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He is a shaman and a necromancer/ doushi who is the head of the Tao family.
OverviewTao Ching is the father of Tao Ran and the father-in-law of Tao Yuan. His grandchildren are Ren Tao and Jun Tao. Tao Ching is a doushi or a necromancer because he has the power over jiang-si (dub manga) or kyonshi (sub anime).
CreationTao Ching, who is created by Hiroyuki Takei, has no current information on what inspires the author to create him.
Before Shaman King preliminariesNote: His shadow or silhouette is seen in Pailong's flashback when Tao Ching tells Pailong that his body is needed for the Tao family before Tao kills him.
Journey to China (Rescue of Ren Tao)She
and Tao Ching stops Tao Yuan's battle with Ren Tao. Tao Ching threatens to use his gun to stop Tao Yuan if he keeps going. When Manta asks Tao Ching why he commit evil deeds, Tao answers that good and evil has lost their meaning (the boundaries are blurred) in an ever-changing world.
Back to Tokyo for the First Tournament EventHe
watches Ren's first match with Team Tsuchi Gumi (Earth). In another
scene, he, Tao Ran, and Tao Yuan meet Mikihisa Asakura and Keiko Asakura for a
talk about the young shamans and Hao Asakura. He knows about Hao Asakura and his strenghths and asks Mikihisa why he would train Ren Tao.
Anime and Manga Differences
CensorshipsUnlike the manga, Tao Ching did not have a gun when he stops Tao Yuan's battle with Ren Tao. (This is in both sub and dub versions of the anime)
However, the sihouette in the anime version has a gun only in the sub version.