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A ghost is a dead persons spirit that roams the earth usually attached to where they died or refusing to go to the after life until there are finished on earth.


Ghosts are spirits of dead people, dead animals, and anything dead. In anime and manga, ghosts are use for various things and can be a major theme in a franchise.

Major Franchises

  • Bleach
  • Pokémon
  • Shaman King
  • Supernatural

Minor Franchises

  • Fate Stay Night


Only add a franchise's info about ghosts if it is a recurring theme. List brief facts about how the concept ghost is use in a franchise.

Please add franchises in alphabetical order

Bleach (Major)

Shinigamis are the Japanese version of grim reapers who take spirits who are lost to the after life, soul society. There are many different types of spirits.

Type of SpiritDescription
PlusAccording to Rukia, they are the good spirits (normal human ghosts).
Blanks (Movie only)Ghosts who have red cones for head and a white body. They are lost memories that the Plus shed after going to the afterlife.
Demi Hollow

Fate Stay Night (Minor)

Heroic spirits are ghosts because they have died in the past. They are summon from the afterlife by mages who participate in the Holy Grail War. A heroic spirit often has the name of a famous warrior in the history of humans.

Heroic SpiritMasters (Route)Real name/ former human name plus noble phantasm
SaberEmiya Kiritsugu
Shirou Emiya (Fate, Unlimited Blade Works)
Rin Tohsaka (Unlimited Blade Works)
Queen Arthuria or King Arthur + Excalibur
ArcherRin Tohsaka (Fate, Unlimited Blade Works)Emiya Shirou's ideas (only in Unlimited Blade Works) + Unlimited Blade Works
RiderShinji Matou (Fate)
Sakura Matou (Heaven Feel)
Medusa + Blood Fort Andromeda
BerserkerIllya (Fate, Unlimited Blade Works)Hercules + Nine Lives
CasterSoichirou? (Fate, Unlimited Blade Works)
AssassinCaster (Fate, Unlimited Blade Works)
Kirei Kotomine (Unlimited Blade Works)
? + Gae Bolg
GilgameshKirei Kotomine (Fate)
Shinji Matou (Unlimited Blade Works)
Gilgamesh + ?

Pokémon (Major)

Ghost type Pokémon are not very common species in the anime or video games. They live in abandoned buildings, cemeteries, and shines.

RegionGhost type pokemonDual type pokemon
  • Gastly, Haunter, Gengar
  • Misdreavus
  • Shuppet, Banette
  • Duskull, Dusclops
  • Shedinja
  • Sableeye
  • Mismagius
  • Arceus (With Ghost Plate)
  • Spiritomb
  • Froslass
  • Rotom
  • Drifloon, Drifblim
  • Giratina
  • Yamask
  • Cofagrigus
  • Frillish
  • Jellicent
  • Litwick
  • Lampent
  • Chandelure
  • Golett
  • Goluck

Pure ghost types are weak against dark and ghost, but their attacks are effective against psychic and ghost.

Shaman King (Major)

There are about four types of ghosts in the Shaman King Franchise: Human (Serei), Nature, Animal (Familiars), and Kami.

Type of GhostDescription and example
Human/ SereiHuman spirits are spirits who have the form of a human.
Human spirits can become Serei after aging 500 years or more
Example: Amidamaru, Tokagero, Bason
NatureNature spirits have the elements as their powers. They are usually stronger than Human spirits.
Example: Kororo, Morphine
Animals/ FamiliarsAnimal spirits have the characteristics of the animal they used to be.
Example: Silva's Silver Arms, Yohmei's leaf sprites
KamiThey are the five elemental spirits that were made from the Great Spirit.
Example: Spirit of Fire
(manga only)
These ghosts become fixated to a location due to a tragic death of one's former life. A ghost can only call for help by interacting with a person who can see ghosts like a shaman. Blanks become violent when no one hears them.

*Same table used in Shaman.

Note= Familiars and Shikigamis are use interchangeably and can mean the same thing in Shaman King.

Supernatural (Major)

Ghosts are supernatural species that come in varying types. Some ghosts are violent while others are good. In Supernatural, to kill a ghost (make it pass on to the afterlife) is to destroy the human remains of the ghost's.

Live Adaptation: Ghosts have a connection to demons. As Bobby puts, demons are like ghosts with big egos. Both demon and ghosts shares a common weakness: burn the human remains and the demon or ghost is destroyed.

Type of ghostConditions/ DescriptionsExamples/ Episode
Regular ghost
(no official name)
When a human dies abruptly, their spirit remains on Earth. They will either attack humans or haunt them for warning.
  1. Molly (good ghost) 2
  2. Marion and Jonah Greely (bad ghosts)
  3. Mary Winchester (good ghost)


General Information Edit
Concept Name Ghosts
Japanese Name: 亡霊
Romaji Name: Bourei
Aliases Spirits
Lost Souls
1st manga book:
1st anime episode:
1st anime movie:
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