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Zatch/Gash Bell

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP), Debi Derryberry (EN), Sara Vivas (SP)

A male 6-year-old humanoid Mamodo, his heart is pure and his kindness and willpower have no limit. Formerly at the bottom of his class, losing consciousness when he attempted to use his spells, partnering with a human enabled him to unleash his full power. Inheritor of his father’s sentient spell Bao, which is capable of devouring all negative emotion, he is a formidable fighter.

  • All Your Powers Combined: Against Clear's final form, Zatch is given access to the Golden Spellbook, allowing all the defeated demons show up to lend their support, and in many cases, their Shin-class spells. Saying it's awesome is an understatement.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Even his name is a mystery to him at first.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Jikerudo. It creates a sphere of electricity, which turns a person into a living magnet if it makes contact, which will, in a best-case-scenario, completely immobilize them by sticking them to the nearest large metal object. Unfortunately the spell will not activate at all if there is no metal in the vicinity, and being a magnetism-based ability, it needs a sizable amount of metal to hold someone still for any period of time. It is later replaced by Mazu Jikerudon, which has none of Jikerudo's limtiations.
  • Badass Adorable: Most demons are, but Zatch is especially cute and, after gaining some experience, exceptionally badass.
  • Berserk Button: In general, Zatch despises mamodos who gleefully abuse their power and influence on others, especially those looking to take advantage of being king.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When in the proper mood, he's a force of nature.
  • Big Eater: Like most mamodo, he's more than capable of eating an animal whole, bones and all. Cooking is optional.
  • Bowdlerise: His name was changed to Zatch in the English version, likely because "Gash" refers to a long deep cut or wound.
  • Breath Weapon: Most of his spells are projected from his mouth.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Zeno's Cain.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: While Zatch is fairly powerful on his own, he learns the secrets of his regenerating, shielding mantle late in the story.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and gold eyes.
  • Death Glare: Enough to stun the badass Bari.
  • Determinator: Giving up is about the only thing he can't do. The few battles he's ever lost were ones where he was physically unable to continue. Even when faced against the seeming invincibility of Clear Note, he refused to give up. This determination inspired the defeated Mamodo to lend him their power to finish Clear Note.
  • Dynamic Entry: How he's introduced to the series: Hang-gliding straight into Kiyo's bedroom window on an eagle, stark naked, with a tuna on his back.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Zatch's hair is much shorter and thinner at the beginning of series, almost like a bowl cut, but by the end it's longer, fuller, and more solid. Could be justified as his hair simply growing out while in the human world.
  • Easily Impressed: Blowing his mind is a piece of cake. In one of the first episodes, Kiyo is able to captivate him with a toy made of an empty box of potato sticks and chopsticks.
  • Elemental Eye Colours: He has gold eyes and electric powers.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Even without his book Zatch has displayed superhuman qualities, but never uses them to defend himself against Naomi. Best exemplified in an episode where he's hiding from her and moments later is lifting a boulder over his head to show off his strength to another demon.
  • The Good King: It's his goal to become one by winning the tournament.
  • Go Through Me: Zatch takes a lot of hits to protect Kiyo. The one time Kiyo explicitly tells Zatch not to do this, Kiyo dies.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In noticeable contrast to his white-haired twin brother.
  • Invincible Hero: A surprising subversion. Despite being way stronger than he appears and racking up more victories than any other demon child, he still loses several times and escapes with his book intact due to circumstances including getting a Fate Worse than Death instead (Zeon), earning the opponent's bookkeeper's respect (Sherry and Shinichi), being too defiant for the opponent to match (Bari), or having his friends arrive to pull a Big Damn Heroes (Leo).
  • Keet: He's a fun-loving and excitable child.
  • Kid Hero: He's no more than 8 years old.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Due to the intensity of Zatch's spells, he usually passes out when performing them, making it hard to aim. Because of this, Kiyo needs to be sure that Zatch is focused on his target before performing the spell. He normally does this by pointing at his target right before casting the spell.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Zeon stole his memories to make sure he suffered in the human world, constantly attacked without knowing why.
  • Limit Break: Baou Zakerga tends to be the finishing move and it is quite powerful, especially in its true form. He got it from his father, King Bell.
  • Magic Pants: As it turns out, his mantle actually is magic, giving it the ability to stretch to any size while also capable of self-repair. A gift from his father, the King. Zeon got one too.
  • Magnetic Hero: And we don't just mean Jikerdor.
  • Naked First Impression: With Kiyo.
  • Naked on Arrival: Right into Kiyo's bedroom.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Big time.
  • Oblivious to Love: Really gets him into trouble with Penny, who thinks he's trying to insult her, and his Laser-Guided Amnesia doesn't help matters. It's almost as bad with Tio.
  • Obsessed with Food: A minor running gag in the series is Zatch mistaking names for food (e.g. Mafia=Muffin and Hallburg Castle=Hamburger Castle).
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His strongest attack spell, "Baou Zakeruga", which condenses into a huge electrical dragon.
  • Power Glows: His physical enhancement spell, "Rauzaruk".
  • The Power of Hate: Baou Zakeruga's true power was only unlocked through Zatch's seething hatred towards Riou, for killing Kiyo. Also deconstructed big time. While Baou's true power was unlocked by Zatch's hate, it also begins to consume him and threatens his life. Indeed, this is why King Bell gave it to Zatch in the first place. His usage of Baou in the previous war turned it angry and monstrous. Zeno, who was born with the King's former rage, would be destroyed by the spell and gave it to the more kind-hearted Zatch. Baou feeds on hate and consumes spells born from it. Zatch ends up purifying Baou and having it rediscover its power to end hate in the first place. This is shown when it defeats Zeno's ultimate spell, which was born from his and Dufort's hatred, by consuming it and thus taking away their hate.
  • Sensor Character: Gains the ability to sense other demons after the training with Dufaux.
  • Shock and Awe: His primary element. Chosen since the creator's name, Raiku, means 'thunder'.
  • Super Mode: Rauzaruk, the sixth spell, enhances Zatch's strength and speed exponentially for thirty seconds, at the cost of not being able to use any other spells. Thankfully Kiyo figured this out pretty quickly. The Golden Book in the final chapters, which allowed Gash/Zatch to use souped-up spells of past mamodo who were already defeated.
  • Super Strength: True of all demons, but most obvious with Zatch, who stopped Pamoon's strongest spell with his body alone.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Grows far more formidable over the course of the series. Even Brago takes note during their final battle.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Yellowtail tuna.
  • Verbal Tic: 'Unu!' in the Japanese version. This was apparently a way of royalty speaking, started after finding out who his real family was.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Seriously, where the hell did that eagle come from? Where did it go? Are they still friends?

Kiyo/Kiyomaro Takamine

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Jason Spisak (EN), Adolfo Moreno (SP)

A brilliant but aloof 14-year-old Japanese middle school student. Meeting Zatch helped him to become a warmer and more compassionate person with willpower that rivaled his partner’s. His mind was the primary weapon against any enemies that crossed their paths.

  • Academic Athlete: Near the end of the series, he's athletic enough to break school records and is still the smartest around.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: With an IQ of 180, this is his own special skill and the deciding factor in almost every battle that they fight. Later on, when he gains the Answer Talker this is only amplified.
  • Back from the Dead: He is in fact dead for a short period, only has his heart restarted by an emotionally broken Zatch pounding on his chest, and even that isn't enough. It also takes a lot of Saifogeos and a long dip in restorative Faudo juice before he wakes up, and his allies take a lot of damage by then.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of the Faudo saga, when he finally comes back.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: At the beginning of the series, he chooses not to go to school, in part due to bullying and in part because he's so smart it's a triviality. He is a serious student when he goes back, though it is interpreted as lazy by one of his teachers.
  • Bystander Syndrome: At the start of the series, his biggest flaw was that he constantly talked himself out of doing the right thing when he saw someone in trouble. Zatch's influence breaks this entirely, and by the third chapter, he's got Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Butt-Monkey: On a lot of occasions.
  • Came Back Strong: When he came back from the dead, he unlocked the Answer Talker, a strange psychic ability that allows one to answer every question. This made him much more dangerous to deal with. Additionally, he gained a near-bottomless amount of Heart Energy and a whopping seven new spells.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: All of the physical strain that the demon fights put Kiyo through seriously beefs him up. By the end of the series, he's shattering his school's athletic records and pulling off feats of strength on par with Zatch.
  • Death Glare: On par with Zatch's. Possibly the true reason they make such good partners.
  • Demon Head: His angry face takes the form of a giant oni mask. Taken to epic levels in the final fight with Rodeaux.
  • Determinator: Matched only by Zatch in this department; even his own death isn't enough to stop him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Performed in the battle against Riou/Leo.
  • Informed Flaw: His Jerkass / Insufferable Genius tendencies early on tend to be quite informed since his classmates (other than Suzume) were equally rude to him. And according to his father, once middle school came around and kids realized how much smarter than them Kiyo was, they shunned him, making it a case of Kiyo lashing out on them in return.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's arrogant and short-tempered, but a good guy deep down.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: To just about everyone in his school. Once he comes out of his shell, he's surprisingly good at making friends.
  • Nightmare Face: Gains a disturbing demonic face with fangs and horns whenever he's really enraged. Even Zeno got terrified of him.
  • Oblivious to Love: Both Suzume and Megumi have feelings for him. Kiyo has no clue, one of the only areas where his intelligence fails him. He looks more receptive to Megumi, though.
  • Only Sane Man: Often when faced with the antics of the rest of the group.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Subverted, once he gains the Answer Talker power and has some downtime to ponder it, his first ideas are how he can help the rest of the world with it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Sometimes have to clarify to people that he and Megumi are just friends, despite both have a considerable shiptease, with Megumi actually in love for him and Kiyo sometimes embarrassed and even receptive to the idea.
  • Ship Tease: With Suzy, Megumi, and Shion. Suzy is his first friend, while Megumi is a Fire-Forged Friend who Kiyo saved and, of the book holders, is his closest friend. With Shion out of the equation, the things are shortened to Megumi and Suzy, but both anime and manga end with this subplot unsolved. The anime gives more hints about Megumi's feelings for Kiyo than the manga, while both anime and manga laid it down early (and in many other instances) Suzy's crush on him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starts out as an ill-tempered Jerkass to soon become a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. More obvious after character development. By the end of the series, he's a Nice Guy who only gets mean if angry or frustrated.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He doesn't look like a middle school student.

Tia/Tio

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Melissa Fahn (EN), Miriam Valencia (SP)

A female 6-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch's closest friends. Short-tempered and prone to strangle anyone who annoys her, but fiercely loyal and protective of her friends. She has few offensive spells, her abilities mainly focusing upon powerful shields to repel attacks and outlast her opponents, and she also possesses healing spells. She acts as Megumi's schedule-keeper.

  • Attack Reflector: Giga Ra Seushiru traps the enemy in a barrier that reflects their spells back at them. Though only
  • Barrier Warrior: Her spell theme. Her attack spells are either weak or situational, but she has the most powerful defensive spells of all of the demon children.
  • Berserk Button: When people look at her panties. It was enough to awaken her strongest attack spell, which is completely fueled by anger and hate.
  • Combat Medic: Both used and averted. She does have attack spells, but the first is incredibly weak, the second is an Attack Reflector that can be broken if the opponent's attack is too powerful for it to handle, and the third gets more powerful the more anger she pours into the spell. Not exactly hard to build up the power, but it's used up after one strike.
  • The Dreaded: She's notoriously known to be a bully in the demon world, and well deserving of her nickname.
  • Fiery Redhead: Her nickname in the demon world is "Tia the Strangler," for reasons that become obvious in her interactions with Zatch.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: And if you see them, you will regret it.
  • Healing Shiv: Saifogeo, a giant magical sword that heals whoever it stabs. Really.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a little girl who can tank the enemy's most powerful spells, and routinely throttles poor Zatch, although the last one is Played for Laughs. Also mentions in passing that Megumi trained her in aikido.
  • The Medic: Falls into this role once her Saifogeo spell is revealed.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: She uses this to power up her defensive abilities and gain access to her strongest spell.
  • The Power of Friendship & The Power of Love: Chajiru Seshirudon, a barrier powered by her desire to protect her friends. Notably, it and its upgrade are the only shield spells she has that no one manages to break, and they were used against two main antagonists.
  • The Power of Hate: Chajiru Saifodon, an attack spell powered by her rage and hatred.
  • Rescue Romance: She hated Zatch in the demon world, but when he saves her from Maruss, she falls for him almost instantly. Not that she'd ever admit it.
  • Shipper on Deck: She seems to ship Kiyo and Megumi, noticing with a smile when Megumi once blushed at being called Kiyo's girlfriend.
  • Ship Tease: Near the end of the series she finds herself oddly excited at the prospect of seeing Zatch the next day.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her growing attraction to Zatch, because he is a kind-hearted, compassionate, and caring individual.
  • Stone Wall: Her attack spells are much weaker than average with her basic Saisu spell being near useless against Mamodo. However, she makes up for this with multiple shield spells and the ability to heal damage.
  • Tsundere: Mostly with Zatch, who she has a crush on but also wants to strangle. With everyone else, she's pretty sweet all the time.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, where she had pink hair. The author Makoto Raiku, in the other hand, depicts her as red-haired in the color spreads and volume covers.

Megumi Oumi

Voiced by: Ai Maeda (JP), Kate Higgins (EN), Mar Bordallo (SP)

A 16-year-old Japanese student and pop idol with a kind heart. Her schedule keeps her extremely busy, but she established a close friendship with Kiyo through the events in the battle and enjoys time that she can spend with her friends.

  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Suzy's Betty because she's an idol singer Kiyo met during the tournament.
  • Cool Big Sis: Especially to Tia.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Narrowly averted in the Faudo arc; she nearly refuses to say Unko Tin-tin/Poosophagus's name as part of a gag test of wisdom.
  • Idol Singer: Her profession is singing to crowds, which is also how she was attacked the first time. They tried to sneak in from backstage.
  • Not So Above It All: Downplayed. Megumi, that's generally good and sweet, purposefully made fun of Suzy a few times in an episode (that exists in the manga too) for no other reason except they were "fighting" over Kiyo's attention.
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside Kiyo, though she's the sort to get amused while he gets angry.
  • Rescue Romance: It's pretty clear she fell for Kiyo the second he showed up to save her and Tia from Maruss. She returns the favor episodes later and even calls that "a date".
  • Ship Tease: With Kiyo. The anime had more frequent moments of hinting at Megumi's feelings toward Kiyo, sometimes even implying it's mutual. However, the manga did have one very prominent moment when Kiyo needed mouth-to-mouth and Megumi looking very gleeful at the chance to lock lips with him, with Tia even telling her its her opportunity.

Kanchomé

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP), Richard Steven Horvitz (EN, Episodes 11-49), Jeff Nimoy (EN), Isacha Mengíbar (SP)

A male 6-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch's closest friends; he would look like a normal child in pajamas were it not for the duckbill in place of his nose and mouth, with a tail bulge at his backside. Formerly weak and timid, he developed enough courage to stand alongside Zatch against powerful foes with the help of his transformative spells. Comic relief for much of the series but surprisingly resourceful.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Particularly invoked in his fights with Bago and Goomu. He's a softie most of the time, but give him a reason to fight, and he's absolutely relentless. Especially in the latter case, where he's drunk on the power of his strongest spell.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Kanchome's apparently useless power and ridiculous demeanor make him easy to underestimate. It's almost always a bad idea especially after his training with Dufort.
  • Big Brother Instinct: With Rusca, a little girl who he befriended while he got strayed in a rural village in Spain.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's a giant coward and a crybaby to boot, but he'll always swallow it when his friends need his help. Especially when his stronger spells give him more confidence.
  • Delicious Distraction: Candies, which actually led him to nothing but trouble.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Once he figures out how to use his powers correctly, they're useful, as he and Folgore figure out that Kanchome's power isn't shapeshifting and transforming, but illusions. Kanchome's illusions are vital to a number of victories, and once he develops stronger techniques, he's arguably the strongest demon in the series. His 3 final spells allow him to trick a foe into canceling their attacks (by making them think the spell failed), use their own attacks against them (albeit only that particular mamodo) and most powerful, his illusion world, where the pain is real (at least through mental truama.) During a training session, he managed to beat Zatch.
  • Magikarp Power: His spells are poorly suited for offensive purposes, and in the hands of two fools like Kanchome and Folgore, they're borderline useless. Through the power of hard work, training, and some direction from their friends, Kanchome becomes increasingly stronger through the tournament. By the time he's reached the King Festival he's possibly become even stronger than Clear, as he has access to an unblockable Your Mind Makes It Real Mind Rape attack.
  • Master of Illusion: The true nature of his powers is in deceiving what the opponent perceives. Particularly his final spell, which traps the target in a full illusionary world with no escape.
  • My Greatest Failure: Kanchomé often feels weak when fighting alongside his demon friends, especially during the Ancient Mamodo Arc when he and Kido were fighting Belgim EO. Kanchomé blames himself for Kido's book being burned by Belgim EO as a result of his weak powers and also for when Folgore almost died in the Faudo arc fighting against Keith.
  • Oddball Doppelgänger: He can transform into replicas of other characters, but they're far from perfect. One had a nose that would make Cyrano De Bergerac feel normal and another has a forehead as big as the torso. Luckily for him, the people he had to fool were idiots.
  • Self-Duplication: The fourth spell, "Dima Buruk," produces eight Kanchome clones, each with comparable speed and strength to a Rauzaruk-enhanced Zatch, depending on how much willpower Kanchomé pours into it.
  • Sensor Character: Gains the ability to sense other demons after the training with Dufaux.
  • Sweet Tooth: He apparently lives entirely on candy and desserts.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After several months of training with Dufort, he learns how to directly affect the opponent's mind, making his illusions unbeatable. He even beats Zatch in a practice match.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Compared to Zatch's electrical powers, Tia's shielding and healing abilities, and Ponygon's super-speed armor, transforming into something without any boost to stats seems a bit lame. But then we see how strong his illusions really are...
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His strongest spell began making him loony until Folgore snapped him out of it.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Initially, Kanchome and Folgore believe that Kanchome's power is shapeshifting, with Kanchome's first two spells either transforming him into imperfect doppelgangers or shrinking him into the size of a mouse. It's revealed later on, starting with his third spell, "Dika Poruk", that his powers are actually illusions, as "Dika Poruk" creates an illusionary version of a giant Kanchome with the real Kanchome hiding from behind.

Parco Folgore

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN), Pablo Sevilla (SP)

A 23-year-old Italian superstar. Goofy and something of a klutz and pervert, yet with a genuinely benevolent heart and iron will beneath the surface. He developed good terms with Kiyo and Zatch early on and became an ally from the Ancient Mamodo arc onward.

  • Agent Peacock: A flamboyant pop-singer with questionable taste in clothing and more endurance than a mamodo.
  • Animal Motif: Minor example, but he mentions being like a hippo rather than a lion as Kanchome said. Turns out there is a reason for this comparison; he viewed his fierce and aggressive past life as being like a lion. However, he terrorized most of the people and would end up even being kicked out of his home at gun point by his prents. He changed himself to the goofy pop star we all know when in a nearby town, he saw a documentary on hippos. He noted how despite their large appearance, birds were not afraid to be with them, showing his change to becoming an approachable and goofy person, yet still someone quite strong, stronger than even lions are. Truth in Television since hippos are indeed more dangerous than lions despite their goofy exterior.
  • Bowdlerize: 'Chichi wo moge/Groping Breasts/Pick the Boobies' becomes 'Hey Hey Let's Dance All Day'.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bordering with Iron Butt Monkey due to all his comic injuries.
  • Clothing Damage: Of the comic variety. Usually it's the back of his pants ripping, giving the audience a faceful of his bare naked ass.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Once we find out his origin story.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Surprisingly enough, yes. Was a feared juvenile delinquent who beat up anyone in his way. It led to being feared by his hometown and being kicked out by his own parents at gunpoint. His very goofy personality is shown to be a deliberate change from his fierce and serious self from when he was younger. He even compares his younger self as a lion and now as a hippo. He doesn't dwell on his past much, but brings it up with Kanchome begins falling prey to a similar mentality when he unlocks his true power. Apparently in the present day, not even his parents wanna talk to him.
  • Death Glare: When he gets serious, his eyes take on the same designs as Gash, Zeon, and Ashuron to show his incredible willpower. A remnant from his time as a delinquent.
  • Delinquents: Used to be a feared one in his hometown, so much so that he was kicked out of his home by his own parents.
  • Determinator: It's pretty much impossible to get him to stay down. He's Iron Man Fulgore!
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Added in the dub to hide his original bare ass via clothing damage.
  • Handsome Lech: A bit of a perverted yet very handsome fellow who enjoys his legions of fangirl.
  • Hidden Depths: Sure he's a notorious womanizer, but he always finds time to visit sick kids in the hospital for a special performance. He also showcases considerable strength of will for a preppy pop star and has a strong heart befitting a good partner to a Mamodo. Then there's his past, revealing his goofy side was deliberately developed to counteract his violent past as a delinquent, having to live with the fact that his parents are still scared to talk to him to this day. The regret he speaks regarding is palatable, him not wanting Kachome to fall down that same path.
  • Idol Singer: He's an Italian one at that. Although it's implied that he's more popular in Japan than his home country.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Come ON, his most popular song (in the original Japanese) is about boobs!
  • Made of Iron: He invariably takes more damage than Kanchome when the two are in battle. It never seems to slow him down for very long.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: A bit of a variation. To the world, he is a world-famous popstar and a friend to children. However, to his hometown, he was a feared juvenile deliquent that beat anyone in his way to where the whole town was scared of him and even his own parents forced him out of home at gunpoint. He himself mentions that to this day, they're still afraid to talk to him.
  • Sad Clown: On the surface, he is a well-meaning but mildly annoying pop star who brings in a good deal of laughs. Dig a bit deeper and you find he is a remorseful man who feels a great deal of pain over his past life as a delinquent and laments that to this day, his parents are too scared to talk to him.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: When Kanchome sings "Iron Man Folgore," Parco rises up to fight once more despite his injuries. This is subverted after Kiyo casts Zakeru several times, and he finds himself too numb to try and stand up again. The manga has him look fearful of Kanchome's singing and tries to crawl away.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Painfully so, despite being a pop star. His past as a terrifying delinquent still haunts the town to where his parents are too scared to talk to him.

Ponygon/Umagon (Schneider)

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN), Marisa Marco (SP)

A male 4-year-old Mamodo in the shape of a child-sized horse and one of Zatch's closest friends. Incapable of speech due to his youth, he was stuck with a debilitating nickname. Zatch befriended him before the battle, and though Schneider had reservations about participating in the battle, his loyalty to Zatch made him more actively seek his partner, and he stood alongside his friends from the moment he could make a difference. His spells focus around speed and armor with one of his prominent spells allowing him to control fire.

  • Adaptive Armor: His ultimate armor spell in the manga can shapeshift.
  • Boring, but Practical: His true forte is speed. Sure it's not as flashy as throwing lightning bolts, but he can dodge almost anything and hit pretty hard thanks to it.
  • Cowardly Lion: He initially didn't want to find his partner due to a fear of battle. He gets over it when his friends need him to step up.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He hated Zatch when they first met until Zatch helped him save his father's life. He also hated Kiyo when he arrived in the human world since Kiyo was already Zatch's partner, and so Umagon had no reason to befriend him until he found his partner, Kafka Sunbeam, and they started fighting alongside Zatch and Kiyo.
  • Good Is Not Nice: It's perhaps indicative of the seriousness of the situation, but during the fight to stop Faudo, Ponygon attempts to defeat the stronger Rodeaux by broiling his partner alive.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Literally almost runs himself to death bringing Zatch to the final battle with Clear Note. Sunbeam has Megumi burn his book before he actually dies.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: At first he has a hard time controlling his flames, often burning Sunbeam on accident.
  • Instant Armor: The effect of every spell he learns.
  • Meaningful Name: Invoked by Kiyo, who disliked him at the time, by giving him the name Umagon. Roughly, it means "horse monster". In English, he names him Ponygon because "he's a pony and he wants him gone."
  • Never My Fault: When he first meets Kiyo he doesn't even attempt to get along with him, since he knows Kiyo can't be his partner since he is already Zatch's partner. When Kiyo eventually hits his Rage Breaking Point after Ponygon bites his hand when he tries to be nice to him, he kicks him out of his house and Ponygon runs off crying, acting as if he didn't deserve to be yelled at.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He keeps trying to tell everyone his name is Schneider, but nobody understands him, not even his partner who can interpret literally anything else that he says. Once they are back to the demon world, he has grown fond of the Umagon/Ponygon name, even though everyone already knows his real name.
  • Playing with Fire: While the third spell is activated and his armor specialty.
  • Sensor Character: Gains the ability to sense other demons after the training with Dufaux.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His book owner was late to the party, but once he showed up...
    • Does it again in the Clear Note Arc, showing up with long hair and a startlingly muscular physique.
  • The Unintelligible: To everyone but Sunbeam and fellow horse Karudio, though Sunbeam still can't understand his name and Karudio never tells anyone because he's sort of a dick like that.

Kafka Sunbeam

Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (JP), Henry Dittman (EN), José Escobosa (SP)

A quirky but intelligent 32-year-old German technician capable of seeing into others’ hearts. Though he met Schneider late into the battle, they established a bond quickly and were almost flawless together. Comically, though he can understand anything else Schneider says due to their bond, he's unable to understand his real name.

  • Adults Are Useless: Awesomely defied since he's one of the older contenders in the fight, and holds himself to the ideal of being a "cool adult" (i.e. an adult who is reliable and trustworthy). In his first battle alone, he rescued Kiyomaro and Gash from quicksand, threw sand in an opposing demon's eyes, and even unlocked his second spell.
  • Catch Phrase: "GROOVY!" and "ROCK 'N ROLL!"
  • Continuity Nod: In a breather chapter, everyone is trying to learn to ice skate, but all fail spectacularly. Sunbeam is especially livid, banging and cursing the ice (as it wasn't that much later from his fight against Sauza and Karudio).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair is grown out and worn long for the Clear Note fight, the result of his training in Africa.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Animals love him, and he can understand their thoughts. Indeed, part of his and Ponygon's training was in Africa. The epilogue shows him living on an African animal sanctuary while helping to start automobile factories in Africa.
  • Germanic Efficiency: A mild example. Sunbeam is a German engineer, specializing in automobiles. The epilogue shows him helping out by starting automobile factories in Africa.
  • Gratuitous English: Very fond of random English words in the Japanese version, most notably "Groovy!"
  • Ship Tease: With nun and fellow book holder Elle Chivas. The epilogue shows she's living with him in Africa.

Brago

Voiced by: Kazunari Kojima (JP), Wally Wingert (EN), Marisa Marco (SP)

A male 14-year-old humanoid Mamodo clad in Goth attire who served as a de facto rival to Zatch, and one of the four prodigies. He received special training in the demon world that made him elite among demon children, allowing him to deflect weaker spells with his bare hands. A ruthless warrior formerly condescending toward humans, he matured into a strict but ultimately kind individual through the battle. His power over Gravity can bring any opponent to their knees.

  • Always Someone Better: No matter how strong Kiyo and Zatch get, they're always looking at Brago's back, and they know it. Fortunately, Brago is content to let them try to close the gap before they fight for real.
  • Big Eater: Most mamodo are. But he is seen eating a whole crocodile. Raw. And he finishes the whole thing before Sherry is even halfway through her own meal.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Brago is visually terrifying, no doubt, but he's far from evil.
  • The Dreaded: He's pretty feared among the mamodo as a scary guy. They're right. He is also one of the Four Prodigies, four mamodo children so mighty that only adults could fight them. The others are the two dragon siblings and Zeon.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even after he mellows out, he's aggressive, ruthless, and aloof. Part of it is an act, but mostly that's just the way he is.
  • Gravity Is Purple: Most of his spells are either black, purple, or both.
  • Gravity Master: All of his spells are based on gravity.
  • Hero of Another Story: He and Sherry are already veterans of the Mamodo War when they first encounter Zatch and Kiyo and it's clear that they've had more than their share of adventures of which we only see snippets of. Their paths generally cross with Zatch and Kiyo on occasions but it isn't until the final arc that they choose to work together with them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his initial debut, he comes off as generally rude and doesn't think highly of humans until he undergoes some Character Development. By the end of the series, the "jerk" part has faded. He desires to become a strict, but kind king. When Zatch grows stronger, he acknowledges it without a hint of anger. He also acts as though Sherry's weakness frustrates him, but he cares for her far more than he lets on. He actually does manage to be openly affectionate towards her as his book is burning.
  • Mundane Utility: His Reisu spell, basically a ball of physical gravity, is used more than once to push people to a safe spot.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The demon of the black book is an intimidating description.
  • One-Man Army: He basically solos the bulk of Zofis's thousand-year-old demon army, and the only reason he has any trouble at all is the need to separate the brainwashed masters from the crowd before he can use his stronger spells.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: The battle with Clear Note is clearly the climax of the story, with the fate of both worlds being at stake. However, both Zatch and Brago remain standing at it's end, leaving the final question of who the Mamodo King will be. However, Kiyo asks for a postponement of their final match, so the two of them will have time to say goodbye, as win or lose Zatch will have to return home after the battle. So they meet again 3 months later after Kiyo's graduation for a battle between friendly rivals rather than bitter enemies. Said fight lasts only one chapter before Zatch comes out as winner.
  • The Rival: Towards Zatch, eventually. For most of the contest, Zatch and Kiyo view Brago as the one they have to surpass to win. By the time they finally fight again, Brago has come to see Zatch as a Worthy Opponent rather than a runt.
  • Sensor Character: He has a sixth sense that has helped him find other demons, and it only gets stronger after his training under Dufaux's instruction.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Generally rude and doesn't think highly of humans. He even threatened the life of Sherry's butler once. To remind, Brago is no more than 15. Subverted after plenty of Character Development.
  • The Stoic: Generally doesn't react much to anything.
  • Super Strength: Is monstrously strong even for a Mamodo to the point of being fully capable of defeating weaker Mamodo without using spells at all. The anime even shows Brago overpowering a Rauzaruk enhanced Zatch with ease.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He had this opinion of teaming up with a human from the beginning, and it took until the Ancient Mamodo arc for him to fully accept Sherry.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In a flashback, it's revealed that Brago used to be much more violent and aggressive than he is now and firmly believed that Virtue Is Weakness and that The Power of Hate was the only way to awaken the spellbook's true power. When he first met Sherry, he had no problem hitting her when she acts in a way that he perceived as weak and even threatened to kill her butler if she wouldn't listen to his demands.
  • Training from Hell: He went through some unspecified "Elite Training". Whatever it was, it was enough to make him one of the favorites to win the battle.
  • Villain Respect: After Zatch takes massive levels in badass Brago comments on it without a hint of anger.
  • The Worf Effect: Is one of the strongest contenders of the Mamodo War and has dominated almost every battle he's participated in. Consequently, him getting utterly thrashed by Clear Note shows just how dangerous Clear is.

Sherry Belmont

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Saffron Henderson (Eps 1-85) and later Karen Strassman (Eps 86-98), Pilar Martín (SP)

An 18-year-old French heiress raised in wealth and luxury by a demanding mother. Her only friend was Koko, and when the demon Zofis stole Koko away, she submitted herself to Brago’s training and the battle itself solely to get her back, developing fighting skills that allowed her to hold her own against demons. After Zofis’s defeat, she swore to make Brago king for sealing Koko’s happiness.

  • Abusive Parents: Sherry's mother, at least. She was immensely overbearing and forced a load of work and practices upon a very young Sherry. Her father's whereabouts are unknown. Her mother was so abrasive and disapproving that Sherry once attempted to kill herself.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike other bookkeepers, who usually just stand back and casts spells, she joins the fray as much as Brago, usually fighting the opposing bookkeeper.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She starts off about as tough as you'd expect a genteel 18-year-old girl to be. After training herself to keep up with Brago, she's tough enough to floor some Mamodo.
  • Childhood Friends: Koko was her first friend as a kid and saved her life. Enough for it being her sole motivation in the Mamodo fight (at least until Character Development.)
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She warms up considerably to Kiyo and the rest of the group.
  • Hero of Another Story: She and Brago are already veterans of the Mamodo War when they first encounter Zatch and Kiyo and it's clear that they've had more than their share of adventures of which we only see snippets of. In particular, Sherry's quest to save Koko is her primary motivation to win the war and what parts of their adventure we do see tend to be devoted to seeing her reaffirming that. Their paths generally cross with Zatch and Kiyo on occasions but it isn't until the final arc that they choose to work together with them.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She struggles to wake Brainwashed and Crazy Koko, who insists that she turned evil out of her own free will.
  • Interrupted Suicide: As a little girl, she couldn't take her mother's abuse and attempted to drown herself, but Koko saved her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Spares Zatch and Kiyo the first time because she ultimately feels that they share a similar motivation (trying to save their friend) and by tearing friends apart, she'd be no better than Zofis.
  • Lady of War: In the middle of the series, she's body-slamming mamodo like it's nothing and all while wearing a frilly pink dress.
  • Ojou Ringlets: As a sign of her rich-heiress status, her hair styled into ringlets even during battle.
  • Rich Bitch: Sort of; she's not a snob, but she is kind of bitchy though her pretty cruel upbringing more than justifies that, especially since it led to a suicide attempt as a child.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Zofis. She very candidly threatens Dr. Riddles not to so much as touch Zofis before she has a shot at him.
  • Shout-Out: May be one to Castlevania, due to her last name of Belmont and the whip she wields later in the seris.
  • Sixth Ranger: Among the main characters, she acts like this compared to the core 4 above.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: When she first met Brago, when it became clear that he only saw her as a tool to win the war with and tried kill her butler to get his way she responds by coldly threatening to slit her own throat if he wouldn't comply with her orders, pointing out that he couldn't use his spells without her and making it clear that she was the one calling the shots here. It's implied that this event had such an impact on Brago that it was the beginning of his Character Development from a violent and selfish brute to a stern but noble warrior.
  • The Unfettered: There are two things that matter to her: Saving Koko and making Brago king. Everything else is secondary, if that.
  • Whip It Good: She has a cane for all purposes which doubles as a whip.

    Supporting Characters 

Apollo

A 26-year-old American man and heir to a financial company. He met the Mamodo Rops while spending his time wandering the world, experiencing as much freedom as he could before he became a corporate executive. He has the ability to sense an opponent’s actions and emotions and won most of his battles easily, though never burning any books; he had little interest in the demon battle, to Rops’s ire, until they met Zatch and Kiyo and fought to a draw.

Apollo served as a close ally to Kiyomaro after losing Rops to Zeon and Dufort, his resources proving invaluable against the Ancient Demons, Faudo, and Clear Note.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Has an unspecified ability to predict incoming attacks.
  • Badass Normal: He has high reflexes that enable him to dodge things most humans can't, such as shards of stone from an explosion and even Mamodo spells.
  • Shipper on Deck: Refers to Megumi as Kiyo's girlfriend.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He's the head of a financial group and is the one to provide the heroes with private planes and such for their battles.
  • Walking the Earth: He was a wanderer before he met Rops. After his book is burned, however, he returns to his family's business.
  • The Worf Effect: Fights Kiyo and Zatch to a standstill and is later defeated by Zeno with contemptuous ease to show the latter's power. Dufort also proves this to Apollo's own Awesomeness by Analysis ability by nonchalantly strolling through one of Rops's spells, showing how much stronger his Answer Talker ability is.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Kiyo to be this before they fight, which is why he wanted to.

Wonrei

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN), David Hernán (SP)

A male 15-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch's close friends. He seeks to be strong for the sole purpose of protecting those whom he cares for. Alone among the known demons in the battle, he fell in love with his partner, Li-en, who returned his feelings. He learned kung fu from Lee Yen, making him a powerful fighter even without his spells, but the two grew together perfectly to make him even more dangerous.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His spells come in the form of powerful punches and kicks. And that's even before Li-en teaches him martial arts.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Li-en taught him Chinese kung fu, which he can use alongside his spells to devastating effect.
  • Determinator: He will not give up.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the Faudo arc, to save Li-en from Riou's curse. He changes back the moment it is lifted.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Li-en. This is part of the reason her father disapproves.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Unko Tintin kicks the absolute crap out of him.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Li-en. At first, her father does everything in his power to keep them apart, but yields when Wonrei is willing to defy him at gunpoint without flinching. Even when that's finished, however, both of them know that it won't last, given that Wonrei has to return to the demon world eventually.
  • Unconscious Objector: At the end of their fight, Unko Tintin isn't sure if Wonrei is still conscious or not.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Holds off Unko Tintin.

Li-en

Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa (JP), Gwendoline Yeo (EN), Amparo Valencia (SP)

A kind 16-year-old martial artist woman native to Hong Kong. Daughter of a mafia leader, she was unable to meet a lover who didn’t fear her father too much until she met Wonrei. She befriended Zatch and Kiyo when her father tried to separate Wonrei from her and she requested their help and was a close ally of theirs from then on.

  • Anime Chinese Girl: She is from China, and so she wears a fighting outfit that resembles a mandarin gown, practices martial arts and has hair up in buns.
  • Faux Action Girl: Wonrei normally does the fighting, after all, and the one time she gets to blows with an antagonist she's quickly taken down, despite supposedly being skilled in martial arts herself. To her credit, she does do well against Mooks but most other enemies are just stronger than a human could be.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Wonrei, who looks human but is not.
  • Mafia Princess: Her father is an unspecified high-roller in the Hong Kong underworld. She's rather unhappy with the ordeal since it means she has little friends and any potential boyfriends would not want to be with her out of fear of her dad.
  • Odango Hair: She wears her hair in puns as part of being an Anime Chinese Girl.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: As she points out, even if Wonrei wins, they'll be separated. She is able to accept this because he'll always be in her heart.

Momon

Voiced by: Naozumi Takahashi (JP)

A male humanoid Mamodo with a monkey’s face and pink rabbit ears not unlike a hood, and one of Zatch's friends. Perverted and timid, he developed courage and strength upon spending time with Zatch and his friends. He has the rare ability to sense the presence of demons and their spells anywhere in the world; through this, he avoided encountering any other demons until a chance encounter with Kiyomaro in Japan. His spells focus around trickery.

  • Badass Pacifist: His spells are mostly gimicky, totally non-combative, and very formidable when used properly. This combined with his Mamodo sensing skills means that he was able to utterly beatdown The Dragon of the Faudo Arc through evasion, exhaustive tactics and deflection.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In the Faudo Arc's final battle, he beats Rodeaux, Zeno's incredibly deadly Dragon, to a pulp through despite having zero offensive skills. By combining his Mamodo-sensing skills along with his spells that allow him to move quickly, slow down foes and even deflect attacks, he's able to run the much stronger Mamodo ragged. He's in control for the entire fight, and only loses because Rodeaux takes a cheap shot at Elle.
  • Character Development: Become less perverted and more courageous as the story marches on.
  • Cowardly Lion: He spends the whole Faudo Arc shivering and hiding. But when the chips are down, he takes on the Arc's Co-Dragons effortlessly.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Lacks any truly combat-based spells? Check. Having strange spells involving jumping on air, stretching his arms or distort attacks? Check. Using this and Mamodo sensing skills to utterly manhandle The Dragon powered up throughout the whole fight? Check.
  • Hyper-Awareness: His demon sensing skills are so sharp he can dodge attacks without looking at them, often with a minuscule margin of error. As noted above, when combined with his spells that let him do things like jump on air, he's virtually untouchable.
  • Mundane Utility: The first time Elle has to read the book, he uses each spell to get a look at Tia's panties.
  • Panty Thief: Although he's not above bras and swimsuits either.
  • Pinocchio Nose: His lips get longer whenever he lies.
  • Sensor Character: He is able to sense other demons which helped him avoid other demons before meeting Zatch and Kiyomaru. It's because of Momon that Zatch and Kiyo's group were able to find Faudo before his resurrection.

Elle Chivass

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP)

A somewhat timid nun who wished to spread a word of peace about the demon battle and disliked the thought of hurting anyone. Despite the disparity in their personalities, she and Momon had a close bond, and his desire to make her smile was what allowed him to find his courage and strength.

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivers one to Momon when she finally gets tired of his cowardly ways.
  • Catch Phrase: Constantly says "Oyoyoyoyoyo" whenever she's nervous. Also, how many times have you heard her say "Momon that's bad!"?
  • Hidden Depths: She's VERY good at singing, especially Beethoven's Ode to Joy in fluent German.
  • Nun Too Holy: Played a bit, if her budding romance with Kafka is any indication.
  • Parental Substitute: Tries to be one for Momon anyway, yet despite his perverted nature and never listening to her, Elle still cares for him and tries her best to protect him when his antics get him into trouble. She is a nun after all.
  • Ship Tease: With Kafka Sunbeam. She does end up living with him in Africa after all.
  • Technical Pacifist: She abhors violence, as expected of a nun. Yet she is still a reliable compatriot in the Mamodo fight. Appropriately, her partner never learns a single offensive spell, yet does quite well without them and she is proud that he never had to attack anyone and of his commitment to better himself.

Kido

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN), Chelo Molina (SP)

A male 8-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch's friends. Much smaller than normal children, resembling a ventriloquist doll, but backed up by powerful spells. He idolized his partner, the wise, clever, and mischievous Dr. Riddles, and wanted nothing more than to be as cool as him. Somewhat naïve, he always fell for Dr. Riddles’ jokes when he was kidding around.

  • Berserk Button: Hurting the Professor makes him explode with rage.
  • Easily Impressed: He's constantly amazed by Dr. Riddles's tall tales, no matter how unrealistic they are.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: One of his primary means of attack.
  • Mini Mook: His Koburuku spell summons a bunch of mini Kidos... from his mouth.
  • More Dakka: The other primary means of attack.
  • Super Gullible: No matter how many times he falls for it, he still gets blown away by his book owner's obviously exaggerated stories only to get devastated when the Dr. Riddles reveals he was just kidding.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Kido really kicks his combat prowess up a notch when the Professor is badly injured by Belgim E.O.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: His Zegaruga and Gigano Zegar spells, being giant laser cannons.

Doctor/Professor Riddles

Voiced by: Rokuro Naya (JP), Quinton Flynn (EN), Juan Perucho (SP)

A 67-year-old retired American surgeon and a great magician and trickster. He fell into a death-like depression when he failed a surgery on his own grandson. Kido revitalized him, and he came to develop a limited version of the Answer Talker ability. He was responsible for amassing forces to combat the Ancient Demons.

After losing Kido to the Belgim E.O., he continued to monitor demon threats and assist Gash and Kiyomaro wherever it was possible.

  • Big Good: He's the one who gathers the book users and demons to fight Zofis and the one that calls the shots.
  • Catch Phrase: "Kidding!" or in Japanese, "It's a lie!"
  • Cool Old Guy: That he can keep up with all of the craziness going on around him is astonishing. His age does catch up with him every once and a while, though.
  • The Gadfly: Many times, when Kido explains something Dr. Riddles had explained earlier, Dr. Riddles will just exclaim his Catch Phrase.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Kido finds him, the doctor is sitting in a mansion, surrounded by shelves of books and doing nothing with his knowledge. Then we find out why: he failed to save his grandson during his surgery.
  • Insufferable Genius: "I'm Professor Riddles, the one who knows ALL!" Everyone is annoyed, even—no, especially Teen Genius Kiyo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an incorrigible troll, and delights in insulting Kiyo even as he's gathering heroic demons to face the Big Bad. Kiyo is left wanting to both strangle him and thank him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's implied here and there that he may have the Answer Talker ability, especially since a couple of close-ups show he has the telltale eye circles, but nothing has been confirmed. Would explain how he knows a lot though.
  • My Greatest Failure: The reason he was sitting around doing nothing? He used to be a surgeon. Then he failed to save a child, and the guilt drove him into seclusion. In the original, the child's also his grandson.
  • Team Dad: For the team, he somewhat subverts this.
  • Trickster Mentor: Incorrigible troll though he is, he's still very smart and heavily implied to be at least a little bit psychic. He did help Kiyomaro understand the nature of the spellbook and teach him a new spell in the process when they sparred. And when he sparred with Tia and Megumi, they learned two new spells.
  • Troll: He's always winding Kiyo up.

Vincent Bari & Gustav

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Vincent Bari, JP), Unshou Ishizuka (Gustav, JP), Wally Wingert (Vincent Bari, En), Crispin Freeman (Gustav, EN), Jorge Saudinós (SP, Vincent Bari), Miguel Ángel Garzón (SP, Gustav)

A male adolescent Mamodo resembling a cross between a human and a beetle, more towards the former. He valued nothing more than strength and sought to fight strong opponents to relieve his constant anger; though he overpowered Zatch in the battle, the young king’s ferocious willpower made Bari unable to deal the finishing blow. He later found tranquility and learned the true meaning of strength by defeating the dragon prodigy Elzador. Neither a friend nor an enemy to Gash, defined as someone strong enough even to strike the king.

His partner is a wise Russian man who acts as a strict father to Bari. He helps Bari with his fights, giving little regard to collateral, but scolds him for doing things without reason.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Gustav, to Bari: "What kind of king do you want to be?"
  • Badass Mustache: Gustav.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Very casually to his own spell after it hit Rashirudo. And after being hit by it a few times, he simply punches Zakeruga out.
  • Blood Knight: A mild deconstruction. Prior to his fight with Zatch, fighting was the one thing Bari liked, but without a purpose beyond that, he was growing more and more dissatisfied with his life. He began to gain purpose after fighting Zatch.
  • Cool Old Guy: Gustav is this, trying to temper his partner into a better path.
  • Covered in Scars: After his battle with Elzador, Bari is littered with scars all over. He even lost one of his horns.
  • Death Glare: His 'strong eyes' that drive Keith up the wall
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Keith considers his fight with Elzador to be this. Bari chides Keith for not having the guts to think it was possible.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: When he first meets Zatch, he's extremely frustrated because none of his fights satisfy him and he has no idea what he wants to do once he's won. Fighting Zatch actually gives him the drive he needs to find meaning in his life, and he decides not to burn Zatch's book out of gratitude.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Bari is by far one of the most powerful characters in the series; among other things, he deals Zatch his first unambiguous defeat, defeats a dragon Mamodo who is explicitly stated to be one of the favorites to win the entire competition, beats Keith senseless despite the latter undergoing three One-Winged Angel transformations, and is, in fact, the single character in the entire series to never lose a fight. It's even insinuated very strongly that he is capable of defeating Zeno, Rodeaux, and Jedun singlehandedly, so of course, right before the heroes confront the trio, Bari acts selflessly for the first time in the series by sacrificing himself to get the party through one of Faudo's deathtraps, completing his Character Development and paving the way for Zatch to take on Zeno himself.
  • Determinator: Proves himself to be one when facing an enemy far stronger than even himself.
  • Face of a Thug: Even his neutral expression is intimidating. Hell, even his smiles are usually terrifying.
  • Flight: When firing his spells from behind.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: To Zatch.
  • The Gift: As noted above, Bari is of no spectacular origin, nor did he receive any training from anyone prior to the start of the battle for king. He is a naturally powerful demon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Takes Zatch's place in a death-trap because he respects the little guy too much to let him take the fall.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The first and one of the few mamodos to outright defeat Kiyo and Zatch, even taking their strongest spell while only suffering cosmetic damage. The only reason he doesn't burn their book is that their fight showed Bari a purpose for his life beyond mindless battles and he decides to have a rematch with them later. Likewise, their first real defeat subsequently leaves both Kiyo and Zatch in a slump for some time after.
  • Made of Iron: Bari was the first one to actually take Zatch's Bao Zakeruga spell and not get knocked out.
  • Manly Tears: During his Heroic Sacrifice
  • Slasher Smile: Pretty much the only kind he is capable of.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Gustav.
  • Spectacular Spinning: His spells have a twister theme.
  • Stealth Mentor: Gustav pretty much manipulated the entirety of the fight between Bari and Gash to teach Bari that he needs to be motivated.
  • Super Reflexes: Dodged Zakeruga from point-blank range.
  • Super Strength: To such a degree that one strike from his hand does more damage than a spell from one of the stronger enemies in the Fudou arc.
  • Tears of Fear: When facing Elzador's overwhelming strength. But Bari overcame his fear to emerge victorious .
  • The Unfought: He never got his rematch with Gash, instead pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save Gash and others trying to stop Fudou.
  • This Is a Drill: Generally, his spells revolve around twisters, but a couple of his spells concentrate them into drills on his arms.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yes, even further.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his Character Development, Bari became much more kind to others.
  • Training from Hell: What do you do when you want to get stronger? Well, if you're Bari you go challenge a freaking dragon, that's what you do. He fought Ashuron's younger brother one-on-one and won.
  • The Worf Barrage: The first Mamodo to shrug off a direct hit from Baou Zakeruga. It provokes an understandable Oh, Crap! moment from Kiyo since, up until now Baou Zakeruga has proven able to one-shot any Mamodo they've come across and also drained Kiyo of all his heart energy, leaving them unable to cast any more spells.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Zatch and Kiyo.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Delivered to Bari by Gustav at the end of his battle with Zatch, pointing out that for all of Bari's natural power, all he does with it is going around picking fights with any mamodos that he comes across rather than seeking a higher goal. It ultimately convinces Bari to spare Zatch and decide on a new goal of becoming the strongest king that has ever lived. He ultimately doesn't become king but Gustav at the end notes that Bari had become a strong mamodo capable of striking even a king.

Kolulu & Lori/Shiori

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Kolulu, JP), Kate Higgins (Kolulu, EN), Felicidad Barrio (Kolulu, SP) Yuka Imai (Lori, JP), Philece Sampler (Lori, EN) Karla Falcón (Lori, SP)

A female 6-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch's close friends. Kolulu is pacifistic and did not want to fight, and her potential for battle subsequently manifested in the form of a bloodthirsty alter ego that she assumed whenever a spell was cast. Her fervent wishes for peace were what inspired Gash to become a kind king.

Her partner is a 16-year-old Japanese student who befriended Kolulu when she met her alone. Her parents worked long hours, leaving her alone most of the time. She loved Kolulu like a sister and doted on her.

  • Bad Powers, Good People: Played mostly straight. Her powers are mainly on powerful offensive capabilities. The end implies she has moves that allow her to protect people; her strongest spell allows people to survive in space.
  • The Berserker: The effect of her master Shiori's spells.
  • The Gwen Stacy: To Zatch. Her situation is almost Zatch's entire motivation for wanting to be King.
  • Parental Neglect: The source of Lori's grief. Her parents are so busy with their work that they barely communicate with her save for mere notes written on a whiteboard. For that reason, Lori gives her best to take care of Kolulu. After Kolulu's book is burned, however, her situation with her parents seemed to have improved as of her reappearance in episode 24.
  • She's Got Legs: During the last part of episode 8, Lori wears a pair of blue shorts that accentuate her prominent thighs when kneeling down.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Kolulu was saddled with one to make sure that she was willing to fight. It's as messed up as you think it is and then some.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasts a single episode/chapter.

Danny

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN), Juan Antonio Sainz de la Maza (SP)

A male 15-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch's friends. Formerly brash and immature, yet good at heart, he grew mature during the battle. He relies on his natural superhuman strength to fight, enforced by the power of his only spell to instantly heal any injuries and fatigue he accumulates.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Fights with his fists, literally.
  • Berserk Button: His human partner calls him Danny Boy, which drives him up the wall.
  • Healing Factor: It's his one ability and is one of the most powerful healing spells in the series, second only to Tio's Shin Saifogeo.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Danny makes virtually no effort to defend himself against automatic fire, knowing full well that his spell will do away with the damage immediately.
  • Stone Wall: His only spell in the series is a healing one, which means he is forced to fight entirely hand-to-hand. On the other hand, said spell heals him completely in a single iteration and thus makes him virtually impossible to bring down by conventional means.

Rein

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP)

A male Mamodo whose standard form is a massive blue beast resembling a cross between a wolf and a bear. Formerly cruel with a bad reputation in his home village for rampaging, he changed his mindset after befriending Zatch when the latter saved his life and showed unflinching strength in the face of his threats, and now holds a very gentle side. He sought to help his partner Kyle overcome his timidity.

  • Badass Normal: Effectively, since Kyle was too scared to cast spells Rein had to beat any challengers barehanded.
  • Gentle Giant: He looks pretty terrifying, but he's just as kind and gentle as Zatch.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In his backstory. He was originally a violent, rampaging demon who was feared and hated. Once, he severely injured himself, and despite his threats, Zatch brought him back from the brink of death. Afterward, Rein reformed.
  • Made of Iron: Having to fight without spells, Rein has no real defense against other demon's spells besides enduring them.
  • Shapeshifting: Can also take human appearance.

Ted and Jed

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (JP), Michael P. Greco (EN)

A male 10-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch’s friends. Sharp-dressed and cool, he tends to be laid-back if the situation isn’t dire, but also has a short temper and great pride in his strength. However, his first priority is his friends; he can endure anything for their sakes, especially his crush and only family, Cherish. His spells focus on augmenting his physical capabilities, each spell building on the last, like gears in an automobile.

His partner is Jed, a fun middle-aged man who travels the world on his motorcycle. Laid-back and wise with experience in brawling; Ted was never able to land a single punch against him.

  • Big Sister Worship: Towards Cherish.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Ted refuses to help out against Zofis's army, saying it's not his problem.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears as a silhouette during an extra chapter depicting Professor Riddles's attempt to get help against Zofis's army.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His weapon of choice. Unlike many other demons, Ted has no true attack spells. Instead, he gets his gears.
  • No Sympathy: Jed informs Ted that if he can't find food or a place to stay, he's on his own. Then again, Ted makes an offhand mention of a tab he has running from Jed, suggesting Jed doesn't just let him go hungry either.
  • Reality Ensues: The standard procedure when he and Jed arrive in a town is they split up to find food and lodgings with each paying their own way, working if they can't afford it. Ted is a small child and so can't find people willing to give him a job.
  • Super Mode: Ted's gears. They can only be used in sequence, one at a time, and each raises his speed and strength to formidable heights.
  • Taking the Bullet: In a roundabout way. He pointedly refuses to counter Gyaron's final spell (and so takes it head on) so he could save his own final spell to shatter the crystallized lightning used to torture Cherish.
  • Walking the Earth: Jed because he's a wanderer, Ted because he's looking for Cherish.

Earth & Elly

Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (Earth, JP), Konami Yoshida (Elly, JP)

A male 17-year-old vaguely humanoid Mamodo knight, and one of Zatch’s close friends and acquaintances. He wears armor, a sun-shaped helmet, and a large mantle, and also carries a powerful sword that saps the stamina from its victims with each strike. As a descendant from a line of peacekeepers, he dedicates himself to the greater good regardless of personal sacrifice.

His partner Elly, a 7-year-old Finnish girl diagnosed with a terminal illness, she initially declined to be Earth’s partner out of nihilism. She saw purpose in her life after saving Earth from Gani Fest, and stood alongside him from then on. At Earth’s request, their relationship became like that of master and servant with her as the master.

  • Antagonist Abilities: He has the ability to drain people's energy through his sword and somehow this skill seems less effective when he's fighting alongside the heroes than it was being used against them.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Elly would rather die from Riou's curse than allow Faudo to be awakened, since Faudo will destroy the world and kill her anyway.
  • BFS: His spells all make use of his sword. Some get quite large.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Almost. Upon realizing that Clear may well be the one who will become the king, Earth bursts into tears and begins screaming about how he doesn't want to die.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: The Jerudo Ma Sorudo spell is a powerful Iai attack that can be held back and released instantly when the enemy gets within range.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: His appearance is a spot-on match and Earth comes from a clan that upholds the demon world's laws. While in the human world, he makes a point of investigating what he believes to be threats to either world, such as Baou and Faudo.
  • Knight Templar: Eventually mellowing.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Elly is a sickly girl who still tries to fight.
  • Spotting the Thread: Earth claims to be going for a walk, but Elly notices he's bringing the book with him and concludes an enemy is nearby.
  • Storm of Blades: In the manga, the Varusere Ozu Māru Sorudon spell.
  • Worf Effect: He gets beaten by Goomu to showcase how dangerous he is and by extension how dangerous the much stronger Clear is.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Elly was having a particularly bad attack of her disease at the time and they were out of medicine.

Riya & Alishie

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Riya, JP), Tomokazu Seki (Aleshie, JP)

A male Mamodo resembling a young human in a yellow full-body teddy bear suit with a large T-shaped horn on his head. Kindhearted, his desire is to protect those he cares for. His willpower enables him to withstand powerful attacks and keep getting back up. His spells morph his body in various ways.

His partner a young African man with an indomitable heart and spirit. He worked himself tirelessly to fight and provide for his family and village. He was one of the four victims that Riou cursed and forced into helping break Faudo’s seal; Alishie fought through the curse and was instrumental in helping Zatch and his allies disable the threat Faudo posed.

  • Badass Normal: Aleshie can fight a demon in hand-to-hand combat with reasonable success.
  • Death Seeker: Aleshie, though only briefly, so that his power could not be used to unseal Faudo.
  • Determinator: Aleshie can keep fighting through a curse that ought to be keeping him at death's door. He says he's had worse.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Riya's Teletubby-esque appearance qualifies.

Karudio & Sauza

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Karudio, JP), Kumiko Watanabe (Sauza, JP)

A male Mamodo child resembling a dark-skinned bicorn with a long blue mane. Older and apparently more mature than Schneider, yet still incapable of speech, he is a proud fighter whose respect is not given freely. His spells also revolve around speed and armor, but he also particular skill with his ice magic.

His partner is a stubborn, belligerent, and short-tempered Mongolian boy with a protective instinct for girls younger than him, stemming from having a younger sister. He tamed Karudio with an effort and spent many months working to perfect their teamwork.

  • An Ice Person: Karudio has ice powers, in contrast to Ponygon's fire.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sauza sees his little sister in Elly; they are unable to team up properly until he stops trying to protect her.
  • Harmless Freezing: Surprisingly, a subversion. Karudio's final spell produces such sheer cold that it's even dangerous for himself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uses a spell that will freeze even himself to death to stop Faudo's heart demon. Sauza burns the book before he can expire.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Earth and Elly, at first.

Ashuron & Riin Vise

A male dragon Mamodo and one of the four prodigies, he resembles an adult in his growth. A proud but kind demon who dreamed of harmony among all the different kinds of demons, he was one of the last demons standing in the battle and befriended Zatch after testing his strength. One of the first demons to face Clear Note, he dedicated himself to stopping the evil demon’s plans.

  • Giant Flyer: Of the dragon variety.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Almost stabs Clear Note in two using his horn and his ultimate spell.
  • Madeof Iron: His legendary red dragon scales are virtually indestructible and one of the few things capable of tanking Clear Note's attacks, though Clear's stronger spells are capable of piercing them.
  • Playing with Fire: The fire breath you'd expect from a giant dragon.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Specifically, huge (even when children), intelligent, can become human, and love sake.
  • Secret Test of Character: His battle with Zatch was merely a test to see if he has ill intentions for becoming king. Naturally, he passed.
  • Shapeshifting: Like Rein before him, he can take human form, though it's still pretty freaky.
  • Super Speed: His ultimate spell, Shin Feiuruku, enables supersonic flight speed in a straight line.
  • Too Fast to Stop: When using his ultimate spell, he has a bit of difficulty when it comes to maneuvering.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Built up as the Big Good of the final arc. Sent back about a quarter of the way into it.

Cherish & Nicole

Voiced by: Ai Nagano (Cherish, JP), Sayaka Aida (Nicole, JP)

A female humanoid Mamodo adolescent, Ted's crush and motivation for standing up for the weak, and one of the Faudo Cultists. In the demon world, she served as a surrogate mother for demon children in poverty, shining like a jewel among the garbage heap; appropriately, her spells generate Crystals. Though she lacks experience in real fights, her willpower is all but indomitable.

Her partner is a park ranger and expert sniper at a nature conservation who disguised herself as male to travel with Cherish. She was one of the four victims that Riou cursed and forced into helping break Faudo’s seal.

  • Broken Pedestal: Albeit subverted.
  • Cool Big Sis: How Ted and the other kids from the demon world regard her.
  • Fear of Thunder: Really bad case of it, from Zeon torturing her with his lightning.
  • Gemstone Assault: The Kofaru spell family.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's tough enough to rank pretty high in the Faudo cult's hierarchy. She even gives Zeno pause for a while.
  • Magic Mirror: Two of these were apparently summoned by the Gurādo Ma Kofaru spell in the manga. Cherish uses them for exit portals for the projectiles of the aforementioned spell. Basically allows her to fire from three different locations without moving.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Ted actually believed that Nicole was a boy when he met her the first time, due to the clothes she was using. A deliberate ruse on Nicole's part since two women traveling together could be dangerous.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: The Gurādo Ma Kofaru spell in the manga. It fires diamond bullets.

Suzy/Suzume Mizuno

Voiced by: Tomoko Akiya (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN)

Kiyo's friend from school, she's ditzy and cheerful and has a huge crush on him. One of the first friend Kiyo has.

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    Major Villains 

Zofis

Voiced by: Toshiko Fujita (JP), Susan Silo (EN), Valle Acebrón (SP)

A male 14-year-old Mamodo with an androgynous and doll-like appearance, and the first major villain that Zatch faced. He possesses the natural ability to manipulate others’ hearts, and began the battle by turning his partner Koko from selfless and kind to as malicious and ruthless as he. He revived the Ancient Mamodos and brought them under his control in an attempt to become king. Though an imperial sort who would prefer leaving the fighting to others, his ability to fly, genius intellect, and Explosion-based spells make him no pushover if he must dirty his own hands.

  • Arc Villain: Of the Ancient Mamodo arc.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Sherry and Brago. Sherry absolutely despises Zofis for manipulating Koko and refuses to allow anyone else to take him out. And, despite his attempt to kill Sherry when they first met, Zofis actively avoids a confrontation with them, because Brago absolutely terrifies him.
  • Bad Boss: All of his minions, and even Koko, are just tools for him to become king.
  • Big Eater: Like all Mamodo, but in Zofis' case, he prefers huge feasts fit for a king, which mirrors his personality and ambitions. Also, unlike other Mamodo such as Zatch or Brago, Zofis doesn't scarf down his meals like an animal. Quite the opposite, as shown in ep.69.
  • Bishōnen
    • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His face, his colored fingernails, his outfit, and even his voice (to an extent) make his gender somewhat ambiguous to viewers. But all the characters can tell he's male.
  • Combat Pragmatist: At one point he announces his arrival by blasting another demon's book before they even knew he was there.
  • Dirty Coward: Hides behind his army of Thousand-Year-Old mamodo. When Brago finally confronts him, he spends most of the battle running away, and when he's finally taken down, he's a teary mess.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Unlike most Mamodo, Zofis has powers that go far beyond his book spells.
  • Expy: His look, voice, personality, and even his attacks are very reminiscent of Freeza.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Subverted. Zofis, despite his strong perceptive abilities, somehow completely missed that Brago had intercepted the spell Zofis had shot at Sherry when they first met. Brago flat-out refuses to believe this and comes to the conclusion the Zofis had indeed noticed him and fled out of fear. Zofis' Tears of Fear are all the confirmation he needs.
  • Faux Affably Evil: And he can just barely manage that.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: There are hints that he felt inferior back in the mamodo world, but as the Big Bad, he styles himself like the king he intends to be.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The series takes a notably darker turn during his arc, and he's one of the first villains to have absolutely nothing funny about him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Literally; he has the power to manipulate the hearts and mind of humans and Mamodos alike. Even when he has to use mundane methods like against Sherry, he displays a thorough understanding of how to mentally break people.
  • Smug Snake: He actually is incredibly powerful and can do things such as fly, teleport, and mentally dominate others without the use of his book. But when faced with someone he knows is his equal or superior, he isn't as smug.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: His powers are centered around explosions.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: His ultimate goal is to become king of the Mamodo world and rule with an iron fist. He fails
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts losing his composure when Brago and Sherry enter the conflict. Them singlehandedly defeating his army, Brago's spell actually hitting him, and Sherry becoming immune to his manipulations all push him farther into breaking down. By the time Brago threatens to hunt him down in the demon world, he's reduced to a sobbing wreck.

Koko

Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (JP), Lara Jill Miller (EN), Elena Palacios (SP)

An 18-year-old French woman who grew up in poverty. Kind and outgoing, she intended to seize her future with her own hands by attending a university. Shortly after she was accepted, Zofis came into her life and, after she refused to help him, brainwashed her into a cold and malicious individual. It's revealed later revealed she's being manipulated by Zofis, who has taken over her body as a puppet and is pretending that she's still sentient.

  • Affably Evil: Rarely loses her cute, smiling demeanor even when she's being evil.
  • Break the Cutie: Her backstory. Zofis is able to use this to his advantage.
  • Broken Pedestal: It seems this way at first, when Koko, under Zofis' control, tries to break Sherry's spirit by revealing that she actually hates Sherry and is a truly evil person all on her own. Subverted in that, in the end, this really is all a trick of Zofis's, and Koko really is the good friend Sherry remembered her being.
  • Childhood Friends: With Sherry.
  • Cuddle Bug: A villainous example: Koko sure likes to hug Zofis from behind. But the fact that she's brainwashed the whole time makes it all look very creepy and squicky.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Zofis removes all memories of her actions while evil. He refuses to do so until Brago tells him that if he doesn't, he will personally make Zofis's life in the demon world a living hell.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Under Zofis' influence, her eyes are blank and inexpressive, a sign that she really is brainwashed and not simply acting on her repressed desires like Zofis claims.
  • More Than Mind Control: Zofis attempts to convince Sherry it's this. It almost works. Zofis also attempts to invoke this: unlike other people whose minds Zofis simply controlled, Zofis created an entirely different personality out of the dark feelings in Koko's heart so that she would be his bookkeeper. Zofis restores her heart to normal after he gets beaten.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite her being Sherry's initial reason for fighting, she totally disappears after Zofis is sent back. Justified, in that she goes off to college and Sherry wouldn't want to remind her of the battle anyway.

Leo/Riou

Voiced by: Keiko Yamamoto (JP)

A male Mamodo adolescent resembling a cross between a lion and a centaur, and the second major villain that Zatch faced. Ruthless in his determination to become king, Riou sought to use Faudo to overcome all other demons. His magic shapes his energy into beasts.

  • Animal Motif: Lions. His spells also have a beast theme.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Faudo Arc.
  • Arch-Enemy: Comes to view Kiyo as his main enemy out of everyone opposing him.
  • Cast From Hit Points: His curse hurts him just as much as it hurts the victims.
  • Clown Car: You know that mouth on his chest? His partner's in there.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His final spell turns him into a giant berserk beast. He's still no match for Zeno.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Having been beaten by Zeno, Leo gloats to him that his goal to take over Faudo is a futile one, as he's armed a failsafe device that will send Faudo back to the Mamodo World. Zeno simply smirks and says he'll just wreck the device then, visibly horrifying Leo - he'd intended to use Faudo to win the tournament, not destroy the world, which leaving him in the human realm would inevitably do. Not that he's in any position to argue, as Zeno immediately sends him back.
  • Funny Afro: Has one that resembles a lion's mane. Zeon grabs onto it to be taken into the control room with Riou.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Kiyo, temporarily.
  • Hijacked by Ganon Mid-way through the Faudo Arc, Zeno takes over and sends Riou back to the mamodo world
  • Unstoppable Rage: Aforementioned final spell.
  • Weapon of Choice: His staff.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: We find out in flashback that everything he did was due to the pressure of representing his family in the tournament, and he was seriously conflicted about some of the things he did.
  • Worf Effect: Defeats Zatch and Kiyo, then is beaten by Zeno to show how dangerous the latter is.

Zeno/Zeon Bell

Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Debi Derryberry (EN), Sara Vivas (SP)

A male 6-year-old humanoid Mamodo and a warped doppelganger of Gash's, even having lightning spells of his own, he was responsible for stealing Zatch's memories. He is later revealed to be one of the four prodigies with the moniker 'Thunder Emperor'.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the manga, Zeon does start out rather dickish but as the battle goes on we start to see he does have a noble side and that his actions were purely driven by jealously which he eventually overcomes once he sees Zatch's past. In the anime, no such development exists, he's evil through and through and has nothing but contempt for Zatch to the bitter end, even when he's beaten. This was because the author had broken his hand as he was in the midst of the story arc and the anime rapidly caught up before he could do the battle between Zatch and Zeno. So the animation staff just had to go with anything and just ran with what they had.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Zatch
  • Big Bad: For the last half of the Faudo arc, and for most of the series seeing as he's the one who removed Zatch's memories.
  • Blood Knight: Zeno is very ruthless and it was something he inherited from his father. This reason is exactly why King Bell gave Bao to Zatch. Bao consumed so much darkness, the spell became dangerous and Zeno, possessing his father's wrath, would've been consumed by it. Contrast this to Zatch, who not only manage to resist it, but purify Bao.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Zatch's Abel, though they get better.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His spell selection is similar to Gash's, meaning his feats of extreme strength and speed come from pure physical training.
  • Elemental Weapon: Unique to Zeno is the spell Sorudo Zakeruga, a giant blade made of lightning.
  • Evil Twin: Of Zatch, natch. Literally.
  • Exotic Eye Designs
  • Flash Step: Spams this, often to get behind opponents.
  • Freudian Excuse: His grudge against Zatch? He believed that, since Zatch got the incredible power of Bao, and he himself had to go through Training from Hell, that his parents favored Zatch. His Heel Realization hits when he realizes Zatch's bad past yet never wavered from his kind self while also learning Zatch was given Bao to protect Zeno from it.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Part of what drives him. He feels driven to surpass Zatch's Bao Zakeruga with his own power, born from his Training from Hell. If he can do so, he'll prove to himself that the suffering of said training was actually worth something. He actually is stronger than Zatch during their fight, but he loses because Zatch matches his and Dufort's suffering and the power coming from it with the care from his friends, empowering Bao.
  • The Heavy: His actions kickstart the plot, and he's the driving force behind the second major arc of the series.
  • Heel–Face Turn: His last act in the human world.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He sees fragments of Zatch's memories, revealing bits of Zatch's past along with the horrific might of Bao. He seemingly shrugs it off though he eventually realizes he was in the wrong. Furthermore, he confessed that if he did win, he would've destroyed Zatch's book to prevent Bao from consuming him.
  • Kick the Dog: Beating Rops was all part of the competition, but he rubs it in by having Dufort Zeker the already burning book, destroying it instantly so Rops doesn't have the chance to give his bookkeeper a farewell.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Starts undergoing one when he catches a glimpse of Zatch's memories and seeing the corrupted form of Bao. Finally hits it when defeated and sees Zatch's unpleasant past. Sums it up as such: "Forgive me, Zatch. Your brother has been a fool."
  • Out of Focus: He's introduced in one scene and then later we find out he burned Rops' book...and then we don't hear from him again 'til the second arc.
  • Pet the Dog: Seeing Rodeaux being willing to risk his life to attack him, Zeon tanks the hit rather than dodge it.
  • The Power of Hate: His suffering along with the hate from Dufort resulted in his ultimate spell. He and Dufort were released from it when Bao ate the spell.
  • Shock and Awe: Just like Zatch, although he's far more competent with it.
  • Slasher Smile: Very fond of these.
  • Smug Super: Fond of using only the bare minimum of force to counter his enemies' spells. This still comes off as him showing off though, since he's beating them with spells that ought to be much weaker than theirs.
  • Tyke Bomb: Trained from when he was three to be a candidate for king.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Of Baou Zakeruga. Not until he sees Zatch and Kiyo nearly devoured by its power, he doesn't.

Dufort/Dufaux

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

Zeno's partner, a mysterious, quiet young man of unknown ethnicity. His stoic demeanor hides incredible intellect and intense hatred.

  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Given his Answer Talker power, asking him how he knows something causes him to respond with derision.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His Answer Talker ability; anything he can observe, he can answer any question about as fast as blinking.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: He considers the lives of human beings to have no more importance than the lives of flies. Since no one cares if a fly dies, he figures it doesn't matter if people die. He admits that most people would probably disagree with his assessment.
  • Came Back Strong: Implied. He states that the Answer Talker comes from dying then coming back to life.
  • Freudian Excuse: Dufort was raised in a lab environment from childhood, treated cruelly and anyone kind to him was removed. After years of torment and testing, he was given one final battery of tests that opened the path to his release, all while taunted by the scientist who had ruled his life. Turns out that A) His Answer Talker was being used for military application, B) He was being released into the Arctic to die rather than being freed, and, oh, C) His mother sold him for ten thousand dollars. Teaming up with Zeno doesn't seem so far-fetched, considering...
  • Nerves of Steel: He jumps off a pillar at least three stories tall without flinching, confident Zeno will catch him.
  • Not Good with People: He's very bad at even carrying on a conversation. Justified, seeing as the only human interaction he's had was through a computer screen.
  • Not So Different: To Kiyo Takamine; drives the point home in the Anime when he mind scans the former commenting about his years of jealousy-fueled neglect received both from his peers and his teachers in life, comparing it to his own harsh lab rat days in the asylum he'd been incarcerated in.
  • Psychic Powers: In the Anime; Dufort had vast psychic powers for which he was poked and prodded within an undisclosed facility for most of his life.
  • The Mentor: During the Clear Note arc, he helps the remaining Main Characters bring out their greatest potential via his use of the Answer Talker.
  • The Power of Hate: His Answer Talker ability was honed through pure hatred. It's implied his immense amount of heart power comes from this hatred as well.
  • Skewed Priorities. He cure a child's fatal disease because the boy's family's wailing was keeping him from getting any sleep.
  • The Stoic: He's rarely seen with so much as a twitch.
    • Not So Stoic: Was angered so much when Apollo asked how much hatred he was hiding to the point where he attempted to finish him and Rops off with Zeno's ultimate spell, until Zeno convinced him otherwise. He is also moved to tears when he sees Zatch taking in his suffering to free him from it.
  • Straw Nihilist: Given his past, it's no surprise. Character Development frees him from this.
  • Walking the Earth: After Zeno's gone, he decides to wander.

Clear Note & Vino

Clear Note is a male humanoid Mamodo adolescent, and the final major villain that Zatch faced. Ruthlessly powerful, he aspired to use the power he would claim as king to kill every demon in existence. He boasts the ability of Annihilation, which allows him to completely nullify all spells and creates pockets of Negative Space Wedgie where he chooses. He is accompanied by Vino, a baby with unthinkable amounts of heart power.

  • Anti-Magic: The Supurifo spell family.
  • BFG: The Zarefedōra spell creates a gigantic artillery cannon which doubles as a projectile.
  • Big Bad: Of the last arc.
  • Bishōnen Line: Played straight with first, then averted with his One-Winged Angel form.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At the final battle, everyone acknowledges that Vino appears to be under Clear's control. Whether he was always like that is unclear, but it's worth noting that he goes back to being a regular baby once Clear is defeated.
    • Brago also notes that Clear himself may be subject to this, his personality slowly being warped and destroyed by his own spell, the Shin Kuria.
  • Creepy Child: All Mamodo are children, but Clear Note looks the most human of them all.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Clear gets not a single mention prior to the arc where he's front and center, and promptly shows up to wreak havoc, establishing himself as the strongest demon in the series yet and the final antagonist, with the ultimate goal of erasing all demons from existence - himself included. None of the other demons seem to know anything about him, and no mention is made of his past or reason for being outside of that he is "the power to destroy". Little is said about Vino either, the talking human infant that is his bookmaster.
  • Dem Bones: The Bādorerugo spell conjures a giant, white, winged doll, which looks like a dragon skeleton.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He claims his existence and intentions to be the natural result of Mamodo evolution.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He's an extremist nihilist whose goals are the destruction of the human and Mamodo worlds and then suicide. He's also never so much as mentioned prior to his arc.
  • Invincible Villain: His first appearance; he hands Brago his first and only non-friendly defeat, destroys the full-power Baou Zakeruga, and nobody but Ashuron is able to lay so much as a finger on him (Brago pitched in at one critical moment, but only because Vino was out of energy). Interestingly enough, the fights with his various powered-up forms are much more even thanks to the heroes also getting much stronger.
  • Killing Intent: His murderous intent manifests as a malevolent, demonic aura. It is so potent, he was able to scare both Brago and Sherry.
  • Light Is Not Good: Pure white, and pure evil.
  • No-Sell: The Supurifo spell family, as mentioned above. Unlike other defensive spells, they don't stop attacks as much as they directly cancel their effects or make them disappear.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Clear Note" can refer to his spellbook being a clear note(book), reflecting his complete lack of humanity and empathy, as well as the clarity of his intent, which is free of emotional attachment. "Clear" can also refer to "nuclear" as in nuclear weapons, which he compares himself to. His most powerful spell appropriately has his name in it, being called Shin Kuria(Clear) Seunousu.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: To its logical extreme.
  • One-Winged Angel: Ends up with two such forms, each giving him an ungodly amount of power.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He compares himself to a nuke.
  • Physical God: His final form ends up this way.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: We never find out anything about Vino, the baby who wields Clear Note's spellbook.
  • Power of the Void: The Radisu spell family.
  • Pure Is Not Good: It's implied that the reason he's so powerful is that his bookkeeper is a baby and can thus supply completely "pure" heart energy.
  • Recursive Ammo: Bādorerugo can shoot its hands which separate into smaller parts. Every tiny part contains the Annihilation effect of the Radisu spell family.
  • Reincarnation: Baou's ability to erase evil appears to mean this for him. When Clear got ripped apart by Baou, it stripped him of his old memories and personality, and even his appearance, bringing him back as a ditzy young child named White.
  • Sensor Character: His ability to sense other demons is unsurpassed as his range goes up to 5000 km.
  • So Last Season: Does this to his predecessors as Big Bad by virtue of his methods: he kills his opponents. As nasty as they were, even Zeno and Zofis were simply content to send them back, but not Clear.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His current looks, goal and power level comes from him being controlled by his own spell, Shin Clear Seunousu.
  • The Worf Effect: Delivers Brago the only one of these he ever gets. Brago, after training, returns the favor to his first One-Winged Angel form.

    Supporting/Minor Villains 

Reycom and Hosokawa

A male 8-year-old humanoid Mamodo and the first (second in the anime) enemy that Zatch faced in the battle. His cool, quiet, and laid-back to the point of fault demeanor hides a malicious core that thrives on abuse and wickedness to become stronger. His partner is a middle-aged man who went mad with power when he discovered Reycom's abilities, using him to do whatever he wanted while treating him as no more than a tool. He never learned, nor did Reycom tell him, of the demon battle and what he was.

  • Adaptation Deviation: In the manga, Hosokawa learns about Zatch when he and Kiyo foil some bank robbers. In the anime adaptation, he is the bank robber.
  • An Ice Person: Reycom's basic spell, Gikor, shoots massive icicles out of his mouth. His second spell, Freezudo, freezes things in ice.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Zatch and Kiyo's early relationship with each other. Kiyo tends to think of Zatch as an annoyance, but still tries to look out for him. Hosokawa thinks Reycom's the best thing that ever happened to him, but still treats him like dirt. And while Zatch is working to make Kiyo a better person, Reycom encourages Hosokawa's descent into villainy to make himself more powerful. On a related note, Reycom's book is blue to Zatch's red.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Hosokawa has no idea what Mamodo are, or of the contest to become king. He didn't even know there were other kids like Reycom until he reads about Zatch in the newspaper — or when he and Kiyo thwart his bank robbery in the anime — and then tries to take Zatch and his spellbook, not knowing only the chosen partner can use it. This despite the fact that he's been working with Reycom for a while now, who ought to know all this. Apparently, Reycom just never bothered to tell him anything.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They only appear for a few chapters in the manga, around two episodes in the anime, and are never seen again after Reycom's book is burned (except for a cameo from Reycom in one of the last chapters). However, their actions establish a great deal of the mamodo fight and how it works. Kiyo and Zatch had no idea there were more kids like Zatch until confronted by Hosokawa and Reycom in the manga, and it's through fighting them that they learn spellbooks only work for one person, and the mamodo disappears when their book is burned. The fight also marks the first use of the second spell, Rashield, and when Zatch realizes that the magic is coming from him, as before he thought it was Kiyo's tricks and strategies.
  • Starter Villain: They only know two spells, freely admit they're only using each other, don't work together at all and are unrelated to any future characters or story arcs. Heck, they're the only team that attacks Zatch for reasons other than to burn his book and become king. But they are the first team Zatch and Kiyo defeat on their path to make Zatch king — even if, at this point, they don't know it yet.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Hosokawa was a poor delivery man who hated his job before meeting Reycom, and used the demon to better himself and take revenge on people he didn't like. Despite that, he sees Reycom as nothing but a tool. When Kiyo furiously points out that Hosokawa is wearing a nice suit while Reycom's clothes have been reduced to rags, Hosokawa just laughs.

Hyde/Haido & Eido/Eita Kubozuka

Voiced by: Megumi Urawa (Hyde, JP), Hiroshi Kamiya (Eido, JP)

A male 8-year-old humanoid Mamodo child. Not evil, but ambitious to claim the throne of king and with few regards for the consequences of his actions. He appeared in the anime as the first antagonist that Zatch faced, clashing a couple of times but neither winning or losing.

His partner is a laid-back playboy who was content to skateboard the day away. He yearned for power to stand up for himself, but was lacking in courage even after he met Hyde. As other demons faced them, however, he slowly built up the strength to stand alongside his partner. The ending of their story is unknown.

  • Blow You Away: Hyde's spells are wind-based. Jikir is a strong gust of wind, and Jikirga is a concentrated wind blast.
  • Canon Immigrant: Started off as anime-only filler characters with barely two appearances, but apparently were memorable enough that the author ended up including Hyde as one of the Mamodo who helps Zatch in the Final Battle, thereby confirming that he and presumably Eido were part of the battle to become king.
  • Cool Board: Eido likes riding his skateboard while using Hyde's wind spells to fly, though Hyde says it just makes him look like a poser.
  • Filler Villain: What they started off as, and probably a big reason why they were never seen again shortly after their second appearance. Makoto Raiku would later stealthily include Hyde in the manga, albeit only as a cameo in the last few chapters.
  • Friendless Background: Eido.
  • Minor Major Character: They are the first villains in the anime and one of the few teams which Zatch and Kiyo could not defeat, and also get an interesting bit of Character Development in their second and last episode, all of which appeared to set them as important Foils to the protagonists in the future. However, after a mere cameo in one of Megumi's concerts, they never appear again in the series.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They disappear after their second anime-only appearance. As they aren't present at the King Festival, it's clear that they were defeated and their book burned at some point, but how or by who remains unknown. Later, Hyde appears at the end of the manga, assisting Zatch with his final attack on Clear Note and later at school in the Mamodo world.

Papipurio & Lupa

Voiced by: Michiru Yamazaki (Papipurio, JP), Chihiro Sakurai (Lupa, JP), Sam Riegel (Papipurio, EN), Dorothy Elias Fahn (Lupa, EN)

A male 8-year-old humanoid Mamodo dressed like a prince. A comparatively weak demon who survived by laying low and repeatedly partnering with other demons. Cowardly and something of a spoiled brat, but with a good heart beneath it all. His chemical spells are more disruptive than destructive, but not to be underestimated.

His partner is a loopy-looking middle-aged woman. Papipurio met her at the grave of her late son, who died of a heart condition, and Lupa came to see him as her son as well. She spoiled him rotten but also protected him as much as she could, yet at times was as cowardly as he.

Penny/Patie & Uri/Ururu

Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Patie, JP), Kosuke Toriumi (Ururu, JP), Stephanie Sheh (Penny, EN), Stephen Apostolina (Uri, EN), Ana María Marí (SP, Penny), Alejandro García (SP, Uri)

A female 7-year-old humanoid Mamodo and one of Zatch’s friends. She has an obsessive one-sided crush on Zatch, and misplaced anger led her to serve Zofis in the battle. Very vain, but not without conscience. Her spells are Water-based.

Her partner is a poor man whom Penny found trying to find food for his family. He reluctantly went along with the demon’s thievery sprees to help provide for them, and stood by her even as she allied herself under Zofis. Their bond only truly connected when he found his courage and Penny found her conscience.

  • Berserk Button: Anytime Zatch doesn't recall her or rejects her feelings is all she needs to go off the deep end.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Oh sure, she's extremely cute and sweet at first, but beneath that face, she's extremely selfish, vain, and ultimately just unpleasant. Also, if you make her mad... Thank goodness for her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Big Eater: All the Demons are this, but Penny loves sweets in particular.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Zatch. When she cuts off her hair in the Millennial Demon Arc, she looks almost exactly like him. Many of their spells mirror each other as well, most notably "So Giaku" and "Baou Zakeruga."
  • Evil Is Petty: She joins in with Zofis simply because Zatch doesn't remember her in the Demon World despite the fact he lost his memory, believing that he forgot about her. Kiyo tried to explain this to her, but due to some bad communication from Zatch, it just makes Penny think she's being taken advantage of.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: It has an image of Zatch's face.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Ancient Mamodo Arc. After Zatch demands to know if Penny is aware of how awful she's treated the other Ancient Mamodos and their brainwashed human partners, along with all the other terrible things she's done, Penny tries to redeem herself by helping defeat Demolt and destroy the Moonlight Stone with Byonko and Alvin. It's also the first time Ururu actively helps her instead of just following orders, as she's doing something noble for once.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Catches Demolt's attention so he would attack her instead of Ururu. Zatch and Ponygon keep her from dying, although her book is still burned.
  • Important Haircut: Cuts it off to use in distracting Demolt, cementing her Heel–Face Turn. The grand finale shows she keeps the shorter hairstyle.
  • Little Miss Badass: In their first battle, Penny was actually kicking Zatch's butt for a good portion of the fight.
  • Making a Splash: All her spells revolve around the power of Water, which she can use to absorb Gash's Lightning powers and send it right back at him, proving her powers to easily counter his. Of course, after her Heel–Face Turn, she and Gash's powers combine to fight against Demolt in order to help destroy the Moonlight Stone.
  • Nightmare Face: A pretty nasty one once something or someone sets her off.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: So Giaku, the dragon of water and Shin So Giaku.
  • Pet the Dog: Though she was totally selfish and committed illegal acts in order to do so, her helping provide for Ururu's family was pretty nice of her.
  • Spoiled Brat: Whenever her parents aren't spoiling her (as showing by having her own private beach with her own fish, which her parents most likely gave her), she ends up spoiling herself. She becomes nice after her Heel–Face Turn, with her parents pulling some strings with the local school so she can be in the same class as Zatch in the final chapter.
  • Stalker with a Crush: No matter what how much she sugarcoats to make it seem like they were together, it was pretty obvious in flashbacks that was Penny following Zatch around and, beside her giving him that fish being their only interaction, he had no next to no idea she existed until the present day. Whether he had amnesia or not, asking Zatch to remember her would have probably been pointless.
  • Sweet Tooth: See Big Eater.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Though in Ururu's case, he just doesn't really bother to put his foot down with Penny because he knows there's no point.
  • Tsundere: Towards Byonko.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Zatch can tell you, if you set her off, RUN!!!! Not that running does much good anyway.
  • Water Is Womanly: A young girl who likes pretty things, has obsessive romantic feelings for Zatch, and wears a blue dress. She uses water spells, one of which forms a huge dragon made of water.
  • Woman Scorned: At least that's how she sees it in regards to Gash.
  • Yandere: She comes off as sweet and nice at first, if vain. But once she learns Zatch doesn't remember her? Hoo boy. Finally stops being one with her Heel–Face Turn, though.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Oh no, you wouldn't.

Byonko & Alvin

Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (Byonko, JP), Masaaki Tsukada (Alvin, JP), Brian Beacock (Byonko, EN), David Lodge (Alvin, EN), Javier Balas (SP, Byonko), Fernando Hernández (SP)

A male 6-year-old Mamodo resembling a frog, he was a loyal servant to Zofis. Childish, naïve, and annoyingly persistent, he wants nothing more than friends to play with.

His partner is a grumpy, retired old man who initially saw the frog as an ‘uncool’ hindrance but after watching some of his efforts grew fond of him and decided to make him into a ‘cool’ guy. He had an unfortunate habit of not wearing his dentures, leaving him unable to read the spells.

  • Adorkable: That clock Byonko wears? Alvin promised to give him a cookie at three o'clock so Byonko made a fake clock set at that time. It was stupid and cute enough to convince Alvin to participate in the battle to become king.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Double-subverted. He tries to come from out of nowhere to save Patty from Zatch's Baou Zakeruga, but forgot that Alvin wasn't there to actually cast any of his spells and he gets blasted alongside her. Still, there being two targets instead of one diffuses Baou's power enough that they both survive. Played straight after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Cool Old Guy: Alvin.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Byonko is pretty much a joke. He only ever shows up to get his ass kicked and Alvin doesn't read the spells to help him. But once he does, the first thing Byonko does is knock Demolt on his ass.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Alvin pretends to forget his dentures so he won't have to support Zofis.
  • The Unintelligible: Alvin, but he was doing it on purpose as he was well aware of Zofis' evil intentions.

Rodeaux & Chita

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Rodeaux, JP), Shizuka Ito (Chita, JP)

A male humanoid Mamodo adolescent and one of the Usurpers among the Faudo Cultists. A proud and strong demon who desired nothing more than being the strongest, he has a well-hidden heart of gold beneath the surface. His will is indomitable, and he gives allegiance to nobody but is not above allying with others. His bat-like wings are the medium and focus for his powers.

Chita, a young woman who lost her right eye to an accident, causing her to become depressed and shut-in. She remains stoic and composed for the most part, reading situations and rationing her Heart Energy appropriately.

  • Anti-Villain: Rodeaux was an antagonist towards Zatch and his group but he formed a bond with his partner that any other heroic demon character had, although subtle.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Lets his book be burned rather than be torn apart by the Faudo cells inside him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Kiyo woke up, he stood no chance against Zatch's new powers. After a barrage of attacks from Kiyo, he lies on the floor while they turn their attention to Zeno.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: As his own body is destroyed from within, Rodeaux continues his attacks on Zeno not letting his increasing wounds slow him down. This situation also serves as a Rousing Speech for his partner Cheeta who became emotionless from losing an eye.
  • Emotionless Girl: Chita after losing her eye in an accident she grew to be emotionless and distant from others. Until Rodeaux tells her to stand up for her true feelings before he vanishes.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiled as he was sent back to the demon world on his terms fighting for what he wanted and not as a pawn.
  • Last Villain Stand: He takes a final opportunity to attack Zeno while Dufaux's heart power is being restored, despite his own body being destroyed from within by Faudo's cells.
  • Made of Iron: Rodeaux is shown to be very resistant to spells at many points, as he survived when he was attacked by Kiyo's constant Zaker attacks after he was defeated in Faudo's brain room.
  • Pet the Dog: The speech that Rodeaux gives to Chita before his book is burned, telling her to find her own willpower.
  • Razor Wings: Rodeaux's spells consist of making his wings into attacks. His most powerful spells create large black blades from his wings to attack.
  • The Starscream: His intent to usurp Faudo's power, but naturally nothing comes of it due to Leo and Zeon severely outclassing him.
  • Villainous Valour: His last stand against Zeno has his body being ripped apart by Faudo's cells, but he continues his assault fighting for himself.
  • Winged Humanoid: Rodeaux.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Rodeaux's last words to Cheeta, despite trying to make it sound like a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. He tells Chita that he's hated her for being so depressed and letting one injury change her life, and leaves her with encouragement.
    "Live strong. Believe in yourself... Your wounds mean nothing... Laugh more, stand up straight... fall in love..."

Zaruchim

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (JP)

A male Mamodo child and the only demon among the Faudo cultists that was loyal to Riou. He has several eyes, which grant him magically enhanced sight, and is clad in dark clothing that covers everything below his eyes. Cool, calculating, and vindictive to those who wrong him, yet despite his enhanced sight, he experienced tunnel vision when it came to his goals. His power over shadows makes him a formidable foe.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: As his book burns, he laments that he wasn't friends with Leo and that after all their hard work, the grand vision they once had was stolen from them with ease by Zeno. His last act is to apologize to his partner for being a handful.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite what he says, he's really only in it to help Leo.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Fango. An omake panel reveals he was absolutely seething despite his apparent composure.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: He rejects Faudo's power, seeing accepting it as a betrayal to Leo, and his fight with Aleshie is so close he probably would have won with it.
  • Enigmatic Minion: His motives remain a mystery, even to himself.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: He has eyes on all sides of his head and on his palms. They emit the light he needs for his shadows.
  • Human Shield: He uses Fango as a shield to survive Aleshie's ultimate attack.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied. In defeat, he laments his loss to him and Fango lacking teamwork and even asks himself why he felt misery at seeing Leo be defeated.
  • Living Shadow: His power includes shadow manipulation and creating things made of shadow.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Fango are all but attacking each other despite being on the same side.
  • Tragic Villain: After Leo is defeated, all he had left was a pointless grudge against Alishie. Alishie recognized how empty he was and pitied him.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Fango clips him with one of his spells, badly burning Zaruchim's arm.
  • Worthy Opponent: His treatment of Riya and Aleshie, especially Aleshie, is an odd case. The gist of it is that he considers them to be worthy opponents but can't bring himself to admit it, and therefore wants to crush and humiliate them to prove he's the better fighter.
  • Villainous BSoD: Aleshie sent him into one when they first met. After looking into his eyes Zaruchim was left frozen and trembling. Avenging that humiliation is a major motivator for him.
  • Villainous Friendship: Leo's defeat pretty much kills his drive. He later laments that he wasn't even friends with Leo, but it's unclear if he's in denial or sad that their businesslike relationship wasn't more personal.

Keith

Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP)

A male 17-year-old Mamodo child and one of the Usurpers among the Faudo cultists. A quirky but undeniably powerful demon who saw himself as equal to the four prodigies until Bari defeated him soundly. He saw Bari as a rival from that time on, and unlike him, he never was able to grasp the true meaning of strength. His spells focus around lasers.

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The guy is nuts, changing moods, hobbies, and whims on a moment's notice. His huge cigar and big gloves make him look like a Looney Tunes character.
  • Jerkass: He outshines even the most overtly evil demons, simply because he's a massive asshole.
  • The Rival: Bari.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He has a preference for cigars.
  • The Starscream: Until he takes on Faudo's powers, despite his claims to the contrary.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He gets three powerups from Faudo in his fight with Bari. They make no difference.

Gorm & Mir

A male beetle-like Mamodo child implied to be stunted mentally, and grew up with no friends; due to this, he allied himself with Clear Note in the battle, offering his abilities in exchange for being the only one he would spare. The power of his black hole spells coupled with his almost global demon sense make him nearly unstoppable.

His partner is a young woman implied to have been part of an Italian mafia. She is somewhat conceited and rather snotty and sadistic but cares dearly for her partner.

  • The Aloner: Gorm was alone in the demon world, with no friends or family. His partnership with Clear is based on a lack of attachment with any of the other demons, with Clear being willing to allow him to live so long as Gorm is the only one left. Once Kanchome befriends him, he decides to oppose Clear.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason behind his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Gorm's appearance is similar to a beetle.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mir is implied to have been a former moll for the Russian mob.
  • Power of the Void: His spell theme. Works slightly different from Clear's and looks drastically different.
  • The Unintelligible: Gorm, albeit Mir (and arguably Kanchome) can understand what he is saying.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he rebels, Clear slices him in half, fully intending to kill him. Zatch is able to send him back before he dies.

    Thousand-Year Old Demons/Ancient Mamodos 

Goren

A demon child resembling a centaur crossed with a gorgon. He boasts the most victories in the previous battle, sealing over 40 mamodos into lithographs, which set the stage for Zofis's plans in the next battle. Did not become king, ultimately, as that honor went to Zatch and Zeon's father.

  • Taken for Granite: His main power. It's devastatingly effective, to the point where he defeated nearly half of his demon competitors single-handedly.

Laila & Albert

Voiced by: Rumi Shishido (Laila, JP), Kishou Taniyama (Albert, JP), Kate Higgins (Laila, EN), Crispin Freeman (Albert, EN), Valle Acebrón (SP, Laila), Cholo Moratalla (SP, Albert)

A female 1,007-year-old humanoid Ancient Mamodo and one of Zatch’s friends. Alone among Golem of the Stone’s victims, Laila was staunchly opposed to Zofis’s ambitions and aided Zatch and his friends from the moment she met them. Her spells focus around the crescent moon on the end of the wand she carries, which can fire energy beams, grow gigantic, and even multiply.

Her partner is Albert, a college student. He broke through Zofis's brainwashing out of care for Laila and stood alongside her as a true partner when the spell was broken completely. Strong-willed, witty, and intelligent.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Once the stone of moonlight is destroyed, Laila and a now liberated Albert start smack-talking Demolt like there's no tomorrow.
  • Horned Humanoid: Laila, who has small horns on her head.
  • Its Pronounced Tropay: Albert's name is pronounced in the French manner (Al-BEAR).
  • Little Miss Badass: A tiny little girl, and still one of the most powerful demons we see.
  • Lunacy: Laila's spell theme is geared towards crescent moons.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's able to throw Demolt around.
  • The Stoic: Laila's facial expression rarely changes, except to occasionally give a rather charming smile. Albert is like this as well, but that's because he's brainwashed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Laila has purple hair.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite technically being over 1000 years old, Laila's still just a 7-year-old. Still, she's incredibly intelligent and nearly unflappable.

Victoream

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Quinton Flynn (EN), Miguel Zúñiga (SP)

A male Ancient Mamodo adolescent with an angular body, pointed feet, wiry arms, and a V-shaped head which he can detach and levitate at will. Proud and easily angered, yet not difficult to bribe and befriend. Appears for only a short time, but remains one of the most popular characters of the series.

Tsao-lon

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

A male 1,018-year-old humanoid Ancient Mamodo, roughly four feet tall, and one of the Four Supreme Demons. Proud of his strength, he desired nothing more than proving his power against worthy opponents.

His partner is Gensou, a master martial artist whose strength allowed him to match demons with his bare hands. He submitted to Zofis’s conditions due to his desire to fight opponents that were stronger than humans, caring nothing for good or evil and only seeking strength.

  • Simple Staff: His spells all revolve around making it longer and stronger.
  • Trick Boss: The real threat is his human partner Genzo!

Belgim E.O.

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Neil Kaplan (EN), Óscar Castellanos (SP)

A male 1,006-year-old Ancient Mamodo a few dozen feet tall, and one of the Four Supreme Demons. He resembles an Egyptian mummy and is almost always sitting in a large stone throne. Not particularly evil, but rather childish; he can be easily appeased with entertainment, but grows angry if tricked or bored. The E. and O. in his name stand for Japanese words that translate to ‘chair’ and ‘punishment’.

His partner is Dalia Anjé, an insane middle-aged woman; the only dialogue she had aside from her spells was mad laughter, though she had enough clarity of mind to cast the spells as needed.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's the worst kind of nutcase, the kind with two chair-mounted machine guns and magical powers.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He nearly kills Dr. Riddles and is so strong that Kido is forced to sacrifice himself in order to beat him!
  • Psychopathic Manchild: To be fair, when you're stuck in a stone tablet alone for a thousand years, you're probably not going to come out mentally unscathed.
  • Younger Than He Looks: In the final chapter he's introduced as a new classmate of Zatch. Yes, despite his appearance, Belgim is actually six years old. It really helps explain his easily-distracted personality and random mood swings.

Pamoon

Voiced by: Yoko Matsuoka (JP), Katie Leigh (EN), Alicia Sainz de la Maza (SP)

A male 1,008-year-old humanoid Ancient Mamodo child clad in armor, one of the Four Supreme Mamodo, and one of Zatch’s friends. Kindhearted in the past, Pamoon fueled his spells with the anger and fear born of 1,000 years of stone when Gash clashed with him. The young king got through to him, however, and established a friendship. Pamoon’s spells revolve around the numerous floating five-pointed stars that he controls.

  • Anti-Villain: Unlike the other three, all he wants is to not be turned to stone again by Zofis.
  • Brick Joke: Remember that stone Kiyo found and did all those weird things to...? He remembers it all.
  • Fatal Flaw: He considers it to be his compassion, as back during his war he could have beaten Goren if he hadn't been distracted by an obviously faked hostage.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Is able to accurately attack his enemies just off the sounds they make while an entire floor below them.
  • Star Power: His main ability is manipulating star-shaped drones. They do everything from firing lasers, blocking attacks, and powering Pamoon up.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After he loses and decides to fight with Zatch, Zofis appears and burns his book.

Demolt

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), Fred Tatasciore (EN)

A male Ancient Mamodo, roughly 70 feet tall, and the strongest of the Four Supreme Mamodo. His form is akin to a humanoid dinosaur with large horns, claws, and wings along with metal armor. In the Ancient battle, he was known as ‘The Crazed Warrior, Berserker’, a juggernaut that used brute force rather than tact to win his fights; Zofis used him as the guardian of the Stone of Moonlight.

    Minor Characters 

Naomi

Voiced by: Shihomi Mizowaki (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN), Valle Acebrón (SP)

A schoolgirl with a freaky perpetual smile who spends time at the local playground. Comically, she is Zatch's number one nemesis who bullies him throughout the story and is the only one that he can't defeat.

  • The Bully: She lives to torment Zatch. And she's pretty good at it too, considering that he could pretty much turn her inside out if he really wanted to.
  • Gonk: Could easily be mistaken for a demon herself (and in fact, Bari thinks she's one at first).
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She will taunt Zatch, torture Zatch, and make his life a living hell...but the one and only time he's actually in danger, she helps him without hesitation, with great risk to herself.
  • Jerkass: She doesn't really have a reason to bully Zatch as brutally as she does; she just seems to be sadistic. Although...
  • Loving Bully: It's heavily implied that Naomi constantly bullies Zatch as a way to show that she really likes him. This is confirmed in the final omake.
  • Tsundere

Wife (Sabae)

Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN), Marisa Marco (SP)

The math teacher's wife.

  • Gag Boobs: The reason for her existence is for us all to have a laugh at her weirdly shaped body and comically oversized breasts.
  • Gonk: Her face and limbs make her look nothing like any normal human in the show.

Ms. Wriggle/Monmon-sensei

Voiced by: Mari Adachi

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