit for it.
- Big Good: As the King of Spirit World and the source from which the office of Spirit Detective derives its authority, he would be this naturally, but in this case is a subversion as he's actually the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire series.
- The Corrupter: He committed crimes of brainwashing weak demons to make them attack humans and portray the Spirit World as the Human World's protectors.
- Corrupt Politician: What Koenma discovered about him near the end of the Manga and had him deposed.
- Engineered Heroics: Uses a Monster Protection Racket to keep his superiority over others and justify the Spirit World's "protection" of the Human World.
- God Is Evil: An interesting non-Abrahamic, non-monotheistic, nor Crystal Dragon Jesus example. He released demons into the Human world in order to stir up trouble and thus add meaning to his existence. Though unlike most examples of this trope as Enma is only the Judge of the dead and not the Top God of the pantheon, he gets his comeuppance.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: While he isn't shown for most of the time, he actually is an interesting subversion of this trope. He's the source of most of the problems that occurred.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Koenma describes him as having a temper like this during the Artifacts of Darkness arc. He said that he would be willing to destroy an entire continent to retrieve them.
- Large and in Charge: He is literally gigantic.
- Monster Protection Racket: This was the scheme that Enma was running until he was exposed. See Balance Between Good and Evil, The Corrupter, and Villain with Good Publicity entries for more details.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: In his case it would be more like "Noble Bigot with a Crown". Regardless, his actions resulted in proving that the "Noble" part is Blatant Lies.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seems to be trying to keep the worlds safe from demons and portray the spirit world as the benevolent protectors of humanity, but he's actually intentionally releasing them into the Human world to stir up trouble and add meaning to his own existence, as well as keep his public image as powerful as he could through Team Urameshi working for him.
- Salaryman: His design strangely resembles a high-ranked Salaryman, complete with eyeglasses. Fitting as the series portrays the judgement of the dead as a bureaucratic office job.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He manipulated Demons to cause crimes in Human World for centuries. It was to justify maintaining Spirit World's exclusive access to the Human world and intervening under the claim of protecting Humanity, but in truth was seeking to control the Human world for his own personal gain.
- Walking Spoiler: Most of the details of his biography involve giving away a major plot twist.
The SDF is a military group operating under the command of King Enma.
- Action Girl: Of the nine known members of the Special Defense Forces, only Sourai and Ryouhi are women.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the anime due to omitting revelations that came about in the last chapters of the manga.
- Armies Are Evil: Zigzagged. While Ōtake and the rest of the leadership of the SDF are collaborators with Enma's machinations, the rest of the team have no knowledge of this. Even then, some members (see sociopathic soldier below) are sadistic thugs who enjoy abusing civilians. However, when the Sei-Sei Shinto initiate a coup attempt, Shunjun, who became captain of the SDF after Ōtake's removal, aided Team Urameshi in thwarting the Terrorists (of which included Ōtake and other former Spirit World military and government officials from Enma's rule prior to his impeachment and removal) from achieving their goal.
- Badass Mustache: Captain Ōtake sports one.
- Bald of Awesome: Saitou, the one SDF member who looks similar to Krillin.
- Break the Haughty: Many of the members are a little too full of themselves and high on their own reputations as "the best of the best". Finding out that there are S class demons that are not only stronger than them, but some that are thousands of times stronger, has them go from feeling like an unstoppable army to crying children. Hell, one guy in the anime even begs Yusuke for his life!
- Continuity Nod: Kurama mentioned he was critically injured from a botched robbery and escaped to the Human Realm to merge with a human fetus to survive. Team members of the SDF revealed it was Shunjun who injured Kurama.
- The Dragon: Captain Ōtake serves as this for King Enma.
- Elite Army: They are all at Class A ranking in power meaning few enemies aside from those at Class S (such as Yusuke reborn as a Human-Demon hybrid) can stand against them.
- Expy: Of the Science Patrol from Ultraman. In the Manga, Yana highlights the SDF's resemblance to the group.
- Godzilla Threshold: The only time the SDF is ever present in the Human world is if any being with Class A power or higher is detected there. Otherwise, they serve in helping Spirit World's forces in expanding their territory across the Demon world.
- Hunter of Monsters: They are colloquially known as "Hunters" by denizens of the Demon plane.
- Jerkass: The two unnamed ones were harsh and sadistic towards Koenma and Mitarai, even ignoring that the latter had a change of heart and aided them in the conflict against Sensui. Captain Ōtake also qualifies, but is downplayed as he is polite when addressing Prince Koenma.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In this case, two details have been withheld to the majority of the SDF.
- When Yusuke, Koenma, and Puu manage to blow past them, it is only at this point that Ōtake reveals that there is a ranking of power above that of A class which comes as a shock to the rest of the team.
- Also worth noting that the aforementioned Monster Protection Racket under Enma's character entry was unknown to the rank and file of the SDF.
- No Name Given: Of the Nine shown members of the SDF, only two have no known names.
- Oh, Crap!: The reactions of the SDF members when they find out that there are S class demons that are hundreds to thousands of times more powerful than A class demons.
- Red Herring Shirt: Shunjun, one of the few trendy-looking guys on the team, was revealed via casual teammate conversation indicating he was the person who critically injured Kurama. And because of this accomplishment, Shunjun was promoted to captain of the SDF after Ōtake's removal and takes orders directly from Koenma. Hence, Shunjun became the most important aid to Team Urameshi under the case of The Sei-Sei Shinto.
- Sociopathic Soldier: The two unnamed ones who took sadistic glee in beating Mitarai and then begging for mercy once Yusuke came back as a Mazoku Demon.
- Teleportation: One of the powers that its members have. They can seal unauthorized portals between dimensions and also create portals when ordered to. Which is unique because Sensui went through hell to do the same.
- To Be Lawful or Good: The SDF is strongly on the Lawful side in upholding King Enma's decree to have Yusuke killed upon resurrection as a demon even after he prevented an apocalyptic destruction of the inhabitants of Earth from happening. Though it should be noted that most of them are Punch Clock Villains who have been kept in the dark about Enma's true motivations.
The last antagonists Team Urameshi fought against in the story.
- Adapted Out: The Sei-Sei Shinto, which appeared in Chapter 174 in the manga, wasn't animated for the TV anime until year 2018's Yu Yu Hakusho 25th Anniversary OVA special.
- Ascended Extra: Subverted. Ōtake returns as one of the members of the Sei-Sei Shinto in Chapter 174... only to be arrested along with the rest of its members in a Curb-Stomp Battle by Team Urameshi in that same chapter.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Ōtake, the former Captain of the Special Defense Forces who was removed by King Enma for failing to kill Yusuke, is one of the group members of the Sei-Sei Shinto.
- The Coup: In this case, the True Disciples goals is to to restore the Deposed ruler Enma back onto the throne.
- Death Ray: What they plan on using as their Final Solution against Sarayashiki, Japan if their demands are not met.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Their opposition to the changes brought about by the new Spirit World government led by King Koenma is strongly reminiscent of Right Wing Militia Fanatics that were active during The '90s. In addition their head grabs closely resemble Keffiyehs that are worn by people of the Middle East. Their goals are described, via the Viz Media English translation, as follows: "They believe they are on a Holy mission from god to purify the Human world. The True Disciples follow the most extremist (sic) version of their teachings".
- Evil Reactionary: Now that the status quo has been changed following King Enma's impeachment and removal from the throne, they seek to restore the previous order at all costs.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Demons who they still regard as being Always Chaotic Evil even after that was definitively disproven. The Sect also has some contempt for Humans in viewing them as being immoral and undeserving of running their own lives. Team Urameshi would beg to disagree.
- Gas Mask Mooks: Most of the Terrorists wear Gas Masks.
- Hostage Situation: Of whom notable individuals they are holding at gun point include Koenma and Botan.
- I Reject Your Reality: They refuse to accept that King Enma was responsible for brainwashing and using Demons to justify his so-called "protection" of Humans and now wish to restore Status Quo Ante regarding that revelation as never having happened.
- Knight Templar: The Sei-Sei Shinto are a radical Spirit World religious sect that take over the Gates of Judgment in the Spirit World to "purify" the Human world.
- Light Is Not Good: Spirit beings, such as Koenma and Botan, have for most of the series been portrayed as allied with the forces of good against Demonic threats. In this instance it has been flipped with some of Spirit World's Denizens as the antagonists.
- The Magic Versus Technology War: In this case, Sei-Sei Shinto's Spirit World Magitek against Team Urameshi's members' Supernatural Martial Arts. Despite outnumbering the heroes thirty-three to four, the True Disciples were easily beaten. The Interdimensional laser, on the other hand, remained as one thing Team Urameshi could not over come with brute force.
- Order Is Not Good: They are the order to the perceived anarchy of Demons. Though the order that Sei-Sei Shinto wishes to impose would better be described as Tyranny.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Of a more Fantastic variety.
- Superior Species: What they believe to be the case with Spirit World in regard to its inhabitants' "right" to rule over Humans.
- Undying Loyalty: For the ultimate antagonist of the series King Enma.