List of Yu Yu Hakusho characters
The Yu Yu Hakusho manga series features a diverse cast of fictional characters created by Yoshihiro Togashi. It follows fourteen-year-old junior high school delinquent Yusuke Urameshi, who dies and is resurrected in order to become the Underworld's detective of paranormal events in the Human World. Yusuke begins his work in the Human World, but ends up traveling to the Underworld and then eventually to the Demon Plane. In each case he undertakes, Yusuke meets several new enemies and allies. Other predominant characters include Yusuke's rival delinquent Kazuma Kuwabara, the fox demon Kurama, and the sword-wielding fire demon Hiei. While several character are humans, many are demons, and both have different supernatural abilities due to harnessing their Reiki, one's own aura or life energy.
- 1 Creation and conception
- 2 Protagonists
- 3 Antagonists
- 3.1 Rando
- 3.2 The Four Beasts
- 3.3 Team Jolly Devil Six
- 3.4 Team Ichigaki
- 3.5 Team Shadow Channelers
- 3.6 Team Fractured Fairy Tales
- 3.7 Team Toguro
- 3.8 Sensui Seven
- 3.9 Demon Plane
- 4 Other characters
- 5 References
Creation and conception
Yoshihiro Togashi did not give much thought to the names of the characters. He came up with them by skimming through a dictionary and combining kanji characters he found appealing. The author said the name Yusuke Urameshi is "practically a joke." Viz Media explained that the "Yu" is written with the kanji for "ghost", and "Urameshiii..." is a phrase typically said by wailing ghosts.
Togashi came up with Kazuma Kuwabara's name by combining the names of two professional baseball players. Viz Media said that it is also a pun on "Kuwabara kuwabara", a phrase uttered by superstitious people when they are scared. Mari Kitayama, a lead character designer for the anime adaptation of Yu Yu Hakusho, stated that she considers Kuwabara to be the most difficult character to design.
Kurama and Hiei's names came to Togashi on the spur of the moment. When the two were introduced, the author had early plans to make Kurama a main character but was uncertain about Hiei. Togashi based Hiei's design off of the character Skunky from the manga series Patalliro! by Mineo Maya. Kitayama finds Kurama to be the easiest of the main characters to design due to his well-proportioned features and considers Hiei to be her favorite.
After receiving a lot of letters both praising and criticizing the voice actors, Togashi clarified that he had no involvement in the anime adaptation.
Yusuke Urameshi (
Yusuke's most common attack is the Reigun (
Yusuke is voiced by Nozomu Sasaki in Japanese, by Justin Cook in Funimation's English dub, by Jonathan Fahn in Anime Works's dub of the first film, and by Rik Nagel in Central Park Media's dub of the second film. Yusuke is a popular character with fans, coming in second and third place in the series' first two popularity polls. He came in third in the American Shonen Jump poll. In the Japanese magazine Animage's Anime Grand Prix popularity poll, Yusuke was ranked as the thirteenth most popular anime character in 1993, the tenth in 1994, and the eighth in 1995. In March 2010, Yusuke was ranked sixteenth best male anime character of the 1990s by the Japanese magazine Newtype.
Kazuma Kuwabara (
Kuwabara falls in love at first sight of the Ice Maiden Yukina, and helps Yusuke rescue her from Gonzo Tarukane.[ch. 46] Yukina is very appreciative to Kuwabara for saving her from captivity, but is oblivious to his affection. Towards the end of the series, Kuwabara becomes more engrossed in his studies, choosing to cram for his high school exams rather than follow Yusuke and the others into the Demon Plane. At the end, Yukina is living with his family as a homestay.[ch. 171] Kuwabara is voiced by Shigeru Chiba in Japanese, by Christopher Sabat in Funimation's English dub, by Lex Lang in Anime Works's dub of the first film, where his name is changed to "Kuwahara", and by Cliff Lazenby in Central Park Media's dub of the second film. Kuwabara is a popular character with fans, coming in fourth place in the series' first two popularity polls. He came in fifth in the American Shonen Jump poll.
The normal form of Kurama is voiced by Megumi Ogata in Japanese, while his demon form is voiced by Shigeru Nakahara. He is voiced by John Burgmeier in Funimation's English dub, by David Hayter in Anime Works's dub of the first film, and by Chris Orbach in Central Park Media's dub of the second film. Kurama was Ogata's first voice acting role. She stated that while auditioning it was a requirement by the anime's production company that the character's voice sound like a 17-year old male but also like that of a member of Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theatre group that portrays both men and women. Kurama is a popular character with fans, coming in third and second place in the series' first two popularity polls. He came in second in the American Shonen Jump poll. In Animage's Anime Grand Prix, he was ranked as the third most popular male anime character of 1993 and the most popular male character in both 1994 and 1995. His alternate demon form was ranked sixteenth in 1994. Demon Kurama additionally won About.com's "Best Supporting Character" in its 2005 Anime Award Show. Kurama was also ranked the third best male anime character of the 1990s by Newtype.
Hiei is Yukina's twin brother.[ch. 160] It is later revealed that he is a fire demon born to a race of female Ice Maidens, who reproduce by parthenogenesis every 100 years, always giving birth to a female. However, a male child is born only if the Maiden has had sexual contact with a male, which is forbidden in their society. As her children were born, their mother wept two Tears of Ice before dying, tears that crystallize into jewels and are given to the babies.[ch. 160] Hiei was thrown from the floating glacial country to his supposed doom, but managed to survive and grew up in the wilderness where he developed a thirst for killing. The only times he found peace were while looking at his Tear of Ice jewel, later deciding to find the glacial country in order to take revenge on the women who cast him out.[ch. 161] Having lost his jewel during a battle, Hiei went to Shigure and had an Evil Eye implanted so he could find it and the glacial country, at the cost of losing his powers. Though he easily found the Ice Maidens' home, his lust for revenge fades, he can not find his jewel and set out to find his sister instead.[ch. 161] Hiei is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in Japanese, by Chuck Huber in Funimation's English dub, by Kirk Thornton in Anime Works's dub of the first film, and by James Stanley in Central Park Media's dub of the second film. Hiei is a popular character with fans, coming in first place in the series' first two popularity polls. He also came in first in the American Shonen Jump poll. He was ranked as the first, then second, then third most popular male anime character in Animage's Anime Grand Prix for the consecutive years of 1993, 1994, and 1995. The Japanese publication Newtype ranked him as the fifth best male anime character of the 1990s. Masashi Kishimoto said that he used Hiei as a reference when creating Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto and his Sharingan technique.
Rando (乱童 Randō) is a demon of battle who specializes in defeating martial arts masters and monks.[ch. 24] Having killed 99 masters so far, he steals their secret techniques and tests them out on humans. Rando participates in Genkai's tournament to select her pupil in order to learn her techniques, and Yusuke is sent to stop him on orders from Koenma.[ch. 24] Rando initially disguises himself as Shaolin (少林 Shōrin, "Shorin" in the English anime), a monk, during the tournament so as not to draw attention to himself. He defeats Kuwabara and is about to beat Yusuke with the same technique, but Rando's ignorance of the stolen techniques sees it backfire on himself and he is defeated by Yusuke and arrested by Botan.[ch. 31] Rando is voiced by Yō Inoue in Japanese, and by Eric Vale in English. Rando came in tenth place in the series' first popularity poll. He also came in tenth in the American Shonen Jump poll.
The Four Beasts
The Four Beasts (四聖獣 Shiseijū, "Four Saint Beasts" in the English anime) are four demons who run a criminal organization in a part of the Demon Plane called Demon City (魔街), a haven for criminals.[ch. 32] In order to get the Underworld to allow them access to the Human World, the Four Beasts release parasitic insects into the human world causing them to send Yusuke to their Labyrinth Castle (迷宮城) to stop them. The Four Beasts share their names with the four symbols of Chinese astrology. Genbu (玄武) is a rock demon with the power to move through stone as though it were part of his body.[ch. 34] Although he can reassemble his shattered body, he is defeated by Kurama. He is voiced by Yutaka Shimaka in Japanese and Chris Forbis in English. Byakko (白虎) is an anthropomorphic tiger who can turn pieces of his hair into lesser beasts, absorb aura energy and fire sonic blasts from his mouth.[ch. 35, 36, 37] Although he is defeated by Kuwabara, he is killed by Seiryu. He is voiced by Takeshi Watabe in Japanese and Andrew Chandler in English. Seiryu (青龍 Seiryū) is a demon with enhanced speed and control over ice. He is quickly cut to pieces by Hiei.[ch. 38] He is voiced by Mitsuo Senda in Japanese and Justin Cook in English. Suzaku (朱雀) is the leader of the Four Beasts. A demon who uses lightning to attack, he is able to split himself into seven separate, yet equally powerful bodies.[ch. 40, 41] He is defeated by Yusuke. He is voiced by Nobuo Tobita in Japanese and Jerry Jewell in English. Suzaku came in sixth place in the series' first popularity poll. He came in eighth in the American Shonen Jump poll.
Team Jolly Devil Six
Team Jolly Devil Six (六遊怪 Rokuyukai) are the first team that Team Urameshi fights in the opening round of Dark Tournament. Sponsored by Sukezo Gondawara (権田原助造 Gondawara Sukezo) of the Black Book Club, it consists of demons from the red-light district who have little to no acclaim.[ch. 54] The members decided their alternate by rock–paper–scissors.[ch. 53] Roto (呂屠), a demon who can form a sickle on top of his hand, is the second member to fight. He has his familiars stalk Kurama's human mother to force him into submission, until the plant Kurama planted in Roto blooms, killing him.[ch. 56] He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Japanese and by Sean Schemmel in the English dub. Zeru (是流) is a demon with control over fire. He is the team leader and his power is far greater than his teammates, with the exception of Chu. Because of this, Hiei quickly beats him by summoning powers he can not yet completely control, leaving his right arm severely injured.[ch. 56] Zeru is voiced by Mitsuaki Madono in Japanese and by Jeremy Loris in the English dub. Team members Imajin (威魔陣) and Gaou (牙王) are simultaneously decapitated by Chu as they flee in fear of Hiei.[ch. 56]
Team Ichigaki is the second team that Team Urameshi faces in the Dark Tournament. It is led by Dr. Ichigaki (Dr.イチガキ), an evil demon scientist intent on creating the ultimate biological weapons.[ch. 62] He duped three martial artists, En (円), Ryo (魁) and Kai (梁), also known as M1, M2, and M3 respectively, into volunteering for an experiment in exchange for curing their master of a deadly disease. He then implanted the Blood-Slaver Node onto their backs, giving him control of their minds and boosting their fighting abilities. It is revealed that Ichigaki is the one who originally poisoned their master in order to manipulate them.[ch. 63] Yusuke, Kuwabara and the Masked Fighter fight these martial artists in a battle royale, while Kurama and Hiei are delayed fighting two lesser members of the team and the robot-like Gattasval (ガタスバル) in the wilderness outside the competition.[ch. 62, 63] Due to their refined auras, the three martial artists' attacks are invisible to the weaker Yusuke and Kuwabara.[ch. 62] After Team Ichigaki knocks Kuwabara down for a ten count, the Masked Fighter destroys the Blood-Slaver Nodes on all three, knocking all three down for a simultaneous ten count and winning the round for Team Urameshi. The martial artists survive and, free of Ichigaki's control, reunite with their master who was healed by Kurama.[ch. 66] Dr. Ichigaki is voiced by Ryūji Saikachi in Japanese, and by James Fields in English.
Team Shadow Channelers
Team Shadow Channelers (魔性使い Mashōtsukai, "Team Masho" in the English anime) is the third team that Team Urameshi faces in the Dark Tournament. They are a group of famous ninja demons who are hoping to win the tournament so they can claim the hosting island as their home.[ch. 67, 69] Their sponsor is Butajiri (豚尻) of the Black Book Club. Team Urameshi fights Team Shadow Channelers immediately after Team Ichigaki and, under the guise of a medical exam, Hiei and the Masked Fighter are forced to sit out by Luka.[ch. 67] Gama (画魔), a "Master of Ritual Adornment", is the first member to fight, doing so through ritual body art that he paints using his blood. In addition to painting himself to boost his power, he also paints designs on his opponents to attack. Before dying from Kurama's attack, Gama paints a design on him that binds Kurama's demonic aura for another ten minutes in order to aid his team.[ch. 68] Gama is voiced by Kazuyuki Sogabe in Japanese and Christopher Sabat in English. Bakuken (爆拳, "Bakken" in the English anime), the third member to fight, is a demon who can create a thick fog from his sweat and beats on a defenseless Kurama until winning the match via ring out at the orders of Risho.[ch. 70] The weakest member of Team Shadow Channelers, he is then quickly defeated by Yusuke.[ch. 71] Bakuken is voiced by Hajime Koseki in Japanese and Andrew Chandler in English. Risho (吏将 Rishō) is a demon with power over earth, using it to form armor.[ch. 75] Despite unfair interference by the Tournament organizers throughout the entire round, Kuwabara defeats Risho for the final win thanks to a revitalization after Yukina appears.[ch. 76] Risho is voiced by Aruno Tahara in Japanese and Mike McFarland in English.
Toya (凍矢 Tōya, "Touya" in the English anime), the "Ice Master", is the second member of Team Shadow Channelers to fight. He battles Kurama, whose demonic aura was sealed in the previous match by Gama, using sharp ice projectiles and an ice sword which is attached to his hand. However, he is defeated when Kurama plants his attack into his own wounds to access his aura and knock Toya down for a ten count.[ch. 69] During the fight for control of the Demon Plane, Toya is one of the demons that Genkai and Kurama train to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Demon Plane Unification Tournament.[ch. 163, 164] Toya is voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto in Japanese, and by Daniel Katzuk in English.
Jin (陣), the "Wind Master", is the fourth member of Team Shadow Channelers to fight. He has the ability to fly at great speeds and to block and change the course of any energy-based attacks that travel through the air.[ch. 72] His signature move is to spin his forearm at high speed, creating a tornado around it, making his punches more powerful, even causing damage when he misses. Jin enjoys his battles, especially when he has a worthy opponent. Although his fight with Yusuke is initially ruled a loss for Jin via ring out, the decision is overturned and declared a draw.[ch. 74] He and Yusuke have a lot in common, and it is apparent that both enjoyed their fight. During the fight for control of the Demon Plane, Jin is one of the demons that Genkai and Kurama train to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Demon Plane Unification Tournament.[ch. 163, 164] Jin is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi in Japanese, and by Jerry Jewell in English.
Team Fractured Fairy Tales
Team Fractured Fairy Tales (裏御伽 Uraotogi) fights Team Urameshi in the semifinals of the Dark Tournament. Composed of fighters gathered together by Suzuki, who furnished them with weapons he created,[ch. 87] their names, appearances and powers are derived from myths in Japanese folklore. The matches are decided by rolling dice, with Hiei initially filling in for both Yusuke and the Masked Fighter (Genkai), while the latter gives Yusuke the final test as her student.[ch. 79] Evil Kintaro (魔金太郎 Makintarō), a parody of Kintarō, is a demon who can turn his hand into an axe. He is quickly killed by Hiei's swordsmanship.[ch. 79] Poison Peach Boy (黒桃太郎 Kuro Momotarō, lit. "Black Peach Boy"), a parody of Momotarō, is a demon who can make himself impervious to any attack his body has experienced by absorbing his Millet Dumplings.[ch. 80] These dumplings also transform his body, giving it simian, avian or canine characteristics, but he is killed by Hiei.[ch. 81] Reverse Urashima (裏浦島 Ura Urashima), a parody of Urashima Tarō, wields a fishing pole as a weapon and the Reverse Magic Box ("Idun Box" in English anime) against Kurama. The box of smoke makes anyone who breathes it reverse in age, however, it turns Kurama into his original fox demon form, before he entered a human embryo.[ch. 82] Terrified, Reverse Urashima begs for his life and begins to reveal his team's secrets, before being killed by Shishiwakamaru revealing he was a weak Illusion Beast.[ch. 83]
Shishiwakamaru (死々若丸, "Shishi Wakamaru" in the English anime), a parody of Minamoto no Yoshitsune who was known as 'Ushiwakamaru' in his childhood, is a swordsman who seeks to make himself famous. He quickly wins his first match against Kuwabara by teleporting him to the old Dark Tournament arena.[ch. 84] He then faces the recently reappeared Masked Fighter (Genkai), who is now much weaker, having given Yusuke her aura.[ch. 85] Upon learning he is facing the famous Genkai, Shishiwakamaru uses the Banshee Blade (魔哭鳴斬剣), a sword which channels the souls of the dead to amplify its attacks, but is defeated when she absorbs and reflects his attack back at him.[ch. 86] During the fight for control of the Demon Plane, Shishiwakamaru is one of the demons that Genkai and Kurama train to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Demon Plane Unification Tournament.[ch. 163, 164] He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Japanese, and by Christopher Bevins in English.
Suzuki (鈴木, "Suzuka" in the English anime) excels at creating weapons for others, as well as controlling his aura harmonics, enabling him to create varied and colorful attacks.[ch. 88] He initially disguises himself as an elderly man known as "Old Bloke" (怨爺 Onjī). After revealing his own clown appearance, Suzuki reveals and states that he used the disguise to help him fight harder, dressed as what he hates. Extremely vain, he refers to himself as Suzuki "the Beautiful," and wants to become famous before he starts to show age.[ch. 88] He quickly wins his first match against Kuwabara by teleporting him to the old Dark Tournament arena, just like Shishiwakamaru did.[ch. 87] However, Genkai then easily defeats Suzuki using only physical attacks.[ch. 88] Suzuki later gives the Sword of Trials to Kuwabara and the Seed of De-Incarnation to Kurama, which he had previously given to Shishiwakamaru and Reverse Urashima respectively, to aid them against Team Toguro.[ch. 93] In the past Suzuki fought Younger Toguro but was sparred after begging for his life. He then trained and vowed to defeat Toguro in the Dark Tournament, not for revenge, but to prove to Toguro that power is not everything, but now realizes it will not be done by him.[ch. 93] During the fight for control of the Demon Plane, Suzuki is one of the demons that Genkai and Kurama train to fight for Yomi, though they eventually all disband to fight individually in the Demon Plane Unification Tournament.[ch. 163, 164] Suzuki is voiced by Kazuyuki Sogabe in Japanese, and by Jeremy Inman in English. As "Old Bloke" he is voiced by Takashi Taguchi in Japanese, and by James Fields in English.
Team Toguro are the fifth and final team that Team Urameshi faces in the Dark Tournament. They are the winners of the previous tournament.[ch. 61] Younger Toguro fights the preliminary round alone, while his three teammates sweep the semifinal round.[ch. 61, 89] Togashi considers the Toguro Brothers to be his favorite villains in the series because they are "fundamentally unrestrained." The Toguro Brothers came in eleventh place in the series' first popularity poll. In the second, Younger Toguro placed tenth and Elder Toguro eleventh. The brothers came in seventh in the American Shonen Jump poll.
Younger Toguro (戸愚呂弟 Toguro-otōto) is first introduced alongside his older brother as Brokers of Darkness (闇ブローカー), demons who provide monsters for things such as sideshows or assault forces, hired by Gonzo Tarukane to make Yukina cry.[ch. 46] However, it is revealed that their actual client was Sakyo, who is also their team sponsor in the Dark Tournament.[ch. 51] Younger Toguro is a human turned demon and the main antagonist during the Dark Tournament arc. His ability is purely physical strength, able to regulate how much of his maximum power he releases, ranging from 0% to 100%.[ch. 47] With each increase comes a burst of demon energy and his muscles thicken and enlarge themselves. At full power he needs to feed on aura to maintain such immense power, leading him to sucking out the aura of weaker creatures.[ch. 108] Once a great martial arts master and Genkai's lover, Toguro was psychologically scarred when a demon named Kairen killed all of his students while inviting him to participate in the Dark Tournament.[ch. 113] Toguro defeated Kairen in the final round to win the tournament and decided he did not want to age and lose his power, therefore he asked to be turned into a demon. 50 years later he invites Yusuke to the tournament in hopes of finally finding a fighter worthy of his full 100% power. Although he stops Yusuke's final attack in the final round, Toguro's body is destroyed and he dies.[ch. 111] In the afterlife, he is offered a lighter sentence by Koenma due to his time as a martial artist, but Toguro refuses and requests the harshest sentence there is: 10,000 years of torture in hell for 10,000 cycles, with his soul ceasing to exist afterward.[ch. 113] In the English anime dub this is changed to him requesting limbo. Feeling it obvious what Team Urameshi would wish for as their prize for winning the tournament, it was Toguro who suggested Koenma resurrect Genkai.[ch. 113] Younger Toguro is voiced by Tesshō Genda in Japanese, and by Dameon Clarke in English.
Elder Toguro (戸愚呂兄 Toguro-ani) is first introduced alongside his younger brother as Brokers of Darkness, demons who provide monsters for things such as sideshows or assault forces, hired by Tarukane to make Yukina cry.[ch. 46] However, it is revealed that their actual client was Sakyo, who is also their team sponsor in the Dark Tournament.[ch. 51] Elder Toguro is a human turned demon shapeshifter. He usually rides on his much larger brother's shoulder, and often fights alongside him. Elder Toguro can alter the shape of his body to form weapons and shields or to move his organs to escape harm, and has regenerative abilities, almost to the point of immortality.[ch. 49, 101] He is squashed by Kuwabara in the second to last match of the Dark Tournament and declared the loser.[ch. 102] But Elder Toguro reveals he is still alive as his brother is about to begin his fight against Yusuke and offers to be his weapon. However, Younger Toguro punches him to pieces and off the island, saying that the fight will be one-on-one only.[ch. 103] After being nearly destroyed by his brother, Elder Toguro slowly regenerated until he was a head found by Sensui. Seeking revenge he informed Sensui about Yusuke, who decided it was time to begin his plan to destroy humanity.[ch. 139] Toguro was later devoured by Sadao Makihara, but Toguro easily took control of his body and acquired Makihara's abilities as well as those of Makihara's past victims. In his fight with Kurama, Makihara/Toguro is captured in a parasitic tree that casts illusions, and because of Toguro's immortality, he is stuck fighting Kurama's ghost for eternity.[ch. 139] Elder Toguro is voiced by Katsumi Suzuki in Japanese, and by Bill Townsley in English.
Karasu (鴉) is a master-class demon bomber.[ch. 96] Like Bui, Karasu fought against the Toguro brothers and lost and subsequently became a member of Team Toguro. He is able to use his aura to create and control bombs undetectable by weaker demons.[ch. 96] Karasu displays sadistic tendencies, stating that he favors Kurama and becomes depressed when he destroys what he likes, but enjoys being depressed and therefore is looking forward to killing him.[ch. 90] He wears a mask over his mouth which seems to restrict his powers.[ch. 97] He is also able to use his entire body as an explosive. Karasu fights Kurama in the opening match of the final round of the Dark Tournament. Due to letting his guard down, Karasu is killed by Kurama, whose fox demon powers have started to return to his human body.[ch. 98] But because Kurama did not get up until after a ten count, Karasu is ruled the winner.[ch. 99] He is voiced by Ryō Horikawa in Japanese, and by Kyle Hebert in English. Karasu is a popular character with fans, coming in eighth place in the series' second popularity poll.
Bui (武威) is a demon warrior who possesses an immense battle aura, that even allows him to levitate. He wears heavy armor to suppress his aura and wields an axe larger than his own body.[ch. 99] During the third match of the final round of the Dark Tournament, Bui faces Hiei and loses as the latter has mastered the Black Dragon Hellfire.[ch. 100] When he was younger, Bui fought Younger Toguro and lost. With the prospect of a rematch, he trained and improved, but so did Toguro. Having lost to Hiei, it proves he will never beat Toguro, and so Bui asks him to kill him, which Hiei refuses.[ch. 100] Bui is voiced by Tetsuo Kanao in Japanese, and by Vic Mignogna in English.
Sakyo (左京 Sakyō) is first introduced as a young member of the Black Book Club (ブラック・ブック・クラブ), a group of wealthy humans who deal with demons and compete in high-stakes gambling, betting on whether Yusuke and Kuwabara will succeed in defeating Tarukane's bodyguards, the Toguro brothers and their men.[ch. 47] After winning all bets and bankrupting Tarukane, it is revealed that Sakyo actually hired the Toguros and had them throw the fight, and that Tarukane originally stole Yukina from Sakyo.[ch. 51] Sakyo is the sponsor of Team Toguro in the Dark Tournament. He is a sociopath, who grew up torturing and killing animals and people.[ch. 94] He has an affinity and knack for gambling, occasionally putting his own life on the line just for the thrill of it. With his expected monetary winnings from the tournament, Sakyo plans to create a large hole or portal linking the Demon Plane with the Human World, for no reason other than to see what happens.[ch. 94] After Younger Toguro's death and having staked his own life on the victory, Sakyo self-destructs the tournament arena and is crushed to death.[ch. 112] In the anime, he forms a romantic bond with Shizuru Kuwabara. He is voiced by Nobuyuki Furuta in Japanese, and by Eric Vale in English.
The Sensui Seven (仙水一味 Sensui Ichimi) are a group who are trying to open a portal linking the Human World with the Demon Plane. Led by Shinobu Sensui, it is composed of seven individuals referred to by nicknames which are also the names of their abilities. Sensui used The Black Chapter, a videotape that documents thousands of hours of humanity's atrocities, to recruit the human members in his goal to eradicate humanity for being evil.[ch. 127]
Shinobu Sensui (仙水忍 Sensui Shinobu), also known as Dark Angel (
Itsuki (樹), also known as Gatekeeper (
Minoru Kamiya (神谷実 Kamiya Minoru), also known as Doctor (
Kaname Hagiri (刃霧要 Hagiri Kaname), also known as Sniper (
Kiyoshi Mitarai (御手洗清志 Mitarai Kiyoshi), also known as Seaman (
Tsukihito Amanuma (天沼月人 Amanuma Tsukihito), also known as Game Master (
Sadao Makihara (巻原定男 Makihara Sadao), also known as Gourmet (
Yomi (黄泉) is the newest of the three demon kings vying for control of the Demon Plane. He was Kurama's second in command as bandits working to build a nation.[ch. 162] Yomi was reckless and brash, and Kurama sent an assassin who blinded him before fleeing. Kurama then left for the Human World and Mukuro and Raizen rose to power.[ch. 162] Having equaled them in power and with Raizen dying, Yomi plans to take over both the Demon Plane and Human World. He calls Kurama to aid him and threatens his human family to get him to stay.[ch. 162] After Yusuke proposes the Demon Plane Unification Tournament, Yomi is forced to accept and announce the dissolution of his nation. However, this is initially a bluff, until his fighting spirit is roused and he abandons his plans.[ch. 166] In the tournament he defeats his young son Shura (修羅) and Yusuke, before losing to someone else. He is voiced by Masashi Ebara in Japanese, and by Rick Robertson in English.
Mukuro (軀) is one of the three demon kings vying for control of the Demon Plane. She recruits Hiei, who becomes her top warrior. She was born into slavery under a humanoid demon named Chiko, who continuously tormented her, particularly on her birthday, with the implication of sexual abuse.[ch. 173] After pouring acid on herself at seven-years-old, Chiko lost interest and Mukuro was free.[ch. 173] She killed indiscriminately, before finding Hiei's lost Tear of Ice jewel, which had the same calming effect on her as it does him.[ch. 161] Despite missing half her body, Mukuro rose to prominence equal to Raizen. She is quick to accept Yusuke's proposal of the Demon Plane Unification Tournament, dissolving her nation.[ch. 165] In the tournament she defeats Hiei, before losing to someone else. At the end of the series, Hiei learns that Chiko implanted a single memory of himself being kind into Mukuro's mind, which she remembered every time she thought of getting revenge. He also trapped him in a parasitic plant which he gives to her on her birthday.[ch. 173] In the anime, Mukuro's backstory is changed to exclude the parts about her being a sex slave, and that she was simply an abandoned child found by Chiko and taken in for slavery. She is voiced by Minami Takayama in Japanese, and by Wendy Powell in English. Togashi has stated that Mukuro is one of his favorite characters. The author had desired to write more about her abuse before the series ended.
Raizen (雷禅) is one of the three demon kings vying for control of the Demon Plane and Yusuke's ancestral father. Nearly 700 years ago, Raizen, then in the Human World, fell in love with a human woman. She was a "cannibal healer," a shaman who eats the flesh of the diseased to create antidotes to the disease with their blood, who taunted him that if he consumed her he would be killed from her poisonous body.[ch. 164] Raizen immediately falls in love with her, they mate that night and he vows to himself to never eat human flesh until they meet again. However, they never did as she died giving birth.[ch. 164] Raizen summons Yusuke to the Demon Plane as he is on the brink of death from starvation and requires someone to take his throne. He later dies, making Yusuke king of his domain.[ch. 164] Raizen is voiced by Takayuki Sugō in Japanese, and by Christopher Sabat in English.
Shigure (時雨) is a demon osteopath and one of Mukuro's top warriors. He is the one who gave Hiei his Evil Eye, so that he could find the Ice Maiden's country and his Tear of Ice jewel, and taught him basic swordsmanship.[ch. 160] Shigure only operates on patients that interest him and takes part of their "life existence" as payment, which in Hiei's case was that he could never reveal his relation to Yukina.[ch. 160] Shigure fights Hiei as part of Mukuro's testing of whether Hiei can qualify to be the right-hand man. He wields the large Brimstone Ring Blade (燐火円礫刀 Rinka Enreki-tō, "Phosphorus Ring Sword" in the English anime) that looks like a large hula hoop. In the quick battle, they both lose an arm, but Shigure also loses the top half of his head.[ch. 161] However, Shigure then appears fully healed in the Demon Plane Unification Tournament as an opponent of Kurama, whom he loses to, and is later seen doing patrol work with Hiei at the end of the series.[ch. 171, 173] In the anime, after losing to Kurama, he apparently commits suicide, stating that a swordsman never loses twice. Shigure is voiced by Takashi Taniguchi in Japanese, and by Pete Webber in English.
Keiko Yukimura (
Botan (ぼたん) is a guide to the Underworld or a shinigami, charged with ferrying souls of the deceased to the Underworld to face their final judgment.[ch. 1] She is sent to inform Yusuke on the offer for him to be resurrected, and later acts as his assistant and trainer as he starts out his tenure as Underworld Detective.[ch. 18] Botan teaches him how to use the various detective tools, communicates messages from Koenma and often guides him to different destinations pertaining to his cases. She will also join him in the field occasionally and protected Keiko from the crazed humans controlled by the Four Beasts. According to Koenma, Botan's sentimental side sometimes overtakes her professionalism.[ch. 93] In the anime, she goes with Yusuke and Kuwabara to Tarukane's mansion and acts as team manager in the Dark Tournament. She is voiced by Sanae Miyuki in Japanese, by Cynthia Cranz in Funimation's English dub, by Lia Sargent in Anime Works's dub of the first film, and by Veronica Taylor in Central Park Media's dub of the second film. Botan is a popular character with fans, coming in fifth and sixth place in the series' first two popularity polls. She came in fourth in the American Shonen Jump poll. Botan was ranked as the seventh most popular female anime character in Animage's 1993 Anime Grand Prix, the eighth in 1994, and the eleventh in 1995.
King Enma Jr., usually addressed as Koenma (コエンマ, combination of "Enma" and "ko", meaning "child") is the son of King Enma, the one in charge of judging whether a soul goes to heaven or hell. Koenma takes over the responsibilities of his father's work when he is away.[ch. 2] Though he is said to be at least 700 years old, Koenma usually appears as a toddler with a pacifier in his mouth and wearing a large hat with the kanji for "king" and the English letters "Jr". He can also transform into a young adult form, retaining his pacifier but losing his hat, showing the letters "Jr" on his forehead.[ch. 54] Koenma acts as Yusuke's boss, assigning him his Underworld Detective cases through Botan.[ch. 18] His pacifier is a receptacle, which Koenma constantly imbues with his aura so it can create a powerful barrier in order to fend off a dark age still centuries away.[ch. 143] However, after deciding to use it early to stop Sensui, if proves ineffective because of his Holy Chi.[ch. 145] At the end of the series, an investigation by Koenma ended up revealing that his father had been falsifying reports on demon activity against humans in order to justify keeping the two separated. Having proven the criminal statistics are much lower, Koenma is now in charge of the Underworld and allows access between the Demon Plane and Human World.[ch. 171] Koenma is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka in Japanese, by Sean Michael Teague in Funimation's English dub, by Brianne Siddall in Anime Works's dub of the first film, and by Eric Stuart in Central Park Media's dub of the second film. Koenma is a popular character with fans, coming in seventh and fifth place in the series' first two popularity polls. He came in ninth in the American Shonen Jump poll.
Atsuko Urameshi (
Shizuru Kuwabara (
Asato Kido (城戸亜沙斗 Kido Asato) is a fifteen-year-old human who, along with Yu Kaito and Mitsunari Yanagisawa, kidnaps Yusuke and takes him to the Fourth Dimensional Mansion.[ch. 115, 120] They developed superhuman powers as a result of the Demon Plane portal opened by Sensui and Itsuki and sought the aid of Genkai, who has them attack Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei.[ch. 119] Kido's ability is Shadow (
Yu Kaito (海藤優 Kaitō Yū) is a seventeen-year-old human who, along with Kido and Yanagisawa, kidnaps Yusuke and takes him to the Fourth Dimensional Mansion.[ch. 115, 120] Having written several published philosophical papers and books of literary criticism, he is the smartest student at Meio High School, behind only Kurama.[ch. 116] Kido, Yanagisawa and himself developed superhuman powers as a result of the Demon Plane portal opened by Sensui and Itsuki and sought the aid of Genkai, who has them attack Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei.[ch. 119] Kaito's ability is Taboo (
Mitsunari Yanagisawa (柳沢光成 Yanagisawa Mitsunari) is a sixteen-year-old human who, along with Kido and Kaito, kidnaps Yusuke and takes him to the Fourth Dimensional Mansion.[ch. 115, 120] They developed superhuman powers as a result of the Demon Plane portal opened by Sensui and Itsuki and sought the aid of Genkai, who has them attack Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei.[ch. 119] Yanagisawa's ability is Copy (
Pu (ぷう Pū, "Puu" in the English anime) or Pusuke (ぷう助 Pūsuke) is Yusuke's underworld beast. To return to life Koenma gives Yusuke a Spirit Beast egg. As Yusuke traveled with Botan as a ghost it would feed off of his aura and hatch in a creature whose form and demeanor would depend on how pure Yusuke's actions were. After using all the energy he had accumulated to save Keiko from a fire, Yusuke was returned to his body through an alternate method, while the egg was stored in the Underworld by Koenma. During the semifinals of the Dark Tournament the egg hatches into Pu, a small penguin-like animal with large floppy ears used to fly, a beak and black hair on his head.[ch. 76] Yusuke is embarrassed to get such a cute spirit beast but is endeared to Pu after it helps him during Genkai's final discipleship test. After Yusuke is killed by Sensui and revives as a demon, Pu changes into a large bird, resembling a phoenix.[ch. 149] Pu is voiced by Yuri Shiratori in Japanese, and by Justin Cook in English. Pu came in ninth place in the series' second popularity poll.
Jorge Saotome (ジョルジュ早乙女) is an ogre and one of Koenma's underlings that only appears in the anime. Koenma often blames him for any problems that may occur, most often problems that Koenma causes himself. While Jorge attempts to act as the voice of reason most of the time, he rarely gets praised for it. In the second to last episode it is revealed that the anime series was an underworld file on Yusuke Urameshi with Jorge as the narrator. He then goes back to hating his job as Koenma's aide. He is voiced by Tomomichi Nishimura in Japanese, by Kent Williams in Funimation's English dub, and by Robert Martin Klein in Anime Works's dub of the first film, where his name is "George".
Koto, Juri and Luka
Koto (小兎), who resembles a fox or cat, is the initial referee/announcer for the Dark Tournament. She takes the rules of the tournament seriously, and even mildly protests the tournament committee's underhanded manipulations. In the semifinals, Juri (樹里), who resembles an amphibian, takes over as referee while Koto gives the play-by-play commentary.[ch. 79] Luka (瑠架, alternately "Ruka") is a demon who specializes in force fields and is the nurse at the Dark Tournament. At the direction of the tournament organizers, she keeps Hiei and the Masked Fighter from competing in Team Urameshi's round against Team Shadow Channelers under the false guise of them being medically unfit.[ch. 67] At the end of the series, all three become widely popular idols on human television together under the name the "Occult Threesome".[ch. 172] Koto is voiced by Ai Orikasa in Japanese, and by Amber Cotton in English. Juri is voiced by Katsuyo Endou in Japanese, and by Jamie Marchi in English. Luka is voiced by Chiharu Suzuka in Japanese, and by Laurie Steele in English.
Kirishima, Okubo and Sawamura
Kirishima (桐島, "Miyamoto" in the English anime), Okubo (大久保 Ōkubo) and Sawamura (沢村, "Komada" in the English anime) are Kazuma Kuwabara's friends and also allies of Yusuke Urameshi. Okubo's single mother, often ill, does not bring enough money into her household, so Okubo holds a job in order to support the household.[ch. 3] All three appear in the Sensui arc where they attend a Megallica concert with Kuwabara. On their way home, they are attacked by Kiyoshi Mitarai and nearly drown in one of his water-based creatures, but are saved by Kuwabara.[ch. 127] Afterwards, Kuwabara carries the three, along with Mitarai to Yusuke's apartment before passing out. After Kirishima, Okubo and Sawamura tell Kurama and the others about what happened, their memories are erased.[ch. 127] Kirishima came in ninth place in the series' first popularity poll. He came in eleventh in the American Shonen Jump poll.
Shugeru Murota (室田繁) is a human whose ability Wiretap (
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