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Hyōsube (ひょうすべ Hyōsube) is a hairy yōkai.
Hyōsube first appears in Sara-Kozō as one of the yōkai who helps Sara-Kozō abduct the members of the Poor Boys. He later appears as one of the witnesses of The Great Yōkai Trial and afterwards helps carry Momon-Jii's palanquin.
Hyōsube appears in episode 6 Hell Journey! Ghost Train!! in a train station corridor where tries to intimidate the Salarymen Kurokawa and Yoshinaga but with no avail as it get smacked in the head.
He is among the yōkai who witnesses Agnès' return to the forest, joining in the pelting of threats and rocks at young witch. They stop once Neko-Musume stands by Agnès and walks with her, followed by the other Kitarō Family members. He soon joins the crowd of yōkai gathered around the GeGeGe House, trying to drive Agnès out of the forest. Medama-Oyaji tries to warn them that if they drive her out then the tragedy of the Malay yōkai will repeat somewhere else. Hyosube counters him by saying that Backbeard wants to make a country of yōkai and that it does not sound as bad. He listens to Kitarō as he explains how grave the consequences are if Japan becomes a part of Backbeard's empire, causing the crowd to look at one another. Until their attention is drawn to Kitarō as he stands on his resolve to fight.
Powers and Abilities
Hyōsube are hairy humanoids and are more savage and hostile than their cousins of the Kappa. The “hyo- hyo-” call that they make is said to be where their name comes from. They generally keep away from humans, preferring to live near rivers where they enjoy catching fish. Their favorite food is the eggplant, being capable of eating entire patches quickly. They share many things with their cousins the kappa, having a love of mischief and a hatred of horses and retain a strong sense of honor despite their love of mischief.