The Horrors (ホラー, Horā) are demon-like monsters that originate from the Makai Realm and feed on humans once they crossover, clashing with the Makai Order which protects humanity. They are able to escape to Earth when a person accumulates enough darkness to create an Inga Gate from which they exit and possess the person.
Description & Characteristics
In the original continuity, it is explained that Horrors are the manifestation of negative and dark energies by man. Whenever there's a great build-up of hate, rage, sadism, and acts of violence are committed, these negative energies seep into the Makai World, a realm where the Horrors exist and feed on such energy. Legend speaks that it was Messiah, the mother of all Horrors that gave birth to this demonic race and its spawn has continued to thrive without their progenitor for generations. Drawn to negative energies and human flesh, Horrors break into the mortal realm to feast upon humanity. Only the Makai Knights and Makai Priests have kept their advances at bay.
The most common form of Horror is a black skeletal monster with small dark wings, Inga Horrors originate from the makai (demon) world and are attracted to the human world by the darkness inside the human heart. Their travel to Earth is made possible by a Yin Gate, a random object that has been filled with darkness over the years. Built up negativity in relation to the darkness of the owner or present of a dark moment in history will create the gate. Yin Gates are activated once a human (usually with high levels of darkness) comes in physical contact with it. From there, attracted by such inga (darkness), the emerging Horror forcefully merges into that person's body and consumes the host's soul while using the body as its own. The horror emerges in its basic demon form and later adapt a stronger form, typically themed after the gate it emerged from. While humans with pure hearts that normally wouldn't fall victim to a possession, Horrors can bypass this if the targeted person has any form of momentary deep rage or sorrow. Alternatively, they appear in moments of desperation. When the person is trapped in a bad situation that they willingly allow the horror to consume them for "help."
In some cases, if there is a common goal or the targeted human's ideals fascinate it, the Horror and its host can enter a symbiotic relationship, where the Horror can fulfill its host's darkest desire(s). In such cases, the person is still of sound and mind. However, depending on the bond, the horror may share their body or one dominates over the person. The possessed human is technically dead the moment Horrors enter them and die (often vaporizing) once their possessors are killed off. However, there are cases when Horrors end up residing in animals and objects that happen to be nearby instead and using a human body to do their dirty work. Even in non-traditional forms, the horrors find a way to feed. When taking the form of an animal, the Horror can manipulate a human to do its bidding. As an object, like a watch, it can take advantage of people's greed and allow it to be taken and either posses the body or devour it. There are a few cases where multiple Horrors can enter one human body should the person have a vast amount of inner darkness to stir up a Horror feeding frenzy.
There are telltale signs of a human converted into a Horror's host, the first being a Madou Lighter used to reveal the host's pale green eyes. Other signs would be Horror-possessed humans' own behavior where they immediately dropped their human facade upon cornering a prey (which moreso should the said prey's body had been stained by Horror blood and yet to be cleansed by Baranka fruits). Even with their capacity to blending with normal humans, those with keen perception able to see through their human facade: The young Raiga correctly deduced a woman to be possessed by a Horror due to her reading her book not under a streetlight in 17th episode of The Makai Flower. Being dark creatures, most, if not all of Horrors, are nocturnal beings who more active during the night.
Horror's blood is very hazardous, not only can aggravate nearby Horrors and attracted them to its source like a moth to the flame, but also painfully killed those who drenched with it 100 days after skin contact. The only way to cure a person from corruption due to Horror blood's exposure is by consuming Baranka Fruits. Such treatment however, only works if infection with Horror blood only through physical contact: Corruption resulted from ingesting Horror blood is far more severe, so much that those who suffer this fate, Blood Dolces (血のドルチェ Chi no Doruche), can be only saved by death. Compared to those stained by Horror Blood whom only showed symptoms in form of agonizing pain once 100th days drawing near, Blood Dolces' body painfully decompose in accelerated rate with a sticky blood-like substance covering the skin.
Ultimately, Horrors are never truly killed as their essence is sealed within a Makai Sword after defeat until the sword is purified at a Watchdog Castle and their essence is turned into a dagger. After twelve Horror Daggers are accumulated, they are sent back to Makai where the Horror is eventually reborn with the cycle of its entry into the human world repeating itself.
At the beginning of the conflict, Makai Priests came into being to fend off the Horrors. It was until discovery of special alloy with mystical powers called Soul Metal that the Makai Order learned to develop these alloys and weaponize it in the form of Makai Knights who would be the primary fighting force against the Horrors.
Gōki Era Horrors
Kiba Gaiden Horrors
Kouga Era Horrors
- 12-piece Fusion Giant Horror
- Death Hole
Raiga Era Horrors
Ady Slate Horrors
Main Article: Ady Slate Horrors The Ady Slate Horrors are nine special Horrors used by Makai Priests as foundation stones to seal Eyrith in the past. Unlike common Horrors, Ady Slate Horrors don't act on their host's desires, as their personalities are dominant over their host.
Description & Characteristics
The origins of Horrors within the Ryūga's universe are about the same as the ones on the original continuity, with Messiah acting as the progenitor of Horrors and existed due to man's existence. There are at least two types of horrors, the traditional horrors labeled Inga-Horrors (which are obviously the same type of Horrors that mostly plagued the Original Universe) and the artificially created ones are named Madō Horrors. These Inga-Horrors seemed to have evolved differently than their original counterpart, as they have bifurcated jaws that open up when a Horror, in human form, is about to feed or scream in pain. Despite the jaws, some Horrors have different feeding methods that reflect their abilities and unique forms. Inga Horrors and Madō Horrors both share the Makai Language, but neither side show any degree of loyalty for each other. Both are loyal to only their own causes and may only cooperate when it suits their needs, but can betray each other when their mutual interests no longer align.
Traditionally, the strongest of Horrors often take the form of a beautiful and deadly woman. However, as a noticeable inversion of the original series, the most powerful horrors in the Ryūga-verse tend to take the form of males, like the General of Massacre Horror Zedom and Fallen Makai Knight Jinga, leaving Messiah as the only known strongest horror with beautiful woman form. Even so, Messiah herself is far more mysterious, as she was only mentioned in the events of GARO: Fang of God and is shadowed by the more active legendary Horrors Degol and Zedom.
In Gold Storm, it was actually revealed that not all the Inga-Horrors in the Ryūga-verse have bifurcated jaws, but maybe just something that only Horrors in Volcity have.
- Hell Zwei
Fang of God: Jinga tears down the Garo lore and introduces the ability of turning back Horrors into humans, something many in the Makai Order from other universes struggled with due to their inability to do so.
Main article: Madō Horrors
The Madō Horrors are non-traditionally created Horrors. They were created from the seedlings of Zedom and utilized by Tousei Kaneshiro. Tousei discovered a mean to exploit the seedlings and to turn them into saplings, the raw material for Soul Metal. Instead of using the saplings to make Soul Metal, Tousei uses it to convert those he deemed the strongest to become his faithful acolytes to kill and protect him.
Description & Characteristics
In The Carved Seal of Flames continuity, Horror's origin and history with Makai Order is similar with original continuity, though there's mention about Messiah's role as progenitors of Horrors.
During the era of The Carved Seal of Flames, Horrors that plagued Valiante Kingdom are personal army and thralls of Mendoza, controlled with use of Zirkel's Ring to help him combating Makai Order aside through Witch Hunts. Even so, independent Horrors also present as result of scarcity of Makai practitioners. Once Alfonso takes the throne, he begins a systematic extermination of numerous Horrors that continue to terrorize his kingdom, including surviving thralls of Mendoza after the mad Makai Alchemist's assumed death.
- Black Knights
- Banbora: A wooden Horror that uses bladed arms as weapons and projects images to lower its opponents' guard. Possessing a woodcutter's doll that belongs to an outcast boy named Alois, Banbora takes advantage of the boy's grudge against the people of his village for murdering his father when he attempted to expose their village's dark secret of performing human sacrifices for good fortune. But Banbora's feedings convince the villagers that Alois's mother, an outsider named Auriela, is a witch and needs to be sacrificed. Once the Makai Knights learn of its existence, Banbora attempts to devour the mob sent to prepare Auriela for sacrifice before being slain by León.
- Jemitre: A caterpillar-like Horror that possesses the body of Count Romero. Slain by Rafael.
- Almar: A Horror that possesses the body of Jordi, Santa Bard's resident blacksmith. Slain by Germán.
- Despera: A Horror that possesses the body of Pepe. Slain by León.
- Moneta: A treasure chest like Horror that possesses the body of Donato, a thief who helped a woman named Irene steal Germán's clothing and money. After possessing Donato's body, Moneta kills the other two thieves before going after Irene and running into Germán as he manages to slay the Horror.
- Anfel: A massive and powerful gate-like Horror that came to be known as the Chimera of Orvien. Rafael deciding to use it as a final test his apprentice, Anfel managed to kill Rafael before being slain by Alfonso when he inherit his mentor's Makai Knight armor and title.
- Blood Moon: A massive and powerful Horror that is also known as the Apostle of Dawn Moon. Blood Moon is summoned forcibly by Mendoza from Zirkel's Circle. Blood Moon unceremoniously devours Mendoza mere seconds before he can battle Alfonso, who had just taken up Garo's sword.
- Aboradura: An armored skeletal Horror that possesses the body of Lord Rolando. Slain by Germán.
- Convexo: A Horror that possesses the body of Count Albar Juste. Slain by Alfonso.
- Medicruz: A Horror that possesses the body of Michael who idolized a wandering masked physician named Fabian. Possessed by the Horror, Michael assumed his idol's identity while presenting himself in Santa Bard as a miracle physician. In Horror form, Michael has the ability to heal and augment himself using a variety of surgical tools in the drawers on his chest. While Michael nearly killed Germán, his insatiable need to heal and mend led to his downfall when the Makai Knight cuts Michael down while he was tending to his severe wounds.
- Grand Magus: A massive and incredibly dangerous serpentine Horror that burrows underground. Grand Magus destroys Lara's family's farmstead and slaughters the entire family before being cut down by Alfonso.
- Mandura: A plant Demon Echo Horror (魔響ホラー Makyō Horā) and an Apostle Horrors that constantly wails and moans while using its vines to ensnare and whip victims. Mandura is cut down with the combined efforts of Alfonso as Gaia and León, who had just recently reclaimed Garo.
- Resume: A twin-headed Horror that was sealed in an egg-shaped Madō Tool by Mendoza for his use. Resume can be controlled by whoever releases it.
- Gemellus: A Horror that can create clones of itself.
- Blade-Armed Spider Horror: A Horror that possesses the body of a man named Tobias. Slain by Ema.
Description & CharacteristicsThese are Horrors that appear in GARO: The Crimson Moon, their manifestion from the Makai into the human world having influenced the myth of the Preta.
- Tengu: Horrors that possess the bodies of unlawful onmyou users. The Horrors initially appear in armor, and have the ability to fly and have a fan-like blade to slay humans. Later, one of the Horrors' armor is broken, revealing the second face on its chest. All of them are slain by Raikou.
- Kamaitachi & Yamanba: A pair of amphibian-like Horrors that possess the bodies of Sanuki no Miyatsukomaro and his unnamed wife, Kaguya's adoptive parents, as a consequence of the couple being consumed by greed over suitors offering their child treasure. The two Horrors act on their hosts' desires, using Kaguya to lure in her suitors so they can devour them devoured them afterwards. When exposed, the two Horrors combine into the fiery porcupine-like Horror Yamaoroshi before being destroyed by Raikou, leaving Kaguya with no reason to remain on Earth anymore.
- Kosode No Te: A kimono specter-like Horror that possesses a woman named Kosode due to her anger at the inequality of the caste system after she was beaten senseless after being falsely accused of theft for having picked up a bolt of expensive silk dropped by a noble woman. This Horror, as the name suggests, can shoot countless kimono to catch its prey. The Horror can also wrap anything with silk to consume them. Slain by Raikou.
- Itsumaden: A fire-breathing winged-serpent Horror that first appeared during a plague, spreading mass destruction when it first appeared in the southern capital many years ago. Itsumaden possesses the body of a desperate unnamed person who refused to accept death and uses the host to cause an epidemic before being slain by Raikou.
- Te No Me: A Horror that appeared as a women with very long arms and legs covered in tiny demonic eyes who attacked Watanabe no Tsuna on a bridge. Later, using its severed arm, the Horror possessed Tsuna by using his guilt of having to abandon Raikou and his mother to death. Slain by Raikou.
- Andon: A formless Horror that appear as a mass of blackness that sucked away light in its surroundings. Seems to be defeated by Raikou, but the Horror still alive and turn Raikou into mindless beast, until Seimei managed to seal the Horror within herself to regain the armor colour back, using the cursed seal that Dōman places within her. Because of the seal's strength, not even Haruaki even is able to release it, leading Seimei to slowly become Rudra's vessel. The horror later took form of Dark Seimei, and slain by Raikou.
- Sōgoku: A hammer wielding oni-like Horror that possesses the body of Jihō, a Buddhist monk who feels the Michinaga clan's dependence on onmyōji is a vice against the true dharma of Buddhism. As a Horror, he can use his hammer to shrink anything it hits. Slain by Raikou when Sōgoku swallow tiny sized Raikou, before the latter transforms into Garo inside its belly.
- Kappa: A Horror that possesses the body of Fujiwara no Narimichi. This Horror uses a kemari ball to consume its victim. Slain by Yasusuke.
- Butterfly Horror: A Horror that possesses the body of Kamo no Yasunori. This Horror is able to fly, shoot a fireball from its mouth, use the proboscis in its forehead like a blade and spread pollen that is able to consume humans. Slain by both Yasusuke and Raikou.
- Mask Horror: A Horror that possesses the body of Minamoto no Tōru. This Horror (in human form) consumes good-looking humans by kissing them, maintaining its youthful appearance. In Horror form, it is able to use countless mask projections to fire an energy beam. It could transform his arm into single blade to attack. Slain by Raikou.
- One-Eyed Horror: A Horror that possesses the body of Tachibana Masamune's unnamed wife through her anger at her husband's constant infidelity. It is able to sprout a fleshy bud that can mimic the face and;; voice of a woman in a man's heart, for example, Seimei to Raikou. Slain by Raikou.
- Dual-Bladed Horror
- Whip Horror: A Horror that possesses the body of an unnamed aristocrat. As its name suggests, it could use several whips to attack the enemy. Slain by Raikou after it manages to battle with Seimei for a short period.
- Shuten-dōji: Horrors that possess the bodies of abandoned children of the village at the foot of Mount Ooe. These Horrors consume pregnant women. Slain by Tokiwaka.
Description & CharacteristicsMajor Horrors featured in Vanishing Line are part of King's legion, banded together to plung the world into digital apocalypse. Also, Inga Horrors in the series depicted more insectoid in appearance and instead of traditional bat-like wings, they have insect legs-like protrusions.
These are unnamed Horrors that had brief encounters with the main characters before being slain:
Notes & Trivia
- The Horrors are designed by Yasushi Nirasawa, who also designed the Undead, the Worms, and the Imagin monster groups from the Kamen Rider series and the original monster designs in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger that are mostly used in Power Rangers Super Megaforce.