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- Opposing Sports Team: Most of the Teams that the heroes go up against are not motivated by evil desires and for the most part participate for the joy of fighting and the right to get a wish granted by the Dark Tournament Committee. The few genuinely evil people they go against, aside from Toguro's team, are Dr. Ichigaki and possibly, if not evil then certainly amoral jerkasses, Roto and Bakken.
- The Team Benefactor: Each team is sponsored by a member of the Black Black Club, with the exception of Team Urameshi, who is sponsored by Koenma. However, two teams, those being Team Ichigaki and Team Uraotogi, are self-sponsored.
Team Urameshi Opponents
The first team of fighters Team Urameshi fought in the Dark Tournament.
- For tropes about Chu and Rinku, see their entries under the Allies section.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Roto can form a blade on his hand from one of his fingers.
- Complacent Gaming Syndrome: In-universe non-video game example. Roto's only strategy to winning involves threatening to kill an opponent's loved one if they retaliate.Roto: "Why go through all the hard work of becoming a better fighter when all you have to do is to press a button?"
- Decapitated Army: The demons that do Roto's bidding scatter and flee once Roto is dead, as Hiei senses via his Jagan.
- Dirty Coward: Roto who stoops as low as to try to have relatives of opponents killed via a Familiar. Though at least he did make an effort in contrast to Gaou and Imajin who fled the moment Hiei incinerated Zeru.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Zeru acted as the leader of the team in Chu's stead due to the latter's habitual drunkenness.
- Hostage Situation: Roto tries doing this to Kurama by using his human mother as the hostage during their fight in the Dark Tournament. It doesn't work for long.
- I Have Your Wife: Mother in this case. Kurama is forced to not retaliate against Roto lest Roto orders the demon stalking his mother to kill her. Kurama manages to immobilize Roto, steal the trigger to signal the demon, then kill him.
- Obviously Evil: While the rest appear to look like ordinary humans, Roto might as well have the word Evil tattooed on his forehead.
- Off with His Head!: Chu, angry at Gaou and Imajin's cowardice in abandoning Rinku to fight Team Urameshi all on his own, took off their heads in one swift attack. The anime alters their death at Chu's hands as being beaten to death.
- Playing with Fire: Zeru's special ability, but it doesn't exactly hold a candle to Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame.
- Power Misidentification: Zeru attempts to confuse Hiei before their battle by using his fire powers to slice a cup in half with no visible flame, making it appear he has Razor Wind or some other cutting power. Hiei isn't fooled, as he notices the edges of the cut is melted.
- Punny Name: In addition to being a reference to a song, Imajin's name is a play on the word "Majin" (meaning either "Demon" or "Evil person" depending on context).
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Consisting of among other people a yo-yo wielding Child fighter, a Drunken Master, a Blue-skinned murderer and extortionist, and a blond fire wielder.
- Scary Black Man: Gaou looks like one, but this is subverted when he tries to run away from the tournament with Imajin.
- Shout-Out: Imajin has a strong resemblance to Musician John Lennon and his name is an allusion to his song "Imagine".
- The Unfought: Gaou and Imajin never fought against Team Urameshi and were swiftly killed by Chu when they cowardly fled to leave the still recovering Rinku to fight against the opposing team all by himself.
- Villains Want Mercy: Roto certainly wanted mercy, but Kurama wasn't going to let him go unpunished.
The second team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.
- Adaptational Badass: Ichigaki's enhanced form was all for show in the manga and was swiftly dispatched by Yusuke while he was bragging. In the anime, he was able to give Team Urameshi some trouble at first with his stretchable arms before Yusuke pulled himself together and crippled his arms, resulting in a similar beatdown to the manga version.
- Adaptation Name Change: Variation; Kai and Ryō had their names switched around in the anime. The braided-hair man with the mustache, manga Kai, became Ryō whereas the brunette with the cross-shaped scar on his head, manga Ryō, became Kai. The manga wasn't clear about who was who with the exception of Kai when his soul gets affected by Toguro's spirit energy and it wasn't until the release of The Spirit World's Who's Who guide years later that confirmed their proper identities.
- Asian Buck Teeth: Yen has a small tooth sticking out.
- Blinding Bangs: Yen.
- Braids of Action: Ryo, a male example of this trope, wears his hair in a Mandarin Queue.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: What Dr. Ichigaki has done to three humans, via implanting berukis onto them, to use them as test subjects in exchange for healing their ill master, Mitamura, who he was responsible for the poisoning in the first place, to force his students into accepting his deal.
- The Cameo: Yen, Ryo, and Kai (formerly M1, M2, and M3 respectively) are briefly shown in the bleachers watching the final round of the Dark Tournament. Ryo is one of the people affected by Toguro's soul-sucking aura.
- Cyborg: Gattasval, a cyborg demon to be more exact.
- Death by Adaptation: Ichigaki is strongly implied to have been killed in the anime, but the manga showed that he was still alive and witnessed the fight between Yusuke and Toguro. Inverted in the case of M5, who was killed in the manga by Hiei and Kurama, but is spared in the anime after getting them to the ring.
- Evil Redhead: Yen. Subverted in that he is not inclined to evil but has been mentally enslaved by Ichigaki.
- Humans Are Special: Ichigaki is one of the few Demons to recognize the potential of Human Spirit power rather than belittling Humans as being inferior. However he fails to realize the potential of emotions, and firmly believes that Virtue Is Weakness.
- Lizard Folk: Minor characters M4 and M5 are reptilian humanoids.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Ichigaki. We're not sure what university he got his doctorate from, but where ever he went really should do a better job of screening those people out.
- Mercy Kill: What Yen, Ryo, and Kai upon being able to temporarily break through the control of their berukis, ask Yusuke to do to end their suffering, which he obliges. However, it is subverted when Genkai intervenes and uses the Spirit Wave technique's Morality-Guided Attack function to destroy the Berukis without killing the fighters themselves.
- Mind-Control Device: The function of the Berukis.
- Must Make Amends: The three martial artists have stated that they wish to make up for having killed people while under Ichigaki's control. Ryo in particular offered to fight for Team Urameshi as his way to atone for his past actions.
- One-Winged Angel: Upon M1, M2, and M3's defeat, Ichigaki injects himself with a serum to take out retaliation against Yusuke. Instead, the doctor gets his ass handed to him.
- Put on a Bus: Upon being freed of Ichigaki's control, they return to train with their master and adoptive father Mitamura. Aside from a cameo of them cheering Team Urameshi in the final round of the Dark Tournament, this is their last appearance in the story.
- Rubber Man: Gattasval can stretch its arms and track down its targets until its steel claws cut through them. The anime infers that it was based on Ichigaki's enhanced form's power to stretch his limbs, though not nearly to the same extent as his creation.
- Slasher Smile: Ichigaki shows sadistic glee in seeing others suffer.
- Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: Yen, Ryo, and Kai wouldn't under usual circumstances have accepted being turned into killing machines, except in the hope that Ichigaki would uphold his end of the bargain to heal their master. Kuwabara via a psychic link could tell that they were suffering being Forced to Watch as their bodies were used by Ichigaki to kill other people against their wills and at one point they stopped fighting long enough to ask for Yusuke to kill them.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Inverted in that it is the previously antagonistic Yen, Ryo, and Kai who call themselves out. However, Master Mitamura quickly tells them that they shouldn't blame themselves for being Mentally Enslaved by Ichigaki. Though this is certainly played straight against Ichigaki.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Kai and thus has his Beruki in open sight in contrast to his teammates who wear shirts over theirs.
- We Have Reserves: Ichigaki says this about M1, M2, and M3, considering that his real target is using Yusuke as a subject for his experiments. He doesn't care whether they will survive, and that even if they were to win the Dark Tournament, that he would simply kill them himself anyway.
[Bakken] Hajime Koseki (JP), Andrew Chandler (EN), Alan Miró (Latin America), Massimiliano Lotti (IT)
[Risho] Aruno Tahara (JP), Mike McFarland (EN), Guillermo Rojas (Latin America), Diego Sabre (IT)
The third team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.
- For tropes about Jin and Touya, see their entries under the Allies section.
- Anti-Villain: The Shadow Channelers only wish to compete in the Tournament to, in Touya's words, "step into the light" to make a new home in the Human world. They qualify as Type IIs in that they regard themselves as True Companions. Completely averted in Bakken's case, though.
- Avenging the Villain: Not any of Team Masho's members' objective, but their sponsor, Butajiri, wants to get back at Tarukane's killers. Subverted in that he didn't give two craps about Tarukane, but Butajiri is a pompous Plutocrat who is pissed off at the audacity of a bunch of downtrodden Delinquents taking out a fellow Corrupt Corporate Executive and now wanting to "put them in their place". Though Sakyo corrects him that he was the one who ordered Toguro to kill Tarukane just before Toguro gave him a well-deserved death as well.
- Bloody Murder: Gama's enchanted body paint is made from his own blood.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Risho.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Risho can create a suit of armor by coating his body with clay from the ground.
- The Dragon: Jin serves as this for Risho.
- Dumb Muscle: Bakken as demonstrated by his lack of skill and strategy in contrast to his other teammates. His lack of brains would especially bite him in the ass when Yusuke dispelled his sweat fog.
- Elemental Powers: Gama's is blood-based, Touya is An Ice Person, Jin's is wind-based, and Risho's is Earth-based. Bakken is Super Smoke due to him filling the stadium with fog, but may have also been a limited version of Making a Splash since he was using his own sweat.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Again, Risho. Makes for a pretty creepy look, overall.
- HeelFace Turn: Touya and Jin do this after the team's defeat.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Jin is sanguine-phlegmatic, Risho is choleric, Touya is melancholic.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Four of them are pretty clearly close and fight together as friends and as a team, but none of them like Bakuken for how much of a violent and cowardly bully he is. When Yusuke beats him down in their match, none of the others feel bad for him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gama may not exactly fit the definition of heroic, but he nonetheless sought to use his dying breath to place a concealment spell on Kurama to help his team achieve victory.
- Honor Before Reason: Toyed with. While Touya keeps to his principles demanding that Risho fight honorably in the face of blatant bribery and rigging of the match in their team's favor, the latter subverts this by choosing to be pragmatic and accept the ruling so that they can get closer to their goal of winning a new home in the Human world.
- Improbable Weapon User: Gama uses a pair of brushes to paint his make-up and body paint both on himself (for a bulk up of muscle) onto his enemies (in order to place spells on them such as weighing them down or locking their spiritual energies in their bodies).
- Jerkass: Bakken is an unrepentant thug who is willing to beat down people who can't defend themselves and happily gloat about it. His personality is so grating that even his own teammates regard him as the The Scrappy in-universe. Thankfully, Bakken gets what he deserves from Yusuke. Risho was pretty unpleasant himself, striking Touya for having the nerve to tell him to fight honorably, threatening Koto with violence at one point, and his constant bullying of Kuwabara during their match.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Bakken does this to an unconscious Kurama. Once in the ring himself, Yusuke returns the favor and beats on Bakuken for a bit after clearly winning.
- Lean and Mean: Both Gama and Risho to varying degrees.
- Noble Demon: A standout example in the Dark Tournament arc. Team Masho is the only team besides the heroes who seem to care to an extent about each other as a whole (as opposed to individual friendships like Chu and Rinku) - with the exception of Bakken. They are willing to fight and sacrifice themselves for the sake of their comrades, are dedicated to a cause rather than Blood Knight tendencies, are generally respectful and are, all in all, more honorable than most participants - though Risho ultimately proves himself willing to drop honor like a rock if it means achieving his goals.
- Ninja: Or more precisely, "The Shinobi of Spirit World".
- Real Men Wear Pink: Gama is referred to as being a "Master of Make-up," though he detests the associations that humans have made with his art.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Bakken. He undeservedly demands to be addressed as "Bakken-sama" (Lord Bakken) even though he is the lowest-ranking member of his team.
- Smoke Out: Bakken can create a smokescreen with the vapour of his sweat.
- Smug Snake: Risho.
- Stripperific: Gama and Bakken wear little else than loin clothes and sandals. Justified as their abilities require their skin to be exposed in order to perform their techniques.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In-universe example. This is the reason Bakuken's Wounded Gazelle Gambit failed miserably.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bakken attempts to pull this on Yusuke once the latter gets the upper hand. Bakken pleads for mercy claiming that his ribs are broken and that he can't remember about the beating he gave to Kurama minutes earlier, in which he then tries to smash Yusuke's head with some debris. Yusuke never lowered his guard based on how inauthentic his pleas were and decided to "help remind" Bakken what he did to Kurama.
- Villainous Valor: After being critically injured, rather than use what little energy he had left to heal himself and save his own life, Gama is willing to bleed to death to weaken Kurama, assured that his death will mean the eventual defeat of his enemy. It doesn't, of course, but you have to respect his dedication.
[Makintaro] Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Shane Ray (EN), Tony Fuochi (IT)
[Kuro Momotaro] Shin Aomori (JP), Justin Cook (EN), Pedro Damián (Latin America), Pino Pirovalle (IT)
The fourth team of Fighters that Team Urameshi fought against in the Dark Tournament.
- For tropes about Shishiwakamaru and Suzuki, see their entries under the Allies section.
- Adaptive Ability: Kuro Momotaro uses Steaming Spheres to gain an immunity to whatever attack was last used against him.
- Ambiguously Brown: Makintaro
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Makintaro's only shown ability is being able to turn his hands into blades.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Ura Urashima tellingly boasts to Kurama that as a "real demon", he would never feel remorseful for the despicable acts he's committed.note
- The Dragon: While Shishiwakamaru appears to be the team's captain, he is revealed to simply be the Frontman for Suzuki.
- Dub Text: Ura Urashima's telepathic deception was completely rewritten in Funimation's dub, where he claims to have joined Team Uraotogi in order to provide for his ill grandmother only to have been roped into a life of violent crime by Shishiwakamaru. The Japanese version, on the other hand, has Ura be more philosophical with the claim that he and his teammates are demonic reincarnations of their classic fairytale namesakes and that over time they became twisted perversions of the protagonists and had killed many humans in the name of the demons that the original stories were written against. Ura pretends to have a Heel Realization for his wickedness and thus...
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Its members are based on heroes from Japanese Fairy tales and folklore. Makintaro is based on Kintaro, Kuro Momotaro is based on Momotaro, Ura Urashima is based on Urashima Taro, and Shishiwakamaru is inspired by Oniwakamaru. Onji is the notable exception as he wishes, to paraphrase him, to make his own story. In an interesting coincidence Onji/ Suzuki's name in the edited for Toonami Funimation English dub, "Suzuka", is similar to that of the Mythological Suzuka Gongen. In addition, the team's name almost literally translates into English as "Team Fractured Fairy Tales".
- Full-Body Disguise: Two of its members are disguised. Ura Urashima is revealed to be a hairy canine-like humanoid shortly after he is killed by Shishiwakamaru and Onji is actually Suzu-ahem! The Beautiful Suzuki.
- Jerkass: All of them to varying degrees:
- Shishiwakamaru is pompous and condescending to most, especially Kuwabara. Even after his HeelFace Turn, he's very much only doing it out of friendship for Suzuki to the point he writes "undecided" when Yusuke has his sitdown with Yomi.
- Suzuki at first was incredibly vain and had a God Complex, to the point that he'd kill others for jeering him or not referring to him by his full title "The Beautiful Suzuki". His defeat humbles him somewhat, though aside from Shishi he doesn't seem terribly broken up about the death of the rest of his team.
- Kuro Momotaro is shown not to give a rat's ass about the lives of his teammates as shown when he kicked Makintaro's carcass out of the ring after Hiei killed him.
- Makintaro didn't have much screentime, but what little we see paints him as a bullish, arrogant brute who doesn't think things through and got himself killed quickly for it.
- Ura Urashima tricks his opponents into feeling sympathy for him with fake sob stories before immobilizing them with his fishing line and using the Idunn Box to reverting them to hapless infants before finishing the deal.
- Kick the Dog: Kuro Momotaro does this. The moment he enters the ring to fight against Hiei, instead of kindly moving the body of his fallen comrade who died in the prior fight or at least offering any respects, Kuro Momotaro just coldly kicked his corpse and made a snide remark immediately after.
- Ura took the time to mock Kurama for falling for his deceptions.note
- Killed Off for Real: Makintaro, Kuro Momotaro, and Ura Urashima.
- The Man Behind the Man: Onji/Suzuki is the true leader for Team Uraotogi.
- Manipulative Bastard: Ura Urashima claims that he was forced into villainy on the pain of his grandmother being killed during his fight against Kurama in order to get him to lower his guard to use his Idunn Box on him.
- Merlin Sickness: What Ura Urashima's Idunn Box inflicts on its targets and unwittingly brought about his defeat and near-death when Kurama reverted to Yoko Kurama.
- Obviously Evil: In the anime, at least, it was blatantly obvious that Ura Urashima was faking his regret at his evil deeds due to his prior snickering at Hiei during his match against Kuro Momotaro.
- Oh, Crap!: Ura Urashima has a spectacular one when he realizes his attack has turned Kurama into Yoko Kurama.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: They have been empowered thanks to the weapons and equipment made for them by Onji.
- Reincarnation: Four of its members (see Fractured Fairy Tale above) claim to be the reincarnations of famous individuals as Demons. It's implied to be a lie though.
- Rod-and-Reel Repurposed: Ura Urashima, naturally, being that he has modeled himself after the fairy tale fisherman Urashima Taro, uses a fishing rod as his Weapon of Choice, using it as an improvised whip.
- Telepathy: One of Ura Urashima's abilities.
- Weapon of Choice: Kuro Momotaro uses steaming spheres, Ura Urashima has both a rod and reel and the Idunn Box, and Shishiwakamaru wields the Banshee Shriek.
[Ragubi] Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Bob Carter (EN), Riccardo Rovatti (IT)
[Dosukoi] Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Chris Rager (EN), Sergo Romanò (IT)
[Gorira] Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Ed Blaylock (EN), Marco Balzarotti (IT)
[Babaki] Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Brandon White (EN), Aldo Stella (IT)
[Gagaki] Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), Daniele Demma (IT)
A team that Younger Toguro fights and slaughters single handedly.
- Adaptation Expansion: Ogyoku gets more screen time and characterization in the anime.
- Bait-and-Switch: Ogyoku is introduced and built up seemingly as Yusuke's next opponent and challenge in The Dark Tournament, only for him and his entire team to get killed by Toguro without even getting a chance to face Yusuke
- Bald of Awesome: Ogyoku. He may also qualify as an invocation of Bald, Black Leader Guy.
- Canon Foreigner: Ragubi, an alternate for the team, is a character that was created for the anime.
- The Captain: Ogyoku is the leader of the Makai Kyousenshi.
- Dub Name Change: Ogyoku is renamed Topaz in FUNimation's dub.
- Intrigued by Humanity: Ragubi states this and more specifically says he has a liking of Human sports, particularly Rugby.
- Large and in Charge: Each of the Makai Kyousenshi members dwarf Younger Toguro, who himself isn't small in stature. Though that ultimately doesn't help them in the end. Rugby, however, averts this, being about the size of an average Human.
- Noble Demon: Ogyoku objects to Rugby's attempt to kill Yusuke outside of the ring and for that kills him.
- Red Shirt: The entire team is this, though Ogyoku at least gets upgraded to Mauve Shirt in the anime.
- Spikes of Villainy: Ogyoku wears a collar with spikes on it.
- Stout Strength: Dosukoi by default of being a sumo wrestler.
- Weapon of Choice: Ogyoku is an ax, Gorira is armed with a hammer, Babaki uses a trident, and Gagaki wields a mace. Dosukoi is the only member who doesn't use a weapon. Anime-only character Ragubi can create rugby balls.
A team of Fighters defeated by Team Uraotogi during the Dark Tournament.
- Captain Ersatz: They are basically the creatures from Universal Studio's long-running franchise. They are based on Gill-Man (AKA the Creature from the Black Lagoon), Imhotep (from The Mummy (1932)), Frankenstein's Monster, Wolf Man, and Dracula (the last not being shown in the anime). There is also a member of the team who is a cat man even though there is no such creature among Universal's monsters, though he might not be a completely original creation. The cat demon may actually be a clever reference to The Cat and the Canary, a film that features a psychotic asylum escapee called "the Cat" seeking to kill the protagonist and others.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: As neither Shonen Jump nor Studio Pierrot have any rights to the Universal Horror monsters, the appearances for some of its members' appearances were made to be different from sources of inspiration so as to avoid potential legal action. Notably, the Frankenstein's monster lookalike has a screw on top of his head instead of two in his neck, the Wolfman Expy has only one eye left (as well as a far more canine head than Universal's Wolfman does), the Dracula one is given unkempt hair, a mustache, and pointy ears, the gray demon based on Imhotep has no wrappings nor Ancient Egyptian-themed clothing, the Gill Man imitator is far more like a cobra in appearance instead of a fish/amphibian-styled appearance, and the cat demon is a literal cat man rather than being a Human serial killer calling himself "The Cat".
- Red Shirt: The Cat, Cobra, and Gray demons were killed by Kuro Momotaro, Makintaro, and Suzuki/Onji respectively. Averted by the other surviving team members who chose to concede to Team Uraotogi rather than seek any sort of post-match retaliation.
[Aorenjya] Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Bob Carter (EN), Paolo Sesana (IT)
[Momorenjya] Megumi Ogata (JP), Libby Smith (EN), Irene Scalzi (IT)
[Kirenjya] Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Chris Forbis (EN), Riccardo Lombardo (IT)
[Midorenjya] Takehiro Koyama (JP), Ed Blaylock (EN), Pino Pirovalle (IT)
A Team of Fighters who were killed in the semi-finals by Team Toguro.
- The Big Guy: Kirenjya fulfills this role and is also armed with a BFS that is larger than any weapons his other teammates had.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Naturally given who Team Gorenja is inspired by. The colors that represent them are red (Akarenjya), blue (Aorenjya), pink (Momorenjya), yellow (Kirenjya), and green (Midorenjya).
- Defiant to the End: Akarenjya; even after the all but he and Aorenjya had been killed and they were heavily injured by Team Toguro, Akarenjya refused to give up nor beg for his life as Aorenjya did.
- Dirty Coward: Midorenjya and Aorenjya both demonstrated this and for this were killed by Karasu and Elder Toguro respectively.
- Femme Fatalons: Momorenjya has the practical Wolverine Claws variety.
- Hollywood Acid: Midorenjya was shown to have acid based powers.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Kirenjya ends up meeting the business end of Bui's ax, and the results are...less than pretty.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Akarenjya and Momorenjya seem to have this dynamic. When Elder Toguro taunts Team Gorenja about the ways he plans to torture and kill them, Akarenjya is about lash out when Momorenjya warns him not to let his anger get the best of him.
- Red Shirt: Everyone on the team is this, more or less to show how Badass the other members of Team Toguro are. Though somewhat ironically the red clad Akarenjya was the last of his team to be killed.
- Shout-Out: They are based on the heroes from Himitsu Sentai Goranger, the first of the Super Sentai series.
- The Smurfette Principle: Momorenjya is the lone female member of the team and for that matter one of only two known females (the other being Genkai) to participate in the Dark tournament.
- Super Speed: Akarenjya, Aorenjya, and Momorenjya have this as their main ability. One tactic they were shown to employ was creating Speed Echoes in an effort to confuse opponents into attacking an afterimage while they got in close for an attack. Though Elder Toguro countered this by creating several tendrils that shot out from his body that pierced them from any direction they could attack from.