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Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke

The Prince of Emishi Village, Ashitaka is a kind and peaceful man afflicted by a demon curse in the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.  After his town is attacked by a demon, whom he kills, Ashitaka is tasked with discovering why the boar was so afflicted.  Ashitaka joins forces with San after they meet when she attacks Irontown, leaving him with a cut on his cheek.

Yubaba from Spirited Away

Yubaba is the main antagonist in Spirited Away, an animated film created by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. She is the owner and employer of the Bathhouse. She tricks the bathhouse workers by stealing their names and only freeing them if they can remember it. Some of her other powers include fire breathing and flying. Compared to her identical twin, Zeniba, she’s considered the evil one. Our protagonist, Chihiro, finds her much more intimidating. Yubaba is extremely overbearing, but she can be seen as a doting mother to her giant baby, Boh. She embodies greed because she obsesses over gold, valuing money more than her own family.

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Porco Rosso

In the English version of Porco Rosso, Michael Keaton voices the titular character.  A former WWI fighter ace, Marco is cursed and therefore forced to spend his days as an anthropomorphic pig who goes by the name Porco Rosso and makes his living as a bounty hunter who chases air pirates.  Porco Rosso’s clothing consists of pretty standard pilot clothing including sunglasses, goggles, and a scarf.

Haku (Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi)

In Spirited Away, when Chihiro Ogino (Rumi Hiiragi/Daveigh Chase) crosses into the Spirit World, Haku (Miyu Irino/Jason Marsden) is the first spirit she truly interacts with, and he acts as her protector throughout the film. When Haku is affected by a curse, Chihiro heals him with a magic dumpling and her pure love for him. Near the end of the story, Haku is revealed to be the spirit of the Kohaku River that Chihiro had fallen into as a small child. This explained his unusual knowledge of, and closeness to, her.

Granmamare

Granmamare (voiced by Yuki Amami in Japan, and Cate Blanchett in the American release) is not only the Goddess of Mercy and the Queen of the Ocean, but she is also the mother of Ponyo in the 2008 Studio Ghibli film “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.” She can change size at will, often enormous but occasionally the size of a human in order to interact with other beings. Her blousy blue dress is reminiscent of the sea.

Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle

In Howl’s Moving Castle, Sophie is a young hatter who is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste’s curse. It’s in this form that she encounters a wizard named Howl, and thats when her adventure begins.

Princess Mononoke

In Princess Mononoke, San is a young woman who was raised by the wolves and feels hatred for humans, but eventually comes to care for Ashitaka, a young warrior and the last prince of the Emishi tribe.

No-Face

In Spirited Away, No-Face is a lonely spirit who follows Chihiro Ogino after he develops an interest in her sincerity. He soon becomes obsessed with her though and tries to win her affections with gold and stolen tokens for the bathhouse.

Chihiro Ogino

In Spirited Away, Chihiro Ogino (nicknamed Sen) is a 10 year old girl who enters a spirit world while traveling to her new home with her family. During her adventures, she quickly matures from an easily scared child to a hard-working and courageous young girl.

Tombo Kopoli

In Kiki’s Delivery Service, Tombo is obsessed with aviation and even made his own propeller bike. It’s no big surprise that he develops a crush on Kiki especially after he finds out she can fly.