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Tsurube-Bi (つるべ火 Tsurube-Bi, lit. drooping flame) are a breed of Yōkai in the GeGeGe no Kitarō manga and anime franchise. In the 1968 anime and some manga chapters, Tsurube-Bi is depicted as an individual character.
The Tsurube-Bi is floating fireball with a face, usually that of an old man.
In the 2018 anime, Tsurube-Bi's roughly the same, being a ball of red-orange fire with droopy eyes and a nose. Their flames make three tails, two short ones on the side and one long one at the top of their head.
Tsurube-Bi often appear to assist Kitarō, performing a variety of tasks including serving as a light in dark places, shining bright enough to trick some enemies into believing it's daytime, or even attacking enemies with flames.
While most adaptations depict numerous Tsurube-Bi, some stories (particularly from the manga and the 1968 anime) depicted an individual Tsurube-Bi as an ally. Tsurube-Bi had speaking roles in two 1968 series episodes, Obake Nighter and The Yōkai Army.
The first anime also featured a similar character, the Yōkai Lamp (妖怪ランプ), a Tsurube-Bi who acted as a light for Kitarō's house and occasionally aided him in fights.
Two Tsurube-Bi stay within the stone lamps at the entrance to Yōkai Yokochō, where Neko-Musume passes to enter. A Tsurube-Bi resides in the GeGeGe House, where Kitarō and Medama-Oyaji utilize it as a stove to heat water. Another pair of Tsurube-Bi appear residing in lamps by the river of Yōkai Yokochō. On another day, the pair of Tsurube-Bi stationed at the entrance to Yōkai Yokochō burn brightly.
Powers and Abilities
|Ghost Tribe||Kitarō • Medama-Oyaji|
|Other members||Nezumi-Otoko • Neko-Musume • Sunakake-Babaa • Konaki-Jijii • Ittan-Momen • Nurikabe|
|Former members||Shisa • Yuki-Hime • Netarō|
|Recurring allies||Yobuko • Kasa-Bake • Abura-Sumashi • Tsurube-Bi • Bake-Garasu|
|Yōkai Apartments||Nekoko • Kamikiri • Azuki-Arai • Akaname • Tsurube-Otoshi • Gyūki|
|Yōkai Yokochō||Kawauso • Amabie • Rokuro-Kubi • Ohaguro-Bettari • Nurikabe-Nyōbō & Ko-Nurikabe|
|Other Allies||Maruge • Ido-Sennin • Bake-Kujira • Yagyō-san • Aobōzu • Simurgh • Agnès|
|Tendo Family||Yumeko Tendō • Hoshirō Tendō • Masao Tendō • Yūko Tendō|
|Elementary School Trio||Yūko Murakami • Shōta Suzuki • Jun Tanimoto|
|Others||Mizuki • Makoto Washio • Mana Inuyama|
|47 Yōkai Warriors|
|Tsurube-Bi • Bake-Bi • Ubaga-Bi • Kurage-no-Hinotama • Tenka|