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List of Garo characters

This is a list of the various characters throughout the Japanese tokusatsu series Garo. These characters play a major role within the series and often influence many key events. The characters within the series are split into six groups; Makai Knights, Makai Priests, Madōgu, protagonist side, antagonist side, and Makai entities.

Garo the Golden Knight

Garo the Golden Knight (黄金騎士・牙狼(ガロ) Ōgon Kishi Garo?)[Note 1] is the main character of the series, armed with the Garoken (牙狼剣 Garōken?, Fanged Wolf Sword) blade. The Garo title, based on the word for "hope" in the old Makai language, has been traditionally associated with the Saezima family who have been stationed to oversee matters in the eastern side of Japan before it ended up in the use of Ryuga Dogai, with the armor blackened by that time. In an attempt to restore the armor, Ryuga's mother Hakana resorted to the use of a risky ritual, which due to Tousei Kaneshiro's intervention, led to the creation of special Madō Horrors that only her son can kill. This however, inadvertently resulted in the Garo armor regaining its radiance.

Kouga Saezima

Kouga Saezima (冴島 鋼牙 Saejima Kōga?) is the Garo of the first two seasons, a very unsociable person who always keeps his feelings to himself and puts up a deadpan face all the time, yet possesses a noble and kind heart. Kouga was raised almost without friends during his childhood and surrounded almost exclusively by people with Makai backgrounds, as such brought up to think little else other than slaying Horrors. His father was the one who started his training at an early age and he still trains on a daily basis to sharpen his skills. Since childhood, originally having a naive view of the world, Kouga was raised by his father Taiga whom he respected despite him not to associate with anyone besides Jabi, Amon, and Gonza while hunting Horrors. But after causing his father's death by who he thought was a Horror, a devastated Kouga is assured by Zaruba as he convey Taiga's final thoughts: Take the title of Garo and to be brave.

To that end, wanting to master use of Soul Metal, Kouga undergoes the path of becoming a Makai Knight like his father. Under the mandated alias of Shiro, which was placed so to protect the child's identity should he failed to graduate as a Makai Knight, Kouga befriended three other boys as they are all placed under the guidance of the Makai Knight Wataru. Though Kouga learned the value of friendship, he is forced to watch friends being devoured by the Horror Raizon, keeping the beads they got from Wataru on his person in memory of them. Though he later trained under the Makai Knight Kengi, it still took over a decade since his father's death for Kouga to finally be strong enough to lift the Garoken from its resting place to become the current Golden Knight. By that time, Kouga reach a conclusion of what he should fight for from his two teachers' ideal: one being that any person, good or bad, has not only the right to live, but also the potential to save many lives on their own in the process; the other being that one should try to his best to save another person, regardless of how slim the chances might be.

During the events of the first season, Garo meets Kaoru when he was slaying Anglay where she happened to be stained with Horror blood, a condition that will kill her in 100 days in an excruciatingly painful manner. Though expected to kill her to spare her a painful death, Kouga spared Kaoru's life because she reminded him of his mother. However, Kouga never told Kaoru about her situation and claimed to Zaruba and the Three Priestesses of the Eastern Watchdog that he kept her alive to be of use as a Horror bait. Eventually, saving Kaoru's life while falling in love with her, Kouga learns the truth of his father's death to be at the hands of the rogue Makai Knight Barago, who later kidnaps Kaoru to enact his plan to bring Messiah to the living world. While fighting a losing battle against he Priestesses' servant Kodama, who seemingly murdered Jabi, Kouga's refusal to discard his armor when the time limit was up caused his negative emotions to turn him into mindless Lost Soul Beast Garo (心滅獣身牙狼 Shinmetsu Jūshin Garo?) while killing his opponent. After Zero saves him, Kouga battles Messiah and not only defeats her but Kiba as well, with the later at the cost of Zaruba. Some time later, Kouga is bidding an emotional farewell to Kaoru, as she would be heading to Italy to further her studies in art. She gave him the final product of her father's book with the last page painted, and Rei handed Kouga a restored Zaruba as a token of their friendship, which was reforged by the Western Watchdog. Though he still has his same old personality, he bears no past memories of his time with Taiga and Kouga, even stating that he didn't like the name Kouga gave him.

In Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju, Kouga was approached by Rin Yamagatana who delivered a message from Priest Amon. Kouga didn't believe her at first, but her mentioning their unfinished bar chess game persuaded him to take her seriously. Amon would return as a spirit to ask for his help to save Jabi's still-living body. Accepting the mission, despite interference from the resident Makai Knight Dan, Kouga enters the Makai Forest and battles the Makai Tree to regain Jabi. Soon after, Kouga receives new orders to contain the threat of the Horror Legules, managing to use the Phosphorus Arrow to destroy the fiend and his extensions. Soon after, Kouga returned home to find Kaoru painting in the backyard. They welcomed each other, clasped hands and walked back home, implying that they had finally confessed their feelings for each other. In Garo: Red Requiem, on orders to destroy the Apostle Horror Karma, Kouga meets Kengi's daughter Rekka and helps her reach the same conclusion her father pointed him to years ago, as they work together to destroy the Horror. Parting, Rekka gives Kouga one of her young Makai Dragons, which Zaruba names "Kaoru" to Kouga's chagrin, that Kouga uses to search for Horrors while doubling as a messenger.

In Garo: Makai Senki, Kouga gets promoted to be a Makai Knight serving the Senate for defeating the Apostle Horrors. But just after fighting the Horror Cigarein, Kouga is attacked by a mysterious red-masked man, who engraves a Seal of Destruction (破滅の刻印 Hametsu no Kokuin?) onto him. As a result, Kouga does not have much time to live and his life shortens every time he dons his armor, as well as suffering chest pains from time to time and his body gradually weakens over time. Hiding his condition from Kaoru, Kouga continues his duties as he investigate red-masked man before learning of his identity as Sigma Fudō whose plan to end the Horror menace with the power of Gyanon nearly sends the world into chaos. Though he defeats Sigma, revealed to be one of the friends thought to be devoured by Raizon, Kouga had to leave to honor the contract he made to Gajari to achieve his victory by traveling to the Promised Land to retrieve the Fang of Sorrow during the events of Garo: Soukoku no Maryu.

As Garo, his armor helps protect him from damaging blows, but his armor isn't unbreakable. If a Horror is strong enough, they can damage and injure Kouga. Should the armor be exposed to a very powerful blow the armor will retract before the 99.9-second time limit. With the Garoken, transformed from Kouga's Makai Sword (魔戒剣 Makaiken?), Garo can cut down almost anything and only a rare few Horrors are strong enough to resist its force. Kouga is able to use a technique called Blazing Armament (烈火炎装 Rekka Ensō?). This is when he uses the Madō Fire from his Madō Lighter to encompass his sword and his armor to increase his damage potential. In some episodes, he's able to use Blazing Armament without the use of the Madō Lighter. When riding Gōten, his combat strength is increased with his Garoken transformed into the larger Garo Zanbaken (牙狼斬馬剣 Garōzanbaken?, Fanged-Wolf Horse-Slaying Sword) and the Dai Garo Zanbaken (大牙狼斬馬剣 Dai Garō Zanbaken?, Big Fanged-Wolf Horse-Slaying Sword), the twice-sized Garo Zanbaken. Because his armor is composed of Soul Metal, the armor reacts to his will along with Madō Fire.

Kouga also received powered-up forms in many of his epic battles as Garo. During the fight with Messiah, the power within Kaoru's positive energy-based painting enabled Garo to become the angelic Winged Garo (翼人牙狼 Tsubasabito Garo?). Then, while fighting Legules, Garo uses the Phosphorus Arrow to negate the Horror's influence while turning into Phosphorus Garo (鷹麟牙狼 Ōrin Garo?). And then, while fighting Karma, Garo becomes Dragon Formation Garo (竜陣牙狼 Ryūjin Garo?) through the souls of the many Makai Knights she devoured over the years. In Garo: Soukoku no Maryu, Garo becomes Blue Dragon Garo (蒼竜牙狼 Sōryū Garo?).

Kouga Saezima is portrayed by Ryosei Konishi (小西 遼生 Konishi Ryōsei?). As a child, he is portrayed by Ryusei Sawahata (澤畠 流星 Sawahata Ryūsei?). As a 2 years old child, he is portrayed by Shuhei Jojo (城定 修平 Jōjō Shūhei?).

Taiga Saezima

Taiga Saezima (冴島 大河 Saejima Taiga?) is Kouga's father and the previous Garo. He died battling his former student Barago when Kouga was a boy. Seen only in flashbacks.

Taiga Saezima is portrayed by Hiroyuki Watanabe (渡辺 裕之 Watanabe Hiroyuki?).

Ryuga Dougai

Ryuga Dougai (道外 流牙 Dōgai Ryūga?) is the current Garo, as of the events of Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono. Unlike usual Knights where armors are passed on from father to son or master to apprentice, the Garo armor was placed in the Tower of Heroic Spirits, and according to a caretaker monk, tarnished black after fighting a great battle long ago. Unlike his predecessors, Ryuga exudes a wild and imposing personality with a lack of respect for authority while he is actually kind and positive with a need to protect others, as well as an idiot who does not give up regardless of the odds stacking against him. Unlike the Golden Knights of the Saejima line, while he is brought up to be a formidable fighter, he is not as well educated and he is not proficient at all with the Makai Language. He possesses the innate ability to hear people's feelings and thoughts by putting their belongings next to his ears. He uses the uncanny trait, inherited from his mother, as a means of sensing the presence of Horrors at times as well. Growing up as a child on an isolated island, he had always been fascinated with the Garo armor since his visit to the Tower of Heroic Spirits as a child, and promised his mother Hakana that he would be its wearer someday. Ryuga trained under Burai's instruction on the island for ten years with Rago as his training partner before gaining the right to bear the Garo title.

Though he killed Rago to complete his training, Ryuga takes his training partner's fang as a keepsake and began a life of solitude after being told that his mother died during his training, resenting the Makai Priest for not being able to protect his mother. Not stationed in one place like Makai Knights usually are, Ryuga travels across Japan's cities to slay Horrors and erecting crude tombs overlooking them in memory of his mother. Eventually, Ryuga is sent to Vol City where he is reunited with Burai and reluctantly agrees to help him and the other Makai Knights stationed there. Finding himself facing Madō Horrors, Ryuga sees visions of his mother whenever hit by golden shock waves and emitted by the Madō Horrors' wounds that cause the Garo armor to momentarily regain its golden appearance as brief as the pain associated with it. While learning that they are behind the Horror residence of Vol City, Ryuga unwittingly gives the Kaneshiro Group enough evidence of his actions to create propaganda portraying him as a serial killer, and placing a ¥300,000,000 bounty on his head. However, Ryuga resolves the matter by going through with an meticulously elaborated plan to confirm Rivera's identity as a Madō Horror, retrieve a piece of material off of her for developing a Madō Horror Detector while faking his death at the Vol TV station.

After his confrontation with Hyena, Ryuga makes a grave marker for his mother on the cliff overlooking the Vol City with Rian's help. Though his mind is racing with thoughts of Vol City and the mystery of his armor's connections to them, Ryuga reaches the conclusion that destroying the Madō Horrors is the only way to obtain answers. After the revelation that Tousei is responsible for the Horrors in Vol City, learning that he is human, Ryuga is once more portrayed as a terrorist along with the rest of his group. Though he evades Tousei's attempt to make him into a Madō Horror, Ryuga ends up being blinded by Sonshi with the Garoken thrown into the lobby of Tousei's office where it remained. Despite extremely unfavorable odds due to his blindness and placed in solitary confinement, Ryuga escapes the SG1 prison and with timely aid from his fellow Knights, retrieves the Garoken. Soon after, finally acknowledged by Zaruba as they form a contract, Ryuga is reunited with his mother and learns that she was used by Tousei to sire Madō Horrors who are revealed to hold her memories. After Hakana gives up her own eyesight to restore his, Ryuga races off to the Hill of Zedom's Arm to save Rian, and finally kill Enhou through the combined efforts of him and Rian. After killing Enhou, hearing the last trances of the woman's humanity through her necklace, Ryuga vows to never have another innocent be sired as a Madō Horror.

In a bid to stop Zedom's resurrection, the group head for the slowly crumbling Hill of Zedom's Head and Ryuga knows right from the start that Burai intends to sacrifice himself. He eventually thanks Burai for all the priest has done for him, before heading to fight Sonshi and defeating him with the aid of his friends. With the Garo armor finally regains its brilliance, forced to kill his mother to spare her from becoming a Horror, Ryuga battles Zedom. During the fight, as the horror attempts to consume him, Ryuga tells Zedom that the eyes he gained from his mother are a symbol of hope and future before he and the Makai Knights destroy him. With Vol City saved, Ryuga parts ways with his friends to not only build a grave marker for his mother in the Makai Priest ruins, but also deal with Tousei since he is now a Horror. After Rian kills Tousei in his stead, Ryuga accepts her request for her to join him in his southward journey.

Ryuga Dougai is portrayed by Wataru Kuriyama (栗山 航 Kuriyama Wataru?). As a child, he is portrayed by Ritsu Oohashi (大橋 律 Ōhashi Ritsu?).

Makai Knights

Rei Suzumura/Zero the Silver Fanged Knight

Rei Suzumura (涼邑 零 Suzumura Rei?)/Zero the Silver Fanged Knight (銀牙騎士・絶狼(ゼロ) Ginga Kishi Zero?),[Note 2] once known as Ginga Suzumura (涼邑 銀牙 Suzumura Ginga?), is the sub-antagonist turned co-protagonist of the series and the Silver Makai Knight of the West. He was an orphan before he was found by Douji, who took pity on him and raised Rei as his son to inherit his position as a knight of the West and start his own lineage. Though trained as a Makai Knight, Rei didn't have the tenacity or murderous intent to be a true warrior. One fateful night, however, Shizuka and Douji were both killed by a warrior who suspiciously resembled the Golden Knight. After giving his dead loved ones proper burials, He renamed himself Rei, putting his old name before his Knight title, and naming his armor 'Zero', with both names being a pun on "Zero," with intention to reinvent himself as well as to get back at the Makai Knight that took his loved ones away, becoming a person full of angst, wild and murderous.

During Zero's quest for revenge he violated a host of protocols expected of a Makai Knight, from leaving his western territory post to directly attack Kouga. Though his investigations lead him to Kouga, Zero wasn't sure if Kouga was actually the knight that had murdered his family, thus he remained constantly uncooperative with the Golden Knight and even started fights with him to vent out his anger. Later in the series, the Watchdogs of the East try to frame Kouga for his family's death; Zero would later discover the true killer was Barago and ally himself with Garo. As the truths of matters unfold, his personality drastically changed, becoming more like his old self. He became more relaxed and open, turning into a caring friend for Kouga as they now share the same enemy. Rei and Kouga later visited the Western Watchdog where they reported and were ordered to assassinate Barago and Gulm. Because of Zero's tall list of violations he wasn't allowed to participate in Kouga's mission, but Kouga argued on his behalf, saying that he need his power. Rei's suspension was relinquished and he joined Kouga in dealing with Barago and Gulm.

During Kouga's dark transformation, it was Zero who helped Kouga snap out of his darkness. Gulm tried to stop the duo from reaching Kiba and Kaoru, but Rei decided to stay behind to deal with her, allowing Kouga to press forward. She assumed Shizuka's form and tried to trick him. He soon saw through her illusion because the real Shizuka addressed Rei as Ginga, while the impostor constantly called him Zero. After a very difficult fight Zero almost died, but survived a mortal blow because Silva took the hit. After a losing fight against Gulm, he took the opportunity of her overconfident victory and killed her. After Kiba's defeat, Rei presented Kouga with a reforged Zaruba as proof of their friendship and remained in the Eastern district to protect it while Kouga went northward.

In Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju, Rei was assigned to help guard the upcoming Kantai ceremony from Horrors' attack. He saved Hyuga and Akatsuki (Tsubasa's disciples) from Karakuri Horrors. After aiding Kouga and Tsubasa in their fight against Legules, he returns to his district.

Rei resurfaces during the events of Garo: Makai Senki, having been afflicted with the Seal of Destruction yet not very concerned as he continues with his duties, much like Kouga himself. Although a friendly person who always wears a smile on his face, he stated to Silva once that he is no good with big groups of people, leading him to turn down an invite to stay back for dinner at Kouga's place. It is known later that he is immune to poisons. But whether this is a common trait of all Makai Knights, or practitioners of the Makai ways instead of just a unique physical trait of his remains to be seen. Later, from his confrontation with Juzo Igari, Rei considers settling a few matters with Kouga over which of them is the strongest. He also meets an old friend named Misao Hoshikawa, forced to make her hate him by killing the Horror that possessed her mother's body. Like Kouga and the rest of the Knights, he got engraved with the Seal of Destruction as well and his condition deteriorates as well.

Zero wields a pair of short swords called the Ginroken (銀狼剣 Ginrōken?, Silver Wolf Swords). In their Makaiken form, these are shorter versions of Kouga's Makaiken. When Zero dons his armor, the swords become curved like scimitars. These can be locked together to form a huge crescent-shaped double-bladed boomerang called the Ginga Ginroken (銀牙銀狼剣 Ginga Ginrōken?, Silver Fanged Silver Wolf Sword). Zero's Madō Horse Ginga is similar to Garo's Gōten, but with a blade attached to his head.

Rei Suzumura is portrayed by Ray Fujita (藤田 玲 Fujita Rei?).

Tsubasa Yamagatana/Dan the Midnight Sun Knight

Tsubasa Yamagatana (山刀 翼 Yamagatana Tsubasa?)/Dan the Midnight Sun Knight (白夜騎士・打無(ダン) Byakuya Kishi Dan?)[Note 3] is the White Makai Knight of Kantai, introduced in Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju. Tsubasa is a descendant of the Makai Knight that defeated Legules 1000 years ago. His parents, both Makai Priests, died in combat with Horrors and thus takes it upon himself to oversee the well being of his younger sister Rin. He is a strict and "by the book" type of guy, believing that emotions will only get in the way of his duties and that both a Makai Knight and those dear to him must be prepared for the former's demise. Tsubasa also has a pair of disciples, Hyuga and Akatsuki, under him. Not notified of Kouga's arrival to Kantai, Tsubasa confronts the Makai Knight after he defended his disciples and fight him before Garai intervened and told Tsubasa to let Kouga pass to carry out his mission to save Jabi. Tsubasa objected to what he thought was an act against natural order and originally saw Jabi as an abomination until she risked her life to save Rin. After he apologized to Jabi for his rudeness towards her, Tsubasa joins her with Kouga and Rei to defeat Legules in the Abyss Forest. After Legules' defeat, Tsubasa told Rin that she's his pride and finally showed his smile when Rin performed magic to create butterflies.

During the events of Garo: Makai Senki, Tsubasa is revealed to have been marked with the Seal Destruction as well, his condition far worse than Kouga's and Rei's due to repeated summonings of his armor, suffering intense pain on his chest all the time. He intends to get rid of Wataru, assuming that he had fallen completely to darkness. Even when rectified by Hyuga and Kouga later, he stands his ground as he sees that to be the only way to free Wataru from his suffering. Touched by Kouga's actions and thoughts of wanting to save the suffering knight from his inner darkness, he ended up helping Kouga save Wataru from himself nonetheless, allowing himself to be stabbed together with Wataru to pin Wataru down so as to purge the evil influence within Wataru's armor. Tsubasa assures Kouga that he has no intention of dying at the moment, and promises Kouga that he would not harbor the intentions of throwing his life away easily because of his condition as he did previously.

As a Makai Knight, other possessing great fighting skills and amazing speed, he possess traits unusual for a Makai Knight, wearing a jacket over his shirt and skirting on his lower body, which is more common with Makai Priests, rather than a duster like other Knights; he also augments magic into his fighting style through the use of his special earring. He wields a /spear called Makai Spear (魔戒槍 Makaisō?) which has a spearhead tip that can extend out by section being twisted. Donning his Makai armor, the very aura it produces able to disintegrate a Horror, Dan is armed with the double-headed Midnight Sun Spear (白夜槍 Byakuyasō?) and uses a purplish Madō Fire.

Tsubasa Yamagatana is portrayed by Shouma Yamamoto (山本 匠馬 Yamamoto Shōma?).

Bado the Storm Knight

Bado the Storm Knight (風雲騎士・波怒(バド) Fūun Kishi Bado?)[Note 4] is a Makai Knight of the West who battled Barago for several times in the past, believing that there is some good left in Barago's heart. Though eventually killed in battle, Bado attempted to give Barago a final chance of redemption by infusing some of his light into the Breaking Thunder (闘破雷撃 Tōha Raigeki?)attack which dispersed and entered the villain's body. Like Zero, Bado wields a pair of short swords called the Fuunken (風雲剣 Fūunken?, Storm Swords). Bado was a senior disciple of Zero.[1]

Bado is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue (井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko?).

Wataru Shijima/Baron the Thunder Knight

Wataru Shijima (四十万 ワタル Shijima Wataru?)/Baron the Thunder Knight (雷鳴騎士・破狼(バロン) Raimei Kishi Baron?)[Note 5] is a Makai Knight serving the Senate, donning a suit of azure armor similar in style to Bado's and wields the Raimeiken (雷鳴剣?, Thunder Sword) like a scimitar in his armored form. In charge of training the young Makai Knights-to-be, Wataru gains infamy for his draconian methods. He considers the bloodline of a student's Makai Knight family to be of no importance, unless the person-in-question has the strength to protect others, and that one should try his or her best even though chances might be slim. Wataru happened to have Kouga under his tutelage while a boy, playing a vital role in helping to foster the youth into who he is now. Sent on a mission to find the red-masked man, Wataru is ambushed by the villain as he marks him with the seal of destruction, causing his inner darkness to awaken. Being almost completely taken over by his dark side, Wataru is forced to attack his fellow Makai Knights as he attempts to keep himself at bay. He tried to kill himself to avoid being taken over completely by the darkness within him, only to be stopped by his evil side. Eventually, Kouga and Tsubasa manage to purge the evil influence from his armor and returning him to normal. While telling Kouga of the possible tension between the knights and the priests that can be caused by the Sigma Fudō's actions, Wataru recognizes him as his pupil.

Wataru Shijima is portrayed by Kenji Matsuda (松田 賢二 Matsuda Kenji?), known for his roles in Kamen Rider Hibiki and Kamen Rider Kiva.

Aguri Kusugami/Gai the Sky Bow Knight

Aguri Kusugami (楠神 哀空吏 Kusugami Aguri?) is latest in his line to inherit the title of Gai the Sky Bow Knight (天弓騎士・牙射(ガイ) Tenkyū Kishi Gai?),[Note 6] who secretly worries that he cannot live up to his family's prestige. His family is known for skills in archery and as noted by Ryuga, being able shoot arrows rapidly is one of the basics of the Kusugami Style Archery Techniques. Although his combat skills lies predominantly in archery, like any other Knights, he is capable of fighting in closed quarters. As such, he wields a large bladed bow which also serves as a closed quarter weapon. He does not see much in Ryuga and initially adopts a rather antagonistic attitude towards the newcomer. Cool-headed and standoffish, Aguri favors careful and meticulous planning over rushing into battles like the knights are usually known for, and he does not mind using unwilling people as bait if it means getting the job done. As such, despite being the brains of the group, he does not mingle well with the other two knights and often comes into clashes with them. After Takeru mellows down due to affection for Rui and Ryuga showing kindness over time, he gradually warms up to both of them. Despite seemingly stoic-looking, he is not devoid of compassion, shown during a mission in the Kaneshiro Foods Factory (which has a plant for packaging human souls into capsules) where he opts to trigger the emergency alarm to have the human staffs evacuated, despite the possibility of jeopardizing the mission due to SG1 arriving in minutes, after being shown the lives devastated in the harvesting of human souls. While he is shown earlier to be unable to shoot arrows capable of piercing through Madō Horrors, he eventually becomes skilled enough through rigorous training to be able to accomplish the feat.

After the disastrous mission and hearing of Ryuga prison break, he correctly predicts that Ryuga would head straight for the Garoken despite unfavorable odds. He promptly sets out to Ryuga's aid despite the group being in no shape to fight after their last ordeal. His bow is broken by Sonshi in the fight to help Ryuga get his sword back. The bow is repaired soon after, but is now capable of being separated in the middle and used as a nunchaku as well as a pair of swords. Aguri also receives a special arrowhead from Burai that enables him to further weaken Zedom during the final battle. Once Vol City is saved, Aguri parts ways with his friends to join the Senate. However, wanting to hone his skills further before going, Aguri takes over Rian's duty as Vol City's protector so she can travel with Ryuga.

Aguri Kusugami is portrayed by Tsunenori Aoki (青木 玄徳 Aoki Tsunenori?).

Takeru Jakuzure/Zen the Flame Sword Knight

Takeru Jakuzure (蛇崩 猛竜 Jakuzure Takeru?) is a laid-back, self-styled playboy who prefers to go after girls than hunting Horrors. As Zen the Flame Sword Knight (炎刃騎士・漸(ゼン) Enjin Kishi Zen?),[Note 7] Takeru wields a Chinese Broadsword and although laid-back, he is nevertheless skilled in combat. Unlike Aguri, he takes an instant liking to Ryuga and finds him interesting, despite Ryuga being standoffish during their first meeting and seeing the rest of the gang as little more than nuisance. However, despite their rough introduction, both Ryuga and Takeru get along well quickly. His playboy attitude changes drastically after meeting Rui, as he abandons his womanizing ways completely and dedicate most of his time not doing investigation and fighting to look out for Rui, often seen hanging out at the flower shop where she now works at. During the confrontation with Tousei, Takeru saves Ryuga from being turned into a Madō Horror with the Madō Horror Plant stabbed into his right hand. To prevent the roots from spreading and turning into a Madō Horror, Takeru forcibly cuts off his infected right hand which he has Ryuga destroy. Although he falls into a depression soon after, Takeru regains his resolve and promptly sets out to Ryuga's aid with Aguri. He eventually gains a Soul Metal fist created by Burai to replace his lost hand, which can be turned into a shield at a moment's notice without having to summon his armor, although he has yet to develop fine control of the fist to enable him to use it as a normal hand. Once Vol City is saved, Takeru parts ways with his friends to head towards the west. Meeting Rui one last time before leaving Vol City, Takeru vowed to become a better man and be more serious.

Takeru Jakuzure is portrayed by Junya Ikeda (池田 純矢 Ikeda Jun'ya?), who previously portrayed Gai Ikari/Gokai Silver in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.

Minor Makai Knights

Douji

Douji (道寺 Dōji?) is Rei and Shizuka's adoptive father and the previous Knight who was in charged of keeping order in the western side. He was shown to be bed-ridden by the time he was killed by Barago.

Douji is portrayed by Toru Shinagawa (品川 徹 Shinagawa Tōru?).

Hyuga

Hyuga (日向 Hyūga?) is one of the disciples of Tsubasa of Kantai. He wears a blue uniform and wields a Soul Metal sword. He's the calmer one compared to Akatsuki. His skills are weak compared to real Makai Knights, but brave in battle. In Garo: Makai Senki, he fights against evil Wataru, but is defeated easily.

Hyuga is portrayed by Minoru Tomita (富田 稔 Tomita Minoru?).

Akatsuki

Akatsuki (?) is the second disciple to Tsubasa. Just like Hyuga, he wears a blue uniform and has a sword. He comes off nervous amongst the two and often feels shamed when unable to fight well in battle; he and Hyuga will always face danger even if they are afraid. He has taken a liking towards Rei and wants to be his apprentice, but Rei feels he is better off alone with Silva.

Akatsuki is portrayed by Noboru Yasunaga (安永 昇 Yasunaga Noboru?).

Kengi

Kengi (剣義?) is the father of Rekka who was murdered by Karma. He wielded a Chinese Sword and had also trained Kouga in the past.

Kengi is portrayed by Kanji Tsuda (津田 寛治 Tsuda Kanji?).

Koori

Koori (桑折 Koori?) is a Makai Knight. With Rei, he defeats a Tekki. However, he is killed by the revived Tekki before being able to tell Rei his name.

Koori is portrayed by Hiroshi Maeda (前田 浩 Maeda Hiroshi?).

Gōki Fudō

Gōki Fudō (布道 ゴウキ Fudō Gōki?) is Sigma and Reo's father, and the former Lord, the Flash Knight. Seen only in flashbacks, Gōki trained his sons for having one of them inheriting his title. However, despite Sigma being the stronger among the twins, Gōki chose Leo as his successor instead, claiming that while strength is important, the heart is what makes a warrior. Gōki sees this to be essential for a Makai Knight must be a protector, a trait which Sigma lacks.

Gōki Fudō is portrayed by Daisuke Ban (伴 大介 Ban Daisuke?).

Nobuyoshi Tagajō

Nobuyoshi Tagajō (多賀城 信義 Tagajō Nobuyoshi?) is a Makai Knight. He has a wife and two sons.

Nobuyoshi Tagajō is portrayed by Yoji Tanaka (田中 要次 Tanaka Yōji?).

Madōgu

Madōgu are sentient items that serve Makai Knights with advice and magical powers. However, by the events of Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono, Madōgu became very rare with most Makai Knights no longer carrying them.

Zaruba

Madō Ring Zaruba (魔導輪ザルバ Madōrin Zaruba?), named after the old Makai word for "friend", is a Madō Ring created by Amon and originally owned by Taiga Saezima, the previous holder of the Garo title. After Taiga was killed, Kouga inherited his father's ring. In contrast to both Taiga and Kouga's more deadpan and silent personalities, Zaruba is very talkative and cheeky, and does not hesitate to make fun of his master as well as those nearby. The full extent of Zaruba's abilities and knowledge is unknown; throughout the series he's able to help dispel confusion, detect various spiritual energies, summon the Garoken, speak on behalf of the dead, temporary flight, breathe Madō Fire (in the Crimson Forest), detect Horrors, create parts of himself into a ring to acts as an transceiver, see through illusions, converse with Kouga telepathically and act as a temporary storage for miniature items. He helped trained Kouga when Kouga was still a young child since Taiga's death, advised him on a variety of matters and even taught Kouga how to play Poker. His aid is not limited to Makai Knights—Kaoru once used Zaruba to guide her through the Crimson Forest back to the human world.

During Garo's final fight against Kiba, Kouga could not summon his armor due to a magic seal placed by Kiba. Zaruba told Kouga to throw him into the dimensional rift in an attempt to bring him his armor. After a long exaggerated battle with Kiba, Kouga tried to summon Garo again and this time Kouga's armor was brought out by cherubs to help him gear up, signifying that this was a different, more powerful summon of the armor. The armor was slightly different this time, and included a cape unlike previous transformations. Zaruba apparently used all of his energy to merge the power of all the past Garo knights into the armor temporarily and bring it to Kouga, and after his victory, he was too weak to hold onto his form and disintegrated.

Before parting ways, Rei gave Kouga a re-forged Zaruba as a token of appreciation from the Western Watchdog, though he retained his old personality, he did not have any of his previous memories before being reforged and he didn't like his name. From Garo: Red Requiem onward, his eye color was changed to dark red from its original black. During the events of Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono, Zaruba ends up in Burai's care, before the priest gives him to the new Garo, Ryuga Dougai. But having been around for generations by this time, Zaruba laments that undependable knights are everywhere now and deems Ryuga too immature to worth speaking to. It is only once handed back over to Burai that Zaruba speaks his mind and watches events unfold behind the scenes instead. During the events which lead to Ryuga being blinded, Burai tosses Zaruba to him with hopes that he would be able to aid the knight. After witnessing Ryuga's resolve first hand, he finally deem Ryuga worthy and they make a contract with each other, with Zaruba finally acknowledging Ryuga as the true successor to the Garo armor.

Zaruba is voiced by Hironobu Kageyama (影山 ヒロノブ Kageyama Hironobu?).

Silva

Madō Necklace Silva (魔導具シルヴァ Madōgu Shiruba?) is the necklace-type Madōgu of Rei, also known as Zero, the Silver Fanged Knight. Unlike other Madōgu, she has a human like-face. She is composed in personality and behaves in a ladylike manner. Originally belonging to Douji, Siliva her previous master's murderer to be another Makai Knight. Though her full abilities are unclear, she serves merely as both Rei's advisor and Horror detector as well as his sole companion. During Rei's battle with Gulm, Silva took a hit meant for Rei and was damaged as a result. By the events of Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju, Silva is repaired and converted into a pin that is attached to Rei's left glove. Unlike most Madōgu, who refer to their owners by name, Silva only refers to Rei as "Zero." The name "Silva" means "family" in the old Makai language.

Silva is voiced by Ai Orikasa (折笠 愛 Orikasa Ai?).

Goruba

Madō Bracelet Goruba (魔導具ゴルバ Madōgu Goruba?) is the bracelet-type Madōgu of Tsubasa, also known as Dan, the Midnight Sun Knight. Similar to Zaruba and Silva, Goruba also serves as Horror detector. From Zaruba's comment, it is suggested that Goruba is very old. During the Legules tribe's attack, Goruba was possessed. Once Legules leaves him to kidnap Rin and take the Phosphorus Spear, Goruba reveals the Horror's scheme.

Goruba is voice by Kenichi Ogata (緒方 賢一 Ogata Ken'ichi?).

Uruba

Madō Mirror Uruba (魔導具ウルバ Madōgu Uruba?) is the circlular mirror-type Madōgu of Wataru Shijima also known as Baron, the Thunder Knight. Childlike in personality, Uruba's face appears on the mirror's reflective surface.

Uruba is voiced by Ai Orikasa.

Eruba

Madō Ring Eruba (魔導輪エルバ Madōrin Eruba?) is the Madō Ring of Reo Fudō, also known as Lord, the Flash Knight. She is an old woman in personality.

Eruba is voiced by Ai Orikasa.

Makai Priests

Amon

Priest Amon (阿門法師 Amon Hōshi?) is a Makai Priest who was known to be one of the greatest Makai Priest to have ever lived. He helped Taiga in creating anti-Horror weapons, spells and devices. He was the one who created Zaruba, stating that his greatest regret in Zaruba's creation is giving him a loud mouth. He's similar to Chinese Tao Priest-exorcists who learned Makai techniques along with martial arts to slay Horrors. He loves drinking red sake and playing bar chess, wagering 10 years of life to the winner of the game. Amon never completed his game with Taiga and waited 20 years for Kouga to replace his father. As Kouga nearly lost, Amon told him to return again to play another time. It wasn't long that he was murdered under mysterious circumstances and the Watchdogs pointed their fingers at his proud student, Jabi. He died holding a chess piece Koma, cluing that his killer was a Makai Knight, likely Barago. He contacted Rin to help him deliver a message to Kouga relating to Jabi.

Amon is portrayed by Akaji Maro (麿 赤児 Maro Akaji?).

Jabi

Jabi (邪美?) was student under Makai Priest Amon and was a childhood playmate of Kouga. She and Kouga trained together, but went their separate ways during their teenage years. Jabi is a sensually aggressive woman and wants to be a good woman rather than being a talented Makai Priest. She carries two Madō Brushes to summon electrical attacks and has two red Makai flags used to ward off certain magical attacks. By the time the two crossed paths, Jabi was framed with the murder of her mentor and had stolen the purified Horror blades due to be forced repatriated. Though Kouga believed she wasn't responsible for the murder, Jabi was unable to trust him initially because Amon's murderer was a Makai Knight. She is shown to have feelings for Kouga, yet knowing full well that she cannot have him as his heart now belongs to Kaoru. Jabi reveals the Eastern Watchdogs' true nature before agreeing to Kouga enter the Crimson Forest once they deal with the Horror Blades. When she and Kouga attempted to perform the Force Repatriation on their own, Jabi was seemingly killed by a surprise attack from Kodama, vaporized with only her Madō Brush remaining.

In Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju, it is revealed Jabi's body wasn't destroyed as presumed, but was recovered and incubating inside the Makai Tree, still alive yet stuck between life and death. Amon discovered the complication and dispatched Rin to help him inform Kouga that only a person with a strong bond with her can awaken her and bring her back to the living. With the help of Rin, he was able to enter the Makai Forest and fought his way to free Jabi. Jabi has since taken a liking to Rin and assisted Rin in her Makai training, eventually being acknowledges by Tsubasa a real person when she performed a painful Makai version of blood transfusion to dilute Legules's poison within Rin as there wasn't enough time to obtain Barankas fruit. After Legules is slain, Jabi decides to stay at Kantai as she has found someone she feels strongly to protect in Rin.

During the events of Garo: Makai Senki, Jabi arrives to Kouga's aid to repair Zaruba. In the process, she confronts masked Sigma Fudō as he attempted to steal Zaruba from her for use in a ritual. Stealing him back and driving Sigma back, Jabi has Zaruba promise not to tell Kouga of what transpired as she later tells the Makai Knight to be wary of Makai Priests around him.

Jabi is portrayed by Yasue Sato (さとう やすえ Satō Yasue?). As a child, she is portrayed by Mizuho Kaneo (兼尾 瑞穂 Kaneo Mizuho?).

Rin Yamagatana

Rin Yamagatana (山刀 鈴 Yamagatana Rin?) is a young Makai Priestess from the kantai region who is the younger sister of her land's resident Makai Knight Tsubasa. Though she was fearful of the dangers of Kantai, Rin became a Makai Priestess so she can make her brother smile again. Introduced during the events of Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju, eleven years old at the time, Rin somehow managed to communicate with Amon and was given the mission to find Kouga by using Horror blood to bait herself in hopes to find Kouga in his district. Once finding Kouga and relaying Amon's message, with Garai believing she was meant to aid him as she was named after his mother, Rin brings the Makai Knight to Kantai and manages to muster courage to endure keeping the way to the Makai Forest long enough for Kouga to save Jabi. However, Rin was poisoned by a piece of shrapnel from Legules the following night attack and was barely saved when Jabi performs a risky move in which she dilutes her blood with Rin using Madō Flames as a medium. Though save, Rin ends being kidnapped by Legules to serve as a sacrificial offering. After being saved by Kouga, Rin gains Jabi as both a protector and a teacher. By the events of Tougen no Fue, now in her teen years, Rin becomes a skilled Makai Priestess in her own right.

Rin Yamagatana is portrayed by Yuzumi Shibamoto (柴本 優澄美 Shibamoto Yuzumi?).

Garai

Priestess Garai (我雷法師 Garai Hōshi?) is the Makai Priestess of Kantai and the very master that trained Rin Saezima. She's more of a teacher than a Makai Priest in her advance age. However her knowledge, experience and wisdom are great and her students reflect that level of respect for her.

Garai is portrayed by Kazue Tsunogae (角替 和枝 Tsunogae Kazue?).

Ouka

Ouka (黄花 Ōka?) is a Makai Priestess and one of the aides of Garai

Ouka is portrayed by ANN.

Manju

Manju (満寿?) is a Makai Priestess and one of the aides of Garai

Manju is portrayed by Saori (沙織?).

Rin Saezima

Rin Saezima (冴島 りん Saejima Rin?) is the wife of Taiga and mother to Kouga. She was trained as a Makai Priestess under Priestess Garai. She would eventually meet and marry Taiga and give birth to Kouga. Her life with Kouga was short when she died of illness. Kouga barely remembers her, but is reminded by Taiga of their time together as a family. In a flashback it is revealed her martial arts skills are on par with Taiga and always had baby Kouga close to her.

Rin Saezima is portrayed by Junko Tashiro (田代 純子 Tashiro Junko?).

Rekka

Rekka (烈花?) is a Makai Priestess and one of the disciples of Akaza whose father Kengi was murdered by the Horror Karma, allying herself to Garo during the events of Garo: Red Requiem. She is a tomboy in personality, resenting her feminine nature as it kept her from her childhood dream of becoming a Makai Knight and forced her to be trained as a Makai Priestess instead, briefly meeting Kouga during his training under Wataru. She wears a duster over her tunic, which is the common dressing style of Makai Knights instead of dressing like most other Makai Priests, presumably as a reminder of her original wish. Rather than becoming one who support Makai Knights as usually expected of other Makai Priests, she actively goes out to hunt Horrors on her own, resulting in her above-average martial capabilities. Among her abilities is the summoning of the fish-like Young Makai Dragons (魔界竜の稚魚 Makairyū no Chigyo?) to seal Horrors.

Rekka is stoic and strong like Kouga, yet can be hot-headed and dedicated herself to hunting Horrors to the point where she would harm innocents in the process. She even resents having Kouga around at first as he might rob her of her chance of avenging her father. But during her time with Kouga, he gave Rekka the same lessons her father taught him and becomes a better person, especially when Kouga suffers serious injuries due to her over-eager approach of getting her hands on Karma. She played a key role in helping Kouga take down Karma by summoning the spirits of the fallen within the Mirror Realm, allowing Kouga to assume a more powerful form and turn the tables on Karma. Taking over the late Akaza's territory after defeating Karma, Rekka gives Kouga one of Makai Dragons if he should need to contact her and vice versa. She reappears in Garo: Makai Senki when she and Kouga cross paths hunting Sedinbale, learning more about him as a person as well as his weakening condition. After the re-sealing of Sedinbale, now understanding the Makai Knights' resolve and having new-found respect for Kaoru, Rekka returns to her territory. She confronted Shiguto, who is enthralled by Sigma's ideals and wish for Rekka to come along, reminding him of the promise they made to Kouga and asserting that no good will come to humanity, should the Knights and Priests get busy fighting each other.

Rekka is portrayed by Mary Matsuyama (松山 メアリ Matsuyama Meari?). As a child, she is portrayed by Miku Yokoyama (横山 未空 Yokoyama Miku?).

Shiguto

Shiguto (シグト?) is one of the disciples of Akaza. After Akaza's death, he owns Akaza's Madō Brush.

Shiguto is portrayed by Masahiro Kuranuki (倉貫 匡弘 Kuranuki Masahiro?). As a child, he is portrayed by Ryohei Sato (佐藤 涼平 Satō Ryōhei?).

Akaza

Akaza (アカザ?) is a Makai Priest who usually runs the antique shop Akadou (あかどう Akadō?). He supplies Kouga with the tools to fight Karma. However, it is revealed he fell for one of Karma's illusions. To atone for his sins, he sacrifices himself to allow Rekka to summon the souls of the Makai Knights and empower Garo's armor.

Akaza is portrayed by Yousuke Saitou (斉藤 洋介 Saitō Yōsuke?).

Reo Fudō/Lord the Flash Knight

Reo Fudō (布道 レオ Fudō Reo?) is a young Makai Priest serving the Senate whose youth belittles the extent of his genius. However, Reo is also the Makai Knight Lord, the Flash Knight (閃光騎士・狼怒(ロード) Senkō Kishi Rōdo?)[Note 8] and hid this fact from the Senate. As Lord, Reo dons a suit of marine blue armor, with a horned wolf helmet. Reo is the one who invented the mechanical creatures known as Gōryū that his fellow Makai Priests begin using to fight Horrors, though he does not show the same liking or passion with conventional machines. He is surprisingly humble and friendly for a young genius, without even the slightest hint of cockiness or sense of superiority, though he is shown to have a sharp tongue. Like his brother, he has no qualms about using questionable methods when it comes to banishing the Horror menace, though nowhere near as extreme as methods of Sigma. This is evident when he persuades Mio that it is alright for Sigma to use Gyanon in his creation of Idea, and he himself later creates masterpiece Gōryū Colt by literally reprogramming a Horror to be Colt's artificial intelligence, and shows irritation when Kouga warned him about using such dangerous methods.

Both he and Sigma were trained to be Makai Knights from a very young age, and both were extremely gifted as both learned advanced magic without any formal training. Sigma was revealed the be the comparatively and significantly more gifted sibling and was the one responsible for both initiating Reo's training in magic as well as influencing him in deciding to become a Makai Priest, so as to aid Sigma when Sigma got old enough to inherit the title of Lord and the armor. Reo studied magic alongside his Makai Knight training with that intention in mind. Surprisingly, when they had both came of age, their father decided to pass the title and armor to Reo instead, enraging Sigma and prompting him to run away from home. He appealed on Sigma's behalf but his father persisted in his decision nonetheless. Sigma returned three years later when their father died. While Reo was happy to see him and wanted to pass the title and armor back to him, Sigma declared that he too shall be a Makai Priest, having found a way to permanently rid the world of Horrors, and declaring that soon, all Makai Knights shall be rendered redundant. The way to it would his ultimate Magōryū, Idea.

He was also a good friend of Mio, a mute Makai Priestess who was both his and Sigma's friend. She went on a trip to look for Sigma who ran away from home, and later when Sigma came home, went together with Sigma to look for ways in completing Idea, the ultimate Magōryū conceived by Sigma. She was devastated when she found out later that one of the criteria of completing Idea was providing large numbers of human sacrifices used as fuel to activate Gyanon's powers, but eventually she decided to stop Sigma herself prior to sending Reo a letter detailing what would be a suicide mission while revealing his brother's madness. Upon reading, Reo arrives at Sigma's lair too late to save Mio for his brother's wrath.

At the start of the series when Kouga is made a Makai Knight of the Senate, Reo is assigned to be his partner. During one of their earlier missions together, the aforementioned Colt goes rogue, Reo attempts to sacrifice himself to stop Colt from becoming a menace before Kouga stops him and subdues the Gōryū. He is also a caring friend to Kouga, constantly worried about the seal on Kouga's chest. While taking Kaoru with him to see the Spirit Beast in hopes that it would restore the Madō Brush that belonged to someone dear to him, revealed later to be Mio. Reo is forced to reveal his Makai Knight swordsmanship in front of Kaoru to stave off the Spirit Beast's guardian beast, and asks her later to tell no one, especially Kouga, of his ability to wield a sword along with their encounter with the sacred animal. Reo later tells Kaoru that he will be leaving for a while, with his connection to the red-masked man revealed over time as his twin brother, Sigma Fudō. Eventually, Reo is forced to become Lord in order to save a weakened Kouga from Sigma. He tries to reason with Sigma, only for his twin to denounce him as his brother.

When he and Sigma are on board the Madō Train, he attempts to reason with his brother again, as well as giving the Flash Knight armor to Sigma, claiming that it belongs to Sigma. Sigma however, is unmoved, and demonstrated his ability to summon the Jaaku armor and brands Reo with the Seal of Destruction. Seeing that now there is no hope in reasoning or saving his brother, Reo no longer refers Sigma as his brother and vows to cut him down himself. Unfortunately, Reo's martial capabilities prove to be nowhere near that of Sigma's and he is easily defeated. Reo has only manage to survive due to Kouga's nick-of-time intervention.

Reo Fudō is portrayed by Ozuno Nakamura (中村 織央 Nakamura Ozuno?). As a child, he is portrayed by Ken Uekusa (植草 賢 Uekusa Ken?).

Ratess

Ratess (ラテス Ratesu?) is a Makai Priest serving the Senate who is extremely prideful due to his lack of inner darkness and strict adherence to the rules, also harboring a hatred for Makai Knights, perceiving them to be conceited just because they are the ones to hunt Horrors. Meeting Kouga while given the task to deliver a Spirit Beast pelt to other Makai Priests, Ratess voices his apparent dislike for Kouga while stating his ideals that in the business of eliminating Horrors, individual strength matters little. However, Ratess is later revealed to be in league with the red-masked man, identifying with his ideal of removing the Makai Knights and dream of the day where Makai Priests will rule everything again. He kept the Spirit Beast pelt and personally delivered it to the red-masked man along with the Madō Brushes of other Makai Priests dedicated to their cause. However, refusing to hand over the Madō Train's key when asked, Ratess is murdered by red-masked man, stating that he has no intention of being king and that Ratess is just as arrogant as the Knights they both resent, and thus has no right to live.

Ratess is portrayed by Houka Kinoshita (木下 ほうか Kinoshita Hōka?).

Mio

Mio (ミオ?) is a mute Makai Priestess who was a good friend of Sigma and Reo, seen only in flashbacks. After Sigma left when denied the title of Lord, Mio chose to look for him and became his assistant in the construction of Idea. During her research, she came across records of the Horror Gyanon and expressed her fearful dismay of Sigma intending to use its corpse as Idea's core. Though she visited Reo to state her fears of this venture, Mio is devastated later upon learning that a large amount of human souls are needed to power Idea. Sending Reo a message about his brother's intentions, Mio attempted to destroy Gyannon. However, though it pained him, Sigma murdered her with Reo arriving too late. Since then, Reo kept Mio's Madō Brush on his person.

Mio is portrayed by Sayaka Yoshino (吉野 紗香 Yoshino Sayaka?).

Burai

Burai (符礼?) is a resident Makai Priest in Vol City who trained Ryuga on an isolated island with Rago as Ryuga's training partner, as well as adopting Rian after her father died. He is a childhood friend of both Ouma and Hakana. During a trip to the Tower of Heroic Spirits as a child, he and Ouma then laughed at Garo being a fraud knight due to being black although it is called the Golden Knight. It was then the caretaker monk told them of the story behind the lost radiance of Garo, and Hakana sang the requiem in response, claiming to hear Garo's plea to restore its radiance. Burai believed her claim without a doubt and had since stuck by to assist her.

Ten years before he left for Vol City, suffering from survivor's guilt after the incident in Hill of Zedom's Arm and feeling the responsibility of taking care of the children of his friends - Ryuga and Rian to be too heavy, he settled further matters regarding the care of two children and attempted suicide. He was stopped by timely intervention from his other childhood friend and fellow Priest Ouma. Realizing how the two children who have lost their respective parents kept fighting, he was rendered ashamed of himself and decided to start over, by training Rian himself and sending her to Kantai when she grew older, instead of right away as initially planned. He left for Vol City - then a place without a Makai guardian, as soon as Rian graduated.

At present, he is a man with few words and usually seen in the Makai group's lair working on something behind his desks and giving out orders. He continue to serve as Rian's mentor and the commander of the group in Vol City and the most notable feat of his is summoning a Makai Beast named Ragō (羅号?) that can devour Horrors, which he eventually passes to Rian. His origin is mysterious and he knows more than he lets on, among them being the history and origins of the Madō Horrors from the start and the Madō Plants, which he keeps in absolute secrecy even from Rian until recently. He is also the one who develops the Madō Horror Detector which facilitates ease and efficiency in detecting Madō Horrors, which were previously undetectable by any means until they use their powers.

During Tousei's massacre of the Kaneshiro family, Burai is knocked out by Sonshi and remains unconscious for most of the time the rest of the group going to confront Tousei, waking up only to find that they are making a dire mistake and that he is too late to stop them. Nevertheless, he manages to catch up with the group and creates a distraction enough to have Aguri and Takeru flee the scene while spiriting away a young Makai Priestess whom Tousei confined at Ryuga's insistence, revealed later to be Ryuga's mother - Hakana. Burai also leaves Zaruba with Ryuga, which proves to be a vital help in Ryuga's prison break. As the resurrected Zedom begins to break free from his prison, Burai resolves to stop the Horror in what he expected would be an act of sacrificing himself. Being confronted by Ryuga who knows his plan right from the start, he reveals that that had always been his plan since the day he failed to protect Hakana, telling Ryuga that he loved both Rian and Ryuga as if they were his own and they were the ones who kept him going. Eventually he sacrificed himself to create the weak spot within Zedom, allowing the Knights to destroy the Horror for good.

Burai is portrayed by Kouhei Ootomo (大友 康平 Ōtomo Kōhei?).

Rian

Rian (莉杏?) is a flashy Makai Priestess with trust issues due to her upbringing. She is Burai's only disciple, entrusted to Burai's care before her father died. Initially planned to be sent to Kantai soon after adoption, her actions and singing unwittingly inspired Burai, who attempted suicide, to live and honor his words to the friends he lost. She was trained personally by Burai for several years before being sent to Kantai for further training, graduating as one of the top students and attributing her success to Burai's early teachings. She left for Vol City with Burai as soon as she went home after graduation.

Unlike other Makai Priests who prefer traditional weaponry other than their brushes, Rian is also armed with a Makai Gun (魔戒銃 Makaijū?). She is also skilled in changing her appearance and as such, she often goes around places looking like an ordinary girl of her age and even does undercover work to dig out Horrors, sporting her Makai Priestess look only when she needs to fight. She dates only the rich and those whom she perceives to be strong, due to not wanting to suffer the same pain of losing a loved one she did when she was a child. While taking an interest in the newcomer knight, she does not think much of Ryuga initially. Getting to know Ryuga better over time and having a better idea of how strong he actually is, she eventually developed some feelings for Ryuga. She also becomes fast friends with Enhou due to their ideas of self-empowerment. She is devastated when she confirms that Enhou is no longer human, and despite Ryuga having an upper hand in the fight against Enhou, she begs Ryuga not to cut Enhou down, which coincidentally is something Ryuga is reluctant to do himself.

During the confrontation with Tousei, she ends up being tricked and captured by Tousei and the Madō Horrors, with Tousei revealing that he plans to use her as a vessel to germinate a new supply of Madō Horror Plants. Still viewing Enhou as her friend, she tries her best to rekindle Enhou's former human nature to no avail. As per the plan, Rian is taken to the Hill of Zedom's Arm in order to be seeded. Ryuga comes to Rian's rescue, which is unexpected by Tousei's group, and their scheme is foiled yet again. Ordered by Tousei to get rid of Rian before he flees the scene with Sonshi, Ryuga and Rian are forced to fight their former friend, whom they eventually kill. Not wanting Enhou to be remembered as a Madō Horror, keeping her friend's necklace as a keepsake, Rian assumes her identity to expose the conspiracy against her and the others while having the SG1 members believe that Enhou died a human. She later dreams of a Vol City without Horrors with both Enhou and Yoshitomi still alive and well, a dream she believes to be Enhou's. Once Vol City is saved, Rian is tasked with erasing the memories regarding the Makai of all humans with the city, after which she parts ways with her friends with the original intent to remain in the city to protect the Makai Priest ruins. However, thanks to Aguri's takeover of her original task, Rian decides to travel with Ryuga instead to act as a support of Garo as Burai and Hakana had been.

Rian is portrayed by Miki Nanri (南里 美希 Nanri Miki?). As a child, she is portrayed by Emiri Kai (甲斐 恵美利 Kai Emiri?).

Hakana

Hakana (波奏?) is Ryuga's mother and a childhood friend of Burai and Ouma. She possess the uncanny trait of hearing thoughts embedded within objects, which is later inherited by his son, Ryuga. She is the Makai Priestess who took it upon herself to restore Garo's radiance since she first heard of the armor's plea to restore its radiance, during a trip to the Tower of Heroic Spirits as a child. Ten years ago, in a risky chance to restore the Garo armor's radiance, Hakana became one of the priestesses to sing Zedom's Requiem to germinate a Madō Horror Plant at the Hill of Zedom's Arm. However, the unexpected interference of Tousei Kaneshiro resulted in Hakana being knocked out by Zedom's freed arm and seeded with far more Madō Horror Seeds than initially intended, before being carried to the Hill of Zedom's Head. Hakana is then forced to germinate Madō Horror Plants with the seeds in her, losing her memories bit by bit with each germination and regressing in age. By the time the final Madō Horror Plant was removed from her body, while still singing to keep Zedom from awakening, Hakana has regressed to a childlike form. Despite this, Hakana indirectly aided Ryuga with her singing and played a role in his armor's restoration. Whenever Ryuga defeats a Madō Horror, he is shown some of Hakana's memories. Eventually, with Rian ending up her replacement, Hakana is taken to safety by Burai and is restored to her proper age. Though she reunites with her son, sacrificing her eyesight to restore Ryuga's, Hakana reveals that being made to germinate multiple Madō Horror Plants has caused her to slowly transform into a Horror with Zedom's resurrection speeding up the process. She eventually has Ryuga cut her down after witnessing the Garo armor regaining its golden radiance.

Hakana is portrayed by Megumi Yokoyama (横山 めぐみ Yokoyama Megumi?). As former appearances, she is portrayed by Ayana Shiramoto (白本 彩奈 Shiramoto Ayana?), Hinako Go (郷 日向子 Gō Hinako?), and Mikako Monma (門間 三可子 Monma Mikako?).

Rikyo

Rikyo (莉峡 Rikyō?) is Rian's father. He went along with Burai and Sari in the expedition to retrieve Madō Horror Plants and was killed by a newly sired Sonshi. He entrusts Rian to Burai before dying.

Rikyo is portrayed by Ryuki Nishimoto (西本 竜樹 Nishimoto Ryūki?).

Sari

Sari (沙莉?) is Rian's aunt and Rikyo's older sister. She went along with Burai and Rikyo in the expedition to retrieve Madō Horror Plants and was the first human to be devoured by a newly sired Sonshi, awakening his new nature as a Madō Horror.

Sari is portrayed by Misaki Saisho (最所 美咲 Saisho Misaki?).

Ouma

Ouma (オウマ Ōma?) is a Makai Priest and a childhood friend of Burai and Hakana. He visited the Tower of Heroic Spirits together with Burai and Hakana when he was a child. When Hakana claimed that she heard the Garo armor's plea to restore its radiance, unlike Burai who did not doubt her, he did not believe one bit of it. Years later, he was contacted by Burai soon after Rian's adoption to take her to Kantai. Noting something was off with his friend, he managed to stop Burai from killing himself in the nick of time.

Ouma is portrayed by Toru Masuoka (益岡 徹 Masuoka Tōru?).

Sougen

Sougen (壮幻 Sōgen?) is a great Makai Priest who sacrificed his own life to seal Higari long ago.

Sougen is portrayed by Makoto Ito (伊藤 慎 Itō Makoto?).

Other protagonists

Kaoru Mitsuki

Kaoru Mitsuki (御月 カオル Mitsuki Kaoru?) is the narrator and the female protagonist of the first two series, an aspiring 22-year-old artist who always having trouble making money. She is the daughter of a painter Yūji Mitsuki (御月 由児 Mitsuki Yūji?) and his wife Karin Mitsuki (御月 かりん Mitsuki Karin?), the former having written a children's picture book based on his encounter with Taiga. Though she had no memory of the event, Kaoru was chosen by Barago as the medium to summon Messiah and serve as her host in the human world.

Meeting Kouga at the start of the first series, Kaoru ends up being infected by Horror blood with Kouga sparing her life instead of killing her. Unaware of her condition, or Kouga's reasons, Kaoru ends up unknowingly helping the Makai Knight at times as Horror bait. To keep taps on her, due to her bad luck in attracting Horrors, Kouga has Kaoru wear a ring created from Zaruba's being. After being evicted from her house and accidentally making her friend Asuna sick while temporarily freeloading, Kaoru moves into the Saezima estate while intending to earn her keep. Having developed feelings for Kouga, Kaoru is devastated when she found out Kouga used her as Horror bait before eventually forgiving him prior to the Makai Knight saving her life with the Barankas fruit. However, while trying to complete the last page of her father's book, Barago abducts Kaoru to enact the ritual to summon Messiah before Kouga save her and thwarts the scheme. Soon after, Kaoru leaves for Italy to further her art studies, finishing the last page of one of his father's Golden Knight picture book and giving it to Kouga. Though it was never revealed to the audience what the last page looks like, it nonetheless brought Kouga to tears.

She was seen painting a picture near the end of Byakuya no Maju in the Saezima estate, welcoming Kouga home and seen holding hands with him. By the time of Garo: Makai Senki, she becomes a regular visitor to the Saezima estate and works on publishing her own picture book based on the inspiration of her experiences throughout the second series, The White Spirit Beast and the Mysterious Forest. Having gone through many hardships with Kouga, she has come to understand him enough to be able see through his stoicism much like Gonza, and now far more willing to put up with his antics. Forced to part ways with Kouga again when he leaves to uphold his end of the bargain with Gajari, apparently Kaoru is reunited with him at the very end, when a golden light appears before her, much to her joy.

Kaoru Mitsuki is portrayed by Mika Hijii (肘井 美佳 Hijii Mika?). As a child, she is portrayed by Kanami Katchi (甲地 夏波 Katchi Kanami?). Yūji and Karin Mitsuki are portrayed by Katsuyuki Murai (村井 克行 Murai Katsuyuki?) and Asako Kobayashi (小林 麻子 Kobayashi Asako?).

Gonza Kurahashi

Gonza Kurahashi (倉橋 ゴンザ Kurahashi Gonza?) the butler of the Saezima household and the only family Kouga had after his parents died. Gonza attends to all butler related duties like cleaning the house and cooking, while also advises Kouga on certain matters. He helped raise and assist Kouga with his training since childhood. Though he has been exposed to the Makai world for over twenty years (between Taiga and Kouga), Gonza is a regular person without any form of Makai training other than the ability to read the old Makai script.

He considers his relationship with Kouga and Kaoru closer than blood-related family. He was featured in Garo Side Story as "God of Pictures", but the sequence was part of Kaoru's dream. Gonza was featured in Garo Special: Byakuya no Maju as his usual self looking after the household.

Gonza Kurahashi is portrayed by Yukijiro Hotaru (螢 雪次朗 Hotaru Yukijirō?).

Asami Shinohara

Asami Shinohara (篠原 亜佐美 Shinohara Asami?) is Kaoru's best friend. She always helped Kaoru's financial problems by giving her financial tips, loans, and job references. When Kaoru lost her apartment Asami reluctantly allowed Kaoru to move in for a few days. Kaoru made a dish for Asami as a way to appease her, but made her sick instead. Asami was sent to the hospital, which at the time was filled with Horrors, but she was not devoured. Asami eventually was phased out of the story line and only appeared once in a while to show she's still in contact with Kaoru. She returned as the "God of Painting" in Garo Side Story.

Asami Shinohara is portrayed by Mina Fukui (福井 未菜 Fukui Mina?).

Shizuka

Shizuka (静香?) is the deceased lover of Rei. She too was an orphan and was taken into a lavish estate alongside Rei. Shizuka's origins aren't known, but for some unexplained reason she was killed by Barago. It was Shizuka's death that drove Rei to a path of vengeance.

Shizuka is portrayed by Alisa (有紗 Arisa?).

Grace

Grace (グレス Guresu?) is a High Priestess of the Senate, and the direct superior of Kouga and Reo.

Grace is portrayed by Yuriko Hishimi (ひし美 ゆり子 Hishimi Yuriko?).

Rui Suzaki

Rui Suzaki (洲崎 類 Suzaki Rui?) is a young girl who moved to Vol City with her mother Sachiko (幸子?), her grandmother Yoshie (良恵?), and her little brother Genki (元気?), interested in a program that offers free housing to newcomers, unaware that it is actually a trap to lure outsiders to be preyed upon by the Horrors. Despite Takeru's warnings, Rui and her family insists to take part in the program and after learning the truth, they are rescued by Ryuga and his companions. Rian has Rui and her family's memories altered so that they forget what happened and believe that they were rejected by the program, but Sonshi appears to them as they leave the city and instructs them to return. However, Rui remembers about Takeru and manages to survive by jumping from the car while the rest of his family is taken away to Kaneshiro Foods where their souls were sealed away in capsules with their bodies incinerated. Found by Burai and the others, Rui's memories are then completely altered to have no memory of her family as she starts working at a flower shop. Despite being ordered to not interact with her anymore for fear of triggering the emergence of her original memories, Takeru approaches Rui, becomes her friend and looks out for her while later enabling her family to rest in peace after learning of their fate. Despite having her memories completely altered, bits and pieces of her behavior and habits during the time spent with her family still lingers, proven for her habit of gazing at the moon. While she herself currently unsure why she likes looking up at the moon so much, Takeru quotes that it is due to the habit bringing up a sense of nostalgia, as that is what she used to do with her family often.

Soon after Zedom is finished off, she is seen with a florist stall of her own, where Takeru goes to check on her. Now with her memories relating to the Makai erased again like everyone else in Vol City, she could no longer recognize Takeru, but in order to preserve his time with her, he vows to live properly from here on out nonetheless.

Rui Suzaki is portrayed by Nozomi Maeda (前田 希美 Maeda Nozomi?).

Antagonists

Barago the Black Fang/Kiba the Dark Knight

Barago (バラゴ?) is the main antagonist of the first series. Barago is the only Makai Knight who transforms without a Soul Metal weapon, but instead a Madō necklace, blowing on it to activate it, then swinging it to become the Dark Knight. Unlike other Makai Knights, Barago's Death Metal armor is organic-looking due to the Horrors he has absorbed.

Barago was the son of a Makai Knight and a Makai Priestess and had a happy childhood. When his mother fell ill, Barago intended to protect his mother and thus decided to become a Makai Knight himself through harsh training. However, forced to watch his mother turn into a Horror before his father kills her, Barago left home to find a himself another teacher, as he was unsure if his training with his father was of any use. News of his father's death came to him soon after he left home, but he felt no sadness as he thinks that his father died because he was weak. To that end, he became a talented Makai disciple of Taiga Saezima, hoping to become the next Garo. But refused the right, Barago's desperation for power grew and Messiah heard his need, appearing before him when he enter a forgotten lair filled with forbidden techniques. Messiah proceeded to offer Barago her power in return of enacting the legend of Kiba the Dark Knight (暗黒騎士・呀(キバ) Ankoku Kishi Kiba?), giving him both the name and armor of Kiba.

After enduring the Soul armor's time limit, managing to will himself out of his Lost Soul Beast Kiba (心滅獣身呀 Shinmetsu Jūshin Kiba?) form by absorbing a Horror, Barago proceeds to assimilate the attributes of Horrors he defeats through absorption; however, this came at the cost of his own humanity. Subsequent usage of the forbidden magics tainted the Soul Armor and reconfigured its form with more Horror-like features and twisted Barago's soul. It was then that Taiga was forced to take action against Barago, pursuing his corrupt disciple and engaged him in combat. Though he fatally wounded his former mentor, Barago was scarred with the "Mark of Death" as Taiga's final move in hope that the scar's effect would kill him in a few days. But the Horrors dwelling inside Barago's body enabled him to elude death, though his face became horribly deformed. It was by that time that Barago came to the realization that he despised Makai Knights more than Horrors as he devoured them as well.

Barago soon began to devise a plan to speed up his Horror consumption by creating his own Horror gates by infusing bits of his darkness into objects. Because of his amplified strength over years of reaching his quota of a thousand absorbed Horrors, he became stronger than any Makai Knight and eventually defeated his nemesis Bado. With his ultimate goal nearly achieved, Barago proceeds to find an ideal girl to serve as a living gateway for Messiah to possess: a girl of age six born on the sixth day of the sixth month. He found Kaoru soon after and marks her to become his gateway. Soon after, Barago used a potion he stole from Rei's foster father to change his face and oversee Kaoru's progress as her personal psychiatrist and counselor Karune Ryuzaki (龍崎 駈音 Ryūzaki Karune?). It was by this time that Barago learned that Bado left a means of redemption in his being and was ordered by Messiah to remove all traces of it from his body.

The Eastern Watchdog also allied themselves with Barago to help bring forth Messiah, giving him the Ankokuzan halberd to single-handedly absorb a giant Horror that overwhelmed Garo and Zero. When Barago's arrangements are nearly complete, he kidnaps Kaoru to begin the summoning ritual to call forth Messiah. He proceeds to reveal his life story to Kaoru before Messiah takes her over and has Barago severe his ties with his mother in order to destroy the very last trace of light. However, now beyond redemption, Barago learns too late that he was just being used by the Horror as Messiah "ate" Barago with little resistance. But his body returned to the living world after Messiah was defeated by Kouga, fully possessed by the armor of Kiba. Now nothing more than a Horror, Kiba battles Garo and Zero, only to be destroyed by the former in a one-on-one swordfight.

As Kiba, he uses the Kokuenken (黒炎剣?, Black Flame Sword), which can morph into the Enma Zankōken (閻魔斬光剣?, Enma Light-Cleaving Sword) while he is on foot or on the back of Raigou. Kiba also once used a halberd called the Ankokuzan (暗黒斬?, Darkness Slash).

Barago is portrayed by Kenichi Kobayashi (小林 健一 Kobayashi Ken'ichi?), voiced by Mizuho Yoshida (吉田 瑞穂 Yoshida Mizuho?) in Kiba Gaiden. As Karune Ryuzaki, he is portrayed by Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹 Kyōmoto Masaki?). As a child, he is portrayed by Raima Hiramatsu (平松 來馬 Hiramatsu Raima?).

The Three Priestesses/Gulm

The Three Priestesses (三神官 San Shinkan?) are three ancient priestesses of the Eastern Watchdog castle, they assumed the forms of three little girls in white angelic clothing. Their names starting from oldest to youngest (left to right) are Keiru (ケイル?), Beru (ベル?), and Rose (ローズ Rōzu?) (A pun on Cerberus). Their thoughts are so unified that they sometimes complete each other's sentences in conversations. As revealed by Jabi, the Three Priestesses were only a single human who was chosen to be the link between Makai and the human world. However, though receiving eternal life, the Eastern Watchdog's body decayed overtime and the spirit divided into its three current forms, bound to confinement within the heart of the Eastern Watchdog castle with only their "son" Kodama to keep them company over the centuries.

At first they performed their expected duties for Kouga, but were actually associated with Barago for the common goal of unleashing Messiah and secretly feeding him the purified Horror blades rather than perform the repatriation ceremony. During the early part of their partnership, the three misused Horror and Madō materials to try to kill those that interfere with their plans. In the process Amon was murdered and Jabi disposed of, using Rei's need to avenge his step family to kill Kouga off as well before Kiba reveals himself.

Later Barago brought a recently dead female human body to serve as a host for the Watchdog Priestesses' spirits, assuming their true forms as three old women while melding into the host body. The host, named Gulm (ガルム Garumu?, after Garm), enabled the spirits within her to leave their place in order to help Barago with his plan. Although Gulm was apparently helping Barago to obtain immortality, she was really just using him to bring Messiah into this world. After Kodama's death, Gulm expressing great sorrow over his demise and hatred when she attempts to stop Kouga from interfering with Messiah's plans, assuming her own Cerberus-style Makai armored form, Beast Gulm (獣化ガルム Jūka Garumu?) to stop the Makai Knights. As Beast Gulm. she fights using a large ring and stronger versions of Kodama's attacks. However, Zero held her at bay before she overpowers him. But in her overconfidence of the situation, Gulm leaves herself open to be impaled by Rei. After the fall of Gulm, a new Watchdog was assigned to the eastern district to direct Garo on Makai missions.

Keiru, Beru, and Rose are portrayed/voiced by Keaki Watanabe (渡辺 けあき Watanabe Keaki?)/Fumiko Inoue (井上 富美子 Inoue Fumiko?), Anri Okamoto (岡本 杏理 Okamoto Anri?)/Machiko Kawana (川名 真知子 Kawana Machiko?), and Yukina Kashiwa (柏 幸奈 Kashiwa Yukina?)/Akemi Satō (佐藤 朱 Satō Akemi?). Gulm is portrayed by Kimika Yoshino (吉野 公佳 Yoshino Kimika?).

Kodama

Kodama (コダマ?) is the "butler" of the Three Watchdog Priestesses, Eurasian in appearance, and his relationship with them is that he is their son. Kodama's position has him serve the Watchdogs, carrying out their orders and protecting them from harm. He's highly skilled in martial arts and doesn't fear taking on a Makai Priest or Makai Knight. Though he was outsmarted by Jabi in their first encounter he took advantage of a momentary distraction from Jabi and Kouga to shoot her in the back.

Though apparently unable to talk, Kodama can use his voice to summon magical destructive blue orbs, and throw them at his enemies. The longer and louder he can shout, the bigger and stronger the magical orbs will be. In his last fight, Kodama transformed himself in armored monster called Demon Beast Armored Kodama (魔獣装甲コダマ Majū Sōkō Kodama?) to fight Garo, but was easily killed by Kouga once he is possessed by his armor. His name is derived from the Japanese word meaning "echo." In the Garo Side Story, you finally see him speak; unfortunately, he talks extremely loud and fast in English, which Kaoru mistakes for the Kansai dialect.

Kodama is portrayed by Mark Musashi (マーク武蔵 Māku Musashi?).

Elda

Elda (エルダ Eruda?) is a Makai Guide who supported Barago, able to predict the future with her tarot cards. In the past, she was a partner to a Makai Knight named Shinji (シンジ?) and was in love with him. However, that changed when the two are sent to find the remains of the Horror Gyanon, with Elda having a sense of dread from her cards. The dread would be revealed when Shinji is slaughtered by the two Makai Knights accompanying them. Horrified, Elda is fatally wounded with her final moments filled with hatred for everyone while knowing that the Horror's corpse has been moved in secret. But when Barago arrived, killing the Makai Knights in his own search for Gyanon, he offers to save Elda. She accepted his offer to join his cause and was infused with new life from the energies of Horrors that he absorbed. After Kaoru was kidnapped, a jealous Elda was entrusted to look after the girl until Barago finished the preparations.

Elda is portrayed by Leah Dizon (リア・ディゾン Ria Dizon?).

Sigma Fudō

Sigma Fudō (布道 シグマ Fudō Shiguma?) is the main antagonist of Garo: Makai Senki. Sigma is Reo's older twin brother who trained alongside Reo under their father to see which of them can bare the title of Lord. Though the more gifted twin, Sigma influenced Reo in deciding to become a Makai Priest, so as to aid Sigma as he seemed able to become the next Flash Knight. However, lacking the will to protect others, Sigma was denied the right to the title and left home in fury to find his own path. Meeting his brother years later after their father died, though offered the title of Lord by his brother, Sigma refuses to become a Makai Knight and has chosen to become a Makai Priest instead. From his journey, Sigma resolved to end the Horrors forever by constructing the Magōryū Idea, which will end the Horror menace once and for all. With the aid of his childhood friend, Mio, Sigma found a power source for Idea in the Horror Gyanon. But from there, Sigma began to gather large numbers of human scum as sacrifices to power his creation. Refusing to allow this, Mio attempted to destroy Gyanon with Sigma forced to kill her before he slammed his left hand onto the Horror's corpse in rage over another loved one's betrayal, causing his left arm to take on a red Horror-like appearance with a mask covering his face.

Known originally as the red-masked man (赤い仮面の男 akai kamen no otoko?) when he makes his presence known to the Senate, Sigma engraves the Seal of Destruction (破滅の刻印 Hametsu no Kokuin?) on Kouga and other Makai Knights like Rei and Tsubasa, the effect being that it shortens the inflicted Makai Knight's lifespan whenever they don their Makai armor, with chronic pain a side effect that intensifies each time the armor is summoned, weakening the Makai Knights gradually over time, and eventually killing them when he activates the seal. Possessing a tablet with ancient Makai writing relating to the Natural Release of the Ego Moon, Sigma attempts to translate it with the aid of the Horror Sedinbale. He also uses Ratess to obtain the Spirit Pelt needed to control Gyanon, before killing him to get the Madō Train key Ratess carries with him to enter the Shin Makai, to obtain the materials needed to create Idea. Though unmasked during his fight with Kouga and Rei, they and everyone in the Senate were under the impression that he is Reo, though Kouga has doubts about that nonetheless, until later when Reo arrives to Kouga's aid against his brother. Frustrated at being betrayed by another of his loved ones, Sigma declares Reo to no longer be his brother and die alongside Kouga.

Shortly afterwards, with the time now being ripe for Idea's activation as the Awakening Moon event, said to be a time where unlimited power will be bestowed upon anyone who wields Madō powers, is about to begin and Sigma tricks the Makai Knight that he shall spare those who renounce being Makai Knights from his seal's activation with the exception of Kouga, later having a barrier formed around them so he can enter the Shin Makai without interference. Though Kouga manage to board the Makai Train by making a contract with Gajari, eventually derailing and crashing the Madō Train, as well as cutting Sigma's hand off to break his spell, Sigma reveals a back-up plan: Using Zaruba to enter the Shin Makai while having Kouga be absorbed into Gyanon to be Idea's core. While Sigma manage to successfully create Idea eventually, he also learns that his inner darkness had resurrected the Horror when he sticked his hand into the corpse to restore his power. Horrified, Sigma demands how this is happening while being absorbed into Gyannon's body. Though he escaped the Horror's body prior to its destruction while losing his Horror powers, the ordeal placed Sigma on the verge of death with the only thing driving him now is the death of Kouga. Arriving to Saezima manor ahead of Kouga, Sigma holds Kaoru hostage while using his Makai Priest spells to erect an anti-Maki Armor barrier to uproot the structure into the air. After being mortally wounded, Sigma learns he was actually friends with Kouga while training as Makai Knights together and thought to have been devoured by the Horror Raizon. In his last breath, Sigma gives his Madō Brush to Reo before passing on.

While having the skills of both Makai Knights' swordsmanship and Makai Priests' magic, Sigma also utilizes the power of Horrors since his left arm's transformation upon touching Gyanon's flesh. He uses a deformed Madō Brush which can be transformed into a sword, as well as capable of donning the Jaaku (邪悪(ジャアク)?)[Note 9] armor, created from his Knight opponent's shadow only dissolves once his opponent removes his armor. He can also utilize Gōryūjin to fight for him.

Sigma Fudō is portrayed by Ozuno Nakamura, who also plays Leo, although his voice is deepened. As a child, he is portrayed by Tsukasa Taguchi (田口 司 Taguchi Tsukasa?).

Gigi

Gigi (ギギ?) is originally a human who Sigma murdered so he can use her corpse in his experiments to create a familiar to serve him. Gigi is modified by Sigma to be able to turn into moths, split into three Gigiru (ギギル?) bodies, and utilize poisonous wing scales in her attacks from spraying it from her mouth to using her talons. Fighting Rekka and Jabi when they and Kaoru enter Gyanon to find Kouga, Gigi is incinerated by the Makai Priestesses' attack.

Gigi is portrayed by Hiromi Eguchi (江口 ヒロミ Eguchi Hiromi?).

Judam

Judam (ジュダム Judamu?) is the main antagonist of Garo: Soukoku no Maryu, queen of the Green Castle. Like many of the residents of the Promised Land, Judam was an object created by humans yet discarded and forced to make a new life for herself. Feared by many in the Promised Land for her ability to read their names and erase it to reduce an object into nothingness, Judam despises those she considers ugly while having her forces gather the most beautiful objects in the realm to consume. Though she praises humans for their ability to create things of beauty, Judam admits she harbors a deep seeded grudge against them for discarding things without a second thought. Ultimately, her scheme was to become one with the legendary dragon Maryu so she can use its power to enter the human world and render all into nothingness. However, she meets her end at Kouga's hands while accepting his apology for humanity's actions against her.

Judam is portrayed by Keiko Matsuzaka (松坂 慶子 Matsuzaka Keiko?).

Higari

Higari (翡刈?) is the main antagonist of Garo Gaiden: Tougen no Fue. She is a fallen Makai Priestess who dabbled in the dark powers to the point that she was defeated by another Makai Priest named Sougen when he sacrificed himself to bind her soul within her skull. Eventually, Higari recruits two Makai Priestesses named Agi and Magi by offering them eternal life, as the latter is gravely ill, if they can find a Makai Priest who can see Sougen's skeletal arm as the Tougen Flute. From there, the person is subjected to repeat the eight note process that sealed Higari in order to reverse it. Rekka is revealed as the ideal host of the first seven notes representing the dark aspects of the human mind, but the final note is the death scream of a Makai Priest. Though Jabi was the intended target, Magi's desperate desire for life forced her to murder Agi when they two are backed into a corner. Once revived, Higari consumes everything nearby, including Magi and her lover's corpse, to create a demonic body for herself with the intent to kill Jabi and Rekka. However, the Makai Priestesses use the "Phoenix Flame Attack" technique to destroy Higari.

Higari is portrayed by Hitomi Takahashi (高橋 ひとみ?)

Magi and Agi

Magi (麻妓?) and Agi (阿妓?) are Makai Priestesses who happen to be lovers, the former armed with dual bladed tonfas and the latter with a baton and axe. When Magi contracts a terminal illness, she and Agi formed a pact with Higari to revive her in return for eternal life even if it meant others have to die in the process. To that end, they search for a Makai Priest who can see the Tougen Flute instead of a skeletal arm. While Agi's attempt to confirm Jabi as the sacrificial candidate failed, Magi has better luck with Rekka and they use the Makai Priestess to undo most of the seal. As the final lock in seal requires the dying scream of a Makai Priest and the two plotted to use Jabi for that purpose. But when that failed, overwhelmed by her desire to live, Magi murders Agi to fulfill their part in the bargain. However, Magi ends up being consumed by the resurrected Higari.

Magi is portrayed by Miku Oono (大野 未来 Ōno Miku?) while Agi is portrayed by Kumi Takiuchi (瀧内 公美 Takiuchi Kumi?).

Tousei Kaneshiro

Tousei Kaneshiro (金城 滔星 Kaneshiro Tōsei?) is the principal antagonist of Yami o Terasu Mono. The estranged fourth son of Kensui Kaneshiro (金城 憲水 Kaneshiro Kensui?, portrayed by Toshiyuki Kitami), Tousei was born from an exiled Makai Priestess who raised him with the intent to become a man of power. With that mindset, learning of the legend of Zedom from a chest in an abandoned house of his maternal family, Tousei deliberately brought a Yin-Self Gate to his home with the emerging Horror possessing his mother and devouring her guests before his eyes. Only able to escape death by the Yin-Self Gate's barrier, the event aroused Tousei and he desired to make use of the Horrors' power. This led to the events of Tousei obtaining the Madō Horror Plants when he interfered in a ritual held by Hakana and her group, siring her protector Sonshi as his first Madō Horror. From there, Tousei captures and confines Hakana beneath the Hill of Zedom's Head to have her germinate Madō Horror Plants so he can sire Madō Horrors while taking over Vol City from the shadows under the guise of the owner of the Steak House restaurant. Among his victims was his brother Kaga Kaneshiro, rendering him mute before driving him off into the graveyard.

Upon learning of Ryuga's arrival in Vol City, Tousei develops an interest in the Makai Knight, and, taking advantage of being suspected of a recent chain of terrorist attacks to get close to her, sires Enhou into a Madō Horror. From there, Tousei befriends and tricks Ryuga into thinking his father is responsible for Vol City's predicament in order to get close enough as an ally to convert him into a Madō Horror. But upon seeing the Garo armor's brilliance intensify, Tousei decides to let the Makai Knight be and use his lesser minions to speed up the armor's maturation while ending Hakana's singing to obtain the final Madō Horror Plant. Once his cover is unexpectedly blown by Kensui, Tousei decides it is no longer useful to hide and takes full control of the Kaneshiro Group by having Enhou and Rivera kill off his siblings and their families so he would be the sole remaining heir. After giving his father his goodbyes, he orders Sonshi to devour the old man and Tousei uses his new power as head of the Kaneshiro Group to have SG1 frame the entire Makai Knight group for the 15 murders. Due to being a normal human being, a fact previously unknown to the group, he has the advantage on the Makai Knights and Priests as they are forbidden to kill a normal human. Despite the Garo armor not yet being fully matured, Tousei decides to go through with the plan of siring Ryuga, due to the circumstances now no longer being entirely in his favor. However, his scheme to convert Ryuga with the final Madō Horror Plant fails. Despite the setback, Tousei has Rian captured and intends to obtain a new supply of Madō Horror Plants through her. But after poisoning Rian to force her to obtain Zedom's seeds from the seal at the Hill of Zedom's Head, Tousei's plot to use her is ruined by the unexpected arrival of Ryuga and Zedom starting to fully awake. Fleeing after ordering to Enhou to get rid of Rian, Tousei is later livid after hearing about the deaths of both her and Rivera's, before he is forced to flee from his lair when Zedom begins decimating the ruins.

Separated from Sonshi soon after he flees from his lair, he stumbles upon a group of SG1 troopers transporting Hakana's body and have them be his sacrificial bodyguards so the Horrors now running rampant in the city would leave him be until daybreak. But Tousei failed to realize that his exceedingly overflowing darkness would attract all the Horrors nearby to only him, thus ending up a vessel for the countless numbers of Horrors after they corner him in the restroom. Going into hiding at his steakhouse to take advantage of Vol City's memory alteration, Tousei ends up being a loose end by the time Ryuga finds him. Tousei attempts to flee but is caught by Rian and killed by Makai Priestess while begging for his life.

Tousei Kaneshiro is portrayed by Kanji Tsuda, who also plays Kengi. As a teenager, he is portrayed by Koudai Matsuoka (松岡 広大 Matsuoka Kōdai?).

Enhou

Enhou (燕邦 Enhō?), from Yami o Terasu Mono, is the commander of the Kaneshiro Group's paramilitary force SG1 (Security Guardian 1), desiring to become strong since she was a child to protect people and preserve justice. She is sired unwittingly during a meet up with Tousei and remains oblivious to her status as a Madō Horror for a time, having dreams of feeding on men before coming to the realization of her turned nature when she devours her subordinate and boyfriend Yoshitomi (吉富?, portrayed by Kazuki Fukuyama). On the surface, her personality remains the same as before she was sired, only warped with a desire to please her master. But in reality, some traces of Enhou's humanity remain and she secretly laments of her actions under Tousei's control. After being ultimately killed by Ryuga and Rian, Enhou dies with a smile on her face, with her body revealed to be still human. Using this to ensure that Enhou dies a hero instead of a monster, Rian disguises herself as the woman to expose Rivera in front of SG1 troops and makes it appear that Enhou is murdered by Rivera. Soon after, with her body taken by the SG1 for a proper funeral, Enhou's necklace ends up in Rian's possession.

Enhou is portrayed by Hiroko Sato (佐藤 寛子 Satō Hiroko?)

Rivera

Rivera (リベラ Ribera?), from Yami o Terasu Mono, is a two-faced Madō Horror who is armed with twin daggers that forms from her ears. Her role in running Vol City, believing justice is something you create rather than protect, is as Vol TV's newscaster who provides propaganda to hide Horror activity from the populace while promoting Vol City as a paradise. Having a taste for pretty women, Rivera devoured the lover of Yasuto Kazami a year earlier. In the present, working with Sonshi to label Ryuga a serial killer by tricking him into getting them the photographic evidence for manipulation, Rivera eats Kazami when he refuses to join their side. Rivera continued her anti-Ryuga campaign until she fell for the Makai Knight's trap to make it appear that she murdered him in cold blood on public television. As a result, with part of her tongue taken for a Madō Horror detection system, Rivera is forced to go into hiding and resurfaces later to aid Tousei while getting her revenge. However, though the confirmation of Ryuga's false death cleared her name, Rivera ends up still called a murderer after being tricked into murdering who she thought was Enhou while her identity as a Madō Horror is exposed, and has been on the run since. With nothing else to lose now, and believing that Vol City's order is ruined, Rivera uses her severed tongue, which is used to develop the Madō Horror Detector, to locate the Makai Knights' base to capture Rian. However, her fight with the Makai Knights ends with her death at the hands of Ryuga.

Rivera is portrayed by Kumi Imura (井村 空美 Imura Kumi?).

Sonshi

Sonshi (尊士?), from Yami o Terasu Mono, is a Madō Horror who was originally a Makai Knight assigned to oversee the ritual under the Hill of Zedom's Arm fifteen years prior in case of a Horror outbreak. However, due to Tousei's actions, Sonshi was stabbed with a Madō Horror Plant and became the first Madō Horror sired by him while forced to kill Sari and Rikyo before taking Hakana to Vol City. Under Tousei's orders, Sonshi plays the role of Kensui's attendant to keep the rich man in line while using him as a decoy to keep the Makai Knights from going after Tousei. Prior to formally introducing himself to the Makai Knights, Sonshi played a role in Rui Suzuki losing her family and later tricks Kazami to gather photographic evidence of Ryuga to make him a public enemy. Eventually, when the Makai Knights infiltrate the Kaneshiro Institute, Sonshi is driven off by Kensui who reveals Tousei's actions to Ryuga. Soon after, Sonshi assumes his position as Tousei's second in command prior to Zedom's resurrection. As Zedom begins breaking free from his seal, to render his master powerless, Sonshi is separated from Tousei by Burai so the Makai Knights can kill him without the human getting in the crossfire. Though he attempts to return to Tousei's side, Sonshi soon switch sides due to Zedom's influence and instead attempts to get Zedom one of the Makai Knights to offer as a vessel. However, after being cut down by Ryuga, Sonshi's lifeless body is spirited away by Zedom to serve the Horror as his new body.

As a former Makai Knight, Sonshi carries a longsword with a white scabbard and wields it in reverse grip. Shown to be exceptionally powerful in both magic and martial arts, he is capable of defeating multiple opponents at once. Despite his prowess, Sonshi rarely sees action and usually serves as Tousei's right hand man, bodyguard and scout, detaching his eye for surveillance to enable Tousei to keep an eye on things, especially on Ryuga. Unlike most Madō Horrors, his true form is a corrupted version of his Makai Knight armor, capable of sprouting wings for flight and manifesting a sword and a pair of sai from his armor.

Sonshi is portrayed by Yasuaki Kurata (倉田 保昭 Yasuaki Kurata?).

Makai Entities

Old Woman Tamu

Old Woman Tamu (タム婆 Tamu-baa?) is a living Makai gateway. Though humanoid, various parts of her body is composed of wood and branches. Between her "thighs" is the entrance to the Crimson Forest. Without permission from Tamu, no one can enter. She had a friendly relationship with Makai Priest Amon and enjoys sharing a cup of red sake with him.

Tamu is portrayed by Toshie Negishi (根岸 季衣 Negishi Toshie?).

The Grou Dragon

The Grou Dragon (グラウ竜 Gurau Ryū?) is the guardian of the Barankas fruit which it produces within its body. The Grou Dragon is a sentient mechanical dragon created by the Makai to reside inside the Crimson Forest and hunt the Horrors there. He has a main dragon head on the top and four sides to his body (almost cube-like). His cube-like body has a rustic color and when he speaks he rotates it to a different side of his body. Whenever he reacts to some thought his body makes a turn. Two sides of his body have a white naked woman statue, the front side a white gothic skull of a creature, and the back side with just gears that resemble the yin/yang sign. The Grou Dragon has a blaster-cannon, his statues are actually large mechanical claws, his gothic skull is actually a claw and grinder, and his gear side has multiple mechanical tentacles. He has four mechanical legs and his back is capable of bringing out two large wings for flight.

His only purpose is to destroy Horrors, but when he encountered Kouga he was curious about Kouga's nature to protect people. He challenged Kouga to a fight to examine his need to protect (save Kaoru) and offered him the Barankas Fruit as a victory prize if Kouga could defeat him with all his strength. The Grou Dragon helped Kouga summon his armor and Gōten to fight at his full potential while engaging in a clash of ideals if saving lives is more important than destroying Horrors. Kouga almost lost to him, but Zero stepped in to assist him. Kouga thought he lost the fight because he had help, but the Grou Dragon said that if Rei lend his power to Kouga, then that's also part of his power. Though the Grou Dragon vanished, Silva remarked that the Grou Dragon was never alive and that the power of the Makai will eventually recreate it. By the events of Makai Senki, the Grou Dragon becomes active again.

The Grou Dragon is voiced by Masakazu Handa (半田 雅和 Handa Masakazu?).

The Makai Tree

The Makai Tree (魔戒樹 Makaiju?) is a tree-like creature that resides in the Makai Forest. She kept Jabi within her stomach. Inside her stomach, the Makai Tree's a round squid-like creature with multiple eyes. She has many tentacles and can shoot spears out of her "body" to defend herself. She's not a malicious creature; she kept Jabi sleeping inside her stomach for a 200 year incubation. She claimed that Jabi wasn't ready to reincarnate (hinting the Makai Tree had plans for Jabi) when Kouga came to save her.

Kouga at first had to fight off the Makai Tree's illusionary attacks. The Makai Tree has the ability to take on the forms of people within the memories of Kouga. For Kouga it as easy when Barago, Kodama, and Rei appeared, but the most difficult was when Kaoru and Taiga's form was taken. Eventually Kouga learned to suppress his feelings just long enough to defeat the Makai Tree on the first round. During the second round Kouga had Gōten increase the Garo Zanbaken twice its size and surfed the sword into the Makai Tree's stomach. The Makai Tree's stomach exploded and Jabi was saved. Jabi was spirited back to the living. The Makai Tree was only defeated, not destroyed.

The Makai Tree is voiced by Yukari Okuda (奥田 ゆかり Okuda Yukari?).

The Spirit Beast

The Spirit Beast (霊獣 Reijū?) is a white winged Qilin whose pelt is used as a material for making hairs of Madō Brushes and is the only thing can restore a brush's fading power, though hunting down the Spirit Beast without permission is strictly forbidden. The Spirit Beast can only seen by those who possess a ceremonial blade and travel through a certain path, and remain untainted by evil qi along the way. The Spirit Beast exists in a different plane of existence, as such, a final ritual of synchronizing one's spacetime with that of the Spirit Beast's is needed. Although the Spirit Beast is harmless, it is however, accompanied by a ferocious guardian beast called Origs (オリグス Origusu?) which attacks indiscriminately anyone who gets near the Spirit Beast. To those capable of painting, there is also a custom of giving a painting of the Spirit Beast to the person one cherishes the most.

Zaji

Zaji (ザジ?)[Note 10] is a manifestation created from the essence of many Horrors who were killed by the Makai Knights bearing the title of Garo. Because of his origins, driven by the Horror essence that composes his being, Zaji exists to kill Golden Knights with extreme prejudice. Among his abilities is manipulation of time and space, using it to create a clone of himself and change the flow of time as well as the battlefield. Using a broken stone face from a sphinx-based Horror statue to gain physical form, Zaji challenges Kouga to a fight to the death. Once his identity is revealed during the fight by the will of the ancestors of Kouga taking form of the Golden Knight, Garo damages the statue's restored face to destroy the Horror Gate that enables Zaji to exist. Though defeated, Zaji points out that his kind will kill Kouga and his successors in time, and that Kouga shall not have peace until his death should he choose to walk the path of a Makai Knight.

Zaji is voiced by Hiroyuki Amano (天野 ひろゆき Amano Hiroyuki?).

Gajari

Gajari (ガジャリ?) is a being within the Senate's walls that was created long ago by the Makai Knights' collective imagination as a protector of humanity. While more of a neutral being, seeing no distinction between humans and Horrors, Gajari only aids the Makai Knights due to a pact said to last for centuries. It is said that forming a pact with Gajari has consequences even if the reasons are pure, with Kouga making such a pact to stop Sigma and is forced by the deal to travel to the Promised Land to retrieve a part of Gajari's body: the Fang of Lamentation. However, Kouga learns that his quest was a means for him to understand the relationship between the Makai Knights and Gajari.

Gajari is voiced by Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (大友 龍三郎 Ōtomo Ryūzaburō?).

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