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Ghosts (幽霊 Yūrei, 死人 Shinin or Shibito) are spirits of the dead, such as humans and animals, and have many subcategories.

In Japan, Yūrei refers to spirits who either do not or can not ascend to the other worlds after their death. Often times, ghosts are accompanied by several Hitodama. There are a variety of subtypes, ranging from dead spirits (死霊 Shiryō), ruined or departed spirits (亡霊 Bōrei), vengeful spirits (怨霊 Onryō) and evil spirits (悪霊 Akuryō).

Description

The most common trait that ghosts share is that they were previously living beings.

Types

Behavior

History

Manga

1968 Anime

1971 Anime

1985 Anime

1996 Anime

2007 Anime

2018 Anime

Powers and Abilities

Freezing Air Breaths

In the manga, they overwhelmed Yōkai due to their natures, but became helpless and dragged back to the other world when the sealing statue was put back thanks to Gyūki.

Intangibility: A common trait among ghosts is their intangibility, being able to pass through walls. In the manga, this also makes physical attacks useless, and can instantly reform even when hit by elemental attacks.

Freezing Airs/Breaths

List of Ghosts and Yōkai of Ghost-Origins

Humans

The list excludes those turned into Yōkai with inhuman appearances and residents of the dead worlds.

Former

Ghosts who have gone to Jigoku or other dead worlds.

Animals

Legend

Ghosts are the spirits of deceased humans, and occasionally used for animals as wells. They appear universally throughout all cultures on Earth with different names. Yūrei is the common term in Japanese Mythology, with many subclassifications such as the Onryō.

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