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The cast of the videogames Okami and Okamiden.

Characters who appear in Okami or both games

The Main Characters

Amaterasu

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The main protagonist, Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu in the form of a wolf. After being sealed for one hundred years as a statue, she's revived to deal with evils that have been released.

Issun

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One of the members of the Poncles, a race of tiny people. He's a wandering artist. Later, just before the Ark of Yamato, Waka shows up and explains that he won't be able to board. Issun thinks it's a ploy to not have him come on. He tries and fails. The reason he couldn't was because he refused to become a Celestial Envoy. He does become a Celestial Envoy later, which helps Amaterasu defeat Yami.

  • Bishie Sparkle: He occasionally looks like he sparkles.
    • When you shrink down to his size, he sparkles CONSTANTLY.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Not that chivalrous, mind you.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits
  • Insistent Terminology: He's a wandering artist. Not a bug. A WANDERING ARTIST.
  • Japanese Mythology: His name and size come from "Issun-boshi," the one-inch boy.
  • Leitmotif: A rather upbeat tune.
  • Meaningful Name: Issun literally means "One-Inch".
  • Meta Guy: Whenever something doesn't seem to make sense, Issun invariably points it out.
  • Mistaken Age: Based on his overall (relative) maturity and interest in women, Issun seems to be at least an adult. However mid-way through the game, Ammy shrinks down to his size and it's revealed that he's still a kid. If you're familiar with the mythology though this comes as no surprise.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Amaterasu 'Ammy' and 'Furball', Waka is 'the half-baked prophet', Kokari is 'crybaby'...
  • Reality Warper: Albeit a very weak one. He is shown to be able to use some celestial brush techniques.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: He has to become a Celestial Envoy to help Amaterasu, despite his reluctance.

Waka

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A mysterious prophet who speaks in riddles. He first shows up to fight Amaterasu, then later helps her. His intentions remain unknown for most of the game, until we find out that he's one of the Moon Tribe. He brought the Ark of Yamato to the Celestials, but Yami was lurking on board, and he was the only person to survive the carnage. He also saves Amaterasu from Yami when she is stripped of her divine powers and nearly sacrifices himself.


Characters from Eastern Nippon

Sakuya

The wood sprite who inhabits a number of mystical trees scattered across Nippon. She revives Ammy at the beginning of the game and continues to provide advice and help.

Susano

The descendant of the legendary hero who slew Orochi 100 years ago -- and don't you forget it. Considers himself a great warrior, but he only fools the people who haven't known him too long.

Kushi

Susano's love interest, the local sake brewer. When Orochi revives after a century of somnolence, Kushi is chosen as the first sacrificial maiden.

Mr. and Mrs. Orange

Mr. Orange is Kamiki's village elder and Mrs. Orange is his wife.

Mushi

A young boy living in Kamiki village with his faithful companion Hayabusa who is secretly one of the Eight Canine Warriors and not the original Hayabusa.

  • Gotta Catch Them All: With digging up turnips.
  • The Prankster: A minor one, but he and Hayabusa spend their days trying to dig up his mother's field.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He reveals after Orochi's defeat that he knew Hayabusa isn't the real one, as the real Hayabusa would've died with his master and not abandoned him. He's still thankful for Hayabusa saving his life, however, and feels guilty for treating him badly recently.

Mushi's Mama

Mushi's mother who spends most of her day trying to keep her son and his dog out of her turnip field.

  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe example. Even Issun is afraid of her!
  • Never Mess with Granny: While not quite a granny, you really don't want to be on the receiving end of her hits...

Kokari

A child living with the forest. Him and his dog, Ume[1], are inseparable friends.

  • Crying Little Kid: Tends to be genuinely useless if he cries as a result of Ume being kidnapped by some monster somehow.
  • Nemean Skinning: Er, sort of. The kid wears a rabbit pelt on his head.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Turns from the cry baby he is into someone who manages to survive and does well in Kamui.

Karude

Kokari's father. That's pretty much all you need for him.

Princess Fuse

The current and last remaining head-priestess of the Satomi house, with Crimson Helm's resurrection, she was overcome by demons until Amaterasu rescued her. Princess Fuse wishes to defeat Crimson Helm and let the divine winds flow again, however, to do so, she needs her eight Canine Warriors to reassemble, and guess who is going to help her. She is Yatsu, the previous head priest's wife. But for some reason, she doesn't seem to ever mention him.

Yatsu

A priest of the Satomi house who died fighting Crimson Helm and his demon minions. He is now a ghost who holds guard over the door leading to the Wind Shrine. Despite being blind, he can use his inner eye to see a person's true form. Yatsu is in fact Princess Fuse's deceased husband, after Crimson Helm's defeat, he contently leaves this world.

  • Blind Seer: Despite being blind, he can see a person's true form. He sees Amaterasu as a "beautiful maiden", to which Issun laughs at, until he referred to Issun as a "little booger".

The Satomi Canine Warriors

Eight dogs each representing one of the right Confucian virtues, they are:

  • Tei (Brotherhood)
  • Shin (Faith)
  • Chi (Knowledge)
  • Rei (Honour)
  • Ko (Wisdom)
  • Gi (Duty)
  • Chu (Loyalty)
  • Jin (Justice)

When their master, Princess Fuse, summoned them back, only five returned, and Amaterasu was forced to find the rest of them.

  • Big Eater: "I'm hungry, give me some food."
  • Dung Fu: It seems that Ammy is not the only one who enjoys explosive dog droppings.
  • Hot-Blooded: All of them up to a certain degree, but most noticably, Tei, the biggest and most fierce of the warriors.
  • I Owe You My Life: Jin (Ume) refuses to return because Kokari and his father saved him when he was gravely wounded.
  • Last Request: Chu (Hayabusa) refuses to return because the real Hayabusa, who died defending his master, requested him to protect Mushi from Orochi's arrow, which is prophecised to kill him.
  • Nakama: To such a degree where even if they are seperated, the eight can still fight together through the Satomi Power Orbs. Or as they say, "Even when seperated, the Satomi warrior's hearts beat as one."
  • Samus Is a Girl: The original Chu and by extension Hayabusa. The second Hayabusa as well, given that she is able to pass for Hayabusa with no problems. Male pronouns are used above to avoid spoiling it.
  • Urine Trouble: If Ammy get stuck in one of the holes that the warriors dug, they will pee on her, instantly draining away all her ink.
  • You All Look Familiar: Played seriously, nobody can tell Hayabusa isn't the original Hayabusa because they're the same breed

Mr. Bamboo

Kaguya's father and is known all across the country for his work with bamboo.

Kaguya

Mr.Bamboo's adoptive daughter granddaughter. As her name and hair color suggests her to be, she is one of the Moon Tribe, sent to Earth for obscure reasons and saved by Mr. Bamboo.

  • Nice Hat: She is wearing a bamboo space helmet.
  • Really Seven Hundred Years Old: As a member of the Moon Tribe like Waka and as suggested by Mr.Bamboo's dialogue, she likely never aged since Mr. Bamboo saved her.

The Sparrow Clan

A clan of sparrows led by Jamba. Lives in Sasa Sanctuary and runs an inn that receives few visitors for obvious reasons.

  • Mafia Princess: Jamba's daughter Chun is, while not technically a mafia princess, treated as one.

The Spider Queen

Crimson Helm

Orochi


Characters from Western Nippon

Rao / Ninetails

A young priestess in Sei'an City. Turns out that she was killed before the start of the game by a kitsune named Ninetails. He then shapeshifted into her and tricked Amaterasu and Issun into giving her the Fox Rods.

  • Absolute Cleavage
  • A God Am I: Pretends to be a god. She has a constellation, a brush, facial markings, and is fought on a cloudy golden plain.
  • Color Coded for Your Convenience: Red beads indicate that this is Ninetails in disguise. The original Rao had blue.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In-game example. She even distracts Amaterasu.
  • Evil Counterpart: She uses the same brush techniques as Amaterasu during her boss battle.
  • Gag Boobs
  • Gender Bender: Ninetails refers to himself as male, but most of his time on screen is as the very feminine Rao. Issun continues to refer to Ninetails as a she for the rest of the game though.
  • Japanese Mythology: The myth in question was used for both the story arcs with Blight and Ninetails. To elaborate, the myth goes that there was a young priestess. She became very popular with everyone, including the Emperor. The Emperor fell ill and two warriors found out that she was really a kitsune that was casting a spell on him. She pleaded with them in their dreams to spare her, because she had a vision that they would kill her. They didn't listen.
  • Jiggle Physics
  • Leitmotif: One of the most sexually suggestive in recent memory...
  • Out-Gambitted: By Queen Himiko.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: She literally pulls her prayer slips out of her shirt just before the Sunken Ship portion of the game.
    • Later, she manages this with the freakin' Fox Rods.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting

Queen Himiko

The queen and ruler of Sei'an and all of Nippon. When Issun and Ammy arrive in Sei'an in its cursed state, they found out that the queen was holed up in her palace and not doing a thing to help. Issun, having one of his Genre Savvy moments, guesses that the queen is secretly responsible for this mess. However, this is not true as the queen was in fact praying the whole time for a solution for these problems. Amaterasu was what she had been waiting for, and she requests the duo to seek out and destroy Oni Island. Her plans apparently fails when Amaterasu fails to save the water dragon and she is murdered by the evil Rao. However, it is later revealed that this was what she planned all along and both her and Amaterasu knew that she had to die from the beginning.

  • Cool Hat: Its on fire.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: The number of people that mention her at all after her death can be counted with one hand.
    • Though this is not the case in Okamiden.
  • God Save Us From the Queen: Subverted, that's what Issun thinks anyway.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Her Thanatos Gambit obviously involved her death, and in her last moment in this world, she managed to determine Oni Island's location for this one sunset.
  • Just As Planned: As you can probably see from all these spoiler markers, her story arc is a very strong plot point and involves lots of plans and out-gambitting, she succeeds.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Amaterasu gave Rao the fox rods so that Rao would kill Himiko and attempt to steal her crystal ball, and by doing so, the crystal ball gains her dark powers and becomes able to determine the location of the Oni Island. It seems that Amaterasu and Himiko knew of this from the beginning, judging by the conversation with Waka, but Issun did not.

Otohime

Queen of the Dragon Palace, she foresees Amaterasu's coming and asks her for help by retrieving the Dragon Orb from the berserked Water Dragon's body. The water dragon is in fact her husband Wada, and after hearing both his and Queen Himiko's death. She transforms into a dragon herself in order to help Amaterasu across to the Oni Island.

The Water Dragon King Wada

The deranged water dragon that once was the guardian of Ryoshima Coast, one day it suddenly started terrorizing the coast, sinking any ships passing by. He is in fact the king of the Dragon Palace, Otohime's hushand, Wada. He transformed into a dragon to combat Ninetails and her army of monsters, swallowing the Fox Rods, Ninetail's treasured weapon, in the process. However, its dark powers caused him to go berserk.

Orca

Emissary of the Dragon Palace and your main means of traversing the waters off of Ryoshima Coast.

Urashima

A fisherman who is frequently tormented by three local bullies.

Yoichi

An archer who was once guarding the drawbridge between Taka Pass and Sei-An City. Has since gone travelling in order to further improve his archery skills.

  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's either supposed to be or named for Nasu no Yoichi, a famous samurai who is said to have once shot down a fan pinned to the top mast of an enemy ship. From a swimming horse. While the ship was moving.

The Emperor

Technically a former emperor as Queen Himiko now rules Sei-An City. Was the cause of the poisonous mist in Sei-An City due to Blight living inside of his body.

Hayazo

Master thief who Amaterasu has to, naturally, catch from time to time.

Gen

A somewhat crazed inventor living in a tower in Sei-An city.

  • Ascended Extra: It's possible to finish the first game without ever meeting him, as you only need him to get an optional brush technique. In the second game he plays a role in the main plot and in the ending.
  • Mad Scientist: In the first game, Issun points out that his invention can't possibly work, and in the second game he ends up building a Time Machine and a Cool Spaceship.

Raiden

A lightning ghost lingering in Sei-An for unclear reasons.

  • Invisible to Normals: In the second game, even Chibi can't see him if he isn't with Kagu.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In the first game, help apprehend a thief, and in the second game resuscitate a man who is having a stroke.
  • Nominal Importance: While he seems important at first glance, being named and all, his only role in the first game is as a source of lightning for the final Hayazo race. He gets a small upgrade in the second game where he helps save a man's life, but his role is still very minor.
  • Shock and Awe: He is a lightning ghost, so both Ammy and Chibi can draw lightning from him.

Tobi

A piece of floating, talking paper found on Oni Island, he acts as the guard for the racing trials inside the fortress. When you meet him, he acts both as your guide and competitor through the trials, but becomes more and more friendly as you continue to beat him. In the end, Tobi decided to abandon his post as guard to race you one more time, knowing full well that it would destroy him. However, racing was all he ever wanted in his existence, and the races with Ammy had fulfilled his wishes.

  • Heroic Sacrifice: He doesn't know it himself, as far as Tobi can see, he disobeyed his orders to guard the trials (and therefore destroying him) in order to race you, which he felt fulfilled his existence. But he did also act as a guide and died as a result of helping you across the fortress.
  • Tear Jerker: In universe example, Tobi dies because of his passion for racing, and when he perishes he tries to bloom into a bundle of flowers like other enemies when they die. However, he only manages to become a single, tiny flower. This seems to have touched Issun more than anything before this point.
  • Worthy Opponent: He sees you as this, or maybe even more.

Blight

Taking the form of a floating suit of empty armour penetrated from all sides by katanas, its true form is actually a cursed katana named Goldnail. He went into the emperor's body and caused him to fall ill, and using his body, it polluted the entire city with a poisonous fog before being vanquished by a shrunken down Amaterasu.

Characters from Kamui

Oki

A warrior of the northern lands. Oki's goal is to restore peace to Kamui by slaying the twin demons, Lechku and Nechku. After his initial duel with Amaterasu, he becomes an on/off ally. He stole the precious blade Kutone from the village of Wep'keer and desperately tries to make its prophecy: "The wall of ice shall shatter and open the way to the heavens when Kutone, the guardian sword, glows silver." come true, as he believes that this will empower the sword and allow him to destroy the demons. However, he does not know how, so he thought he could empower the sword by killing as many demons as possible. He eventually gains the power to defeat Lechku and Nechku by using his sword to protect instead of kill.

Samickle

The Oina tribe's greatest warrior and current leader of Wep'keer.

Kai

A girl who is special in that she, as a child, found Ponc'tan. As a result she is the one who leads Amaterasu through Yoshpet, the Forest of Illusion to said village.

  • Cool Big Sis: Is literally this for her kid sister Lika but also seemed to be this for Oki and Samickle when they were young.

Lika

Kai's kid sister who happens to be extremely powerful. Is preceived to be a threat by the twin genies Lechku and Nechku.

Kemu

Elder of the village and former leader before handing the position over to Samickle.

Tuskle

A shaman who prays for Kamui's safety.

  • Cool Mask: It basically has two prongs jutting out to the side and an owl sits on each one.
  • Domino Mask

Isshaku

One of the Poncles and Grandfather of Issun as well as the sixth Celestial Envoy, the companion of Shiranui 100 years ago just like Issun is now to Ammy, he disowned Issun after some disputes until Issun actually chooses to become a Celestial Envoy.

Lechku and Nechku

Yami

The characters who appear only in Okamiden

The Main Characters

Chibiterasu

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Amateresu's son, and the protagonist of the game. He appears in Nippon just as things are getting bad again.

Kuni

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Susano and Kushi's adopted son, and Chibi's first partner. Personality-wise, he's a lot like his father.

Nanami

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A draconian mermaid who Kuni and Chibi meet in the Agata forest, and Chibi's second partner.

Kagu

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A popular child actress from the theatre at Sei'an City, and Chibi's third partner.

Kurow

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A member of the Moon Tribe who runs into Chibi in Sei'an City, and Chibi's fourth partner. Bears an uncanny resemblance to Waka.

Manpuku

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A boy from 100 years in the past, whom Chibi encounters near the Moon Cave. Chibi's fifth partner.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Near the end of the game, when he violates space and time, and breaks through a closed portal to rescue Chibi along with Kagu and Nanami.
  • Big Eater: Deconstructed. He had to send his dog to live with his cousin because he couldn't afford to feed both of them, his mother skips some meals, and there's rarely any food in the house for very long.
  • Butt Monkey: Constantly suffering from hunger pains, getting squashed by Chibi or his other partners, and getting shot out of cannons, sometimes right at bosses.
  • Exposition Fairy
  • Fainting: Happens when he gets too hungry. Thankfully, this is only in cutscenes and not actual gameplay.
  • Flaming Hair: And you can use it as a fire source!
  • It's All My Fault: Regarding his mother's kidnapping.

NPCs

Dr. Redbeard and Dr. Bluebeard

Founder and doctor of Yakushi Village and a doctor in Sei-an City, respectively.

  • Non-Indicative Name: They don't have beards. Their moustaches are red and blue.
    • Possibly justified as beard and moustache are the same word in Japanese, and a name ending in -beard is way handier than -moustache.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: They are identical, right down to moustache shape, except for their moustache color.
  • You Gotta Have A Blue Moustache: Dr. Bluebeard. Dr. Redbeard's moustache is a rather improbable shade of red, as well.

Ayame

A deathly ill child living in Yakushi Village. She has a great love of fireworks.

Female Scholar

A scholar and second in command of the expedition to explore the Ruins near Sei'an city. Kurow develops a crush on her.

Shikibu

A strange girl who lives inside a shrine at the bottom of the ocean and is tasked with protecting the Knowledge Stone. She appears to have some Miko-like powers and writes (bad) romance stories in her spare time.

Genji

Shikibu's creation, a pretty boy who is obsessed with the ideas of romance and love.

Charity

Manpuku's mother, who works herself to the bone to keep him fed. She is a master chef, and was kidnapped by imps while out gathering food in order to make a meal for Orochi.

Antagonists

Bullhead

A giant Catfish who wants to become a dragon by swimming up a waterfall. To this end, he floods Agata Forest with the stolen Wet Jewel.

  • The Catfish: Although, interestingly enough, he is not the same catfish as in the first game. Apparently Agata is home to multiple giant catfish.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's a carp, dammit.[2]
  • Shock and Awe: He has a nasty lightning attack.

Witch Queen

The ruler of the Demon's Market, a hideously ugly demon who smokes a pipe.

Sen & Ryo

A duo of Youkai that took over Sei'an City's playhouse, trapping the actors and the spectators inside. They were once a duo of terrible actors whose dream was to peform on the playhouse, but were always refused. Upon death, they spirits became Youkai under the servitude of King Fury, and they took over the playhouse to force themselves onto the stage.

King Fury / Sugawara

A demon terrorizing Sei'an City with an obsession with Kagu.

Umami

A female imp who is Orochi's chef 100 years in the past. She is less than pleased that a human has been brought in to do her job.

Akuro

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The Big Bad of this game, a malevolent entity that seeks to restore Yami's rule. He was broken into 5 pieces, and Chibi & co. destroy those pieces, reuniting them and making him strong enough to carry out his plan.

  • Bishonen Line: Of a sort. While already powerful enough on his own, to obtain true power he needs to possess a vessel of pure light. This vessel wound up being Kuni, who appearance-wise is much less intimidating than Akuro's default form. Also applies to his boss fight, as his second form is a almost literal mirror image of Chibi.
  • Continuity Snarl: Akuro is either as described above, or the one who was controlling Yami the whole time. The game tells you both, but what should we believe?
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: His third "form".
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: In the form shown, he has an eyeball in his mouth.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: In his first form, they look a lot like Yami's.
  • Mirror Boss: In your second fight against him.
  • Power Glows: Akuro's Dark Sun form's Facial Markings glow.
  • Reality Warper: As Dark Sun.
  • Sequential Boss
  • Ultimate Evil: Stated to have used Orochi and even YAMI as a vessel in the past, making him this... or not. See Continuity Snarl above.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Akuro is an ultimate force of darkness, but to use his full strength, he needs to possess someone with a large quantity of light.

Notes

  1. who is actually Jin, one of the Satomi Canine Warriors
  2. For Western players, there is a Japanese legend that a koi (carp) that swims up a waterfall becomes a dragon.
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