The Horrors (ホラー, Horā) are demon-like creatures 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 a Horror enters them, for as soon as the Horror is defeated, because of this forced unification, the possessed body is killed in the process. However, there are cases where Horrors end up residing in animals and objects that happen to be nearby instead of human bodies. Even in non-traditional forms, Horrors possess mulitiple ways where they can 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, where it allows itself 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 who has converted into a Horror's host, the first being pale green eyes after a Madou Lighter is used. Other signs include the Horror-possessed humans' own behavior where they immediately drop their human facade upon cornering their 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 of blending with normal humans, those with keen perception are able to see through a Horror's human facade: The young Raiga correctly deduced a woman to be possessed by a Horror due to her reading her a book not under a streetlight in the 17th episode of The Makai Flower. Being dark creatures, most, if not all Horrors, are nocturnal beings who become more active during the night.
Horror's blood is very hazardous. Not only can it aggravate nearby Horror, but it can also painfully kill those who are drenched with it after a 100 days. The only way to cure a person from corruption due to the exposure of Horror's blood is by consuming Baranka Fruits. Such a treatment, however, only works if the infection with Horror's blood is made through physical contact. Corruption resulting from ingesting Horror blood is far more severe, so much so that those who suffer this fate, named Blood Dolces (血のドルチェ Chi no Doruche), can only be saved through death. Compared to those stained by Horror Blood whom only showed symptoms in the form of agonizing pain once 100th days drawing near, the bodies of those who contracted Blood Dolces painfully decompose in an accelerated rate, with a sticky blood-like substance covering the skin.
Ultimately, Horrors are never truly killed as their essence are sealed within a Makai Blade after their defeat. To kill Horrors in this sense would require Knights to purify their swords at a Watchdog Castle, where their essence are turned into daggers. After twelve Horror Daggers are accumulated, they are sent back to the 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
- Magic mirror mercenary
- 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.
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.
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